Optimus Prime Wins PC Case Contest

Optimus Prime Wins PC Case Contest

Saturday, August 4th, 2007 5:57pm CDT

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Extreme Tech recently held a contest asking people to design their own type of casing for their personal computers. 36-year-old John Mangus from Pennsylvania won first place in this contest by modeling his PC case to resemble G1 Optimus Prime. Check out the article and the pictures of the winning PC case.

"This Optimus Prime PC mod is made out of aluminum from ranges of 14 ga to 1/4" material and formed and tig welded. It stands 6'10" tall while in transport mode. When I was designing this PC I wanted it to transform in some way or another. It is a Transfomer, what kind would it be if it did not transform. So, I made it transform into a much smaller desktop form. The hands are from casts I made from my own hands. I thought it would be cool to have something of me built into the mod. I used a slideout motherboard design for the MB mounting and external PSU mounted in a custom enclosure mounted on the back. It also has a 7" LCD sreen mounted in the waist to watch movies or such. I made the Autobot Matix center out of a solid peice of brass then milled it on my lathe to accept a 7" blue plasma disk and mounted on a 1/4" aluminum frame and polished it to a mirror shine".

Credit(s): www.extremetech.com


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Re: Optimus Prime Wins PC Case Contest (263650)
Posted by alldarker on August 4th, 2007 @ 6:09pm CDT
Congratulations to John Magnus... Seriously though, when I first read this topic title, I thought this would be a story about a court case being won by Optimus Prime / Hasbro over being politically correct!
Re: Optimus Prime Wins PC Case Contest (263656)
Posted by Liege Evilmus on August 4th, 2007 @ 6:13pm CDT
I hope this makes mass production.

Also, John Magnus, very fitting!
Re: Optimus Prime Wins PC Case Contest (263666)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on August 4th, 2007 @ 6:15pm CDT
Cool.
Re: Optimus Prime Wins PC Case Contest (263675)
Posted by Justicity on August 4th, 2007 @ 6:19pm CDT
I want one ^^
Re: Optimus Prime Wins PC Case Contest (263687)
Posted by Cyber-Kun on August 4th, 2007 @ 6:26pm CDT
That is SO cool.
Re: Optimus Prime Wins PC Case Contest (263700)
Posted by Raymond T. on August 4th, 2007 @ 6:34pm CDT
Liege Evilmus wrote:I hope this makes mass production.

Also, John Magnus, very fitting!
Erm... His name is MaNGus, not MaGNus... :P

You don't think they'll repaint it White and Blue, do you?! :shock:
Re: Optimus Prime Wins PC Case Contest (263712)
Posted by SnipeShade on August 4th, 2007 @ 6:44pm CDT
O_O *jaw drops* geez... amazing.
Re: Optimus Prime Wins PC Case Contest (263752)
Posted by tech348 on August 4th, 2007 @ 7:27pm CDT
I'd buy that.
Re: Optimus Prime Wins PC Case Contest (263758)
Posted by Windracer on August 4th, 2007 @ 7:33pm CDT
Oh my god... That... is AMAZING. :shock:
Re: Optimus Prime Wins PC Case Contest (263863)
Posted by Versa on August 4th, 2007 @ 8:50pm CDT
Not to be mean, but that dude probably spent more making that sucker than the value in prizes he got. My god I hope he gets noticed for that. I'd be mad if that's all I got for an award! hehe...
Re: Optimus Prime Wins PC Case Contest (263951)
Posted by Ninja Sixshot on August 4th, 2007 @ 9:57pm CDT
that thing looks so cool.
Re: Optimus Prime Wins PC Case Contest (264054)
Posted by rebelprime on August 4th, 2007 @ 11:13pm CDT
this guy had to be a very talented craftsman that is awsome
Re: Optimus Prime Wins PC Case Contest (264240)
Posted by Roddy P on August 5th, 2007 @ 3:09am CDT
So Prime runs on Windows Vista. :-? interesting, I wonder if he has issues with drivers.
Re: Optimus Prime Wins PC Case Contest (265073)
Posted by i_amtrunks on August 5th, 2007 @ 6:38pm CDT
Very nice effort.
It's also somewhat useful!
Re: Optimus Prime Wins PC Case Contest (265084)
Posted by Elita One on August 5th, 2007 @ 6:44pm CDT
The coolest PC case Ive ever seen. Makes the ones with the fancy neon lights and clear cases look lame.
Re: Optimus Prime Wins PC Case Contest (267004)
Posted by Jetfire Masta on August 6th, 2007 @ 7:06pm CDT
Dude, that is awesome. Make my case look like crap =(
Re: Optimus Prime Wins PC Case Contest (269525)
Posted by NightFall on August 8th, 2007 @ 12:51am CDT
Neato!

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