Up Close with the Star Wars Destroyer Case Mod at CES 2016

By Published January 07, 2016 at 1:30 am
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The domineering maw of a Venator class Destroyer from Star Wars stares down visitors entering MSI’s CES 2016 suite, a case mod 400 hours in the making by Sander van der Velden. The Destroyer bears near-perfect resemblance to the iconic Star Wars ship; its 3D-printed PLA shell is textured with intended imperfections to more realistically depict its battle-hardened exterior. Behind all the plastic casing and a sturdy, aluminum frame, the Venator hosts a micro-ATX gaming PC that’s fully operational and cooled on an open loop – but all the function is aesthetically implemented.

Velden tells us that the Destroyer took somewhere around 400 hours to complete, 250 of which were used strictly for material fabrication, and that he worked alone on the project. The system houses an i5-6600K atop the MSI B150M Mortar motherboard, accompanied by an MSI 780 Ti Lightning, Avexir Blitz DDR4 RAM, an Intel 750 SSD, and liquid cooling from Thermaltake and EKWB.

Component layout uniquely fills the Destroyer’s shape. The power supply (Thermaltake Toughpower 1200 Grand) is mounted toward the rear of the ‘case,’ just above the ship’s engines. Beneath the PSU, glass exposed openly, is the system’s liquid reservoir as encased by engine housing for the Destroyer – a full, thematic integration of components and source material.

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Check the above video for a first-hand look at Velden’s reimagining of the Star Wars universe’s iconic Destroyer.

Writng, Presenter: Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke
Film, Video Editing: Keegan "HornetSting" Gallick

Last modified on January 07, 2016 at 1:30 am
Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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