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The Electro-Brain

by GreyWoolf

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43 Comments

Details

Date Published

May 9, 2016

Date Built

June 6, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.228 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

Description

Steam Punk Gaming PC designed by my dad. The actual computer case is the NZXT S340 listed, but the cabinet it's stored in was bought from target. My dad modded it using vintage parts such as the gauges and the switches. Currently the switches just turn on the lights and the furnace on side. We built the computer roughly a year ago and it has been able to play games such as the Witcher 3 and Dark Souls 3 on ultra setting. The rig does get hot, but the cabinet is ventilated well enough to where that hasn't been an issue. The keyboard was an old HP wireless keyboard we had lying around. My dad also steampunked the monitor but it ended up getting converted into a beautiful mirror.

Here's the Story from my Dad:

So, my son asked me if I knew what Steampunk was…Yes, why do you ask, I replied…Can you build me a Steampunk case for the computer I’m building? Uh, um yes! And that’s how it started.

Originally, I was planning on a mod involving a genuine antique radio or cabinet, but the ones I was finding at thrift stores were either too pricey, or too damn heavy. I finally opted for something easier to work with. A screw it together pre-finished “Target” on line cabinet. The dimensions were perfect for the mod, just had to retrofit and reinforce the entire freaking cabinet.

There were four areas that needed to vent out of the case for the cooling fans to do their job. I needed access to the control surface of his computer, and lastly, I wanted the computer to be able to slide into and out of the case easily for maintenance, repairs and transportation. I found that with all the holes that needed to be cut for functionality, the case would be way too wobbly to survive the first idiot that decided to lean on it. Seriously, in the beginning, it looked like a giant Jenga puzzle with too many pieces missing!

Therefore, every horizontal plane that meets a vertical support post has been reinforced with steel angle brackets. I also reinforced all the interior shelving and used doweling on the support posts. I wanted it to have wheels to make it easier to move around, so I drilled out the legs and bought a set of vintage style wheels to insert.

Ebay is great for buying vintage gauges, Knife edge “Frankenstein” switches, control panel lights, and even a 3D flickering flame graphic that I modified by placing a light behind to give it a “boiler room” look.

The copper panels were achieved by using “Rustolium Hammered Copper” spray paint. (Love the stuff!)

I used stencils to spray on the corner designs, and actual antique cabinet hardware I had in the garage on either side of the cabinet door. I had to remove the mirror the cabinet came with, and replaced it with a piece of mahogany plywood. I bought an old oval mirror and frame at a vintage store, replaced the mirror with clear Plexiglas and mounted it to the door front.

The four glowing tubes on the top of the case were made from those tubes that florists stick long stem flowers in…Love repurposing stuff! I stuck a coiled copper wire in them as a filament and lit them using the innards from those mini electric votive candles I bought from Michaels…Another fun place to shop!

My Taco Bell dinner is getting cold, so I think I’m going to rap this up now…Hope you enjoyed the posting.

-Jonathan’s Dad

TL;DR: Beautiful steampunk computer built by creative dad and son who wanted to play games.

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ThoughtA staff 16 points 31 months ago

Let's see pics of it opened up!

optimusgaming 6 points 31 months ago

When the staff asks you kinda gotta. LOL

philphaser 12 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Subtile hint on your chances of being featured. ; )

GreyWoolf submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

I'll have the pictures of the inside of the up by the end of the day! A better write up on how it was built tomorrow along with (hopefully) some pictures from before it was completed.

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Iceman320 1 Build 3 points 31 months ago

That is pretty epic dude +1

Also is that big lever/switch on the side of your machine how you turn it on? because that would be radical!

GreyWoolf submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Turns on the lights (a bit distracting when watching one piece)

Iceman320 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Ooooh cool!

and nothing can distract from one piece :D

pwelch234 2 points 31 months ago

TAKE MY +1 PLS

The_Boom_Boy 2 points 31 months ago

Well i never saw a s340 look like that +1

bsmods 17 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Excellent build!

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Man, INCREDIBLE case modding! +1+1+1

Angry_Plzen 1 point 31 months ago

Wow, you turned an s340 into that?!, you got my +1!

Unuvailiable 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Awesome mods, you should show more pictures!

ArtMods 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Fantastic Artwork and Craftsmanship!

PCIntake 1 point 31 months ago

steampunk intensifies

+1

MrMoose88 5 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Get pics of the inside posted on here and you might just get the featured spot

Cobyfield 1 point 31 months ago

****, I thought it was a jukebox or something from quickly glancing at the first picture...

Very, very nice!

+1

GreyWoolf submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

20,000 songs and M-AUDIO speakers. It's a jukebox

Minky7 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

:O

mphershey 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Cool concept, nice! But cmon... pics & description! Whole reason to post here! gj to you & your dad nonetheless

GreyWoolf submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

It's up now. A lot more pictures and hopefully enough description. I wasn't actually expecting anyone to see it just wanted to save my part list and decided to take a few pics just for kicks.

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Hmmm...pic 2, NZXT case? Nicely put together. +1 for the keyboard.

GreyWoolf submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Yeah NZXT S340 and an old wireless hp keyboard

MarshmellowMan2 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Holy **** dude.

Ropota 1 point 31 months ago

That's just a s340 inside of the box your dad built right ?

GreyWoolf submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Exactly

Craftsman_2222 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Oh my god. That case modding is amazing.

OMGriffinz 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Featured??

+1

ped90 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Soooo why this not featured? +1

16chance1 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Can you make me a steam punk case? lol, but seriously good job. Looks like something you would buy in a store +1

ewhac 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I am filled with squee! The knife switch totally makes it for me.

It looks like your dad took an existing nightstand or some such and modded it.

Justin_K27 1 point 31 months ago

Man this is the best thing I've seen on here great work bro super impressive!

jman005 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Really good build, hope it gets featured.

ItsWaterings 1 point 31 months ago

MEME

dragoon20005 4 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

when i saw the case

my jaws dropped on to the floor

the case design reminds me of Bioshock Infinite game

is the keyboard also modded?

GreyWoolf submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

The keyboard is definitely modded. I'll be adding details about the keyboard soon

ajpinton 11 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I cannot like this enough. Amazing job mate.

OccamAsylum 13 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Dude amazing!

phooart 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Holy ****! You don't see this everyday. Nice one!

panderz17 1 point 31 months ago

i honestly am jelly af of this rig. Anyway i would only clean up ur cables under ur desk

bart954 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

WOW!!!

and the bezel on your monitor and the wood keyboard!!!

Amazing build man!!!

wcreek 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

That's a pretty cool build... +1

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GreyWoolf submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

The switch on the side turns on the lights at the top as well as the "Furnace" on the side. The furnace is a lenticular printing of a furnace with a light source behind it. The top fan is redf which looks really cool coming through the vent

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