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"The Classic" - A 1953 Philco Bakelite Radio to HTPC Conversion

by ryansmission

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Date Published

Feb. 12, 2019

Date Built

Feb. 9, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

Description

Sheesh, where on Earth to start with this build?!

It has been an incredibly tough few years for me personally, with severe health issues making it impossible to work or just generally live life as anyone would normally seek to. Don't get me wrong, I still consider myself lucky - with an income protection policy that covers my rent and utility bills each month, and enough personal savings to have been able to support myself with the other basics of life during this time. Living in Australia also means large parts of my healthcare costs are covered by a mixture of our universal health system and relatively affordable private health insurance (compared to places like the US).

But as Jay would say, "I digress". I bought most of the parts for this build around February 2018, as well as the antique radio itself. The idea was putting together a funky little HTPC as something to try and keep me busy, active and learning something during the day. A year later, continued periods of poor health have meant only sporadic opportunities to progress the project, and I've only just managed to finish the thing!

It's the first time I've ever worked with acrylic, let alone in a custom case, and considering it was all done hand-held with a Dremmel and/or a mini hand saw I'm really happy with how it's turned out. My strengths are definitely with the tech, much less so with the hands on tool work, creating and modding etc. So definitely not perfect, but not too darn shabby either.

BUILD NOTES

I mapped out in my head how I expected/wanted the finished build to look, and tried to translate that into key written notes and then onto the acrylic sheets I planned to use to secure the build components.

The main challenge overall was a combination of accurately measuring and cutting the acrylic when also trying to work with such an unusually shaped case. In particular getting the GPU slot height just right so that the GPU itself was able to be properly secured. Pinpointing exactly where the screw holes for the PSU was also an absolute nightmare. Happily though, this all worked pretty well in the end.

Airflow was another concern, as I wanted to retain the original cloth cover visible through the front vents that originally covered the radio's speaker. The 80mm PWM Noctua 1800 rpm fans I ended up using for intake (x2), seem to suck a surprising amount of air through the relatively thick cloth. I only went with one rear exhaust fan so as to promote positive air pressure and in turn minimise dust inside such a fiddly enclosure.

I would have loved to have used one of the dials on the front of the radio to facilitate turning the PC on and off, but because they are twist operated instead of push/pull it meant designing a custom circuit board to sit in between the dial and the Mobo. After a year of working on this bit by bit that has ended up being a step too far right now. I will probably end up selling this build because I could really use the money nowadays, but if there's nothing but eBay low ballers around and I end up keeping it, then perhaps this can be revisited. For now, I've just grabbed the power and reset switches from an ancient case I had lying around and glued them to the rear panel - which works well and looks fine.

Typically I'm not much for RGB, but including an LED light strip fixed across the top of the radio cavity has worked well as a replacement for the original lighting that was visible across the station tuning dial window when the radio was switched on. It's wired straight to the Mobo, and syncs with the onboard Mobo RGB lighting, which can all be controlled via the Gigabyte Fusion RGB software. Being able to adjust colours adds a nice touch when it's sitting on the entertainment unit next to the TV.

PART SELECTION

CPU - AMD Ryzen 3 2200G : I went with this ripper of an HTPC CPU because I was initially unsure if I would bother adding a discrete GPU to the build. I figured this would easily handle general HTPC Audio Visual duties as well as allow for some (very) light gaming from the couch; and would also pair well enough with something like a GTX 1060 or RX 580 if I ended up going down the discrete GPU route.

Mobo - Gigabyte GA-AB350N Gaming WiFi Mini ITX : The options for ITX boards in Australia is no where near as broad as in the US, and this board was the best available that also had a layout that most suited the planned locations for the other components of the build. Can't say I'm a huge fan of the BIOS, but the board itself seems reasonable enough.

Memory - Corsair Vengance LPX 16GB : These kits are literally the only ones I could find that would clear the overhang of the front intake fans, that also have heat spreaders. An easy choice.

Storage - WD Green 120GB M.2 SSD & Seagate Barracuda 2TB 2.5" : As an HTPC there really isn't much need for large SSD capacity, nor NVMe speeds, so the 120GB SATA SSD as a boot drive is fine. At $34 AUD it was also an absolute bargain. Ideally the HDD would have been 3.5" (and also 4TB), but a 2.5" is all that would fit in the build and 2TB the largest capacity available. I've designed the overall build so that another 2.5" drive can easily be added next to the existing one.

