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Best PC builds, mods, gaming setups and game rooms

Find inspiration for your next PC build, game room, or gaming setup with our list of the most stylish, powerful, weird, and wonderful setups.

Best PC builds, mods, gaming setups, and game rooms

If you’re looking for the best PC builds, best PC mods, best gaming setups, or best game rooms, here’s the place to be. We’ve gathered into one place dozens of the most impressive, inspiring, and innovative examples of the gaming and workspaces people have created for themselves. Whether you rave about RGB lighting, wish for a white PC build, stan for steampunk, or care for cartoon-inspired build, you’re sure to find a PC or gaming setup on this list that suits your style.

Custom PC has been celebrating the best PC builds since 2003, and our PC builder Facebook group has over 420,000 members. We’ve seen many custom gaming PCs, from mods based on existing case designs to scratch builds.

We’ve seen some truly outstanding custom PC builds and gaming setups from our readers and community, and we’re always eager to see more. If you’ve built a PC that’s out of the ordinary, assembled an awesome gaming setup, or converted a room into a cool gaming den, then we’d love to see it! Join our Facebook group if you’d like to submit your own work for consideration.

The best PC builds, mods, gaming setups and game rooms are:

1. The Xbox One S PC

PC in an Xbox One S

Using an 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 APU and a super-compact water-cooling system, community member Aaron Howe converted an Xbox One S into a fully functional PC. Aaron 3D-printed an internal chassis to hold it all together, while shoehorning a tiny 50mm dual radiator into the interior to keep the CPU cool. See this Xbox PC case build.

2. Galaxy Diner gaming PC

Galaxy Diner PC

Can you spot any of the components or water-cooling equipment in this custom gaming PC? When building a PC for his wife, Josiah Fast wanted to focus the interior on a sci-fi scene with custom-made models, while hiding the hardware. This gorgeous Galaxy Diner PC features a model spacecraft and pilot riding atop its water-cooled graphics card, plus a light-up starfield made from fiber optics. See this sci-fi PC case build.

3. This desk PC has two gaming rigs inside it!

Water-cooled desk PC

Using his skills in aluminum door and window manufacturing, Daniel Hunter created this stunning desk PC that contains not one but two gaming PCs. This whole dual PC gaming setup was built from scratch using aluminum and a CNC mill, then kitted out with two fully water-cooled gaming PCs, complete with hard tubing. See this dual desk PC gaming setup.

4. Check out this steampunk gaming PC with dials and iron piping

Steampunk gaming PC

Using iron piping, aluminum sheets and genuine 1940s electrical components, PC modder Dante Mutti created this stunning retro-industrial gaming PC build, called HYDROPOWER. It’s mainly constructed from pine wood, which has been stained black, with the components mounted on aluminum sheet platforms. The taps at the front can also be used to switch on the PC and control the lighting zones. See this steampunk PC build.

5. It’s the SpongeBob SquarePants PC!

SpongeBob SquarePants PC

Armed with a load of EVA foam and plenty of yellow paint, PC modder Dewayne Carel built this SpongeBob SquarePants custom gaming PC, which was commissioned for Arabian Prince from NWA, who’s apparently a big SpongeBob fan. His legs are made from PVC piping, and his hands are made from clay molded around a 3D-printed skeleton. See the SpongeBob SquarePants PC build.

6. Japanese Kumiko wooden PC

Wooden Kumiko PC

Inspired by Japanese Kumiko woodworking, Nick Falzone made this exquisite wood gaming PC with a custom hardline water-cooling system and some gorgeous craftsmanship. The machine is called Ikigai, and the main body is made from wenge wood, with Sitka spruce used to make the Kumiko-style details on the front panel and sides. See this Kumiko wood PC case gaming setup.

7. 3D printed PC case

3D-printed PC case

Looking more like an airplane engine than a typical boxy PC chassis, this tiny 3D-printed PC case holds an 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 rig. Creator Jean Roberto De lacovo created all the parts he needed to make the chassis with a modified 3D printer, resulting in this stunning scratch-built PC, which is called Piñasphere. See this 3D-printed PC case build.

8. The Claw is our master! This PC looks like an arcade machine

PC arcade claw machine

This colorful build is based on a Thermaltake Tower 100 chassis, and features a mechanical claw, joystick and coin slot to make it looks like an arcade machine. Custom PC reader Michael Dexter also hand-built a wooden cabinet for the base. See this arcade PC case build.

9. It’s the Las Vegas strip inside a PC!

PC with loads of RGB lighting

This glowing PC build is jam-packed with RGB lighting. For his 50th birthday, Custom PC reader Steve Higgins decided to have his first stab at making a custom water-cooling loop in this colorful PC build, which uses a Corsair hardline water-cooling kit, as well as the company’s LC100 light-up triangles. He jokingly calls this striking gaming PC Operation Don’t Electrocute Yourself. See this RGB water-cooled PC build.

10. Aliens PC

Alien Breach PC

This gaming PC setup is a bit different from the usual boxy case. Not only is it a desk PC, but it’s based on the interior of a spaceship from the Aliens film franchise. This sci-fi gaming PC is called Alien Breach, and it was built by PC modder Mick Black, who wanted to recreate a dark and gritty spaceship interior, with rust, stains and oil spills. See this Alien gaming PC build, if you dare.

11. Check out the plasma disk on this steampunk PC build

Steampunk plasma disk PC

This steampunk gaming PC looks like it came straight out of a Victorian evil scientist’s lab, and there are loads of cool touches. It uses hand-cut copper piping for the water-cooling system, there’s a Nixie tube clock on the top and a plasma disk on the front panel. The machine is based on a Deepcool Steam Castle case and was built by Custom PC reader Aaron Fredregill, who calls it Die Wasserkammer. Read all about this steampunk PC case build.

12. There are two water-cooled PC gaming rigs in this build!

Intel Gamer Days PC

We’re in love with this colorful gaming PC, which features not one but two water-cooled PCs, both of which feature Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000-series GPUs and top-end Intel CPUs. PC modder Kris Butterill modded a Raijintek Enyo case to create this monster dual-system build for Intel’s Gamer Days campaign, and it features hand-bent tubing, loads of RGB lighting, and custom parts made with a 3D printer. Find out all the details about this dual gaming PC build.

