Description

Thanks for the feature!

Prologue: My mom brought home a computer from her school that placed near the dumpster. She knew I was into that kind of stuff so she gave it to me hoping it would be useful. About one month passes and I've tinkered around on it with Linux (Mint, but later Ubuntu) because it was a locked version of Windows 7 for schools. I became very interested with the possibilities of gaming on the machine. I pick up a GT 730 for around $35 on eBay; an improvement over the Intel 2500 Graphics. From there, I am able to view Youtube videos easily and play some light games. Nearing Christmas, my brother and I are pressured by my mom to get something because my grandparents enjoy buying us stuff. My brother mentions an upgrade for our main rig (b/dKFdnQ) and then I just tell him we can build a new PC. He advises we take advantage of the i5-3470 within that Linux PC.

The original plan was to purchase a 1050 for the computer and be done. After a little research and many topics on the LTT forums, I realize that a 1050 would be a gamble with the included proprietary 220W PSU. To keep the 1050 safe, I opted to upgrade the PSU. Upgrading the power supply would mean that the motherboard could no longer be used because it's also proprietary and uses custom headers for power. The plan then comes to a new GPU, PSU and Motherboard. Everything ships okay and we build inside of an old HAF 912 laying around. Everything is okay, except for the RAM. 4GB doesn't do the trick at all. Searching around on Amazon, I picked up 6GB of DDR3 1066. Admittedly, it is slower but it fills up the DIMMs and that's all that matters.

My passion for the custom case came with the size of the old HAF 912. That's why I ditched it in the first place. After brainstorming ideas, the Thermaltake Core P5 became my inspiration. My dad and I picked up some wood and poles from the garage and went to work painting. Mounting then became my only concern. How were stand-offs going to work? It turns out, plumbing washers are the way to go. They provide elevation and are rubber so they are not conductive. The motherboard stands and is very stable. The PSU and drives were mounted with Velcro. The plexiglass on the front finished the build nicely and gave it some protection against bumps while moving. The graphics card was mounted with Velcro on the side of the plexiglass and stays in place well enough. I really got lucky with the GTX 1050 not needing PSU input.

Prior to actually constructing any of this build, I had to make sure the ugly stock cooler was pretty enough to sit on the CPU without an eye sore. Using just some electrical tape, I was able to cover the cable and provide a clean look.

Cable management was rather simple with a semi-modular power supply. Plus, the cables are black because Corsair is awesome. Using the included black zip ties made the build neat. The only draw back is the lack of length to reach the CPUP header without going across the motherboard.

During the first couple of days in this new case, I turned on the PC using a paper clip and the I/O header. I later disassembled the again, proprietary I/O cable on the old HP PC case and plugged it in with it resting next to the hard drive.

I am very pleased with this build and am ecstatic to finally build a PC out of the norm a little. Thanks for reading.

Part Reviews

CPU

This CPU makes perfect sense for anyone who can pick it up for $1. Newer generations are far better. The four cores prove great performance and temperatures remain low even during stress.

Motherboard

The motherboard was a mandatory pick for the 1155 socket. This socket doesn't have any great value motherboards. The BIOS is fair. I've picked up compaints about audio quality coming from my mic that were not existent prior to upgrading to this motherboard. The USB and 3.5mm jacks are not the highest quality. The best part of this motherboard is the Intel sound when booting.

Memory

Provides great performance but I wouldn't recommend if you can get it for $25 or below.

Storage

Although this SSD may be dated now in 2017, it is still going strong two years later.

Storage

WD Black > WD Blue. I feel very secure with my data and the speeds are great for a mechanical.

Video Card

The GPU provides great performance for the price and I wouldn't get the 460 any day. The fan remains silent under load. I would go for a 1050ti if you can push a few more dollars.

Power Supply

The fan is silent and the cables are black. Amazing.

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 10 points

I like to see people reusing old stuff, and with Linux to boot!

Nice job!

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I forgot to mention that I'm using Windows 10 right now. I just haven't paid for it yet. Thanks for checking me out!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't pay for windows 10.

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  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

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  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 30 months ago
  • 7 points

This is one awesome Ivy Bridge custom build. You're mom is awesome for dumpster diving and saving this computer. Lastly, awesome for your father and you making this custom case.

