This case mod was more than an inspiration than just a normal case mod. I wanted to have something unique and also I wanted to create something that I can have in my living room. This all started by not being able to go to blizcon since I was not able to secure 2 tickets for me and my fiancée I wanted to have a Home theater computer that would be fun and unique to have in my living room so I may watch it. So I came up with one of the basic modern marvels of the 1930's-1940's and I am going to show you how this was done
It started on craigslist. looking for something that was during the world war 2 era. I found this one for $120 dollars. The lady broke the top of the cabinet. This is a 1935 Sparton Standup radio. The radio tuner on this was completely gone but as you can see the cabinet was in pretty decent shape. I started out by taking off the all the buttons and such as well as using some putty to close out the holes in the cabinet that I was not able to use.
This motherboard is a Pentium D processor for 2.6 GHz with 3 gigs of ram and a 250 gig hard drive. This is a courtesy from a gateway desktop that I purchased for $60 dollars. All gutted out who says recycling is bad.
This is a tube that came out of the broken tuner from the radio. When I played this over and over again. I wanted to recycle something original so I cut a hole at the bottom of this tube and inserted three orange LED's that I purchase on eBay for $5.00 dollars.
Here is what I started to get involved starting with the top half I clipped the modded tune on the cabinet, and made sure that the two buttons were in place and of course I wired them all up. Now with this original radio I went ahead and measured out the 0riginal 10' inch subwoofer that came with it and bought a new one from eBay for $34 dollars . I also purchase for $10 dollars a small car amplifier that I screwed in the side of the cabinet.
Using the original board that slides in and out of the cabinet that was used to hold the radio tuner. I bought a piece of plexi glass from Home depot for like 79 cents and cut it down to size. Then I took the extra metal standoff's and use gorilla glue and affixed them to the plexi glass. Also I wanted to use little wooden shims and installed them to the bottom the plexi glass so I may be able to have the main board off the wood mostly to make sure the air can travel through
Underneath the sliding board. I have affixed the hard drive caged from the gateway to the board. Also I purchased a Laptop hp blueray cd drive for like $18 dollars. And I bought a converter that would connect the main board to use the cd drive. In case that you have not figured out I use wood and made a holder that I would be able to take out the drive easily incase that it breaks later on from continued use.
This is what it looks like after everything was completed. So overall I was quite happy with the setup inside the cabinet.
After complete sanding and lacquer. this is the final product the buttons now match I painted them both black. So now I have this installed next to my 50inch lcd monitor all ready for blizzcon. And I have something unique for my living room that I can speak to for all my friends and family.
Hopefully later on this week I would be able to give you guys a youtube video so i may show you how it looks like when it is running . And also I used windows 7 and hate windows 8 and its not user friendly at all. Please let me know what you all think