March, 2010 - We're settled into our new digs down here in sunny Florida and
it's time to get back to business! I'm sure you know what that means... time for
a new Just In Case article! Get your dremels and hole saws out, and let's begin!
Lian Li PC-B25FWSB Computer
Li's PC-B25FWSB case is simple and elegant. One could even call it simply
elegant. It's not gaudy or outlandish, yet it's still a great showpiece for
those of you who like to display your rigs. The windowed side panel even allows
for some custom lighting to show off your machine's inner beauty, because it's
what's on the inside that counts, right?
The PC-B25FWSB already has some impressive control over it's noise output, but
you can always help it out a bit with some deluxe rubber fan screws. To spice
the outside up a bit, break out the tools and throw an illuminated switch on
there in place of the regular power supply. The blue ring switch would match
great with the blue ring on the front of the case. And since we all know it's
not just the outside that needs love, toss some blue cathodes behind that
windowed side panel for a great finish to this mod.
Lian Li makes great cases, and you simply can't go wrong with the PC-B25FWSB.
For those of you who like a little more eye-candy with a flair for
customization, the blue lighting mods are simply awesome. And rubber screws keep
things nice and quiet.
AeroCool BX-500 Gaming Computer
latest entry into the gaming case market is nothing to be scoffed at. This thing
supports up to 10 fans straight out of the box, and I'm sure all you intrepid
modders out there can find more spots to drill holes. You may be thinking, "With
all those fan holes, won't my case get all dusty?" The short answer: No.
AeroCool saw fit to include dust filters for not only the front intake, but the
bottom intake as well. Thats right, theres a bottom intake fan. They've also
gone ahead and drilled holes for tubing, if all that air cooling isn't doin' it
To kick off the mods for this gaming case, why don't we start with a new
addition to Razer's line of gaming mice? The Razer Naga mouse was designed with
MMO gamers in mind, sporting an astounding 17 buttons that are completely
programmable, 12 of which are located on the side of the mouse for easy
accessibility. That's a whole lotta macros on just your mouse! Next, we're going
to recommend the ZEROtherm Nirvana CPU cooler. This cooler has an enormous 84.7
CFM airflow rating, which coincides perfectly with the BX-500. And finally, to
keep all those fans doing exactly what you want them to, toss one or two of the
Lamptron FAN-atic baybus in for good measure. This awesome baybus has three
states for each switch (12v, 5v, OFF) and the LEDs actually change color
depending on what state each switch is in.
The Bottom Line:
The BX-500 is any gamer's dream case and the Naga is any MMO gamer's dream
mouse, what better pairing is there? ZEROtherm's cooler and Lamptron's baybus
help round out this mod, and keep your dreams from becoming a nightmare.
Level 10 Computer Case
Level 10 case is the stuff of legends. One of our customers summed it up best
when he said this case looks so good, he'd buy it even if he never used a
computer, just to look at it! Resulting from a collaboration between Thermaltake,
BMW Group, and DesignWorksUSA, the Level 10 features a fully-compartmentalized
design and an open modular structure. Since your components are isolated in this
case, it allows your cooling systems to work much more efficiently by only
needing to cool the component they were made to cool, instead of your entire
case. It's the computing equivalent of having A/C units in every room in the
house, instead of just the kitchen.
You may be thinking, "This case is so FREAKIN' COOL already, what could you
possibly do to it to make it better??" Well, the answer is, not much. Chances
are, if you're sinking this much money into your case alone, you want some
serious performance. Which is why we chose these three mods for this case. The
Cyber Snipa Warboard is a great gaming keyboard, boasting 17 replaceable combat
keys in addition to the dedicated programmable macro buttons. The Silencer laser
mouse, also from Cyber Snipa, is a personal favorite. The contour is
comfortable, it has an adjustable weight system, the powerful programming is
very easy to use, and the on-the-fly DPI switching is seamless. And to power it
all, go with the Kingwin MACH1 1000W power supply. A modular, performance-minded
power supply for a modular, performance-minded case. A perfect fit!
The Bottom Line:
Thermaltake's Level 10 case is pure awesome, and peripherals by Cyber Snipa can
only make it better. Throw in a power supply by one of the best manufacturers
out there, Kingwin, and you have a recipe for win. Start saving!