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Hey guys, hope you are doing well! I am a member of a computer hardware club at my local high school. I never would have thought I'd find something like this, and I am so glad I did! I've wanted to do a laser cut pc for awhile, and once I got the opportunity (laser cutter access and a cheap gutted TJ 08B frame), it was full steam ahead. Thanks to Gentleman shark for letting me borrow all of the hardware.

A little background - we aren't that big of a club yet, but we were fortunate enough to get sponsored, both by AMD, and by Asetek. The components in this pc aren't exactly high end like many of the builds on here, rather they were the ones we had, and were able to use. (Many of the things in this pc, like the Cpu and Mobo were sponsored by AMD.) In the end for me though, it was more about creating the pc than actually using it. I've been really interested in computers for about a year now, the tech that goes into them, and just the journey of planning, building/modding, and finally seeing the finished product - gratifying and satisfying. When I do use pcs, it is for video editing, 3d modeling, and browsing the webs (I don't game, sorry I'm a disgrace to my pc master race brethren.)

Pretty much anything you see on this pc that is yellow or black acrylic, was laser cut. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to use an Epilog Mini Helix Laser cutter at my local maker space for a week during a summer camp (Laser cutter, and unlimited "free" acrylic? Yes please!) Local techshop if anyone is interested and local. The way you use it is so streamlined, and so easy it is kind of ridiculous. All you do is take your svg into Illustrator, and print. It really is that simple (admittedly you do have to change settings in the proprietary software that pops up when you print.)

I used Sketchup Make 2016 to do everything you see on here. In my opinion, Sketchup is one of the most versatile 3d and 2d CAD programs out there - and it's free. Used a ruler to measure everything, and then just modeled 2d faces in Sketchup. I was inspired by the Asiimov and the Titanfall pattern, and you can definitely see their influence throughout the pc. After I modeled everything, I used this plugin to export as a svg, and then Inkscape to convert these svg's into plain ones that can be read by Illustrator.

One of the instructors helped me out by drilling holes into the frame, in which I mounted screws by a combination of a nut and the screw head. The panels slide onto these screws, and are tightened down by Golden Thumbnuts. I hope you guys like this, I put a lot of effort into designing and building the laser cut parts for the pc.

There are some things that I want to change in the future, the main one being a full led system, maybe a future PC02? Also, I would love to get access to a very nice DSLR to take some slick photos with some nice Bokeh (pictures here were taken with a LX100 from Panasonic, and edited in Photoshop.)

Well guys, that is it. Here is our website if you guys are interested, sorry it is so outdated right now, but will be revamped in the next couple of weeks. Also, if you have more questions, ask here, or send me a PM, I'd love to help if I can! I'm really excited with where our club could go in the future, the new projects and new sponsors we could get. Next year I'd love to help Gentleman Shark help and show members how to build pcs - modding, watercooling, the whole 9 yards, because that is really what it is about at the end of the day, sharing your passion, and helping them out. Stay tuned for a watercooled Inwin 303 build in the future!

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  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

Amazing case and awesome work inside +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Lack of sleep Priceless

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Props to whoever formed that computer club! I expect you guys will become a modding force to be reckoned with :) great build +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ayy.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

I absolutely hate corsairs aio watercoolers bevouse they are so expensive, but i guess you had the money for it so goodjob +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Not going to lie, it is really, really loud. Hopefully I switch it out for a newer Asetek soon.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The cooler shouldn't be too loud. If anything, have the water block connected via Molex so it's getting the full 12v or make sure the motherboards giving off 12v through bios on the CPU Fan. Also replace the stock radiator fan they give you with a SP120 Quiet Edition. It's a bit more money but it should run silent by then... lol

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info man! I'll try pushing the pump at 12v.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

wow! the only thing in the world that could make this cooler would be a custom water cooling rig with yellow fluid. also tbh I would have gone with yellow ram I swear I saw some on this website it was pretty cheap 1x8gb or 2x4 or 1x4 or 2x8. either way awesome build +1 point

