The Craziest PC Cases at Gamescom 2012

Chris Watters and Maxwell McGee scour all of Gamescom 2012 for the ultimate gaming rig

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TM-Mordred
TM-Mordred

omgomgomg

at 0:24

the guy's playing trackmania

:DDDDDDDDD

TheSmoj
TheSmoj

I hate being "that guy", but when talking about more than one computer mouse it isn't mice, it's mouses. I know it sounds weird but it is.

vadagar1
vadagar1

omg the turret PC case i want it NAOWWWWWWWWWWWWW

Crush_Project
Crush_Project

after all these years of doing this, these designs seem....uninspired.  these cases remind me more of a junior high science fair...

amroto
amroto

This is hilariously creative =)

juna889
juna889

how do they build these?!?!

vicke32
vicke32

Heh, I love the fact that the hardware in some of the rigs can't be upgraded, I also like the fact that 'upgrading' is still necessary, logically any computer that can handle HL2 should handle games like BF3 and MW3, since the 360 which is like 7 years old can, without any problems.

For some f*cking reason.

I swear, it's all a conspiracy, to make people buy new computers.

Shivers_GotGame
Shivers_GotGame

LOL  Nice video! Specially the ending....

 Man that would just be a blast ( if i had the money) to build cases like that!

Liliroots
Liliroots

That Portal Sentry case is awesome

arad96
arad96

And now I want a fancy case...

jflkdjs
jflkdjs

haha very funny stuff :D

Daian
Daian

In this case (no pun intended) what's inside really is all that matters.

zilcher
zilcher

Max you humongous personality you. Commin thru with talent for two.

remiaw
remiaw

the aliencase was awesome

sonovil
sonovil

Silverstone Raven here. Damn awesome case, worth every penny.

While many of these cases shown are kickass, I think some are unpractical. Like, how are you gonna clean these things? You'd have to take them apart and that's gonna take HOURS.

shadow_Metroid
shadow_Metroid

That tree case mod inspires me to make a weed plant case mod, lol

Slash_out
Slash_out

I also like my PC cases to be simple, elegant, and sobre.

Simple is more appealing to me than a blinking, buzzing box.

Anigmar
Anigmar

I just bought a new system and finding a case I liked and was affordable was a pain. I like discrete, stylish cases. I liked the Antec P193 V3 but my setup wouldn't fit. 95% of cases I saw were all lights and transparent panels. Finally took the Corsair 550D Obsidian black. Really impressive the time and skill people puts on these but no thx.

Atheno
Atheno

I have the corsair Graphite 600T mid-tower and that alone is flashy enough for me. Some of these are just insane!

CruiserCaptain
CruiserCaptain

 @vicke32

 It's a feedback loop: if we buy it, we make the market for it, the market gets reinforced by the makers, and so we buy it. And on into forever. Consumers have power, we just need to use it.

MrOnage
MrOnage

 @vicke32 

An Xbox 360 can run HL2 but that doesn't mean it uses full capacity to run it. and an Xbox hasn't got Windows running in the background ;)

Lord_Uhtred
Lord_Uhtred

 @sonovil What I was thinking. Nice for show purposes, but nothing more. My case is the NZXT Phantom. White/Red Trim. Have done a few modifications to it only for better airflow. At any rate, I wished I would have invested in a Raven. But my case works nicely and my temps idle are about 6C higher than my friend who owns the Raven RV03.

jamesdvhunt
jamesdvhunt

 @MrOnage yeah u know those 3 million things PC's are doing that xboxs arent lol

MrOnage
MrOnage

 @Lord_Uhtred 

You may have an NZXT Phantom but which is maybe practical, but your case isn't the Battlestar Galactica.

sonovil
sonovil

 @Lord_Uhtred Just watched a review of your case, it looks awesome!

My only complaint about my case (RV01) is that the cable management holes, though rubber banded, which is a big plus, are kind of small, so you can't get many of the cables through. However, getting a modular PSU is gonna solve all cable management problems.

Also, how is your friend liking the RV03? Personally, I don't see much of an improvement over the RV01, but then again, I haven't tested it, only watched reviews.

sonovil
sonovil

 @Lord_Uhtred Definitely PM me your mail dude, I'm gonna download the 2 programs and send you the pics!

Thanks a ton!! :D

Lord_Uhtred
Lord_Uhtred

 @sonovil 90C is insane! Good thing the Tj max on the 2500k is 92C. 

That chip has an auto OC feature. I ran Prime95 for about 15 minutes and my temps hit 78C with a Hyper 212+ installed. I knew what it was, my mobo was auto overclocking my chip to 4.3. I disabled it through BIOS. Yes, ambient temps are the most important overall, concerning your temps in general. You can only get your system to cool so much with air cooling due to ambient temps.  Also, yeah, stock CPU cooler are shit, especially the one's that come with the newer Intel chips. Stupid push-pin system. Also, I would recommend you invest in some Artic Silver 5 Thermal grease. It is pure silver and conducts heat the best! 

