When someone says ‘mods’ or ‘modeling’ to you, you probably think one of two things: A neon-lit, willy-waving offence to all that’s good and virtuous, or an amateur craftsman possessing a skill with a Dremel and a soldering iron such as you could never even dream of.
Both things, to a certain extent, are true. A great deal of moddingdom does, it must be said, transcend traditional ideas of taste and decency in favor of looking like the sort of garish monstrosity you’d find parked in Dublin on a Saturday night. What you have to bear in mind is that, just because such case mods tend to get shown off the most, they’re not the be all and end all of the form. There’s a silent army of stylish, subtle mods out there, tailored to match the living room decor or sit sleekly next to an AV system. Case modding doesn’t have hard and fast rules – it’s about tailoring your PC to look the way you want it to. If that so happens to involve it appearing as though you’ve just ram-raided Autostyle, so be it.
To address the other stereotype, it’s also true that making a really epic case mod requires a fearsome degree of time, patience and experience. However, a total overhaul may not necessarily be what you’re after. A great many case mods involve just changing one or two specific things: for instance improving airflow, adding a side window or etching a pattern onto the side. A softly-softly approach has very little for a total newbie to fear.
The exact origins of case modding are lost to history – you could argue people applying Duran Duran stickers to their Spectrums or spray-painting their Armigas counts towards it – but there are certain flashpoints, defining moments that led to its creation. Modding’s about two things: aesthetics and performance. In th