GAEMS Vanguard Case Mod Packs PC Into Brief Case Form Factor

By Published November 12, 2015 at 7:30 am
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Case modder “Gentleman Dingo,” also known as Charlie Falcone, has adapted a GAEMS portable console case into a small form factor gaming PC, hoping to draw GAEMS into the PC gaming market.

The GAEMS Vanguard is a preexisting case designed for transporting consoles--you just pop a console into the bottom compartment, hook it up to the built-in 1366x768 screen via HDMI, and plug the whole thing into a wall outlet. This has obvious advantages for gamers in the military or on vacation, but isn't much use to PC gamers anywhere.

That changed when Falcone decided to jam a whole gaming PC into the case--impressive, given that it's less than 20" wide. This was accomplished with an ASUS mITX motherboard, a tiny, 450W Silverstone PSU, and some very creative arrangement. The system is protected by three perforated acrylic plates (for now), giving it a strong George Foreman Grill vibe.


GAEMS Mod System Specs

  • 2x 240GB Corsair SSDs,
  • Corsair M60
  • i7-3770K
  • ASUS P8Z77i-Deluxe mITX motherboard
  • MSI GTX 970
  • Silverstone 450W PSU
  • 16GB of Avexir 1600 DDR3
  • Bulgin Vandal power switch


In the upcoming second version, the three acrylic plates will be replaced with a single piece, and the PSU will be replaced--possibly along with the motherboard and SSDs. So, then, half of the build. This is the Vanguard PC's main advantage over gaming laptops: everything except the screen is an easily-replaceable, off-the-shelf part. Whether GAEMS takes the hint or not, there's no doubt this would be an impressive piece of hardware to bring to the LAN event or PAX-like BYOC convention.

More photos below.

- Patrick Lathan.

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