Tuesday, 14 October 2014 15:35

Deepcool Steam Castle Case Review

Anyone who’s been involved with PC building and modding for any length of time has seen their share of oddities when it comes to PC cases.  These are the first thing people see after all, and as such they were some of the fist things to start taking different forms as the industry evolved.  It was and still is a dynamic market, and as the designers and PR people put out products that they think we the consumer will appreciate and spend our money on, there inevitably come along some examples that are… out of the ordinary.

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 15:34

Thermaltake Urban T81 Review

I’ve had the privilege of watching the PC industry change over the years, especially from an aesthetic standpoint.  I’ve seen PC cases go from the beige and boring to the neon and gaudy to the sleek and subtle and back again.  Personally I prefer the sleek and subtle, adding in “large” whenever possible.  I recently got my hands on an excellent example with the Urban T81 full-tower case from Thermaltake.

Friday, 18 July 2014 13:33

Quakecon 2014 - The Good Within

In case you think it's all fun and games at Quakecon... it is.  But it's not all about the games.  The American Red Cross is on site this year for a blood drive of all things.

Remember the news about the “locked” out graphical features in Watch Dogs? Well Ubisoft has finally released a statement about those options and a claim as to why they were hidden in the first place. According to Ubisoft the reason they were hidden had nothing to do with denying users game settings. It was all about “possible impacts on visual fidelity, stability, performance and overall gameplay quality”.

Sunday, 15 June 2014 13:20

Thermaltake G41 Commander Case Review

Thermaltake  Technology has always had a full lineup of cases, from elegant to subdued to downright loud.  I’ve had the chance to get my hands on several of their cases over the years in all different sizes and shapes, and I’m glad to say that I’ve received a sample of one of their newest mid-tower cases, the Commander G41.

So you bought a beautiful new high-end video card and you want to water-cool it.  What’s that?  It’s a non-reference card?  Chances are you’re tied to a universal GPU-only solution and forced to air cool the other components of the card with additional individual heat sinks.  If you’re very lucky your non-reference card may have an aftermarket version for the VRAM and VRMs, like we saw with the popular MCW60 block from Swiftech.

All that is about to change.  Well-known water-cooling manufacturer Alphacool announced today the beginning of a new service that will customize a water block for your non-reference video card.

Sunday, 09 March 2014 12:49

What is Modding?

Modding.  Technically, it means modification plain and simple, and is done to improve performance in some way, aesthetics or both.  I could talk about modding in general, as it applies to everything from tools to cars to everyday household items, but anyone reading this article probably goes to the same place in their mind when they read the word “modding”: PCs.

The computer case has come a long way since its beige-box inception.  Anyone who’s been lucky enough to be around since that time has had the joy of watching it evolve from that mid-sized invisible-by-design box to the incredible array of enclosures we have today.  Granted, the hardware is a lot more varied today, but that doesn’t begin to account for the options we have before us as builders. 

Gold-Award-introAbout a year ago we re-launched DecryptedTech; prior to that the site was intended to fill in the gaps in other projects that I was working on. However, I soon decided that I wanted to build something new and different from what was already out there. In keeping with this spirit we have decided to hold a modding contest on our Forum. The contest officially opens today and will officially close on April 20th.


The rules are simple;
All work must be your own.
Work logs must be posted or linked on our forum.
You must be able to prove that the work is yours.
You must also be a registered member of our Forum.
DecryptedTech staff and their families are not eligible for this contest.

If you need space to store images for your work logs please contact us and we can set something up for you. At the end of the competition our three “celebrity” judges will pick the winners.

The judges are;

Ramsom Koay - Thermal Take
Chris Morley – CTO MAINGEAR Computers

Trace Hagan – Formerly from The Best Case Scenario
Our prizes are as follows

1st Place
Thermal Take Level 10 GT AND a Gigabyte G1.Guerilla
2nd Place
Gigabyte G1.Assassin (X58) motherboard
3rd Place
Gigabyte X79-UD3

Good luck to everyone, if you have any questions send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or PM one of the staff on the forum.About a year ago we re-launched DecryptedTech; prior to that the site was intended to fill in the gaps in other projects that I was working on. However, I soon decided that I wanted to build something new and different from what was already out there. In keeping with this spirit we have decided to hold a modding contest on our Forum. The contest officially opens today and will officially close on April 20th.

The rules are simple;
All work must be your own.
Work logs must be posted or linked on our forum.
You must be able to prove that the work is yours.
You must also be a registered member of our Forum.

If you need space to store images for your work logs please contact us and we can set something up for you. At the end of the competition our three “celebrity” judges will pick the winners.

The judges are;

Ramsom Koay - Thermal Take
Chris Morley – CTO MAINGEAR Computers

Trace Hagan – Formerly from The Best Case Scenario

Our prizes are as follows

1st Place
Thermal Take Level 10 GT AND a Gigabyte G1.Guerilla
2nd Place
Gigabyte G1.Assassin (X58) motherboard
3rd Place
Gigabyte X79-UD3

Good luck to everyone, if you have any questions send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or PM one of the staff on the forum. Head over to the Modding Competition Thread to get started