I'm not going to say much about hardware, you can read more on that here. This is all about the case :)
Okay, not quite a week ago I found this build which caused me to burst out laughing In the middle of class. Thankfully it was computer science class so instead of getting in trouble I started showing it to everybody and distracted the class for a few minuites. That weekend I was board and eager to tinker and I started thinking about getting a new case, and I thought back to the cerial box build and thus a (arguably) great idea was born and a burdon was removed from my wallet. And so the box .01 was born!
amazon 1a5 box
motherboard box (perfect size for... a motherboard)
2 120mm fans
a very sharp objecttm
a couple screws
the things that typically go into a computer (microatx)
some cable you can use for a power switch (I used a female to female usb header cable from a nonfunctioning card reader)
The layout is similar to the corsair air 240, the psu and hard drive are in the botom with the motherboard and all directly attached things being at the top. There are currently only two spaces for fans(both at the front)
Assembly starts with the motherboard box, cut off the lid and place the motherboard inside with the io facing the thin part (where you cut). cut out io and wherever you will be using the expansion bays.
assemble the parts on the motherboard (cpu, cpu cooler, gfx card, ram, etc)
cut out vents in the back and bottom for the psu and screw it in, stuff the cables into the bottom of the box and place hdds and ssds in the bottom of the boxand plug them in including sata cables.
cut off the front flap of the box and seperate the cables you will be using, then lay those cables over the side you cut off.
tape the remaining flaps together so that they are all standing straight up
cut the front two corners off of the two side flaps at aproximatly 45o
place the motherboard box on top of the psu and cut out the place for the io and evpansion cards and secure it as nessisary
cut ventalation into the back flap (I used wide diagnal slats)
cut cardboard panels for the front/top, then cut two round holes into the front panel for fans and mount them
plug everything in and tape the front/top down onto it (make sure whatever you want accesible on the outside to be outside when you do this eg power switch and usb expansion)
the gpu cannot be longer than a square microatx motherboard, if it is the same length you cannot have the power receptical at the back, it has to be on the side.
don't get wet
don't feed after midnight
future improvements(not in any order)
make it prettier
actually secure motherboard to tray
actually secure motherboard tray to case
propper 3.5 and 2.5 mounts (maby a 5.25)
better support on expansion bays
use io sheild
NOT PLANNED- size variants, watercooling support, more fans
Most of this is going to be me answering questions that i think might come up.
Why didn't you just make it a cube? --Because cubes are kinda boring (sorry Notch)
Is this a fire hazard? --Short answer, no
Isn't the case used as a ground? --Not for the motherboard that I know of. There is a ground wire in the 24 pin connector that is specifcally for the motherboard and is seperate from case ground, as far as I know this is used for the electronics and case ground is for outside forces and shorts.
Why? --good question
Is this safe? --Safe for what? The electronics? You? To take with you to a lan party? the answers too these things are probrably, yes, and I wouldn't suggest applying a high g load on it unless things are well secred inside (which they are currently not)
Why that specific box? --Well, it is really the perfect size for this case, and if you ordered a microatx motherboard from amazon it may have come in this box.
So, what do you guys think? I for one thought it was fun and will be happy to make future revisions.
Upvote if you want to see me turn this into a case you'd be proud to have! (no, seriously, that's mostly what I'm gonna use to guage the comunity's feedback)
EDIT: I made a topic here which will follow the minor updates It goes through.