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Lapis Moon - Ultra Custom Case

by skylerman5610

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59 Comments

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Date Published

July 8, 2014

Date Built

July 3, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.19GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

56.0° C

Description

I stay true to myself and my style, and I am always pushing myself to be aware of that and be original. - Aaliyah

I have always been a little different when it comes to style and originality, same goes for my PC. I recently had you guys vote on a few custom cases I designed (http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Tq6hP6), but didn't get enough votes to choose, so I ended up choosing this one. I am glad I did so too, I didn't have to buy any new components or change anything which was nice although it would be nice to have an intel processor.

Starting from the fifth photo, I have the order of which the case was made (thanks to Geator Machining and Manufacturing). It was first cut out with a automated stamp machine starting from a sheet of .08 inch thick sheet of aluminum. After that they moved the cut outs to a little stamp to cut tabs holding access metal to the sheet. Next they went through a rotary sanding machine were it got the awesome brushed look. Then the motherboard standoff holes got tapped. The next picture was a look of the program that runs the bending machine and was a cool machine because there are arms in the back that move to rest the part on so the bend is almost perfectly placed every time. After that came the tough part of getting the graphics card holes drilled and tapped and we couldn't do that before the bending because the holes were to close the bend and would ablong. After the long process of trying to figure that out, the case got moved to the chemical baths where it got all prettied up.

Assembly was actually pretty tough trying to plug in all the little front I/O cables in and trying to cable manage, but I think it turned out amazing!

Hopefully in the future, I will be able to make some custom sleeved cables to the right length and color so it will tighty everything up. I'll also try to get a better PSU and SSD but collage is the priority right now.

If you have any questions or suggestions, don't be afraid to COMMENT also don't forget to LIKE either, I want the world to see this piece of art!

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xx116xx 3 Builds 13 points 48 months ago

Um. Case. Yes.

Retroman 10 points 48 months ago

it's almost like a mATX test bench than an actual case, don't get me wrong though that's pretty bad *** and I highly respect DIY stuff, so hell yeah +1 from me

Beastliness23 3 Builds 7 points 48 months ago

Why $320 for a 660 ti? You could purchase a GTX 770 for that amount of money.

Other than that, great build! +1

skylerman5610 submitter 3 Builds 7 points 48 months ago

I bought it a couple years ago

Beastliness23 3 Builds 3 points 48 months ago

Oh, that makes sense :)

Hmm, wonder why my comment was downvoted .-.

skylerman5610 submitter 3 Builds 6 points 48 months ago

Wasn't me.

Robax91 4 points 48 months ago

Cool, how much did they charge for the case and machining?

skylerman5610 submitter 3 Builds 4 points 48 months ago

Nothing! It was a "school project" ;)

Robax91 1 point 48 months ago

I'd love to try that but I have no idea of the cost.

skylerman5610 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Cost wasn't the issue, it was trying to find a manufacturer to make it that was tough.

ncarter13 2 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

such creativity!

cooperred 2 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

Holy mother of cases.... Great cable management too! +1

skylerman5610 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

thanks, it took a few tries to make it look nice.

MASTERSPED 2 points 28 months ago

Honestly if you started a kickstater to make more of this case I and many others will support you.

ProEngPC 8 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

I'd love to have access to a machine shop like that! Nice project.

skylerman5610 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

had to drive a hour just to get there

infinitemerald 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

This is amazing. Well done! I'd love to see more cases like this if you have the chance to do more in the future! :D

skylerman5610 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

planning on it! if you check out my last build, it has some renderings of a couple others I have designed.

infinitemerald 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Oh, that last rendering looks awesome. I'd love to see that! Looks like a challenge to work with though in that tight space.

skylerman5610 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

you have no idea..

skylerman5610 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

I designed another one last night :D

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Awesome case you got. I'd be kinda worried about dust buildup, but the way you have everything situated, a quick wipe/spray/etc. and it'll look brand new again! Great parts and great prices (given you got the gpu a couple years ago). Awesome cable management too. Really impressive!

skylerman5610 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

thanks! I was kind of worried about dust also

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Maybe make custom enclosures for the components minus the cooler and fans. Or if you wanna be able to see the guts, you could make enclosures out of plexiglass and custom fit gaskets to bridge gaps between the fans and the parts! Iunno just a thought, I don't know if it'd be out of your realm of expertise or even possible. And then it wouldn't be as minimalist as you might want it to be. Nahhh just wipe it don't every once in a while, you'll be good.

canders 7 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Well done. Thanks for posting.

