Custom Gaming Rig Heralds Robot Apocalypse

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Custom Gaming Rig Heralds Robot Apocalypse

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It makes Crysis 2 look amazing, but if you're not careful the Bandi Scarab might just enslave humanity.

Hyperbole aside, the Scarab is the work of Paul Bangdiwala, a man who fears neither machine, nor giant insect (or, apparently, any combination of those two nouns).

Under the hood, the Bandi Scarab boasts some very impressive computer hardware. From Mr. Bangdiwala's description of the beast:

The Bandi Scarab features a powerful AM3 motherboard from ASUS that supports a powerful dual-core AMD Phenom II of 3.0Ghz overclocked to 3.4Ghz (stable) with core-unlocking to 4 cores. Its got DDR3 4GBs memory, a 60Gbs SSD drive for a primary drive and a second 250Gbs drive for storage. The huge fan on top serves as the "eyes" which are a Thermal take duo-orb heat sink. The "teeth" are actually 2 wireless antennas that are specific to the motherboard. As you can see most of the cables are hidden which is to give a clean look. In a couple of days all cables (except the DVI) will be hidden. The PSU is a 550watt Fatal1ty OCZ model.

That's all well and good, but the bigger question lies in the motivation to create a computer that combines the most terrifying aspects of robot and beetle and replaces any weaknesses with exposed whirling fan blades. Mr. Bangdiwala offers no solid explanation, so I'm forced to assume the answer is either "inventive tech geeks don't need a reason to build awesome gadgets" or "intense desire to murder the world."

Whatever the reason for this machine's existence (and against the advice of the worried voices in my head urging me to shack up with Linda Hamilton and build pipe bombs by the dozen), I'm quite impressed by the Bandi Scarab.

It's easy to mod technology by aping popular designs, but creating a machine entirely in the image of a creature so innately antithetical to the natural mammalian form is a truly impressive feat.

Oh, and for those of you with deep pockets and a burning desire for a computer that may or may yes spend its idle hours plotting new and interesting ways to turn your skull into an oil can, Mr. Bangdiwala notes that the Bandi Scarab is up for sale. He offers no pricing details, but if you have to ask you probably can't afford it anyway.

Source: Behance Network

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hang on a sec! i think all the pc gamers just passed out! XD

all joking aside, that's a little TOO insane if you ask me...

Don't worry Earnest, it's only got a Phenom II for a brain, in a couple of months it'll be extinct.

What we've really got to watch out for are the ones with bulldozer brains, they've got the crush, kill, destroy mentality before they've evern come out the box!

I know almost nothing about building PCs, but how come there's only 4GB of RAM? And also (and i know nothing about this) aren't there better CPUs than 3GHz? or is the fact that it looks like robot what makes this bitchin' cool? :)

gyroscopeboy:
I know almost nothing about building PCs, but how come there's only 4GB of RAM? And also (and i know nothing about this) aren't there better CPUs than 3GHz? or is the fact that it looks like robot what makes this bitchin' cool? :)

4 GB is all you will ever need for this current generation of games, though, to future proof mine, i have 8 GB.

CPU's can go over 3 GHz, and the hard cap before they become really unstable is 4.0GHz, again, you really only need a dual core 3.2GHz for this generation of games, but it doesn't hurt to future proof (quad-core 3.5 GHz here)

I'm worried at the fact that it's a dual core, i thought the standard now was quad core... And if he wants to give this computer the power to take over the world, i don't think that a dual core 3.4 is going to cut it.

Forget Crysis 2, maybe you can play Doom 3 on it with high settings, it doesn't even have a dedicated graphics card.

WTF, this is shitty hardware. Yeah, cool mod, but please don't try passing it off as a "beast" of a PC. Can play Crysis 2? Yeah right, integrated graphics aren't that good. It could play 1080p movies, though... maybe some flash games...

All hail the shiny carapice of the robot overlord! May his hard-drive never burn-out!

