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Meet the Modders: Ace_finland


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We here at Corsair love to see all kinds of casemods and scratchbuilds. Over the last few years we have been quite amazed by the work of Alexander “ace_finland” Hede. He is a very talented modder who builds his projects from scratch with awesome designs.

I got the chance to talk to Alexander and ask him a few questions.

  1. Tell me a little bit about yourself?

My name is Alexander Hede and I'm 33 years old. I live together with my girlfriend and cat in a small town in Finland. During the days I work as a development engineer for an abrasive manufacturer where I develop electrical and pneumatic sanders. In the modding scene I am known as Ace_finland.

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  1. First of all, what got you into modding?

What first got me into modding was watercooling. When my Q6600 CPU was a few years old and didn't really cope anymore I started experimenting with overclocking. It didn't take long before I had a custom loop. Since then there has been many builds which all have been watercooled more or less.

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  1. Where did you get your modding skills from?

Since a long time ago I have loved fixing/making things. It started with bicycles and ended with cars. Along the way I learned how to use a wide range of tools. All these skills have been very useful for modding. Everything from cutting steel or aluminum to painting and polishing.

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4.   What was your first custom build?

I have built my own computers for over 20 years, my first real case mod was about 3 years ago. It was a white Corsair 600T which I inverted the motherboard tray in and added a custom loop. It wasn't a huge mod but it got me hooked. My first real scratch build was a few months later which started from a Cooler Master test bench V1.0, which got me third place in the Cooler Master mod competition.

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  1. Which of your builds is your favorite?

My favorite build is also my smallest build. It's called The Microprocessor and is based on an Intel NUC. The design was inspired by Intel's first microprocessor. Even if there is not a lot of parts it was probably the most challenging build I have done. As I wanted to use it as an HTPC I wanted it as small as possible.

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  1. What is your favorite custom build created by someone other than yourself?

It varies from time to time, but right now it would have to be Thor's hammer by Suchao Prowphong.

  1. How long have you been modding?

I've been modding for a bit over three years. Since then there have been a lot of builds.

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  1. What tools do you use when building your projects?

It varies from build to build, but for the last few build I have been using a home made CNC mill to do the rough cuts. About a year ago I decided to make my own cnc mill in order to make the parts faster. And in every build I also use the regular tools as, drills and taps, sanding machines, files, saws and so on. 

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  1. Where do you find your inspiration?

Generally I have a theme I want to go with. When I start a build I spend a lot of time thinking of different designs. When I have something I think will look good I start designing it in a cad program.

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  1. What is the most common mistake you see beginning modders and builders make, and what would be your advice to a person starting his/hers first custom build?
  1. Start small. I see many designs in cad nowadays where your possibilities are endless, transferring those ideas into a mod are not always easy.
  2. Be patient, take all the time you need to make it exactly how you want it.
  3. Expensive components doesn't make the build look nicer.

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  1. What do you think is the most important element of modding? Details, hardware, sleeving, craftsmanship etc.?

For me it's craftsmanship and quality of the build. You can have the best idea but with a bad execution it will ruin the build.

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  1. What is your favorite Corsair product?

This is an easy one, it's the Dominator Platinum ram. I have used it in several builds now and it's still my favorite ram out on the market

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  1. What happens to your mods after you finished them?

Some of the hardware have been given away to family. One of the mods are at my parents house, one I am using for myself and two of the latest builds are out traveling with Asus.

The cases itself I keep and store. They have too much personal value for me to sell.

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  1. What do you do when you are not modding?

I bought a house a year ago and are currently rebuilding it. I will be busy for the next year with it. After it's all done i will probably start another modding project. If i want to relax i usually go fishing.

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We want to say thank you to Alexander for sharing these pictures of his awesome projects and also for taking the time to talk to us.

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