Description

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!

Materials

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)

extra cardboard

masking tape

some cable you can use for a power switch (I used a female to female usb header cable from a nonfunctioning card reader)

Layout

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)

asembly

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)

limitations

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

fan guard

NOT PLANNED- size variants, watercooling support, more fans

misc

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.

conclusion

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.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 13 points

Still better than a Logysis case. +1 needs to be featured.

  • 46 months ago
  • 5 points

Man, why don't you start selling cardboard cases?

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

yes

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

hahaha dat face. His company should be called "Cardox" or "Boaxard"

  • 46 months ago
  • 4 points

Awesome, a cardboard case! 11/10 would fire hazard again. Don't leave it on overnight! :D +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

It would be a pain installing steam games...

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You could say that again!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

lol, Ive been using it to transcode video overnight

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, aight then.

  • 46 months ago
  • 4 points

"Hobo's Dream PC". Awesome. I gotta say it's pure **** but it's hilarious. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

That's why it's in alpha, once it get's all of the planned features it will move to beta to be prettied up.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Will the beta come with a sample fire extinguisher or will the testers be required to provide their own?

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

no, safety equipment will not be included in the development kit

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Man its awesome. If it was just painted black people might think it was a metal case

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I will paint it eventually, but right now there are other things that need to be done. This way is funnier when you show someone a picture of your computer and they see an amazon box with fans on it

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

True.

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

After 1 hour of hardcore gaming whoever you live with be like

Also, why is this build not featured?!

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

But those are the best kinds because who would think of putting a computer inside of a [Insert random Item here]?

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

That's why It's in alpha. I would consider this to be more of a markup/prototype than a finished case (which is why I didn't bother to be more accurate with the cuts and propperly mount things) It shows that it is thesable to put higher powered hardware in a cardboard box case. (I want to find a heater gfx card to really dump some heat in it)

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

The parts are fine. The build is fun. Chill.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Comments like this will not be tolerated on our site.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Is this considered a sleeper build or a higher form?

EDIT: But hey, if a friend needs to borrow a computer, just slap some stamps, an address, and "Handle with Care" and "This Side Up" on it and ship if off.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I would call it a higher form, and that would be great (if it was your computer)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I may have to try this just to say I mailed a computer without having to pay for a separate box.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

My dad has made guitars out of cigar boxes, this build gave me the idea to make a PC in one! :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Stogie power!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

EPIC 1+

"HEY PC_PART_PICKER MAKE THIS FEATURED!!!"

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Man you are Solid Snake!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Also I like your Gremlins reference there lol

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG that brings me back I remember doing that so many years ago, it worked for a good long time but mine wasn't quite as well thought out. No fire hazard issue but cardboard is a pretty good insulator, I remember that part well. It will last as long as the cardboard does and hey you can always find a new cardboard case replacement behind any department store. Good job

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

a very sharp objecttm

******* lols.

What do I think? I think this:

Why? --good question

This is mega +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't Wait the Launch ^

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it and I will probably try to build one when time permits. I'll make it very sturdy and double the layer of cardboard box and improve the grounding. Static can be damaging! And of course I will spray pint it to make it look like a superb case.

edit: the missing feature on this website is to ability to add user's build in your favorites. This one would be on my list for sure.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I would wait for future revisions before making it yourself, and you can always make a list in your profile description

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I think I'll just bookmark it! CTRL+D still works

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that a Lian-Li case? The construction is beautiful XD

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

lol thats the best case ive seen so far +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

When you don't have enough money for a case :p . Just kidding, very creative build!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

LMAO...just...epic

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm speechless :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

AHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHA NICE

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

There was someone else on here who put a system into a catheter box. After receiving the suggestion to paint it a different color he responded with "this is a budge build, we don't have the funds for that" or something along those lines.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

What the actual flying ****

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Why is it flying?

  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

Lol because on ground you see it coming but in the air you never see it coming and nuclear missles come from Obove to fall down as a flying f-bomb lol

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't mistake the case for trash. :) I ******* love the build

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The Amazon box with fans on the front is trash, the Amazon box without fans on the front is not trash. Got it!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I would burn my house down with this fire hazard +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You should paint the box, though. But other than that it's freaking awesome

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll do it eventually, right now I'm still changing it and I don't want to have to repaint stuff every time something changes.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol my friend used a cardboard box (A lot bigger and we put some duct-tape all over the inside to make it a bit less fireproof) as well. He has a i3-6100 and pretty much the same components.

  • 38 months ago
  • 0 points

make it a bit less fireproof

Good luck with that :P

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks lol

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