This build started as a Christmas gift for the kids. They're highly interested in becoming YouTubers and the laptop we had just wouldn't cut it when video editing is concerned. I started to consume all the info I could about budget builds, as I'm not exactly wealthy, but understood that a rig would need to be at least mid-range to effectively handle the demands of video editing.
As I began to seek out quality components on the cheap, I found a need to test these as most were used or refurbished. I noticed on some YouTube channels that hosts would use test benches to overclock and test components, so I decided to make one myself. After getting some very good deals on some parts, the idea started to formulate that I could build both at test bench and eventually get the parts for the kids build this Christmas through the savings.
This bench is build from pieces of plexiglass that I cut, sanded, and painted myself. Getting the design was fairly easy, as the plexi came with a peel-off paper that I could cut the design out of and paint first, then peel the rest of the paper off and paint the entire surface to achieve the effect. Some 1-1/4" dowel rod was then cut to length, painted and installed to the upper and lower sections. I carved up the cheapest PC case I could find to get the mounting bracket and on/off switch, as well as some additional I/O ports. All-in-all, the project was a blast and turned out pretty cool imho.
Huge thanks to Scattervolt, Linus Tech Tips, GamersNexus (Buildzoid specifically), and JayzTwoCents for direction and information.
I've also attached some screen shots of the auctions I won to prove the pricing. You'll notice parts not in this build, as some are for the kids rig and others didn't work at all. Also, there's parts on the rig that I'm not including in this build sheet as they're going into the kid's rig eventually (like the 960EVO and 4TB Barracuda) I received a refurbished MSi Pro Carbon board that was DOA and needed to be returned. I received an H270 board that was advertised as an x370. There were bumps in the road, but with a little patience, I believe I put together a pretty solid rig.
I've been able to recover some of the money spent through reselling some parts after testing them. You'll see I purchased 4 R9 390x's for just under $200. I replaced the fans and tested, and sure enough 2 were able to be sold as working cards, and 2 had to be let go for parts only. I not only recovered what I spent but was able to make a couple dollars in the process. Perhaps going forward, I'll continue to hunt cheap parts and flip them on eBay. It's a lot of fun!