Aesthetic Exploration 2019: Water-cooled PC

In this day and age, technology is everything and everywhere. People can’t seem to avoid technology and it’s massive advances within the 21st century. With the development of computers and the improvement of data transfer rates within PCs, the capabilities of these machines seemed endless. Some people however, chased a different type of capability in these machines. With the invention of RGB (red, green, blue) lighting and water pumps, a computer can take on an entirely different look. Instead of a block of hardware that just collects dust, a computer can be a work of art, a display of talent, and a trophy of satisfaction.

Best Case Mods of CES 2015

On the outside, this machine seems like a normal block of hardware. On the inside, the futuristic look creates a completely different aesthetic.

Some machines completely ditched the idea of a rectangular block for a case and people have begun to create their own types of custom casings. This machine displayed is open air.

Blue theme mod from High Resolution Computers Shop. Based on GIGABYTE Z97MX-Gaming 5, Corsair RAM, PSU, fans, case and EK Water Blocks cooling.

Many of these machines follow a color scheme that is a pleasure to look at.

Orange black computer PC tower setup liquid cooled case

This model shows an orange themed custom water cooled PC.

CM Storm Stryker - Watercooled - Album on Imgur

This build decided to tackle a white aesthetic.

Battlestation - Imgur That liquid cooling!  #mods #gaming #pc

The possibilities of this type of artwork are endless. The tubes can be placed as pleased and there is so much freedom.


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  • Joshua Engmorris
    January 28, 2019 12:50 pm

    Hogan, this is a very interesting aesthetic because the water tubes are necessary for the function of the computer, but they have been turned into a place to add beauty and aesthetic customization. In my mind this type of desktop aesthetic is often related to gaming, thinking of like custom built desktops and Alienware laptops with red LEDs. Do you think there is any connection there? If so it might be interesting to think about why this aesthetic goes along with gaming and how it came about to turn these functional aspects of a computer into a work of art.

  • Christopher Seighman
    January 25, 2019 3:37 pm

    Hogan I also really enjoy this aesthetic, I think it’s a really creative use of the water cooling as light piping to create this aesthetic. I feel like traditionally PC towers have not been displayed, stored under the desk the computer is at. Do you think this kind of PC will become more commonplace as a work of art along with its function?


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