Description

EDIT: Thank you for featuring the build! All of the positive support and kind comments mean so much :D

Hi all,

This is my second PC build, and the first build I am sharing here on PC Partpicker. This build is the culmination of literally 7+ months of (off and on) work, and nearly a year of planning. The PC features a 3D printed frame and shell, and laser cut side panels, all of which I designed myself. I hope you enjoy :)

THE BUILD PROCESS

Back in August of 2016, I had already began dreaming of a new build, as the Athlon in my first build was showing its age. I teased myself by looking at new, and much faster parts, but decided it would be best to wait until the end of my highschool career, when I would likely have some graduation money to spend. And thus, the wait for Zen began.

By Christmas of 2016, with 5 months of waiting under my belt, I decided I had to get started somehow. This is when it occurred to me that I could design my own case while waiting for Zen to be released. I began with rough concept sketches (on my phone in the dentist's office lol), and began 3D modeling from there. I worked off and on throughout my second semester, and the case went through a total of 11 revisions, with a few drastic design changes (Originally the case featured few 3D printed parts, and resembled a fully acrylic Lian-Li PC-08).

All of a sudden, June rolls around, and while the case design was approaching completion, I knew I needed to begin the project. The mass of hardware ordered inspired me to ramp up progress on the case, and I worked almost non-stop to settle on a design I was happy with by early July. After all of my waiting for Ryzen, I got to wait even more ( :P ) as the 3D modeled parts were printed (>150 hours), and the acrylic sheets were laser cut.

Finally, all components were in my possession and the rig was tested on the motherboard box. All that remained was to assemble the computer. This proved to be both very challening, and very rewarding. The parts were tapped for screws, and dremeled slighlty due to tolerance issues with the printer. The PC was assembled using the rear side panel as a sort of motherboard tray, and 3D printed frame parts (the blocky, rectangular ones) were slowly attached to it, followed by the 3D printed shell (the thin curved parts), and the front acrylic panel.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall, I am beyond satisfied with how my case and build turned out. It was such a fun process that allowed me to learn new skills and develop existing ones. The PC is something I am truly proud of, and I honestly can't stop staring at it ;) Though there are a few bugs I would like to get sorted out, whether soon, or in an upcoming revision. Firstly, the graphics card tends to run hotter than I would like. I have managed to keep the temperatures to around 75°C under load, with VRMs below 85°C, but this is a bit hotter than I am comfortable with, and the fans make the computer sound like it's going to take off. Also, the cable management is not quite what I would like it to be. It is a bit messy in some places, with cables hanging or free. The collection of cables behind the graphics card and riser cable leaves little/no room for airflow along the back of the card and may be contributing to the high temperatures.

Any comments and questions are appreciated. :)

Thank you for reading!

FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO KNOW

The case measures 6" x 16" x 14". Each Shell 3D printed piece took ~28 hrs @ 25% infill. Each Frame 3D printed piece took ~10 hrs @ 50% infill.

Part Reviews

CPU

All of waiting for Zen/Ryzen certainly paid off in this processor. For my mixed workloads of gaming, photo editing, and modeling, it has been superb! Especially when considering the wallet friendly price.

CPU Cooler

This is my first AIO, and I have loved every moment with it! Installation was a breeze thanks to NZXT's online guide. The cooler remains fairly quiet, even when the fans are at higher RPM. And of course, it is absolutely gorgeous.

Motherboard

Despite the fairly mixed reviews of this board, and the fact that it is no longer the only mITX Ryzen board, I do not at all regret purchasing this board. I will admit that the BIOS is a little bit clunky, but it certainly is navigable. Since this PC is designed to be a small desktop, instead of a portable LAN machine, I don't miss the exclusion of on-board wifi. I also appreciate Biostar's color neutral design (unlike the red competitors).

Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 58 points

2007: Hey, i can't get the case i want, i guess i will just deal with it and get whatever

2017: Hey, i can't find the case i want. That is okay, i will just print the one i want.

This is one hell of a job, be very proud.

  • 20 months ago
  • 5 points

3007: let me imagine the case and it'll show up in front of me.

  • 19 months ago
  • 3 points

You won't need a pc case in 3007 it will be immersive.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Nostalgia

  • 22 months ago
  • 9 points

This is fantastic...I've been looking for a mITX case that I like for a ryzen build for so long and this is just WOW. Beats anything you can buy from the store!

+1

  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

Exactly my goal! Thank you so much :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 10 points

pitch it to nzxt as the 'new cool ITX case design mixing style with size'

  • 22 months ago
  • 6 points

Oh, I could see this as an NZXT case

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Or Phanteks? :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

This would sell (at least, to me). I Love white cases with clear glass FULL PANELS! Not those little tiny things in the middle (cough cough talking to you S340). Also love the fact that the little lines from printing it are there. I love it!

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  • 22 months ago
  • 9 points

WOW, this needs to be a featured build The craftsmanship is outstanding and the build is gorgeous +1

  • 22 months ago
  • 5 points

Thanks! It means a lot to be recognized for my hard work :D

  • 22 months ago
  • 6 points

Lit build fam. But you do not have as many rgb's as me, so its irrelevant.

