Steam Punk Gaming PC designed by my dad. The actual computer case is the NZXT S340 listed, but the cabinet it's stored in was bought from target. My dad modded it using vintage parts such as the gauges and the switches. Currently the switches just turn on the lights and the furnace on side. We built the computer roughly a year ago and it has been able to play games such as the Witcher 3 and Dark Souls 3 on ultra setting. The rig does get hot, but the cabinet is ventilated well enough to where that hasn't been an issue. The keyboard was an old HP wireless keyboard we had lying around. My dad also steampunked the monitor but it ended up getting converted into a beautiful mirror.
Here's the Story from my Dad:
So, my son asked me if I knew what Steampunk was…Yes, why do you ask, I replied…Can you build me a Steampunk case for the computer I’m building? Uh, um yes! And that’s how it started.
Originally, I was planning on a mod involving a genuine antique radio or cabinet, but the ones I was finding at thrift stores were either too pricey, or too damn heavy. I finally opted for something easier to work with. A screw it together pre-finished “Target” on line cabinet. The dimensions were perfect for the mod, just had to retrofit and reinforce the entire freaking cabinet.
There were four areas that needed to vent out of the case for the cooling fans to do their job. I needed access to the control surface of his computer, and lastly, I wanted the computer to be able to slide into and out of the case easily for maintenance, repairs and transportation. I found that with all the holes that needed to be cut for functionality, the case would be way too wobbly to survive the first idiot that decided to lean on it. Seriously, in the beginning, it looked like a giant Jenga puzzle with too many pieces missing!
Therefore, every horizontal plane that meets a vertical support post has been reinforced with steel angle brackets. I also reinforced all the interior shelving and used doweling on the support posts. I wanted it to have wheels to make it easier to move around, so I drilled out the legs and bought a set of vintage style wheels to insert.
Ebay is great for buying vintage gauges, Knife edge “Frankenstein” switches, control panel lights, and even a 3D flickering flame graphic that I modified by placing a light behind to give it a “boiler room” look.
The copper panels were achieved by using “Rustolium Hammered Copper” spray paint. (Love the stuff!)
I used stencils to spray on the corner designs, and actual antique cabinet hardware I had in the garage on either side of the cabinet door. I had to remove the mirror the cabinet came with, and replaced it with a piece of mahogany plywood. I bought an old oval mirror and frame at a vintage store, replaced the mirror with clear Plexiglas and mounted it to the door front.
The four glowing tubes on the top of the case were made from those tubes that florists stick long stem flowers in…Love repurposing stuff! I stuck a coiled copper wire in them as a filament and lit them using the innards from those mini electric votive candles I bought from Michaels…Another fun place to shop!
My Taco Bell dinner is getting cold, so I think I’m going to rap this up now…Hope you enjoyed the posting.
TL;DR: Beautiful steampunk computer built by creative dad and son who wanted to play games.