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Custom Yacht Case PC

by Goldflag

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144 Comments

Details

Date Published

March 29, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

980 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

Description

I wanted something unique for my first build so I created this. I was partially inspired by the Lian Li Yacht case, but it looked to out of proportion and too simplistic.

Weeks before I built the actual computer, I started to design and work on the case. I drew various designs and studied the characteristics of mega-yachts. Once I had chosen the design, I would use these parts to build the case:

[] 1x 36x36in (91.5x91.5cm) Aluminum Sheet [] 1x 24x24in (61x61cm) Plexiglass Sheet [] 1x 10 ft (3m) 1/4 bolt thing [] A lot of nuts and bolts of various sizes [] 24in (61cm) Angled Aluminum Plate [] Black and White Rustolem Metallic Spray paint (white one was defective and looks terrible :C ) [] Clear Tubing [] Some PVC Piping [] Many Chemical Adhesives [] Rubber Stands [] The desk I used was just a cheap glass desk I had from before.


I built the hull of the "yacht" by cutting a chunk of the plexiglass out and attaching it to the pieces of aluminum side hull with JB Weld and bolts via cut pieces of the angled aluminum plate. After that, I built the superstructure by cutting out each level and connecting them with pieces of the 10 ft bolt that I cut and inserted into pieces of the clear tubing. I then glued the PVC pipe pieces onto the hull to act as a slot for my superstructure to fit into. After it fit, I assembled my PC into the case and remounted by superstructure.

This was an interesting first build because I did not have a case to start with and the case that I built was completely unconventional. There were a lot of things that weren't ideal: [] For the motherboard standoffs, I used wood and clear tubing to achieve the correct motherboard elevation. [] Cable management is not great because of the small space. [] Only the fans and drive mounts are truly attached to the case, though this isn't necessarily a negative because nothing really moves around. [] My I/O is at the side and I could not use my I/O shield. [] My graphics card is freestanding, though this can be easily fixed. [] Paint quality was not as good as I would have liked it to be.


Overall, I think I exceeded my expectations and I'm really liking my new computer!

Edit: 1 I added a few pics of the building process and a few others with better cable management

--I FIXED THE CABLES--

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Luxazur 2 Builds 84 points 34 months ago

man, I'm sure I'll get downvoted for this, but oh well...

I really love the case overall, but the random cables everywhere really kills it for me!! I think you missed a huge opportunity with them, too!!! with a little doctoring up, I think they could have been made to look like mooring lines connecting your 'ship' to the 'dock'(or in this case, your desk)

JAShadic 27 points 34 months ago

man, I'm sure I'll get downvoted for this

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Luxazur 2 Builds 3 points 34 months ago

holy cannoli! apparently the cables were bugging some others too!

I guess I anticipated fewer folks agreeing as the majority of the comments prior to mine were of pure adoration. I certainly like the build also, I'm just looking for a better way to utilize/manage the cables to really put the icing on this yacht cake. :)

Goldflag submitter 1 Build 13 points 34 months ago

and now i fixed the cables

auldae 1 Build 3 points 34 months ago

I would have braided them and had them come out the side like a battleship anchor. You did a much better job. Love the new pics. +100

Luxazur 2 Builds 0 points 34 months ago

ahhhh I'm liking that much better. looks much cleaner overall. with a tiny stretch of the imagination, I can thoroughly justify those cables in the front as an 'anchor' to fit this theme. XD

also, really cool to see the mockup pics! were those there before and I just didn't see them??

EDIT: just saw the updated description. very cool project overall.

Goldflag submitter 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

You mean the cables coming out from the io? Those are pretty bad but I'll try concealing them

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Soldiershak 1 point 34 months ago

I agree, the build is awesome, but presentation needs serious work. That kind of case needs it's own space.

supermattdab0ss 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

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rck1984 2 Builds 7 points 34 months ago

Original concept, haven't seen this before. Well done!

There is one thing i certainly miss though... Water cooling! What is a yacht without water..?

Goldflag submitter 1 Build 3 points 34 months ago

haha I was thinking about water cooling but the entire case is occupied.

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sniperpro 1 point 34 months ago

nine sense

mlach 4 Builds 4 points 34 months ago

It's pretty damn unique, I'll give you that. I just feel like someones gonna get hurt around the sharp edges.

