The coolest-looking gaming PC ever: Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989

The coolest-looking gaming PC ever: Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989

Summary: Gallery: Hammerhead takes PC design in new directionsA desktop that looks like it was designed by NASA but hand-crafted like it was being sold on Etsy? That's the story behind the Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989, a gaming rig that's built by a one-man crew who is an engineer and race car designer.

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Gallery: Hammerhead takes PC design in new directions

A desktop that looks like it was designed by NASA but hand-crafted like it was being sold on Etsy? That's the story behind the Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989, a gaming rig that's built by a one-man crew who is an engineer and race car designer.

Matthew Kim's case design takes a page from the Thermaltake Level 10 and the Antec Skeleton chassis, which turn things inside out, exposing the components instead of hiding them in a big box. But it's less monolithic than the Level 10 and more sculptural than the Skeleton, no surprise given Kim's training as an architect (busy guy). He's hand-building each of his Hammerheads and is working on numbers three and four. These will be constructed with black brushed anodize and "quattro carbon" trim. The specs on version HMR98902 included Intel Core i7-860 processor, 4GB of RAM, 40GB SSD and 640GB hard drive, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 graphics card. The parts are all attached to a central frame that also works as a heatsink, making it unnecessary to have any other case fans.

Of course, it helps that the Hammerhead isn't equipped with the highest heat-generating parts that you might expect on a system that's selling for $2,899. On the other hand, you're getting a unique piece of craftsmanship, one that Kim believes buyers will continue to use over the years, upgrading with new components along the way. It might not help you win any overclocking contests, but it will certainly draw a lot of attention sitting on your desk. You can learn more at the Darwin Machine Website.

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  • RE: The coolest-looking gaming PC ever: Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989

    "A desktop that looks like it was designed by NASA but hand-crafted like it was being sold on Etsy?"

    Designed by NASA??????

    Looks more like it was designed by an abstract artist and an automotive engineer at a bar with a few too much to drink . . .
    CobraA1
    • RE: The coolest-looking gaming PC ever: Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989

      @CobraA1 Looks like an old Mac G3 tower on acid.
      dheady@...
  • RE: The coolest-looking gaming PC ever: Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989

    What a load of rubbish!!
    josullivan@...
  • RE: The coolest-looking gaming PC ever: Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989

    how can you say that some"thing" which has a shock value and looks completely obnoxious is cool?? Its looks like an auto part that has been taken out from a horrible accident.
    dpradeep77
  • Headline sucked me in...

    but the photo looks like something a "found art" practitioner would put together at a junk yard. But, as I always say, buy what you like, no matter what any of us think...
    frabjous
  • RE: The coolest-looking gaming PC ever: Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989

    Not the best choice for my home office, where the dog and the dog hair would completely change the design aesthetic.
    wwcarley
  • RE: The coolest-looking gaming PC ever: Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989

    Where's the rest of it?
    ejhonda
  • RE: The coolest-looking gaming PC ever: Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989

    Does it have a built-in Dyson vacuum to keep it clean?
    boyerag
  • RE: The coolest-looking gaming PC ever: Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989

    What about EM shielding/interference with other household electronics?
    123techie123
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose.

    To me, this is incredibly ugly.
    lostarchitect
  • RE: The coolest-looking gaming PC ever: Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989

    Ten out of ten for style, but minus several million for good thinking.
    pjskeleton
  • RE: The coolest-looking gaming PC ever: Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989

    Just in time for the end of desk top machines. With cheap laptops and "intelligent" TVs, who needs a desktop in the first place?
    jrogers3264
  • RE: The coolest-looking gaming PC ever: Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989

    I'm sorry Matthew Kim, but you have "Too Much Baggage"!
    clclark@...
  • RE: The coolest-looking gaming PC ever: Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989

    It's ugly. Looks like something a Klingon would design.
    ConstableOdo
  • RE: The coolest-looking gaming PC ever: Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989

    That's a great dust magnet!
    nwsuccess@...
  • RE: The coolest-looking gaming PC ever: Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989

    If form follows function, this one is in trouble.
    josmyth
  • Sounds like it was named by Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson

    See: Hammerhead-i EagleThrust... (Season 14, episode 2).
    Wolfie2K3
  • RE: The coolest-looking gaming PC ever: Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989

    its pretty cool, but doesnt look like something from NASA
    Jimster480
  • Nice

    I like it. Totally out of the ordinary. I love the CPU cooler. Looks like a piece off an alien spacecraft.

    Pity people cannot see beyond the accepted paradigm of what a computer should look like.
    diom1982
  • RE: The coolest-looking gaming PC ever: Darwin Machine Hammerhead HMR989

    I'm just not seeing it, and for that outrageous price tag, it's certain I never will.

    I figure it soon to be tossed to the forgotten shelf of dust collectors as just another overpriced "what the hell is that" piece.
    StoneSatellite