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.