Goldflag submitter 1 Build 6 points 34 months ago

most of the edges have been cut and filed and are safe (I hope) and only the bow is sharp. thanks for the comment though

Red_Eagle 3 points 34 months ago

"but it looked to out of proportion and too simplistic."

You made a custom PC case...in the shape of a boat...that isn't simple no matter what. It looks great.

ArchaicBuilder 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

Man this thing is epic! Never seen anything like it, very unique for sure. Look forward to what you come with next, whenever that may be! +1

Jhobbster 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

This is so cool dude. +1 From me!

Calpan 2 points 34 months ago

This build is creative and unique! Nice case!

HitmanHart 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

Goldflag,

Very nice. +1 for originality.

-HitmanHart

Swaaha 2 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

+1 for craftsmanship...

riomist 2 points 34 months ago

This... PIECE OF ART! or should I say piece of yacht?

Anyway, sweet build! +1

SR91 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

This is very creative (you must be quite the artist), I don't think I could ever do anything like this. Great job on idea and execution. 1+

jtrias21 4 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

Your build totally floats my boat!

iarrninja 2 points 34 months ago

I will say.. I was just scrolling through the main page and something blue caught my eye to the side.. Low and behold its this Majestic Yacht build. Absolutely amazing and well done 1st time build! +1 on my end as well!

Priceless818 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

Is there a chance that we can name this build Boaty Mcboatface...?

joseph69 2 points 34 months ago

10/10 build i really like the pc case it looks so GOOD

Iceman320 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

I am scared its gonna sail off your desk into the horizon and be gone forever :(

Solid creativity points on this one +1

jsoutherland89 5 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Did a double take when scanning the list of new builds. Very unique and very cool. Plus 1 and cheers!

Jäßßäwöçkëë 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Definitely unique!

Russkie69 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

I wonder if it will stay afloat when testing the waters of liquid cooling . . .

Firewalp 20 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Wow this is awesome, especially for a first build! The sky's the limit! +1!!!!!!!!

floridaboz 4 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Very nice, and very different, good job

piemancoder 1 point 34 months ago

Yacht a cool PC!

dilgenfritz 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

This build is amazing. As more of a boat person than a computer person myself I thought this to be excellent dude. You mentioned your cable management not being great, but what if you turned it around and tucked the cables into the side and have them run out the back. It may not be possible as I don't know your ship/computer, but it was just the first thing I thought.

dilgenfritz 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

ooohh also I just had another thought. on the inside you can attach velcro to the inside of the sides and hull to keep you power cables pulled back and out of the way. If you did this you may not even be able to see them when you look down in it.

Omnislash89 6 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Very creative! Only concern would be exposure and accumulation of dust. Have you done a smoke-test to gauge airflow around the design? +1 for showmanship.

Goldflag submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Should I add some kind of side panels between the 4 levels? I think the airflow in the case is ok because the interior volume is small. The first fan sucks in air from the front of the boat and then the exhaust fan is is the one on the top. I can definitely feel the airflow inside the case when I stick my hand in it.

Omnislash89 6 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

That may be an idea. It's sure add to the neat effect you have going on with the lights!

maddog62 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Congratulations on getting featured for a sub $1K machine. Most features a 2x to 5x more expensive. That is one beautiful build/yacht! I just love the concept and execution. I would have liked to have seen some mid-build pics also.

On the last CSI Cyber show I saw a PC built in side a fish tank by a 13 year old kid. He used mineral water to keep the components from shorting out. How original is that?

sponix 6 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

What Episode of CSI Cyber is that ?? Do my best to keep up with that show but seem to have missed that Episode....

maddog62 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

It aired last week. You might be able to watch the reply by now. The premise is about a kid that hacks into the US government computers to expose a security flaw. As usual, the plot rapidly thickens.

Gaming_Universe 1 point 21 months ago

LinusTechTips made a video on using mineral water to do that... not very original :/

SuperCookie 4 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

this would be amazing if you had a nano in there but it great without it. +1

nostrocrompt 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

You think you can just build a PC in a yacht and not get a Yacht Rock reference in the comments!? That's what a fool believes! This is it! This PC will ride like the wind!

xJFeelz 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Absolutely love the originality hell of a way to think outside the box literally

bobdude_01 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

You should get a really big fish tank, put your build in it and secure it to the bottom with velcro, and fill the tank with mineral oil! Wouldn't that be absolutely sick?! +1

Hamzah007 1 point 34 months ago

Brilliant.

joelhowell 1 point 34 months ago

I'll be damned. This is a great case. It just needs to be water cooled, while floating in water....