Thanks for sharing this lovely build and you have my one for certain.

  • 30 months ago
  • 6 points

Thank you. You are abosolutely correct, my mom and dad deserve a huge shoutout. My mom was like, "I heard you like these things," and handed me a computer. My dad was blown away and in awe when he was sitting there with me and handing me parts when I needed them to be mounted. He doesn't understand how that can be a computer.

  • 30 months ago
  • 5 points

You're most welcome. Of course they deserve the praise for helping out and so do you for making the computer work again. All the hard work and efforts turned out well.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats for the feature spotlight. Very well deserved!

  • 30 months ago
  • 4 points

I have a Feature Feeling on this. very nice out of the norm refresh and gratz on thinking... well "inside" the box lol

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I appreciate your pun a lot, thank you. It was a very cheap way to get a very custom build. Thanks for reading, man.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Called it, gratz on the Feature!

  • 30 months ago
  • 4 points

Beautiful. Well done.

Thumbs up.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for checking it out!

  • 30 months ago
  • 4 points

This is a very nice build, I like seeing people do father-son/daughter projects, it makes me wish that the hobbies I now love and cherish would have played a larger role in my freetime when I was a teenager and living with my parents.

I love your creativity and attention to what parts would fit and making it a pretty much full fledged desktop PC. Only thing to keep in mind is that the standoffs on a motherboard are also intended to ground the PC as well as provided support from a standard case metal backing, nothing at all wrong with how you did this, lots of PCs survive for an extended period of time sitting on the wood top of a desk or inside a cardboard box "case" of all things. Keep creating! +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciated the father/son build. Brought me and my dad surprising closer. Also, thank you for easing my worries a little about the wooden part of the computer.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Anytime, glad to see someone so young taking such an interest in PCs along with DIY & woodworking. Just FYI, softwood such as pine and composites (MDF and the likes) are susceptible to moisture, hardwoods like oak, cedar, maple & beech are pretty safe from moisture as the wood fibers are much more tightly packed than softwood. If you truly enjoy the whole "maker" ideology, I highly suggest you take a look at Mr Jimmy Diresta on YouTube. Theres also no shortage of tech/PC builders on YT I'm sure your familiar with.

Anytime you ever have a question, dont hesitate to ask. If I dont know I'll do my best to try and find an answer.

  • 30 months ago
  • 4 points

Awesome custom case. Don't worry about the people hating just because it is wood. Plenty of case modders use wood in their builds. Moisture is only a problem if the wood isn't sealed, and your paint job took care of that. Wood does not spontaneously burst into flames or split in half. If it did then people wouldn't build houses out of it. There are 2 things I might do though: 1. Run a mounting stabilizer across the 2 poles on the I/O side to more securely and attractively fasten the GPU to. 2. Pick up some motherboard stand-offs and the matching mounting lugs that you can screw into wood. Like this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0026GUEN4/?tag=pcpapi-20 Hopefully that link is allowed, I included the pcpartpicker tag in an effort to appease the mod gods. In case it isn't just google this: E-Z Lok Threaded Insert, Brass, Knife Thread, #6-32 Internal Threads, 0.375" Length (Pack of 25)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice! 1. The GPU is very light for what I've seen and it doesn't appear to be hanging down. In other words, it's supported quite nicely by the velcro. 2. The plumbing washers I currently have haven't shown any problems. That being said, I did want to pick up something like this during the planning stages of this build. I'll get these if there's any problem with the plumbing washers.

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

Reminds me of the Core P3 and P5

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

I actually took inspiration from that.

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

I think acrylic is a better way to go compare to wood, or maybe metal. But its good anyway, at least, its modded.

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

Is acrylic strong enough to mount hardware to? If so, I know a possible upgrade in the future. Thanks for the advice, dude!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

If it's thick enough, yeah.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow this is awesome looking! This is getting featured.

+1

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for checking it out, I appreciate it.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Featured

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Maybe....

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Very original and great looking too.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you. Like I said, it was super cheap to get a modded PC like this.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Very cool! +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Since you upgraded the power supply, why not an RX 470? It does much better than the 1050, for not much more. Did you get a good deal on it?

