I took Joe’s advice and started with one shape. Then I added another, and another. Pretty soon I ended up with this weird structure. It’s the first thing I rendered on the new PC build. took 37 seconds without Global Illumination… and two hours with.
Recently I decided to gut an old G4 PowerMac Quicksilver case and replace the innards with a current-generation Windows 8 PC. After much dremeling, drilling, and assembling, I gained a sweet desktop system wrapped in an apple: