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Metroid: A 3D Printed Computer Case Build

by thorkon77

Description

I wanted to make this machine 8 years ago, 2 years after I started making case mods. I wanted to make a Metroid with a sweet lighting system. I was able to pull that off once I dipped into the world of 3d printing! This build took 500 hours of printing and 9 rolls of plastic (about 19 lbs of plastic). It uses about 500 leds, I had to cut about 35 feet of led strips into smaller pieces and solder them together for the lighting on this mod.

I designed the model on Tinkercad and 123design. I've made other cases in this style (pixelated), but used wooden cubes. This was a fun experiment with 3d printing and I'll definitely be doing more cases in this style.

I made a video of the case being built here: https://youtu.be/S6MWTAKUKUk I would like to stress you can really see the lighting in action in the video if you have time to watch.

This has gotten a lot of great compliments and I really do appreciate all of them. I've been making mods for 10 years and its been a long time since I got a reception like this. Thank you guys.

I'd like to thank ASUS Republic of Gamers, thermaltake, and GeIL Memory for assisting equipment on this mod. Very great people to work with.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Fits just right in this case. I was worried with the angle of the motherboard it would hit the top but it doesn't. Installed fairly easy, looks great and has been doing a pretty good job cooling my cpu with a bit of overclock on it.

Motherboard

Been a big fan of ROG boards and this is no different. This is my first foray into RGB lighting and the aura sync software works perfect with my fans/ram/feet/motherboard lights pulsing to go with the theme of this mod. Used the included overclocking software to boost my cpu and make it easy to use. I also just love ITX boards! Great to work with in these kinds of builds when the internal space is not a conventional rectangle of open space.

Memory

First time using this company but glad I'm using it! It's been solid with gaming and the lighting on it goes perfect with the theme. Look is great and pairs up with the ASUS Aura sync great.

Storage

Pretty solid speeds and holds a bit of space so I don't need to put in a mechanical drive in the mod. I always like the form factor of SSDs. I haven't tried any m2's yet though.

Video Card

Max'n out everything I'm throwing at it! I can't hear it under load and its got a nice sleek look to it. Works well using nvidias shaowplay and recording gameplay. I used this with my HTC Vive and man its awesome playing games at high settings! (I was on a 1060 before and would get some stuttering).

Power Supply

I like the fully modular power supplys when it comes to making a scratch mod. Having left over cables just lying around = :(. With this though only have to use whats needed. Powering my whole setup with no issue! I have the LED strips that go throughout the body hooked up a molex in here and its handling it perfectly.

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iPxn3z 15 points 8 months ago

This build took 500 hours of preinting and 9 rolls of plastic (about 19 lbs of plastic). It uses about 500 leds, I had to cut about 35 feet of led strips into smaller pieces and solder them together for the lighting on this mod.

Dedication & creativity like this is the reason why i’m on this site multiple times a day ! This is going to be featured, no question about it.

Thanks for sharing this masterpiece ! +1

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 4 points 8 months ago

Thanks for the compliments! I've been doing case mods for awhile and its a breath of fresh air to have this so well received

Zeromus725 6 points 8 months ago

Is it really a case mod though when you straight up made the case yourself? :)

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 4 points 8 months ago

Ha, I suppose not. Guess all of them are scratch builds since I've never modded a preexisting case :D

Zeromus725 2 points 8 months ago

Cool man! That is truly impressive.

Zeromus725 13 points 8 months ago

I feel a feature coming! The creativity and integrated lights on this thing is purely amazing.

I am actually currently playing Super Metroid on the SNES Classic and am having a blast.

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 4 points 8 months ago

Thanks! I'm waiting on that new Metroid for switch....

Zeromus725 1 point 8 months ago

Unfortunately, I don’t have a switch yet. I’m saving up for a pc.

Crazycatman 4 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

If I wanted one..... How much would it cost for you to make it? Not a exact replica. I doubt you would want to spend that much time, and I'm not one to say (I'm kinda broke after my PC's) but I love these types of things! One day I'll make my own :) Thank you for you inspiration!

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 3 points 8 months ago

Did you mean to respond to me?

Something like this would cost a bit with all the time put into a project like this. If you are serious, shoot me a message.

Appreciate the compliments. If you need help making your own/designing I can help you with that to get you started! Its not too hard!

Zeromus725 2 points 8 months ago

I saw today that you got the feature! Congratulations :)

Slingshott 1 Build 4 points 8 months ago

Finally! I saw your post in off-topic, wondered when this would come. Anyways, great build!

