Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

The top ten QuakeCon 2011 rigs

4:00 PM on 08.08.2011 // Allistair Pinsof
  @DtoidAllistair

I love hardware porn. Those bright neon tubes, orange-tinted cooling fans and sexy cases PC gamers give me a serious ... well, you know.

One of the greatest thing about QuakeCon is checking out the crazy setups in the Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC) LAN room. I examined every one of the 3,000+ computers at the event, searching for the best of the best.

Here are my favorite setups I found at QuakeCon 2011. My picks are based on technical excellence, aesthetics and uniqueness.

10. The Dukebox

Not only is this wonderfully lit rig a machine powerful enough to run Duke Nukem Forever -- that's a joke, guys -- it also houses a cool little fake-aquarium.



9. The Cube

I admit, this rig isn't the most photogenic. You really have to see it in-person to appreciate how wild it is. Four years in the making, this glorious cube of gaming is a see-through cube that can be unfolded. Why would you unfold it? To show off, of course!

8. Neon Rig

ALL OF THE LIGHTS!!!!

These neon, glow-in-the-dark cables have become popular in the PC modding community, but no machine at QuakeCon implemented them in such a clean, visually-pleasing arrangement as this one.

7. The Toddler

I might get a lot of flack for this one, but The Toddler stood out across the QuakeCon floor and that's all you need to deserve this spot. I don't know what's stranger: this guy having a cardboard cut-out of his eight-year-old self or having it attached to his rig at QuakeCon.

6. The Fire Hazard

I'm not scientist, but I'm pretty sure mixing oil with a very hot electronic is a bad idea. Despite this, HOLY SH*T that looks cool. To be clear, you are looking at a fully submerged computer.

5. He really does!

I don't know what's more awesome: the note, the lizards, the Whataburger order number, or the complete lighting/wiring overkill going on inside this beast.

4. Rage RC Car

As if fitting all the hardware into one little RC car isn't enough, the creator showed me videos of him lugging his friends around his block with a connected cart. NOW, THAT'S WHAT I CALL MOBILE GAMING! Durp.

3. The Minecraft Station

Some people who attend QuakeCon are kind of crazy, like this guy. He brought a 52-inch TV screen just so he can play Minecraft. The game's resolution doesn't really scale well, but there is something awe-inspiring about staring at blocks bigger than your head.

2. CRT 2.0

A couple people brought some massive, old-school CRT monitors to QuakeCon, but nothing compared to this. This young kid from Alabama made a see-through LCD screen of a old CRT that doubled as his rig and an external monitor. Many people would stop and stare at it in disbelief. I was one of them.

1. Blue Men of Genius

Somebody didn't tell this guy that QuakeCon is a place for computers, not art exhibits. This hulking, bizarre creation is a one-of-a-kind machine. Between the elaborate display, meth cubes and functionality, Blue Men of Genius was my favorite setup of the show.

-----

Be sure to check out the gallery for more photos of these rigs and some that didn't make the top 10.

If you have a rig you are proud of, feel free to share in the comments below.

Photo Gallery: (42 images)
Click to zoom - browse by swipe, or use arrow keys



Allistair Pinsof,
 Follow Blog + disclosure DtoidAllistair

This blog submitted to our editor via our Community Blogs, and then it made it to the home page! You can follow community members and vote up their blogs - support each other so we can promote a more diverse and deep content mix on our home page.





 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.

 Quickposts
Status updates from C-bloggers

Ckarasu avatarCkarasu
So, SMT IV: Final looks like it'll make fans of the older games happy. Especially fans of SMT 2.
Flegma avatarFlegma
Do games go in cycles like style? I mean, I think I can just as well play my 1993 Space Hulk (PC CD) instead of getting the moderately new Space Hulk instead.
Nekrosys avatarNekrosys
Well, Nekro's going to do a randomised Pokemon Emerald Nuzloke run. This'll... be horrifying, I'll bet. Especially if I make moves and abilities random, too. Yeah...
Occams avatarOccams
Naruto 4 installs on my PS4 and it updates. Game says it can't run story mode during installation. Nothing's installing though. Restarted PS4. Reinstalled. Nothing. Fucking dumb.
StriderHoang avatarStriderHoang
This plays in my head every time I tell myself to stay determined.
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
Tonight, I learned what Flanx and MrNovember sound like in discord, listened to the best idea for a movie ever, and learned a little more about the depths of human depravity. A night well spent. Fuck us all.
Ckarasu avatarCkarasu
So, the artist that they used for Street Fighter 5's story mode(the arcade one) is kinda...not good. Go look up Laura's CGs. Colors are pale, and proportions sometimes end up kinda bonkers. Like, "extreme hourglass figure" level of bonkers.
FlanxLycanth avatarFlanxLycanth
Justin Timberlake blasts Kuma in the ass and dies.
ooktar avatarooktar
I'm loving these fighting game elitists trying to give me shit because I criticized Street Fighters Fight Money business model.
Nathan D avatarNathan D
Thanks to Dtoid I now have this gif in my life, and I can't stop laughing. I seriously can't get over it.
Jiraya avatarJiraya
Finished SOMA today , was able to do a second run without enemies with the "Wuss" mod, found it actually more frightening has you get more time to think about what is really going instead of doing hide-and-seek with the AI (Alien Isolation I miss you)
Mike Wallace avatarMike Wallace
I stayed up late last Saturday writing a Dead Space 4 proposal outline. Solved every plot hole, had plenty of badass moments. This is the state I live in, people.
Torchman avatarTorchman
WHY DO THEY GET SOUNDS BUT PIKACHU AND CHARIZARD CAN'T. WTF
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Finished my Storge set and 4/5ths of that was on the clock today o_O I also got a dragonlord eyepatch, which is totally practical covering the right eye when Cyndel's hair covers up the left eye.
Lawman avatarLawman
So Zack Furniss told me I should play Dying Light on Hard. Guess who's never listening to Zack Furniss again? :-/
EdgyDude avatarEdgyDude
Deadpool spoilers: He gets cancer.
beargreasey avatarbeargreasey
So Kanye just announced his new game, Only Once. It looks beautiful and personal. It's just a shame that I still have no idea what it is.
CoilWhine avatarCoilWhine
I dunno why people are getting so huffy about Windows Store / XbOne Quantum Break crossbuy. It means double the gamerscore for me, and AW and AW:AN are rereleasing on the One so I'll have owned them 3 times over. Great games.
Nekrosys avatarNekrosys
I once considered pitching an idea for a Dtoid Australia podcast, but then I realised it'd probably just be Zyk and I getting drunk on Foster's and complaining about Atlus for half an hour each week while incessantly calling each other cunts.
Parismio avatarParismio
New Splatfest is Pokemon Red vs Pokemon Blue. Im Blue Team bitches!
more quickposts


Contest!


Seriously

Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme


Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo



Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -