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The Mini fridge

by coops1

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Date Published

July 11, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

2.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

810 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1 GHz

Description

I've wanted to try my hand at case modding for quite some time, however had never been able to find a good excuse - my own rig is already (in my opinion) pretty good looking and I didn't have the spare cash to build a second.

Recently, a combination of scrapyard wars 4 and a number of videos by techyescity on YouTube made me consider whether I could build a rig that was super low budget, functional, and looked pretty good.

The final plan was to build a good looking PC with a budget of less than £100 and hopefully sell it at about cost price to recoup the cash and build another. Below is the result.

With a budget of £100 I had no choice but to look second hand.

My first find was an aging but functional Zoostorm tower and 720p monitor which I picked up for £50 on gumtree. The specs were:

  • Questionable 350w PSU
  • Celeron g540 sandybridge dual core @ 2.5ghz
  • 4gb 1066mhz ram by hynix
  • 2tb wd green HDD
  • Cheap CD drive
  • Cheap "classic" style case including external 3.5 inch bay and Two 80mm fan slots.

My gpu was also picked up on gumtree for £15 - it really isn't too bad of a performer, especially for the money.

I cheated slightly with the network card, as I had this lying about. I also ended up swapping out the 2tb HDD for a spare 320gb.

eBay (especially China) was my friend for the "modding" componants of the build. For paint, I went for the cheapest automotive spray I could find. LEDs and acrylic were equally cheap.

As far as building is concerned, it went surprisingly well. I began with cutting a hole for the window. This gave me the most problems. I initially tried using tin snips, which resulted in a ragged hole and a bent case. My trusty rotary tool helped me tidy up the hole, while a hammer goto it the worst of the dents. I finished up by filing and sanding the rough edges.

Cleaning, sanding and painting was fairly uneventful. I disassembled and hung the parts but was let down somewhat by my spray painting skills which left some blemishes and uneven parts.

The rubber U-channel was stuck on with epoxy. I made some "standoffs" to place around the window on the inside of the case to help sticking it down (achieved with double sided tape and yet more epoxy).

I planned to custom sleeve the power supply cables in white, but after some testing decided I had nowhere near enough patience and instead did a quick "sleeving" job with some electrical tape.

Final step was re-assembly, adding the LEDs and managing cables.

I'm pretty happy with the result and can't wait to have a go at another!

Comments Sorted by:

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 28 months ago
It's like a ChromePC! Very similar to a Chromebook :3

+1

gamingnoah 2 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

ChromeOS would be perfect for this system

foryoutoknow 3 points 28 months ago

chrome os? why would anyone use chrome os. Just use normal linux if u want :D

ATXON 2 points 28 months ago

Celeron

http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/665/538/f3d.png

But I digress. XD You made that cheap build look good. +1

NewbPcBuilder98 1 point 28 months ago

I would call it the mini fridge, nice build :)

coops1 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

I like that - consider it stolen for the title :p

NewbPcBuilder98 1 point 28 months ago

Oh wow you changed it, yay senpai noticed me >-<

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Very nice modding at low budget! Would love to see more of the side window and how it is attached, I'd like to do something similar one day.

coops1 submitter 5 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

I'll see if I can upload some in a bit - I warn you though, it isn't very pretty.

gugu96 19 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

I love your final product, I really like it. I totally hate leds but your rig looks so cool! As cool as a fridge can be haha :P

I want the link to your u-rubber thing you used, great idea

coops1 submitter 5 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

I got one like this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/111756249787

I'd really recommend it - it was easy to cut & glue and had no problem with 4 right angle corners. It also meant I didn't have to be too neat with my cutting which was a plus :)

gugu96 19 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

thank you!

nikonic 1 point 25 months ago

can it game?

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