After seeing the initial renderings for his full-cover waterblock for the MARS II (http://rog.asus.com/65352012/news/l3...ck-first-look/), we dropped pro-modder, L3p, some questions about how he got interested in cutting up tech:
ROG: When did you start PC modding and what got you into PC modding in the first place?
L3p: I started with PCís about 17 years ago and got pretty addicted to online gaming. Thatís where I got the online nick ĎL3pí, which is short for Leprechaun. Back then hardware really made a difference for online gaming; about 14 years ago a typical PC setup didnít focus much on airflow. So my first PC mods were actually based around creating more airflow with extra fans, simply to better my gaming.
L3p is currently mid-way through his L4N build
ROG: How many mods have you made?
L3p: I donít remember how many small airflow improvement mods I did for me and my friends, but quite a lot back then! More significantly, my first watercooled mods were in a single and a dual Cooler Master Stacker STC-T01, while the real hardcore modding for overall aesthetics started with my Corsair 800D case. This propelled me onto the ĎL3p D3skí and the ĎL3p L4ní build, while Iím currently preparing the ĎCross by Red Harbinger Deskí!
ROG: What is your inspiration behind each mod?
L3p: At first itís just improvement of the case or component temperatures, but now the looks count just as equally too. Mostly itís a hobby, itís just to keep busy.
ROG: Where is the best place to mod?
L3p: Personally I prefer a spot where Iím completely alone, can make a mess and drink endless cups of coffee while modding. Here thatís my loft and barn.
ROG: What is in future for your mods?
L3p: Iím still waiting for the copper milling of the custom MARSII block for my ĎL4ní build (http://www.l3p.nl/l3p-l4n/). While Iím waiting Iím already preparing my next build, called the ďCross by Red HarbingerĒ (http://www.facebook.com/redharbingerinc). With all the interest around the ďL3p D3skĒ (http://www.l3p.nl/l3p-d3sk/) the last year I formed a company with some other modders. Thomas, Scott, Chuck, Shawn, Daniel and I have been busy designing a desk for the masses for over 6 months and the the first sample will be ready in a few weeks, after which it will be fully tested. We will place the build-log on the most popular PC tech and modding forums, including ROG as well, off course!
Thanks to L3p for his time answering our questions. For more information about his projects and mods, go to www.l3p.nl and www.redharbinger.com