Perusing through PCpartpicker.com, there are no shortages of fantastic Radeon rigs out there.
Our next featured Radeon Rig comes from Sean Rinna, whose elaborate case design has captured the attention of builders. Check out his build process video below and the individual parts list on his PCPartPicker page.
We asked Sean a few fun questions about his build, so take a look at what the process was like.
What game got you into PC gaming?
What got me into PC gaming was the first game I ever played which was Oregon Trail on a 5.25” floppy disk. From there it went to Doom and then to Quake, and I was hooked!
What made you want to build your first rig?
Our home computer broke when I was younger, so I took another PC and started putting different parts together. Long story short: I ended up fixing that computer for about 5 minutes until it decided to not work again. That made me want to keep building computers and research more and more. I would visit the parts store just to look and talk with people. Those are very memorable times for me because it is what lit that fire under me to start building, even if it was just on paper.
What help or resources did you use to build the rig?
I had a lot of conversations about this case with very nice and encouraging people on themodzoo.com. Everyone had nothing but constructive criticism and fantastic advice! It’s always good to get second opinions or ask questions if you don’t know or are unsure.
Which part of your rig did you spend the most time on?
The time I spent most on was the design. I saw XPS mods on the internet (not many surprisingly) and they all had one thing in common: their windows. I wanted to make this completely different from what others had and were doing in general. So I chose a theme that correlated with a time period of my life and designed it according to how I felt.
That moment was when my mother was diagnosed with cancer. I was in middle school and Star Wars really helped me through that time. I was feeling scared, alone and like my whole world was coming to an end. I wasn’t sure if I would have a mother anymore and at that young of an age, that was the only thing I could think of knowing my grandmother passed from cancer a few years back. I made the case resemble a crashed T-47 ship from Star Wars and decided to design it based upon that using the contour of the case as a guide.
Why did you choose Radeon?
I am a long time Radeon and AMD user. The thing about choosing a company and sticking with them is not always about “They’re the best” or “They have awesome benchmarks”. To me, it’s about the community along with the creativity that is used to promote their products: on the box, on the posters, on the ads, everywhere. It’s the artwork and the feeling of, “Yes, this is where I belong”.
Any interesting facts or personalizations about your rig?
Besides the story about the design, there are many personalizations made to this. I practically destroyed the case by taking it all apart (probably the most work taking a case apart ever). This led to getting rid of all of the cages, the supports, the rear I/O which was BTX and I had to make a custom I/O for an ATX.
From there, the glue and finish was scraped and sanded off. I then started the weathering on the front of the case, including the CD/DVD burners and was talked into doing the fan controller. Next up was the windows (I think I actually did this first). I taped and crew out my designs, spent a good three hours cutting them out and filing them down and cutting the acrylic.
The rest was fairly simple: making the motherboard tray, the support for a radiator in the top, custom PSU shroud, fan mounts, painting, mounting hardware, painting again, bending copper pipes for the loop, making the loop, testing the loop, and finally putting it all together and then weathering the exterior of the case. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it.
What current games are you playing?
Currently I am playing DOOM and replaying Half-Life. I am also playing Battlefield 1, Battlefront, Rocket League, Minecraft with the family, and Grow Up. I am about to start The Bureau—I’ve been wanting to play it for a while.
What game are you most excited for that’s coming out soon?
I am really super excited for Mass Effect: Andromeda, even though it just came out. Other than that, I don’t have my eyes on anything yet… Though that will probably change in about an hour.