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Top 5 Best PC Case Mods Of 2021... So Far

Although the title might suggest that this is one of those Channel 5 compilation shows you'll find close to Christmas, we just couldn't help but cover some of the awesome PC case mods we've seen in the last eight months.

Although the title might suggest that this is one of those Channel 5 compilation shows you’ll find close to Christmas, we just couldn’t help but cover some of the awesome PC case mods we’ve seen in the last eight months.

Naturally, we had no trouble finding these mods on Reddit and YouTube, because if you’re going to mod your case and make it look like a fever dream that Amazon Alexa might have, then why not show it off?

As is customary for any listicle about epic PC case mods, the Coolermaster World Series played their part in catching a few eyes, as well as CDPR’s #CyberUpYourPC competition in partnership with Alienware. We selected five of the most stunning designs that made it to final build – each one being a fully working PC, and not just a pretty face.

Yaiba Kusanagi Aurora by Italian Extreme Modders

First up is Italian Extreme Modders’ “Yaiba Kusanagi Aurora”; a PC case that might not look out of place appearing on the desk of a hacker in Cyberpunk 2077. It comes as no surprise that this build was in fact inspired by the game and built as part of a collaboration with CD Projekt Red as an entry for the #CyberUpYourPC Contest, actually showcasing the Alienware Aurora and PC case modding.


Side view image of Yaiba Kusanagi Aurora by Italian Extreme Modders



Full Spec:

  • Alienware Aurora
  • AMD Ryzen™ 9 3900 (12-Core, 64MB L3 Cache, Max Boost Clock of 4.4GHz)
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 Ti Cyberpunk 2077 Edition
  • 16GB Dual Channel HyperX™ FURY DDR4 XMP at 2933MHz
  • 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD (Boot) + 2TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s

It’s incredible to think that this was made from a pre-built, and The Italian Extreme Modders have outdone themselves. The Italian Extreme Modders are a team of six PC modders and an Overclocker with strong rep in Italy as well as international recognition. The IEM team works in the IT industry and utilises both “industrial and artistic craft modifications” with components, pre-built PCs and systems.

We asked PC builder and reviewer, SImone Marino of the Italian Extreme Modders about the more difficult aspects of the build, who told us: There was a lot of difficult aspects, for sure working on all the 3D printed parts to make it look real along with the painting process have been a tough tasks,


Italian Extreme Modders team member Simone Marino


With any build like this, the concept can take on a life of its own, so we also asked if they managed to get all of the ideas into the build, or if any were left on the drawing board. Simone told us, Luckily enough we were able to do all the project ideas, both on the stand and the PC itself, thanks also to the fact that we've been able to work side by side with the designer.

Militech ‘Curvhead’ Utility Bot - Matin Poursadeghi / Staszek "Tips" Wiertelak

The Italian Extreme Modders’ entry came second in the #CyberUpYourPC contest, but we think you’ll agree that being beaten by the Militech ‘Curvhead’ Utility Bot (Maelstrom Mod) is nothing to cry about.

The concept:


A hero shot of Militech ‘Curvhead’ Utility Bot by Matin Poursadeghi / Staszek


Covered in crazy decals, spray paint and gang signs, the design shouts Cyberpunk 2077 loud and clear, and deservedly went down in case mod lore, winning critical acclaim from industry legends Gamers Nexus, and wowed Marcin Momot (CDPR Global Community Lead).

The Curvhead Bot took the crown in the competition, and it’s really not difficult to see why. Designed by a visual effects designer and built by a professional modder, this cold steel, corporate design was based on the Militech Flathead Robot coupled with the aggressive look of the Maelstrom Gang.

The build:


Close up shot of Militech ‘Curvhead’ Utility Bot Maelstrom Mod



Front view of the Militech ‘Curvhead’ Utility Bot


This spectacular build uses the Alienware Aurora, just as the Yaiba Kusanagi Aurora:

Full Spec:

  • Alienware Aurora
  • AMD Ryzen™ 9 3900 (12-Core, 64MB L3 Cache, Max Boost Clock of 4.4GHz)
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 Ti Cyberpunk 2077 Edition
  • 16GB Dual Channel HyperX™ FURY DDR4 XMP at 2933MHz
  • 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD (Boot) + 2TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s

Ikigai - Nick Falzone Design

This stunningly beautiful case mod was conceptualised and designed by Nick Falzone and began as a humble block of wood.


Front view of the first test build of the Ikigai case mod using plywood


From those humble beginnings, Ikigai began to take on a new life and quickly became a work of art, exuding style with its hand-cut smooth lines. Every step of the highly detailed build was catalogued in his worklog, posted on the Coolermaster forums. Forum members were quick to notice that Ikigai was no ordinary build, owing to Nick’s use of traditional hand tools and deliberate, precise selection of materials.


Nick Falzone provides insight on the most difficult aspect of his PC case mod build



Close up image of Ikigai dovetail joints cutting


We contacted Nick for a few comments on Ikigai, who told us:

The most difficult part [of the build] was going from an idea of how I wanted it to look in my head to a finished project given the time and size constraints. I included the case in the Small Form Factor category so it needed to be under 20L.

