This build recently replaced an older rig based around an i7 6600k / GTX 980 and is used to drive a multitude of DIY game related accessories I've built over the years. These include:
- PC Gaming setup (Purple Pixel Eater)
- Racing simulator (R-Pod MKII)
- Arcade cabinet (Vewlix Slim)
- Console style cabinet (Raptor)
- Space Simulation Seat (CP-1)
The Purple Pixel Eater desk is a heavily customized Trexus (very stable with a vanity board to hide the powerstrip and cabling) with a custom built monitor shelf with the monitor mount embedded into it. The PC sits on a dedicated display stand which also serves as a cabinet for hiding the router, another powerstrip and associated cabling.
The Vewlix Slim arcade cabinet was originally built in 2009 but has undergone a few modifications to get it into the state it's in now. I use my personalised Maximus Arcade front end to access to games. It uses Sanwa parts and houses a 4.1 sound system running in dual stereo.
The R-Pod MKII replaced a previous and much simpler version. This project alowed me to develop my rudimentary DIY skills further and most of the techniques used were really ju experimentations on my part. This took about 350 hours to complete. It uses Fanatec hardware and houses 4 Buttkicker mini LFEs for tactile feedback. I plan on addeding 2 more screens at some point when I have more space available.
The Raptor was built for my son to allow us to enjoy 2 player games in a more comfortable configuration and has seen a lot of action over the years. I would like to revisit the white side panels at some point an use a different colour to give some individuality.
The CP-1 space simulation seat is a current work in progress with the intention to use VR for Elite Dangerous and Star Citizen. Everything is custom made including all the seat panels / upholstery.
With all the projects, I have tried to give them their own individuality whilst still tying them together with a similar aesthetic style. Everything was built with a fairly basic toolset using a small workbench set up in the garage or outside depending on the weather.
What I enjoy as much as anything is having an idea and doing everything I can to realise the original essence and function. I find this hobby really rewarding.
The PC build may not be as impressive as many, I am very happy with the outcome and feel I get value for money from it as it servers a multitude of functions