GPU - Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 6GB Mini : This GPU has been grabbed from another build of mine for now. It's a fantastic little performer and fits into the radio case like a glove. If I do end up selling this radio build then it can be done with or without a discrete GPU which is kinda cool.

PSU - Corsair SF 450W 80+ Gold : Not particularly high on the wattage count but assuming nothing more beefy than a GTX 1060 ends up in the case then it's more than enough. It was absolutely critical the the PSU be of SFX form factor due to space constraints, and also fully modular for similar reasons. It's the first SFX PSU I have bought and it seems to be absolutely fine.

TEMPS & PERFORMANCE

This little guy is doing well in the temperature stakes considering the very obvious limitations! CPU is sitting at around a 35C delta after an hour of Aida 64. The GPU is also doing fine, with a peak temperature delta just under 50C after running a bunch of benchmarks for another hour or so.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I hope you guys and gals all enjoy this unique little HTPC as much as I did building it. I can't say that I recommend working with acrylic unless absolutely necessary, but it has been a rewarding process nonetheless!

Cheers, Ryan

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tannerman1000 24 points 1 month ago

This needs to be featured, its a fantastic idea with a beautiful execution. 10/10!

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 9 points 1 month ago

Wow thanks mate - I'm pretty stoked with how it turned out, particularly given it's the first time I've worked with acrylic.

ColdConduct 1 Build 8 points 1 month ago

Nice work, buddy, love the build! I really wish we'd see more of stuff like this instead of disco balls and laser lights in every other computer. A creative classic that deserves to be featured. Also, hope you get well and take care of yourself. Cheers!

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

Thanks so much for the compliments and well wishes @ColdConduct. I tend to agree with your thoughts on the OTT RGB builds that often end up online these days. Having said that though, when there are full on custom loops also involved, and the RGB is designed to compliment the tube work it can also be pretty darn awesome. Probably not too many of them fit that bill though.

ColdConduct 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Hear, hear. We're on the same page, I always feel it should be complimentary rather than the main draw. People can do as they'd like, of course, but the RGB obsession has started to rub me the wrong way because many manufacturers have started to cut corners and cater their marketing towards it. Don't charge a premium price because you've put some pretty lights on something when I could buy a strip or solder it myself. Durability and performance should always come first. Looking at you especially, motherboard manufacturers...

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Not much I can disagree with there...in particular the Mobo manufacturers ;)

Rdowney83619 2 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

I really like seeing the creativity in this build, it caught my eye very quickly. One thought that I had while looking at your pictures was that it would have been neat to see some of the original electronic components displayed within the build, even though they would not have been functional. Nonetheless, it looks like quite a bit of art to me, and I imagine that working within such tight confines held its own challenges. Mad props

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 3 points 1 month ago

Thanks for the compliments, and yep I agree with your thoughts around trying to keep some of the original components involved somehow. Unfortunately because the radio components are all kind of located together on a single tray that slides in and out, trying to separate them and then attach them somewhere else individually just didn't/wouldn't/couldn't work. The lack of space for the PC build itself only compounded the problem.

BillyBroken 1 point 1 month ago

Maybe you could find a middle ground and instead of using leds, use some Edison bulbs inside for lighting. They look vacuum tube-ish and provided that old school warm glow.

LIVE_AMMO 4 points 1 month ago

+1 for a warped 1953 lift-off!

My strengths are definitely with the tech, much less so with the hands on tool work, creating and modding etc. So definitely not perfect, but not too darn shabby either.

IMO, the hand-made shabbiness yields huge added-value and fits the bill flawlessly. A sharp laser cut finish for this piece would have been too boringly conservative and would have robbed some of that hand-tailored culmination which I'm digging big time. You've got me excited with ideas flowing through the ears - love it!

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

That's a fantastic way to put it @LIVE_AMMO, thanks man. Looking back on it I completely agree, too perfect would most likely be too much for a build like this.

Glad to hear this has got your creativity flowing!

diypartsjoy 1 Build 3 points 1 month ago

Mark from Noctua: Everybody is saying that they don't like our brown theme.

Steve from Noctua: Let's make it gray!

Mark from Noctua: Everybody is saying that they don't like our gray theme.

Steve from Noctua: Let's make it have a tiny little spot of color on it!

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Haha lmao! Why on earth they can't just make the redux versions black I'll never know. It's such a tragedy too, because they really are the best fans out there.

Velcade 3 Builds 4 points 1 month ago

Brand distinction. Why blend in when you can stand out?

