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DARWINmachine intros hand-built, open-air computer chassis

By Jos · 12 replies
Jan 25, 2011
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  1. Here’s an impressive case mod that could give Thermaltake’s modular Level 10 chassis a run for its money. Designed and produced by DARWINmachine, which is essentially a one-man operation run by a self-described architect and race-car designer, the Hammerhead HMR989 takes an unconventional approach to computer design by putting the guts of the machine on the outside for everyone to see – and it’s certainly a sight behold.

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  2. I don't like it. Style over usability from the looks of it.
  3. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    No doubt a unique custom-made PC although the parts list are a bit of a letdown considering the $ 2,899.00 price. It would make a nice conversation piece although I can't really tell which end is up :).
  4. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 359   +42

    Real bummer that the case isn't available on it's own. I would really enjoy making a build with that case.
  5. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +50

    Nah, i like my expensive hard worked for parts in a case where they're protected. All it would take is an unfortunate trip up, or my little nephew to come in when i'm busy and start "playing"...and i could be missing half of a graphics card quite easily. Also, a case can stop a hell of a lot of dust getting to the vital components , and that's obviously a bonus.

    If you've got no pets, no children, and no money worries, then it's a different story...

    Edit: It could be an electricity risk aswell...I certainly wouldn't like to go anywhere near it when it's turned on, and don't forget kids again.
  6. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    That really doesn't work for me, pretty much along the same lines as benny26.
  7. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Looks pretty cool, but with that price tag and those parts it's a deal breaker, not to mention the other issues that benny bought up.
  8. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 669

    Looks stunning.
    But you can forget about SLI/Xfire or simply expanding at all.
    And I'd imagine its very loud as well. Not only is there no sound dampening, but the cases design would amplify all system noise.
    I'd also hope you've got a great air purifier system as there's no case filtering here either.

    But at least it's pretty, should be a hit with the Apple crowd. :p
  9. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,159   +829

    As everyone else thinks this looks really amazing BUT, you could make much much much MUCH more with that money (And not drink coke or pepsi or coffee scared while using it).
  10. garyhope

    garyhope TS Rookie

    Beautiful. I win the lottery, I'm getting one or two.
  11. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,837   +1,180

    @PanicX, I lol'd at the apple comment, funny :)

    As I read from an asute comment in the thermaltake 10 review. Don't think of it like a $2,800 computer, its' also art. People pay far more for art that does far less. Put it up on your desk, not under it, and it'll be safe from spills and bumps.

    I'm also not a big enough art fan to put it ahead of function, and no protection, noise dampening, etc would make it a tough buy. (cost notwithstanding)
  12. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 267

    Regardless of the components, I think this is a gorgeous chassis. I'd love to see it in person.
  13. Placeholder

    Placeholder TS Rookie Posts: 21

    It looks cool, but it also looks like it is top-heavy and would fall over sideways and be hanging by it's cables in one knee-bump. That and all the places for dust to settle.. I think I'll put my $3000 somewhere else.

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