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Written by John Chen    Tuesday, 10 January 2006 11:00
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Skull and Crossbones Theme

The first thing that caught my eye about the Skull and Crossbones Theme was the large skull at the bottom front.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that the material used for the skull was metal and not some cheap shiny plastic.  Furthermore, the skull is securely fastened to the front intake 80mm fan, through multiple joints.  The skull would not budge when I tried to move it, which is an excellent indication of sturdiness.  This clever position of the skull acts as a fancy fan grill. 

The entire chassis of the of the Skull and Crossbones is made from scratch pieces of acrylic.  When I saw preview pictures, I thought the case was modded from a pre-assembled acrylic case.  Boy was I wrong!  Imagine picking up six pieces of acrylic and slapping them together to form a case; that is exactly how this case is like.  The case offers four 5.25" drive bays and two 3.5" floppy bays, a typical configuration of a PC case.  The power and rest buttons are located at the bottom right side and are easily accessible.  The left side of the case has a large metallic sheet with a cutout of a skull and crossbones.  At the mouth area of the skull sits the second 80mm fan intake.  The back of the case is also pretty standard, with seven PCI slots and a single 80mm exhaust fan.  The very bottom of the case are the front I/O ports--two USB connections, audio jack, and microphone jack.  To allow the use of these front ports, there are cables inside the case that exits through the back and plug into the motherboard.  On the right side of the case is another skull and crossbones artwork. 

On the top of the case is another sheet of metal with a cutout of a flaming skull.  The shape of the skull reminds me of those ghostly heads that fly around in old Castlevania games.  It sure looks like it doesn't it?  Through the flaming skull shaped window at the top revealed a sticker on the DVD-Rom. 

To further add to the Skull and Crossbones Theme, KickButtComputers used thumbscrews made out of real bones to secure the hard drives.  There is also a skull carved out of real bone sitting on the side.  Freaky isn't it?  Real bones!