Do you have HWmonitor? You should download that and CPU-Z, tell me what your core clock is on your CPU when you open up CPU-Z, actually if you'd like I could PM my E-mail and you can send photos of HWMonitor and CPU-Z to make sure everything is looking good, such as you CPU voltage, etc.. Considering that you're running a stock fan, your CPU is auto overclocking, and it was hot in your room/study. I would say that your CPU is fine, but I'll be glad to help you out!  One of the main things is to make sure that your core temps are pretty even. As in one core isn't at 55C and the rest are at 50C, this could imply that your chip is faulty or simply you didn't apply an even amount of thermal paste, usually an air pocket. 

 

Congrats on the purchases, mate!

 

Liquid cooling is expensive and it's something I won't do for a long while. This is way down the road. Though I may do some more mods to my case in the meantime.

 

The Ravens that are red are rare, it was a very limited run. I like the color red a lot. The Ravens that are red, it is a nice shade of red, not too loud looking.

 

sonovil
sonovil

 @Lord_Uhtred Wow, this reply of yours only just now appeared!

Haha same exact problem here, only the 24pin cable CAN'T go through at all! :P

Well, my temps in general are -okay-, but the CPU (also 2500k) is going off the chart when playing battlefield 3, it hit like 90 on a very hot day and I got a bluescreen! Weird thing is, it isn't even OC'd! However I think it's automatically overclocked when required by my mobo, the Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3. So this overheat actually raised the temps of the whole case. So that made me wanna buy a cooler and right now a Coolermaster 212 Evo is on its way, along with an EVGA gtx 560 ti and a 750w Corsair modular psu. Lookin' forward to installing those things! :D

Well, I don't think liquid cooling is worth its money, unless you're like a hardcore overclocker. I could think of a dozen other parts to spend your money on. I don't know about other parts of the world, but over here liquid cooling is damn expensive!

My Raven is all Black. And I've never actually heard of red Ravens! :P

I don't know, though, even if the reds were normally available, I think I would still go with the black version. Red is a little too flashy for my taste :)

 

Thanks for taking the time to re-write this my friend!

Lord_Uhtred
Lord_Uhtred

 @sonovil Yeah sure, no problem!

Anyways, yes. I have the same issue with the cable management slots. It was...interesting fitting my 24-pin through the slot..

As for the PSU I own. It is the Seasonic X series X650 Gold. It is modular, a bit pricey, but worth every penny! If you're running a single GPU setup, of which I am, a 650 will work very nicely. 

My friend loves his Raven, though if you look at Tom's Hardware, they did an article to look for the cases which cooled the best. The RV01 took first place, the RV03 took second. The RV01 has more positive airflow within the case. 

The only difference I noticed is that the RV03 has loops on the backside for cable management as well as two SSD drive slots on the backside, I believe.

What color is your Raven? I knew this guy who had gotten his hands on the red RV01. I was envious!

Lord_Uhtred
Lord_Uhtred

 @sonovil Hmm...I left you a comment previously answering your question as well as just talking about how I had issues with my cable management holes and the PSU I bought that is modular. Did you get that reply?

Lord_Uhtred
Lord_Uhtred

 @sonovil I apologize, mate. I just saw your compliment in regards to my case. Thank-you! I like the aesthetics of the case very much so. It looks really nice with the Xigmatek 140mm white LED fan up front. The the 220mm exhaust fan up top that is red LED. Not too flashy, just right.

Lord_Uhtred
Lord_Uhtred

 @sonovil I have the same issue as far as the cable management holes go. It was...a challenge getting my 24 pin cable through the slot. My slots are rubber banded also, but the rubber kept wanting to come off! It was annoying! I own a modular PSU. It's the Seasonic X series X650 gold. Imo, the best PSU you can buy. If you're running a single GPU setup (which I am, an EVGA GTX 670 FTW) Seasonic's PSU's are pricey, but worth every penny! 

So, I have good airflow! Running on three intake fans and two exhaust fans my temps idle at 28-30C. Ambient temps are about 21C. Load temps hit 50-60C. My CPU (I5-2500k, slight OC) hit 50C, GPU hits 60C with a 1:1 fan profile via EVGA Precision X. 

 

He loves the case! I like it a lot too, however, if you go to Tom's hardware, their data suggests that the RV01 provides better cooling than the RV03, there is more positive airflow in the RV01. The one thing I think is different with the RV03 is that on the back side of the case, your cables loop and feed through there, and there are SSD drive slots too on the back side. Pretty nifty. Personally, though I would invest in an RV01, due to better cooling on if you're running on air, of which you have you own the RV01 already.

Of course I'm seriously considering liquid cooling  when I do get another case as I do live in Texas. But my temps running on air are quite nice, though I wouldn't mind having them run cooler, obviously. 

 

What color is your Raven? I knew this guy who was lucky enough to get one the red RV01's. I was envious!