AMD shows cool PC case mods, including a rocket launcher, at SXSW

A few weeks ago, we posted up an editorial that gave our opinion about the future of the desktop PC. In short, we think that the big tower case will never go away and one of the reasons we gave was that there will always be a number of hardcore hardware owners who will try to made cool case mods from desktop PC components.

This week, AMD is showcasing some of the coolest PC case mods we have ever seen in an event during the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas. CNet.com has taken some pictures of the wild case mods, all of which have AMD processors inside.

The custom creations range from a PC in the shape of the The Mystery Machine, to a payphone, to an old fashioned Fire Chief gas pump.

The gas pump PC and the Mystery Machine PC are both the creation of well known PC case mod maker Ben Heck and he also made another PC case mod that also serves as a way to launch two small model rockets. Yes, it's a PC and its a rocket launcher. Anandtech goes into more detail on the workings of this case mod, which has an 1950s style of design, complete with really big red switches that launch the rockets.

You can check out a test launch of the rockets inside the custom PC in the video above. We think that all PCs should have rocket launchers inside them from now on. Are you listening HP, Dell, and Lenovo?

Source: CNet and AnandTech | Image via CNet

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I just watched 1:13 and I haven't seen it like that before? I'm willing to bet that they chose youtube to stabalize thier video for them. It ****s with them real bad.

cant see a point other than ****s and giggles, not knocking others for wanting simply ****s and giggles, as ****s and giggles are fine (I love ****s and giggles, just not this kind). I found some entertainment in this as well, so thanks. I also found possibly an element of geek interest that I may pickup on later, so for others thanks.

Alright this is kind of off topic but at 1:13 the camera starts to "loose focus" and feels wavy and unstable, I've noticed this a lot on youtube videos now. What is the deal with this, is it some sort of stability thing built into cameras/phones, its annoying as hell. It's like drunk vision.

Have you never used a camera before?? Well i'm not sure if you're joking because your comment seems too stupid... But he clearly walks backwards (thats why it's wavy) so the camera lens loses its focus (thats why it's blurry), so the camera software tries to re-focus the lens. It's very common for this to happen on any cheap camera.

1Pixel said,
Have you never used a camera before?? Well i'm not sure if you're joking because your comment seems too stupid... But he clearly walks backwards (thats why it's wavy) so the camera lens loses its focus (thats why it's blurry), so the camera software tries to re-focus the lens. It's very common for this to happen on any cheap camera.

You know, people take you more seriously when you don't lace your informative comment with insults.

Just sayin'