Back in April, we asked you to Cyber-up Your PCs and create the most Cyberpunk 2077 case mod the world has ever seen. Today, we’d like to share with you a short recap of the event and — at long last — reveal the winners of the competition!
Welcome to the Finale of Cyber Up Your PC!
A contest where we asked our community members to create the raddest custom Cyberpunk 2077-themed builds.
During the first stage of the contest we received over 17 hundred entries
and selected 5 designs whose authors later on were teamed up with 5 professional modding teams.
Their task was to bring those designs to life
and to share them with everyone during the finale we’re having today!
These 5 amazing designs will be fighting for the main prize
an Alienware Aurora PC with a limited NVIDIA GeForce Cyberpunk 2077 Edition,
along with other awesome gaming peripherals
brought to you by our partners — Alienware, NVIDIA and SteelSeries!
Cyber Up Your PC! is a unique PC modding contest
during which we’d like to draw special attention to one of the most precious resources we have,
so devastated in the Cyberpunk universe, our environment.
That’s why all of the entries will also be rated based on the number of recycled materials used in each build.
On top of that, a copy of the winning design will be put on charity auction,
with the winner of the finale picking which foundation receives the donation.
Now it’s time to rate the top 5 submissions
and pick the winner together with our partners!
Paweł could not share his video with us,
however he sent over his ratings along with the notes which I will proceed to read along with other judges.
My name is Angus Jones. I’m from Perth, Western Australia.
I’m a massive Cyberpunk enthusiast and the designer for the PC case mod, Bondye’s Throne.
Hi! My name is Tim ‘Timpelay’ Malmborg and I’m a custom PC designer and casemodder from Sweden.
I’ve been doing this for quite a while now, building for competitions,
exhibitions like Computex, DreamHack and so on.
There was a heavy research component, which involved me understanding the Cyberpunk 2077 world.
The upholstery design for Bondye’s Throne features a custom Voodoo Boys pattern
which was originally inspired from the gang’s logo.
The cyber terminals that we’re shown during the original gameplay footage videos
became a key feature that I wanted to have.
When I was doing my early designs, I was incorporating a lot of recycled materials into the PC case mod.
However when I took a step back I saw Bondye’s Throne as a way to have the entire piece be a recycled concept.
So this was definitely the most creative of the bunch
turning an actual chair into a full computer setup.
We were super impressed with the work done on this throne
it’s amazing to see such an ambitious concept art be brought to life.
It’s absolutely a Voodoo Boys inspired Netrunner’s chair – no doubt about it.
The attention to detail was very evident.
Both in terms of recreating a PC in the chair form factor,
as well as borrowing elements from the game in order to bring Bondye’s chair to life.
And overall, the chair does kind of give the appearance of looking like something you’d find in the Cyberpunk universe.
It’s obvious that he spent a lot of time fabricating it.
I also like that it was themed after a specific faction that hasn’t gotten a lot of love.
This mod used a fair amount of PC parts, starting from reducing an old framework into various components,
such as foot and arm rests, all the way to recycling old laptops as decoration.
9 out of 10 points
Bondye’s chair received a final score of 9.4
Bondye’s Throne gets 8 points from us.
I give Bondye’s Throne an 8 out of 10.
Bondye’s Throne received a total of 8 points from Paweł.
Bondye’s Throne I’m gonna give third from my rank at 8 points out of 10.
Hello! My name is Issaro Prakalung.
I am 31 years old. I live in Bangkok, Thailand.
I am a freelance photographer and a graphic designer.
Hi! My name is Nicolas and I’m a modder and owner at Forsberg Customs.
I put all the love I have for the craft into my work and I hope it shows. Enjoy!
The inspiration for that design, I choose to use the Militech gang
by looking at the character’s fashion, the vehicles they drive,
the weapons they use.
So I choose to use black color as the main area.
I think to use carbon fiber surfaces with recycled materials.
So, the next one is called The Neo Black
and this one is basically – looks like a full black out design.
This mod definitely has a cyberpunk/sci-fi genre aesthetic.
It looks like it could be a Maelstrom creation for sure.
It looks like it has a carbon fiber, maybe vinyl or wrap on the top —
or if it’s real fiber glass work or something like that, that’s extra impressive.
I love the author’s interpretation of bringing this contrast of cutting edge and reclaimed,
old and new.
It’s a very solid job.