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I was only allowed to really spend $200 for Christmas. The parts already came over that threshold so I didn't want to push it. I really wanted that 470 though, believe me.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

True.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

The 1050 is ~$110 whereas the RX 470 is ~$170. I think you're getting confused with the 1050 Ti.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. In the lower end (1050 / 460 vs. 1050Ti / 470) Nvidia and AMD switch off. 1050 would be a better choice in the low end.

P.S. The R9 280 beats the 1050Ti.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Well looking at how the 1050 touches the side panel, I'm not sure a bigger GPU will even fit

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

It will. GPU dimensions tend to only expand in length, not width. A select few cards are wider. but most cards should fit just fine.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

It would not, any bigger GPU would require external power not from the motherboard itself. That would require a complete rework of the design.v

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok true, I didn't think about connectors. I thought there was space.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it will but a dual-slot card will need more bracket support on the I-O side.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

It would not, any bigger GPU would require external power not from the motherboard itself. That would require a complete rework of the design.v

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

great job! that looks really good

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

That's really cool man, awesome way to salvage some old hardware.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

It was all about keeping the budget low. Thanks for checking it out!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

My hero

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Very cool, I really appreciate the craftmanship. +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for using velcro strips on the hard drives, never seen that done before! thumbs up.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I can imagine keeping an SSD in place with velcro, but can't imagine it holding a PSU on it's side like that. Must be strong velcro!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish I remember the exact velcro I used. It seemed pretty strong while putting it on.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice work, good modding

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it's the start to many more projects.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely a good read, and a sweet use of innovation and resourcefulness to create something out of the ordinary!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, dude!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

ToastyThomas, I have thought about this design as well, as a substitute for your stand offs try these 'Stainless Steel 25 x 120mm Advertising Nail Glass Standoff Pin' [https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00880DJ5C/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=287FANFAH3N32&coliid=IF5JJI6SCKPK6]

Also with the wood comes the various comments if it can handle the environment it is subjected to, you could try a wood base with a acrylic mount for each piece that way the acrylic is hidden behind but allows a interesting conversation piece if you choose to light it from behind.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

That was the dream concept. I didn't spend enough time on Amazon though to find those! I might just pick those up! Thank you!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

This story was amazing! +1, love the creativity. :)

Congrats on feature, well deserved!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome high quality case: 130$ An experience of building your own case with dad: priceless.

I would +2, if I could.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I really enjoy that thought. You are absolutely correct.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I love that case, man! Excellent!

+1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Grats on the feature...that is some very nice work to transform a PC someone tossed. You have a lot of potential and I know doing this has given you lots of new ideas. Keep at it and stay creative...your talents are shining through:)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I am already excited for a future project. I just need some hardware!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Try and velcro the whole thing to the wall :D ..or just a desk top.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

ahhaa Maybe.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I LOVE IT. The only thing I would recommend is some screw caps to put on to the screw holding the plexiglass. It would add a lot to and already amazing concept

+1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, my dad beat you to it! He suggested that the second I screwed the screws in. I definitely will add them soon! Thank you.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Well done! I believe I will one day see your work in the Mad Reader Mod section of CPU magazine. Great to see old made new again. Keep it up.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe! Thank you.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

This is beautiful and very creative. Excellent job and congrats on the feature!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate it, man!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent refresh of old parts. +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build amazing

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

My only question is: how does dual-channel work when you have 3x 2g and 1x 4g? That seems like an incompatible configuration... otherwise dude this is a sick build.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for being late but honestly I don't know. Maybe the dual-channel doesn't work but the RAM itself does.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Job. :) Great home built case.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I just had to upvote this because your custom case looks very much like a zebra zero black case for the raspberry pi zero. raspberrypifan can hopefully back me up on that.

yes, I am a raspberry pi fan as well, and an Arduino fan. somebody kin please respond so I don't feel like a loner, oh wood you please?

here come the puns... bonsai!

with Arduino and rpis combined, I have tree. I will leave these in my will (ow, makes me cringe to think about it) to anyone who de-alienates me.

If u have a dog, will that case keep out fir?

and(justatip,ifuareinariver,keeprowan)

I tried too hard.

P.S.: can u fit that in a sequoia? and redwood be a cool color to try next.

oakay, ill stop.

