MOBO: Gigabyte GA-Z270-Gaming K3
CPU: Intel i5 7650K
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 32gb DDR4-4000
SSD: Samsung 850 Pro m.2 512GB
PSU: Thermaltake Tough power 850W
GPU: Nvidia Titan X
COOLING: Thermaltake WCS
FITTINGS: Thermaltake Pacific C Pro Fittings
FANS: Thermaltake Premium Riing 120mm
CASE: Thermaltake Core P90
Using the Thermaltake Core P90 as a base for his project opened up a variety of new options that just would not have been possible with most other cases. Bringing all of the hardware into open space with plenty of room to move allows for countless hardware configurations.
All of the inspiration for this build was drawn from the official game poster as well as the E3 demo. After watching a few different play throughs, it became clear that the American Baseball Bat had to be an integral part of the design! Being an action packed FPS I also wanted to figure out a way that guns could be implemented into the case mod.
The poster for the game shows the main antagonist Joseph Seed sitting at a table draped in the American flag where the stars were replaced with his cult, “Eden’s Gate’s” symbol. I wanted this flag to be incorporated into the case mod.
With some key elements composed and a rough idea forming in my head, I decided to create a full size replica of the American Baseball Bat and embed it into the top of the case. Having the bat coming through the tempered glass panel. This being the most ambitious part of the case mod, as when tempered glass is broken it doesn’t crack like normal glass. It explodes into hundreds of tiny pieces… Because I’d be caving in the top of the case the 480mm radiator that the case could hold would now longer fit so I opted for the smaller 360mm radiator to ensure plenty of clearance for the bat.
The back panel of the case provided an excellent canvas to paint a large scale version of the flag mentioned earlier, and to tie in the gun theme I’ve decided to take the back panel out to the gun range and put a few holes through it in random places.
That leaves a third of the triangle untouched, this section also houses the motherboard, power supply and GPU. I’ve decided to lace these components with various ammunition shells and would add a floor below the power supply to allow more room for the shells! The Thermaltake Pacific Pro C Fittings in Red, White and Blue would tie this side neatly together with the rest of the case.
How it was made:
I started with the bat. And this was by far the most fun I’ve had modding for a while. I started with a store bought full size baseball bat. Stripped off the original finish and got to painting. I made it look nice and pristine before beating bricks, steel poles and throwing the bat at an assortment of concrete, asphalt and bricks.
The biggest challenge was controlling the destruction of the tempered glass panel. I had a spare glass panel leftover from when I did the Spongebob Case Mod, so this became a sacrifice preventing the waste of the much larger Core P90 panel. I ended up covering the entire glass panel in clear vinyl reinforcing the edges with thick clear tape, followed by duct take to play into the aesthetic of a window that has needed an attempted repair. One swift hammer hit later, and I had a glass panel that was very broken but still in one piece!
The edge of the case behind the broken glass panel needed to look like it had been beaten to a pulp. So I roughly lined up where I wanted the bat to be and started swinging the sledgehammer. A few good swings and a sold dent later, I took the baseball bat to the dent so that paint would scrape off making the damage look like it was caused by the baseball bat. The clear vinyl was carefully cut to make a channel for the bat, removing the unnecessary chunks of glass and retaping the edges to ensure that it wouldn’t cut me or anyone else.
With the hard part of the case mod out of the way early it was just a matter of painting the back panel to look like the flag from the poster, riddling it with bullet holes at the range, assembling the case and throwing shells all over it!
For some last minute changes I put the Eden’s Gate symbol behind the broken glass to make it look like a stain glass window, especially with the RGB Riing fans backlighting it.
The opposite tempered glass panel was etched with the Far Cry 5 logo and of course our lovely sponsors 😀