Rig Spotlight: Mod Dudes' Corsair Modding Challenge Fallout Vault-Tec Build

GeForce Garage, Rig Spotlights

At PAX Prime, Corsair unveiled the Modding Challenge sponsored by GeForce Garage. Three incredible teams. Three incredible mods. Over the next couple of days, we will be highlighting each of the mods.

First up, we have the Mod Dudes and their Fallout themed build. The Mod Dudes consist of GeForce Garage veterans Bob Stewart, Rod Rosenberg and Brian Carter and we asked for some details behind their creation.

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Why Fallout?

We had to pick a game based theme and we wanted something with a well-established fan base. Fallout 4 is scheduled to come out soon and has great lore to work with. Our build is more Fallout in general, but most of the build inspiration came from the Fallout 4 trailer. We focused on just the Vault-Tec side of Fallout.

Fallout Vault-Tec Build Specs

Component Product
Chassis Corsair Graphite 780T
Graphics Cards GeForce GTX 980 Ti
CPU Intel i5 4690k
Motherboard ASUS Gryphon Z97
Memory Corsair Vengence Pro (Silver)
Storage Corsair Force LX 256GB
Power Corsair HX850i with Graphite Cables
Cooling Corsair H100i GTX

What work did you do on the case? Or rather, what didn't you do?

Yes, we put a lot of time into this. Total build time was about 3 weeks with only a total cost of about $300.00 for the modding materials.

The inside of the case and the internal frame was painted with a gray/green engine enamel. This also included the rear PCIe I/O including the GeForce GTX 980ti. The panels were all painted with Rustoleum 2x light yellow. All the metal rusted parts were clear coated with satin clear coat. To create the rust effect on non-metal parts, a two-part paint (iron based paint and an acid based activator) from Metal Effects was used.

As for case fabrication, we created a bunch of diamond plate panels: motherboard skirt, top case panel, front case panel, rear case panel, 5.25" panel and bottom interior panel. All these panels have studs welded to the back to attach them to the case.

The case feet are actual pieces of small rail irons.

We moved the normal window panel around to the back and created a custom bezel for the radiation king display from ⅜” acrylic. A lightbox was added to backlight the "Please Stand By” graphic.

We cut the gear shape out of the back panel (now placed on the front) and welded a custom hinge.

For the gear, we cut the basic shape out of ¼” acrylic then added ½” gear teeth and used filler between the teeth. This was all welded down with solvent along with the center ring on the gear. All of this was then sanded and smoothed out with lightweight body filler. After that, bars were added in the gear and the yellow elements of the vault door.

Not only did we make modification to the case, we modded the hardware components as well. For the GPU, we completely disassembled it. We created a Vault-Tec backplate using several pieces of steel, which we rusted using acid. We also altered the "GeForce GTX" logo lettering so that it glowed yellow and used rust paint on the rest of the GPU to complete the effect.

For the SSD, we tore it down and stripped the case of all its paint. Then we painted on a new logo, background and the rust effects.

Everything got the rust paint treatment.

Even the top shrouds of the RAM sticks and AIO cooler got into the mix.

The power supply was gutted, updated with some expanded metal mesh and a new fan cage was created to house a new metal bladed fan.

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