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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...


Part Reviews

Motherboard

Was able to OC my Core 2 Duo e6600 to 3.42GHz, but the bios is a pain to access and is terrible.

Power Supply

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.

Case Fan

Found a pair of these at Halted for $25. Has lots of included accessories, silent and powerful... What more could you ask for?

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 14 points

That wonderful moment when you've spent more on the fans than on the CPU.

  • 30 months ago
  • 5 points

The CPU came bundled with the Motherboard for $25, so depending on how you swing it, I did spend more on the fans than I did on the CPU...

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Given how much Lego cost these days, I bet the case would cost more than the CPU too! Great build jfish871, my lego spacemen salute you http://i.imgur.com/qb5dndZ.jpg

  • 30 months ago
  • 9 points

You've gone full meta. Big kid Legos inside of little kid Legos!

This is great, +1!

  • 30 months ago
  • 4 points

congratulations sir- you are a legend

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

XD

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

You wont believe it but your rig is way better than mine :'( ....anyways +1 for creativity!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

What is your rig, if you don't mind me asking...

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

1.7Ghz Pentium 4, 512MBs of 667MHz of RAM, MSI motherboard (PGA socket), 300W PSU

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a retro PC right there, probably time for a cheap upgrade. I bet even building a modern Celeron based system would be a massive boost over what you already have...

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  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

Featured! Featured! Featured!

I love the case!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I love it too.

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

My dad saw this, and now he wants me to build him a computer with a lego case... oh god

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

Might have to implement the KRAGLE

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

yep, wouldn't like to see it fall apart.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

XD

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

BEST CASE EVER +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

XD

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Probably not very portable. +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Not portable at all...

  • 30 months ago
  • 5 points

Just get some of these dude.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

K

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

I will give you another upvote if you post a picture of this PC on Lego wheels.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

lmao yes

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  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 LEGO maniac! I feel like so many of us have thought about doing this at one point, but you actually pulled it off!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I had the time, resources, energy, and the need for a new case, so I decided to go for it.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

well done.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

FEATURED! Congratulations! And what a creative build! Just make sure you aren't walking barefoot near it :D.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is fantastic, love that little mailbox built in to hold a few screws. Great job!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

The thing is, I love stupid builds like this.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool custom setup.

Congrats on the featured spot.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I am currently working on my first build, well i'm still saving up to pick up all the parts. Funny thing is, after viewing so many builds on PCPP i too at some point thought 'i bet someone will come up with a lego build!'

And then this happened....

Just Brilliant!! Jfish you laid the first blocks and i bet the trend will grow....you shall not be forgotten! +1

p.s. the screw pocket lol +2 (if possible)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

laid the first blocks.
Lol

Thank you, and I hope that your build will, boot on the first try, and be amazing.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

This is the craziest idea I've ever seen xD Nice job dude. +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

lol, I did not know zotac made motherboards

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Welp, when they said building a PC is like Lego, I never thought they literally meant that

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

haha that's an awesome case and you have plenty of room for upgrade. You can build a whole castle on top of it or whatever you fancy, maybe even build a computer repair shop.

is the gpu a gt330 because you wrote it with a pen or is it really a gt330?

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely a gt330: He can't play 1440p youtube videos with it.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Its a GT 330 alright, check the last photo for details.

TBH, its the CPU that can't handel high 1440p+ youtube videos, as it is pegged at 100% when attempting playback.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

this deserves way more points than it currently has!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I suppose you should be content with what you got,

but a few more points wouldn't hurt...

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I've wanted to build a Lego PC for some time now. I'm inspired to finally try it now. Thanks!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad that I could help.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm certain this was the best combo combined, building a Lego case with computer parts. Great job! +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

It was a joy to build, and even more fun to play with because of how unique it is.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe you. It is unique and fun.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

XD

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hardware old, creative case, but probably better than my e8600 and gt 210

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Also congrats on featured

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

XD

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

You are the special!!!!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Satan himself constructed this pc... he did a great job lol

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the case windows but it could use some better cable management (jk jk)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I was afraid to manage the cables until I was sure the PC would work, and in case I needed to adjust anything... Also I don't have very many zip ties or velcro straps.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh no I was joking about the cable management lol

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

( Russian accent ) Good joke, no?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW! This is amazing! xD 1+!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

This is an amazingly creative build +1, for that ....Any plans on upgrading it to at least a 750ti/1050 low profile gpu or something, and a cpu upgrade? Congrats!!!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

This was originally my "Will it work" pc, and is now is a random secondary PC. If I were to upgrade the GPU, it would get hindered a bit by the CPU, and I would need to find a card true single slot cooler.

