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Fallout fan turns miniature limited-edition nuclear bomb into a tiny PC

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The Fallout Collector user usually focuses on his impressive collection of memorabilia from the post-nuclear RPG series, but recently tried his hand at assembling a PC inside a plastic nuclear warhead that came with Fallout Anthology, released in 2015. The plastic bomb is intended for DVDs that come with an anthology, but it is also large enough to hold some silicon and a power supply.

This is a project similar to the Linus Tech Tips, created during the release of the anthology, but with some key differences. The LTT hatch has chosen a more traditional PC assembly, extending the body with a 3D-printed shell and squeezing in the top i7 6700K and R9 Fury Nano heavily modified mini-atomic charge.

The Fallout Collector chose a smaller system with low power consumption, which required fewer modifications to the case. He moved NUC, a small-form Intel PC with a particularly compact motherboard, to a new case. He modified the disk insert as the basis for installing the motherboard, with the power supply installed at the bottom of the case and the holes made on the sides for the I / O ports.

The end result leaves the main components of the system directly under the nose of the bomb, and the main body houses the power supply and cable system. It has a single fan in the nose above the motherboard with drilled holes to ensure airflow. He also redesigned the mini-nuclear bomb sound effect button to serve as a power switch, as in the LTT assembly, and, as a final touch, changed the BIOS to display the RobCo screen saver at startup.

In its current form, assembly performance is better than one would expect from a 6th generation i3 system. Although Fallout 3 is currently causing problems, New Vegas and Skyrim are producing a rapacious 30 frames per second with acceptable temperatures, while the original 2D games are being processed effortlessly.

The Fallout Collector is not yet entirely happy with the assembly performance – it hopes to solve the remaining compatibility issue with Fallout 3, improve the thermal performance of the system and possibly install a more expensive or new NUC.

It’s always nice to see enthusiasts force computers to work where they absolutely shouldn’t, and it’s already launching New Vegas, at least just like the PlayStation 3.

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