13. Check out this custom open-air mini-ITX gaming PC

Open air mini-ITX PC build

We’ve never seen a mini-ITX gaming PC quite like this one before. It features a custom open-air case made from steel panels, which PC modder Michael Sheppard cut and bent to shape himself – he calls it Project Mini Z. It also features a full-size AMD gaming GPU and a custom water-cooling system, on panels that fan out from the center. Read more about this open-air mini-ITX PC build.

14. This water-cooled gaming PC has stunning crystal effects

Citrine Gaming PC Setup

This water-cooled gaming PC with hard tubing looks like it was mined out of a crystal-encrusted rock by a very lucky geologist. Armed with a CNC machine, plenty of acrylic sheet and some expert 3D modeling skills, PC modder Søren Kirkegaard made this striking build inspired by the look of Citrine crystals. That’s why Kirkegaard calls this build Citrine, and it’s a fine piece of PC craftsmanship. See more of this water-cooled crystal effect PC build.

15. This PC’s motherboard is in the middle of the case

Tweaked Meshify S2 PC

It’s no easy feat to change your PC case layout so the motherboard is moved to the middle, but PC modder Jeroen ter Horst has done an expert job with this water-cooled gaming PC. He gutted his Fractal Design Meshify S2 and completely changed the interior design, with a custom distro and cable management plate, while moving the motherboard to center stage, flanked by a pair of angled 360mm radiators. Read more about this modded Meshify S2 PC build.

16. This water-cooled gaming PC runs like clockwork

Project Taichi PC

This open-air gaming PC looks a little like it came out of a clockwork watch factory, being inspired by the design of ASRock’s Taichi motherboards with their cog motifs, and based on a Thermaltake Core P5 chassis. PC modder Jason Simm went all out on the water-cooling system for this PC build, which sports two 480mm radiators, hand-cut PETG tubing and custom aluminum panels. See more of this open-air PC build.

17. It’s a water-cooled gaming PC in a vintage CRT monitor!

PC in a CRT monitor

If you’re a computing veteran who remembers CRT monitors and TVs (we certainly do!), then you may well join us in our love for this water-cooled gaming PC with a vintage twist. PC modder János Kerekes took his Dremel to an old grey Sony Trinitron CRT monitor in order to create this unique water-cooled PC, which is called Oazis ROG. Read all about how this water-cooled PC in a CRT TV was built.

18. PC cases don’t get much more minimal than this open-air rig


This mini-ITX gaming PC case goes right to basics, sitting in a small footprint while also being able to accommodate a full-size graphics card and ATX power supply. It’s made from laser-cut aluminum and its designer, Jerome Kelty, has kindly made the design files available for anyone else to download and have a go themselves. Read all about how this open-air mini-ITX frame PC was designed and assembled.

19. Is this the ultimate dragon-themed gaming PC setup?

An enormous dragon sculpture sitting on a gaming PC setup

No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, that really is an enormous dragon sculpture on a desk. However, there is something else a little fishy about this otherwise slightly mind-boggling gaming setup.

When we first saw this image posted on our Custom PC and Gaming Setup Facebook group we were wowed by the sheer scale(s) of the dragon sculpture, and asked the member that posted it – Joe Darden – if we could feature the setup on our site. Imagine our disappointment at being told… it’s AI-generated art! It’s still amazing in its own way, though – imagine if it was real! See all the pics of this AI-generated dragon PC gaming setup.

20. This dazzling all-white Star Wars PC has a hidden secret

Gaming PC with a white paint and lighting scheme includes a white stormtrooper GPU holder

This Star Wars PC gaming setup is subtlety special, as the entire theme is defined solely by the addition of a single figurine. Taking inspiration from its existing all-white color scheme, Custom PC and Gaming Setup Facebook group member Robert Lachance completed the look of his PC with the simple addition of a Stormtrooper. Meanwhile, an Xbox One controller holder in the shape of a Stormtrooper supports the graphics card. See more of this white Star Wars gaming PC build.

21. This Jack Daniels PC looks like it’s filled with whiskey

Jack Daniels PC

We absolutely love what PC builder Craig Ferrie has done with this Jack Daniel’s PC. The wooden PC case itself is a marvelous bit of craftsmanship, but the centerpiece is the Jack Daniel’s bottle and glass tumbler at the front – these parts genuinely work as part of the water-cooling system, which is filled with whiskey-colored coolant. See more of this Jack Daniel’s PC build.

22. Happy holidays, from this Hello Kitty PC

Hello Kitty PC

This isn’t just any Hello Kitty PC, it’s a Christmas Hello Kitty computer! PC modder Anthony Martino wanted to make a computer for his Hello Kitty-obsessed wife for Christmas, resulting in this red, white and green machine. The case is covered with custom vinyl wrap, and the interior features custom acrylic fan grilles and a Hello Kitty graphics card backplate. Read all about how this Hello Kitty PC build was made.

23. This Cyberpunk 2077 PC has some incredible paint and etching work

This stunning Cyberpunk 2077 PC looks like it came straight off the street in Night City. Dystopian fiction fan Richi Bowzer spent a year creating this rig, which can boot into two PCs for two-player gaming. It has an incredible amount of custom paintwork, some superb etchings on the glass and a nifty screen on the PSU shroud.

To top it all off, there’s an intricate hard tube water-cooling system in the interior, and even a Keanu Reeves figure sitting inside the machine. See more pics of this stunning Cyberpunk 2077 PC build.

24. Check out this dragon PC etching and angled graphics card

Adding your own PC case etching is a great way to make your PC stand out from the crowd, and we really like what Custom PC reader Simon Beacock has done with his dragon design here. He also went all out with his first go at hard-line water cooling for this build, which he calls Little Drakon, while also modifying the setup to accommodate an angled graphics card. See more of this dragon etching PC build.

25. Gobble up this water-cooled Pac-Man arcade cabinet PC

Pac-Man arcade PC

This Pac-Man arcade PC build is button-mashingly brilliant, with a brightly colored water-cooled gaming PC housed in the bottom half of the cabinet. Using some custom-made acrylic panels and boxes, Custom PC reader Karl Patterson transformed this Pac-Man arcade cabinet into a high-end gaming PC, which contains two water-cooling loops. And yes, you can still play Pac-Man on it! Check out our full feature on this Pac-Man PC build.