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Thanks, I wasn't sure how to handle that old topic. Didn't want to spam the comments that I was finished ha. Thanks again for the comments!

Slingshott 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Yep, np.

n00bca1e99 1 Build 3 points 8 months ago

Congrats on the feature! Well deserved!

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Thanks!

IngeniousTinkerer 3 points 8 months ago

You should add in the filament as a Custom Part, because it's basically your case.

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Very true, I didnt think about that ha

IngeniousTinkerer 1 point 8 months ago

I run three different printers myself, and often end up doing pricing for different requests. Just asking, but what filament did you use?

P.S. You should check out Fusion 360.

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I used "WYZwork 3D Printer Premium PLA Filament 1.75mm 1kg/2.2lb - Translucent Green" from ebay.

I've used Fusion 360 a little but I just haven't had the time to commit to learning it. This case design wasn't complicated enough to need that level of cad software.

OccamAsylum 13 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Easily a feature. Very cool.

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you for the compliments!

c00ter 2 points 8 months ago

wow this is pretty nice. nice dude!!

skyrise 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Great!

DragionTech 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

i had a 3d printer... it didnt work so we returned it, and im still waiting to get another

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Which one you waiting on?

DragionTech 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

not any one specific but i used up a lot of money on my new pc so im just waiting to restore the money i spent

DaveGreen 2 points 8 months ago

This better get featured.

poINtblank213 2 points 8 months ago

AMAZING!! I'm fanboy geeking out on so many levels.

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Appreciate that. I like to build my pc cases that hopefully people can relate to and enjoy. Also of great games :D

poINtblank213 2 points 8 months ago

Metroid is one of my favorite series of all time. Congrats on the feature. I'm sure everyone knew this was coming =)

antonjetpack 2 points 8 months ago

this build should be featured.... so amazing. ++++++1111

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Thanks, I can hope!

Maple_Syrup 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

How is the GEIL rams performance?

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Its been solid so far. Haven't OC'd it though. Looks great in the case and been running games smooth. Also helped out on editing the video for this case!

Maple_Syrup 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Nice! I've heard it runs pretty well considering the price compared to other brands.

someta 4 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Well, there's the next feature...

Nice work. +1

HAMB 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Thanks for sharing. These kind of builds are my favorite. I like to hop on here daily in hopes of seeing custom cases like this. Feature !

jsoutherland89 5 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

This... THIS is a revelation! Thank you for sharing this absolutely incredible PC! Easy EASY +1

Wolfemane 7 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Hey hey!!! It’s good to see it finally completed. Fantastic job!

veristic 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

effing sick build my dude!

Radox-0 5 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Say what, very amazing work here bud. so much dedication, hours and love poured into this thing for a great end result. Well done

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Thank you for that

ApocPony 4 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

This is very impressive, what 3d printer are you using? Very well planned and thought out, curious as to how your temps are on gpu/cpu and system? Awesome build love the lighting. +1

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

I used a CR10 and a Maker Select. Mostly the CR10 though. I've been getting pretty average temps (has a 200mm fan on bottom bringing air in and 2 120 mm fans taking air out).

Thanks, the lighting came out way better than I hoped when I started this build!

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Holy

Crap

gritster10 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Mind-blowing! PC building on a whole new level! Thanks for sharing, this is inspiring for new builders like me.

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks that means a lot. Go get on that new build!

gritster10 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Haha, you can check out my first one, just finished it last month. Now I have to save awhile/wait for the mining craze to settle before I do another.

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Demogorgon is pretty nice :D. I feel ya on them graphic card mining issues :(

Tireironmike 2 points 8 months ago

I just want to say WOW. That case is amazing. But I'm curious, why did you pair a Ryzen 5 1600X with a Asus Rog Strix X370? If I was pairing a CPU with a Mobo that expensive I would of gone Ryzen 7 1700X at least or gone with a Cheaper B350 ITX board like the Asus STRIX B350-F GAMING.

Jackison 2 points 8 months ago

DUDEEEEEEEEEEEEEE thats so ******* cool! Very impressive, I think you should add a custom line on price section for 500 hours of work lol :) +100

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Technically the printer did the 500 hours of work, I just took the piece off and told the printer to continue to the next one.

Jackison 2 points 8 months ago

Wellllllll I mean you still "worked" for 500hrs lol

AlexDMV 2 points 8 months ago

Woah. I’m speechless.

CodeCannibal64 2 points 8 months ago

O_O

ProbablyProdigy 3 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Watched the video. That's absolutely incredible. Job well done!