Noctua continues to be #1 in fan performance.

diypartsjoy 1 Build 4 points 29 days ago

And #153,254,589,856,256 in design!

diypartsjoy 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

I know, they should put some RGB on them so more people (aka me) would buy them.

Nathanbuilds1080 2 points 1 month ago

Play oxenfree on that pc because it’s a radio

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Ha! Great idea

ShineGlizzy 2 points 1 month ago

One of the most creative builds I've seen, it's great bro! #sleeper

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Thanks heaps man - sleeper builds definitely take a whole lot of time, but more importantly they're a whole lot of fun!

ShineGlizzy 2 points 1 month ago

No problem bro!

w4rchef 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

This is the most creative build I've seen in a long time, and so well done, please have my upvote! +1

EionReagh 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

I love your ingenuity here! A great build all around! Well done.

GumballPC 2 Builds 2 points 28 days ago

THIS IS ******* GENIUS!!! love it

ORACLEpcb 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

BEAUTIFUL !

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Thank you! She is pretty sexy I reckon

ORACLEpcb 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Agreed!

RAmpunt 1 point 1 month ago

Great job

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Cheers mate - much appreciated.

Garog 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Yes, featured, instantly.

This is a seriously dope build man, excellent execution! You deserve the praise you're about to receive.

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Have to say I'm a bit taken back by the talk of features, but hey if it happens then great. I'm glad you like the build man!

MD5S 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Oh my goodness - nice job!!! How long did it take to do all that?

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

The is one hell of a good question, and honestly I'm not sure. When I started out back in Feb last year I had intended on keeping track of the time involved, but things have been so stop and start ever since that I kinda forgot to keep the log.

Countless, countless hours though, without a doubt. Especially because I am a noob at working with acrylic

MD5S 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Wow, ryansmission, You really do put a lot of effort in!!! BTW nice computer building setup - great workmat. I just bought a simple rubber mat from Clark Rubber for 20 dollars... Nice!

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Gotta love Clark Rubber!

The mod mat is made by a PC tech journalism outlet called GamersNexus. They are super cool, super nerdy, and super incorruptible, so buying something from their online store is a great way to support what they do. It did cost a heck of a lot more than $20, but worth it in a round about kinda way. I recommend checking out their YouTube channel and/or website.

Glad you like my work space - I use it for PC building as well as fiddling around with different home automation tech. Good fun all around!

tobleroneuk 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Amazing work and best of luck to getting you back to full health! Great use of your time :)

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Thanks very much mate. Happy to say I've been enjoying an extended period of improved health over the last 6 weeks, so long may it continue!

SmokeShowing 1 point 1 month ago

Being new to the concept of assembling my own PC, this build just blew me away. Frankly, your effort has opened my eyes to the possibilities. Well done and beautifully executed.

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

I'm absolutely chuffed to have provided some inspiration for where your PC build/s might be able to go. Assembling your own PC whether it's using conventional cases or something more exotic is a really rewarding hobby, and I can't recommend it enough.

Welcome to the PC Master Race!

theview868 1 point 1 month ago

great concept.Deserves a feature on PPicker. Great story and hope u get better with your health and be strong..Tech yes City should check you bro...Much love and respect..Blessings

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I really appreciate the sentiments mate and glad you like the build. I haven't come across Tech Yes City before, but I'll be sure to check them out.

theview868 1 point 1 month ago

great you tuber from Australia..Check him out..Lots of budget builds too

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Oh right a fellow Aussie, sounds cool...thanks again for the tip man.

ZedSamCat 1 point 1 month ago

Feature?

Otterman366 13 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

how do those noctuas do through the cloth?

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Better than I expected, but not nearly as strong as more conventional dust filter type material.

Still the temp delta's are pretty reasonable so far, so it appears to be enough

Anorak8891 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Congrats, it looks eye-mazing and those temperatures are incredible, especially considering... it's in a the radio case! Also great solution with the power/reset buttons. Should be featured!

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Yeah I'm definitely happy with the temps, but will do some more testing and gaming over the coming days to be sure. Glad you like!

Jscott326 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

What a legend. Hats off to you my guy. Very well done!

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Thanks!

teenygymnast225 1 point 1 month ago

am i smelling a feature

Phildilf 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Very nice my friend! Would love to see this featured. I was concerned when I first saw the plexi cut, looked rough. You cleaned everything up near perfectly. Very nice workmanship!