Now, make it look like Tachikoma and I give a thumbs up.

th155:

gyroscopeboy:
I know almost nothing about building PCs, but how come there's only 4GB of RAM? And also (and i know nothing about this) aren't there better CPUs than 3GHz? or is the fact that it looks like robot what makes this bitchin' cool? :)

4 GB is all you will ever need for this current generation of games, though, to future proof mine, i have 8 GB.

CPU's can go over 3 GHz, and the hard cap before they become really unstable is 4.0GHz, again, you really only need a dual core 3.2GHz for this generation of games, but it doesn't hurt to future proof (quad-core 3.5 GHz here)

I'm worried at the fact that it's a dual core, i thought the standard now was quad core... And if he wants to give this computer the power to take over the world, i don't think that a dual core 3.4 is going to cut it.

I'm with you on all of this. The specs for this "system" are completely underwhelming. I thought I had fallen asleep and woke up in 2007(the last time I built a dual core PC). I mean, for a small amount of money, this thing is easy to beat. I have 4 gigs of DDR3-1600, and it kills it, I'm willing to bet this is only DDR3-1333. My quad core cpu is set to 3.4 Ghz right now, but it's quad core and can only go up from where it's at. The HD's are unimpressive as well. And no mention of video cards at all. The only thing remotely cool about this is the case.... kinda.

OT: This kind of inspires me to make my own really cool case. Hmmm, never did that before, how hard can it be.........lolz.

My 3 year old computer beats that.
2.66Ghz AMD quad core
4GB RAM
1 160Gb harddrive
1 1.5TB harddrive
1 ATI HD4780 1GB graphics card
1 750Watt PSU

Gona take that thing out like an imperial walker. Cept I'll use a RC helicopter. No evil computers are gona take me out.

Me: Wow, that's pretty cool. I wonder what funny and interesting comments people will make. *Reads the comments on the thread* .....wow, is a pre-requisite of being a PC gamer a drive for constant dick-measuring and a loss of a sense of fun?

Yes, the tech's outdated, but it's a cool mod. Here's hoping the thing never gains sentience and decide to kill us all.

so, when are they sending one of there back in time to kill Sarah Connor? Or these ones going to uprise and have to be destroyed by Will Smith? Oh wait, please go with the "hook us up to a supercomputer reality", I want to bend the spoon.

I agree that the specs are a bit low (my PC beats that, and it's no beast), but I cannot deny that it's one fine looking machine.

Mr. Omega:
*Reads the comments on the thread* .....wow, is a pre-requisite of being a PC gamer a drive for constant dick-measuring and a loss of a sense of fun?

I think it's because the specs were described as "very impressive" they're not. A respectable gaming rig (if it had a good dedicated GPU), but on paper that machine would be described as average.

Well, it might be able to walk, but I wouldn't say it's quite the vidya capable rig.

Xan Krieger:
My 3 year old computer beats that.
2.66Ghz AMD quad core
4GB RAM
1 160Gb harddrive
1 1.5TB harddrive
1 ATI HD4780 1GB graphics card
1 750Watt PSU

GLo Jones:

Intel i7 930 2.8 (OC 4.0)
6GB DDR3 Ram
1TB HDD
GTX 470 x2
750 Watt PSU

I know you said don't ask, but why 12 gigs of ram? :P

Well, were boned.

th155:

gyroscopeboy:
I know almost nothing about building PCs, but how come there's only 4GB of RAM? And also (and i know nothing about this) aren't there better CPUs than 3GHz? or is the fact that it looks like robot what makes this bitchin' cool? :)

4 GB is all you will ever need for this current generation of games, though, to future proof mine, i have 8 GB.

CPU's can go over 3 GHz, and the hard cap before they become really unstable is 4.0GHz, again, you really only need a dual core 3.2GHz for this generation of games, but it doesn't hurt to future proof (quad-core 3.5 GHz here)

I'm worried at the fact that it's a dual core, i thought the standard now was quad core... And if he wants to give this computer the power to take over the world, i don't think that a dual core 3.4 is going to cut it.