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Thanks, I really enjoyed making it. Came out better than I expected

Anyansayo 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Congratulations on the feature.

squidamint 2 points 8 months ago

This build -- that video -- does your brain ever know peace at night!?!

Amazing!!

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks for that compliment :)

CyberFerno 2 points 8 months ago

How are the temps in that case?

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

I have a thermaltake 200mm fan on the bottom, and 2 120mm fans on the back and top. So far been really solid. Whats neat is theres color changing plastic on the inside where the motherboard and graphic card are mounted. When I'm gaming the board and card heat up and the plastic turns from brown to green. But with the all the airflow, only the parts that make contact with the computer parts change color since it cools it off before the heat even bulids up.

Heres a photo of when I drilled into the plastic. You can see the bright green spot of the heat built up from the drill bits friction: https://imgur.com/eRGghT7

CyberFerno 2 points 8 months ago

Really cool. That build is amazing.

diabolicflame93 4 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Wow, it looks amazing. A lot of love went into this build.

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

<3

cmvedder2 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

easily one of the coolest builds ive ever seen. one question i have is how easy do you think it would be to upgrade if and only if you decided to trade up the power supply? (not that you would need to im really just curious)

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Pretty much all the parts would be the same difficulty as if they were in a normal case. The only thing different is taking off the top section. The back fan come off (I have it held in place with magnets), and then I reach my hand in to unplug the molex that connects the top of the case from the bottom.

durfynoob 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

This is absolutely gorgeous! I've been wanting to build a Metroid themed PC for quite some time but never thought of doing something like this. I've been in love with the series since I was a wee boy, as soon I saw this I knew I had to upvote it! How are the temps?

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks! Anything you make will be good, just stick to a plan and follow through :D.

Going to copy pasta this about the temps to someone I responded to earlier:

200mm fan on the bottom, and 2 120mm fans on the back and top. So far been really solid. Whats neat is theres color changing plastic on the inside where the motherboard and graphic card are mounted. When I'm gaming the board and card heat up and the plastic turns from brown to green. But with the all the airflow, only the parts that make contact with the computer parts change color.

Heres a photo of when I drilled into the plastic. You can see the bright green spot of the heat built up from the drill bits friction: https://imgur.com/eRGghT7

durfynoob 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Oh damn, that's awesome! I thought the colors were just some light that leaked through the plastic, I didn't know that the plastic could change color based on temperature, That's a sweet feature!

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Just to be clear, Its the brown plastic holding the motherboard and the graphic card that can change color, not the outside (though that would be sweet)

durfynoob 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Ohhh, gotcha. Well either way, still awesome :)

kuiama2015 2 points 8 months ago

This is amazing. Why buy a generic case and mod it when you can build it. I always like cases people build from scratch. Keep up the work and hope you post more case in the future. Maybe next time you can tell us what worked and what didn't.

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

The only thing I really had issue with that didnt work was trying to print a piece longer than 2 days worth. If the printer failed due to a issue I lost 1-2 days of progress and the cost of the plastic. So I kept it down to 24ish hours worth of printing time. I'll be a little more thorough in the future on my descriptions. I just don't want to bore people so I try to keep things to the point and brief...

kuiama2015 2 points 8 months ago

Understand not wanting to bore people. its was my engineering side coming out :) Still love the build and admire the time you spent building it. Keep up the work.

antonjetpack 2 points 8 months ago

YES YOU GOT THE FEATURED!

icebreaker374 2 points 8 months ago

Neat, always loved the Metroid games. Very well executed build.

brodes20 2 points 8 months ago

Wow. Just, wow.

neo_explorer84 3 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

This is the coolest thing I have ever seen.

IcedDog 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

That is insane, I love it!

FishingLegend 2 points 8 months ago

What kind of 3D printer?

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

CR10

Ahsen 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Case name?

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I haven't thought of a good one, just going with Metroid 3D atm ha

The_Blue_Dragon 2 points 8 months ago

I love metroid, and pc building. You my friend just made my day. If i hadn't of already purchased a case, i would ask you to build this for me. Amazing work!

Wolklung 2 points 8 months ago

Just amazing.

Thanks for sharing.

dwang040 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Thumbs up for the creativity. These are the kind of builds that I enjoy looking at as it's so different and unique. It's also stuff I wish I could do but I'm just too lazy/ don't have enough time xd.

