Before laptops, World War II and dinosaurs, desktop PCs ruled the Earth. And they were dull. And they were beige. And nobody liked them.
Unsurprisingly, many users attempted to modify their desktop PCs in increasingly extreme ways. Some added stickers, others added flashing lights, while some -- jobless students, mostly -- pimped their rigs until they were utterly unrecognisable as PCs.
Today, we pay homage to those men and women of the modding scene by presenting to you the 20 most pimped-out case transmogfications ever conceived. You will laugh, you will cry and you will wonder why some of these people even bothered.
Above all, however, you will be thankful you bought a laptop.
This coffin PC is wrong on several levels. The headphone jack is on the outside, for a start. And it uses a wired mouse. And Windows XP. It's pretty much perfect apart from that, though.
Please send letters of complaint to the imaginative folks at www.austinpcmods.com
This 'Eleven Commandments' bible mod came as something of a surprise -- we'd always assumed God was an iMac user, given the fact he's such a creative chap. We've got to give props to Chewy at Freezefreeks.de for the use of purple velvet, though. It is big, pimpin' and a little bit evil.
We dont know who this 'wearable PC' guy is, but we're pretty sure we know how he died. It invoved pain, lots of convulsing and an enormous electricity bill. Don't try this one at home kids, at least not without rubber underwear.
Japanese artist Mio Lizawa didn't think his PC was complete without a mechanical tumour. The more CPU usage his computer is experiencing, the larger it gets. Those with a strong enough stomach should watch the video here: http://tinyurl.com/yggtg4m.
This childrens' toilet trainer PC, built by the guys at envador.com, belongs to a kid with some serious aim issues. Aside from the fact the flusher doubles as a power button, it has no redeeming features.
Damn Windows users. We're sure Mac fans wouldn't attempt something this horiffic...
Kasey McMahon stayed in for days, gutting her deceased beaver until it was hollow enough to accomodate her mini ITX PC. There are simpler ways to build a Media Center, of course, but she probably wasn't aware of this at the time.
Futurama fan Jan Erik Vangen of Norway crafted this Leela, er, desktop from a store mannequin and shedloads of pressure foam. She has a webcam in her eye and a thumbdrive in her thumb. The Bender PC is a little more complex. It was built from sheet metal, has lightbulbs for eyes, and a slot-loading DVD drive for a mouth. You can see the entire construction process by visiting http://www.mini-itx.com/projects/bender/default.asp?page=1.
PopularMechanics went ballistic and created this desktop that's literally a desktop. All components -- motherboard, graphics card, hard drives -- are mounted beneath a transparent layer of clear acrylic bolted to an aluminium frame.
This cardboard PC was designed as part of a Greener Gadgets Design Competition in New York during February of this year. Cardboard may not seem the safest material to built a PC from, but its designer Brendan Macaluso says cardboard actually has a much higher fire and ignition point than most plastics. If you say so, mate.
We're not sure who built this beer-dispensing PC, but there's no denying he's an absolute genius. He'll probably go on to invent the time machine and a cure for ugliness -- if he's able to stay off the booze long enough.
Jeffrey Stephenson gutted this computer power supply and installed an entire computer -- complete with power supply. We're pretty sure he stole this idea from a food concept we invented while drunk. We can't give too much away, but it involved a chicken stuffed into a turkey, stuffed into a pig, stuffed into a cow and roasted on gas mark 5 for 8 hours, turning occasionally.
Toasters aren't the sexiest things in the world, but that didn't stop Adam Bertram from sliding a Via M9000 motherboard, 40GB hard drive, 4x DVD drive and a Hauppauge USB TV tuner inside his GE 4-slotter.
Kanna Higashi and Matsumura Katsuya lovingly created this anime character from scratch. Its frame is built from polyvinyl chroloride pipes, polystyrene foam and micro-hollow-globular-resin-clay, which look a lot fitter than they sound.
Most people put the PC inside the living room, but this unknown modder has put the living room inside his PC. This imaginative little creation features a miniature sofa, plus a table with portrait, New York Times newspaper and flowers, and a functioning lamp connected to the adjacent motherboard.