YIDIY: BS Mods & Their MOD24 Retro Memorial Rig

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Let's round up the last of these MOD24 rigs with the winner. This retro beauty was created by Bob Stewart and Rod Rosenberg of BS Mods.

Here's the winning build with the team at the end of the 24-hour competition.

In "case" you needed a reminder, here's what they started off with.

What first got you into modding?

Bob: Going to a LAN party (PDXLAN) party and seeing a couple custom painted builds. I have always tricked out cars so I thought this would be an easy venture.

Rod: Same here. I attended my first PDXLAN and saw some pretty sweet rigs including a couple by DarthBeavis. I made up my mind to build a sweet rig for myself and enter the PDXLAN case mod contest by CPU Magazine. I resto-modded a TRS-80 Model III and won the case mod contest.

What has been the most valuable skill you picked up along the way?

Bob: I have learned a lot about different materials and how each one has it's strength and weakness. Also, how to combine them to create something that would not normally be possible.

Rod: I've learned so much with fabrication and finish niy I think the biggest area I've gained knowledge in is paint. I'm very lucky to work along side the paint master Bob. He's taught me that laying down paint is pretty easy its the elbow grease in the prep and the science of the chemical process that must be followed for the best results.

Why do you DIY?

Rod: I enjoy the creative process of coming up with a concept and then walking down the steps of design, fabrication, finish and then the build. Watching the system fans kick on and the lights blink on for the first time is one of the best moments of modding.

Bob: I love it. The freedom to create and build things that my mind dreams up gives me a huge sense of accomplishment.

Getting to the hardware...

Retro Memorial Specs

Component Product
Chassis IBM RS/6000 (7025-F50)
Graphics Cards NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (3x) with NVIDIA 3-way SLI bridge
CPU Intel Core i7-4770k Haswell 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Motherboard ASUS Z97-WS ATX
Memory Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 (2133 MHz)
Storage Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD
Power Corsair HX1000i 80 Plus Platinum Full Modular
Cooling CPU Cooler: ThermalTake Water 3.0 Extreme AIO
Fans: Enermax Vegas 180mm (2x) & Thermaltake Luna 120mm White (3x)
Fan grill: MNPCTech 360mm grill
Lighting BSMods LED lighting strip

The build now that the team had some time to clean it up.

How much additional time did you invest into the rig after Mod24?

Bob: About 5 hours of additional time.

What enhancements/fixes did you do when you took the rigs home?

Rod: A few minor things here and there. Walled in the upper drive bay area with white acrylic so that is now back-lit and added our signatures. Fixed some issues with the logos and added a new fan grille on the top.

The PCIe cabling was changed to pull power from 3 SATA connectors so we could run 6 separate PCIe connections. And we even added a very small piece of green acrylic to the side panel next to the window.

Bob: We also relocated the SSD to above the motherboard while adding an aluminum shell and Corsair branding. Most importantly, we added a BSMods LED light strip to give it the finishing touch.


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