The Development of PC Cases
Left alone, the humble PC case can be anything from a utilitarian beige box to something slightly more interesting like products from Alienware or the new CM Storm Scout case. Apply a little imagination, some metalworking skills, a Dremel and some patience, and the sky’s the limit.
Enthusiasts, including myself, have been building systems since components first became available on the market. As custom PC’s took off, more options became available until there were almost infinite possibilities. The humble case took a little longer to gain momentum, as only a few companies like Coolermaster and Lian-Li began making something other than the beige box.
They began using materials like brushed steel, colored aluminum and clear plastics to add an edge to their cases. Soon there were transparent side panels to show off the interior, then custom front grilles to house oversize fans or ones with LED lights on them. Soon there were shapes and sizes that could be manipulated in a number of different ways.
Beside these manufacturer made cases, the enthusiast market went their own way. Skilled individuals were soon creating cases out of everything from an old gramophone, a model of the Millennium Falcon or Steampunk contraptions that stood to ceiling height.
Any Internet search for custom cases will bring a variety of gallery sites where modders can showcase their creations. I have picked a few outstanding ones here in the hope that you will agree with me that they are the best looking custom PC cases in existence.