All of us here at WinCustomize enjoy making our desktops look like our own. But what about customizing & making our PC rigs our own? Like with fancy lights on the inside? Or custom decals on top of our notebooks?
It's hard to believe that a site like this doesn't have a PC Modding thread. The purpose of this thread is to list the computer you've bought/built, and if you've upgraded it over time. (Buying a new PC doesn't count as an upgrade.) I mean, working inside the case & adding/replacing parts. So in other words, this is a hardware geeks thread, more so than desktop customization.
So I'll start with my rig.
I bought an HP hpe-400f (a mid-range consumer Desktop PC) last November at a local electronics store. Everything came stock. No upgrades. Wasn't too terribly pleased with boot times, or "crapware" installed on the machine. And Hard Drive grinding is very annoying to me now.
Here are the upgrades i've made:
->Bought a 60GB Sata II SSD, an OCZ Vertex 2 and i'm using it as my Boot Drive.
->Installed a PCI-e Sound Card with 116db SNR ratio. (Most motherboards come ~85db)
->Installed a PCI-e SATA III Adapter to accomodate next-gen SATA III SSDs. (My Mobo doesn't come with SATA III ports)
->Replaced the stock fan with a Blue LED lit one (for aesthetics)
->Add a Green 12" Cold-Cathode to light up the inside of my rig (again for aesthetics)
->Install a PCI fan to cool my video & sound cards (it'll be placed between the two)
->Add a 2nd SSD; a 128GB SATA III 6.0Gbps drive (partially to ensure that my add-in card is REALLY 6.0Gbps, not just 3)
->Possibly remove my hard drive from it's bay. It's just a power-hungry, loud mechanical menace. I really don't need a whole TB of disk space anyway.
->Hopefully install 2 more Cold-Cathode lights on the inside-top part of the PC. (My PC has a removable top panel) But I might have to drill a hole near the edge to wire the molex cables through. Not sure yet if i'm gonna do it.
So yeah. I've upgraded my rig quite a bit so far, and i'm far from finished. I still want USB 3.0 (not found on my mobo), and more LED lights. A Lot more Lights.
If you guys want, post some pics of your rig to show to the rest of the community. I don't have all my LED/Cathode lights yet, so i'm gonna wait for now.
And here are some sites for PC Modding parts:
Arctic Mod: www.arcticmod.com
Crazy PC: www.crazypc.com
And Amazon also has PC Modding gear as well.
Not it's time to REALLY make your PC your own, both inside and out! (Software, Hardware respectively)