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Oh! Christmas Tree Oh! Christmas Tree

by Wolfemane

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54 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 24, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.4GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.30GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7GHz

Description

So here's a fun little build for everyone!

Christmas Eve video is live, check it out here!

Happy holiday!
MERRY CHRISTMAS
and have a great New Year!

Story time.

As the week before Christmas got under way, I decided to challenge myself to make something in 5 days that's unique, functional, and Christmas themed. All the while videoing as much as I could to release a Christmas day video on my you tube channel, BlackWolfe CC to complete the challenge.

I jumped right in. I knew immediately that I was going to build a home made ITX case to house some of the left over components i have laying around. While lying on the floor with my two boys, watching them speed their little toy train around the Christmas tree, an idea popped into my head. Why not build a Christmas tree shaped ITX case!

I flew into action. It was Saturday afternoon and I only had a day left to plan, buy parts, and begin basic construction before the work week began. The week before Christmas is a busy one, both at home and at work, on normal occasions. But I knew adding this project to the already long list of things to do would press me even more for time.

With pen and paper in hand, I went right to work drawing out (to scale!) detailed plans for my festive build. But what was I to use to make such a piece? I'm no master of metal and no craftsman of wood. So what could I use? I have all the tools for cutting and drilling, and skill enough to not lose a limb. For the primary structure I decided on PVC pipe, for walls I chose a few thick pieces of plexiglass, and to light it... well RGB of course!

With a plan all laid out, I packed up my kids, and we ran out the door. TO HOME DEPOT I shouted to two curious boys, for materials to build my wondrous... toy? We flew up the aisles, and packed full our racing car cart. With tubing, and fittings, and huge sheets of clear plexiglass. With elbows, and T's, and right angle fittings we paid for our stuff and returned home in a rush.

I wasted no time as I dumped out my haul. I knew quite clearly where I needed to start. PVC pipe is easy to use and it cuts quite quick too. I refereed to my plans, all laid out in detail, to cut all my pieces to the lengths I needed. I took to the plexiglass with a score knife in hand, and over the table to split them in half. I worked all day and all through the night. As much as I could, and each day after as time did allow.

Alright, alright, enough silliness. This wound up being a MUCH bigger project than I expected. I'm used to working with thin acrylic, but this thick stuff was a different game. I wound up shattering several sheets and having to go get more. Drilling acrylic can also be tricky if one doesn't pay attention. I wound up working every minute I could muster. Before work and after work, and on some days until the sun rose. I finally finished construction Early Saturday morning, and started editing a few hours later.

My goal was to have the build completed for Christmas and a video ready to go live Christmas EVE. I WAS SUCCESSFUL!! The case turned out incredibly well for a first time home built case. After Christmas the plexiglass will come off but the case can still be used. The motherboard mount is identical to what you would find in a standard ITX case. Currently restricted to mini GPU's or low profile cards. The Hard drives are removable, allowing for 1 standard HDD mount point and 2x2.5" mount points. The PSU bay is fully removable to allow replacement of the PSU (can hold SFF or standard full size PSU's), Not much in the way of cable management, but that's because I ran out of time. Also doesn't have a permanent case USB3.1 connection or a power button. All things I originally had planned to install. I ran out of time to mount the USB3.1 cable and my power button never showed up (screw driver for the win).

All parts are either form systems I have lying around from previous vids, or spare parts.

Hope you all enjoy! Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Comments Sorted by:

ImperiousBattlestar 6 points 6 months ago

Hey, nice. Why hasn’t anyone else seen this? +1 :)

ApocPony 4 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Christmas feature! looks great +1

Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Appreciate the comment!

Vairfoley 21 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Delightfully goofy. I love it.

Wi1dCard 2 points 6 months ago

Don't hate me but I have to correct you on this: It's spelled quite not quiet.

Amusing story, and nice build.

Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

I miss that every time. I miss spell it and auto correct takes over and I miss it! Hehe

Thank you!!!

llamafacelukas 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Fireplace with fire: +100,000 points. Fun read.

Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

hehehe Thank you! That part was actually my wife idea and contribution to the whole project.

Archimedes013 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Haha, so pretty

Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you!!

JCMsergox 4 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

You most certainly took PCPP's Christmas Feature. This is very unique. I love it!

Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Hehehe thank you!

IsiahADavis 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

This is a really dope build! Love the Christmas spirit.

Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you it was a fun build!

Adrew24 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

someone give this a feature.

Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Hehe thanks but there are better systems to feature. Thanks for looking though!!

joeforitPC 1 point 6 months ago

Congrats on getting featured my man

Gooberdad 8 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Boom, featured

Adrew24 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

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cjd85 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Awesome build my friend!!

Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you!!!

Gooberdad 8 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Man nice. I thought you had just collected some old weak bits, but this joker has some horse power.

Thumbs up and congrats on the featured spot.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Hehe I wound up having to tear down and store my primary rig for the next few weeks (lots of relatives visiting, needed the room). Ive been using this holiday build as a Christmas decoration and as a back up computer. I’ve been playing Destiny 2 and WoW on it, did some family video editing, and have let my kids play with it as well. So it turned out to be far more functional than I had really planned.

Kids can control the leds from their amazon fire tablet and that NEVER gets old!

Gooberdad 8 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Congrats on being featured!

Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Wow saweeeet thank you!!!

Gooberdad 8 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Great looking build

jayl89 1 point 6 months ago

You need a motorized santa with reindeers going along the LED spirals.

Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Hehe that would be awesome!!

Square365 1 point 6 months ago

it would be better if you put the pc spec prices.

Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

All pc parts came from stock in shelf. I wasn’t actually worried about the specs, the case was the focus. I’ve had most of those for some time now. The newest part is the 1050ti which I purchased for a different pc months ago.

Ice44 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Beautiful +1

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

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Doing a little shoplifting are we?

(Merry Christmas and congrats on featured! +1)

Credit to jipster69, and congrats if you know where that came from

Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Hehe 5 finger discount!

J/k all pc parts came from my ever diminishing parts shelves. After the first they all go back to their respective places.

And thank you, happy new year!!

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

You too!

Blue51 1 point 6 months ago

Merry late christmas and congratz on the feature!

Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you very much! Happy New Year!

Wolklung 1 point 6 months ago

Yes this is great. Very nice work. Happy holidays!

Cyrus_014 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Love the creativity, keep it up man!

Apach3 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

i admire that Christmas spirit of yours! well played!

Radox-0 5 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Very noice! Something very different, but awesomely sweet!

Happy xmas (late) and happy NY!

Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you very much!!!

And right back at ya dude. Hope the new year is a good one! Be safe!!

jsoutherland89 4 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Love it!

Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you!!

ilikeoreos 1 point 5 months ago

very creative

Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thank you!!

thecapitalcucumber 1 point 4 months ago

Ok, looks alright, but seriously... that build is sad. Why would you buy a third gen Intel cpu? I mean, at least get 6th, if not 7th or 8th. Plus that means you had to get DDR3 ram, instead of the much faster DDR4. And why even bother with those 5400rpm hard drives? I mean, it's a fun idea. But you could easily have gotten better coponents... unless, of course, they were extras... so I guess that could make sense.

Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

I can tell you didn’t read the description or the part list. But that is ok, it is rather long. I’ll break it down for you.

I paid nothing for the parts as they all came from inventory I had on the shelf. The project was never about the hardware and was never intended to be so. I had plenty of modern gear on the shelf, but 0 interest in risking them on such a silly project. The spirit of the project was the point.

The 5400 rpm drives came from two separate broken laptops, cpu was pulled from a Dell Optiplex, memory and mb were spare parts from an upgrade done for a client last year, 7200 rpm 3tb drive is from inventory, gpu is from inventory (was also used with the Optiplex in a sub $300 gaming holiday build), ssd and PSU came from wife’s old computer. Acrylic and pvc were purchased just for this project. Rgb strips (there are two) came from a project inventory (did a separate Christmas related project with my kids with them).

I think that’s it. Thanks for looking!!

Oh hay, Awesome!!! First comment, very cool!

thecapitalcucumber 1 point 4 months ago

Ok, fair. Wasn't trying to be mean or anything. Just didn't get it.

Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

I get it, no worries what so ever. Thanks for looken!!

rogdog56 1 point 14 days ago

only discovered this now, but it looks great

Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 1 point 14 days ago

Thank you!

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Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

I’ve had that PSU powering systems since 2012, one system running 24/7 with a heavy overclocked 7850k for three years.

Not worried

And thank you very much!!

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jayl89 1 point 6 months ago

They are, stay safe bruh, don't get blown up.

Wolfemane submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

It’s been awhile so memory is a bit faded. But I picked up this PSU for $10 or so after holiday deals and a mail in rebate way back when on a cyber Monday.

I’m actually surprised it’s lasted as long. It’s been abused hehe