Build of the week: a transforming Optimus Prime

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

Before we begin, let me get one thing off my chest. Beast Wars is way better than any of that old car stuff. Even better? The Fuzors era.

That being said, Stephen Hoad of Oz Modz out of Australia made a pretty impressive ode to that old car stuff with a transforming Optimus Prime custom build. It goes from tractor truck to full blown robot in one simple movement. He may be missing opposable arms, but it’s a damn computer, and one with some juicy guts. 

Besides some nice components, Hoad shows off the mechanical workings of Optimus Primes’ transforming chassis in a series of insightful videos. See one for yourself. 

For more information and pictures of Hoad’s Optimus Prime project, check out the official build log

Optimus Prime components:  

GPU: ASUS Strix GTX 1070 x 2
Mobo: ASUS Maximus 8 Formula Motherboard
CPU: Intel i7 6700K
RAM: Avexir Raiden 16GB
HDD: Seagate 2TB
SDD: V-Color VLM 100 M.2 
PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower RGB 1000W
Chassis: Thermaltake Core X5 Case

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.