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Meltdown Rig - First Enthusiast Build - for Vr, Gaming and CAD!

by lukelife10



Date Published

Dec. 4, 2017

Date Built

Sept. 1, 2017

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Finally decided to retire my 7-year-old "Gaming PC" and I had saved up quite a bit of money so I set out to build my new rig. I really wanted to do VR after I got to try out the original Oculus a long time ago and I am studying engineering so I thought it would be a good idea to be able to handle CAD software. My original budget was about $800 but obviously, the budget got away from me. I did a ton of research to get the best bang for my buck, despite my inflated budget. I was having a really difficult time picking out a case, no matter what I did I could not pick out a case, so I decided to build one! I wanted the find a slim case with a handle and I eventually got an old Mainframe maintenance toolbox. After a lot of sanding, cutting, and painting I installed all the parts with no problem. I was completely happy with the build but when Black Friday came around I found the Ryzen 7 1800x on sale for $300 I caved and got it. I then sold my Ryzen 7 1700x that was previously installed on this PC. I haven't gotten to overclocking the CPU yet, I installed it December 1st so I just haven't had the time yet, will update when I do!

I will try to answer any questions you have!

Part Reviews


Super fast and I have no complaints.

CPU Cooler

Quiet, effective and sexy! Installation is a breeze and I even switched CPUs easily.


A ton of USB ports and has great built-in wifi. RGB control is cake.


I just needed it for my OS so it was platy large enough and it lets me boot in seconds.


Cheap and a lot of storage, noise isn't too bothersome.

Video Card

It can run anything and on the default fan curve, I have to do some serious gaming for the fans to even come on because it has to put so little effort in.

Power Supply

Has plenty of power options and served my needs perfectly.

Comments Sorted by:

sixdegreees 2 points 5 months ago

Sweet case and build, dude! I wish my case had handle on top :(. How are the thermals?

lukelife10 submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

I need to retake thermals because of the new CPU, ill try and post them today

Sykadelik 2 points 5 months ago

I wish I had the patience and skill to make my own case. The closest I would probably get is placing my pc in a cardboard box and calling it good.

lukelife10 submitter 1 Build 3 points 5 months ago

It was way more difficult than I thought and required a lot of cutting with a rotary tool to get the necessary holes. It definitely was a lot of work and taping everything off to get the stripes was really annoying but I think the result was worth the labor.

Charbles 1 point 1 month ago

I say that it paid off, +1

Shoeboxer 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

sweet build!!

ElJuego1977 7 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

I built something similar in a tool case awhile back, it so much fun to fit PC in unexpected cases. +1

inertiaselling 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Tool case PC builders unite!

DaveGreen 2 points 5 months ago

Can it run with the case closed? Or does it not get enough airflow?

lukelife10 submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

I only open it when I'm working on it or cleaning dust out. It gets plenty of airflow, its negative pressure drags air across the GPU and the motherboard so all the component stays cool. Enough air is drug across the GPU that its fans hardly ever run.

Sykadelik 2 points 5 months ago


lukelife10 submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Whoops, thanks!

Sykadelik 2 points 5 months ago

Being a grammar nazi is what keeps me alive.

lukelife10 submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

I’m trying to work on my grammar but I’m not getting very far.

customgtp 18 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Very creative. +1

acs590 2 points 5 months ago

I second the demand for FEATURE!!!!! THIS IS CRAZY AWESOME!!!!

gugu96 18 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

You transformed that toolbox into an awesomely perfect case!

nakaman 3 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

I was like ok this is another cool itx suitcase build but bam that is a whole atx board you got my +1

ten8yp 5 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Love the custom case. What a great idea to re-purpose an old maintenance toolbox.

Lobsterareawesome 7 Builds 1 point 5 months ago


Gooberdad 8 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Feature. Feature........

TheGreenSpy 1 point 5 months ago


Charbles 1 point 1 month ago


Gooberdad 8 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Fantastic customization. I love it.

lge01 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

I was unable to use your forum discussion topic. My idea for your dilemma is to build it into a very flat case and maybe get a USB-C dock for everything except for GPU connectors. For your GPU connectors, I would recommend having holes in the desk and run cables to the PC bay, and then just plug it in. Finally, put like an insert around them or a grommet to hide it.