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Gerald the Wooden Computing Box

by maxhinator123

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143 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 21, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.6GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

Description

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.

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Spycrab 27 points 27 months ago

+11111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111 Holy craftsmanship this is amazing.I like the different wood. Definitely love this build I would say more but i'm speechless the craftsmanship is so amazing

maxhinator123 submitter 1 Build 8 points 27 months ago

thanks, I put so much work into this!

Spycrab 10 points 27 months ago

Well the work shows and it is flawless

AION-MC EKWB 18 Builds 5 points 27 months ago

+1 to that!

Builder9497137 1 point 25 months ago

Great job can woodie handle gta v on max sertings?

U78Khoso 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Can you also build me the same case man its freakin awesome I am absolutely stunned

maxhinator123 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks. And of course coming right up!

U78Khoso 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I could pay you

Skylord 2 points 27 months ago

You sir deserve a +1 :)

Spycrab 1 point 27 months ago

Y?

Skylord 3 points 27 months ago

For the

Holy craftsmanship

Of course :)

Spycrab 2 points 27 months ago

:D I did something for once yesss

Skylord 1 point 27 months ago

XD

tussiez 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Of course great idea of the wood

IMojoe134 1 Build 18 points 27 months ago

This deserves a feature. Hardwork like this cant go unnoticed

16TTek 2 points 23 months ago

areed! this is a peace of art!

austinfett 2 Builds 6 points 27 months ago

you kept the PC in drawer before it was in a case?.. Dear god.

+1 on the build though, we've seen wooden rigs but not quite the same. And you hand built the thing so then you can really say you hand built your whole PC lol.

vekspec 5 Builds 5 points 27 months ago

*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

That...was...epic...

3 months later, Home Depot has a Computer BYO section, complete with fans and stuff made from wood.

+1 x 1000000

Eltech 16 Builds 4 points 27 months ago

What a clever way to grab some sample woods from Lowes and make them into a PC case. I bet you had a dumbfounded expression from the cashier. Or possibly puzzled as to why one would need sample woods for a PC. Hehe. I love it and it's so unique!

You are very clever to make this case and trying to keep it within budget build which you have most certainly successful accomplished. You have my plus one. A lovely work of art here.

Critchard 1 Build 3 points 27 months ago

Congratulations on building the only PC ever that Noctua fans will look good in. +1

ruff_hi 3 Builds 3 points 27 months ago

Nicely done - it looks very nice from the outside.

For your next case, you might want to consider slipping in an internal (wooden!) panel so that you can tuck your cables behind it.

Wait a minute, building a wooden case means that you don't have to be limited by what the current cases look like. You could do anything you like ... say ... have the motherboard more centrally located with the case having no I/O cutout ... but having a hole (or holes) for the cables. Then build in a section of the case that just lifts off to reveal the I/O board ... oohh the options.

Frogman714 3 points 27 months ago

ron swanson would approve

CrustyNugget 2 points 27 months ago

Looks epic!

flamingreptile 2 points 27 months ago

I was wondering if the CPU bottlenecked the gpu performance at all? (New to this so no hate xD)

maxhinator123 submitter 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

running at 4.4 ghz it handles most but games like witcher and gta get some nasty stutters. Looking to get an I5 soon. But it was well worth the money

tomamitai 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Had the same problem when started playing gta v with my 3rd gen i3, the stutters were all over the place haha

TwerkingShowerMan 1 point 27 months ago

It will a bit in cpu heavy games shouldn't be awful with a decent overclock though.

jambii420 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

Simply exquisite.

Great creativity and craftsmanship. Awesome job man

fs_78 2 points 27 months ago

What's the weight of the case?

maxhinator123 submitter 1 Build 4 points 27 months ago

freaking heavy

Sarcastic_Kiwi 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

Ignoring the fact that it's SUPER dusty inside (at least that's what it looks like), +1 for amazing craftsmanship and a beautiful-looking case. :D

humdawg 2 points 27 months ago

This has to be the best PC I've ever seen. Creativity and savings, and it looks so good without any flashy LEDs or cable sleeves or a trendy case.

Well done, and I hope this PC lasts a very long time and nobody attempts to steal it.

And a Noctua fan actually looks good with these colours!

darklay 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Yeah, that is what I was thinking. I didn't buy them because they would look awful along with my black and blue scheme. At the time I couldn't imagine case/components that would work but now I know!

Spycrab 2 points 27 months ago

Congratulations on getting featured!!!!!!

