radiation collector Usually focused on highlighting his impressive collection of memorabilia for the post-nuclear RPG series, but recently he tried PC built into plastic nuclear warhead This came with the Fallout Anthology Bethesda, released in 2015. The tasteful fake plastic bomb is designed to hold the DVD that comes with the anthology, but it also turns out to be roomy enough to hold some silicon and power.
Here is a similar project Built by Linus Tech Tips From before and after the anthology was released, but there are some key differences. LTT’s Luke opted for a more traditional PC build, elongated the case with a 3D-printed sheath, and tucked the then top-of-the-line i7 6700K and R9 Fury Nano into a heavily modified mini nuke.
The Fallout Collector opted for a smaller, lower-power system, requiring fewer modifications to the chassis. He relocated the NUC, a small PC from Intel with a particularly compact motherboard, into a new enclosure. The Fallout Collector modified the plug-in used to hold the game in the base to mount the motherboard, set up the power supply on the bottom of the case, and designed holes on the side for the IO ports.
The end result leaves the core components of the system under the bomb’s nose, the body of which houses the power supply and cable management. The Fallout Collector mounts a single case fan in the header above the motherboard and drills holes to allow airflow. He also reused the mini nuke’s sound effect button as a power switch, similar to the LTT build, and as a final touch, modified the BIOS to display a cheeky RobCo boot image at boot.
For now, under jury-rigging conditions, the build performs better than you’d expect from a 6th-gen i3 system. While Fallout 3 is currently causing problems for collectors, New Vegas and Skyrim are coming out at playable 30fps with acceptable heat, while it handles the original 2D entry effortlessly .
The Fallout Collector isn’t quite happy with the performance of the build yet – he wants to fix remaining compatibility issues with Fallout 3, improve the thermal performance of the system, and possibly plug in a higher-end or newer NUC to really turbocharge it.
No matter where The Fallout Collector is built next, it’s always reassuring to see enthusiasts getting computers to work where they absolutely shouldn’t, and it’s already running New Vegas at least as well as the PlayStation 3.