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[Scratch build] Wooden case with some aluminum parts, 100% selfmade

by aamon



Date Published

Jan. 24, 2017

Date Built

Jan. 24, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz


After i stopped gaming, i mainly use my pc for work (office) and youtube/browsing. If i want to game again a little later, there's still space left for a GPU. I'll post a more detailed description if anyone is interested in building process

[edit]:i have added some more pics and i will add more later. For reference: the cooler is 171mm in height. The outer side lengths of the square base is 300mm, the acacia wooden panels are 18mm thick, the motherboard panel is made out of 3mm-ish MDF. Internal layout is M-ITX motherboard vertically with I/O on top, expansion cards to the back. The back panel and the top panel are removable, the back panel is held on by magnets, the top one by gravity. For the moherboard tray, rails and the motherboard I/O /expansion card plate was used from an old case, screwed onto an aluminum plate and then the wood. Intake grills are perforated aluminum plates with a fine metal grill behind them (to prevent dust coming in). PSU takes air from the bottom through a self made fan filter and exhausts it right away through the right side panel. Everything is held together by an awesome express wooden glue. Only a few screws were needed. The inside is coated with graphite 'paint' and connected to earth via cables (the see-through ones on the pictures ) for EMI-protection. Theres a small area between top panel and motherboard panel to exhaust hot air and bring all the cables out. For now, only one cpu fan is in there (and of course the psu fan). I will check if thats enough for all the components, namely CPU, RAM, SSD and chipset. I hope it will be very quiet but it should be without an GPU nor overclockable CPU. Some lian-li matte metal stands will be added later. Temps and fan speeds will be posted later as well

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Bartendalot 6 points 27 months ago

Would love to see some more pics - especially of the inside.

Super cool stuff....

irritablemoth 2 Builds 4 points 27 months ago

Interesting but needs more photos!

Someone0011 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

no gpu but that is cool case. i have never seen any one make thier own wooden case that looks good like that

aamon submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Thank you very much sir! I gave my best

Blackops010 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

instant +1 for custom case

MarcFOnline 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

This is the kind of computer Ron Swanson would have on his desk. Nicely done.

aamon submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

thank you!

JheyoDELperu 2 points 27 months ago

nice pc!! +1 .. but.. why u stop gaming?

aamon submitter 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

because i did not really get used to it (was a console gamer as a child, then stopped gaming, started again on pc, stopped again now). I can add a gpu and some more RAM later, if i so desire.

JheyoDELperu 2 points 27 months ago

oh gat it.. yeah i can see in the pictures... a time prff aspect you take care. nice. praps Aamon'!! :D

SakruhBuilds 1 point 27 months ago

If you're willing to spend the money, put an R9 Nano in there.

aamon submitter 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

well, its nowhere near the price point i thought of. And i would definitely need a rear exhaust GPU, since things are pretty tight in there and there are basically zero case fans

SakruhBuilds 2 points 27 months ago

okay, point taken

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

What does "Scratch build" stand for? Is it like DIY?

aamon submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

yes, DIY(from scratch). I'm no native speaker so i'm not a hundred percent sure its used correctly

De_Martian 1 point 27 months ago

seems kinda overkill for only 8gb RAM and no video card

aamon submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

why overkill? It's an awesome looking case, why would i need more for office/media use?

De_Martian 1 point 27 months ago

I'm saying you don't need an i5-7500 with a Z270 chipset mobo and a 500GB SSD if you aren't using it for anything super intensive, especially since you only have 8GB of RAM and you don't even have a graphics card. Also, you don't need such an expensive CPU cooler. The 212 EVO is about half the price and had roughly the same (if not better) cooling capacity.

aamon submitter 2 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Oh come on, read the other comments. I bought the Z one because the H270 wasn't available. The 500 GB SSD was chosen for silence and because i had it lying around from an old build. I chose the the thermalright cooler for its better cooling and more quiet operation. I'm fully aware that this is not the best price-performance pc, i would have used a 20$ case for that. Are you just writing something that you've heard somewhere?

ThatOneBudgetGuy 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

why Z270 on a non k-SKU processor? as far as i'm aware you cant BCLK overclock on Z270 with a locked SKU, just on Z170.

aamon submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

I'm fully aware of that. The AsRock H270M-ITX/ac wasn't really available here. The swiss online shops had some problems with their 200 series motherboard lineup. Most of the motherboards werent even listed. And price difference is like 15$ so...

aamon submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

It's pointless to put temps in here since its nowhere near the threshold. Still here they are: CPU reached 57 degrees celsius (hottest core) while stress testing (small FFT's, prime95 26.6) with fan speeds that weren't even audible to me. Awesome!

CoolJeansBro 1 point 20 months ago

Gonna be honest it's not the best looking case, but you made it yourself and that makes it a sweet build. Yeah you can spend $100 to buy a cool looking case, but you built your own which I wish I could do.

Angee 1 point 18 months ago

Bro nice case must of took you a while

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WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Needs leather, a clock, and a small box for storage on the back of the case.

Faizan 2 points 27 months ago

Might as well add some wheels and make it a luxury car.

aamon submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

to be honest, i wanted that as well, like the perf. combination of materials :P but didnt find any use for it

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