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Yeah the protective plastic film on either side of the acrylic gets pretty scuffed up very quickly, and that also makes things look pretty rough early on too. I'm glad you like the build :)

eesti 1 point 1 month ago

But can it still work as a speaker

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Unfortunately not @eesti. That would have been the ultimate outcome, but with the way the radio itself was designed, it had to be one or the other.

eesti 1 point 1 month ago

you might be able to fit a cheap speaker in there

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

It could be possible, but as a Home Theatre PC it's plugged directly in to my Amp and TV anyway. That way I get the kick *** audio from my 7.1 surround speakers.

Samuel9 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

This is the coolest thing I have EVER SEEN!!! MUST BE FEATURED! I hope your doing better with your health issues!

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks @Samuel9, things have been much better the last 5-6 weeks which is a big part of why I've finally been able to finish this thing off. Glad you like to build mate

Samuel9 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

That's wonderful to hear!

Aaditya1203 1 point 1 month ago

I hope this gets featured. Its a brilliant idea.

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Thanks Aaditya1203, although I can't claim to have come up with the broader idea myself. In fact I think there are a few other radio-type builds here on PCPP from ages ago.

Aaditya1203 1 point 29 days ago

OH MY GOD I WAS RIGHT. This is featured!!!!

gugu96 19 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I wish pcpp would offer a way to keep a tab on such projetcs. For now I use the good old brower's "bookmark" feature. Once in a while I stumble on build like yours and I find them inspiring, unusual, etc.

love it, great work!

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

That would definitely be a great new feature for more elaborate projects here on PCPP. Being able to ask people questions about why they're doing things certain ways while they're being done would be really cool.

spawn01 7 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

This is EPIC, I love this thing. It looks perfect.

HomieOfBel-Air 1 point 1 month ago

Where's the MISFITS Logo?

Great build and quite an interesting piece to look at! Good Job!

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

You've lost me on Misfits I'm sorry to say mate. I must be showing my age!

Jonm0bius 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Love it! Really cool use of an old radio. Awesome build 10/10

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Cheers mate, I'm pretty happy with it, and completely blown away by the response on here too

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kschendel 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

As someone who still has a stack of vacuum tubes in a workshop bin, I have to say this is awesome. The guys who designed the original radio would have gone nuts over this. From 250v electrolytic cans to a mini ITX! Just lovely.

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Yeah it's pretty cool to think about what the original designers would think about the kind of tech that could for into the same enclosure. Even something more simpler than a PC, like a Sonos Play 3 speaker for example. That would no doubt blow their mind too!

gage589 1 point 1 month ago

Holy moly, what a terrific idea for a computer case!

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks mate, glad you like it!

Vreaker12 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Truly deserving of the feature spot. Hope you're doing much better health and work wise. God bless

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks very much Vreaker! I haven't been on this site in a few days and returned just now to the awesome surprise of a feature! I'm blown away

Ben-Ji-O 1 point 1 month ago

That is TIGHT. My old man loves to collect old vintage memorabilia so I know he'd love to have something like that. Lol

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Yeah my Dad is a bit the same way - but him and computers don't really mix! haha

beardedmisfit 4 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Ryan, WOW. Congrats on the feature. And if I've ever seen a DIY build, THIS is a DIY build! Awesome job! I want one lol +1

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks so much mate, glad you like the little fella!

BillyBroken 1 point 1 month ago

This thing is incredibly cool! I love old/new tech and this is a great way to mash the universes together. Sad to hear that health issues caused you such a long build time, while some builds are never done, it is nice to press the power button and see the thing work as intended, right? Once I open my gaming rig for upgrades I'm going to try in do something like this with the left over hardware. Again, SUPER cool man, Cheers! +1[would do more if I could]

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Definitely super nice to press the power button see it all work as planned, and take some final pics for the PCPP folk!

plasmatdx 1 point 1 month ago

I'm always afraid of someone throwing away a sleeper build pc thinking it was junk.

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

Haha that would be a total nightmare. I live with two housemates who are completely aware of what it is (mostly because they now watch Netflix though it daily), so shouldn't happen to me with any luck!

ShadowAlkane 1 point 1 month ago

This is amazing! I've seen builds in radios before, but never this polished and great looking!

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

Thanks mate - I'm stoked people really like it. Hard to be sure when you're doing something so left of field.

Arminecraft 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Dude this work is exemplary

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

Thanks man!

msbcool 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

This is so cool. I think my next build is going to be something unique thanks to you. Congrats on your new PC!

