Description

After graduating high school, I decided to do something over the summer so I wouldn’t be sitting around for two months. Building a case is what I decided to do and it took alot longer than I thought it would. I spent a good two months working on this case to make it just the way I wanted and it turned out better than I could have expected.

Link to the old build.

CPU – Microcenter had a good deal on it.

CPU Cooler – I wanted to try an AIO liquid cooler, so I got a cheap one.

Memory – I got this back in Febuary of 2012, when it was cheap and never had a reason to change it.

Storage – The V300 is from the previous build and I carried it over when I got the 500GB EVO.

Video Card - When I got this card, the fan on it was completely dead. I zip tied two 92mm PWM fans to the heat sink, so now it is basically a quadruple slot card, but at least it stays cool.

Power Supply – It’s a quality PSU at a decent price. Never had any problems with it unlike my previous CX600.

Case – This is where things get interesting. When I first started out on this project, I thought it would maybe take three weeks, but as I started to actually build it, I realized just how long it would take to complete the case in the way I wanted it to be done. I wanted to build a clear case that actually looked good. I had seen some cheap clear cases online, but they just didn’t look that great to me. I wanted to build something better. Something that could sit on my desk and not get scratched up everytime I touched it so it would still look good in a few years. The first thing I did was lay out all my test parts to decide how to place things inside the case. I took the measurements and bought the polycarbonate and aluminum to start building. After I made the frame, I cut each polycarbonate panel to fit inside. The hardest part of making the case was fitting the rear I/O panel. Luckily, I measured about twenty times before cutting and making the rear panel, so it actually fit. After I finished making the case, I took it all apart and plasti-dipped the aluminum. When I assembled the case for the final time, I added fan filters to the front two fans, bottom fan, and the PSU. Something interesting about the way the case is made it that the I/O panel goes in after the motherboard, because of how the motherboard secures onto the motherboard tray and how the I/O panel is put in from the outside of the case.

Overall, I am really happy about how the case turned out. I thought the mistakes would be visible and cables would ruin the look, but I was able to hide most of the cables behind the motherboard. The leds on the front fans, power and reset buttons, and the cpu waterblock really make this build pop in the dark.

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 16 points

What hard work and determination for creating your own clear, customized case. Your two months on this has paid off. You have my up-vote for darn certain. Great effort and lovely job.

  • 46 months ago
  • 6 points

Thank you!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Dang it, you just said exactly what I wanted to say.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 5 points

If you put this much effort into college youll have no problem in life. Nice job

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

If you had welded the aluminium, where you had cuts in the back, then ground off the excess then painted, this case would be very strong. Otherwise, great work!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I wish I could have welded the aluminum, but I don't have the tools nor skill needed for welding aluminum.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

If you can find a machine shop or a welding shop, they usually charge about $60 an hour. With the small corners you had to weld, it could be even less. But it's all painted now, so not much else to do besides admire the work you did.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

That case.... Is beautiful....

+1

Can I buy one? I would pay $100 for it :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Maybe if I got them mass produced.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

How much would they go for? I am interested in buying.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

3D printing! :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Which you should.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

make one in mini ITX size!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the project man! It was worth the hard work, grats on being featured

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

great work! :)

+1

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

That is damn impressive! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. The video card is so makeshift, but it doesn't even matter because CLEAR CUSTOM CASE!!!! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Kewl

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You, sir, are truly too legit to quit. Well done.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW This is off the chain dam good work very nice build in my book

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Impressive. Must have been fun. The result looks very good. Must be rewarding! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW! How much did it cost to make the case? Also where would be a good place to start if i wanted to make my own case? You really made me want to make my own case. How are the Temps in the case?

+1 for Awesome and inspiring build!!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It probably cost a few hundred dollars for all the parts. Little things add up quickly. If you want to make one, then get some old parts for sizing so you don't damage good components. Also look up templates on the internet for fan holes and motherboard standoff locations. It's much easier to drill holes correctly when using a template.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like the cable management in this build. Despite the fact it is a clear case, you managed to hide most of the cables behind the motherboard. Well done. +1

This case looks heavy as hell.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build, also, how's the 8320E treating you?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet, talk about embracing the side window to its fullest. :D 1+

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Speaking of which, spray with some Windex and now you have a REAL PROBLEM

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

impressive

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a great custom made case. Good work. There is one thing i don't see in custom made casing and nobody don't seem to mention it. I really think some people are missing the importance of grounding your motherboard. The MB screw mounts are their ground contact. They need some sort of connection with the power supply casing/ground. You should protect your hard work. A simple wire jumper will do the trick.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

This guy literally built a pc.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

YOU GOT FEATURED!

NICE!

:D

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

id love to do something like this, build your own case lol , id build a case around having (2) 200mm in the front and 2-200m on top and a 140 at the back and bottom, this is a cool build, i love it!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice PSU ;) And wonderful close! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

When are you starting mass production and how can I order one of these?

;)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you did a mighty find job! Love the look of "Clear"...

Where did u see clear cases at on line?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Really great work, genuine respect +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

y isn't that case in production

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I would pay for this case! :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thumbs up for the case initiative! Although you can get a lot more functionality out of this volume this is perfect learning experience. I am looking forward your next even more awesome case : )

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Why no pictures in the dark? that would look great with the clear case

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It looks really good in real life, but my camera sucks so the pictures in the dark are really grainy.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome job on that case. That looks like a very well done for acceptable costs kinda design. It came out excelent an you didnt even have to get too expensive with the materials and such, just a bit creative, which is nice.

That said, your next step should be an eventual swapping of that psu for a full modular with custom cables to really show off the clear case. If you can get or build a back plate for the gpu it would help also lol. the custom fans on it dont look too bad from the veiw in case, but the solder points are drawing major notice :P

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, a modular power supply would be really nice. I might look into making a gpu backplate, that would be awesome.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Good choice of CPU

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Truly jealous of your creativity and patience, +1! Although what I'm curious about, what is that CPU cooler with the red fan in the early pictures?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

https://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-cpu-cooler-rcxz1

It's actually a good little CPU cooler for what it is.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 Just because I started crying with joy when I saw this build

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Has anyone else noticed that Micro Center is no longer on the list of merchants? What's going on?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks great. Being that your build lives in a glass house, does it respond poorly to criticism? :P

Nice work.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

How much did the case cost to build?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

8320E? I mean ok I guess...

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, sweet custom case.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 5 points

Yea, the Diablotek PSU was just for sizing. It was really good for that because it's so light.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. I wonder why it is so light. LOL. What a POS PSU.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

He got lucky. That Diablotek would likely have fried this PC for sure.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm sure somewhere in this world Jipster is giving a nod of approval