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edit a day late but I added those images! Enjoy!

Everything you see here except for the motherboard was bought used, for a total price of 149. Not bad if you ask me. I slowly bought all of the parts off of eBay, with the processor coming in at $63 and the hard drive I got for $24. I had a copy of Windows 8.1, and I pulled the power supply from a old build from the past. I got the RAM also from eBay for $12. I also bought the motherboard off of Amazon for $50.

Now with the hardware out of the way, let's talk about the case itself. The material I used for this is a composite wood from Home Depot, not costing much more than $10 with some leftover material. To hold it all together I used some wood glue I had lying around, which holds up pretty well. The fancy decor on the outside is just rad spray paint, which I had planned on painting on a MSI logo, but it didn't work out yet.

Cooling is an interesting topic. I was fairly suprised when I saw the temperatures that were reported by MSI afterburner, but I soon came to realize that Afterburner was drunk. Look at my pictures for more info. Air comes in through the front fan, through the case, up and out the back of the power supply, which sits right above the CPU cooler. Wires were a big problem, as they kept on getting caught up inside the CPU cooler. However, I eventually put in hooks on the inside of the case to deal with it.

To turn on the build, all I did was steal a power button from the same build I stole the power supply from, and drilled a hole in the front of the case to stick the wire out of. Very origional and creative I know

All in all, I am fairly proud of this build. It's ugly, and has very little use, but I love it. I don't know what I am going to use it for yet, as it is just sitting on a shelf. Maybe a HTPC, maybe a travel PC, I dunno yet.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

psu looks like a bomb, but the concept is awesome. I love it, +1.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. The psu is just something I had laying around, not much choice for me

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Wait, you're i3 doesn't reach 272C?? Dang it I did something wrong...

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Did u apply thermal paste?

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice budget oriented build, even better custom case.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice case lmao!

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks lmao

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know if there's room but if there is you could put a 750 Ti or a similar card for a super budget little gaming rig. I don't know what it is about this build but I love it. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

If I find a used one I'll snag it :p

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

The whimsy of it all.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Whatever could you mean? Lol

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

First i want to say great job on finding all those used items and putting together something unique.

I think this will do you well for a long time i dont have to much to say about this build other then this. Hey you put a computer in a wooden box. That is creative as far as i am concerned

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

When you don't have money for a red and black gaming mobo, you get that biostar one!

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the comment! Biostar isn't exactly a gaming company lol

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Yea. That's why I wrote that... :-p