Great to hear The Classic has inspired you! I'm pretty sure someone did something like a HAM radio years ago. If you search in completed builds and sort the order by most popular I think its in the first 20 or 30 from memory. Or maybe I searched for antique radio pc's or something similar. I'm sure you'll find it - pretty sure he got the dials working as power and volume for the PC.
All the best with your build, and stay safe mate!
Fantastic build! I love seeing this sort of unique stuff on PCPP. It's what keeps us all coming back time and again.
I absolutely love what you have done with your radio my man! If mine was a feature last year I cannot for the life of my understand how this wasn't the same and more. If you are willing so share your design for the front twist knobs I will almost certainly use it on my next build...which is just about to get underway.
The last one I actually sold toward the end of last year to finance this new one - it's a great way to keep making while minimising the hole it creates in your wallet.
This is truly incredible! I can't believe it didn't get more love on PCPP - some serious next level work!
Sorry but not really. There wasn't anyone or any place specific I learned from. In fact of lot of video's were just random non-computer DIY videos about how to work with Bakelite and Acrylic. So depending on the materials you'll be working with, just search away in google and YT.
If your thinking of working in a custom case along the lines of a radio, old games console, record player, CB unit, etc, then the starting place has to be with the case. Find whatever it is you think is perfect to build a computer in, and then make sure that the components will fit! This is probably more important than just about anything else. No point having a beautiful and unique shell like my bakelite radio if nothing will fit in it in a functional way. So get detailed internal and external dimensions before you buy the custom case, then make sure there are components out there that will work in the space you have. In other words you need to do as much design on paper prior to even making purchases, as you do actually spending time on the build.
From there, every custom case is different. Different materials, design considerations, as well as your personal use case. So just use Youtube and Reddit for the various bit of random info you will need to do the actual modding and building. Take your time and ask questions when you're not sure. Good luck!
Nope, she's still chugging along and doing very nicely thanks!
I did build a much smaller HTPC out of a 1950's bakelite radio case, and it turned out awesome!
Since building (and selling) that one, I've gotten hold of a full sized timber cabinet radio from the 50's. Inside that I'm planning to build myself a new VR HTPC, as well as include a NAS, a Sonos speaker, Google Home Mini, Hubitat Smart Home Hub, and maybe some more bits and pieces. It should be pretty epic so keep an eye out later this year :)
Fantastic idea, and fantastic build. I'm sure you'll have these kids hooked in no time!
Cheers Kaleb. It's amazing to still be getting the odd messages from folks about this build so long after I posted it. Glad people are still getting a kick out of it. I know I am!
Cheers mate, hope it gives you some ideas for something cool to build yourself
Thanks Ogre, it's still sitting pretty on my entertainment unit here at home. Love it!
LMAO - Thanks Dan!
Yes, this. Can OP give us some desk details?
Full marks to the PCPP mods for giving this a feature, regardless of said salt. It'll spark some conversation at the very least.
Either way I love the build, and the desk, and despise RGB in a similar fashion to OP. Admittedly it's not really necessary to frame it the way he did though.
With a setup like this, you're well positioned to take over the world. But even if you don't manage that, I'd still like to give you a +1 for such a fracking awesome build!
Thanks mate, glad you like!
Glad you like the look of the build. Yeah maybe one day I could upgrade the CPU, but I have a full on desktop gaming PC in my office for that. This was designed as a Home Theatre PC, so for casual TV gaming on the couch, watching Netflix, runnng a Plex server, etc. Not much need for a top end CPU for this particular use case.
Thanks mate, yep I do use the PC for casual gaming on the TV in the living room. I also use it as Plex Server for movies, TV and music on all the devices around the house.
An absolute piece of artwork mate! Shame the PCPP homepage is rendering build images so poorly nowadays, otherwise I'm sure you'd have more votes than this.
Well said...couldn't agree more. Seems a little odd given the site itself is about building desktop computers.
The home page looks really odd and simplistic. Images of builds, in particular the featured build section are extreme close ups and fuzzy. Wasted space abounds all around the single, fuzzy image. It all kinda ruins the impact of the page entirely.
Throughout the site itself the default size of text is huge, and takes up way too much space as a result. Spacing is so awkward that it seems design was an after thought. I get that this new layout will work across platforms and devices, but I have to say respectfully, you seem to have missed the mark on a lot of the basics.
I'm on a 1080p 13" laptop using Chrome, or my 1440p desktop. I can see from the comments that things have improved greatly for mobile, but that really isn't the case for traditional PC's. That's a great shame, as that's what this site is all about.
Great build and congrats on the feature!
On a side note, WTF has happened to this site? Worst redesign in the history of history.
Not sure if you've just rolled out the cycling code onto the PCPP, but either way I can confirm the UI for PCPP is now officially a complete and utter mess! Love you guys, but this is definitely not good. Kinda looks like some primary school kids have had a crack at it
Or maybe Morpheus and Neo for a spot of Matrix hacking!
This thing is ridiculously cool! Imagine rocking up at a LAN party with it....you'd be the coolest cat in town no doubt. Great work!
It would be cool, but by the time they finished it everything will be EV and autonomous anyway. Very few people will own their own car by 2030.
Fantastic build mate! Congrats on the feature, clearly well deserved :)
Love the pic of the mage at the LAN party! Classic stuff, and great build!
Absolutely love this...exquisite work! As much as the pistons and smoke are super cool, I love the circular cutouts for the 2080 intake fans. Such a simple yet fantastic idea...case manufacturers take note, could be a great optional extra to sell side panels for certain popular GPU models.
Great build! I also have a Vive but have to admit to not using it much these days. What are your favourite games right now that you would recommend to get me back into it?
Such a beautiful office you have my friend...oh and a nice PC too
I'm in Australia right now, and can confirm without doubt that it is indeed a conspiracy theory.
lmao - even new PC builders hate the stock Noctua fan colours. Nice build!
Go for it mate, glad you like the build!
Sold the internals to a local guy who restores antique electronics. He was stoked!
Welcome to the PC Master Race my man! The console has its place but the PC will always deliver flexibility, power and individuality.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Many thanks mate - things have been improving lately which has been fantastic. Has allowed me to finally finish this build too!
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.
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
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!)
Thanks man - it does kinda tick all those boxes which is very satisfying. Glad you like!
Thanks heap mate, glad you like!
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 :)
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