Without fail, five years running, case manufacturer In-Win has presented the most definitively impressive and artistic PC cases at CES. The company sometimes acts like boutique car companies: They don’t seem to understand “stop,” adding to designs until they hit $400, $800, and – in one remarkable case -- $2400. In-Win does make lower-end, affordable enclosures, but that spotlight is nonetheless stolen by what are clearly intended to be “halo” products; of course, there’s nothing wrong with that for a tradeshow.
CES 2016 wasn’t any different. In-Win had its 805 and 809 enclosures representing the affordable market (to some degree, anyway), with the $800, 30th anniversary H-Frame and $2400 H-Tower fronting the high-end. The video immediately below shows the H-Tower, the next one (and article) carry on with the 805. A photo gallery is below the article.
We've been working with Bob Stewart and Rod Rosenberg for a few years now, the two experts behind BS Mods. The shop team is fully dedicated to case modding and high-end system building, specializing in computers built for use in convention environments. These have been displayed in our videos with several vendors, including the Rosewill Throne and Cosmic Force mods.
Recently, Rod Rosenberg – the guy generally responsible for BS Mods' machine work – was spotted over at nVidia's “GeForce Garage” modding environment. Rosenberg hopped on camera to showcase the process for custom-cutting a case window, hoping to demystify some basic-level case modders who seek a relatively low-level summer project.
Taking a break from some of the more research-intensive content we've posted this week, we now turn to BS Mods for another look at one of the industry's most interesting trades: Case modding. We've previously worked with Bob Stewart and Rod Rosenberg to bring you an introduction to case modding series, but have now returned with their latest piece of machine work.
Before we even get started with our coverage of the next BS Mods case modding masterpiece (really inspiring work), let me note that we're hosting yet another giveaway of PC hardware. This is our third giveaway this month. Check toward the bottom of the page for those details.
That noted, let's dive in. We had the pleasure of speaking with BS Mods' Bob Stewart and Rod Rosenberg back at PAX Prime '13, where the duo gave us expert insight for those interested in getting started with case modding. Since then, the team has graduated from the Rosewill Throne Industrial mod to a new StarCraft / Protoss-inspired thematic build for this weekend's BlizzCon event.
If you've ever been to a major LAN event or gaming convention (or, y'know, the internet), you've probably seen case mods. They're some of the most inspirational creations when it comes to upcoming system build projects for GN's staff, and if you've seen our recent "best system builds of PAX" gallery, it's easy to see why we get so excited about sleeving and painting.
It's intimidating to jump into case modding, though, and while our team has done half a dozen mods, we're certainly no experts. That's why we recruited Bob Stewart and Rod Rosenberg of BSMods -- makers of the Rosewill Throne Industrial mod we showcased -- to give us a top-level "how-to" guide to case modding and PC painting.
If you're looking for the getting started guide for performance tuning, check out our Overclocking Primer.
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