So, now that you guys know who I am, let me tell you in more detail why I’m here and what I’m doing with NAG this year.
This year at RAGE, alongside the Dream Machine that NAG gives away every year, they’ll be giving away yet another MONSTER of a PC. That machine will be like no other, it’ll be entirely customised. NAG has asked me to mod and build that system. They’ve given me freedom on the setup, freedom on budget, freedom on design. They told me I could use any setup I like – any case, any PSU, any theme, etc. As you can imagine, this sparks a million ideas in the mind of a case modder, as these things usually hold us back. You could have amazing ideas for a mod, but can’t afford the R4000 for a top-end case. Fortunately, none of those issues are a concern for me… I really feel blessed to have this freedom!
Anyway, the case I ended up deciding on going with was the Lian Li PC-A77F. This case was only released overseas on the 23rd of March, and they only landed in SA a week ago, so this should be the first one on the desk of an end-user in South Africa! Furthermore, this will be the first A77F case mod on the planet! So that’s pretty exciting as well!
For the PSU, I opted to go for a Corsair HX1000W PSU. 1000W… you could power a small fishing village with that!
Both the case and PSU arrived on Thursday morning last week, and I was blown away by the case. I’ve been the proud, proud owner of the Lian-Li PC-V2000B Plus for about 2 years, and I love the case, but it’s been boxed up for a mod, so I’ve forgotten how amazing Lian-Li cases are. When I opened the box of this A77F, I was in awe of the quality. It’s really something to experience. So I took the case and PSU to the studio to have some photos taken. For this post, I’m giving you a single photo of each.
Photos taken by Pixel Pro Photography/Ophra Watson. Big big thanks to them for hooking me up with studio time!
The real point of this post is to announce the sponsors we have so far. At the time that I started chatting to NAG about this project, they put me in contact with Dremel. For those of you that don’t know, a Dremel tool is a case modder’s best friend! After a few meetings and discussions, Dremel offered me a full sponsorship, not only for this project, but as a full modding sponsor. This has opened many, many doors for me and made modding a whole lot easier. Dremel asked me what tools I wanted from them, I told them, and a couple of days later, I had a huge box on my doorstep from them. Here’s what they sent me:
A quick breakdown of what was sent. Obviously, a Dremel 400 series tool. This one can sleep alongside my faithful 300 series:
A Dremel Driver:
A Dremel Workstation:
A Dremel Multi Vise:
A Dremel Versatip:
A Dremel Plunge Router Attachment:
A Dremel Project Table:
Some Dremel Clamps:
And a whole host of sanding bands, routing bits, drill bits, cutting wheels, all that good stuff:
Photos by PixelPro Photography/Ophra Watson.
So I’m really thrilled with the goodies Dremel sent me. Modding with all these awesome tools is fantastic!
Another sponsor we got for the project is LandmarkPC. Andy from LMPC has offered to supply whatever cooling I need for the project! I’ll obviously be watercooling the machine, but the cooling I want is not available locally from anyone except LandmarkPC, so that’s going to be a HUGE aid as well! So big thanks to Andy for hooking me up in this aspect of the mod!
That’s it for now. I’ll be posting more photos of the case and PSU in the next few days, as well as the first stages of the case being torn down and drawn up in 3D for design work!
If you’d like to follow my modding really closely, you’re welcome to go ahead and follow me on Twitter – @dae_ja_voo. I plan on updating it often! My website is also going through some significant changes, but go ahead and give that a visit as well – daejavoo.com.
That’s it, guys!