Holy Pictures Batman
Yes I know there is a lot of pictures, but I was kind to put all the finished photos up front. If you're curious about the process, feel free to check out the rest.
This is my latest personal build. This was also my submission into the 2017 Quakecon Modders Inc Case Modding Championship - Scratch Build Division. Man that was a mouth full. I'm elated to say that I took first place in the scratch build category! My build White Widower took first place last year in the Classic Case Mod division. So it was very exciting for me to win back to back in a different more difficult category.
When coming up with the idea for this build, I was in the middle of trying to get back into woodworking. I use to build cabinets and wine cellars back in high school to help pay for college. So I thought that hey, I should build a wooden case to help me hone my skill in wood working and modding at the same time. And this is the result.
I'll be posing a full work log soon. But I have over 200+ photos during this build log. So its going to take some time for me to organize them and write up the commentary. But I'm going to post some high light photos of the build process on here to start. If you have questions about the mods please don't hesitate to ask! I'll be linking the most relevant mod questions here in the description to make easier for new viewers to find the information they are looking for.
Breadbox? Why That?
This build was more than just a personal build. I started this with the idea of potentially making this a production case. So this is my prototype of sorts. Also during its construction I had to learn a lot about low voltage circuits to do the custom LED lighting and dealt used breadboards to mock up my circuits. So as this is my prototype, I thought that Breadbox in light of breadboard would be a good fit. And I could be a really fancy breadbox if you take out the internal frame :p.
This case was build and designed entirely by myself using multiple types of tools in my garage.
So I know one thing a lot of people will talk about is, "its a wood case, its going to get soooo hot omg, so dumb, wood blah blah blah". Thermal design is key and yes while wood is a better insulator it doesn't mean you can get rid of the heat. The temps you see on the sidebar are individual temps based on load tests for the cpu and gpu independently. When running both the CPU and GPU at full load the loop equalizes around 60C to 65C at 75% fan speed. While that is warmer than my white widow build, these temps are achieved with a 360mm x 25mm thick radiator with a fin density of 20 FPI. Which is almost half the total TDP White widower can dissipate and its doing pretty well for the heat that is being thrown at it.
The case uses a 100% positive airflow design, with all 3 120mm rad fans pushing air up through the case while the front 2 x 120mm fans force the air out towards the back of the case. I drilled the holes in the top plate and the rear of the case larger than normal to allow for better exhaust airflow as well as counter sinking the holes on both sides to reduce air resistance as it passes through the holes. I've put a lot of thought into this thermal design and it works better than anticipated.
The entire case is made from scratch. And I mean everything. The internal frame is made up of aluminum angle and aluminum sheet. For the aluminum sheet I'm using 5025 aluminum which is a lot easier to bend with out it breaking.
The exterior shell is made out of walnut and maple. The panels are assembled with a joinery that I came up with that can be cut on the table saw instead of using super expensive router bits. I'll be going into more detail on this in my build log. I'll also expand on this section once the questions start coming in.
The case has built in rear I/O lighting using white 5v LEDs. These LEDs are tied into the power supply's 5v standby rail, so that when you plug in the power cord they illuminate to show you your I/O. It also has front panel RGB LEDs that shine through two acrylic strips on either side of the front, as well as the vandal power switch. All the connections are passed to the internal frame using an 8pin CPU power connector with a corresponding male connector on the exterior of the case. So when you slide the internal frame into the wood shell, it makes its connections.
I really hope you enjoy this build. I certainly had a lot of fun building it. Even though it nearly cost me my finger! Yes you read that right, I almost completely severed my index finger during this build. But rest assured I've made a full recovery. If you want pictures to that you'll have to PM me, I'm not sure the admins here would appreciate me posting that kind of stuff.
Some Component Stuff
Most of the hardware in this build has already been covered very well by other PCPP members. They are all quality products and the compatibility is excellent. I literally put it together and installed windows and was online instantly. Only need to install a few drivers for the GPU.
As I saw such incredible temperature differences from delidding the 7700k. I thought I'd go ahead and do that as well. I've done it before on my 4790K and it was just as easy to do it to the 7700k. Keep in mind I used a tool that I picked up for $20 so when you are planning on voiding your warranty, be smart about it. I saw a 10 to 12 C temp drop from delidding. Well worth it in my opinion.