-- By: GideonX
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We are very excited to have had a chance to sit down and chat
with one of the premier PC modding sites on the net, PCMods.com!
Started not too long ago by two mod lunatics, they have changed and
helped shaped case modification into a mainstream topic. Here
is a glimpse of their creation, PCMods.com as told to us by one of
their founders, BJ.
Q: What is PCmods.com?
BJ - PcMods.com is the result of something that we felt needed to
be done. We saw the emerging case mod movement and said to ourselves
that this is an area that we could bring some value to.
Q: How did you guys start out providing pc mods for the
BJ - We started out very small but grew VERY quickly. We began by
taking paypal orders through email. We didn't have much to start
with but everything seems to just fall into place. We had a few
things going for us in the beginning and were able to capitalize on
them. A fair amount of luck was involved. That and hard work : )
Q: What is your day like at work for PCMods.com?
BJ - Up at the crack of dawn answering emails, taking pictures,
working on our up and coming website, dealing with manufacturing and
new product concerns, putting out the fires that constantly pop up,
and generally trying to keep everyone happy and satisfied with their
decision to give pcmods.com a shot. I normally work between 10 and
18 hours a day.
Q: How old are you guys?
BJ - I am 27 and Carl is 29. We have 12 people that work with us
that range from 60 down to 18 though.
Q: If pcmods.com isn't your day job, what do you guys do?
BJ - Pimping really didn't work out, not enough job security : 0
Just kidding. PcMods.com is a full time gig for everyone involved.
It wasn't always but it turned that way in a big fat hurry.
Q: What is the most popular item from your site?
BJ - All said and done, it would have to be the rounded cables,
bus devices, and window kits. A few of our items would probably sell
better, but we have a hard time keeping them in stock.
Q: Do you guys get frustrated when you send out kits for
review to hardware sites and they never seem to get a review up on
time? : )
BJ - It is definitely frustrating but it doesn't happen too
often. We have a few sites that we deal with all of the time and we
cut them a lot of slack when it comes to the reviews but most of the
time everyone is really prompt about posting what they think.
Usually it goes one of two ways: We send they post, or we send and
they disappear : (
Q: Any incredible/horrible customer stories?
BJ - Only a few <knock on wood>. 99.9% of the time
everything is sunshine and rainbows, but every once in a while we
have a problem. Did have a guy in Hawaii that we screwed up his pc60
when we cut it for the blow hole. We had to pay 2nd day air back
from Hawaii, and send him a brand new one. To make a long story
short, we sent pc60's back and forth three or four times until we
finally got it right. Seemed like we saved every mistake we were
going to make for the year on this one customer. Needless to say he
was irate but we made it right in the end and he didn't have to pay
a dime for all of the shipping back and forth. In the end he was a
happy customer, which is all we ever wanted.
Q: Do your wives or GFs (pick one) mod their cases too?
BJ - Not currently. My Girlfriend actually uses the very first
case I ever laid a dremel to. It is an old Cyrix 686 clone box and
the metal doors on it have to be a least ¼" thick. Would have
had better luck with a blow torch or a chain saw J Great little
machine though and she loves it. Won't let me give her a new one.
Q: What do your personal cases look like?
BJ - In the beginning I used to get a new case every couple of
days. I was so excited about all of our new products as they came
out that I was constantly swapping my stuff out. I have finally
settled down and kept the same machine. I run a pc12 with a round
smoked window, blue cold cathode, baybus, and 120mm blow hole with a
biohazard grill on it. Nothing too fancy but I think it looks nice
and clean. I also hooked up the phantom cd drive mod on the front.
Q: Do you guys plan to open up a store front?
BJ - Definitely. We are going to start with an outlet store down
in Florida and see how it does. If it works out we are going the
McDonalds route : ) One on every corner.
Q: When you first started PCMods.com, did you expect this
type of acceptance by the community?
BJ - Yes and no. We understood that there was a need for
pcmods.com and we were fairly certain that it would be a viable
business venture and would fulfill a need but there were a few
things we didn't expect. One thing that was a surprise was the
reaction we received from some of the more hard core members of the
modding community. We made the mistake of jumping out on some of the
forums and announcing ourselves. Well, needless to say, loyalties
run deep in some of these circles and they let us know that we
hadn't earned it. They didn't necessarily see us as a friend. We
made some adjustments and stayed out of the forums so as not to
cause any disturbance. Besides, forums are for the sharing of
knowledge, not the shameless pimping of commercial products. Unless
of course everyone asks for it J I think by now we have earned their
respect and showed that we are not just a fly-by-night upstart
trying to make a quick buck. Our hearts are into this and we believe
Q: Any insight as to what the next 'big' thing is?
BJ - Not to clearly right now. I personally feel that it will be
the completely silent, but heavily over-clocked, small form factor
case that is very aesthetically pleasing. We are constantly looking
to bring other technologies to bear on the case modding community
and we will continue to do so. Hopefully the next big thing is just
around the corner and pcmods.com will have the opportunity to be
Co-founder - pcmods.com
I'd just want to thank pcmods.com for actually
replying to my questions : ) They have supported GideonTech since
they first opened up shop and we thank them for all they have done
for us. A big thanks and only wishing the best for them and
the modding community in the future!
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