YIDIY: Team Mongoose & Their MOD24 Zombie Mode
Welcome back to YIDIY, where we highlight custom-built rigs, learn about their construction, and discover the motivations for their creation from the mastermind builders behind them.
To follow on from James Walter's Parvum Warfare custom PC, we decided to check in with our friends from our MOD24 competition. All three of these custom rigs will be covered in the coming days, but let's start off first with Ron Lee Christianson and Lee Harrington of Team Mongoose, to learn about their Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Zombie Mode inspired build. Zombie Mode has since received some additional mods and finishing touches before being sent to one lucky fan (Brian M. of New Zealand), who watched the epic DIY battle live last September and won the custom PC.
The dynamic duo of Ron Lee Christianson and Lee Harrington.
What first got you into modding?
Lee: I was at an Intel Lanfest and asked CPU Magazine what they looked for in PC mods and that was the beginning of the journey.
Ron: I was looking for another way to express myself artistically, and was just getting into PC building at the time.I came across several PC mods over the web and decided I would use my sculpting and painting passion and apply it to custom PCs and develop my own style. Now 7 years later I've had the honor to work within the industry leaders building mods for sponsors trade shows and clients.
What were the most valuable skills you’ve pick up or learned since then?
- Discipline: working everyday to better my craft and becoming a better artist.
- Focus: staying true to my style and not swaying from it.
- Dedication: whether I'm working on a sponsor project, client or for myself - attention to detail is key.
Lee: Nice list, Ron. Me... I've learned how to work with various materials like metals and plastics and how to sleeve power supplies.
Why do you DIY?
Ron: I'll always create. It's who I am. I'm not happy unless I'm expressing myself in some way. PC modding just gives me another canvas and opportunity to do that.
Lee: I still mod mostly for the fun of it, but also to show people what they can do if they put their minds to it.
Turning to the case...
Zombie Mode as it was then.
Zombie Mode as it now.
Zombie Mode Specs
|Chassis||Phantek Enthoo Luxe ATX Full Tower|
|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 Block: EKWB Supremacy Evo Nickel/Plexi
Pump: EKWB D5 Pump
Tubing: Primochill rigid acrylic tubing
Reservoir: Primochill D5 Enabled Compressions Tube Reservoir
Fittings: Primochill Rigid Revolver Compression Fittings
Radiator: Hardware Labs Black Ice Nemesis 360GTS
Coolant: Primochill PC Ice Cooling Fluid
Dye: Primochill Intensifier Transparent Fluid Dye (White & Black)
Fans: Corsair SP 120mm (6x)
How much additional time did you invest into the rig after Mod24?
Ron: Combined we put in another 10-14 hours.
What enhancements/fixes did you do when you took the rigs home?
Ron: I cleaned up some of the rough areas on the externals and dialed in my paint and graphics. I sanded the panels back down and put additional time into the paint, focused more on the graphics and less on the shading. I changed out some of the colors so the entire system flowed together aesthetically a bit better and even added our names to the front bezel to tie into our theme (Don't worry those bay covers are removable so the owner doesn't have to look at our names forever).
Lee: I spent my time trying to investigate why it didn't post during the competition (which I never found an issue). I also bent some new tubes for the CPU block and burn tested the system for about 4-6 hrs. The only other enhancement I did was adjust the liquid to a darker grey to better match the setup.
Anything else you want to tell the lucky owner?
Ron: I'm excited for whomever won the case and feel honored to be part of this event. I hope he is using it to kill zombies and that they enjoy the work Lee and I put in and the story involved.
Lee: Yes, enjoy this one of a kind beast!
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