Yay, my first featured build!
This is the next evolution of my Potato PC. First I upgraded the PSU from a 150 Watt Antec Psu, that I was over drawing by about 100 watts, to a nice 430 Watt Antec Psu that I found at Halted for $20. After I installed a PSU that wouldn't explode, I upgraded the GPU from a $1.80 HD 6350, to a $4.50 GT 330. Oddly enough I found both GPUS at Weird Stuff. After I made those upgrades the computer looked like something out of a bad hacker movie, so I knew that I needed to upgrade to a proper case.
My first thought was to build a case out of Wood, but once I realized that I couldn't do that safely with the tools I had, that idea got ground to a pulp. Then I had an idea: Why not make a case out of the tens of thousands of legos that I have lying around from when I was a kid?! Well, that is exactly what I did. I started out by making a sturdy base plate to act as a foundation for the chassis, found placements for my PSU, motherboard, and graphics card, and got to work building myself a Lego PC.
It just so happened that my fans and PSU fit perfectly snug between the studs, and allowed me to build them into the chassis securely. The IO on the motherboard and on the graphics card gave me the same luck as well.
Once I made sure that my graphics card could breathe, I build up the walls of the case, building around the IO and the PSU, I built the fans into the chassis. I made the decision to mount the rear 80mm fans as intakes, and the front 120mm fan as an exhaust because I felt like it.
I took the power button from the old antec case that I had... and threw the rest away because it was garbage. I kept the PSU though...
As I was building I decided to put a few little details here and there, like a tiny drawer to keep a few tiny screws, a little micro terminal looking thing, and a few clear Lego windows on the side to act as a little window.
I was happy that when I went to power it up, it magically worked on the first try. "EVERYTHING IS AWESOME", is what I thought when I booted it up and it worked.
So yeah It's a Lego PC that is made out of Lego, finally built the PC that 8 year old me would only dream about.
Some things that I wish that I could add to this system are: Front Panel USB, some sort of decent USB sound card, and maybe a quieter CPU cooler.
I was worried that the GPU would overheat with it shoved up against the side of the case, but with the cutout for the fan, it is able to maintain a solid 50c when under unigine heaven.
The CPU idles at about 25c, gets to about 65c when under full load, and hovers around 40c when doing 1080p 30fps youtube playback. 1080p 60fps playback is about the max that this thing can handle, running at 90-100% cpu usage at 50c.
This PC is fine for 1080p youtube playback, but 1440p and 2160p are choppy as all balls even though it has buffered the video just fine, but I'm not really sure what I expected though...
Was able to OC my Core 2 Duo e6600 to 3.42GHz, but the bios is a pain to access and is terrible.
Got this thing at Halted for $20. Works great, although from what people say, that little 80mm exhaust fan is not really enough to keep this thing cool when under full load... Not that I should ever have a problem with that.
Found a pair of these at Halted for $25. Has lots of included accessories, silent and powerful... What more could you ask for?