Battlefield 2: Reinforcements

Written by Geoff Richards

August 15, 2005 | 08:12

Tags: #airbrush #battlefield-2 #bf2 #borg #butterkneter #gamestar #geoff #led #neon #oliver-konig #yeong-yang

Companies: #cube

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The theme for this case is that of a ground-based radar station, used by the M.E.C. to detect incoming enemy attacks. As such, it needed to have a more substantial feel to it than the field-based RCM 415 and RCM 389 cases.

When it comes to chunky cases, there are few better than the original Yeong Yang Cube, made popular by our very own Koolvin as far back as 2001 with Project 7 of 9. The plan was to fill it full of top-spec hardware, and then give it away.

Here is the full specification:
  • Yeong Yang Mid Cube YY-B0221
  • ASUS A8V Deluxe motherboard
  • AMD Athlon 64 3500+ processor
  • 1 GB Kingston HyperX PC 3200 DDR 400 memory
  • BFG Tech GeForce 6800 Ultra OC graphics
  • Two Western Digital Raptor 10,000 RPM hard drives in SATA RAID
  • NEC 16x Dual Layer DVD Burner
  • Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS soundcard
  • Belinea 101901 19" TFT monitor
As before, the prize is a full package, so themed Microsoft Keyboard, Logitech MX510 mouse, Saitek Evo joystick and speakers were also included.

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Here is the final result.


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Consider just for a minute that this project started out with a stock YY B0221 case, looking like this. Affectionately known to many as simply the 'Borg Cube', for obvious reasons, the case is like most unmodded chassis - a blank canvas onto which a modder can unleash his creativity.


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The first casulty of war is the front bezel and drive door. With the case stripped down to its bare essentials, it received an all-over camouflage paintjob, skillfully applied with an airbrush. Perhaps the next most striking feature is the 'radar dish' mounted on the top of the case - it is no more than a simple indoor TV antenna will a matching green paintjob.


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Powered up, and even more detail becomes apparently. A mock radar scope springs to life, as do indicator LEDs for the fanbus. The large Battlefield 2 logo on the right side of the case mounted on a sheet of steel cross-plate, and backlit by two mini neons.

Let's move in for a closer look...
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