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Pictures: The 20 most unusual PC cases

A PC case can be more than just a box


When it comes to computer cases, you don't have to be stuck with a box. PCs have been packed into everything from pianos and petrol pumps to whisky bottles. We've rounded up to 20 most unusual PC cases.

Compianos' Upright 1904 Grand Piano

Nothing says elegance like a grand piano, so why not gut an old 1904 Chickering upright grand and load it with computing power? This mod, created by eBay user compianos, popped up on Dvice.

Compianos says his computer has a 6.8GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. The Chickering mod has a built-in 26in LCD screen covered by a sliding panel that opens via remote control. The piano also has a hidden drawer for remotes and other goodies.

Photo: Dvice

Dan Coe's Motorised Madness

For our rocking finale, we bring you the work of Dan Coe, aka Rendermandan, who posted this steampunkish, crazed PC in The Best Case Scenario Forum.

Drool factors for this mod: an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 CPU, an Asus Rampage Extreme motherboard, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, an EVGA GTX 280 SSC Edition graphics board, two 150GB Western Digital Raptor hard drives, and a 750MB Western Digital hard drive.

Coe told me that Motorised Madness has over a dozen moving parts that can open and close remotely. Most of the movements are for heating and cooling vents, but "three trays extend out from the bottom with blue LEDs that shine upward to illuminate the sides of the case; a large gear rotates down to reveal a quarter-rounded window to the inside of the case; and a flip-over triangular-shaped panel rotates to expose a water-temperature monitoring system".

On top of that, the mod has an "SD memory card slot, USB ports, and a reset button, and there's also a small 5-inch LCD monitor that rotates out and flips over."

Photo: Dan Coe

  1. A PC case can be more than just a box
  2. John Deere petrol pump
  3. The Hulk and a BBQ
  4. Futurama's Bender
  5. Dean Liou's DialupPC
  6. A liquid-cooled muscle PC desk
  7. EA FIFA '06 case
  8. A Steampunked Mac Mini and R2-D2
  9. A Doom 3 inspired case
  10. A 1904 grand piano case

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