Goldflag submitter 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

How about floating on mineral oil

joelhowell 1 point 34 months ago

Do it!

twentyfree 1 point 34 months ago

I'm just getting into building computers, and I've never seen anyone mod their case like this. It's so cool and really inspiring!

jnanof 32 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Love it. Try doing some custom sleeves on the cable that resemble cordage?

Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

A lovely boat you got there. It is very creative! +1

C.higgins23 1 point 34 months ago

This Is truly is unique! But, why a boat? A tank or something would be so much cooler...just a thought though...+1

marcogrimard 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Nice build! Have you ever heard of mineral oil computer? Go check it out. I would see your yacht in a fish tank. +1

Goldflag submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

But then it would have to be sunk :c

marcogrimard 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Yep! That's something I wouldn't try, but some people do!

Dewm4n 1 point 34 months ago

How much. ~V/\

Goldflag submitter 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

?

Dewm4n 1 point 34 months ago

I want to buy this

How much

p.s it was a joke

Hanime 4 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Love it! It's unique! Now add an iceberg for cooling. I'll see myself out. :p

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

+1 for ingenuity, love it. Still needs fine tuning but that'll come with time. Being creative is an iterative process so I think you'll find ways of making it look sleeker and tidier...well done.

asmodeus208 1 point 34 months ago

swag af

nakaman 4 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Start sailing to Spain

jedijosiah 1 point 34 months ago

beautiful.

JAShadic 1 point 34 months ago

Every time I see creative builds, I question "Are PCs going to ever get more creative than this?"

And then builds like this come along.

+1, more pics please!

joseph69 1 point 34 months ago

you should water cool that by putting it in a tank fill with water, but cover the pc case to ensure no water damages any parts

Goldflag submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

the water pressure will be too much and even the best sealing will fail. Plus I will have literally no airflow

MafiatechTeam 1 point 34 months ago

hmmm, a odd one but it could be bigger/longer assuming you had the space imo

sniperpro 1 point 34 months ago

golden

AnimeGamer 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

epic.

Phillip.Phillip 1 point 34 months ago

My my my what do we have here? I think it's something along the lines of AWSOME

XxPCbuilder2016xX 1 point 34 months ago

AMAZING BUILD!!!!!!!!! LOVE THE YACHT

Goldflag submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

I fixed most of the cables. they are in the new pics in near the end

KingGyroMidas 1 point 34 months ago

OMG HAX! TWEETED THE HAX!!!!!!!

But for real, everything aside I came here for the cool case...

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Great home built case and pc.+1

fernando551 1 point 34 months ago

I like how you made your own unique design..but it displays some obvious flaws.

Goldflag submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

can you elaborate?

fernando551 1 point 34 months ago

What do you intend to do with the PC?

beardofsocrates 1 point 34 months ago

A'hoy I spot the most creative of the month. +1

xDiiThy 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Nice Concept based on that Lian Li case.

auldae 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

I vote to name it Boaty McBoatface. Sorry. This is super duper ingenious. Great job. +1

Killeneminem 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

it's a boat.

Faizan 1 point 34 months ago

This, this

SmasherKO 1 point 34 months ago

Innovating at its finest.

bsmods 17 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Very nice build!

Balamindin 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

This is wicked!! I've never seen a boat PC before. I didn't even know they existed. This is a whole new level of "cool", mate.

rck1984 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Doesn't float my boat, but +1 for creativity and originality! Well done!

SyrusV2 1 point 34 months ago

"Rose, I'll never let go" -PC Titanic

Squishbean1 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

This is beautiful. This is the best thing on this website. It must be a pain to work around it since it's so big, though. ._.

Goldflag submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

actually its not too difficult to work on the computer. The superstructure comes off easily after unplugging the graphics card and fan.

Squishbean1 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Oh, okay. What is the main use of the computer?

Goldflag submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

it is just for general purpose use and some gaming

JustKiddingPro 1 point 34 months ago

This is beautiful! Well done!

SupernaturalSSJ 1 point 34 months ago

Submit this to TechSource's PC Wars

gugu96 19 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

you wanted something unique? That's exactly what you have created.

I wish I had 1) lots of free time 2) a garage for dirty work like paint.

I love your case. It's not even a case, it's a boat replica!

And to think that's your first build, wow!

dcarter95 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

This has to be the coolest thing I've seen all week!

