Gear Up w/ EVGA: "Dark Dragonblade" Build by Kazuma16

The "Gear Up with EVGA" case modding program is in full effect with our sponsored builds well under way.  Awesome and unique updates from our already featured builds and now we are back to share another featured case modder!

From Canada, I'd like to introduce to you, Jonathan Garlit also known as Kazuma16 on the EVGA Forums.  Selected as our "Gear up with EVGA" case mod/build for the month of February 2016, his build is titled "Dark Dragonblade"

Genji, a character from the game "Overwatch". In the game, Genji has a ability called "Dragon Blade" which is his ultimate ability. I played the game a few times and got inspired to make a project based on Genji after seeing his armor. - Jonathan

Jonathan has been working on his case mod for a few months now.  Having him share his concept designs, changes and his final design project via his Build log on the EVGA Forums is very exciting.  Its amazing to see what someone can think of and actually put into effect,  it takes some awesome skill and ability.  

To fully appreciate Jonathan's design and all the hard work he's put into his project, you definitely have to check out the "Dark Dragonblade" build log  Below are just a few of the images from the build log where you can see the attention to detail and precision that has gone into the "Dark Dragonblade" build.  

I asked Jonathan for some background info on what inspired him and how he got starting into case modding.  

Around mid 2013, I built my first ever PC, a mini itx system. Got it up and running, I put in a few fans with LED's, but whenever I was looking at it, it just felt that something was still missing. I googled "Green PC Case" and saw a very interesting, custom, mini ITX case called "Nvidia Ion Cube" by Cheapskate and Bill Owen. After seeing that, I got inspired to try out and do a scratch build. And the rest was history.- Jonathan

Looking at the updates on his build log, I asked Jonathan what type of tools and machines he used to do all his work...

My main arsenal of tools for the "Dark DragonBlade" Project consists of a Jigsaw,  a set of hand files and needle files, a Dremel Motosaw,  a Hand drill,  Sand Paper of varying grits (a LOT of them), and some Acrylic Polish - Jonathan

The custom acrylic work, with the lettering and icons are done to perfection.  Being able to do this type of work by hand requires lots of skill.  This is quality work you would see from precise machinery.  Jonathan does have a CNC machine as well,  although its not always very reliable....

I partially used my CNC (Shapeoko 3) for cutting out a few small details but I immediately went back to my main tools because the CNC needs more tweaking and calibration for it since most of the times, it will stop while in the middle of a job which will lead me back to using my trusty jigsaw and hand file to finish the job.  And most of all...A LOT OF PATIENCE!

 As with each of our "Gear Up with EVGA" sponsored builds, we sent Jonathan out some awesome EVGA hardware.  Jonathan graciously took some amazing photos and shared them with everyone via his build log:  

Jonathan has been hard at work with small details and his custom work is coming along very nicely.  The images below are just a few of our favorites that stood out which you can see in detail in the "Dark Dragonblade" build log.  Check out the awesome use of the EVGA logo!!!

How about those custom made reservoir brackets!!  Again, this is just a small bit of the full build log which we wanted to share with everyone.  Definitely head on over to the EVGA Forums > Mods Rigs section and check out the "Dark DragonBlade" build log.  Make sure to leave some words of encouragement and let Jonathan know how awesome his build is coming along!!!

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 You may be wondering "What is the Gear Up program?" and "How do i submit my build idea?"

Well we have you covered on that end.  In our quest to see members of the EVGA community, EVGA customers and EVGA fans, bring their ideas and extreme builds to light, we started EVGA's custom case modding sponsorship program, which we like to call "Gear Up with EVGA"

Case Modders, builders, extreme enthusiasts and anyone with an awesome idea for a build that wants to take it to the next level is free to enter and submit your idea for a chance to be sponsored by EVGA via the "Gear Up with EVGA" program!

Have an awesome case mod or custom build in mind? Want a chance to be sponsored by EVGA? Well then, head on over to the Gear Up with EVGA page to submit your entry for a chance to be sponsored!

Gear Up w/ EVGA: "BULGAR " Build by MadMods PC Modding!

 

Case modders, PC enthusiast, PC Gamers and EVGA Fans all around; gather around as we present to you another "Gear Up with EVGA" sponsored build and featured case modder!

We would like to introduce you all to Mickee of MadMods PC Modding from the Philippines!  Selected as our "Gear up with EVGA" case mod/build for the month of April 2016 and his build named "Bulgar"

"I am from the Philippines and I have been modding for about 3 years.   It all started with a hand me down small form factor PC that I wanted to game with.  But I couldn't just simply put it in a bigger case and add a graphics card because of it's proprietary form factor.  That is when a friend told me to check out PC case modding and the rest is history!"- Mikee

 

"I named it BULGAR which is a Filipino urban word for revealing" - Mikee

Mickee's case mod/build "Bulgar is an open case modular test bench adventure" and will surely change you perception of a traditional test bench once we get to see the end result. A traditional case keeps all your components enclosed and worry free, but being able to add/remove a part requires some work. A traditional test bench allows the user to freely add/remove parts to expand to break down the system with ease. Mikee is taking that concept and bumping it up to the next level of awesome!

