This must-see 'secret base' PC mod took a year to complete

By on December 26, 2013, 5:30 PM
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I’ve seen some pretty incredible case mods dating back to the day I saw the very first window cut into the side panel of a beige box well over a decade ago but I’m not sure I’ve witnessed one as detailed as this piece of work from Japanese designer Hiroto Ikeuchi.

Known only as the “secret base” and inspired by mecha anime like Gundam and Macross, Ikeuchi spent the past year working on the design which extends well past the traditional case mod to encompass the keyboard, monitor and even the desk it sits on. The designer even built custom accessories like the tank thumb drive shown below.

Some would argue that it’s less of a case mod and more of a full-blown miniature model. Ikeuchi said the most important thing is to think of it as a “living thing.” One thing is for sure: it’s damn cool!

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cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Hey look it's "Toy Story", only better. lol

Guest said:

I expected to see Lemmings.

A bit messy for my taste.

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It is like placing all your models next to your computer, not synergistic.

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

It's the first time I've seen someone make use of space inside the case. I found that interesting! But the exterior is something of a jumble. Almost like a military junkyard. I'm not sure how the Space Shuttle fits in to the design. And it doesn't look functional with the keyboard buried behind most the ground clutter. It's impressive work to say the least! I just don't think the overall design speaks to me.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Stock cooler, sloppy unsleeved wiring, green pcb... Hell, even his monitor is covered with streaks from a failed attempt at cleaning it. I don't see this as a case mod either. Just a guy that stacked all his toys next to his stock pc. I'm not really impressed by this, especially if it took him a year.

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Steve Steve said:

Stock cooler, sloppy unsleeved wiring, green pcb... Hell, even his monitor is covered with streaks from a failed attempt at cleaning it. I don't see this as a case mod either. Just a guy that stacked all his toys next to his stock pc. I'm not really impressed by this, especially if it took him a year.

I don't think the idea of this mod is to go with the standard sleeved wires and high-end hardware, nor do I believe he has any problems correctly cleaning a monitor (the streaks are deliberate lol). It's an impressive piece of artwork even if you cannot appreciate it. Yes its highly impractical but most works of art are.

1 person liked this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I'm guessing if the PC worked, there may not have been a year of time to spend crafting. Or was it time spent waiting on videos to buffer with a slow ISP service? lol

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Steve Steve said:

I'm guessing if the PC worked, there may not have been a year of time to spend crafting. Or was it time spent waiting on videos to buffer with a slow ISP service? lol

Either that or he was waiting for BF4 to come out and is now waiting for it to be patched into working condition

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I don't think the idea of this mod is to go with the standard sleeved wires and high-end hardware, nor do I believe he has any problems correctly cleaning a monitor (the streaks are deliberate lol). It's an impressive piece of artwork even if you cannot appreciate it. Yes its highly impractical but most works of art are.

I can appreciate it, but I'm just not really impressed. If the streaks were deliberate, then fine, but this just doesn't really do it for me.

Guest said:

It might not practical for most of us...

but sure it is a work of art! look at those miniature engineers working on the graphic card...

*just hoping it would self upgrade to R290 :D

matrix86 matrix86 said:

Pretty sure this was just an art project done to an old PC that most likely doesn't even work any more. Instead of just throwing it out, he turned it into an art project. Or if it does work, it was probably some dinky $100 machine he got at a garage sale or off of ebay or something.

Although I can appreciate the detail and time he took to do this, for me personally, it's just too much. It's like a robot just threw up all over the machine.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Although I can appreciate the detail and time he took to do this, for me personally, it's just too much. It's like a robot just threw up all over the machine.
Thats what I say about most paintings in an art gallery. In my mind this PC Mod has more creativity, than painting that sell for millions. At least I can connect to this build, where all I see is paint splatters on the paintings. I'm glad our games are not designed under the same rules of art, no one would need an acid fix under those conditions.

FLWrd said:

I don't agree with the "more creativity than painting that sell for millions", but it is creative and also fun to see. If you think it was just stacked on top of each other, check the USB stick in the MacBook in the last picture. The USB stick has been taken apart and all kinds of steam-punky toy parts have been added.

Guest said:

WTF, looks like a pile of trash to me. I can get one up in minutes, just need to take my bucket of trash and drop it on top of my computer. Hmm, may be a bit lazy at this time. Guess that's why took him 1 year ..

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I doubt the entire year was spent working on this project. I'm guessing an hour a day or maybe an hour or two on the weekend. Go ahead and pass judgment, as a hypocrite myself I understand your need.

ElShotte ElShotte said:

I would not play on that, way too distracting. Plus it's absolutely gorgeous art, I think I would find it more enjoyable to stare and admire all the microscopic details in the piece rather than play on it. It is absolutely beautiful, high-rez photos please

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

It's a labour of love for him but at least he gets a kick out of it. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Guest said:

Just try dusting it!

Guest said:

Hey, I don't see a pc here.. it's a secret-base miniature model, right? :D

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