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Edit: Ok I could try and play this cool or admit it...I am really extremely pumped about being featured on pcpartpicker! And to everyone for the positive feedback its much appreciated . This is such a helpful site and a great community. Thank you.


Even though I work in the IT industry in software development, for a long time I was afraid of touching my computer. My first few computers were purchased from a store. If anything went wrong I called some computer technician dude to fix it at great expense.

Then one day, after I paid through the nose as he struggled for hours to fix my machine, I thought next time I am doing this myself. It's easier than it used to be. You can boot from a USB stick, windows is a lot more user friendly.   My goal was simply to keep my machine running. I never cared about performance or looks. Just saving money and having a functioning PC.

There is something really satisfying about squeezing life out of a old machine. Upgrading bits and pieces. Sure I am an occaisonal gamer. I have a backlog and am still working through games that are several years old. I finally got Grim Fandango off my pile of shame in 2018. I would prefer to play the older ones first because its hard to go backwards when you get used to current gen graphics. 

In 2016 when I finally got around to playing Bioshock Infinite it brought my Core2Duo, GTX 750 ti rig to its knees. My PC gamer colleagues said you really need to upgrade that old dinosaur you old dinosaur. So I got an upgrade kit on Amazon with a basic mATX motherboard Core i5 6400 stock cooler, 8GB of DDR4 Ram. Then a little later got a 1050ti. I had a Fractal Design R5 case. Nice quiet but big (and empty). But then one day i started watching YouTube..you know the ones Linus, JaysTwoCents....that was the start of the end....I fell down the rabbit hole...you know the tempered glass, RGB hole. My rational brain says water cooling is ridiculous.

The little demon says do it. I start stock piling parts. I get the parts delivered when my wife is at work. Black friday, ebay...this would not get approved by management. She will find out...broach the subject gently. "I need a project to be happy". Perhaps that line will work. "The kids will learn something".

The brief:

It must sit on my desk, I want it to be small (20 litres max). I want it to be quiet. I want it to be narrow. I want it to be fun. I want it to look a bit like furniture. I want it to sit on my left hand side. I want to see inside...I want to water cool it!!! I want it to power a 3440 x 1440 widescreen 100Hz monitor.  I had better design a case and make it. Designed in SketchUp. Laser cut plywood internals, hand made exterior. Yes RGB is over done but at least you can change the colours and keep it fresh.

Thanks PCPartpicker community you are all really helpful and inspirational.

Here it is...Inspired by wood, and the node 202. American oak veneer. Good temps, quiet, powerful enough (Ryzen 2600 and GTX1080). I might overclock if and when I need to. Yes I know the ram is a bit slow but its what I had.

Not perfect but I like it.  

Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 23 points

"not perfect but i like it"

"not perfect"

suuuuuuuuuuuuurrrrreeee

  • 8 months ago
  • 6 points

You are kind thanks! Truely the ply shroud doesnt fit like a glove and my tube bending skills are noob level and the cables...well it's just not that kind of precision build. Net result is pleasing...

  • 8 months ago
  • 4 points

oh i thought the weirdly bent tubes was part of the aesthetic, even if the weirdly bent tubes were by accident, i still love this build.

  • 8 months ago
  • 10 points

Yep it's all (cough) intentional :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 4 points

Oof.

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

Your comment made me smile!

  • 8 months ago
  • 4 points

The name alone is feature worthy, excellent build and quality +1

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

thank you...I really liked the wood veneer Shift case you made!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Somebody get this man a feature! That is some solid workmanship... Great job!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

you did good bro. you did good.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the natural wood look! The imperfect bends in the tubes and wood add to the natural aesthetic. +1 from me!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. I had never bent tube before and the first ones were rubbish (I pretty much did every tube at least twice) and in the end they had just the right amount of wonkiness.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks..I had orginally aimed for a bit more precision but it turned out well in the end.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

PC maker: The last wood bender. ツ

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

oh my. I would so buy a case like that it looks so nice. Also, in my opinion, the curved wood piece on the top adds to the build as a whole. It adds to the aesthetic better than if it were flat

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I was aiming for a bit more precision but without more time, tools and materials I embraced a slightly organic shape which worked. It was a crazy amount of time...so couldn't be a commercial thing. Perhaps you can make one? Inwin was going to make a wooden case that looked interesting..Google "inwin wood case"

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  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I am really curious about fire hazards ?

  • 8 months ago
  • 4 points

If it catches fire I'll tell you. It's got a water loop...so the pipes will melt and the water will extinguish the flames.

