Project: Christine

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Project: Christine

I did this case mod back in 2003 but I just put in a very sizable parts order on Amazon to replace the internals with something more modern.

Anyway, I've been building and modding PCs since 1995 and wanted to do a new build in the winter of 2003. I found an original dual 5.25" floppy, no hard drive, IBM Personal Computer XT system collecting dust among faded, crumpled 1980's style mountain dew cans, 1990's playboy magazines and a dead mouse in the back of a friend's garage . He was happy to be rid of it.

When talking with another friend on what to do with this old case, we started talking cars. I remember watching the movie 'Christine' the night before and thinking how nice the old Fury looked then thought about how this old case was found and ... so was born Project: Christine.

I needed the help of my friend and his shop at the time as he restored old cars and his help with the welding and painting was INVALUABLE.

The grill was taken from a 1960's Studebaker Hawk and the ignition is from a 1958 Plymouth Fury.

On Feb 04, 2004, Christine was featured on the pre-G4 Tech TV show "Screen Savers" along with other mods.

Christine has been featured a PC modding book, "PC Chop Shop" Atomic PC Magazine 'Rig of the month', Gruntville's Feature Case of the month (two months running), Pimp Rig's Pimper's choice of the month rig, and a 2006 Case Mod Calender (May's Pinup case).

Since about 2010, Christine has sat unused on a shelf in my den but it's been bothering me lately that she sits I have placed a large parts order for all new, updated internals and a liquid cooling system that I'll be able to fit inside the case... So I suspect in a month or so when all the parts arrive, I'll have updated photos of the revived Christine.

The old internals are:
AMD Athlon 3200XP, Watercooled
2GB 3700 DDR
ATI X700TruBlue 580Watt PSU

New Internals are:

Asrock B450 Pro4
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz - BlackAMD
Ryzen 5 5600X (Waiting to arrive)
SAPPHIRE Pulse AMD Radeon RX 560 XT (waiting for it to arrive)
CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 AIO
Thermaltake Smart 500W PSU

A lot of people have said I should mount an LCD/LED monitor in place of the windscreen, and in theory it would work as the fake windshield is 17.4 "across and 7.5" a 19" monitor or TV would work (17.3" across, 10.6" tall). The problem is the weight and mounting it. 4lbs doesn't sound like a lot but that painted top actually unscrews from the back and slides forward so I'd need to figure a way to unscrew/unmount the screen before I could remove the 'body'...also I'd have to figure a way to mount that monitor to the chassis without the stress of that weight damaging/warping the case but I'm just drawing a blank.
Color(s): Red
RGB Lighting? No
Theme: TV & Movie
Cooling: AIO Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build


This build participated in 1 contest.


$ 194.00
AMD - Ryzen 5 (5600X)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 6
$ 82.99
ASRock - Pro4 (B450M)
Chipset: B450
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: Micro-ATX
$ 59.99
Corsair - Vengeance LPX (3200MHz) (Black)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 16 GB
$ 170.00
Chip Manufacturer: AMD
Chip: R9 270
Interface: PCIe x16
$ 50.00
Crucial - BX100
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Capacity: 250 GB
Thermaltake - Toughpower
Wattage: 750
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+
Custom - Custom (custom)
$ 72.40
Corsair - H60 AIO
Type: AIO
Size (WxHxD): 120 mm
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