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The crazy cases of Computex

From the impressive to the outright insane, Computex is like an episode of PC Chassis Gone Wild.

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Craig Simms
Craig was sucked into the endless vortex of tech at an early age, only to be spat back out babbling things like "phase-locked-loop crystal oscillators!". Mostly this receives a pat on the head from the listener, followed closely by a question about what laptop they should buy.
Craig Simms
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From the impressive to the outright insane, Computex is like an episode of PC Chassis Gone Wild.

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A modded case from Alexander Weise, celebrating Diablo III.

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The same case, from the front.

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Looking for all the world like a compost bin, the Segotep "Super Case H1" comes from original equipment manufacturers Chaintech and Colorful. Seriously, it even has a handle for its lid.

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This is the more than faintly ridiculous: the CFI A1028 (video). This bit can house up to an HPTX motherboard...

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...and this bit takes a mini ITX board. Yep, two systems, one cup — er, case.

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Lian Li's PC-CK101 is another of its special edition cases, like the Seashell and Spider before it. And. like those cases, the company is thinking about selling this. For real.

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Two USB 3.0 ports, and above, the cow catcher is the slim optical drive.

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This case mod, called the Armor Suit Z77 and built by Paultan, was in Asus' booth to celebrate its TUF range of motherboards.

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Ban Nguyen and Bitspower crafted this Republic of Gamers chassis for Asus.

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Up close detail.

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This Alexander Weise mod wouldn't look out of place crammed into Gordon Freeman's buggy.

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The office bin PC... er... Green Mesh Computer Case apparently took five years of R&D and keeps out dust. We're really not sure, on account of all those holes, but the inventor reckons the hot air emitted by your PC components alone will keep dust out.

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Inwin had a prototype finned chassis on display, in a variety of colours. You wouldn't want to spill your drink down those slots.

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Hang on, that's just a normal gaming case, isn't it? Sure. Until you notice the wireless router built into the top.

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Chinese brand Haial's H1201's red aluminium was beautiful to behold. At first glance it seemed well built too, which might put fear into Lian Li.

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Detail on the H1201.

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It's been out for a while, but Coolermaster's Cosmos II is truly, ridiculously huge. We love the sports car finish and fold out doors.

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Seriously, you could fit a small person in there.

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We adore BitFenix's Prodigy case — the tiny case with huge flexibility. It's thinking about producing more variants, than just black and white, and had some test samples on show.

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You may only buy Cougar's Challenger if you're a Power Ranger villain.

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Streacom makes incredibly beautiful, understated and passively cooled HTPC cases.

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If GameSpot Australia's editor Randolph Ramsay owned a PC, it'd be this one from Yodia, which specialises in custom front panels.

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Because you can never have enough readouts or blinking lights.

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