Nice work

isaborders1999 2 points 27 months ago

Great budget build, its one of a kind +1

madurham84 3 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

*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

. . . LOL

Skylord 2 points 27 months ago

This truly is an amazing computer at an amazing price. Who can say that they have s computer made out of wood? Not many people.

I hope everyone works together to like your build so it can be

FEATURED

CycoChris 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

no words...I can't even...jesus christ lol. MUCH respect to you man

newbee_in_pc 2 points 14 months ago

Where is your turnoff and restart key and your usb port. Where did you bought it and what do you call it. +1 for great job

SuperStormling 2 points 11 months ago

Nice Job!!!

Tidy400 2 points 11 months ago

Awesome build dude! It must have taken a long time. The only thing that is bothering me is the cable management. Otherwise it is an absolute beauty.

ThatsPoorlyDrawn 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Good build man. Very unique.

waiting patiently for Jipster69..

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

he went to sleep early as he had an appointment with the dentist at 4:00 AM. He said he didn't want to miss Friday's builds..... so go figure.

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pizzapazza 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

that case is pure class I love it it looks better than most cases on sale right now at least in my opinion. One question I need a new case for my PC and my question is how hard is it to build something like that

maxhinator123 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

It was incredibly hard. The worst part is that this is hardwood floor and designed to be sturdy and all the wholes I didnt cut till after I put it together, so that was very very difficult. I had problems with pieces not staying on well and fitting things in quite snug. But if you plan it better and cut before putting it together it would be a good 100 hours of work.

pizzapazza 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

how does it handle heat is it good do you think the wood would get damaged?

Kittesily 1 point 27 months ago

Awesome so cool to have a unique case that you can also say you made yourself

xRyanNitro 1 point 27 months ago

This is crazy awesome! Good work its amazing

Dunder 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Very nice build. I've always wanted to make a wooden case. Maybe ill try with the extra hardwood flooring i have around the house! +1

PumpSome 1 point 27 months ago

WOW! Amazing. You didn't spend that much money on the computer, but my first reaction to your thumbnail made me think that you were some super experienced enthusiast who spends thousands on their high-end no compromise PC. This makes this computer unique and always remember that no one else has a computer the same as yours. Those Noctua fans normally are ugly, but you found a way to make them look amazing to compliment your amazing looking case.

maxhinator123 submitter 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

ha right! those ugly brown fans finally have a home

Sen 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Lol, that cashier probably gave you a priceless look. This is beautiful though, wow.

syntaxerrur 22 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Wow. This looks like a daunting task that requires an amazing amount of patience. +1

Tooth 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

I don't get it at all. Does nothing for me.

The effort you put into this project was time consuming and my hat goes off to u :)

Stuart_Munto 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

I got wood looking at your wood....

Vergere 7 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Just looking at the photos is an experience. +1 for the extra effort in the Exterior Decorating Department!

confuzledandlost 33 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Absolutely spectacular craftmanship! I'm loving the part choices too, very balanced and great use of budget! Definitely a +1 from me brother!

Wisteria 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

That's something I don't see everyday. +1

TheGingerBeard 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

+1 for a great original build, I have been thinking about re-purposing old wooden furniture for this sort of thing.

From the outside it looks amazing, but I just want to say that as amazing as the build looks from the outside, I think you should neaten your cables up a bit with some cable ties!

darklay 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

I feel like cable management would be more important if the case had a window. As is, it just matters in these pictures.

TheGingerBeard 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

It does improve airflow though, and whenever someone shows off a PC to me in person, I have to have a look inside!

ICADSolutions 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Dude that is freaking awesome. Hats off.

MightyMango 1 point 27 months ago

Feature this! Feature this build right now! >:(

darklay 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

So beautiful! My hat is off to you sir!

vordar 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

My only demand is that you set this little guy on top, Downgraded Wooden Bender

ryan2pro 4 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Watch out fractal theres another silent case manufacturer on the market !!

minimi2015 1 point 27 months ago

Great job man looks great! Its like a furniture piece to your room. I am concerned about one thing. Did you ground your Motherboard? the screws that hold the the motherboard in place are the ground connection. Make sure you have some sort of metal to metal connection from the motherboard screws and the power supply case (paint may need to be stripped). If there are no connection only the power supply is grounded. Protect your hard work!

atlissbudder 1 point 27 months ago

Nice Build! I WANT YOUR WOOD SKILLZ

redsin9 1 point 27 months ago

Nice, this will burn extremely well. I'm just kidding.

sanchezliny 1 point 27 months ago

Wow. +1 (not much else to say)

HP__ 1 point 27 months ago

That looks amazing!

plgdg 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Without reading anything and glancing at the first image, I thought to myself, "Are those floor samples?" My suspicion was, indeed, correct. Well played, sir. Well played.

