As we always stress here at GT, the most important part of a computer system is the case. Without it, our parts would be all over the place and would be quite unorganized. Now with that in mind, we've been hacking away at cases to make them perform as well as their visual aspects. It makes no sense to make it look great, but suck hard in the cooling department right?
You can go ahead and build your dream machine from the ground up, or go ahead and purchase a pre-modified case. The latter example has been gaining popularity due to the fact that modifying these cases cost quite a bit of money to start off. You definitely need the right tools and that can cost upwards in the hundreds. So in comes a few retailers who heard these pleas, one of them being 3DCool.
Based in Rochester, NY (go upstate NY!), they have been using the slogan "Freezing Computers World Wide" since April of 1999. They have lots of case accessories that cater to the overclocker and case modder. One of these items, is their line of Hellstorm cases. These pre-modified beauties have been engineered to be the best in cooling. One feature that definitely shouldn't be missed, is the use of automotive paint to finish off their cases. We're going to be taking a look at the Hellstorm 2000, a completely modded case based on the Inwin full tower.
The Hellstorm 2000 comes with these features (taken from 3DCool's website):
- True Automotive Paint - Not Spraypaint!
- 266CFM or 186 CFM air flow
- Durable and solid case
- 5 5.25" bays, 6 internal 3.5" bays, 1 external 3.5" bay
- Large spaces inside for maximum airflow
- All screws and power cables included
- Rounded sides for no hand cutting
- Motherboard sliding drawer
- TONS of space to work in!
- Compatible with ALL AT and ATX motherboards
- 7 Expansion Slots
- 8" x 23.75" x 17.25"
- Purple Metallic, Green Metallic, Ferrari Red, Competition Yellow, Blue Pearl Metallic
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
We chose a nice bright yellow finish for our sample. You don't see too many yellow cases nowadays.
I immediately noticed the incredible finish on this case. Rub your hand on a brand new car, that's the same feeling you get with this case. The shine is incredible, you can see the reflection of wall on the finish in the above picture.
On the instruction sheet that came with the case, it is said that the paint can take up to 90 days to fully dry. In that time frame, just take a damp cloth to wipe down the case if it gets dirty. After the initial 90 days, you can then go ahead and wax it to keep the finish like brand new. Works just like a car, use Meguires wax, real good stuff.
The overall color scheme of the case is yellow and black. The power button, which is located right next to the floppy drive, is painted black. As well as the reset button underneath the case badge. The case itself is really an Inwin Q500, which by itself is already a solid case. I use one myself.