Imperial AT-AT case mod by ASPHIAX from The Netherlands. An Intel based system using a Zotac Z68 mITX motherboard. Features a custom modified case and paint-job, as well as a fully customized watercooling system.
Name of Modder: ASPHIAX
Name of the Mod: IMPERIAL AT-AT
Location: Boxtel, The Netherlands
Submitted: Feb 2013
The IMPERIAL AT-AT has always been one of my favorite models from the Star Wars Saga. The Idea of a walking tank just blew my mind and I always rewinded (yes this was in the VHS time) the tape back to see the Hoth scenes over and over again. Once i saw the HASBRO AT-AT toy through a link on facebook I immediately knew. I had to build a PC in there. The only problem was that the toy was not sold in europe. So i had to import it which was very very costly.
Normally I like to plan out something I am doing or building but with this one, not knowing how it was fabricated or how the internal structure would look like, it was 100% improvisation. Once the toy was delivered it took about a week of carefull examination and design work to see how everything would fit and even then it threw me a couple of curveballs.
I had only 3 design principles. 1: No cables or connectors visible, 2 : The exterior should stay untouched (no fan holes or stuff like that), 3 : Full featured watercooled pc with a discrete graphics card capable of playing the latest games.
I guess the biggest challenge was getting everything to fit all the wiring and tubing within the legs of the toy. They were hollow but i could not cut to much into it as it had to support all the hardware in the main body. Next to the cables that connect the internal hardware I also had to route the HDMI, Network and USB cables through them.
The whole build took 3 full weeks in a period of 6 weeks. The delay was primarily due to having ot order new small parts like watercooling fittings as I changed the layout a couple of times to make it fit better within the design.
During the build of the EURISKO I tought myself a little electronics. I used the knowledge I agined from that build to design and install the 5mW lasers in the AT-AT. I kept the wattage down cause of the obvious dangers to peoples eyes but they are still good visible in the dark. I dont want to shoot someones eyes out at a LAN party!
I really enjoyed working on this build as it combines two of my favorite things: SCIFI and LiquidCooled Computers !
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