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

HOLY CRAP THAT IS A SEXY BUILD . How did you get those custom plaques and designs , 3D printing ? and also what did you use to paint it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I didn't end up painting anything, it is just multiple layers of different colors of acrylic to create the colors. All of the plaques were laser engraved! All of the designs I made in Sketchup, and I made the logo for the bottom plaque in After Effects (Intro font, with some icons I found online.)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool thanks for the feedback :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I guess what im trying to ask is how did you mod the case and other parts like the PSU and CPU cooler

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

The ram is RED D:! Haha really nice build though I love the black and yellow scheme. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, work with what you got right?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahah that's true. :)

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol yeah, i think TridentZ ram with the yellow strip would look badass in that rig.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It's DDR4 tho.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

eZ feature

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh man, that would be amazing!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Please tell me how to get sponsored by AMD at a school club lol. My school is trash so they won't help.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Move to Mountain View ahaha. All joking aside, seriously, send out emails, we got 44 water coolers from Asetek after I PMed a company rep on Reddit.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you bud, any way you could tell me the process of starting your club? Or do you go to a private school that it's a normal thing to do that stuff?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

We go to a public high school.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I got in contact with a AMD rep.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Good looking build but do you plan on getting a dedicated gpu soon? Ps I love that you added lack of sleep to your custom parts haha

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hopefully! I'm saving up my money right now for another watercooling project in the Inwin 303, so if we get something sponsored, then I will for sure throw it in!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

amazing modding!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Spectacular. Looks like a $3000 build.

+1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

not featured yet??? That's a lot of work and the result is awesome! Not every computer has to be high-end

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Some great work with the laser cut panels. Really pulls the entire theme together.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! Means a lot!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an absolute BadAss Build you have here! Love the Black and Yellow Look!

Also props for doing an AMD Build in this one! What do you plan to do with this A10-7890K Build?

Otherwise, Excellent work!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much! Right now I am using it plugged into my families tv for browsing. Once school starts again, this is probably just going to be a demo rig for our club!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure how I haven't seen this before, but very, VERY nice job on the acrylic panelling. I've been wanting to do something similar, and seeing this makes me excited to do my own work.

Very clean and nice job 1+

I do have a question, however. How did you mount the panels that weren't screwed in? I've seen that acrylic concrete is good for sealing acrylic cracks, but I'm not too sure if that's also the correct adhesive to make it stick to metals, in this case steel.

Also according to that techshop place, you're a lot more local than I first thought. I will definitely have to keep an eye on them!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, thanks for the kind words!

So for the acrylic panels (the yellow ones that go under the outer panels, and various other acc. that screw onto/inside the case), I just used Weld On 4 to secure the acrylic together. The applicator bottle was a lifesaver for sure, Weld On's consistency is almost like water, so it goes on very easily and is still really strong when it solidifies (melts the acrylic together.)

For the acrylic parts that I didn't screw into the frame/radiator (cover for the waterblock, ssd mount, bottom yellow cover inside the case, etc.) I either just friction fit it in (pretty solid, the laser cutter is very accurate), or just used some strong foam double sided adhesive.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Crazy!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe I don't pay attention to the build logs enough on the LTT forum or maybe you didn't make one but holy crap is that one nice looking PC.

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, thanks so much man! Nope, no build log for it, unfortunately didn't have the time. Hopefully later this year I'll be able to use a CNC at my high school, so you might see some custom aluminum/acrylic cases over on LTT in the future.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

lol under custom parts is lack of sleep

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Where exactly do I buy lack sleep?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

is there any way you could get me the dimensions of that acrylic piece at the bottom that is yellow? i need the dimensions so that i can get a piece of mirror acrylic cut exactly the same size. It's going into a build that will have led's at the bottom. I have the same case, it's amazing with perfect positive pressure.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! Small world, eh? Next year, feel free to stop by sometime, hopefully we'll have some interesting projects you can work on if you want!

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know how we got our AMD sponsorship truthfully, I would ask GentlemanShark that, but for the Asetek sponsorship, I just sent /r/Retell a PM on reddit, who is an Asetek rep. Really nice guy, I'd try it out!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey you are! Are you doing anything in the summer there? I'm taking some classes.