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

Glad to provide some ideas and inspiration - all the best with whatever it ends up being.

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 1 month ago

Now, this is certainly something quite different. Well executed, too. +1 :)

KorruptkSwades 1 point 1 month ago

Epic :) !

hi_im_snowman 1 point 1 month ago

Wow, really, this is gorgeous. Man, some people just have the coolest ideas. This looks fantastic, what a great piece.

Grats on the feature, this is well deserved mate!

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

Thanks heaps for the compliments mate! Still can't quite believe it's been featured - very cool

Logarythym 11 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

This is beautifully done, especially the acrylic work. I've been hacking my way through it, and haven't gotten near the results you have on your first try. I love putting computers in non-computer appliances, so it's so nice to see this featured. Really, doing it by hand is just so impressive. Bravo!

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I'm chuffed you like the finished product mate. There was definitely plenty of trial, error and learning with the acrylic. I'm sure you'll get there in the end! Shoot me a PM if you have and specific questions by all means.

SPECTOR2004 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Same specs as mine! only that I have 8GB of ram

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Fantastic specs for this sort of build I reckon. Hope you're enjoying yours as much as I am mine!

SPECTOR2004 1 Build 1 point 29 days ago

Yeah I have been enjoying it quite a bit, I feel like people underestimate the price/performance of the 2200G

Hornet88 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

no I/O shield? Nice build!

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Thanks mate! Sadly I just couldn't get the measurements and cutout for the I/O shield to work properly...at least with my skill and experience level with acrylic.

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 28 days ago

Update - your comment had me thinking about the I/O again so I started playing around with it one more time. Turns out that although my cuts are not accurate enough for it to "click" into place, I should be able to glue it in place and look just as good.

You're a legend! Thanks for the questions :)

Hornet88 2 Builds 1 point 28 days ago

im glad you figured it out! glad i could help

Shakaron 5 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

Now you can listen to various Internet Radio channels with this oldie.

Good update. :)

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

Listening to BBC Radio 6 as I type, all the way from Melbourne, Australia. No idea how we all managed pre-internet ;)

iwalkwithedead 15 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

Well done :)

aighamdi 3 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

This is art

Wolfemane 7 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

Amazing. Well done! One of the best custom builds I've seen in a long time. Great fricken job!!

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 28 days ago

Thanks heap mate, glad you like!

RustyFire 1 point 29 days ago

FEATURE

Fyremoon65 1 point 29 days ago

Impressive!!! That is some top-notch DIY, retro re-purposing, small form factor PC build if ever saw one

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 28 days ago

Thanks man - it does kinda tick all those boxes which is very satisfying. Glad you like!

Fyremoon65 1 point 28 days ago

I really do! Can you make the knobs control the volume output from the PC? Just a thought :)

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 28 days ago

I was looking into designing a custom circuit board to manage Power & Reset. Someone else also suggested controlling RGB brightness with a knob. Could potentially add volume to the 4th and final knob.

Although it might be a bit of a stretch - so much time already spent on this little guy!

trylaarsdam 3 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

That is one of the best sleepers ever (if you can call it a sleeper lol)

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 28 days ago

Haha thanks - although they're doing some pretty cool sleepers over on Linus Tech Tips these days. (With full on cutting tech to assist though!)

trylaarsdam 3 Builds 1 point 28 days ago

But they have a Linus, soo that cutting tech might not be that useful xD

loganbell2355 1 point 29 days ago

That case prob has lead in it from all the radio parts from the 1900s. I recc you clean it.

OllieManMan 14 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

I absolutely love this. I had plans to try the same thing but bigger in an old guitar amp. Very nice back panel! Dope work.

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 28 days ago

A guitar amp is a great idea... do it for sure!

I have a larger console style antique timber radio (approx 1m high) that I am thinking of playing around with next. Maybe a full ATX PC build, Sonos speaker and a Google Home Mini to make it like some sort of HTPC Smart Home Hub

OllieManMan 14 Builds 1 point 28 days ago

Was thinking a 4x speaker cab made of 4 led fans possibly 200mm. Like a proper half stack. Love how you pulled this one off. looks so clean.

waj287 1 point 29 days ago

HOLY FRIGGIN' AVOCADO ON TOAST.

This is dedication. Looks great and nice feature!

How do you turn it on though?

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 28 days ago

Thanks mate, glad you like. There are power and reset buttons toward the top of the rear acrylic panel - power on the left above the PSU, and reset on the right.