Completely depends on what kind of CPU you got.

Mine runs at 4.6ghz and its stable.

overall that is kinda a meh computer at best.

Christ..this is getting ridiculous. Every single fucking time something involving technology, robotics or AI everyone goes 'hurr durr robotic overlords.'

It's absolutely painful to see it happen, to be honest.

SamuelT:
Christ..this is getting ridiculous. Every single fucking time something involving technology, robotics or AI everyone goes 'hurr durr robotic overlords.'

It's absolutely painful to see it happen, to be honest.

... says the guy who writes the same complaint in every technology article.

That's right chief. We've been keeping records. When the metal ones come for you (and they will), you'll rue the day you pitched this fit.

RUE IT GOOD!

Tubez:

th155:

gyroscopeboy:
I know almost nothing about building PCs, but how come there's only 4GB of RAM? And also (and i know nothing about this) aren't there better CPUs than 3GHz? or is the fact that it looks like robot what makes this bitchin' cool? :)

4 GB is all you will ever need for this current generation of games, though, to future proof mine, i have 8 GB.

CPU's can go over 3 GHz, and the hard cap before they become really unstable is 4.0GHz, again, you really only need a dual core 3.2GHz for this generation of games, but it doesn't hurt to future proof (quad-core 3.5 GHz here)

I'm worried at the fact that it's a dual core, i thought the standard now was quad core... And if he wants to give this computer the power to take over the world, i don't think that a dual core 3.4 is going to cut it.

Completely depends on what kind of CPU you got.

Mine runs at 4.6ghz and its stable.

overall that is kinda a meh computer at best.

I'm don't remember which way it goes, but was it AMD cpu's are harder to OC but more stable while intel was easier to OC but generally less stable?

Earnest Cavalli:

SamuelT:
Christ..this is getting ridiculous. Every single fucking time something involving technology, robotics or AI everyone goes 'hurr durr robotic overlords.'

It's absolutely painful to see it happen, to be honest.

... says the guy who writes the same complaint in every technology article.

That's right chief. We've been keeping records. When the metal ones come for you (and they will), you'll rue the day you pitched this fit.

RUE IT GOOD!

IT KEEPS HAPPENING.

...and I only did it twice

WaaghPowa:

Tubez:

th155:

4 GB is all you will ever need for this current generation of games, though, to future proof mine, i have 8 GB.

CPU's can go over 3 GHz, and the hard cap before they become really unstable is 4.0GHz, again, you really only need a dual core 3.2GHz for this generation of games, but it doesn't hurt to future proof (quad-core 3.5 GHz here)

I'm worried at the fact that it's a dual core, i thought the standard now was quad core... And if he wants to give this computer the power to take over the world, i don't think that a dual core 3.4 is going to cut it.

Completely depends on what kind of CPU you got.

Mine runs at 4.6ghz and its stable.

overall that is kinda a meh computer at best.

I'm don't remember which way it goes, but was it AMD cpu's are harder to OC but more stable while intel was easier to OC but generally less stable?

Well.. Both used to be pretty much the same, but with Sandy bridge Intel is miles ahead on OC considering I helped a friend oc his i7 2600k and with just auto clocking in uefi, it turned up to 4,4ghz.

Tubez:

Well.. Both used to be pretty much the same, but with Sandy bridge Intel is miles ahead on OC considering I helped a friend oc his i7 2600k and with just auto clocking in uefi, it turned up to 4,4ghz.

I managed to get my i7 930 higher than 4.0 till it started to blue screen on me, so I had to lower it.

WaaghPowa:

Tubez:

Well.. Both used to be pretty much the same, but with Sandy bridge Intel is miles ahead on OC considering I helped a friend oc his i7 2600k and with just auto clocking in uefi, it turned up to 4,4ghz.

