Build of the week: a Dalek from Doctor Who

Every Monday, Build of the week highlights a unique rig from the web’s most dedicated PC building communities. 

Stefan Ulrich, a modder from Germany we’ve featured a few times before, is back with his most ambitious custom build yet. Look on his work, ye mighty, and despair, because this damn Dalek is excellent. If you’re unfamiliar, Daleks are a hyper aggressive alien species and some of the longest running antagonists on the classic British sci-fi series, Doctor Who. It’s not just a physical replica of a Dalek either. Ulrich made sure this build could work as a stand-in on the show, if necessary. 

The Dalek nozzle contains a motion sensor, and if it’s activated it’ll spit out one of a few classic lines. Coupled with a few motors that rotate the head and lift and lower the nozzle, the mod is as capable as any cheap British sci-fi prop. LEDs complete the illusion, illuminating the weapon and body in waves of intense blue light, and if you open the sucker up and you won’t just find a PC, but also a replica of the tiny, tentacled Dalek alien. Disgusting! I mean that in a good way, of course. 

For more pictures and information from the process, check out Ulrich’s official build log

Dalek components:

2x ASUS Geforce GTX 1070 Strix 8G Gaming
Intel i7-6700K
16GB Avexir Raiden 3000Mhz (4x4GB)
Seagate FireCuda ST2000DX
V-color VLM 100 m.2 120GB
Water cooling parts:
Attitude: terrible

James Davenport

James is stuck in an endless loop, playing the Dark Souls games on repeat until Elden Ring and Silksong set him free. He's a truffle pig for indie horror and weird FPS games too, seeking out games that actively hurt to play. Otherwise he's wandering Austin, identifying mushrooms and doodling grackles.