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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!

Comments

  • 65 months ago
  • 11 points

Um. Case. Yes.

  • 65 months ago
  • 8 points

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

  • 65 months ago
  • 6 points

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

Other than that, great build! +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 6 points

I bought it a couple years ago

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh, that makes sense :)

Hmm, wonder why my comment was downvoted .-.

  • 65 months ago
  • 5 points

Wasn't me.

  • 65 months ago
  • 4 points

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

  • 65 months ago
  • 4 points

Nothing! It was a "school project" ;)

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

such creativity!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

had to drive a hour just to get there

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

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!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! I was kind of worried about dust also

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done. Thanks for posting.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I LOVE them!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

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?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautifully minimal.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

thats the plan

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the monitor working for you?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy crap that's A pretty good case

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

your welcome :D

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

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?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

HOLY MOTHER OF GOD WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT CASE

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

is that your first build?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the info ;)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

how's the monitor?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

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!

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

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'

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

Awesome case, but you were jipped on the GPU

+1

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

just saw his comment haha thanks

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep.

  • 60 months ago
  • 0 points

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.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

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

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  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

you have no idea..

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I designed another one last night :D