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Minecraft Block -- 64-bit Windows 8 Gaming/Home Theater PC w/Blu-Ray
by wilson735
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The purpose of this build was to build a capable gaming/home theater/Blu-Ray player PC, all in a beautiful custom-made Minecraft case.

A large amount of the project was learn-as-you-go. Working with epoxy and plexiglass was definitely a challenge, and many "tricks" were learned regarding the nature of the materials. The functional design of the case was extremely fun to perceive and then carry out.

Many options were available for the visual design of the case. I believe the path that I took (excruciatingly detailed hand-painting, using paint mixed on my own as well as careful masking) was the best for the quality, though much time was expended.

A power/reset switch module was custom built (jury-rigged, if you will), and buttons were re-appropriated (read: scavenged) from other machines..

As usual, Prime95 as well as other tests were run to ensure that the system is indeed receiving adequate ventilation and that no overheating is taking place.

Boot time is quite fast thanks to the UEFI installation and the SSD. A secondary 1TB hard disk drive provides more than enough storage space. The Blu-Ray/DVD superdrive allows for watching movies, giving this machine adequate Home Theatre PC capabilities. The GeForce GT 640 allows for casual gaming.

Add'l Tools/Supplies used: 1. Epoxy, krazy glue, mechanical screws, nuts, and other miscellany 2. Dremel, Jigsaw, cordless drill, countless bits, sandpaper, and much more

Build progress pictures: http://imgur.com/a/ge0Jy

Intel Celeron G1620 2.7GHz Dual-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate2.7GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Galaxy GeForce GT 640 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate950MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.78Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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YourLocalPCNoob [1 Build] 4 points 12 months ago

Good creativity but what about cooling?

wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

The case has a fanless intake vent on the bottom rear. It has an intake on the left, snug with the GPU fan. And it has exhausts on the center top and top left rear with the power supply.
After stress tests and temperature monitoring, I am confident in the airflow and cooling of the machine. I must post temps soon.

TheGreatGilles 3 points 12 months ago

Inside pictures please!

wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Interior pictures have been added!

FlimFlamPhlegm 2 points 12 months ago

did you really pay $162 retail for the GT 640?


wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Thanks very much.

I believe it was about $70 after rebate.

In fact, I'm seeing it as $69 in the parts list, is there a reason why perhaps you're seeing $162 and I'm seeing $69?

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JohnTsams [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Yous should probably edit the prices so people stop bitchin' :D

JamJam21 [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

truely unique

wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Thank you.

JohnTsams [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

That is awesome. Need moar pix plz.

wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you. I will post more pictures soon.

Electrospeed 2 points 12 months ago

For that price, you probably should have gone the AMD route, but hey, your case is Minecraft so +1 from me.

wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 12 months ago

Thanks for your input.
I considered this, but I was limited by the miniITX form factor. MicroATX wouldn't fit very easily.

nickabong122 [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

why did u pay so much for 5200 RPM drive WTF

wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks for your concern. I actually paid half the price (after rebate). And I got a 2.5" hard drive enclosure out of the deal as well!

nickabong122 [1 Build] -1 points 12 months ago

meh not bad but u could get a 7200 rph for a decent price and its better just my opinion tho

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wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 3 points 12 months ago

You'd be surprised with these Ivy Bridge Celerons. This is the 2nd machine I've built with this class, and I've found that they have excellent thermal properties and power consumption.
Good bang for your buck. :)

mjdd27573 1 point 12 months ago

idk, i still like to pay more for a FX-XXXX or and Intel iX-XXXX, but that's just me, lmao, what i always like to say, whatever floats your boat,

mjdd27573 1 point 12 months ago


laserpigofdoom 2 points 12 months ago

How fast do you find that that wireless networking?

gugu96 [8 Builds] 2 points 6 months ago


LukePRTR [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Could have gone with a 7770 ghz edition ive seen it at 70$ nice build +1

wilson735 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Shame... If only I had known...

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