UPDATE**** I now have an i5 4690k running at 4.2ghz with a max temp of 70 degrees. I have some new fans, little things a new peripherals bringing the final price up to ~$900. It now runs with no problems anywhere, no stuttering, almost always 60fps max settings and under good temps. Will post updated pictures soon.
Build a computer they said. It would be fun they said. Well they were right. As I am in college I have little moneys. Budget PC it is. But I demand POWER.
I started with research for months on end. What do I want and what is cheap. I learned the basics, found my parts and ordered them. I spent about 500 dollars. I had a monitor already, I never bought a case and I bought the gpu used. It all added up to work great. But all I care about is that it is WOODEN.
I had my computer running for months on end in a drawer at school (I kept the drawer open). And then I finally stumbled upon the perfect way to build my case. I always wanted to build my own and perhaps out of wood and that was the challenge. But I found little wood samples of hard wood floor at lowes and these were perfect.
*Ringing out with 50 hardwood floor samples cashier says "why do you need so many hardwood floor samples?" "I'm building a computer" -no further comments
I added a fan to the back, doesn't look amazing but it was getting a little too toasty. The airflow took me a while to figure out, I planned to pull filtered air from the bottom up through the top.
Still working on the computer now and then!
All in all the computer parts were roughly 500 dollars, the building materials were near 40 dollars. And 20 in new fans. A 600 dollar build.
**update :The power button is that little silver thing on the front, it is a head to a screw that happened to fit perfectly and looks nice. The foam inside helps dampen noise, it is very quiet. The steel on top is perforated milled steel I ordered for ten bucks, cut and bent to slide in and secure. THE CASE IS HELD TOGETHER ALMOST ENTIRELY WITH WOOD GLUE... but it is strong!
I finished the computer in July, just decided to post now, didn't think it would be a big deal - it isn't a big deal in my house :( . I've had many problems with the computer. One whole black side piece fell off when I tried to move it, I re-secured it and made sure the rest was strong. After I added the dust filters and metal on top, airflow was so restricted, heat built up enough to crash my absurd Pentium processor all day. I did a rough job but threw a fan on the back to pull a lot more air out. works well now. The snap connector for my PCI slot for the gpu acutally broke off from nothing but a normal push (shame on you asus) but still works fine, the gpu is pinned in the wood on the back securing it in place. The GPU decided to short one day. Everytime I turned my computer on it would use its safety short feature and shut down immediatly. I found the cause to be two MOSFETs contacting a heatsink and shorting through a bad thermal pad. I didn't think they even ran live voltages on their surfaces. My pentium reaches high temps too fast in one core than it should. I believe i have a bad IHS mount and may decapp to clock higher. I know the risks etc.. it's a 60 dollar processor, aint no I7.
Looking to get the armor kit for this motherboard too! And Ill update this regularly as people love this build, Thanks for the feedback guys! Maybe next ill make a wooden car -joke
Let me know in the comments any questions anything about the build I missed! Ill Make a much more detailed update soon!
**please don't worry about fire, heat, or electrical shortages. I am an engineer and carefully. carefully planned everything out. The wood itself is very fire resistant, I tested it when building.