Even though I modelled a lot of it in CAD, things always seem to work out differently in real life, so I made many wood models of the case to try to figure out how to cram everything into the envelope I had to work with. The dimensions of the case itself changed a few times just because things that I thought would work i.e., where the hard tube fittings would go, where the wiring would be routed; just didn't work when I actually modelled it up in real life.


High resolution image of right hand side of Ikigai case mod final design by Nick Falzone



High resolution image of left hand side of Ikigai case mod final design


The beautiful juxtapose of the wood and metal components are just so cleanly put together, it is amazing from every angle. With the Small Form Factor limiting some of the scope in most case mods we’ve seen, Nick was still confidently ambitious with the components he wanted included and actually installed everything he wanted in the end. He told us, I left myself enough time for this case where I got to do everything I wanted. There are a couple details I would change to make things work better (This is my primary gaming/working rig) but overall it turned out better than I had pictured it in my head.

You can find Nick’s multi-award winning work on his website, Facebook and

Full Spec:

  • MSI B550I Gaming Edge Wifi (Sponsored)
  • AMD 5600X
  • MSI AMD Radeon 5700 Gaming X (Sponsored)
  • Cooler Master 650 SFX
  • G Skill Ripjaws V 3600mhz 32GB
  • Western Digital SN750 1 TB, SN550 1 TB
  • Alphacool GPU Block and Radiator
  • Optiumus CPU Block, EKWB fittings and tubing
  • Cooler Master SF360R Fans

Spirit of Motion - Maximum Bubble Mods

If it’s maximum statement and style you’re looking for, then Spirit of Motion takes some beating. This fully functional Ryzen 5 PC harks back to the art deco period, with hot rod stylings and the Candy Apple Red paintwork wrapping the huge statement of a grill.


Front right view of Spirit of Motion by Maximum Bubble Mods


Josiah Fast chronicled his build on the fabled Coolermaster worklog forum, detailing everything from the waterjet cutting of the grills to the final touch-ups of the “Spirit of Motion” decal.

Full Spec:

  • AMD – Ryzen 5 (3600)
  • MSI – B450M Pro-M2
  • NVIDIA RTX 2080 FE
  • Cooler Corsair – Hydro H115i Pro
  • G.Skill – Trident Z (3600MHz) 16GB
  • Samsung – 970 EVO 500 GB M.2 NVMe
  • AMD – Ryzen 5 (3600)
  • EVGA – SuperNOVA 750 G5

Josiah said This build is for my father. He loves early automotive design and I was inspired when I saw a 1938 Spirit of Motion made by the late Graham-Paige company. The design and shape of this build is heavily inspired by the "sharknose" grill the Spirit of Motion has.


Image of Josiah Fast working on Spirit of Motion drilling a hole for the power button


The final touches complete, it was time to show off the end result to his Dad. Josiah’s Dad was, of course, ecstatic, saying Man, oh, man that doesn’t even look like a computer at all!.

Under his Instagram @MaximumBubbleMods you can also find images of every step of the build, along with a photo of his Coolermaster Case Mod World Series trophy!


Josiah Fast sat with Spirit of Motion PC case mod


MECHA 5000X – Aken Mod TW


Front right photograph of MECHA 5000X by AK Mod TW


Some mods are hard to put into words, and this mod just has to be seen rather than described. You don’t get a chance to soak up any one part of this build, as your eyes are drawn to so many aspects at once!

This Intel i7-11700K extreme system packs a hell of a punch, with an ROG STRIX RTX3070 O8G Gaming GPU and Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 64GB memory. The water cooling is taken care of with Corsair Hydro X Series XC7 RGB CPU Water Block, Corsair Hydro X Series XG7 RGB 30-Series GPU Water Block, Corsair Hydro X Series XD5 RGB Pump/Reservoir Combo, Corsair Hydro X Series XR5 360mm Water Cooling Radiator and Corsair Hydro X Series Fittings.

Full Spec:

  • Intel I7-11700K
  • ROG Maximus XIII Extreme
  • ROG STRIX RTX3070 O8G Gaming
  • Corsair Dominator RGB 8GBX4 3600mhz
  • Corsair MP600 Pro 1TB
  • Corsair HX1200W Platinum
  • Corsair QL120 RGB PWM
  • Corsair 5000X RGB Case
  • Corsair Commander PRO Smart RGB Lighting and Fan Speed Controller
  • Corsair K65 RGB Mini 60% Mechanical Gaming Keyboard
  • Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Champion Series Optical Gaming Mouse
  • Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE High-Fidelity Gaming Headset

Of course, Corsair helped out with the mod, as did Republic of Gamers. To build something this monstrous without manufacturer support would have been difficult to say the least.


Front left image of MECHA 5000X PC Case Mod by AK Mod TW


You can see the entire build on the Bit-Tech forums or on AK Mod’s Facebook. Better yet, you can take a look at this Mecha 5000X showcase video!

It has been amazing to see all the talent on display this year, with most of the builds taking place in 2020 and up to August 2021. We are looking forward to doing another rundown closer to Christmas, where we’ll check out the ones that didn’t make the list, as well as any that complete development between now and then.