Middle East Coalition R05
The theme for this case is that of a ground-based radar station, used by the M.E.C. to detect incoming enemy attacks. As such, it needed to have a more substantial feel to it than the field-based RCM 415 and RCM 389 cases.
When it comes to chunky cases, there are few better than the original Yeong Yang Cube
, made popular by our very own Koolvin as far back as 2001 with Project 7 of 9. The plan was to fill it full of top-spec hardware, and then give it away.
Here is the full specification:
- Yeong Yang Mid Cube YY-B0221
- ASUS A8V Deluxe motherboard
- AMD Athlon 64 3500+ processor
- 1 GB Kingston HyperX PC 3200 DDR 400 memory
- BFG Tech GeForce 6800 Ultra OC graphics
- Two Western Digital Raptor 10,000 RPM hard drives in SATA RAID
- NEC 16x Dual Layer DVD Burner
- Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS soundcard
- Belinea 101901 19" TFT monitor
As before, the prize is a full package, so themed Microsoft Keyboard, Logitech MX510 mouse, Saitek Evo joystick and speakers were also included.
Here is the final result.
Consider just for a minute that this project started out with a stock YY B0221 case, looking like this. Affectionately known to many as simply the 'Borg Cube', for obvious reasons, the case is like most unmodded chassis - a blank canvas onto which a modder can unleash his creativity.
The first casulty of war is the front bezel and drive door. With the case stripped down to its bare essentials, it received an all-over camouflage paintjob, skillfully applied with an airbrush. Perhaps the next most striking feature is the 'radar dish' mounted on the top of the case - it is no more than a simple indoor TV antenna will a matching green paintjob.
Powered up, and even more detail becomes apparently. A mock radar scope springs to life, as do indicator LEDs for the fanbus. The large Battlefield 2 logo on the right side of the case mounted on a sheet of steel cross-plate, and backlit by two mini neons.
Let's move in for a closer look...