  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

True, your build is decked with rgb lol :D

  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

Yo OP, check out SFF forum! We do a ton of this kind of thing over there! :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Just did a little poking around, it looks like an amazing community! I think I'll be over there as well very soon ;) Thanks for the tip!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Woohoo! I'm the same username over there just btw, you can probably post this in the Custom Cases and Projects section, and then introduce yourself over in the Introductions sub-forum if you so desire :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

This looks absolutely fantastic. Great job!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Ty! :D

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

OMG This Pc is Sexy af, Nice ryzen build. :/.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you lol ;)

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

So cool man. This needs to be featured for sure

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the compliment! I hope so ( ^∇^)

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

I hope this gets featured.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

CALLED IT!!!!

Congratulations man!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. Beautiful and unique build. Im amazed. Great craftmanship on the case

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I really appreciate it!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

This is what winning looks like. +1

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

HaHa! Thanks so much ;)

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow This is taking it to a whole new level

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind comment :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice to see something different for a change. Unique!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you enjoyed it! :D

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

How not to upvote a custom made case?

Nice work here, and nice build, enjoy.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Yo featured build guy. Conrats!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

SEE? Ive been here from fresh!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Speechless. Amazing build.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

O M G

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

So, Can I buy a case like that from you? How much does it cost? Jk

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Could you print me a case like that?

jk but in all honestly this is beautiful. +1

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

It looks amazing. I also want to DIY a case for laptop components. I see you are using your own 3D printer. I wonder where you get your laser cut acrylic? The quality looks very impressive.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

A company from San Diego called ePlastics supplied and cut the acrylic for a very fair price :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

This is honestly amazing.. I'd pay a ton of money for a case like that! Well done~

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice build! I'm considering doing something similar but using my cnc router instead. Im pretty sure my 3d printer would take days just to print a case this size lol.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah printing all the parts took forever... Almost 2 weeks. If printed nonstop it would take ~7 days.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely amazing! Builds like this are why I come to this site. Congrats, it looks simply amazing! !

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

What a complement! Thank you!!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

beautiful build!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

That is just awesome, man. Are the blueprints for the case available, or will this just be a one-off? Anyway, have a +1 from me. :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Currently I am unsure... There are a few tweaks I'd like to make before making it available to the public, whether in digital or kit form. But we'll see ;)

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Now we need to 3D print the parts ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks amazing

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

This is really amazing! This build looks so clean and good! i love the colours and the kraken x62!!! congrats on the feature!

1+!!!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Well...that's something you don't see everyday...in fact never (at least I never did)!!! Very, very, very cool. Gotta give you your props. You could start a nice little side business designing custom computer cases. Very cool indeed. Nice job!!!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome creation. This really brings out the "Wow" expression in people.

Thumbs up.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment. I'm happy to know it wows people :D

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

the IKEA case!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Your 3D modeling skills and attention to detail are phenomenal for your age. Great work +1!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, that means a lot :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm speechless. First impressions: 'damn, i love that case.....i'm so adding that to my inventory'. Second impressions 'damn, he built his own, damn it!'. Amazing work bro! You got skill, patience and a great eye for detail. I love the overall design - looks amazingly clean and slick!

+1 and then some!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I love it! Thanks for the kind words

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

This is beautiful!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

This is why I still come to pcp even after finishing my build! Thank you for the inspiring build! Awesome.

What're your thoughts on your front intake design? This seems like the main instigator of poor airflow with the cables management being secondary. Did you decide to not have direct airflow following the acrylic fan mounts for aesthetic and/or structural reasons?

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

That's an interesting point, and yes the airflow was restricted for purely aesthetic reasons. In fact, the case doesn't even require the shell in order to stand (though it does support the graphics card with thumbscrews). After building, I realized that the acrylic fan mount could actually be flipped upside down, which would get more air to the bottom of the graphics card (where it seemed hottest), instead of cooling the side of the radiator. Oops :P I will also try to play around with SP vs AF fans. I'm not sure whether the resistance from the shell is great enough to make SP fans (currently equipped) worth it... If neither of these work, it may be time to think about adding vent holes in the shell... Or water cool ;)

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

good to know, thanks for the reply! Another explanation could be that the PEL used in your case simply has much lower thermal conductivity coefficient than a normal aluminum or steel case(0.13 vs 205 or ~50, so quiet different especially with aluminum), but it's hard to guesstimate this passive cooling impact relative to the heat moved by the case fans + radiators i.e. is it 10%, 5%, 0.5% etc?

I'm considering a wood case build(half aesthetics half I don't have access to an awesome 3d printer! ;), and am wondering if that would have potentially similar "breathing" issues as a polymer case.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, some trial and error might be the best way to figure it out... But anyway, I think a wood case would look awesome! Best of luck to you :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! You're making me want to spend a lot of money that I shouldn't....

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

I can 3D print but nothing like this...

