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Doom 3: Project Mars City

Part 1: 20 Crazy And Unique Case Mods
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Doom 3: Project Mars City

On March 3, 2005, Paul Capello began his Doom 3-themed PC mod with an Antec Super Lanboy case. About 14 months later, the end result was an awesome display of creativity, detail, and sheer determination in the form of a monster PC.

"This case will be a Doom 3 gaming monster and DangerDen water-cooled and [will have] top-of-the-line hardware and components that have yet to be determined," he said at the beginning of the project.

Eventually, Capello had to add an extension onto the rear so that the PC Power and Cooling 510 SLi PSU could be pulled out two inches to allow for "wire management and components."

When we contacted Capello about the rig, he sent over a few highlights, listed below:

  • Inspired by the graphic artwork within the Doom 3 game (i.e. the industrial/military look and feel);
  • The decorative and structural components were created from scratch, using polystyrene plastic sheets;
  • Used a "kit-bashing' method to add smaller details. Many parts from military tank models, sci-fi models, and found objects;
  • All the moving parts, like the blast door and Airlock, were custom-fabricated and engineered;
  • The smoke generator was from a model train supply store and uses oil to create the smoke;
  • Moving parts like the airlock and blast door are controlled by infrared remote. The lighting is also remotely controlled;
  • The 7" LCD monitor is touch controlled;
  • The case was painted by airbrush and by hand.


You can see a video of this Doom-flavored rig over on YouTube.

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    thepinkpanther , May 18, 2010 7:05 AM
    the microwave one was tight, now if it had a femi in it u could actually put a hot pocket in there.
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    nitrium , May 18, 2010 6:40 AM
    Nice "Bog" cube.
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    Anonymous , May 14, 2010 7:52 AM
    Awesome case mods my favourite is still the Icredible Huld PC

    http://www.techchee.com/2007/10/06/incredible-hulk-pc-case-mod/incredible-hulk-pc-case-mod/

    but loved the nVidia motorcycle
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    nitrium , May 18, 2010 6:40 AM
    Nice "Bog" cube.
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    anamaniac , May 18, 2010 6:40 AM
    I saw the Borg cube, and I jumped back. Holy Fu...
    I am awed.

    The competition that the motorcycle SLI rig was in also had a lot of beautiful rigs in it.

    Thanks, lots of cool cases to finish my night off. :) 
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    thepinkpanther , May 18, 2010 7:05 AM
    the microwave one was tight, now if it had a femi in it u could actually put a hot pocket in there.
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    Sharft6 , May 18, 2010 7:24 AM
    best art I've ever seen
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    tacoslave , May 18, 2010 7:32 AM
    I hate to be that guy, but i just wanted to point out in the killzone pc you put "killzone 2 for the ps2" its actually the ps3.
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    mitch074 , May 18, 2010 7:33 AM
    There's one impressive case mod missing: the Wall-e case mod. Not that the ones shown here are bad, mind you.
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    anamaniac , May 18, 2010 8:48 AM
    thepinkpantherthe microwave one was tight, now if it had a femi in it u could actually put a hot pocket in there.

    My microwave is a 1000W, a GTX 480 is 250W.
    They got quad-sli working for them yet?
    Granted, the Fermi would just blow hot air, and the microwave... well, microwaves. So I guess it depends on how much patience you have (someone already tried cooking a egg on a Fermi).
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    rockstone1 , May 18, 2010 10:52 AM
    At a Battletech/Mechwarrior fan, I LOVE the battlemech case- even though it's not an Atlas- as near as I can tell it's a Uller (or a Puma?)

    When i can start naming these mechs like that... I need to get a job.
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    elel , May 18, 2010 11:26 AM
    On the microwave one, they should be playing the video of microwaving an ipad :) 
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    carlhenry , May 18, 2010 12:04 PM
    fatedtodieI saw lots of cases where they spent long hours "designing" a case, only to use crap hardware or crap air flow.Yes these are are art, but they are worthless for computing.When I see a case built with look and function both having taken the time (anyone using stock fans is disqualified for being a moron) and patience to make a worthwhile case.+1 for the thought, -5000 for execution.


    you obviously are not reading. check when the cases were made and i think you'll see their specs pretty hardcore during their time. jeez...
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    warezme , May 18, 2010 1:33 PM
    And this is why Apple will never succeed.
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    lowjack989 , May 18, 2010 1:51 PM
    The Red Case Mod is the classiest mod ever made to a computer hands down
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    erloas , May 18, 2010 1:59 PM
    Yeah, the Atlas mod isn't anything like an atlas. Not even close. Completely the wrong type of legs, Atlases have a very distinctive head, and they have normal arms not gun arms.

    Its hard to say exactly what it is closest to, but definitely a Clan 'Mech and the Atlas is 100% classic Inner Sphere.

    Its a cool mod, just named completely wrong.
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    jednx01 , May 18, 2010 3:00 PM
    IT'S "BORG CUBE" HAHAHA
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    jednx01 , May 18, 2010 3:00 PM
    It's "borg cube" not "bog cube" rofl
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    falchard , May 18, 2010 3:05 PM
    Since when was Half-Life 2 the new PC Gamers Scene?
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    tburns1 , May 18, 2010 4:45 PM
    Very slick. Too bad the Wall-e case was missed, I agree. Too bad the Tie Fighter one was missed too. But you can't count on everything being here. No matter what you find, there are always more out there.
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    Anonymous , May 18, 2010 5:57 PM
    fatedtodie, my charity build had an i7 975, 12 gigs of Crucial DDR3, Quad SLI 295s, and two Crucial 256 gig SSDS in raid 0. All water-cooled with Danger Den water-cooling. So what where you saying about Performance? All of my builds kick tail including my current project, Brimstone, which has TRi SLI 480s and will have a Gulftown proc in a couple weeks:
    www.outoftheboxmods.com
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