26. This mini-ITX wood PC is making waves

ONDA wooden mini-ITX PC

This outlandish wood PC build takes inspiration from all sorts of places, from the famous Japanese Great Wave off Kanagawa painting to a dinosaur skeleton that its creator, PC modder Alessandro Zaiti, saw displayed in a museum. This mini-ITX PC build, which its creator calls ODNA, is a stunning example of design and craftsmanship – we’ve never seen a PC quite like it. See more of this fabulous wooden wave PC build.

27. Check out the metal PSU cable connectors in this Division rig

Project ISAC PC

This water-cooled gaming PC has loads of custom details, including modified CPU and GPU waterblocks, a louvered panel on the radiator and some quality etching work. We also love the brass-effect water-cooling fittings and metal PSU cable connectors. After sinking over 1,000 hours into The Division, Custom PC reader Andy Makin built this Project ISAC system, inspired by the game’s Intelligent System Analytic Computer concept. See more of this Division PC build.

28. This space-age aluminum PC build is inspired by the Sputnik satellite

Sputnik PC

Inspired by the launch of the first satellite from Earth, Sputnik, PC modder Lobachev Andrey Vladimirovich built this space-age mini-ITX PC from scratch. The design eschews 90-degree bends to avoid the boxy look of standard PC cases, and it’s constructed from laser-cut 2mm aluminum. See more of this laser-cut aluminum PC build.

29. This PC gaming setup is all about cars and plants

Zachary Nazech cars and plants PC gaming setup

This isn’t your average car lover’s PC gaming setup. Sure, there are model cars on the shelf, and even some Yokohama Model T6 wheels on the wall, but that wasn’t enough for Custom PC Facebook community member Zachary Nazech. As a keen lover of both cars and plants, Zachary decided to mix two of his passions, with some wheels sprouting foliage. Read more about this overgrown car PC gaming setup in our Q&A with Zachary.

30. Check out this smart Alien-inspired PC gaming setup

Jesse Drew Lambros Alien PC Game Setup

We love the clean look of this Alien PC gaming setup, which is made from various Ikea furniture parts, and makes great use of lights and wall panels. What’s more, its creator, Custom PC Facebook community member Jesse Lambros, has added some touches inspired by the Alien film franchise. See more of this Alien PC gaming setup and read our Q&A with Jesse.

31. Apple eat your heart out, this is the ultimate all-in-one PC build

Ever lusted after the clean all-in-one ease of use of an iMac? Well, Björn Höjing Burle shows you don’t need to go the fruity route to get the same effect. His gaming monitor PC has all its components strapped to the back of a standard ultrawide gaming monitor. It uses a mini-ITX motherboard and compact SFX power supply to save space then harnesses the heat-directing power of water-cooling to pull heat from the graphics card and CPU to the two 240mm radiators on the other side of the monitor. Get the full low-down on this all-in-one gaming monitor PC build here.

32. See minimalism at its finest with this white PC setup

Cleanest white PC build and desk setup ever

This has to be among our favorite minimalist PC gaming setups we’ve ever seen. The PC build itself is super clean with its white case and fully white components (other than that tiny splash of bright orange on the graphics card). Meanwhile, the simple desk setup with wireless mouse and keyboard and no monitor stand is a wire-free delight. It’s the starkness of the rest of the space that really completes the piece, though – there’s nothing else on the desk or walls cluttering the look. Find out more about this minimalist white PC build here.

33. This celebration of Thailand is a garishly green and gold PC wonder

Gold and green Thai dragon PC build

Sporting an enormous bust of the Hindu rakshasa demon Thotsakan and adorned with gold decoration throughout, this bold-looking PC is a celebration of all things iconically Thai. It was spotted in a computer shop in Thailand where it was presumably used to catch the eyes of passersby – something it clearly achieved. We’re not sure about the practicalities of using such a PC on a normal desk but we love the no-holds-barred celebration of local culture. See more of this amazing Thai gold PC build here.

34. Look at the amazing paint job on this Cyberpunk 2077 PC

Cyberpunk 2077 Neon PC

We love a well painted PC case at Custom PC, and this brightly colored Cyberpunk 2077 gaming PC shows some masterful use of Kobra spray paint by PC modder Richard Ord. It’s based on an Antec DF600 Flux case, and features custom details made with a 3D printer, as well as a great hard tube water-cooling system. See more of this technicolor Cyberpunk 2077 PC build.

35. Feast your eyes on this water-cooled Joker gaming PC

Joker PC

Cutting and bending hard tubing for a water-cooled gaming PC isn’t a job for the faint-hearted, but it can achieve amazing results, as shown by the tight bends in this Joker gaming PC build. Created by PC modder Tom Keen, this colorful rig takes design cues from various guises of Batman’s flamboyant nemesis, and it features loads of custom parts too. Take a closer look at this Joker PC build.

36. This water-cooled BB8 gaming PC is on the ball

BB8 gaming PC

Is this BB8 gaming PC the droid you’re looking for? We certainly love it. PC modder Kamil Lee combined his love for orange and white color schemes, as well as cute Star Wars droids, with this super-clean water-cooled PC build, which features a custom distro plate design and had to be given several coats of white paint. Read all about this Star Wars PC build.

37. This gaming PC build has all the monitors and that’s why we love it

We’ve seen many a multi-monitor PC build in our time but this arrangement from Custom PC Facebook community member Casey Steward is among the more extreme examples. It has no fewer than four monitors, with three of them stacked right on top of each other. What’s more, the top screen is in fact a 45-inch TV! It’s certainly one way to make the most efficient use of your limited desk space, by not using the desk. See more of this multi-monitor PC gaming setup.

38. Check out the tight tubing bends in this water-cooled Threadripper PC

Silent Storm water-cooled PC

If you think a 360mm AIO liquid cooler has loads of cooling power, then wait until you see the monstrous cooling abilities of this water-cooled Threadripper PC build. Custom PC reader Sam Liggat dived headfirst into the deep end with his first hardline water-cooling system for this Thermaltake Tower 900 build. It features loads of freehand tubing bends and two colossal 560mm radiators. See more of this water-cooled Threadripper PC build.