TechyinAZ 14 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Amazing work sir! Looks very good!

Jtridin 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

the smell of wood

maxhinator123 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

For a while when I got the computer hot from demanding games, it smelled intensely of wood. Mhmmm

MaddenShadow 1 point 27 months ago

Awesome, love it!

IrishJohnny91 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

This is the most unique case build i've ever seen, congrats on being awesome!

Raimei 1 point 27 months ago

That amount of dedication alone deserves a a hundred more +1's

Anyone 1 point 27 months ago

I built and sold a wooden case a while ago, but I can't say it looks as nice as this one. Now I'm wishing I had pictures to upload.

jagoxz 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

And then the whole house burned.. The End. +1

auldae 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

"No further comments," about buying 50 floor samples to build a computer with?!? How much were they? Also, why not go with measured and cut pieces that would have negated the need for plywood back braces?

Sorry about the questions, but this case build blew my mind. I haven't even looked at the parts. +1

maxhinator123 submitter 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

The wood samples were 25 cents a piece. very cheap stuff. The pieces were the easiest option looking into it, the back braces were probably the easiest part of the build.

auldae 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Nice. It looks sharp.

WaterTriber 1 point 27 months ago

Wow

ultimateracer17 1 point 27 months ago

very nice build! so creative!

Sudboyz 1 point 27 months ago

How hot does the pc get inside that wood box?

maxhinator123 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

originally not bad at all, but when i added the dust filter on the bottom air was restricted and it got a little toasty, after adding a bigger fan and another exhaust it is handled very well now

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dcunited 1 point 27 months ago

Must... Be.... FEATURED!

imakepcsdealwithit 1 point 27 months ago

Most awesome build in the history of builds.

Curcuma506 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Dude! Wow! Perfection!

bigg_critter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

huge points deserved for originality! +1 is all I can give but it deserves much more!

Johnston12 1 point 27 months ago

You have single handedly given me the inspiration to make my own custom case instead of off the shelf. Thank you. No, I won't copy you! :)

someta 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

How did you mount the motherboard?

maxhinator123 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

little wooden pegs, it's okay, they are sturdy

someta 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

clever solution!

Wizard_Penguin 1 point 27 months ago

<3 this computer. It's amazing

kenderkenobi 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Let me just say. I am inspired. That is awesome and I would kill to have it on my desk. Very creative idea and I think it turned out awesome.

Grats to you and seriously great job. I think that's the most unique and best looking custom build I've seen here.

shiblee86 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Wow! You did a fantastic job.

TheNoob 1 point 27 months ago

Finally found an amazing budget build getting featured!

+9001

BingoFishy 1 point 27 months ago

+1. Well done. Beautiful case. Great part selection.

What I'm worried about is the computer catching fire.

pritham2000 1 point 27 months ago

OMG THIS IS YOUR FIRST PC???? THIS IS AWESOME

kokorooo 1 point 27 months ago

Genius!

Feliks 1 point 27 months ago

Is this doable by a non-engineer do you think? If so, how/tips?

Feliks 1 point 27 months ago

Also, for that GPU (forgetting the CPU bottleneck) what settings/fps do you typically run games on? (Sorry I'm in the middle of a build right now and prefer asking people who actually own the cards how they run)

maxhinator123 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

im on max settings for almost all games i play, usually 40+ fps. The only problem is the lack of cpu cores causes stutters in the most demanding of games

Feliks 1 point 27 months ago

that's awesome! how smooth is 40 fps? (sorry, I'm new to the PC building circle! :P) My target is 60 for most but 40-50 is fine too if you say it's smooth enough XP

Also, is a quad core enough then for cores or no? (I assume it is, and other than the cores, I've heard your CPU is legendary when it comes to budget Intel overclocking)

henrychan 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

As I am in college I have little moneys.

money is uncountable

DrTot 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

I guess cooling was important eh? Don't want the case to burn lol +1

a_w_green 1 point 26 months ago

This is truly incredible. You didn't just make a wooden case, you made a wooden case that actually looks like something I would buy. This is awesome! +1

gamer8844 1 point 26 months ago

dosent the cpu bottleneck your graphics card??...i have kinda same pc.... g3258 with r9 270...but i think my cpu is bottlenecking the card..could help me on this??....thanks in advance...and yeah amazing build there...