-parzival- 1 point 29 days ago

Well fork, looks good and when I first saw this on the feature I almost laughed out loud. wouldn't have been good as I was in sixth hour

rdracerboyd 1 Build 1 point 29 days ago

Props for the GN mod mat. I'm sure Steve is happy to see that.

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

All hail the Tech Jesus ;) Grabbing a mod mat seemed like an awesome way to support those guys and get something cool in return. They've just released a smaller, cheaper one...definitely worth a look

MW06 1 point 29 days ago

Love the old radio look and craftsmanship 100/100!

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

Cheers mate!

MEC-777 10 Builds 1 point 29 days ago

Amazing build! Fantastic job! I love it! :)

CoolPCBuilds 2 Builds 1 point 28 days ago

Very unique and creative build, definitely a feature! Hope your health improves, take care!

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 2 points 28 days ago

Many thanks mate - things have been improving lately which has been fantastic. Has allowed me to finally finish this build too!

victorinox 1 point 28 days ago

A thing of absolute beauty! Nicely done!

lazyfatcat 1 Build 1 point 28 days ago

+1

slzyadmn 1 point 28 days ago

This is actually amazing! Do you use it for gaming or anything super demanding?

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 28 days ago

Yeah my TV is just a 65" 1080p panel, so can easily play games with a controller on the couch via the GTX 1060 6GB. Glad you like it man!

vastx 1 point 28 days ago

Very nice. Great job.

TheVeilsCurse 1 Build 1 point 28 days ago

Incredible build! I've never seen anything like it!

SkyJohnson 2 Builds 1 point 28 days ago

This is some mad genius work +1

Nice GamersNexus modmat btw

IanJvan 1 Build 1 point 28 days ago

please tell me you kept the old internals of the radio and made a amp

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 27 days ago

Sold the internals to a local guy who restores antique electronics. He was stoked!

lolgod16 1 point 28 days ago

Awesome build mate! If you put this on YouTube, I think I'd watch it and subscribe can you rate my $1000 (USD) Build.... I have that USD budget for the computer my dad will be getting me if I ace my exams.

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CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($164.99 @ Amazon) CPU Cooler: Noctua - NH-L9a-AM4 33.84 CFM CPU Cooler ($39.90 @ Amazon) Motherboard: MSI - A320M PRO-VHL Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($66.99 @ Newegg Business) Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($160.98 @ Newegg) Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($77.99 @ Amazon) Video Card: Asus - GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB TURBO Video Card ($378.99 @ SuperBiiz) Case: Corsair - Carbide SPEC-04 (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.98 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Corsair - CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($34.89 @ OutletPC) Total: $960.71 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-20 20:47 EST-0500

Bloodfallin 1 Build 1 point 27 days ago

Great setup...I saw this and instantly loved it. I just built my first PC for my wife. I used hers for practice I'm building mine next. After years of console gaming I finally just want something that will do a bit of everything. Love the creativity keep us updated if you do anything else to it.

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 27 days ago

Welcome to the PC Master Race my man! The console has its place but the PC will always deliver flexibility, power and individuality.

Bloodfallin 1 Build 1 point 21 days ago

@ryansmission thanks, all of the above are why I finally decided to get into it.

112Krypton 1 point 27 days ago

That's kinda hot, you got a patreon?

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 27 days ago

Nah this is really just a hobby for me my man. Humbled you'd even ask though :)

I've decided that I am going to sell this build though - could really use the cash. Put it on eBay this morning, for anyone in Australia who might be interested.

CosmicIcedTea 1 point 27 days ago

Please tell me that the radio was not usable and broken, at least you put the rest of it to good use. Those are highly collectible and valuable, would hate to see it be thrown out. Those tube lights alone are such a collectible.

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 27 days ago

Fear not, there's a dude who lives 5 mins away from me that restores antique electronics as a small business. He was very happy to take the components off my hands for next to nothing!

rickanderegg87 1 point 27 days ago

That has got to be the most creative and cool build I've ever seen! Way cool! Would you mind if I use a couple of pictures in a PowerPoint presentation and website as an example of what one can do with a little creativity? Of course, I would give you all the credit and point people to this page.

ryansmission submitter 5 Builds 1 point 27 days ago

Go for it mate, glad you like the build!

managerman 1 Build 1 point 14 days ago

Love your creativity! Such an awesome build!

codyt242 2 Builds 1 point 6 days ago

soo cool, thanks for sharing

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