39. Check out this flat water-cooled Plex server

Wall-mounted Plex server

There’s no reason why a Plex server has to be the usual unassuming box in the corner of the lounge. Custom PC reader Chris Marsh wanted his one to wow people on their way through the front door, and it has an extravagant design. It features a custom MDF flat chassis, which could be wall-mounted, along with a 480mm radiator and a water-cooling loop with hard tubing. See more of this wall-mountable Plex server build.

40. Watch the motorized monitor lifts in this wood desk PC build

Wooden desk PC gaming setup

We see a lot of desk PC cases and builds at Custom PC, but this wood PC gaming setup is in a different ballpark. Custom PC reader Martin McDonald wanted to build a corner desk to house his two-monitor PC setup, but also to use for marking up large paper design work. The result is this unique piece of carpentry made from maple and sycamore, with automated monitor lifts and a dedicated control console. Check out this wood gaming PC desk build.

41. Yes, this cel-shaded Borderlands PC build is real

Borderlands PC build

We weren’t convinced that this Borderlands PC build was real when we first saw it, but Custom PC reader Ivan Cervenak has done a great job of fooling our eyes with this gaming PC based on the Borderlands robot Jimmy J3NKN5, complete with a cel-shaded sketchy cartoon look. This unreal look was created with expert use of a load of vinyl wrap, and some acrylic paint pens, and we love it. See more of this Borderlands PC build.

42. Look at this stunning open-air PC case build

We’re very much aware that PC enthusiasts are divided when it comes to the prospect of an open-air PC build. Some love the fact that you can see all of the glorious PC hardware up close and personal, while others worry about the constant need for dusting. We love this custom open-air PC case, though, which was scratch-built by Custom PC reader Michael Sheppard and is called Project Z. It features an angled graphics card, a hard tube water-cooling loop and some incredible cable tidying work. See more of this open-air PC build.

43. Check out the 3D-printed details in this fiery BioShock PC build

Thermaltake P3 build

3D printing is a great tool for PC modding, and PC builder Steve Grever has pushed the boat out with this fiery open-air build. Wanting to get away from the standard black box, he built this touch-screen-equipped PC in a red Thermaltake P3 chassis, featuring several custom 3D-printed PC parts made with matching red filament. There’s also a Big Daddy from BioShock keeping an eye on the flames. See more of this BioShock PC build with 3D-printed details.

44. Nature meets machine in this bright and tidy PC gaming setup

Ferns PC gaming setup

Showing that you can create a stunning PC gaming setup without going overboard on frills, there’s something effortlessly calming about this PC gaming setup from Custom PC Facebook group member Nicholas Shannon. From the cool white PC build and simple purple underlighting to the clean desk, and that haunting black and white desktop wallpaper. But our favorite part? It’s got to be the ferns, where nature meets machine. Read more about this bright PC gaming setup with ferns.

45. The Avengers assemble in this glowing PC build

Avengers PC Gaming Setup

Embrace the spirit of teamwork with this Avengers-themed PC build that features glow-in-the-dark vinyl stickers, loads of RGB lighting and mini action figures. It required more than a snap of a finger to create but was still put together in a weekend, showing that a fun and fully-themed gaming setup can be achieved quite quickly. Read more about this Avengers PC build here.

46. Neat cabling defines this wall-mounted PC build

Wall mounted gaming pc build

Wall-mounted PCs aren’t entirely a novel idea but this setup takes things to another level. Esaerg Yeknom has mounted not just his PC, not just his monitor, not just his speakers but the whole lot to the wall, along with a headset holder and Xbox controller holder too. Then, joining them all up is neatly arranged cabling that has been pinned to the wall in a PCB trace-like pattern. It combines to create quite the striking sci-fi vibe that we’re all for. Check out the full wall-mounted everything gaming setup here.

47. The booziest PC gaming setup

Beer fridge cocktail bar gaming PC build

This surely has to be one of the finest gaming station bars we’ve ever seen. Custom PC Facebook group member, Arnie Lye, has fitted his gaming den out with a sizeable drinks fridge stocked with bottles of beer, a mini keg for serving beer on tap, filled a countertop and two shelves with spirits, wine, and mixers, and even fitted a glass hanger for all his fancy stemware. We’ll drink to that! See the full finery of this gaming PC setup with a bar here.

48. This outstanding PC case was completely 3D printed

3D printed PC case - The Thing

Not only does this scratch-built orange and white PC build look absolutely gorgeous, but it also uses a completely 3D-printed PC case. With clever use of a Minifactory Innovator, and two Ultimaker 2 Extended+ 3D printers, PC modder Antti Väisänen made a water-cooled PC build that looks like no other PC we’ve seen. See more of this 3D-printed PC build.

49. Check out the wood panels on this mini gaming PC build

Tilia Wood PC build

When you take a first glance at this custom open-air rig, it looks like a wood PC build, but behind the wood paneling is a custom metal chassis, which PC modder Axel Lindmarker made from scratch, before adding the classy wooden panels on the sides. This mini-ITX PC doesn’t compromise on spec either, with a 16-core CPU, a GeForce RTX 3080 and full water-cooling system packed into its tiny space. See more of this mini gaming PC build.

50. Open this desk drawer and out comes a water-cooled PC build

Desk Drawer PC

This wooden desk PC was built from scratch by PC builder Mads Alexander, after building a similar design for his carpentry course. Not only is the desk itself a great piece of craftsmanship, but it also features a fully water-cooled gaming PC in its drawer. We love the attention to ventilation and tidy cable management in this desk PC. See more of this desk drawer PC.

51. This art deco PC looks like the front of a classic car

Spirit of Motion classic car PC build

With its aluminum front grille and shiny candy apple red panels, this classic car PC build takes inspiration from the 1930s hotrod automotive era. Built by PC modder Josiah Fast, who also made this brilliant Galaxy Diner PC build, this art deco PC is based on the design of the 1938 car, the Graham Spirit of Motion, also known as the “Sharknose”. See more of this art deco car PC build.

52. Feast your eyes on this handsome open-air gaming PC build

ROG Pagoda PC build

This open-air PC build takes architectural inspiration from pagoda design, with its open and angular structure, and was built entirely from scratch. PC modder János Kerekes, who also wowed us with his CRT monitor PC, constructed the case using colored plexiglass, and it also features individually sleeved PSU cables, which shows some real patience. See more of this open-air water-cooled PC build.