We really liked the reclaimed parts around the outside of the case
and the use of carbon fiber that kind of gave it that military feel to it.
I just wish it had a little bit more wow factor.
This mod uses a lot of old PC parts —
two motherboards, nine defective memory sticks, and two old drives.
It feels like nearly the entirety of the mod has been done using these.
Very nice — 9 out of 10.
The Neo Black concept received the final score of 7.1
We gave The Neo Black 6 points.
I give The Neo Black a 5 out of 10.
Neo Black received a total of 5 points from Paweł.
The Neo Black I’m gonna rank at 6.
Hi! My name is Kacper and I’m an aspiring concept artist.
I’m 26 years old and I’m from Poland.
After school I was hired by a company called Puppets War
We are designing and manufacturing tabletop miniatures and collectibles
for hobbyists around the world.
Hi! I’m Valentin — I’m Tom — I’m Kaja
and we’re Mercomods.
We’ve been building PC mods since 2015 and we’re a close team of international creators based in Norway.
There was a key phrase in the rules that goes
In the Night City the rich and the poor live right next to each other.
Make this contrast visible in your design.
So, basic idea was to take military high tech stuff and combine it with some Mad Max style solutions
to display that contrast.
So, the whole process of designing,
I started with extensive research of everything that has been shown on Cyberpunk 2077 until that point.
Then, I moved to sketching in 2D to explore the ideas around the story.
When I had a concept that I was happy with,
I took some time and learned a 3D software to make the forms there.
After that, I did a simple paintover in Photoshop.
I aimed for realistic depiction, always thinking how it’s gonna be built later.
After I was selected to the top 5 the Mercomods did their magic and made this project a reality.
The artist had a very thoughtful approach to what he wanted to do
in order to bring Cyberpunk story to life.
I love how worn it looks —
it really looks like it could’ve come straight out of the game.
It definitely looks like a military device, the case mod they’ve done.
It nicely mixes a clean corporate style with gang mods.
Finders Keepers is a very nice mix of a Kang Tao design
with an entropism-inspired DIY style overlay.
The whole aesthetic works with each other
from all the weathering on the reclaimed computer parts all around it.
It’s got sort of legs out to the side of it,
almost like it’s a turret or spiderbot or something.
The use of metal rods and grid that would otherwise rust on a dump somewhere
make this mod really stand out.
We can also see a very nice example of recycling old electronics, such as an old network switch.
8 out of 10 here.
Finders Keepers concept received a final score of 8.4
It was an amazing build and we give it 9 points.
I give Finders Keepers a 6 out of 10.
Finders Keepers received a total of 7 points from Paweł.
Finders Keepers – 6
Hi! My name is Hugo Gómez, I’m 37 years old and I’ve lived in Madrid for the last 8 years
working in an art studio as a digital sculptor.
Hi! I’m Simone Marino aka Tech Cave from the Italian Extreme Modders team.
And before showing you the project, let me introduce you the rest of the team.
Stefano Sciarpeletti aka SaMod
Franco Martinelli aka Warboy
Umberto Todaro aka TodMod
Fabio Perchiazzi aka Tech4Gaming
And Massimiliano Parisotto aka Hardware Numb3rs
We’re huge fans of Akira
and when we saw the bike in the Pacifica gameplay we fell in love with the design.
The Yaiba Kusanagi had some elements which are quite interesting to apply to Alienware Aurora.
Since the beginning we wanted the design to be something that we wanted to have on our desk,
something that we were willing to throw money at it.
A detail that I would like to highlight are the stickers.
We made them by hand, by Angel and me,
and we have included a lot of easter-eggs, replacing the small texts of several of them.
This is the entry that reflects Cyberpunk ‘Style over Substance’ nature the most.
I absolutely love this one, this was definitely my favorite.
Really reminds me of kind of that Akira vibe.
We love the bright colors and body panels that attach to the sides of it
that gave it that sort of cyber streetbike feel.
The damage to the paneling is really well done,
it looks like it’s maybe taken few slides on the ground.
The red color that they chose is so different from any of the others,
it just really, really pops.
Very good build quality, all elements match up nicely,
the paint job is neat and stickers look great too.
This is a great reinterpretation and a great effort to bring this motorcycle from the game to life.
Here we can see a very nice use of parts from old vehicles,
although those were the only recycled elements used,
it’s worth noting that the 3D-printed elements have been created using biodegradable filament.
7 out of 10 points here.
