When it comes to modding PC hardware, there’s something for everyone, no matter their skill level. Some modders aim to create near-silent rigs, and fall into the world of fanless PC building. With fanless builds, creators use inventive cooling systems and various forms of heat-sinking to vastly reduce the noise made by their builds. For one such modder, Dana from New York, working through the process of creating a fanless PC was “very fun to build, and I learned a lot about cutting metal.”
And for the performance obsessed, there’s always the challenge of overclocking, where modders work to squeeze every last drop of performance out of their rigs. Through fine tuning, tweaking, and creating stable voltages, modders turn their systems into lean, mean, boosted machines. For Kirk, a dedicated overclocker from Pennsylvania, overclocking is like putting together a big puzzle, “if one piece doesnt fit right,” he explains, “it all falls apart.” This puzzle-like nature of PC building is what really appeals to me as a gamer — even the act of building my rig becomes a game in and of itself.
Now I want to hear from you. From aesthetic modifications to performance boosting and even down to tricking out your peripherals with custom mods on your keyboard and mouse, I want to hear your favorite achievements. What’s the computer hardware mod you’re most proud of? Let me know in the comments below.
For more inspiration, check out the video below to see how PC Builder CLX used cutting edge technology to craft and mod their system in Intel’s Extreme Rig Challenge. In the contest, Intel gave nine top PC builders their powerful 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i9 Extreme Edition processor, an ASUS motherboard, and one of the fastest drives on the market then set them to task building a rad gaming PC. Need more ideas on how to build your own rig? Check out the link, vote for your favorite, and win some great prizes.
Giaco Furino is a Senior Writer for Studio@Gizmodo.