Boutique builders have experimented with different chassis designs over the years, but CyberPowerPC's Trinity series might be the most radical departure yet. The new line of gaming machines uses a triple-chamber frame that wouldn't look out of place on the set of a sci-fi series.
This Tristellar chassis affixes three steel "blades" to a central spine that serves as a cabling conduit. Each blade is strong enough to bear the weight of the entire system, allowing the rig to stand on one or two legs. The case is made by DeepCool, the company responsible for that funky Steam Castle enclosure.
The CPU blade houses a Mini-ITX motherboard and 120-mm liquid cooler, while full-sized graphics card and up to three SSDs shack up in the "performance" wing. A third appendage hosts the PSU emplacement, complete with support for beefy ATX units, plus mounts for one slim optical drive, two mechanicals, and three SSDs.
Trinity configurations start at $955 for an A10-7700K processor and GeForce GTX 750 Ti graphics. Setups based on Devil's Canyon and Haswell-E are available, too, with the latter tapping ASRock's bizarro mini X99 board. I don't see the case selling separately online, though.
Reports from the Tristellar's CES debut suggest a price tag of $400 or more for the case on its own, attaching a steep premium to the distinctive design. Still, I can't help but love the brash, original style. The multi-chambered layout looks clever, too, though it seems a little short on auxiliary cooling capacity.