"I love PC Case modding because of the fusion between technology and art, my previous builds were not too extravagant but everything was made by hand because I do not have a CnC, 3d Printer or a laser cutter." - Mikee

 "On this mod with EVGA I am going to step out of my comfort zone, it's safe to say that it's a "semi scratch build" because I have taken out most parts of the case and that is going to make it challenging and fun at the same time." - Mikee

You can see Mikee's starting point which is his Thermaltake X71 case stripped down and currently looks nothing like what it did before.  Keeping things old school without the use of a CnC, 3D printer or laser cutter sure does sound like a challenge.  We at EVGA are excited to see the progress thus far and can't wait for the final result of "Bulgar".  

As part chosen for the "Gear Up with EVGA" program and to help along Mikee with his build,  we sent him out some of our enthusiast grade parts to assist in the creation of "Bulgar."  Check out the awesome shots taken by Mikee below:

This has just been a small insight into the "Bulgar" build log by Mikee of MadMods PC Modding!  To keep up to date with the build, make sure you check out the "Bulgar" build log on the Mod Rigs section of the EVGA Forums.  And make sure to follow Mikee and MadMods PC Modding via his FaceBook page.  

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"What is the Gear Up program?" and "How do i submit my build idea?"

Well we have you covered on that end.  In our quest to see members of the EVGA community, EVGA customers and EVGA fans, bring their ideas and extreme builds to light, we started EVGA's custom case modding sponsorship program, which we like to call "Gear Up with EVGA"

Case Modders, builders, extreme enthusiasts and anyone with an awesome idea for a build that wants to take it to the next level is free to enter and submit your idea for a chance to be sponsored by EVGA via the "Gear Up with EVGA" program!

Have an awesome case mod or custom build in mind? Want a chance to be sponsored by EVGA?  Well then, head on over the the Gear Up with EVGA page to submit your entry for a chance to be sponsored! 

Can PC Mods Save No Man's Sky?

With the new release of No Man's Sky comes a lot of controversy. It may all come down to the fact that this game was severely over-hyped. While I enjoyed the initial gameplay and features, I could not help but feel the game was a little rough around the edges. This is where the benefits of being a PC gamer kicks in, the community has already started creating many mods for this game. We have everything from improved textures, "Instagram filter remover" and a mod to get rid of that annoying press and hold cursor. 

While modding sometimes ruins the game's integrity, I feel No Man's Sky is a game that will reap full benefits from the modding community. As of now we may be looking at the next-gen Skyrim if every falls together well. By this I mean: modding should be allowed as long as they don't plan on adding a multiplayer function. If there is a multiplayer function in the future, they need to separate single and multiplayer modes. I don't believe the developers have commented on the mods as of yet but I can see the game prosper if they fully support it. 

Here are a few mods that I have tried and enjoyed:

 

1. Fast Actions - This will remove the click and hold to select, making it just a single click.

http://nomansskymods.com/mods/fast-actions/

 

2. Visual Overhaul 

http://nomansskymods.com/mods/instagram-filter-remover/ + http://nomansskymods.com/mods/chromatic-aberration-vignetting-scan-lines-removal/

 

3. ShutUp - 75% does not mean low... 

http://nomansskymods.com/mods/shutup-disable-certain-annoying-audio-warnings/

 

There are plenty of other mods on multiple sites, I have just mentioned the ones that I am using. Please know that certain mods do ruin the integrity of the game by making it too easy or just straight up cheating, it is up to your video game ethics to decide. No Man's Sky's modding community is still in its infancy and I'm sure there will be endless mods to come. I hoped you guys enjoyed the article, I will be getting back to being a space pirate.

What are your thoughts on NMS modding or modding in general? Let us know down below!

 **WARNING** You are solely responsible for any and all positive or harmful effects that result in usage and implementation of the following third party mod. EVGA is not responsible for any damages incurred through end user implementation of these mod.

GeForce Garage: How to Prep and Paint Your Case

    
Our friends over at GeForce Garage have released the next video in their series on how to mod your system to make it stand out.  This video focuses on how to Prep and Paint your computer case.   Featured in this video is Dewayne Carel from modders-inc.com,  who will show you the prep and painting of a case from start to finish.  Now you may think that its as easy as grabbing some spray cans and going paint crazy on the case.  On the contrary, prepping your case is super important to an awesome and clean looking final product.  Check out the video below to get some ideas on how to prep and paint your case from a master!  Let us know if you've done any modding to your case and share a link to your mods in the comment section below!