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Would You Pay $1,600 For An 8-Bit Mushroom PC Case?

By David Ponce

We all love us some Mario, and vintage gaming, and 8-bit things and whatnot. And sure, that PC case you see in the picture is nice and would probably give your desktop some swagger… But it’s $1,600. Yeah, that’s just for the case. This guy on Etsy makes them. He then says he’ll work with you to select the PC components you want, and assemble it all for you, install the drivers, etc… while of course adding the price of those components to the already stratospheric $1,600.

Then, he’ll ship it to you… for an estimated $200!

Yeah, we’ll pass. But hey, money has been known to burn holes in some people’s pockets, so knock your socks off if this is your thing.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Coolest Gadgets ]

NOFAN CR-95C Uses No Fan, No Liquid For CPU Cooling

By David Ponce

Keeping a CPU cool is typically the job of the fan. It’s noisy and the standard ones do an average job of things. More serious gamers and over clockers typically go the liquid-cooling way, which is quieter and much more efficient. But it’s also an intricate setup, requiring some plumbing and a pump. Nothing the average geek can’t handle, but it doesn’t even come close to the elegance and quietness of a fanless, passive design, like the NOFAN CR-95C. Made entirely out of copper and looking rather bling, it “is rated to cool CPUs of up to 100W TDP without the need for a fan. Judging from all the Intel and AMD leaks, that level efficiency ought to have you covered regardless of whether you opt for Ivy Bridge or Trinity”, which are the next generation processors to come out of the big two. The NOFAN CR-95C weighs in at a rather hefty 1,020g, putting it slightly over a kilo and measures 180mm by 148mm. it comes out sometime in June for an undisclosed price.

[ Manufacturer Website ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Thermaltake’s Level 10 GT Gets A Paint Job, Adds “Battle Edition” To Its Name

By David Ponce

Much has been said about Thermaltake’s Level 10 GT case since its release back in January of 2011. And now it’s gone and gotten itself a shiny new army-style paint job “to evoke the “battle” spirit of being a gamer and its true representation.” That was enough to justify a new-ish name: meet the Level 10 GT Battle Edition. It’s still the same case as before though, and if you’ve never heard of it, here’s a quick primer:

It’s a full tower SECC chassis with plenty of cooling fans, an integrated fan controller, eight drive bays, USB 3.0 support, various LED color light modes, PitsStop 5 (EasySwap HDD bays), internal Superspeed USB 3.0 ports, Quadfans, Triple Colorshift, Coolflux, S.S.S (Smart Security System), Cableclear and TripleMax.

No price has been announced for this edition, but the regular case costs around $290 so expect something in that range.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

ModMyPi Offers Case For Raspberry Pi, 5% Kickback To Foundation

By David Ponce

So you might have heard about the Raspberry Pi, that deck-of-cards-sized $35 computer that runs Linux and has a Broadcom BCM2835 system on a chip (SoC), which includes an ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz processor, VideoCore IV GPU, and 256 Megabytes of RAM. It’s supposed to promote the use of computers in schools, but at that price point, people are grabbing it for all sorts of reasons. We hear it runs HD video just fine, even if it has to be stored on a separate SD card. Anyway, for $35 what you get is a pretty bare bones system, with no case. ModMyPi is selling just such a case, which comes in 5 different colour combinations. They’re made out of perforated ABS plastic, which should keep your Pi cool while keeping the dust out. They cost “£7.99 ($12.70) for the black or white versions. The other colors will cost an extra £1.99 ($3.15), as will international shipping. So the price ranges from $12.70 up to $18.99 depending on your selection and location. To sweeten the deal, ModMyPi will donate 5% of their profits to the Raspberry foundation.

Hit the jump for a couple more pics and links.

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Aerodyne Is A Pretty Hand-Made Art Deco PC

By David Ponce

Jeffrey Stephenson got a Mini-ITX case recently, and decided to put a lot of pretty things around it. Made from mahogany with aluminum accents, the Aerodyne has an Intel i3 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid state drive. Jeffrey decided that he’d make 5 to 10 of these and sell them, only on order. So you can contact him at jeffrey at and get some details. We’re too afraid to ask the price, but we did have fun wondering if we’d ever be able to make one ourselves (the truth? Heck no!). See, Jeffrey has made available over 150 photographs of the build; this is one intricate job.

[ Project Page ] AND [ Worklog ] VIA [ BoingBoing ]

Mad Catz amBX Adds Ambient Lighting To Your Gaming Experience

By Chris Scott Barr

Are you looking for a way to immerse yourself into your video games a bit more? We’re still a long way from virtual reality, but there are small things you can do to feel like a part of the game. One thing is to have the proper audio setup. Switching from stereo to a 5.1 surround sound setup can make a huge difference. Soon, you’ll even be able to add mood lighting to your PC games. That’s right, mood lighting.

Mad Catz has announced their new amBX devices, which provide ambient light in conjunction with whatever game you are playing. They can actually take lighting cues from the PC games that you’re playing, and give off the same colors that are being seen in the game. This takes the image from just being on the screen in front of you, and makes it a part of the entire room. Will this be the next big thing in gaming? We’ll see when the lights hit later this year.

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CoolIT Vantage – Review

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When it comes to your gaming PC, getting the most bang for your buck(explosion out of your dollar) is of the utmost importance. For many, this means overclocking components such as the CPU and video card, to milk every last bit of performance from the hardware without paying anything extra. The downside to this is of course the additional heat generated from pushing your hardware to its limits.

So how do you keep your rig running cool without breaking the bank? Obviously upgrading your stock cooling system is going to be your first line of defense against heat. Now do you go with air cooling, or a liquid cooling setup? These days, I’m all for the latter. For a minimal increase in cost, you can greatly reduce not only the temperature of your components, but the noise as well.

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NZXT Sentry Gives You Complete Control Of Your PC’s Cooling Systems

By Chris Scott Barr

If you’ve got a pretty beefy gaming PC that’s packed with hardware, chances are that you need to keep an eye on your cooling. After all, you don’t want to damage anything by inadvertently letting it overheat. Of course at the same time, if you’ve chosen to go with a strictly air-cooled solution, that can get pretty loud. What you need is a good way to tweak your fans to maintain the proper temperature, without simply cranking them all on high and forgetting about it.

NZXT has released several cases and stand-alone products that keep this in mind, however, their latest offering may very well be their best. The new Sentry LXE is a touchscreen LCD  that shows information about your system’s temperature, and allows you to control your fans. While this isn’t something new exactly, this one sets itself apart by not being integrated into the computer case itself.

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CoolIT Launches Universal GPU Liquid Cooling System


By Chris Scott Barr

It’s no surprise that liquid cooling is growing in popularity, as your computer can realize greater potential while generally running much quieter than with traditional air cooling. We’ve seen a number of offerings from CoolIT, who have really shaken things up with their simple all-in-one CPU cooling systems. These have been great because not only are they simple to setup, but they tend to be compatible with most CPU platforms that are still in use today. Unfortunately if you want to apply the same great cooling solutions to your graphics card, you’ll be forced to buy an entire solution aimed at your specific card. When you go to upgrade, you’ll need to buy a brand new cooler as well. This is something that CoolIT has finally addressed with their OMNI A.L.C. system.

The system is comprised of three parts. First you have the universal OMNI water block, which essentially does all of the work. Second you have a universal liquid plate, which keeps the cooling liquid flowing over the interposer plate. This third piece is what attaches directly to your graphics card. Since they have made the interposer plate separate from the actual liquid plate, you can simply switch this piece out when you decide to upgrade your graphics card.

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