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


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

This is a build-like project Linus Tech Tips, created at the time of the release of the anthology, but with some key differences. LTT’s Luke opted for a more traditional PC build, lengthening the case with a 3D-printed shell and cramming a top-of-the-line i7 6700K and R9 Fury Nano into a heavily modified mini-atomic charge.

The Fallout Collector opted for a smaller, low power system that required fewer case modifications. He moved the NUC, a small form factor Intel PC with a particularly compact motherboard, into a new chassis. He modified the drive insert into the motherboard base, with the power supply mounted at the bottom of the case and holes drilled into the sides for the I/O ports.

The end result leaves the main components of the system right under the nose of the bomb, with the main body housing the power supply and cable system. It has a single fan in the nose above the motherboard with holes drilled for airflow. He also remapped the mini nuke sound effect button to serve as a power switch like in the LTT build and, as a final touch, changed the BIOS to show the RobCo splash screen on startup.

As it stands, build performance is better than what you would expect from a 6th Gen i3 system. While Fallout 3 is currently causing problems, New Vegas and Skyrim deliver playable 30fps with acceptable temperatures, while the original 2D games are handled effortlessly.

The Fallout Collector isn’t exactly happy with the performance of the build yet – it hopes to fix the remaining Fallout 3 compatibility issue, improve system thermal performance, and possibly install a more expensive or new NUC.

It’s always great to see enthusiasts making computers work where they absolutely never should, and she’s already running New Vegas at least as well as the PlayStation 3.

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