(a hurricane maple ur PC out of ur house, so make sure it walnut.

wow, I figure I am going to get sooooo much flack for this...

my palm hurts now...

someone turn me to ash

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

can you elaborate?

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  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

last part... T(ree)MI, man

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

why the hate on the rx 460?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

A strikijg resemblance to my Core P5... I love it

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this and would love to build something similar myself... really nice story too.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, congrats! Before building my last PC I had similar ideas for a custom case, but I lacked the courage and skills to make something usable, lol. Are you using the case in the standing position, with the plexi window on the side? Doesn't the case vibrate with the movement of the fans on the CPU Cooler, GPU and PSU?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

The case doesn't vibrate. Or at least not enough for me to hear it. It is standing up.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I wood say got wood, but I'm afraid some wood not get it.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! I wish I had your set of skills for carpentry. I had to buy a case from a manufacturer like a normal person =(

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not carpentry. I literally just cut the wood to size with a saw, sanded it, painted it, and screwed it in.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

You did a really good job. It looks very clean

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

This is very nice! I just completed the computer portion of mine which has a similar concept and your tip about standoffs would have been helpful. I'll upload it once the aesthetics are complete. It's going to be a Matrix Sentinel.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

How's it coming along?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Just temporarily wired the face of it and put the face and shell on two days ago!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

UPDATES I LOVE THIS IDEA

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey ah, check out the featured build... :P

(or if you see this too late just check my completed builds) :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

lol good one.... i've seen builds like this before on tube but only a little bigger and more spaced out.... ive been wanting to do something similar over the traditional case. just one question. with it being so open, how is it with dust??

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I now have dust filters on the PSU and graphics card fans.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

ok cool.... i would assume that it being open that its cooler than the traditional and hows the noise?

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

My temps are listed somewhere. The noise isn't too bad. Since it is under my desk for now, the noise is low when i am above the desk. I plan on wall mounting it soon so that might change the noise level.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

wait, how do you turn it on?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

There is a small switch connected to the power header tucked underneath the HDD.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

This is amazing! It looks so neat and the pictures are... 10/10

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

congratulation now you make yor pc look like a coffee table

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

thank for you a wonderful idea! :)

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a cool build but why did you go with the stock cooler? You could have gone with a Corsair H60 and it would have looked better. Great Build :)

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Where would I mount it? Why would I need additional cooling for a non-overclockable CPU?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome besides you used the shitiest piece of wood you can find

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I appreciate the fact that you find my post multiple months late and then insult me.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

hi

  • 30 months ago
  • -1 points

I would probably recommend buying another case or seeing what else you can find for a case, because doesn't wood warp? not to mention also absorb moisture? You could find cheap or free second hand old cases that would work.

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

I honestly don't know. My dad and his ever infinite knowledge didn't seem concerned. I didn't have a lot of forethought at all when it came to building this in the future-proof department. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I hate how u cant put the first arm of that guy there...

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed keep the case, as long as it's kept inside none of those things will be an issue

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the reassurance!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the reassurance!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Naw, once it's painted, it shouldn't be a problem.

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  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

ya

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  • 30 months ago
  • 7 points

I... Just... Uh... Jesus you have time on your hands lol

  • 30 months ago
  • 5 points

That's just jipster ply-ing his trade. Sorry, I'll see myself out.

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  • 30 months ago
  • 4 points

Nailed it!

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, He was. So was my grandpa. :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

lol good one.... i've seen builds like this before on tube but only a little bigger and more spaced out.... ive been wanting to do something similar over the traditional case. just one question. with it being so open, how is it with dust??

  • 30 months ago
  • 4 points

I'm lost for words, and breath. Thank you for making me laugh. :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 0 points

Lol i love your build even though you could have gotten a 4th gen i5 and it would have been VR compatible

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Read the description. Explained all of that.

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

saw this. wasn't prepared.

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  • 30 months ago
  • 5 points

D, do you just click on every user that replies to you...

I just made a mistake

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

You're late.

Inb4 jipster Inb4 feature. =-)

Knot to put you on the sport or anything

Don't you mean, 'spot'?

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  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Hmm... true..

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

hey jip, check out my lower comment

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I enjoyed the pun, thanks!

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