Okay, so it’s not a real bomb. The start of this build didn’t include a bomb disposal team and shaky hands, but rather with the Fallout Anthology. The handy little package comes with all the Fallout games (sans number four), and it’s all packed into a case designed to look like a nuclear bomb.
So, the challenge was set: could an entire gaming PC be crammed into the tiny open space inside of the bomb?
The choice of parts was imperative here, so the LMG team started off with the smallest pieces they could get their hands on. The tiny components were built around the graphics card, an AMD Radeon R9 Fury Nano. This card measures in at only 6 inches long, but packs a whallop and is more than enough to run the latest games.
Before the parts were squeezed in, however, some tricks were pulled with the power button. The original plastic bomb comes with a button that, when pressed, makes the sound of bombs falling. This was wired to both let off the sound and act as the PC’s power switch.
With that sorted out, the squeezing could begin. This immediately lead to the realisation that the bomb was simply not big enough to fit the build, so, like the Americans and Russians before the Berlin Wall went down, the bomb needed to be made bigger.
This was easily done with a 3D printed extension (the red ring in the image above) that was sanded and painted to match the aesthetic.
Further problems came from how the components would be mounted in the bomb. The initial plan was to simply suspend everything from zip ties and the like, but this was (wisely) replaced by a scaffold-type construction created with metal rods.
The bomb’s unique shape also dictated how the input and output (IO) of the PC would be accessible. In the end, the IO, including the power cable came out of the bottom near the fins, and the top plays exhaust duties with a small slit to allow the hot air inside a route to escape.
Through many more problems (including a red screen of death, something we’ve personally never seen) the little bomb that could was happily running Crysis 3 and remaining below melting point.
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