Case mods have been a staple in the PC industry for a very long time. They allow system builders, artists, gamers, and pretty much anyone to really make their PC build their own. Case modding has never been more popular and many companies actually commission modders to create one of a kind builds to show off their new hardware or case. Each week we feature a mod or build that has been completed in the community in our Case Mod Friday section. Going through all of the features of the past year we have picked out a few that really caught our eye! Without further ado here are our picks for the best case mods of 2016! In no particular order of course!
p0Pe brings us another awesome HEX Gear build. This was was in the R80, which was a prototype at the time. The backside of the case has a custom section with integrated cable routing and water routing channels. This makes for a very cool and interesting look, it definitely has to be one of the best implementations of water routing channels on a case and the cable routing is just sexy as well. Besides that you have a very clean build with two separate water cooling loops (one for the graphics cards cards and one for the CPU). This build has to be one of the best HEX Gear builds we saw all year! Check out our full feature on Prototype No. 2.
Peter Brands is quite well known for his desk builds. For the Tt Desk build he took two Thermaltake Core P5 cases and turned them into a truly unique desk! This was done by making a custom glass panel for the top of the desk and mounting the two cases to the wall. He has most of the water cooling equipment on the right side of the desk with the other side being all of the hardware. Clear hard tubing connects both sides of the case. On top of the desk is a Asus ROG Swift PG348Q 34″ which has a cool logo effect on the ground since the desk is clear. Check out our full feature on the Tt Desk.
GGF LAN Party has had some pretty awesome builds this year, but the one that really caught our attention was their In Win H-Frame 2.0 build. As the name indicates this build was done in In Win’s H-Frame 2.0 case, which by itself is a pretty awesome case. They threw a ASUS Z10PE-D8 WS motherboard inside with dual Intel Xeon E5-2670 V3 processors! It is not often you see a build with Xeon’s! The theme of this build was black, gold, and white. The lines in this build are just great and the colors stand out so much that we had to pick this as one of our favorite builds this year! Check out our full feature on the In Win H-Frame 2.0.
We featured a good amount of scratch builds this year, but our favorite has to the MSI Scratch Build from Thái Sơn Đặng. We were completely blown away when we found this build in the Watercooled PC group on Facebook! The craftsmanship is great and the way he’s done the watercooling is unbelievable. This build really shows that modding can really be an art. I would love to have this build sitting on my desk! Check out our full feature on the MSI Scratch Build!
Snef is one of our favorite modders here at ThinkComputers. His Tropical Voodoo build really stood out to us because of the really unique color of the coolant, which is sort of an aqua-green color. Besides that the build has a tropical theme, which is something you really do not see every day. The build was done inside the Hex Gear R40, which is a great base to start a build from. The build is clean and the colors pop quite well. The decals on the power supply and graphics card are also pretty damn cool! Check out our full feature on the Tropical Voodoo.
So what was your favorite Case Mod of 2016?