Chopper PC mod

Written by Geoff Richards

March 10, 2006 | 14:35

Tags: #7800gt #airbrush #black-ice #colorado

Companies: #asus #danger-den #mod

Why not combine motorcycles and computers? That was the question chopper enthusiast Russell Thomas asked himself while watercooling his PC. Why not indeed, we say, and from his Greenwood Village, Colorado workshop, was born Chopper Computers.

This is their first working prototype, used to demonstrate the company's prowess in the design and construction of bespoke motorcycle-themed PCs. Think Orange County Choppers crossed with bit-tech and you get the idea.

"I used to spend time looking at my motorcycle and wondering what else I could add or remove to make it look and perform better," said Thomas. "The funny thing is, I do the exact same thing when looking at computers. So, why not combine the two into the ultimate computer modification. With so many similarities between the two arts I couldn't resist the temptation to build it."

He clearly couldn't resist the temptation of spending a truckload on the components either. Just check out this specification:
  • Asus K8N-SLI Premium Motherboard
  • Dual Core AMD Athlon X2 4800+ Processor
  • Dual Channel 2GB DDR 500 PC4000 memory with Thermaltake Blue Heatsinks
  • Dual XFX Nvidia 7800GT Video Cards in SLI Mode
  • Dual Danger Den NV-78 Video Water Blocks
  • Dual Plextor CD/DVD RW Slot-Load Drives
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet Onboard
  • Triple Western Digital Raptor 10,000 RPM 74GB Hard Drives (2 in Raid Stripe Set, 1 for backup)
  • Sound Blaster X-Fi Audio PCI
  • Enermax 620W Power Supply (Single 120mm Fan)

  • Danger Den D5 High Flow Water Pump with Polarflo TT Series Chrome Housing
  • Black Ice Pro Chrome Radiator and 120mm Fan
  • Polarflo TT Series Chrome CPU Waterblock and Waterpump Housing

All the motorcycle components used are authentic have been powder coated and custom airbrushed. The signature feature of this mod is the use of the gas tank / petrol tank as the reservoir for the watercooling. The innovation doesn't end there: the oil pan and air scoop are detachable allowing for easy access to computer components, and the seat is hinged to allow easy access to the PSU. Wheels have been mounted into the rear swingarm pivot for mobility.

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