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Hot Hammerhead Case Mod Costs $2,900

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This is probably the sexiest PC case we’ve ever seen.

We’ve seen a lot of incredible mods over the years, and the most disappointing thing about all of them is that there’s usually only one ever made. Case-in-point: This one-of-a-kind case mod we spotted at CES.

The latest in drool-worthy cases that only one of us can have comes from former racecar designer and engineer, Matthew Kim.



This is the Hammerhead 98902 PC. Sure, it’s got the usual suspects, like LED lights and exposed fans, but with its panels of Ecoresin plastic and CNC machined anodized blue aluminum, this is a case like no other. Kim says the components are all easily accessible because they’re attached to a true frame, which makes the PC easily modifiable and quickly adjustable, just like a racecar.

Rather than just selling the case by itself, Kim is selling the Hammerhead as a full Core-i7 PC. Full specs are listed below:

  • Blue CNC brushed and anodized aluminum frame
  • Supermatte White Ecoresin panels with Mil-Spec quick release system(motherboard side only)
  • 2.8Ghz Intel Core i7-860 cpu
  • 4 Gb ram
  • 1 40 gb Intel solid state disk drive
  • 1 640 Gb front loaded "hot-swappable" hard drive
  • 1 extra hot-swap tray for a second hard drive
  • nVidia ENGTX460 graphics card
  • Optical CD/DVD drive
  • Kingston 750W modular power supply
  • Windows 7 64-bit Home premium

Kim says he noticed how little the average PC had changed over the last 20 years when the time came for him to buy a new computer for himself.

“I mean, apart from a few models, they were all rectangular boxes, having the same tired internal layout with endlessly uncreative cosmetic variations,” he says. “So I decided to design and build something special on my own, combining my experience as an architect and engineer.  I wanted to design something that would change the way people think about computers - a technological jewel, rather than an ordinary box, destined for a life of dusty obscurity. I wanted people to look at it and ask "ooh, what is that?" with a curious smile.”

Check out his website, Darwin Machines, for more on his modding projects or to buy the Hammerhead 98902 PC.

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    JMcEntegart , January 23, 2011 4:00 AM
    mayankleoboy1Va Va VOOMMM......


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJuWDsJkYLc
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    Randomacts , January 23, 2011 4:22 AM
    I think it is ugly
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    jimmysmitty , January 23, 2011 4:39 AM
    To each thir own. Some may think the standard rectangle is triffe but in reality it has more options than this would. I still love the HL2 case made a while back:

    http://www.gizmodo.com/archives/images/blackmesa_mod.jpg

    Its rusty, broken down and the liquid cooling system glows a radioactive green thanks to a UV light and UV sensative liquid.

    That or a case that is black with a nice amount of blue LED fans lighting the room and internals up. I love seeing inside my PC. Lets me see my awesome work being awesome.
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    andy5174 , January 23, 2011 4:57 AM
    Why would anyone pay $2900 for such an ugly case?
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    dco , January 23, 2011 5:04 AM
    Looks cool reminds me of portal
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    dogman_1234 , January 23, 2011 5:21 AM
    Look out Apple...there is a new overpriced component out there.
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    joytech22 , January 23, 2011 6:19 AM
    Tomorrow we'll be hearing news that Apple suddenly increased the price of their lowest end computers to $2901
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    Maziar , January 23, 2011 6:29 AM
    I think it's ugly too.I don't think anyone is going to pay $2900 for getting this.
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    RealityClash , January 23, 2011 6:52 AM
    $2900 is rather hefty, but the actual case looks quite nice in my opinion.
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    opihiod , January 23, 2011 6:57 AM
    You guys should get him to send ya one for review, i wouldnt mind seeing the case reviewed for a build
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    opihiod , January 23, 2011 7:03 AM
    Also its a Kingwin power supply not a Kingston they only make memory stuff afaik, if anyone was wondering
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    Randomacts , January 23, 2011 7:15 AM
    Quote:
    To each thir own. Some may think the standard rectangle is triffe but in reality it has more options than this would. I still love the HL2 case made a while back:

    http://www.gizmodo.com/archives/images/blackmesa_mod.jpg

    Its rusty, broken down and the liquid cooling system glows a radioactive green thanks to a UV light and UV sensative liquid.

    That or a case that is black with a nice amount of blue LED fans lighting the room and internals up. I love seeing inside my PC. Lets me see my awesome work being awesome.


    Now, that is a case mod I would buy.
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    buzznut , January 23, 2011 8:10 AM
    RandomactsI think it is ugly

    me too
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    extremepcs , January 23, 2011 9:23 AM
    buzznutme too


    Me 3. I like the Steampunk mods the best. The HL 2 case is awesome as well.
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    sparky2010 , January 23, 2011 11:30 AM
    i like how the PSU is situated outside the case..
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    ap3x , January 23, 2011 11:31 AM
    Guy's, there is allot value in great industrial design. $2900 is not overpriced for this as a complete system. If your happy a beige box then that is great buy that but great industrial design has it's purposes. Sometimes they solve problems, sometimes they just look good in your office, sometime they fit into small places, sometimes they are to get rid of tons of cables. Not everyone wants a uber overclocked gaming rig. There are many more people that just want a good system that does not make their offices look like a network operations center.
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    clist , January 23, 2011 11:40 AM
    Wow, I'm really surprised at the negative reception here. I personally think it has a hell of a lot of sex appeal - but then again, I think 99% of the cases and the case mods out there are total ugly crap (along with 99% of the desktop themes out there for that matter). All that dark steam-punk stuff is so overdone, so college-age-guy-who-plays-CoD-all-day-and-can't-get-a-girl. Do a google image search on "cool case mods" and you'll see what I mean (or maybe you won't). A PC case that looks like an antique radio? No thank you.

    The last cool case I saw posted was that one made out of concrete...
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Concrete-PC-Case-Mods-D-Heisse-Concretronic-Best-Case-Scenario,11676.html

    ...so I guess that says a lot about where I sit on the aesthetic spectrum ... and we all know there's no accounting for taste (you'd have to pay me to have that god-awful half-life case on my desk). Still, I was surprised at the near-unanimous thumbs-down this PC got here, so I just had to rant...

    Anyway, I give this guy a lot of props for thinking outside the box in terms of the component layout, and thinking "architecturally" (as in the kind of architecture that I think of when I think of modern stuff - like PC hardware). Having the back-panel of the MB pointing down so you don't ever see it is great. Autocad Inventor and McMaster-Carr FTW on this one. In fact, I'd be tempted to get one if I could get it w/o all the electronics. OTOH, I'm pretty handy with Autocad / industrial design / materials sourcing myself, perhaps it's time for me to do my own "perfect" design.

    Cheers,
    CList
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    jmcgaw , January 23, 2011 12:23 PM
    Terminally ugly. I don't doubt that there are some decent components inside but I wouldn't take it on a bet unless I was allowed to immediately chuck that case in the trash. Has everyone forgotten 'form follows function'?
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    shovenose , January 23, 2011 2:04 PM
    interesting! i like it. since im like the only one who likes it, why doesnt someone buy it for me, and then send it to me for free?

    that said, its a KINGWIN not a KINGSTON power supply :)  :) 
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    gsacks , January 23, 2011 2:04 PM
    Looks cool. But sexy is not a term I would use to describe a computer. (Even one loaded with pRon).
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