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One of my favorite things to do at QuakeCon is stumble across the labyrinth of cables, PCs, and people contained within the BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) room, searching for the most noteworthy, custom rigs.
Even with the room at max capacity, turning away an unprecedented amount of people in the event’s history, I was disappointed to find a lot less interesting rigs this year. Some of this is due to seeing returning ones from last year’s list (Minecraft Station, Neon Rig). Regardless, the ones that did make this list really impressed me.
Though it's not the flashiest tower of the show, the graphic design and lighting make this Fallout-themed PC stand-out on the show floor. If Nuka-Cola did make PCs, I have a feeling they wouldn't look this good.
4. The Next Level
Of all the beefy, over-the-top rigs of the show, this one has to be my favorite. Between its chrome casing and intricate lighting (visit gallery for more images), I walked away rather impressed despite the douchey name given to it by its maker.
It's funny how some people bring the biggest PCs with the biggest monitors to QuakeCon, while this guy powers three small connected monitors off a tiny box you can't even see. It's about the size of a laptop's power brick. The guy seemed rather humble too, but maybe that's because he was busy kicking ass in Left 4 Dead.
2. Vault PC
Just look at that thing! Now that's some serious fan service. If you look closely you can see the paint job isn't great and if you touch it you can feel its made mostly of Styrofoam, but these things hardly dull the effect of this amazing Fallout 3 rig.
1. The Hulk
While I can't say for sure this is made by the winner of our top ten list last year, it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest. It shares the use of figurines (Marvel action figures, this time), a similar aesthetic, and is stationed on a raised platform in the aisle instead of of placed on the table. This guy clearly puts some time and effort into being the best of QuakeCon so who are we to deny him that? See you next year, I guess?
For more pictures of the above rigs, visit our gallery.