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Lifehacker recently posted a picture of a Halo 3-themed PC desktop created by one of its readers.

Using little more than a screenshot and a tool called Rainmeter that lets users create customized Windows resource meters, the ambitious game lover-who goes by the handle rykennedyan-turned the shooter's heads-up display icons, such as the grenade and ammunition counters, into quick-launch buttons for commonly used applications and widgets for information like download traffic and unread messages.

Hit the jump to check it out.

If you look closely, you'll see that the health bar displays music being played and track progress, the blue and red team scores indicate CPU and GPU usage, and the radar shows an image captured by a local weather station, along with the current temperature.

Visit rykennedyan's Flickr photostream to view the rest of his work and see how you can help participate in the ongoing development of his Halo 3 HUD desktop.

Then stop by Lifehacker for a complete legend of the Halo 3 HUD desktop-and instructions on how to create your own customized Windows desktop (which looks to be surprisingly easy, assuming you have a measure of programming know-how).

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