YIDIY: Wei Zheng & His Thermaltake Level 10
In this edition of YIDIY, we speak to Wei Zheng to learn about his latest rig that he's created for NVIDIA, and to discover why he loves DIY. The founder of AI-Mask MOD studio, Wei Zheng is a popular modder from China who takes pride in creating unique mods that both illicit surprise and wonder by those who see them.
How long have you been modding? And what got you into first into DIY?
It started 10 years ago in 2005. In that year, it was called DIY1.0 period. Having a PC with high cost performance was the key point for most gamers. The only requirement for such PC was that it could play game well. But after communicated with more and more customers, I realized the demand of customer was gradually changed, the user had lots of new requirements for out-looking, heat dissipation and performance, that inspired me to do something different with others, and made the PC looks totally different with a normal one, it should be cooler and more characteristic. In 2010, I used some chassis that could not be found in China for my mods and these rigs made my customers quite satisfied because their PC was very unique and made them the envy of their friends. It was really a very important year for me- I got high praise from my customers and that encouraged me to become a professional modder. To this moment, my technical ability has improved through continuous study.
What's so special about this build- the Thermaltake Level 10?
The Level 10 is a classic chassis, but this one is a unique one. As it was made especially for a previous Computex as a joint project between Tt and NVIDIA, this Level 10 is the only one that was NVIDIA-branded. Since we launched the GTX 980 Ti at that time, we thought we should do a cool mod that combined both the classic and trendy.
So I thought how could I make this Level 10 looks different from the others? I thought abandoning the outer case of the chassis and just keep it open would deliver that visual impact we were going for.
Why do you DIY?
I have learned a lot from modding. I met a lot of friends because of the modding community and those friends have given me a lot of inspiration and courage to make my dream comes true. To this moment, my technical ability has improved through continuous study. I'm constantly improving myself. That’s the reason why I insist on DIY- it makes me more confident and successful. The spirit of DIY (Do It Yourself) is really helpful in one's quest for self-realization.
Nowadays, a customer want personalization and they want to have a unique MOD rig that can show their taste and style, so I believe DIY still has a brilliant future. That’s why I founded AI-MASK MOD studio, I want to make my customer’s dream comes true through my team’s hard work with our professional technology, and also want to prove that DIY is still an industry full of energy, passion and expectation. I want people to fall in love with my mods at first sight.
Thermatake Level 10 Specs
|Chassis||Thermaltake Level 10|
|Graphics Cards||GeForce GTX 980 Ti (2x)|
|CPU||Intel Core 5960X|
|Motherboard||ASUS Sabertooth X99|
|Memory||Kingston HyperX Predator 16GB 2800MHz|
|Storage||Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe/M.2 240GB|
|Cooling Loop||CPU Block: Bitspower Summit (Acrylic)
Reservoir: Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 150 (Black)
Radiators: Bitspower Leviathon 240 & Bitspower Leviathon 360
Fittings: Bitspower G1/4"
Pump: Bitspower D5/MCP655
Mod Kit: Bitspower BP-2013-02-D5MATOP-EX
GPU Block: Bitspower Nickel Plated Acrylic Top (Silver)
You also made some other mods for NVIDIA's Jump Start event in China. Tell me about your inspiration for those mods?
These two modded PCs showcase my style perfectly. It amazed me when I saw these two chassis (D-Frame and TOU) from In Win for the first time.
The awesome frame structure of the D-Frame inspired me to do a rig with a motorcycle element. I’m a huge fan of Harley-Davidson- I even own a moto myself- so my eyes lit up when NVIDIA China provided me this opportunity bring my vision to life. I normally use black or white on my mods, but I decided to use green as the main color.
The charm of the TOU is its mysterious appearance; you can't see the component inside when the ambient light is bright but you suddenly find its hidden beauty as the lights dim. That's when you can see the elegant components and water-cooling system in it. That’s a rig with two personalities.
Do you have any new idea about DIY after you joined our Jumpstart event?
Firstly, I'm very appreciative of NVIDIA for providing this opportunity and let me show off my mods at such amazing event. NVIDIA is continuously providing awesome products to different kinds of gamers, matching their different requirements, and also driving the beneficial developtment of game industry.
Jump Start In Win D-Frame Specs
|Chassis||In Win D-Frame|
|Graphics Cards||GeForce GTX 980|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-4790k|
|Motherboard||ASUS Sabertooth Z97 MARK S|
|Memory||Avexir 16GB DDR3 2400MHz|
|Storage||ASUS RAIDR Express 240GB PCIe|
At the beginning of my modding career, I thought a modded rig was only for a very niche market. But after attending this event, I found that the game market is a huge market. I've decided that my next target market will be gamers and high-end i-cafés. The gamer nowadays is very similar with the mainstream PC user in the past. They still have their own dream to want to come true by owning real gaming rig, I will develop some rigs with game themes to help these gamers in future.
Jump Start In Win tòu Specs
|Chassis||In Win tòu|
|Graphics Cards||GeForce GTX 980|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-5960X|
|Memory||Kingston HyperX 16GB|
|Storage||Kingston HyperX 3K 480GB|