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Hey guys one of my friends is wanting to build or have a custom case built. Its a pretty complex idea and I've been helping him with ideas for materials and the like.

Here is a picture of what he is wanting to make. Also we haven't tried mocking anything up in any CAD or 3d programs yet.



I've been suggesting he take a cheap case in a motherboard form factor he wants and gut it for the motherboard tray. Then use acrylic for the outer housing since from what I've read its fairly easy to work with once you learn the basics. Any advice from anyone that has done complete custom cases would be great.
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I made mine out of wood (it's in my sig rig).

Overall I am moderately happy with it, although I wish I would have spend more on some higher quality wood. The stuff I got was pine, and it wasn't super straight or flat. I got impatient with the lathe/sander and didn't get the results I wish I did.

If you have the time and money (for nicer cuts) to do wood, I would say it's a very rewarding and cool looking IMO. Although the look he seems to be going for may be better off done with acrylic.

As far as pulling a mobo tray from another case, that's exactly what I did and it worked great thumb.gif
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Macbook Pro 13"
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i3 2120 EVGA Z77 FTW EVGA GTX 760 SC ACX PNY 2x4Gb 1866 CL10 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
OWC Mercury Electra 240Gb CM Hyper TX3 Windows 10 LG 34UM95 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Apple Keyboard Seasonic 430W Rosewill Challenger Logitech G302 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i5 4278U Iris 5100 8Gb DDR3 256Gb PCIe SSD 
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El Capitan Windows 10 
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