(12-14-2013) Final Pics HERE
This started out as a budget way to try my hand at some pc gaming that went a little overboard. lol:D After looking through the forums i was inspired with what people do with less so I figured I would try. Did some custom covers, fabrication, paint, vynil, and even got my hands dirty on a little sleeving. The case while not being the norm and is a little unatractive puts a smile on my face everytime I think of what it looks like on th inside.
Hope you read through and see what all went into this.
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD65 previously Asus P8P67 Pro Rev 3.1
CPU: Intel i7 3770k previously 2500k
Ram: 16GB Corsair Vengeance 2133mhz
Graphics: 2 XFX HD7870 Black Edition in Crossfire
Sound card: Creative Sound Blaster Z
Power supply: Corsair TX850w
CPU Cooling: Corsair H100i
Case Cooling: Corsair SP and AF series along with an Akasa viper
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128gb ssd , Seagate 2tb hard drive
New updates start on post # 20 Post #20 link
Final pictures are on post 44, Post #44 Link
The original build (or phase 1) is in the spoiler if you want to see what it looked like before. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Not to long ago I decide to build myself a budget gaming pc, AND after being inspired by the creativity and work put into the builds on these forums I decided I'd have a go at it as well.
Let me start by saying that while I know the case is not the prettiest in the world for me its the inside that counts, hence the sleeper in the title. To others it might look like an old ugly pc but to me it fits the bill pretty nicely.
On to the pics. I'm going to start with the finished outcome.
(old setup newer pictures start on post #20. 02/10/2013)
Very hard to get a good saturated light shot with a cell phone. The light looks alot better in person.
Parts list is as follows:
*Asus P8P67 Pro Rev 3.1
*Intel 2500k @4.2ghz
*Corsair Vengeance 16gb 2133mhz
*Corsair TX850 power supply
* 2 XFX HD 6870's in crossfire
*1 OCZ Vertex 4 128gb ssd
*2 Seagate 1tb hdd
*1 80gb Western Digital hdd
This is an old Gateway computer that was purchased back in 2001. There is no cable management here so alot of cutting had to be done to feed wires etc. I have stuff in my garage from working on cars so all the supplies were there and figured id put them to use.
After I made some "cable management" holes on the case and painted the innards it was time to mount the board
Its a very tight fit with the cooler master fan right up against the ram. I trimmed a mm or 2 off the fan frame to clear the ram and not put any pressure on it.
Also painted the cooler to match the cards some.
After reading threads of moddrs mesh and reading about options to simply purchase mesh type office products I went out and bought me a 6.99 dollar (us) trash can and proceeded to have a go at it. The results was this
I wanted to be able to enjoy my handywork a little and after more reading got a hold of some cheap led strips and cheap pice of plexi.
And here are some before and after shots for comparison
All in all I had fun doing this and I coontinue to be inspired by all the creativity I see here from wonderfully crafted wood cases to custom sheetmetal cases/stands/desks and even chairs!
If funds allow in the future my next pc build wont be to budget minded and I can follow in the watercooling/braiding and custom cases ive seen on here.
Hope you enjoy this as much as I had fun building.