If there's one thing good to be said about Hackintoshes -- Mac clones made with third-party motherboards, fast processors, powerful graphics cards, and lots of RAM -- it's that they often beat the stock Apple products in terms of performance. Most of 'em are also just plain ugly, stuck in some horrible generic PC case. Well, the Kickstarter campaign for the Dune Case wants to change all of that with a case that looks like a gold version of the Mac Pro "trashcan" (there's also a black case available).
Dune Case is the brainchild of Alexander Gomez, and it looks pretty cool. Made from aluminum with space for all of the powerful goodies you would want in a Hackintosh, the Dune Case also features a fast and big fan at the top to suck air through the device, leaving the electronics nice and cool. Sure, Steve Jobs is spinning in his grave at the thought of a noise-inducing fan in a case, but if you're going to be loading the Dune Case with the latest and most powerful mini-ITX components for gaming, you're probably not going to be too concerned. I just wonder if Apple's legal team thinks that this might be a bit too similar to the Mac Pro extermal design...
As the Kickstarter specs show, the Dune Case comes with four USB 3 ports, mic and speaker ports, two Display Port 1.2 or HDMI 2.0 ports, and an Ethernet port as well. Inside, you can add two 2.5-inch HDDs or the SSD equivalents, the fastest RAM and Core i7 CPU you can find, and whatever monster graphics card you have.
While the less expensive early backer options are already gone, there are still a handful of cases available for your $169 pledge. Once those are gone, you'll need to pony up $189 to get your hands on one. The Dune Case has currently raised $55,085 of a $130,000 goal, with about three weeks left to go in the campaign.