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This summer i plan on building my own custom computer case, is it possible to do this?
What would the cost be?
How would i start?
Is it hard?
Any advice?
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Very possible and many have done so.
Matters what material you use to make it.
Design it using something like Google Sketch first.
Matters how skilled you are.
Take your time, measure twice, cut once.
     
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You would want to use a tinker toy type structure first for the skeletal system. Most guys use plexi to make the outside skin because it is easier to work with than steel but you can use steel as well.
    
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Wood is another completely viable option. But you have to really work to make these look quality, but when they do, man they're nice.
     
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Originally Posted by Enigma8750 View Post
You would want to use a tinker toy type structure first for the skeletal system. Most guys use plexi to make the outside skin because it is easier to work with than steel but you can use steel as well.
i was planning to use steel, and also my step dad is a master with basically anything to do wih building things. He does HVAC and has built COUNTLESS things and fixed even more. So as far as skill goes ill do just fine, but is it easy to do? How long will it takt, and i want to use steel so how hard would that be?

Tinker toys, really? Would that work?
Edited by Smoblikat - 1/27/11 at 11:41am
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post #6 of 9
You are in luck, if your dad is in HVAC.
this means he is proficient at working with sheet metal. It also means he has all the tools you will need.
Yes it is a good idea to learn sketchUp first.

Why sketchUp?
-its FREE
-its Simple
-its compadable with lots of file types
-And its just darn fun

It would be very helpful to look at top of the line cases, to get ideas for the structure and functionality. Keep in mind Cable Management, component access, distance from component to component. and so on.

Here is a idea I played with on SketchUp yesterday and it took me all but 5 minutes to create.
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post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by cayennemist View Post
You are in luck, if your dad is in HVAC.
this means he is proficient at working with sheet metal. It also means he has all the tools you will need.
Yes it is a good idea to learn sketchUp first.

Why sketchUp?
-its FREE
-its Simple
-its compadable with lots of file types
-And its just darn fun

It would be very helpful to look at top of the line cases, to get ideas for the structure and functionality. Keep in mind Cable Management, component access, distance from component to component. and so on.

Here is a idea I played with on SketchUp yesterday and it took me all but 5 minutes to create.
Ive been looking at some cases and i have the coolest, never been done before way to place hard drives, that increases airflow, and decreases space required for HDD placment. I will also check out that sketching thing.
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You should check out the case mod work logs. Look for "scratch" builds. You'll learn lots from reading through those threads.
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You also can just draw a few on paper first.
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