53. Check out the Jack Nicholson fan grilles in this Joker gaming PC

Joker PC fan grille

Taking inspiration from the lurid, acidic colors of Tim Burton’s Batman’s arch nemesis, this Joker PC has luminous green coolant, lighting, and custom-made fan grilles. We particularly like the vinyl sticker that has been placed alongside the water distribution plate that fills the front of the case. See more of this stunning Joker PC build here.

54. Watch out for the custom PSU cover in this monochrome PC build

Custom aluminum PSU cover

We really like this monochrome PC build, which shows you don’t need to go overboard with flashing rainbow RGB LEDs to make a PC that stands out. Taking inspiration from the black and white color scheme of MSI Krait motherboards, this machine is Custom PC reader Ricky Kemp’s first PC build with a custom water-cooling loop, and he fabricated several custom aluminum parts for the interior. See more of this black and white PC build.

55. This super clean PC build has two water-cooling loops

Thermaltake Tower 900 water-cooled PC build

The interior of your PC case can quickly get cluttered and messy once you start adding multiple graphics cards and water-cooling gear, but  Custom PC reader Peter Morey has shown that you can still make an intricate PC build look really clean with this stunning water-cooled PC build. It’s based on a Thermaltake The Tower 900 case and features two water-cooling loops. See more of this dual-loop gaming PC build.

56. This Portal Companion Cube gaming PC build deserves all the cake

Portal companion cube PC

The excellent Portal games are packed with iconic designs, from the highly cosplayable lead character, Chell, to the terrifying red-eyed glow of the sentry turrets. Perhaps the most iconic of all, though, is the weighted companion cube, which is the inspiration for this sleek Portal PC build. Inside there’s also an etched panel depicting the Portal participant instructions, and of course, there’s a shiny red Valve too. See more of this Portal companion cube PC build.

57. This PC build is cooled by an external icebox

This water-cooled PC has no radiator, pump or reservoir inside its case. Instead, refrigeration engineer Matt Marshall had another idea – chilling the coolant inside an external icebox. The result is this icebox-cooled PC build, which has a really clean and uncluttered interior, not to mention super-cool temperatures. See more of this fridge-cooled gaming PC build.

58. This white gaming PC has a tilted graphics card

This white gaming PC puts such a simple but effective spin on the idea of mounting your graphics card in such as way as to best show it off. Instead of just standing the card upright in a vertical mount position, creator Paul Turton tilted the card back slightly. This position presents the card nicely for being viewed both from the side and above. As for the rest of the system, it uses mostly shop-bought white components but includes some custom-painted white parts, such as the pieces on the graphics card, to complete the clean look. See more of this white gaming PC build.

59. Check the hand-cut tubing in this hardline water-cooled PC build

Blue hardline water-cooled PC

Sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than a simple but sleek hardline water-cooled PC, and this build is a perfect example. Using PETG pipes hand bent into perfect 90° angles, there’s nothing too fancy going on here but the build looks effortlessly elegant, helped by its cool blue lighting. Don’t be fooled, though, such hardline piping bends are quite tricky so there’s a bit of time and care required to achieve a similar effect. Get this full story on this hand-bent hardline water-cooled PC.

60. This water-cooled desk PC build was built from scratch

Water-cooled desk PC

While you can pick up off-the-shelf PC desk cases from the likes of Lian Li, if you want a desk that meets your exact requirements you’ll need to build it yourself, and this water-cooled desk PC is a fantastic example. Built from scratch by Custom PC reader Johnny Anderson, this custom water-cooled desk PC is a true one-of-a-kind, complete with hardilne tubing. See more of this water-cooled desk PC build.

61. Get button-mashing with this retro arcade PC

Retro arcade PC build

Using a hand-built wooden cabinet, this retro arcade PC features a 26-inch IPS monitor, proper arcade-style joysticks, and satisfyingly mashable buttons. It was created by Custom PC reader, Rich, a veteran of making his own arcade machines. See the full story of this arcade PC build here.

62. The day glow goo PC

Day-glo green water-cooled PC build

Less popular in PC building circles these days, we still have a soft spot for outlandish coolant coolers, and few are more eye-catching than day glow green. This toxic waste-inspired ‘acid rain’ PC sports a fully water-cooled system with a CPU and two GPUs cooled by a single loop, with a huge distribution block filling the whole front of the PC to show off the liquid. See more on this day glow green PC here.

63. Clear your standing desk with this cable-tidying PC hack

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Although a simple standing desk PC build overall, Custom PC reader Rolf Oosterhuis’ solution for tidying his system’s cables is one you have to see. Using so cheap square PVC drain pipe and a few mounting brackets, he created a way to cleanly contain all the power and data cables for his system, neatly having them all exit into a cable snake that can move along with his electric standing desk. See here for how this standing desk cable tidying PC was built.

64. This Bladerunner PC is pure Joi

Bladerunner gaming pc build

Few movies are as packed with iconic imagery as Bladerunner 2049, and this simple but effective Bladerunner 2049 PC build showcases one of its most eye-catching. A simple marriage of a good desktop wallpaper and matching lighting sets of this build, which also features a modern-style double-glass-panelled case with 12 RGB fans inside. Find out more about this Bladerunner 2049 PC here.

65. This brain-shaped PC is jarring

Hardwired to your brain takes on a whole new meaning with this PC build. Using a tiny mini-ITX motherboard, the system is housed inside a brain-shaped metal cage with water-cooling pipework pumping life-giving coolant to the CPU. Created PC builder David Wieland, this steampunk PC is a mini marvel of PC design. See here for how this tiny brain in a jar PC was built.

66. Forget RGB PC cases, this setup has an RGB desk

This dazzling neon gaming PC setup is a bold statement in everything RGB with an inspired RGB wall lighting strip, custom neon ‘to the moon’ sign and an RGB-packed PC. But the real finishing touch is the custom-built RGB desk that’s made from stained 2×10 lumbar with a channel routed into the front edge to hold its RGB strip. It’s such a great way to add some lighting without making for more clutter, plus it should mean you’re less likely to bash your leg against the desk corner in the dark. See more of this RGB PC desk build here.

