Five Awe-Inspiring Builds of 2015
If you’re a long-time reader of GeForce.com, you’ve likely seen your share of amazing PC builds that we’ve created or discovered among our community members. We’re always on the lookout for innovative, genre-defining, or eye-catching rigs from both within and outside of our modding community, and this past year served up some of the craziest custom builds to date.
Here are five of some of the most awe-inspiring builds of 2015 that we came across!
Peter “L3P” Brand’s “L3Pipe” mod is proof that some pipe dreams can come true. With a structure that’s composed of almost exclusively of piping, this build features an open-air casemod where eight white LED fans and an extensive liquid cooling system take center stage. The L3Pipe looks like a machine that you’d find in a Weapon X facility or BioShock laboratory, and has a bevy of hard-hitting components to boot.
The L3Pipe features an Intel i7 5930K processor with two GeForce GTX 980s and 64GB of Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 RAM, all on an ASUS X99 Deluxe motherboard. Load times are guaranteed to be blindingly fast with two Corsair Force Series 512GB SSDs, and the whole thing is powered by a Corsair HX1000i PSU.
Hans Peder “p0Pe” Sahl doubled down on the GeForce GTX 980 Ti-themed system that HEX GEAR prepped for us, putting together the staggeringly clean-looking R40 Engineering Station. It started out with a standard HEX GEAR R40 case with a special frosted red accent pack, and went all uphill from there, culminating with an incredible custom back panel reservoir. This rig sports an Intel Core i7-5960x Extreme, two GeForce GTX 980 Tis, 32 GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 RAM, and a Gigabyte Gaming Micro ATX Motherboard.
It’s red, it’s functional, and it’s extremely easy on the eyes. The R40 Engineering Station demonstrates just how clean a custom build can look, without sacrificing any power.
If you’re familiar with Ron Lee Christianson’s work, you’ll know to expect extremely detailed mods with excellent use of sculpting and molding. 2015’s ALIENS build might just be one of the most intricately made rigs that we’ve ever seen, with two Cooler Master chassis and a whole lot of custom work that brings one of the most famous extra-terrestrial science fiction/horror series to life. It won second place in PDXLAN 25, and has to be seen to be believed.
The amount of detail that has gone into the ALIENS mod is staggering. It’s got a xenomorph model that took over 100 hours to sculpt, which you can find chilling at the top hatch of the case. The rig also comes fully loaded, with an Intel i7-4790k CPU, two GeForce GTX 980s, an ASUS Z87 Sabertooth motherboard, and plenty of storage in the form of a Western Digital 2TB hard drive and two Intel 730 Series 240GB SSDs.
The Mod Dudes’ Bob Stewart, Rod Rosenberg, and Brian Carter won first place in 2015’s Corsair Modding Challenge for their Fallout-themed Vault-Tec build, and one look at the custom mod will be enough to convince you of why. The design oozes Fallout sensibilities with Rustoleum light yellow panels, rusted metal parts with paint to match, and a ridiculously innovative gear shape on the back panel that swivels on a custom hinge to reveal the interior. The chassis even has rail irons for feet!
For all of its post-apocalyptic exterior, the Vault-Tec’s innards are still cutting edge, with an Intel i5 4690k, GeForce GTX 980 Ti, ASUS Gryphon Z97 motherboard, and a Corsair Graphite 780T serving as the base for the chassis. If you’re still playing Fallout 4, you’d be hard-pressed to find better inspiration for a custom build based on the series.
Simple doesn’t have to mean unsophisticated, and Lee “PCJunkie” Harrington’s Simplicity build shows just how much complexity can fit into a minimalist design. Featured in the EK-Vulture Official Mod-Off, the Simplicity rig combines a sleek custom chassis with uncompromising components, and demonstrates Lee’s philosophy in building liquid cooling systems.
Simplicity’s no-nonsense frame reveals the beautiful component setup within, and it’s no slouch. The rig runs an Intel i7 4790k CPU and a Geforce GTX 980 on an Asus Maximus VI Impact motherboard, with 16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 RAM and two Corsair Neutron XT 480GB SSDs. For novices and veterans alike, the Simplicity build is a prime example of what can be done with a little imagination - and a minimalist design philosophy.