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After my desktop's front panel burnt to pieces, I decided to build my computer in this wooden suitcase. It was a lot of work, but many of the components I was given, and it turned out very nice. I plan on doing many more builds that are absurd, so let me know if you want one! The i3-560 is overclocked to 3.8 ghz and runs at ~40 C idle, ~70 full load with the one shown case fan on top. It would be much cooler if liquid cooled. The HD7770 model is slightly different, and also overclocked. It games pretty well, and CAD's beautifully, all said and done. The 3rd picture is my setup currently, with 5.1 surround sound and a nice sub under the desk. Sorry for the low-quality pictures, the best camera I have right now is my android.

My webpage is anthonymr7.wix.com/courier-computers if you'd like a custom build. Let me know if you have questions, I'd be glad to answer them.

Comments

  • 63 months ago
  • 6 points

Heh Atlas. I get it. ;)

+1 for the name.

  • 63 months ago
  • 4 points

i genuinely laughed, +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Hmm, not sure how to take this? Guess I'm glad to provide some humor somehow!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

do not take it poorly, i love seeing PC's built in ways they weren't intended.

  • 63 months ago
  • 4 points

Upvote from me - when you need to lug it around you just grab it by the handle and off you go!

In seriousness, though, what was the process for overclocking that CPU, given that it's "locked?"

And, I only see one fan for exhaust/intake. That shouldn't work very well unless you have another hole - or is the PSU's hole working for that purpose?

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Probably BLCK overclocking.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it really that simple? Up until recently that's the only kind of overclocking I've ever done, and I always thought it was so simple that it must not be available on all these newer "locked" processors, since everyone was telling me they couldn't be overclocked, period.

Now, on the other hand, some processors/chipsets don't even make the blclk available to you - but I guess 1156 must not be one of those?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I honestly have no idea. I know that some mobos allow you to do it and others don't, and that it's extremely annoying to do

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Meh, it's not THAT bad when you haven't experienced anything else ;D

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

It's really not that bad. Getting the voltages right is a little tricky, but I got my old i3-530 (given to me) up to around 4.3 without much of a problem. I decided that that high of a clock wasn't really necessary for this build. (It also gets somewhat hotter than in the old Antec case since wood is an insulator)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

My bios simply allowed me to overclock it. If it was locked, I had no idea, which might be bad. I do believe it was BLCK overclocking.

As for the one fan, I was surprised that it worked as well as it did. It's a 3 dollar Sunon fan that I got off ebay. If I had to guess, the fan moves enough air from the USB port area on the side of my case to cool the entire box...it is a pretty small volume. The PSU's hole is only as large as the power cable going into it, so I doubt much air comes in through that side.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the creativity some people put in their Builds!! +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I sincerely like this build though.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I've always wanted to make a suitcase computer but thought it couldn't be done. You, sir, have given me the confidence to attempt it. Someday.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Hardest part was the graphics card and figuring out where each component would go. I had a pretty tough time getting the cut in the box right for the hdmi cable. Swapping the card with my GTX 460 made even more problems, since the GTX only takes mini hdmi at the top and two dvis below that. Other than that, things would've gone much smoother with a better dremel and the right tools.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I was brownis and I was a build that was recent with a weak CPU and an older GPU, first reaction WTF? Once I saw the pictures I understood

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the only reason I've got older equipment was because of what was originally given to me. If I had the money to buy the newer stuff, I would. Cool idea all around though? I think so.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Something refreshing on this site :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Not my cup of tea but +1 for being creative.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

To each their own! Thanks :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Captain Jack Sparrow's personal computer

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

You gave me a nice laugh. Thanks!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Odd project but I liked it!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I've got a couple more "odd" ideas that I'll be building in the future.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet, keep 'em coming then!

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for creativity and name, digging the custom case :)

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

wow never seen anything like this

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I was aiming for :). Soon as I get some more money, I'll be building a new cool one for my girlfriend. Haven't quite decided what I want to do as the case just yet, but I have a few ideas.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the case !!! God I wish I could make that !

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Huh. I Genuinely did not know they made DDR3 of that low speed. Neat.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

DDR3 can be as low as 800 though I doubt they make 800 these days.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I had it sitting around, so I put it in.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

this isn't absurd i've seen an almost similar one by DIY perks he made a wooden pc case too :)! +1 still amazing

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Very unique build, but you may want to keep an eye on that PSU, especially since you have the CPU overclocked and have quite some load on the PC with CAD and etc.

Also, having any problems with the RAM? Generally different RAM types don't interact all that well.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard my psu is junk before. I plan on running it til it dies and then swapping it. So far, it's pretty good...I believe 530 Watts is more than enough for what I've got, but you're totally right about it.

The RAM gave me problems until I realized I had them mismatched in the dual channels like an idiot. Other than that, I don't have any problems. I actually underclocked the ram since from the benchmarks I've seen, it doesn't make much of a noticeable difference, and it means less heat and power consumption.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

What games do you play with this build? ay?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a list of 99 games on steam-see profile "anmire". Mainly Civ 5, GMod, War Thunder, Robocraft, Terraria, Skyrim, New Vegas, Brotherhood, Sanctum 2, Fallout 3, Magicka, Borderlands 2, TF2, TrackMania Canyon, Cities XL...etc. etc... many many hours on this pc. Also, Dolphin emulator playing about 8 games.

Edit: I also use it on 38xx x 1080p (dual monitors).

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool! i'm going to be playing some of those games with my dual core build.

I have another question. How is a dual core treating you in the gaming world? do you get high or good fps? i am building a dual core rig and I want to know if it would meet my expectations.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything I played on my old i3-530, i3-560, and current Phenom II x6 1055T, has seen no difference between any of them. It leads me to believe that games aren't processor limited once you get in the range I currently have. Granted, I haven't played the newest games and seen what happens with processor usage, but on the dolphin emulator my current processor isn't even fully utilized. I do recommend at least top of the line 3rd or 4th generation dual core i3 if you can, since according to cpubenchmark.net, they're at least twice as good as the i3 I had in this machine (which was plenty). On a side note, my old i3's scored a 7.2/7.3 WEI if that is what you base your scores around.

For gaming, I recommend you get at least a GTX 650, or HD7770. A recommendation is to grab the HD 6970 off of newegg. Yesterday they were $99.99 and are ~63% better than a 2GB HD7770, which is also better than a GTX650.

Also, I run all my games on at least high setting on the 7770, perfectly fine, so a 6970 will be fantastic.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Any problems with he PSU?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The PSU is still going strong. I've heard bad news about Raidmax psu's, but this one has served me perfectly well for about 4 years now (the blue LEDS even still work!). I do not recommend their customer service though.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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