ReDnAx1991 7 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Awesome! +1

mspring 6 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

nice rig man +1. love the unique case. you should check mine out

MAXXHEW 4 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

nice... I've been thinking of getting the speakers you have. Any downside to them, or are they all good?

skylerman5610 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

I LOVE them!

geonet2001 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Am I the only one wondering where the power button is? lol... also reset button and HDD light? I guess so..so I'll ask.. where are they?

skylerman5610 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

I'm still kind of working with that, I'm thinking of putting them beside the rad/fan.

JamaicanBacon 1 point 45 months ago

Beautifully minimal.

skylerman5610 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

thats the plan

Trevor123456789 1 point 44 months ago

Holy crap that's A pretty good case

skylerman5610 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

thank you, it takes a lot of patience but totally worth the outcome.

Trevor123456789 1 point 44 months ago

your welcome :D

Echocookie 1 point 44 months ago

How do you like that monitor? I'm really on the edge about buying it. I could get the same thing for $30 cheaper except it doesn't have the same white bezel. Is it worth it, or should I just get one that is all black but has the same specs?

skylerman5610 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I've never had a problem with it, but I chose the silver one because it matched my components/case. If it were my, I would go for the cheap one if there isn't a reason to have silver.

DavisTheWalrus 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

one of the smallest forms ive seen besides the same with all itx

skylerman5610 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

That was my goal. I wanted to build the case around the components while keeping good functionality.

DavisTheWalrus 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

honestly its ridiculous how tiny it is try it for Guinness world records or something

Trevor123456789 1 point 40 months ago

is that your first build?

skylerman5610 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Yes, this is my first build, just in a new case.

valentijn1999 1 point 38 months ago

How is that liquid cooler? im planning to buy one... http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CMYHD3 (the parts list)

skylerman5610 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

It works alright, I wish it had a thicker rad. but works great for minor overclocking.

valentijn1999 1 point 38 months ago

thanks for the info ;)

cookie_yoda_365 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

how's the monitor?

Kiing_Hiipo 1 point 38 months ago

Sorry to revive something long dormant, but great job! I work in a fab shop myself, and appreciate the precision and difficulty in pulling this off! It's gorgeous!

I'm curious about the drafting process? I'm assuming you did this yourself for school? With the level of precision needed, I'm very impressed. What software was used? I've tinkered with some various CAD software, here at work they use SolidWorks, and I've just downloaded Dassault's DraftSight at home and I'll give that a whirl.

Again, a big, big +1 for your creativity and effort and success! Beautifully done, sir!

skylerman5610 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Thank you! It was a pain in the rear trying to measure the holes and slots with the tools I had at home but everything managed to fit on the first try like a miracle! I used Autodesk Inventor for the CAD software and measured using a little metal ruler and a lot of google searches.

PhillipWeaver 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Awesome build! +1

skylerman5610 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Thanks!

Jhobbster 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Amazing what you can do with the proper tools and resources!

Haydenwyers 1 point 13 months ago

Awesome build man just wondering about that gpu... It's way overpowered for you ram amount and cpu but oh well it's still cool lookin'

RyneSmith 7 Builds 0 points 48 months ago

Awesome case, but you were jipped on the GPU

+1

CarterBond 2 points 48 months ago

He bought it couple years ago, just put the price he payed.

RyneSmith 7 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

just saw his comment haha thanks

CarterBond 1 point 48 months ago

Yep.

ImYourChrist 0 points 43 months ago

Very well done! Very creative and seems a nice budget machine! I wonder what it is capable of when it comes to "load", +1 nevertheless.

skylerman5610 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks

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