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As an example Blog, I chose the May winner of the ROTM contest. Vader by @sbach34! It’s one of my favorite mods, there are many in our community but this one stands out for me the most. I like it because of the way it looks on the desk, compact (mini-ITX), yet “mean/powerful” looking (probably because of the carbon fiber), and most all, because it glows red!

Another reason why I chose Vader is that the creator included a video, which does the trick! Look...

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Original description:

"I’ve built PCs in the past, but this was my first time building a completely custom PC. The frame is an Antec Striker and the first thing I did after I got it out of the box was take a deep breath and start cutting it up with a die grinder. Sparks flying everywhere. I wish I could upload more than 6 pictures to show the build progress. I custom-designed and 3D printed my cable channels, brackets, and mounts for the FL240 reservoir, aluminum pass-through plate, fans, and radiators. I also custom designed and 3D printed a reservoir back plate with the Red Devil logo. The pass-through plate was made from 3mm aluminum and added to give it just that extra touch, as well as create more room between the two main chassis plates. This build took about a month and loved every minute of it. It is a Mini-ITX build giving full ATX performance. Combined with the 6900 XT Red Devil Ultimate and this thing has an excess of power.


Here are the pictures:


Front ViewFront View

Side ViewSide View

Side View 2Side View 2

Powered by AMD!Powered by AMD!

Glowing Red!Glowing Red!

The specs:

Antec Striker Chassis

Asus ROG Strix X570-I gaming

Ryzen 9 5900X

Power Color 6900 XT Red Devil Ultimate

32GB G.Skill Trident Z Neo 3600MHz

EVGA 1000W G3 Supernova

2x Wester Digital Black SN850 1TB each

1x Samsung 840 Evo 500 GB

EKWB Kinetic FLT240 pump/reservoir

CableMod custom cables for EPS, 24-pin and GPU power

Linkup Ultra PCIe 4.0 x16 riser cable

EKWB water blocks for CPU and GPU.

2x EKWB 240 radiators. 1x SE and 1x PE

4x EKWB Vardar X3M 120mm Fans. 2 RGB/2 Matte Black

All water tubing and fittings from EKWB

Steelseries Arctis 7 headset

Logitech G110 Keyboard

Logitech G502 Mouse

1 LG 34GP83A 34 inch WQHD 3440x1440 @ 160Hz FreeSync Premium

1 Viotek GN34CB 34 inch WQHD 3440x1440 @ 100Hz Free Sync

Custom 3D printed parts from my Prusa i3 MK3s+


I have to ask @sbach34, are you planning on doing another mod?


Adept III

unique design

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Volunteer Moderator

I like the carbon fiber touches.  The video is not available to me for some reason though.

Adept III

The video is also unavailable for me.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Hello, @BigAl01 and @bgnass 

I just realized that the video isn't playing. I'm working with the support team to figure out what is the issue, it may take a little as this type of issue is usually difficult to replicate. We'll see...

@bgnass I just wanted to take a moment to welcome you to the Red Team! I'm sure you'll find lots of interesting discussions, blogs, and hopefully new friends! Welcome!

Adept III

Thanks @Sam_AMD 


I'd give it a 9.5 /10 I dig it. the raw aluminum on the back is why -.5(dirp its covered by red) .  It's is a 10 coming and an 8 going...

But I  wouldn't kick it out of bed for eaten crackers. 

Nice rig!  10/10 with un dirpping

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This is probably one of the coolest builds I've seen in a long time! Nice work. The custom work really stands out!

Adept II

I'm usually not much for rdb, but after noticing it in the page header one day, I spent most of the night wrestling with the idea of a turbine engine mod build.

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@Watchtower_GM - A turbine engine mod build?  How big of a computer are you thinking?  Maybe an ITX motherboard?  You know what?  Nobody here puts the Raspberry Pi computers inside anything.  It runs that Linux derivative (Raspbian Buster) and the Pi 5 model just came out.  It could fit inside even a small turbine engine.  I have one (Pi 4) running inside a single-bottle wine box.  

Adept II

Something like the turbine would be about 300 mm in diameter because of the case fan limits. Almost 4 feet in length if you sort out the time, materials, and expense ... well enough to not lose your mind.

I don't have the water cooling skills to pull it off but another build idea is a vertical y-wing style engine about 6 feet tall. You could really get carried away because at that size basically every component becomes greebling.