So in short, I don't think I will upgrade this computer any time soon.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Your next upgrade in a few years must be a full-on proper Lego case. Make a model on the lego website and order the pieces, and make a case slicker than a Phanteks :D

I LOVE Legos, hence I love this build :) The color assembly and improper junctions in a few bits makes me cringe, but hey I never though a Lego PC case could be done.

Or tbh I never even though about it? :O Oh and... congrats for the FEATURED spot obviously (;

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking about doing that some day. The problem is that it would be hard to make it structurally sound, and if I want it to be tower, finding a way to mount everything. If I want it to lie flat like a 4u server chassis however, that would be a bit easier.

I wish that I could have made the chassis much cleaner and more consistent colors... but you got to work with what you have...

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmmm... Legos, from my experience, can be very tough. Very, very tough. There are very interesting pieces on the store, and if you mix Lego Technic with classical "vanilla" legos you could get a very solid case, even more sturdy than some cheap cases out there ^

" If I want it to lie flat like a 4u server chassis however, that would be a bit easier." It would make sense to make it flat indeed. Many PCs are boring towers, but with legos, hell make it a cube! The shape is anything you need :P

Suddenly this makes me want to do a Lego PC case haha. But hey, don't have the budget nor the need for it at the moment.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

this is amazing!!! the creative builds that have been on this site lately have been incredible.

except wait did you do your build on a carpet rug?? I would've been freaking out with all the static and shocking my parts, but I'm glad you were fearless about it haha

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I didn't even think about the static... Its ok though...

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

So reckless, this man clearly enjoys life to the extreme

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

".....Everyone......cover your butts!"

"Cover my what?[explosion]"

Awesome case! +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

World record for lowest cost/specs on featured build

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hm... I wish I knew after so many years, but we had some featured builds who were full zero price too.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

That is the coolest case right here on PCPP. You should sell this idea. +1 :)

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

This looks more ghetto, I have to say, than those

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

How much did the case cost? lmao

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably a lot... but I just used what I had laying around, so it was free.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I would think it would run hot in legos

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

It actually runs rather cool because of all the directional airflow.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

That's ******* amazing

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

XD

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

the worst but best case ive seen

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Were the bricks with holes in them intentional for air flow or did you have them laying around? Cool either way +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes and yes.

The holy bricks where for airflow, and they where just laying around.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

The holy bricks

Lol

Long live the king...

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

BOW DOWN TO ME MORTALS, YOUR KING HAS SPOKEN!

just kidding

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

One peasant stands up

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

points!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

ahahaha

Everything is Awesome!

this never gets old

first time i ever saw a lego case PC being featured

about the CPU and GPU upgrade

you might be able to drop the legendary Q6600 CPU into this mobo

ebay has some for like less than 20 dollars

http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/mb-ZOTAC/GeForce_9300-ITX-WiFi_(GF9300-K-E).html

as for the GPU you might try the GTX 1050 which is a under 75 watts GPU which uses the PCI-E for power without the need for external PCI-E power and there are low profile cards like the MSI version

The CPU cooler you can still stick to the stock Intel LGA775 cooler which has the copper center for a few bucks.

I run a Q6600 at 3GHz with stock volts and it only reach around 60+ degrees during load.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I know I can, I just don't feel like doing so.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

+1! <3

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

I see what you did there... Wood... pulp...

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

XD

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I love so many things about this, especially the windows (old school lego windshields) on your case.

I think this build is way cooler than any RGB build out there.

Seriously, scrolling through your pics made me smile so much and really took me back to playing with legos.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad I could brighten your day.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Close this site down, we have a winner!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it a jungle main

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

XD as long as it works

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. Yes it can. With 8 chunk render distance, optifine optimizations, and fancy graphics, Its getting around 60fps when doing simple things and not moving around, and 20-25 when blowing stuff up and flying really fast.

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

"Windowed"

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

A true power house... At least it's better than a HD 5450...

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Now, that would be interesting.

That moment when your case is worth way more than the actual pc...