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting... It's always nice to see something a bit different.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome job, love the creativity and work that went into that.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks it was a fun project. The ideas are borrowed...google "wooden inwin 301 computex"" (flip that case and add water). I also really liked this case... https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/xmJ8TW

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Btw I admired your rage PC...only a proper modder trashes something on purpose!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thank you! It was a good time. As for borrowed ideas, I suppose everything is to a degree so no worries. That Fractal Node build you linked looks great too.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Brilliant! I've humored the idea of making a wooden case. You've done it! +1 for guts

  • 8 months ago
  • 3 points

To be honest it was a lot of work upfront in CAD and then lots of cutting, trimming and filing to fix all the little design errors. It looks good but not exactly robust. I appreciate now how much work must go into a really good and versatile case design. Metal has lots of advantages. Whilst I dont regret it at all I think a good approach might be to mod or clad a steel case.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on the feature! Well deserved. You certainly inspire to make a case from scratch. Thanks for the kind words in regards to my build. Hope the PC treats you well.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Only logged in to give an upvote

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for that!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the description (and the PC!, But I love the sorry behind it)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Not doubt there are some things there others can relate to. Appreciate your comment thank you

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

sorry = story

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

how perfect it has to be to be called perfect? Come on!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

True:).... But your 19 build's that's impressive!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm lazy, I don't post them all LOL And sometimes I just don't feel like they deserve to be here.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Be proud thats a beautiful looking rig

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

thank you.. i am

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

cool never seen a wooden case love it

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe its the start of something? Pleased you like it!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

ayy grim fandango

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

im sure most dont know what we are talking about!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

This is cool with the custom case!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, you've been telling me all about this build! Had no idea you were posting it on PCPartPicker.

Seeing the full journey and you explaining your journey to this point is awesome! Glad you've had such a blast with it, and honestly would love to do something similar.

I love how unique the case is, and the custom water loop is very nicely done too in my eyes!

If you do anything more wacky, you know how to get a hold of me, and let me know any further progression!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

That case looks awesome, damn good job, dude!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Well ply'd, well ply'd!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

I see what you did there!

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the most(est) epic(est) pc that I've ever seen! That custom case is also epic! gg

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Pleased you like it.. thanks.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

You are very welcome!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the 2600 treating you? Just wondering cuz thats what i was looking at for my build.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

If you don't have any particular high end use case such as video editing and don't care about getting every last frame ...the 2600 is widely considered a great value overclockable all-rounder. However if you intend to use the stock cooler you might consider the 2600x it has a better cooler.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah ok thanks. I would most likely not use the stock Cooler. I'd probably get an Liquid cooler

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the build i Wanna do. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/hKpXcY

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I like your choices...and that case. This build uses same case and I love it https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/r6mqqs

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you manage to keep your 1080 at 45 degrees Centigrade under load?? I have a GTX 1060 in a prebuilt PC (specs in my profile description) and that hits 81 degrees Centigrade under load. I must be doing something horribly wrong. Btw, I never over clocked it

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't tested extensively it will get hotter..but water-cooling reduces temps significantly. Maybe you need to improve airflow in your case. 81 is toasty but still within acceptable limits.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, I’ll try something like adjusting my fan curve so it cools a little more aggressively

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

OOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

This is amazing! Very unique, well executed all around!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing! You're fortunate to have access to a CNC machine or laser cutter if that is what you used for the chassis parts. Also, using Sketchup to design the case, that is genius! Congrats!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. There were actually a couple of other software steps to produce the 2d drawings (tinkercad and inkscape). I emailed drawings files to a company here in UK and they posted the cut plywood back. I'm sure similar services exist in other countries.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

First time ive seen something like this. I like it

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Incredible build! I am in the midst of building my first PC, which is not perfect thus far, but seeing this build is very uplifting and makes me feel more confident when I will resume after school. Really all I have to do is remove the mother board and do some cable routing before putting it back, I am trying not to be the root of the problem when it comes to bad cable management, but rather the fixer.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds good.. I'm sure you'll do a great job.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang this is cool!!

+1 for originality.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it! Great build!!! I like the teaching the kids something part so the wife be like aaaaahhhhhhh...lol

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

After your comment I asked the kids if they learnt anything...there were a few smart Alec responses but essentially they said "no"!..oh well it's done now:)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL! Awesome!

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

holy **** dude this is awesome, good job

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

np

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

i clicked because of the pun nice build tho

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Someone did their homework. Then set to task, and created a GEM!

Well done, and welcome to the land of PC Building, where only your imagination and resources are the limit!

+1!

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you....hmmmmn what next?

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  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, that is worthy of a showfloor imo

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow thank you!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You sir, had way too much time on your hands.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

well yes it did take too much time...but i am happy with the result

  • 8 months ago
  • 0 points

Very creative, but I don't know about the value of this build.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Depends what you mean by value.. functionally its a moderately powerful compact pc. Water-cooling is hard to justify financially and in terms of hours well...for me it was fun project it's about the atheistic and challenge and it is valuable!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree. I can see what you mean.

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