67. Diablo IV PC builds

Diablo IV PC builds

To celebrate the Diablo IV release, we’ve collated several Diablo IV-themed PC builds to showcase the best Diablo IV PC builds. One of those is pictured above but you can see more by clicking the link above. From Diablo IV posters and candles to moody RGB lighting and little Diablo IV logos on CPU coolers, these setups do everything they can to celebrate the game.

68. The ultimate cute Kirby-themed PC

Cute Kirby PC gaming setup

Are you a fan of all things pink and cutesy and Kirby? If so, this gaming PC setup is sure to delight. With its Kirby desk fan, pink-capped keyboard, and a ring of pink roses, there’s a definite dominant color on show. Meanwhile, plush toys, a Sims plumbbob, and many more family-friendly fun additions complete this fun setup. Read on to see more of this Kirby PC setup.

69. Ikea Skadis gaming PC setup

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If you’re seeking some desk organization inspiration, this is the build to take a close look at. Using Ikea Skadis pegboards to full advantage, Custom PC builder, Sajid Khan, has created custom holders for dozens of his tech trinkets. Admitedly he’s used a 3D printer to create most of these but Ikea’s off the shelf holders are useful for many items and cheap too. See more of this highly organized Ikea Skadis gaming PC setup here.

70. This gaming PC setup has all the screens

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We’re used to seeing two or three monitors adorning a desk or the addition of a large TV for setting back in bed or reclining your office chair and taking in a movie. However, it’s not often we see as many screens as in this setup. Custom PC builder, Lesko Bence, has three monitors and a laptop screen on his desk as well as a 4K TV alongside. It’s honestly so many screens that we’re not sure what we’d do with them all. See more of Lesko’s multi-monitor gaming PC setup here.

71. It took four years to build this shiny wood desk PC

Wooden water-cooled desk PC

Taking its design cues from Italian sports cars, wooden boats and interior design, this shiny wooden desk PC is a world away from your usual tower PC case. Amazingly, this was PC builder Wilhelm Bäckman’s very first scratch-built rig, and it took four years and lots of labor to build. Click the link to see more of this water-cooled desk PC, which Wilhelm calls Husky Bongs.

72. This orange and white Threadripper PC is electrifying

Revolt Gaming PC

This bright and beautiful Hi-Vis rig goes straight for your eyeballs with its high-contrast, Day-Glo color scheme. Taking inspiration from the Asiimov weapon skins in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, PC modder Devin Waddell (aka TekRedMods) built this orange and white PC with an electricity theme, which he appropriately calls ReVolt. See more of this water-cooled Threadripper PC build.

73. Geralt’s medallion would twitch at this Witcher 3 gaming setup

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt PC build 01

What better way is there to acknowledge one of the finest PC games ever made than to make a PC gaming shrine to it. That’s precisely Custom PC community member, Xrain Bibiano, did with this fantastic Witcher 3 PC gaming setup, which features both types of witcher sword on the wall, as well as a medallion in center stage. See more of this Witcher 3 Wild Hunt PC setup.

74. Count the GPUs in this monster water-cooled PC

Corsair 1000D water-cooled PC build

Less is definitely not more with this hugely complex machine. We’ve never seen a PC that’s so packed with gear as this stunning dual water-cooled Corsair Obsidian 1000D PC build. Created by expert PC modder Alexander Banks to show off at Corsair tech shows, this incredible dual-system contains four Nvidia GPUs, three water-cooling loops, and loads of custom cables. See more of this dual water-cooled PC build.

75. Is this the king of gaming PC setups?

Here’s a PC gaming setup that must take, ahem, pride of place in its home. We’re used to seeing gaming spaces inspired by nature, with plants used to create calming, tranquil environments, but community member, John Galli, has taken a different tack with this clash between nature and sci-fi. See more of this lion PC gaming setup.

76. Who needs case panels? Not this Antec Striker gaming PC build

Antec Striker gaming PC build 02

The Antec Striker is, along with the Jonsbo Mod-3, one of the more visually striking PC cases around, with its sharp angles and exposed innards. However, even the outrageous design of the standard Striker case wasn’t enough for Custom PC community member, Rui Yaegashi. Taking it one step further, Rui removed all of the case’s external panels to create an amazing-looking, if rather dangerous, Antec Striker PC build.

77. This symmetrical dual-reservoir PC is amazing

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There are few sights more pleasing for us than a well-designed custom water-cooling system, and this symmetrical build with two reservoirs has one of the finest examples we’ve seen. Built inside a huge Thermaltake Tower 900 case that gives amazing views of the front and sides of the system, Custom PC community member, Heiko Erhard, crafted an astonishingly detailed rig. See more of this dual-reservoir water-cooled PC build.

78. Watch the smoke pour out of this Metro Exodus PC build

Metro Exodus PC build

Looking like it came straight from a post-apocalypse steampunk dystopia, this rugged Metro Exodus PC has loads of mechanical touches that echo the look of the game, with pumping pistons, analog dials, and smoke puffing out of it. Created by one of the godfathers of PC modding, Bill Owen from MNPCTech, it’s based on a Corsair 570X Crystal case, and involved a tremendous amount of modding work. See more of this Metro Exodus PC build.

79. Chill out with this relaxing PC gaming setup

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This gloriously chilled out PC gaming setup is all about laying back to relax while you use your PC. Custom PC community member Kade Morgan lies back on his Eames lounge chair replica, complete with ottoman, while his keyboard and mouse sit on a custom table with a river effect running through the middle of it, all in front of a full-size TV monitor. See more of this relaxing PC gaming setup.

80. Check out the clean lines on this water-cooled living room PC

Napoleon water-cooled PC build

Creating a clean-looking PC build with top-end hardware is no easy feat, especially in a small case, and we’re really impressed by what expert PC builder George Antonopoulos has achieved with the straight, clean lines in this gorgeous water-cooled PC. Appropriately, George calls this rig Napoleon, because it’s small and powerful, and it’s used in a living room gaming setup. See more of this super-clean water-cooled PC build.

