Watch This Old Hot Wheels PC Become An Insanely Powerful Gaming Rig – Review Geek

Three Hot Wheels CRT monitors, tower, keyboard and speakers used for gaming
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When you think of gaming PCs, you probably think of top-notch processors and graphics cards, heavy-duty cooling systems, and blazing-fast monitors and peripherals. What you’re probably not considering is a chunky Hot Wheels setup, but maybe you should. This guy did it.

Modding enthusiast Shank Mods once received a phone call from a friend about visiting a computer warehouse to comb through parts before the store was closed for good. He ended up finding the Hot Wheels Colorful Tower (yes, that Hot Wheels), which was originally released for all the cool kid gamers in 1999.

Then Shank remembered that the Hot Wheels PC was originally sold as a set, complete with a CRT monitor, keyboard, mouse, palm rest, mouse pad, gaming wheel with pedals and two speakers, all of which had shared the bold blue paint job with the ’90s flame decals the model car brand is known for. He scoured the warehouse, looking for the other matching components, but was not so lucky.

Once home, he removed the tower’s decorative cover to check the condition of the internal components, only to learn that the motherboard was corroded beyond repair. Restoration was out of the question, so Shank searched for new components to repair the PC and applied a small budget to salvage other parts.

He was able to find an MSI Z170I ITX mini card and an Intel Core i4-7400 processor, then bought a Noctua CPU cooler, a Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR4 memory kit and an ASUS GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card. He then spent an afternoon revamping the Hot Wheels PC to prepare it for its future as a gaming PC.

Shank was disappointed that he couldn’t find the other components in the warehouse, but settled for having the tower. Later, two members of the DFW Retro Computing community contacted him – one member had the matching monitor and keyboard, and another had a second monitor and palm rest. Shank also continued the hunt online and was slowly able to begin to piece together the full collection.

Until that damn Linus comes along, that is, he offers to pay $5,000 to have a full set sent to him. Shank was discouraged, as other people thought the set was now worth so much, thus breaking his modest budget.

Then MicroCenter reached out to Shank, offering him the parts needed for two PC restores (the Hot Wheels and Barbie versions) on the condition that he do everything possible to create super-powerful rigs. Shank took MicroCenter up on its offer and racked up a $7,000 parts list, including some really ridiculous add-ons that make it one of the craziest gaming PC rigs we’ve ever seen. You will have to see it to believe it.

via AV Club

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