The air flow of it is actually pretty well thought out as all the cold air from the bottom get's redirected to that rear exhaust fan. I was curious though, while the airflow is pretty well directed, is that one fan on the bottom able to bring in enough cool air? What are the cpu and gpu temps underload?

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks, I understand what you mean about the free time ha.

its a 200mm fan which cranks out some air. I dont have exact numbers on me but when I ran stress test they were hitting normal air cooled temps.

Yognaught_Ace 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Damn nice, feature was definitely well deserved, GJ

The_Undead_Reaper 2 points 8 months ago

I've played Metroid: Zero Mission, and this reminds me of those annoying creatures in Mother Brain's lair. You get a +1

Jasiula16 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

******* beautiful!

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Extremely impressive! You deserve the feature!

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks for that

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Oh my gosh this is so cool.

I'm amazed.

Thumbs up and congrats on the featured spot!

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

thanks!

HeyItsZane 2 points 8 months ago

Saw this at PAX ... sick build man!

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Aweomse! PAX East is always a blast

Robd82 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Amazing. Love the idea and the fact you have the skills to actually pull if off. Congratulations and well done.

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you :D

frostmaster468 2 points 8 months ago

damn son.

dminer78 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Oh wow that is an awesome build! How long did it take to put everything together after printing everything?

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

I'd say probably 40-50 hours of different things. The leds took a large part and was a little monotonous work.

trylaarsdam 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

SUCH FEATURE MUCH WOW. This build is absolutely amazing. Great job

pcp1989 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

wow brother just wow lol this amazing i literally had to do a double take when i first stumbled on to your page. so glad i found this its 2am here and i honestly cant wait for the wife to wake up tomorrow so i can show this to her it is truely amazing what you have created thank you for sharing i love this website :) take care and good luck on your next build but from this one i dont think you need the luck tbh youve got some serious skills :)

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Just seen this, Thank you for this. Brought a smile to my face people are still seeing this and enjoying it!

dylzilla777 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Awesome work! So cool to see another 3D printed case!!

rainwaffles 2 points 4 months ago

I am SO erect right now.

Great build, I was thinking of making a custom case for my old computer to re-purpose it as an HTPC but this case blows anything I could make out of the water.

Anyansayo 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Very creative.

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

:)

bagingi 1 point 8 months ago

i smell a feature coming soon. looks awesome!

John_Wellman 1 point 7 months ago

This is really cool!

acewinters 1 point 7 months ago

Hey was this at PAX East in the BYOC section? I thought I saw this there.

HelloPeyton 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

This makes me feel tingley

HuguesP 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Congradulation for the feature, this is a truly awesome piece of work.

MEC-777 9 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Fantastic build! :)

kenlao 1 point 7 months ago

hey nice build! :) just wanna ask any comments on the x370 i motherboard? how's the vrm any thermal throttling when overclocking? how's the audio with only 3 ports? about the ports being reduce and removing the USB type c port any complains about it? just wanna know your opinion about it thanks in advance for your reply :)

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

I've only done mild overclocking so far (haven't needed to do much as it's handling everything I throw at it) so I haven't experienced thermal throttling. I haven't had any issue with audio, everything been clear for me, no perceptible noise. I haven't used a Usb c port on any motherboard yet so I haven't had a chance to know what I'm missing by not having it I suppose. I'm fine with usb3.0 ports though.

Overall its been a really great board for me. The lighting system was easy to setup and spacing to put on the heatsink+fan for the cpu is perfect (I've had other companies itx boards where they would not have enough space for a good heat sink and the ram).

kenlao 2 points 7 months ago

i see thanks might get the x470 when it release cause i want to get the 2700x rather than the 8700k for streaming purposes and ofcourse video edits

dick_cheese 1 point 3 months ago

got to ask but what is the thermals like

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

I haven't had an issue this whole time. I don't have exact temps on me right now but I have a small to mid oc atm and havent had any issues.

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thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you!

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Meithen 2 Builds 3 points 8 months ago

I wouldn't have any issues relinquishing my spot to this beauty if it made it all the way!

Zeromus725 3 points 8 months ago

I respect people who properly implement the word, ‘relinquish’.

thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Thanks, your build is awesome. A great inspiration for new builders and a good example of not settling for average when you can have a sweet modded pc to exactly what you want.

Obamas.mama 3 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Unfortunately it won't happen. The reason why nobody can reach that is because there aren't enough users anymore.

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thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Its been a beast! No doubt.

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thorkon77 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Probably best to look up some comparison charts on them. I feel some tech site has had to stress test both of them.