Hello my fellow PC gamers! I would like to introduce you to my newest build, The Doge House! This is my second build here on PCPartPicker, please check out Project Turbine, my PC I built over a year ago.
This project was a labor of love for my wife as her first custom built desktop. We are both dog lovers, so I set out to create a one-of -a-kind PC for her to enjoy each time she sat down to use it. The perimeters were easy: It had to look like a dog house, it should have purple (her favorite color), and it had to have bright colorful lighting. She mostly does mundane web surfing, playing music, word processing, and a little coding here and there. I wanted it to be overkill for what she was using it for, mostly because I like the having good, solid components no matter what you are doing. Without further ado, her is my wonderful wife's first custom built computer, ENJOY!
As stated above, I wanted to make a PC look like a dog house. I thought about modifying the actual case, but I didnt have the skills or tools to shape the plastic and metal. That left one option that I was fairly skilled at and had a ton of tools to use: Wood. I decided to make a "cover" that fit directly over the actual PC case, with allowances for airflow, aesthetic, visibility to interior components. I had to choose a case that was basically square, so that it would match the dimensions of an actual dog house, and it had to be small enough to allow the extra room the cover would take up on a desktop.
I went into the Micro ATX cases on Newegg and chose the Corsair Air 240 case in white, perfect! From there I chose the rest of the components, based on exceeding her needs without getting into the premium cost of high end parts. The CPU, GPU, Mobo, and Power supply dont really need any explanation. They are all solid parts in the middle range for pricing and performance.
The fans and RAM were chosen solely because they meshed really, really well together and achieved the bright colorful lighting I wanted for the build. I'm really happy I chose them together as they are top notch lighting parts.
Some people may question the choice of the Corsair H60 for the CPU cooling option. Simply put, I was not sure how badly the dog house cover would restrict the airflow, so I wanted to keep the air temps down as much as possible. I also just like the sleekness of AIO coolers. Hopefully that is a good enough reason!
As for the SSD, my wife as never had one in her computers, so I really wanted to impress her with the speed of these over a standard HDD. The 500g is perfect for her needs and I dont expect her to max it out anytime soon.
Since my wife doesnt really play any video games or use CAD, I thought a 2K monitor for normal video playback with the build would be fine, and the Acer K272 had pretty good reviews for a TN panel.
This is going to seem really lazy, but everything is seriously a 5 star rating from me. I cant say enough about the case, Corsair has done a fantastic job with the case and I really couldn't ask for too much more. The only thing I wish it had, somewhere in the build was a slot for a disk drive. The other standout part, again from Corsair, was the lighting kit and fans. Blew my mind with how vibrant and colorful they were, not to mention the customization options! My wife absolutely loved the colors of the fans and RAM.
THE DOGE HOUSE ITSELF:
This. Was. Hard. I had to somehow design a cover, that didn't interfere with the original computer case and have it still look like it was a outdoor dog house. It seems simple when you look at it, but when you throw in airflow, cord access, viewing windows, and ease of access to the buttons and USB ports, it was alot to consider. The first thing I tackled was allowing access to the front panel and it was easily solved by making the front "door" to the dog house allow access to the panel and it also allowed an airflow path into the computer.
Next, I wanted you to still be able to look into the side of the plastic screen. I again just made a hole in the side of the cover. Originally I wanted to make it look like an actual window with the mullions in the center, but it proved to be to hard to replicate. I decided to simply put trim around the window to accent it.
For the back, I needed to be able to access the back panels for the cords without making it look messy. I came up with the idea to use the rubber grommets used on desks for the cord holes. I glued them into the drilled holes and it worked great. I left a large gap between the dog house cover and the back panel to allow the cords to be fed through the holes without bending.
On the final side, there is an exhaust vent for the power supply that needed to be addressed. I made a hole where the PSU was and covered it with screen so that it hid the port and provided a dust cover.
The roof was a son of a beach to get correct. The two peaks on the front and back panels of the cover had to precisely match up to the angle to the roof. Furthermore, the roof had to be removable to that the case could be later accessed or removed. That meant that the center beam of the roof also had to be precisely cut, or it wouldn't fit properly onto the bottom of the cover. If that wasnt enough, there was heat exhaust that needed to be addressed because the computer case was venting the hot air up into the roof area. We solved this issued with two cut outs on either side of the cover that were partially hidden by the roof.
Needless to say, this cover needed to be the purple as set out in the concept, with white being a nice accent to match with the CPU case.
Overall it was a very challenging build that had very little room for error in the cuts. Hopefully you will agree with me that it turned out great! Thanks for reading!