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KickButtComputers Signature Series Preview

Michael Larabel

Published on 2 August 2005
Written by Michael Larabel
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KickButtComputers, one of our latest sponsors here at Phoronix, has only recently begun selling computer systems and custom computer chassis' on the Internet. But are they really late into entering the game, or have they created an entirely new market for jaw-dropping modifications? Well, the folks behind the scenes at KickButtComputers have actually maintained a brick-and-mortar computer shop in southern California for over twelve years where they created high-end custom computer systems to handle such tasks as non-linear video editing and gaming. Over the years, they had sold hundreds of different case mods before deciding that they're able to do better with these high-end modifications. They have only recently begun offering their wares over the Internet due to personal advances in shipping/packaging techniques, which came at a cost of over two years doing painstaking research and development. The first slew of themed computer cases created by KickButtComputers is the Signature Series. Today, we have a rare look at one of these cases.

A majority of the impressive looks in the KickButtComputer's Signature Series can be attributed to the use of diamond plating with an exclusive laser cutting technique. Some of the themes making their way out of the KickButtComputers shop in the coming weeks and months include - guitar, drums, piano, flame, and tribal. With nearly 30 different themes going to be available over the coming months, there's surely a design available for any computer user.

Although the Signature Series would indeed be quite impressive with simply the sharp looking diamond plated decals, KickButtComputers takes it a huge-step further by offering incredible advancements in light engineering and cable management. Coming out of the KickButtComputers factory are simply some of the most organized and attractive cables you'll ever be able to find in any PC. Another rare feature to KickButtComputers is that when ordering, you can specify the thumb screw anodized color, cable color, lighting color, CPU fan, case fan colors, etc... Even more, you can even put your own company logo or personal artwork on your own case!

To further distinguish between a traditional computer case mod that is generally constructed in a garage over the weekend and a KickButtComputer, they claim to use a fortified Microsoft Windows build and know how to precisely optimize the installation to get the system running on "methane & oxygen". Nevertheless, this won't matter too much for us Linux, and alternative OS, users.

When KickButtComputers begins selling the case in full force, no matter the theme, the minimum price for a fully loaded computer system will go for roughly $1,300.00; and depending upon the system specifications it can go much higher. The time and effort put forth into every individually numbered chassis is simply bewildering with the end result almost being a piece of furniture in your household.

Although on the KickButtComputers website they're already displaying preliminary photographs of the Signature Series through the Flame and Guitar themes, what has yet to be widely seen is the finished product. Today, however, we have a rare look at the finished Signature Flame product from deep inside KickButtComputer's shop where all of the modding dreams become a reality.


As we previously stated, this is only ONE of the 30 plus themes to be displayed as a finished product by KickButtComputers. We were simply amazed when we had heard and seen the chassis first hand. KickButtComputers even has design and utility patents pending with their modifications. Without spoiling too much, in just a matter of days we'll be presenting yet another exclusive Signature computer chassis designed specifically for, and partially by, Phoronix. While we'll release more information then, the Phoronix chassis is based upon the Signature Combat theme and we'll have plenty of pictures documenting all of the fine details from inside our own workshop.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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