81. This Marvel comic book PC build is incredible

Stan Lee Marvel comic book PC build

We’re amazed by this stunning Marvel PC build, which wouldn’t look out of place in the pages of a Captain America comic book. Built by PC modding hobbyist Marios Dalainos, its comic book effect was created with the decoupage technique, while its paintwork looks like it’s been sketched by a comic artist. Made as a tribute to Stan Lee, creator of some of the most iconic superheroes, it makes for a brilliant spectacle. See more of this Marvel comic book PC build.

82. If you go into the woods today, you’ll see a Noctua-themed PC!

Noctua wood PC

If you can’t buy the exact PC hardware you want, then why not build a custom rig that’s as close to it as possible? That was the approach of PC modder Jesse Mills when it came to building this wood gaming PC filled with Noctua cooling gear, after he saw an Asus Noctua graphics card. Jesse has stained the wood so it complements the standard Noctua color scheme, and he’s also painted and wrapped the components to match. See more of this Noctua wood PC build.

83. Gaze into the reflection of this stunning mirror PC

Hall of Mirrors reflective PC build

We always love to see a two-tone hardline water-cooling loop at Custom PC, but expert PC builder George Edward Kalaitzis, aka LiquifyMods, has really excelled himself with this Hall of Mirrors rig. This mirror PC features custom distro plates that reflect the satin tubing and magenta coolant back at you. The effect looks stunning, and it’s all built into a massive Cooler Master Cosmos C700M case, with loads of top-end hardware. See more of this reflective PC build.

84. Ten points to the maker of this Hermione PC

Hermione Harry Potter gaming PC build

We’re under the spell of this Harry Potter gaming PC, based on Emma Watson’s portrayal of Hermione Granger in the movies, and we mean that in a good way. It started out as an Aerocool GT desktop chassis, which has been cut down to micro-ATX size and fitted with custom acrylic panels, which have been painted and laser-cut with a Hogwarts theme. Amazingly, its maker, PC modder Bry Aliado, isn’t even a fan of Harry Potter, but he’s put in loads of work to keep his client’s kid happy. See more of this Hermione PC build.

85. This wall-mounted gaming PC is a metal-tubing masterclass

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If you’re going to mount your PC on the wall like a work of art, then it needs to be special, and they don’t come much more special than this superb water-cooled wall-mounted PC build with metal tubing. Its creator, Custom PC community member Michael Matney, has based it on custom panels that have been vinyl wrapped to create a swirling effect, and the metal tubing looks fantastic. We thoroughly recommend clicking through to see more of this fantastic water-cooled wall-mounted PC build.

86. Nature meets industrial chic in this rusty steampunk PC build

Retro Rust steampunk wood PC build

Looking like something out of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, this amazing PC build uses leather on the roof, rusted side panels, and lots of wood too. The result is a stunning steampunk gaming station simply called Retro Rust. Its creator, Joel Hunt, entered it into Cooler Master‘s annual modding competition where it didn’t win the prize but certainly won our hearts. Follow this link for more on this fantastic wooden steampunk PC.

87. Beware the skeleton in this amazing gaming PC setup

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There’s so much going on in this stunning PC gaming setup that we don’t know where to start. Packed with just about every piece of gaming tech you could imagine, this is one of the most extreme gaming spaces we’ve seen, with an infinity mirror coffee table, four screens, two VR headsets, and much more besides. Just watch out for the life-size skeleton sat in the corner. Oh, and there are swords… four of them! See more of this skeleton PC gaming setup.

88. This water-cooled retro lantern build uses antique radiators

Hope Lantern PC build

We love the commitment to vintage chic in this retro lantern build, which not only incorporates a pair of 1930s Harrison car radiators, but also has them set up to function as working parts of the water-cooling system. Built by PC modder Carl Collard, this unique PC build is called Hope Lantern, with the PC on display under the lantern’s glass top. An amazing amount of work went into restoring and painting the radiators, and it’s well worth taking a look at the full feature on this vintage lantern PC build.

89. This pink water-cooled rig has four 360mm radiators

Purple water-cooled PC build

Now this is some serious cooling capacity. If you think the 240mm AIO cooler strapped to your CPU is pretty good, then prepare to be humbled by the monstrous cooling power here. This open-air water-cooled PC has four (yes, four!) 360mm radiators, meaning it can happily cool its high-end components while making barely a whisper of noise, and the water-cooling loop stands out from a mile off with its pink/magenta coolant. See more of this pink water-cooled PC build.

90. This PC build is Infinitely Phantastic


This supremely tidy build takes full advantage of the Phanteks NV7 case, which gives you an uninterrupted view of both the side and front of the rig with its dual-window design. Custom PC Facebook group member, Javier Perez, combined this excellent case with daisy-chainable Lian Li SL-Infinity fans to create a striking build. See more of this Phanteks NV7 PC build.

91. Take a tour of this witch house gaming PC build

Witch House PC build

Showing that you don’t need expensive components and water-cooling gear to make your PC stand out from the crowd, this witch house PC build, built by PC modder Peter Nefedov, instead focuses on creating a scene that Alice in Wonderland could explore after consuming a Drink Me potion. We love all the little potion bottles and bookshelves, and you can barely see the PC itself at all. See more of this witch house PC build.

92. Run for the stairs, it’s a Dalek PC!

Dalek PC build

Exterminate! Whether you’re a fan of Doctor Who or not, this Dalek PC build is an amazing piece of craftsmanship. The whole robot was built from scratch, and it features a voice box and motion sensor, so it can react to movement. Open it up, and you’ll even see the actual Dalek that controls the robot shell, as well as the water-cooled PC inside it, naturally. See more of this Doctor Who PC build.

93. This space station PC build is outstanding

Purifier sci-fi PC build

Looking more like a product of NASA’s R&D lab than your average PC tower, this outlandish space station PC build looks like it should be sat on a counter in the International Space Station kitchen. Aptly called Purifier, it was made by Taiwanese modder extraordinaire AK, and the end result is an extraordinary water-cooled PC split into three parts. See more of this space age PC build.

94. This Viking PC case build is ready to enter Valhalla

Top PC builds: Viking PC build

Fill your drinking horn and raise a toast to Thor. This Viking PC build, made by Custom PC Facebook community member Pavel Virozub, has taken a lot of work. The design incorporates 3D clay modeling, spray painting, and vinyl cutting techniques to create complex knotwork designs, as well as a superbly-modeled 3D face. See more of this Viking PC build.