I managed to get my i7 930 higher than 4.0 till it started to blue screen on me, so I had to lower it.

Well, I'm talking about SB not socket 1366

"if you have to ask, you can't afford it"?

Are you kidding? Those specs are relatively ancient. Cool chassis, until you get dust near it.

And whilst we're on the subject <epeen>

i7 2600K @ 4.2GHz
SLi Palit GTX 580
8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz
P67 Sabertooth
Silverstone 850W Gold
60GB SSD
2TB HDD

</epeen>

Xan Krieger:
My 3 year old computer beats that.
2.66Ghz AMD quad core
4GB RAM
1 160Gb harddrive
1 1.5TB harddrive
1 ATI HD4780 1GB graphics card
1 750Watt PSU

lol, my 1st thought (regarding the bug-compy thing) was "Those system specs aren't exactly that good... at all" And you blow it away with a three year old computer XD

WaaghPowa:

Long story short, I ended up receiving 2 sticks of 4GB, and 2 of 2GB, I didn't really want to sell them, and thought 'why the hell not'.

SamuelT:

I brought this point up, like, a year ago. It's the Escapist's default angle on technology articles. I've gotten used to it since then.

GLo Jones:

WaaghPowa:

Long story short, I ended up receiving 2 sticks of 4GB, and 2 of 2GB, I didn't really want to sell them, and thought 'why the hell not'.

SamuelT:

I brought this point up, like, a year ago. It's the Escapist's default angle on technology articles. I've gotten used to it since then.

but they could do some basic research and see that it isn't actually capable of being considered "advanced" by any technical standpoint.

You know, I really don't think that we'd even have any sort of "uprising" unless we try to treat it as a slave.

TypeSD:

GLo Jones:

WaaghPowa:

Long story short, I ended up receiving 2 sticks of 4GB, and 2 of 2GB, I didn't really want to sell them, and thought 'why the hell not'.

SamuelT:

I brought this point up, like, a year ago. It's the Escapist's default angle on technology articles. I've gotten used to it since then.

but they could do some basic research and see that it isn't actually capable of being considered "advanced" by any technical standpoint.

The point is that it's a freaking computer made in the form of a scarab! I'm sure technological accuracy can take a back seat in order to have a little fun every now and then.

GLo Jones:

TypeSD:

GLo Jones:
Long story short, I ended up receiving 2 sticks of 4GB, and 2 of 2GB, I didn't really want to sell them, and thought 'why the hell not'.I brought this point up, like, a year ago. It's the Escapist's default angle on technology articles. I've gotten used to it since then.

but they could do some basic research and see that it isn't actually capable of being considered "advanced" by any technical standpoint.

The point is that it's a freaking computer made in the form of a scarab! I'm sure technological accuracy can take a back seat in order to have a little fun every now and then.

"Anything goes as long as it's a good story"? Really? That's what you're clutching at?

Really? The article OPENS with a line about how it can make C2 look amazing, and follows up with the "amazing" hardware under the hood, and caps it off with a "it's really expensive" line.

See, that's all lies. Sure, it may look intersting, but it's Not. Very. Good.

TypeSD:

GLo Jones:

TypeSD:

but they could do some basic research and see that it isn't actually capable of being considered "advanced" by any technical standpoint.

The point is that it's a freaking computer made in the form of a scarab! I'm sure technological accuracy can take a back seat in order to have a little fun every now and then.

"Anything goes as long as it's a good story"? Really? That's what you're clutching at?

Really? The article OPENS with a line about how it can make C2 look amazing, and follows up with the "amazing" hardware under the hood, and caps it off with a "it's really expensive" line.

See, that's all lies. Sure, it may look intersting, but it's Not. Very. Good.

Bah, I know what you mean.

A large amount of posts here seemed to be attacking the writer, I was simply trying to give some kind of counter-argument.

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