Razer Christine concept is a stress-free custom-built PC

Project Christine is a concept custom-build PC system where you don't have to worry about breaking the components -- just click new units into place.

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Love PC gaming? Terrified of wrecking hundreds of pounds of delicate componentry with your cackhanded fumbling? Razer has an idea for you. How about a custom-built PC, with all the upgradeability and customisation, but with none of the nerve-jangling engineering?

Christine, as Razer is adorably christening the concept, is exactly that -- a sturdy tower with chunky, klutz-proof plastic components that simply click into place. No need to worry about bending connectors, no more baffling leftover screws, no need to blow out the insides with a preposterously overpriced can of air.

"Choose any module on-the-fly in any combination, whether it’s the CPU, memory, graphics card, storage or power supply module, and simply plug it in," Razer explains. "The PCI-Express architecture of Project Christine automatically syncs the components."

Each module has liquid cooling, Razer says, so you can safely overclock it without tearing up the guarantee. Here's a video showing a bit more (WARNING: overly dramatic music).

The obvious downside is that, if it becomes real, you would have to buy all your components from Razer. So while you theoretically have the freedom to upgrade your own PC, you'd have to wait for the latest graphics card or CPU to become available in plastic-clad butterfingers format (and who knows how much extra it would cost?).

The upside is it's probably the coolest looking custom PC I've ever seen -- it's like Darth Vader has redecorated the Pompidou Centre. Razer hasn't said when it's likely to be available, if ever, but we'll keep you updated.

Would something like Christine persuade you to get a custom PC? Or is it easy enough to do it yourself, or pay someone to do it for you? Plug your thoughts into the comments section below, or try out our modular Facebook page.