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Antec Case Mod Tribute to World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

“Our bond is iron, our will unbreakable, who will stand against us?” – Grommash Hellscream

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With the November 13th release of the Warlords of Draenor™, the fifth expansion in the massively popular multiplayer online role-playing game, World of Warcraft®, we decided to pay tribute with a PC case mod that looks at home on the battlefields of Draenor. And since this expansion’s release also marks the tenth anniversary of the WoW franchise, we figured we would pair up our own Eleven Hundred V2 pc gaming case for creating a case mod worthy of the Iron Horde. The result of the case mod project, dubbed the “Relic of Hellscream,” is something we’d display proudly on our desk top or show off at the next LANfest. We’re taking you behind the build with details on the amount of work that went into it, and photos to go along. Don’t forget to check out the giveaway sweepstakes, below!

In a nutshell, the plot of WoD takes place after the events of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, as Garrosh Hellscream escapes trial and travels back in time to a pivotal moment in Warcraft history, stopping the Orcs from drinking the Blood of Mannoroth, which prevents their enslavement by the Burning Legion. In doing so, Garrosh creates an alternate timeline where he forms a new Iron Horde and tries to create a Dark Portal to wage war on present-day Azeroth. The case mod is an ode to the Iron Horde’s siege weapons.

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We partnered up with Bill Owen, Pro Modder from Mnpctech to create this Antec 1100 Case Mod Tribute. The case we selected for this project hails from Antec’s Gaming series, the Eleven Hundred V2. Armed with good looks, good airflow with plenty of room for additional fans, nine expansion slots, and grommet-lined holes for cable management, the Eleven Hundred V2 is easy to build with and is a great canvas for case mods like this.

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To create the case with a weathered, authentic look, Bill used a Dremel to add texture and finished with airbrushing and dry brushing effects. The effort that went into doing it was no small feat—Bill, asserting that, “Iron Horde Orcs didn’t have CNC Machines,” needed to make this fan grill look like it was forged from iron by Siegecrafter Blackfuse himself. Bill used the 120mm Billet Fan Grill Blow Hole Kit to create his custom “Iron Horde” front intake grill. The 120mm Blow hole fan grill is CNC machined from 3/16″ thick 6061 aluminum, while the crest is made from black acrylic, and hand painted to look like it was carved from stone.

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The Eleven Hundred V2 is outfitted with a whole new front intake, with drive bay covers that look like they were made from hardwood. Bill used a Dremel to craft the edges and dry brushed the wood grain effect.

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The aluminum mesh adds a very Medieval-esque touch, as it resembles chainmail armor, and the side panel has slotted aluminum mesh. The framework is studded with polished billet aluminum spikes throughout. Aluminum diamond mesh pieces are added to the openings along the 5.25” drive bays, and the clear side panel is replaced by smoked acrylic.

The case is flanked on both sides by artwork. On one side, the skull emblem is inspired by Hellscream’s shoulder strap buckle, and is meticulously airbrushed by hand. The Iron Horde’s emblem is airbrushed on the opposite panel.

 

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So there you have it, a case mod that looks as fierce as its namesake. Do not try this at home- at least without the proper safety gear and precautions. A big thanks to Bill for building this epic mod, and to Mnpctech for the mod parts, supplies and modding tools. Please consider shopping Mnpctech for your next custom AMD or Intel Gaming PC project. Also, cosplay artist Lisa Lou Who took some amazing shots with her custom-made Gorehowl– check out her page as well.

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But wait, there’s more! We didn’t want to part with this case, but since we’re nice, we’re doing a contest on our Facebook page. The winner will get to recreate this badass build, with the Grand Prize package that includes this one-of-a-kind case mod, along with our new EDGE PSU and Kuhler 1250.

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X-1 Cooler

MAXIMIZE YOUR XBOX ONE’S PERFORMANCE NOW!

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Whether you’re using it for video games or as part of a media center power house, the Xbox One can certainly deliver. There are plenty of reasons to love the Xbox one. It’s a truly next-gen system with hi-definition visuals. But it’s not all sunshine and roses. Certainly, the Xbox One has its shortcomings as well. The most noticeable, one you’d be most likely hear from number of users, is how loud it can potentially get.  The fan hits higher rpms to dissipate heat as much possible, because the Xbox one will generate more heat during heavy loads of operation or during an extended time of play. Overheating is one of the biggest concerns whether it be for PC or Console gaming.

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The X-1 Cooler is specifically made to complement your Xbox one. We used the same technology from our PC hardware into this product. Antec is known to manufacture various hardware parts, but notably excels when it comes to Quiet Computing. The powerful fluid dynamic bearing cooling fan efficiently and quietly draws hot air away from your console, directing it to the rear exhaust vent. This in turn promotes better airflow even in cramped entertainment centers. And you don’t really want a loud Xbox one during your 8+ hours Breaking Bad binge on Netflix over the weekend do you? It will also allow you to wait until your significant other or parents is/are asleep to sneak downstairs and get in a few rounds of CoD without getting in trouble.

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So how will the X-1 benefit you? The X-1 Cooler is tested to reduce console temperature by 30%. Also features a pass through USB so you don’t have to worry about losing a slot. The non-skid top platform will allow you to rest your controller or any other accessory right on top of your Xbox one without worrying about covering the top exhaust fan. I have heard some people play as much as 7+ hours of game time a day and this Xbox cooler will definitely help prevent overheating and may even lengthen your console’s lifespan. Also, if you are planning to stream (or already a streamer on Twitch), streaming requires you to play countless hours in a day and will surely strain the console at some point in time. You don’t want your frame rates to be dropping in the middle of a gun fight do you? So focus on your K/D ratio and don’t worry about your system overheating or dropping frame rates from slowing down your games.The X-1 got you covered.

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Planning a DIY project? Thinking of dismantling your Xbox One and changing the fan yourself? Well don’t! It’s just too risky and you might unintentionally damage your Xbox. It’ll also be tricky and will for sure void your warranty. This is a better and smarter option for the time and effort you’ll spend “modding” your Xbox. So if you worry about your Xbox One fan waking the neighbors or just want to get the maximum performance out of your console, then check out this X-1 Cooler, it will definitely help reduce your console noise problem and reach its maximum potential.

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