AUSTIN, Texas--Many have said it: The PC is dead. But for AMD, one of the largest PC chipmakers in the world, that idea is nothing short of sacrilege, even in the era of the smartphone and the tablet.
To showcase what it sees as the "rejuvenation" of the PC as an artistic canvas, AMD is at South by Southwest (SXSW) showing off a collection of modded PCs that showcase what imaginative people can do with a set of off-the-shelf components and perhaps the occasional astronaut helmet.
This computer is using an AMD E-350 processor along with a Radeon graphics card and is set up to run Skype video calls with a nearby pay phone PC mod.
This PC was designed to fire model rockets from two silos that open up on the case's top. It features a series of switches that, when flipped in the proper order, start a countdown during which first one silo opens, and then the second. Then the rockets fire.
As part of its Gaming Evolved program, AMD goes to game developers and helps them optimize the performance of the PCs they design on. This Crysis 3 machine features a high-end Radeon HD 7970 graphics card, an FX-8350 processor, and 16 gigabytes of RAM. It's also water-cooled.
This Teenage Ninja Turtles pizza thrower used to toss little plastic pizzas. But the slot where the pizzas came out is the perfect size for a little pico projector, and that's just what this small PC is being used for: to project video.