The Yaiba Kusanagi Aurora concept received a final score of 9.1.
We gave Yaiba 7 points.
Definitely my favorite — amazing job guys!
I give this one a 9 out of 10.
Yaiba Kusanagi received a total of 9 points from Paweł.
We’re gonna go at 10 on that as well.
Hi! Mi name is Matin.
A few words about me:
I’m originally from Tehran, Iran, and I’m a visual effects artist here in Germany.
And I think it goes without saying that I’m a huge Cyberpunk fan.
Hello! My name is Staszek ‘Tips’ Wiertelak.
I’m a professional modder and make a lot of props
and scenography for movies.
Okay, so for my design I was heavily inspired by the Militech Flathead robot,
seen in the 2018 gameplay demo.
So, the way I approached this design:
I knew right of the bat I want to have this cold steel corporate style of the Militech corporation,
and also this aggressive look of the Maelstrom gang.
Starting from the Militech aspect,
I added thick pieces of metal that would go with big pipes, hard edges, metal, a lot of steel.
And for the Maelstrom design aesthetic,
I imagined some psycho ward got their hands on it and tried to make it their own.
So, they added the skulls, these crazy writings, these crazy gang signs as well,
to show that it belongs to them now.
So, my ultimate goal was to make this design look really mean and aggressive.
This mod is instantly brings Cyberpunk 2077 Spiderbot design to mind.
It has a grim, dystopian cyberpunk look to it,
inspired by the psycho gangs of the dark future.
Great build quality.
Legs and original corporate metal parts are sharp and clean.
Really impressive and good work.
This is the type of – exactly the type of thing I would expect to find at a trade show,
like a major trade show for the industry.
This is so far beyond what I was expecting and it’s amazing.
The legs moving is just next level.
It was hard enough to build the PC mod, but then to also make moving legs,
it’s just absolutely next level and honestly kind of terrifying.
You could just tell that they’ve spent a lot of time and thought in it.
From the design, all the way to actually bringing it to life.
What I love about it is this creative and very careful combination of what suggests corporation,
the industrial feel, and this element of game.
Aside from the typical parts like an old motherboard
or cords from a console controller, you can find parts from things like
rollerblades, industrial heaters, microwave, or an old radio.
It even uses old guitar strings.
The spirit of the contest has been captured here perfectly!
10 out of 10.
The Militech ‘Curvhead’ Bot received a final score of 7.4
Beautiful craftsmanship — Militech Bot gets 9 points from us.
I give the Maelstrom mod a 7 out of 10.
Militech Bot received a total of 8.5 points from Paweł.
And I’m gonna give the ‘Curvhead’ Bot 10 points out of 10.
And there you have it. It was an insanely close battle between the finalists,
but the ultimate winners, leading by less than 1 point are Matin and Staszek ‘Tips’ Wiertelak!
And the winner is…
The Militech ‘Curvhead’ Bot Maelstrom mod
by Staszek ‘Tips’ Wiertelak and Matin.
Really nice done, guys! Congratulations.
I don’t know what to say, to be honest.
It was really crazy because we – when I saw the design, I was like “it has to move!”
It wouldn’t be concrete without moving legs.
Well, first of all, I would say all the credit should go to Staszek –
if I pronounced his name correctly.
All the credit should go to him, because this is like art on another level.
The execution was done so perfectly, I couldn’t believe that it was like the real case.
Thank you to Staszek for this great execution.
I also thank you guys, I –
This is awesome, thank you.
Once again, congratulations to the winners and to the finalists.
All five mods were amazing and it was very difficult to pick just one design,
as you can see by the scores.
It’s time to select a charity. Matin, who should receive the donation from the auction?
Alright, so for my choice of charity I’m going with the Best Friends Animal Society
because their mission is to provide a comfortable life even for the animals that don’t get adopted.
I mean, I have a pet myself, I recommend anyone who can afford to get a pet to just go and get a pet
but sadly, there aren’t enough people out there that can do that.
So I still prefer for these animals to not get killed at these shelters and have a comfortable life.
That’s why I’m choosing the Best Friends Animal Society.
And now, as a bonus we have some exciting news to share with all the PC gamers out there
waiting for official Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements.
Without further ado, here’s what you will need to enjoy the game!
Thank you to all the participants who submitted their designs,
thank you to our partners, who helped us organize this contest
and thank you all for tuning in!
See you in Night City on November 19th!