Description

This build was a collection of spare pc parts. I first built it sitting below our TV in the living room. Realizing that might be foolish I looked around my house for something to act as a computer case. The toaster oven was a thought but it seemed like it might appear out of place in the living room. Then I thought about a speaker box so it would be camouflaged. I then went down to a thrift store near my house and bought a speaker that seemed like the right size for $5. After some time spent with a drill and some wood screws I got everything crammed into the box and sealed it up. It has two fans and stays relatively cool. I swapped out an old hd 6670 for the gtx 750 ti and can now play games at the full 1080p. My roommate has an xbox one and this was cheaper and plays games very well. O and it is running the technical preview of Windows 10.

Comments

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm guessing there's a reason why you don't see many wooden computer cases...

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

the reason why is because plastic and metal are cheaper and easier to work with, and are as well more consistent, making it easier to reproduce identical products. It's actually not uncommon to see higher cost computer cases made out of wood.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Good build for $178. But please change that power supply asap. A nice Corsair 430 CX should do this build right.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

I have that exact power supply and it was the one I intended to install but it is ever so slightly larger and therefore it causes interferences. Thanks for the advice though!

  • 59 months ago
  • -2 points

That power supply is fine, actually. My brother has used 3 of them and they still work to this day.

  • 44 months ago
  • 0 points

You kidding ? They have THE WORST REPUTATION. Apparently they catch fire AND explode

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  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice work. I like the idea if you want to camo your computer against your entertainment center.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

nice DIY case

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool idea. you have filtered intakes basically by default. It blends in and you have a lot of space. Two concerns/suggestions. Airflow inside the box has got to be somewhat nebulous, some sort of baffling system to direct the air might make sense. The other suggestion would be to not cut out space for the back plate. Just cut out a smaller hole to run the cables through, the only problem with that would be plugging in ad hoc devices but that could be solved by using a USB hub outside the case somewhere. It would look cleaner I think.

How is the sound? and how are your temps?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the case! Lol

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

If you got solid market prices for your free components: PSU - $30 HDD: $20 SSD: $50 Mobo: $30? CPU: $60?

So add $190 for fair market value, you're at $370 all in pre-OS. Still pretty competitive with a console. Nice work!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks pretty cool, with the I/O board cut out and the hole for the fan. +1 for ingenuity

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I added another 80mm hole on the side for the GPU. Dropped the temp 15c

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Well that's useful

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a really cool idea! +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you mount the mother board to the wood?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

With care :) I used some leftover brass mb mounting screws and then screwed into those. It holds well and still works well after a year.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

oh ok thanks!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

I do hope you realize that power supply is a ticking time bomb.

I don't care if it works. Get a Corsair CXM 550W or Seasonic M12 Bronze 520W unit to replace that.

Or better yet, 550W SuperNova from EVGA.

Something that's not that.

  • 39 months ago
  • 0 points

That cheap power supply in that wooden box. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol I keep a close eye on it. So far so good after nearly two years though.

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