BingoFishy 1 point 34 months ago

Beautiful! Lovely part reviews!

Faizan 1 point 34 months ago

The Part Reviews though xD

alvin117 1 point 34 months ago

But the real question is does it float?

EdgeFallen 1 point 34 months ago

Woah VERY VERY impressive , I really would like to see something that could top that!

SomeJoker 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Very creative! 'Grats on featured build!

Berfs1 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Truly unique. Excellent job man!

peace1818 1 point 34 months ago

Dayum!!!! ;)

BearCS 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Wow that's awesome. Such unique casing!

Congrats!

I personally love the way the lighting from the fan reflects upwards and almost gives the boat a sense- a feel of it truly being under water. Well done!

KorruptkSwades 1 point 34 months ago

I think this is super epic ! very well done indeed ! now you can vent about how your pc flows smoothly when gaming ^ :) !

Xorex64 1 point 34 months ago

OMG!!!!!!!!

Dis is amazing

Pcjulian12343 1 point 34 months ago

but does it float?

jk +1

bloodroses75 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Sweet build! Always awesome to see stuff built from the ground up. Makes me wish I built my 'model car computer'. :)

nrgtheory 1 point 29 months ago

i think the yacht looks badasss!! good job mate!

TomatoeThePotato 1 point 21 months ago

A bit late but what website did you order the keyboard from?

xXTCXx 1 point 20 months ago

omg

Viveycore 1 point 19 months ago

Dat case do

+1

Xyphthebuilder 1 point 19 months ago

That Is the Ugliest at some angles and nicest at some angles pc i have ever seen

Faasos 1 point 16 months ago

Did I see you on r/battlestations or r/pcmasterrace lately with the caption: my setup has sunken or something like that?

mrvideo117 1 Build 0 points 34 months ago

Your case is very unique but recently picked up by Lian Li. http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pc-y6/

iarrninja 1 point 34 months ago

I wanted something unique for my first build so I created this. I was partially inspired by the Lian Li Yacht case, but it looked to out of proportion and too simplistic.

He actually quotes this in the beginning of the build...

mrvideo117 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

My mistake. Guess I didn't pick up on it when I read it

GentlemanShark 1 Build 0 points 34 months ago

Holy crap, I saw that case before, but you reinvented it! Do you have a model by chance?

Goldflag submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

I still have most of my sketches and my dimensions, but I don't think they will be as useful as the picture. I can still give you them if you want though.

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

I'd love to see. I really like your design.

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

You wouldn't happen to have a CAD design of this, would you?

Goldflag submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

sorry about this. I haven't had the time to upload the designs at the moment. I'll get to it later. And no, the build was too simple for CAD.

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Okay, thanks.

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Any chance?

P4rth 2 Builds 0 points 34 months ago

Very Creative, +1

Jackson_Tyler96 3 Builds 0 points 34 months ago

Wow! I love the attention to detail, original idea, and the craftsmanship of your build. Thanks for sharing! +1

PCIntake 0 points 34 months ago

See kids, the real test is yet to be done when this thing is put on water and booted....

Original content, very unique, solid build. Anyone who builds something like this should feel proud. Next up: train PC

tadtheman28 2 Builds 0 points 34 months ago

This is a very unique build. Job well done!

Ryuhara 0 points 34 months ago

Jaw dropped when I saw a boat in the small thumbnail pic scrolling through builds. Read the title, clicked, was thoroughly impressed. Wow +10000000 for the creativity, effort, and uniqueness of this build. It's so damn cool!

cajunsloth 7 Builds 0 points 34 months ago

Absolutely ridiculous. +1

texasmayne 4 Builds 0 points 34 months ago

I'm on a boat!!!

Ghrolt 1 Build -6 points 34 months ago

Meh.

Xorex64 2 points 34 months ago

You must have some very high-*** expectations....

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Goldflag submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

If I did that, I would have a hard time using my USB ports and fan controllers since they are at the rear of the boat. More importantly, I'd like to keep the sharp bow away from people. I can still do a much better job of routing my cables though.

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Goldflag submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Ty. Do you mean I bought a meh psu or is my psu placement bad?

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Goldflag submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

It's not dangerous except for the tip and no, it's not the one of Ces 2016.

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Goldflag submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Wow now I want to build a yacht watercooled...

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Goldflag submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Well aren't watercooled computers with expensive parts and RGB LEDs more excessive? :-)

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