Good job!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

holy moly that's incredible!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, I love the design of your case!! Is the psu hiding behind the vertical gpu? If so that's a really clever design! The only critique I have is that since (I'm guessing) there isn't any room behind the back panel for cable management, some of the psu cables, namely the cpu 8-pin, (though sexy and sleeved) have awkward/unsightly runs. Still though, fantastic work on the case overall

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep that's it! The GPU sits right in front of the PSU. Since posting I've done a little cable remanagagment, and tucked most of the cable slack for everything but the 8 and 24 pins into a corner. This leaves a little more room under the PCIe bridge and it looks a little tidier now. A graphics card with the 8 pin on the side of the card instead of the end would definitely look bette though.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Any plans on releasing the stl files?

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build. You deserve the feature! Do you think that the fact that the GPU is fairly close to the side panel could be contributing the the temps?

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

That's super tight. Beautiful build. New build goals for me now lol

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

That looks really, really good. What kind of 3D printer are you using? And why is the X52 upside down? This is the most original build that has ever been on PCPP as far as I have seen.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm using a Prusa i3 Mk2 (kit, though it is purchasable as a single completed unit). I have the x52 upside down due to clearance issues with the RAM. The NZXT letters are able to be turned off though, if the upside down isn't your thing.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Woah.......wow. +1 great job!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

ThermalTake is going to rip this off by holidays 2019, I just hope you're reimbursed in some way. Great job!!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol. I would be somewhat proud, though very sad to be stolen from.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

factor in the price of a 3d printer and i can do this myself for the low price of one single-family home. jk nice build lol.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

What a cool build! Finally something truly original. I had never imagined 3d printing a case, but, you did it! gg.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Build! It's nice to see everyone put time in there projects.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful, try playing with the fan curves to get desired temp/noise.

Also is there extra storage or just the one m.2? That's not a lot....you will probably find yourself running out pretty quick.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

There's just one m.2 on the board, but there are two mounts for 2.5 in drives on the bottom front of the case that will be populated soon

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

amazing!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Where did you get that (what I think is a) tempered glass side panel?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a laser cut sheet of acrylic — Check out the ePlastics website. They supplied the acrylic and cut it to my spec :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay. That's cool.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes! So happy you've pulled this off. Great work man!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Out of high school and printing your own PC case. You're going places with that killer can-do attitude.

You rocked it and you deserve the Feature. Also, it looks FANTASTIC!

You should be proud of yourself and your dedication. Keep this WAY UP!

100 Kudos! +1

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

That NZXT logo being upside-down is grinding my gears

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

This build will be Ryzen up to heaven ;) +1

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Clever ;)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to ad water to the kraken?

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

if you took that case to a LAN party, i bet it would get mistaken for an In Win case :D

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

This inspires me to design and build my own case now!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad to hear it!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

This is so amazing, it inspires me to make my own case. This is just so flipping bloody spectacular.

I have a question though, how does the RGB illuminate at the bottom of the case?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

There is a Hue+ light strip mounted along the bottom shell of the case ;)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

AHHH! I see know, i was confused at first, with how that works. I thought there was reflective glass of some sort doing that. Thank you for replying!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm geeking so hard over this. Beautifully done.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

This is insanely cool. That must be a ton of plastic. Super great build!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this! I hope this starts a trend of more printed case builds :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for finishing my build as we described OP, now you haven't lost my address have you? I'l DM them to you again.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

This is amazing! Awesome to see! Enjoy it :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

DIY done right!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I can only dream of lighting that nice on my PC. When I build my PC, I hope my lighting is as amazing as this.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

OML I NEED THE FILES FOR THIS XD

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been trying to design my own mITX enclosure but can't find an .stl of the motherboard mount with proper IO Sheild and 2-slot PCI-e bracket sizing and spacing, could you direct me to how I might get the file for this case or the mobo mount you used? Awesome build!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I used the specs found on the Protocase website. They have tons of resources for that kind of stuff. Sorry for such a late reply

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely brilliant!

But PLEASE add ventilation for your graphics card in the side panel. With the panel on, right now it's being choked for air. 2 circular holes with removable ultra fine dust filters is all it really needs.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I may be taking crazy pills but I thought the kraken didn't have rgb lights on the radiator fans! Did you mod it or do they really come like that? Also, beautiful build. Well done dude!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep you're right! I attached the NZXT aer RGB fans to it. Technically the fans are designed for airflow, not static pressure, but the difference in cpu temperature seemed pretty minimal.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much!!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build, love your case design!

  • 16 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, means so much! :D

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

The only problem with this build is the CPU cooler, lol, I mean I don't know you might of just flipped the PC over then took the pics ;)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

amazin

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey quick question where does the m2 ssd mount at?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

m.2 mounts on the rear of the motherboard :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build... you could print custom cases for people and sell them.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Oooph! That is a seriously fly build man. Total inspiration.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful case. can you send me the schematic? I would like to mod the case to have 3 fans in the front, USB 3.0 and be a full atx case. I could internet around too...

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I used about 2.5 spools. It could have been done in 2, but unfortunately I had a print fail over 24 hours in. Make sure to get more than you need though, so if something goes wrong, you have more filament from the same batch so the color matches perfectly.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

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