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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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Hackintosh

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I was given the task to build a system that would be on par with the MacPro for an upcoming event.

What is a Hackintosh?

Building ‘Hackintosh’ computers has become a lot easier and more popular in the recent years. If you’re unfamiliar with this term, a Hackintosh is essentially a machine running OS X on a non-Apple approved and manufactured hardware. This used to require extremely restricted hardware choices. Now you have a wide variety of options and the installation process is very simple. There are many reasons to build a Hackintosh instead of buying a Mac directly from Apple. One of the biggest reasons that drive users to building their own “Mac Pro” is the price and it’s no secret that Apple charges premium cost for its products. A few examples of advantages of a “Hackintosh” are that it’s easy to upgrade, different configurations, runs quieter and also a great learning experience. The Hackintosth community has grown exponentially over the years and I figured I’d give it a shot. I am building a set of system, one capable of performing on par with current high-end MacPro and capable of powering a 4k monitor. I want to be able to choose my own case and I want to keep everything absolutely silent, from the hard drives to fans, and everything else. Most of all, I want to do it on a budget of about $2,000, not including a 4k display. And the other build will lean towards for to a “value” system, if you’re in a tight budget.

Here’s a list of the parts I used for this build.

Parts list at Newegg / Amazon; just a little over the 2k mark

P280white Macpro

$109.99

P280

Mac Pro

$339.99

Intel i7 4770K 1150 3.5GHz Quad-Core

Intel Xeon E5 3.7GHz Quad-Core

$429.99

Gigabyte Z87X-UD7-TH Rev. 2.0

Proprietary Apple MB

$319.99

Viper 32GB DDR3 Quad Kit 2133Mhz

32GB DDR3, 1866Mhz

$139.99

ADATA SX900 256GB SSD

256BG Flash Storage

$329.99

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 WindForce

Dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics processors

$109.99

Antec Kuhler H2O 1250

CPU Air Cooler

$224.99

Antec HCP-850 Platinum

450 Watts PSU

$2004.92

$3,499

ISK Macpro

$64.99

ISK600

Mac Pro

$239.99

Intel i5 4670K 1150 3.4Ghz Quad-Core

Intel Xeon E5 3.7GHz Quad-Core

$118.99

Gigabyte H87N-WIFI

Proprietary Apple MB

$154.99

Viper 16GB DDR3 Dual Kit

12GB DDR3, 1866Mhz

$144.99

ADATA 256GB SSD

256BG Flash Storage

$259.99

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 WindForce

Dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics processors

$69.99

Antec Kuhler H2O 650

CPU Air Cooler

$89.99

EA-550 Platinum

450 Watts PSU

                   $1,143.92

$3,099

First thing you need to ask yourself is, how do you know what is and isn’t compatible? Well, the answer is simple….Google it!

Before you even start ordering your parts, I can’t stress enough to do your research first and get the correct parts; this will save you a lot of time in the long term. Once you have your hardware, you’re going to need to assemble it into a working computer. This is actually my favorite part, you get to choose from a wide selection of computer cases that you want your “MacPro” to be in. I chose our very own Antec P280 White Window. From the outside, the case is very elegant in terms of design, which is exactly what I wanted. And the very important feature for me is that it’s a silent case with excellent advanced cooling. After I chose the chassis, I decided to go with the HCP-850 Platinum, having this high end PSU might have put me over the budget I was hoping for or some might say this to be overkill, but the advantage of this is you can upgrade later without worrying about not having enough power. For a processor, I chose the quad-core Intel Core i7-4770K chip, clocked at 3.5GHz. This processor is one of the most highly supported and praised processors for a Hackintosh. Plus later on, with my Kuhler 1250 cooling my CPU, I can overclock it up to 4.2GHz or higher. For RAM, I went with 32GB Viper DDR3 by Patriot. And storage, I decided to go with ADATA SX900 256GB SSD. The SSD will be used for the operating system and apps, for a quick boot and quick performance. But later on I’ll add a standard hard drive for storage. With that kind of flexibility, upgrading with ease is one of the perks that come with building your own system. For a motherboard, I chose the Gigabyte Z87X-UD7TH Rev 2.0 (make sure your CPU matches the motherboard socket). Finally, for a GPU, I went with the Gigabyte GeForce GTX770 Windforce. This card received a lot of excellent reviews and is known to be compatible with Hackintoshes. I thought about going for something with more power, like the GTX Titan or the Radeon R9 290 but I didn’t want to go over my budget.

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Once I got all of the parts, it was time to put them together, a process that’s very familiar to me. I’ve built a fair share of systems and I must say that other than being fun, it’s also rewarding. I’m not going to go into full detail on putting the rig together, but I will say this: If this is your first time taking on this kind of challenge, Google and Youtube are your best friends, read up and watch some tutorial videos, it will help ALOT. Putting the components together is actually the only challenging thing about the entire process. It still wasn’t hard; it’ll just take a few quick reads and hands on work. After you double check everything, time to power up this baby and install OS X.

I won’t bore you guys with the step-by-step details, there are tons of guides online regarding this and it’s surprisingly easy.

Here’s a quick link to a really helpful guide I found on Youtube

To summarize, I have no problem with Apple products. In fact, if you have the money, by all means go for it and get yourself a MacPro. BUT I highly recommend the alternative purchase of a hackintosh. Not only will it save you a decent amount of money, but it’s also a good investment and a great learning experience. Here are the systems I built for Macworld / iWorld 2014.
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