maxhinator123 submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

well I'm running the cpu at 4.4 ghz so it is pretty darn powerful. But it is entirely dependant on your game if it is bottlenecking or not. Games like metro and the forest and tropico are all graphically intense but my cpu runs does not max out it's usage. But in games like planetside and others that demand a little more cpu power my graphics card runs at like 60% power cause it is bottlnecked. The worst is GTA5 where it is so bad it stutters all over the place. It is good nonetheless, will upgrade to an i5 soon

iisteeveii 1 point 26 months ago

Who needs CORSAIR when you have The Home Depot! Great case- +1

mandarinrock 1 point 26 months ago

What do you use for the frame I'm thinking of doing the same thing but with solid wood in the front, tempered glass on for side panel, a ventilated steel panel on top with fan mounts, solid wood on the back side panel, and a steel panel with all the cutouts for the motherboard and such, and another steel panel with ventilation and fan mounts on the bottom. Thanks, David

Bahamut5098 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

+1 much respect for the custom case, happy gaming!

maxpcbuilder 1 point 25 months ago

wheres the cpu cooler?

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Very neat.

Dustworks 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

So.....how do you open the side panel.......Also I don't see any custom part for the case? What was the budget on that? I thought those samples were a couple dollars each atleast

pcpeaaker 1 point 24 months ago

great job!

quzar469 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

great build. Good work with the building your own case part but looks a little dusty in there. Could u add your own dust filter?

maxhinator123 submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Some pictures were shortly after building it with some saw dust around. There are dust filters on the bottom that catch all the hair and large things. I have it as clean as can be now.

stardust73 1 point 23 months ago

I love the way your case looks so much. Very unique and original. +1.

armsterhopper 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Very nice build! I am actually also planning on building a wooden pc for a school project and I have a few questions. 1: How did you mount the motherboard to the case? 2: What kind of power switch are you using for this computer? 3: Will pine wood be good in terms of fire, heat, or electrical shortages?

Thankyou so much!

maxhinator123 submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Well the first step is commitment. This project took me well over 200 hours and I went through a lot of frustration. 1.Now the motherboard is attacked via little wooden squares with screw holes I drilled. You can sort of see them in images 21 and 23. They act like the pegs in any normal case as of course the motherboard would not rest flat against the wood. 2. The switch is a power switch I scrapped from an old computer, so a normal one I'd say, it just has a metal cap on it that I made to stick out through the wood and look nice. 3. I am not very sure on pine. The wood I used is technically hardwood floor so it is very refined, treated and durable. Electrical shortages should not be an issue if there is no moisture or conductive materials touching the motherboard or other components. The wood must be dry and durable. Treated I would say. Now as long as the wood is dry, can handle heat and you have good airflow it shouldn't be an issue.

armsterhopper 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks for the quick reply! :)

iamtherealchristopher 1 point 22 months ago

i might build this but i am to lazy to make the case so what case would anyone recommend?

maxhinator123 submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Maybe I should build more of them?? Profit?

Littlemuggle 1 point 22 months ago

I am a fan of the expression, "That 1 @&$hole with a wooden pc." Normally that would be an insult to slow internet gamers, but here... Well +1 man!

jay.shipley 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Sweet custom case!

dr_raspberry 1 point 19 months ago

I honestly might try this. Also, this is by far the most gorgeous case I've ever seen.

Penguintheman 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

+6732978364297684469874489674347698434866934468644368863455664873875634524685736273865464356287645368763245676823546684523865 for this dude! This has to be the best custom case (and best looking) on PCPP! I am VERY impressed with this build. Good part choices too.

maxhinator123 submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

thanks!

PERBLER 1 point 15 months ago

I love the wood case! You did a really good job making it!

moslin970 1 point 15 months ago

very unique and awesome

SD-Card 1 point 9 months ago

Looks cool.

Tehggy 1 point 9 months ago

This may be a stupid question. Do you guys think this will run run Fall out 4 on medium settings?

maxhinator123 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

At 1080p it runs fallout on the highest settings

Joey_Cox1 1 point 4 months ago

Oh my lord! This is amazing. Can't believe it doesn't seem to overheat. :O My word! What a build.

HaydenJ 2 Builds -2 points 27 months ago

man cool case just why not better parts... are you 13 and have no money

maxhinator123 submitter 1 Build 5 points 27 months ago

-20,000 dollars. college bro. Will upgrade in the future though!

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Spycrab 1 point 27 months ago

Why you make me laugh? I cri evertim ;-;. Lol jk thanks for the good laugh :P

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TheNoob 1 point 27 months ago

Who wooden love puns?

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maxhinator123 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

its good, simple air in through the bottom and out through the top, my temps under load are very safe

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vordar 1 Build 5 points 27 months ago

Master Splinter would approve... and so do I. +1

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