95. A gaming PC inside a car alloy wheel

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As simple as it sounds, Jon Salvini built his gaming PC inside the 20-inch alloy wheel of a car. While that may sound like it would be a tight squeeze, Jon was able to fit a standard ATX motherboard with a normal graphics card and there was even space for a 240mm radiator AIO cooler. It’s a simple but great-looking build that’s the perfect accompaniment to Jon’s racing sim obsession. See more of this car wheel gaming PC here.

96. Why so serious? Because this Joker gaming PC is great

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Expertly combining the green and purple color scheme of Batman’s main nemesis, this Joker-themed gaming PC is packed with RGB lighting, including nine Corsair QL120 fans and even an RGB-trimmed mousemat. All the lighting has been synced up to immediately evoke the spirit of the Joker and match with the evil Joker wallpaper on its machine’s desktop. See more of this green and purple Joker gaming PC here.

97. Get your energy drink with this Sneak Energy gaming PC

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Some people really like their gaming energy drinks, it seems… Custom PC and Gaming Setup Facebook group member, Jake Cheshire, has dedicated his whole gaming space to the stuff. With its scattered tubs of Sneak Energy drink and even a SNEAK neon sign, this Sneak Energy drink gaming PC setup shows true dedication to the cause.

98. The ultimate no-RGB PC build

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Thumbing its nose at the recent rage for RGB rays, this PC build stands defiant against the never-ending tide of multi-color dazzle by eschewing any extra RGB (there’s technically some on the graphics card but that couldn’t be helped). Built by Custom PC and Gaming Setup Facebook group member, Thor Silword, this PC setup uses a mini-ITX open air case that’s tiny and wonderfully industrial looking, though you’ll have to be careful not to get your fingers of hair near all those exposed spinning fans. Check out the rest of this no-RGB mini-ITX PC build.

99. Take a good look at this Goku Black PC build

dragon ball goku black pc build 01

Cower at the power of this Dragon Ball Super-themed PC with its huge Goku Black desktop wallpaper. Created by Custom PC and Gaming Setup Facebook group member, Jonny JustGaming, this triple-monitor Goku Black gaming setup is a worthy tribute to the Dragon Ball universe.

100. The ultimate Razer themed gaming setup

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With everything from a Razer Iskur gaming chair to a Razer Leviathan speaker, this gaming setup is dedicated to everything green and black. Also sporting a Razer Huntsman keyboard, Razer Basilisk V3 mouse and much more, this setup was put together by Custom PC and Gaming Setup Facebook group member, Mario R. Abadir. Read the full story of this Razer gaming setup.

101. Stare at this stunning Starfield PC build

Starfield PC build

This AMD-sponsored Starfield PC build is an absolutely incredible piece of work. Its spaceship-style chassis is based on a Cougar Cratus case, but it’s barely recognizable under all the intricate, custom 3D-printed parts. Created by acclaimed modder Ben Q, this Starfield rig also features some fantastic painting and weathering work. See more of this Starfield PC build.

102. This mini-ITX rig is beautifully symmetrical

Best PC builds: Symmetrical water-cooled mini-ITX PC

We’re amazed at the amount of custom modding work that went into the building of this mini water-cooled gaming PC. Called Symmetry Essence, its creator, Mr. Mass, built his own CNC machine in order to fabricate the custom waterblocks and distro plates. It’s based on a heavily modified Phanteks Evolv X case, with a striking symmetrical layout based on two radiators and hard tubing. It’s worth seeing more of this water-cooled mini-ITX PC build, so you can check out all the custom parts.

103. This masked samurai PC build wants to fight you

Best PC builds; Samurai PC with katanas

The horned red mask on the front of this samurai PC build gives it a nightmarish look, and it’s also equipped with a pair of katanas on its back, with a rope running through its mouth. We wouldn’t want to run into this PC in a dark alley, but we love its distinctive look and custom paintwork, which extends to the components as well as the PC case. See more of this samurai PC build in our full feature on it.

104. Who knew Naruto would look so good as a custom built PC?

An image of a custom built Naruto themed PC from two different angles

Anime is a worldwide phenomenon having boomed in recent years, and leading the charge is Naruto, so it was only a matter of time before someone went and created a custom Naruto PC build. What we were not expecting, however, was to be quite so blown away by the quality of the build and vibrancy of the purple and orange coloring. Incredible!

105. Is it a chainsaw, a PC or both?!

Pochita PC Build

It’s back-to-back anime builds on the list as we turn to Chainsaw Man next for this Pochita PC build, with a working (albeit blunt) chainsaw blade! Never have we been so confused about our feelings for a PC. Should we find it cute or fear it? Either way, it’s an utterly unique concept that seems like it shouldn’t have worked, but it did!

106. This Red Queen PC build is equal parts awesome and terrifying

two photos of the red queen PC build that showcase the internal lighting and component layout

There’s a certain generation of gamer who, upon hearing Resident Evil mentioned, immediately does and impersonation of the guy from the main menu. Don’t worry, we do it too. This Red Queen PC build pays respects to a character that was actually created by the movie franchise and something about it just feels right. Even if the way she stares makes us feel a little uncomfortable.

107. Flower PC build is perfect for a peaceful setup

Sakura V2 flower PC build

The Sakura V2 PC build may be one of the prettiest custom builds we’ve ever seen, not just for the vibrant colors, but because it makes us feel so peaceful. We’ve never considered flowers working as part of a PC build before, but you know we’ll be looking for ways to make it work going forward!

108. Anyone got the time?

Time Keeper Case Mod - an image of the final product uncluding a lit up working clock and the side panel of the PC

Building a working mechanical clock into a PC case is no mean feat, but it was accomplished with stunning results here. The Time Keeper case mod was a joy to explore and the video showcasing its build process had us enthralled.

109. Walnut and brass combine to create a beautiful wood PC build

Walnut and brass wood PC build

PC builds made from wood aren’t common, but they do exist, and when they’re done right, they can be among the most beautiful builds that we see. This walnut and brass combo is pulled off to perfection, and really shows that there can be more to a PC case than plastic, metal, and glass.

Feeling inspired to make your first custom built PC but not sure where to start? Check our how to build a gaming PC guide for a full step-by-step break down of the process.