Introduction: Coca-Cola Computer

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This is a PC case built out of Coca-Cola merchandise. The computer's components came from a Dell Dimension 8500. If you attempt to do this on your own, be extra careful when cutting the aluminum cans, the edges are incredibly sharp. The computer is slightly exposed to the outside, but I use the computer for leisure activities, so my recommendation is that you use a computer that you have laying around the house to do this project.

You will need:
An old PC
Styrofoam
Coca-Cola Cans(20 Cans) if you want to do more on the top or use glass bottles that is fine to.
Coca Cola bottle carrying Case.
High Speed dremmle
Spray Glue
Wire Mesh
Screwdrivers
Thirst
Round File

Step 1: Empty Can's/Prep Computer

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You can do what I did, or you can empty the cans into a large pitcher. I drank about 30 cans of Coca-Cola in 3 days, my kidney's haven't been the same since. I personally recommend just puncturing a hole into the can and emptying it. Puncturing it first makes cutting easier in the long run. Once you have finished emptying cans, place them to the side and get your computer parts.

If you are going to use an older computer, unplug it before you strip it of its parts. From the Dell Dimension I took everything out of the case except for the Floppy drive and placed it to the side.

Step 2: Prepping the Case

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Take the carrier tray and place the computer parts inside of it like the picture shows. Because your computer differs from mine, the configuration will slightly vary, so just use my picture as a guideline.

I first layered down the mother board and marked off where to make the cuts on the outside of the case. I then placed the fan's and power supply around the mother board. The CD drive was layered on top of the power supply. I also took the USB and audio jack and placed them in the front along with the power button and DVD player.

Mark off the areas where you think you will need to cut out for access to the computer.

Step 3: Prep the Case 2.0

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Now you will cut out the marked areas for access to the inisde of your computer.

Places to cut out:

Power Supply
USB ports
Fans
Audio ports
Ethernet ports
GFX card ports

Step 4: Layer Case

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In this step you will layer the bottom of the case with wire mesh to prevent dust from getting into the case. Use either an Epoxy or spray Glue to keep the mesh down.

After the mesh dried in place I put all of the internal components back into the case and harnessed them down with zip ties and epoxy. **I am not responsible for electrocution.

Step 5: Make the Cover

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Get a large piece of Styrofoam and fit it to the case, make adjustments by using either a knife or a saw (this will be very messy so don't do it in your living room and piss off your parents). Make cuts to accommodate the fan, the DVD player, and the weird edges on the bottom of the case. Place the Styrofoam on top of the case.

The styrofoam hold the internal card inplace so don't worry abou them moving around.

Step 6: Cut the Cans and Place on the Styrofoam

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Make a template so that you can easily cut the can to fit around the edges of the Styrofoam. BE CAREFUL THIS IS SHARP.

Make another template so that you can easily place the cans on the Styrofoam, you will not need glue if you do this right, the can fit well on the Styrofoam. After you cut the cans you may want sand the bottom of them down to avoid being cut.

If you want to place cans in the middle you can do that also, I only did the outer edges to save some time.

The corner cans are little but trick you should only cut about half as much out of the can.

Step 7: Slip the Cans On!

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Take all of the cut cans and slip them onto the outside of the Styrofoam. They should all fit pretty nicely, make adjustments if need be! If there is any white showing paint the Styrofoam with a red paint. I covered the top with part of the Coca-Cola box. Put it all together and place your monitor on top of the newly made top. Hopefully you bought a strong piece that can support the weight of a monitor.

Make sure you cut the cans properly to fit the DVD and Fan

Comments

AT (author)2008-01-21

I am a very big Coke fan as is my Brother-in-law. He is a Mac guy, I am a PC guy. I think I just won the war as to which one is better! Thank you.......... P.S. I think glass bottles would look even cooler!

Romado12187 (author)AT2008-01-21

Yeah they would def be cool, I plan on making one with them eventually, It's just going to take alot of time to cut the glass.

AT (author)Romado121872008-01-22

Just think of how cool it will look if you wire up your computer with all of the fun internal components that light up. That will be very cool through the bottles. The other thing would be to work in liquid cooling and have a Coke colored liquid so it looks like it is Coke cooked. Part of the cooling system could be having the liquid pore into a bottle so it looked like a Coke bottling line.

acidbass (author)AT2011-04-20

that would be freaking awesome

badbradmx (author)AT2010-05-07

only just seen this but my god that would be awesome, i dont care if its coke or any other bottles that idea would just be the effing nuts :D

Romado12187 (author)AT2008-01-22

yeah I think you just spelled out my summer project hahah

ttrat (author)2009-08-29

This looks like it would get, no ventilation at all. But really nice, it would have been cooler if you had used mountain dew, lol.

Chicken2209 (author)2008-11-01

well your mother is a well respected member of the community!

scifipenguin (author)Chicken22092008-11-01

yes she is :D /sarcastic

Chicken2209 (author)scifipenguin2008-11-01

YOU LEAVE MY MOM OUT OF THIS!

Edvinfalls10 (author)Chicken22092008-11-01

wow your all spamming my e-mail by replying to me and it sucks.....so stop lol

Chicken2209 (author)Edvinfalls102008-11-02

O.o then turn that feature off

PSPerson (author)Chicken22092009-08-03

coke is 20 million times better than dew..... unless its game fuel. then its about even

Chicken2209 (author)PSPerson2009-08-03

and you are 20 million times wrong

scifipenguin (author)Chicken22092009-08-03

GO DEW!!!! /cheer

Clayton H. (author)scifipenguin2009-08-03

Well I've always had a taste for IBC Root Beer :D

scifipenguin (author)PSPerson2009-08-03

I want some dew now, thanks...

dkfa (author)Chicken22092008-11-01

So is your DAD!! xP

thegeeke (author)dkfa2008-12-01

How long do you think you can keep replying?

hcold (author)thegeeke2009-01-22

As long as their desire to be corporate schills last. Rest of their life, basically.

Lauramore87 (author)2009-01-31

ALWAYS Coca-Cola!! kiss from italy :D

Yerboogieman (author)2008-11-02

GO PEPSI PRODUCTS!

Yerboogieman (author)2008-01-31

its better than coke

hondagofast (author)Yerboogieman2008-02-02

Nope. Coca-Cola is the best drink ever. Deal with it.

bigfootduck (author)hondagofast2008-06-10

keep replying to these! see how far it goes!

qwertyboy (author)bigfootduck2008-10-04

i think pepsi tastes like soap

Waffles Will Rule (author)2008-09-28

Thanks, now I have an idea what to do with the old computer in the basement. :P

bigfootduck (author)2008-06-10

awesome! put a straw holder next to it and you can drink and type at the same time!

Pie_eata (author)2008-02-14

pretty awesome idea dood +1 for originality

krank dat (author)2008-01-29

this is incredible i agree you should get paid

hondagofast (author)2008-01-27

:D Coca-Cola is awesome. Great idea.

Yerboogieman (author)hondagofast2008-01-27

Pepsi products are WAY better, like mountain dew

Romado12187 (author)Yerboogieman2008-01-27

yeah dews my favorite drink.

Shifrin (author)2008-01-27

Awesome Mod! first I thought it was just some stand, but this is way cooler! :-) -Alex

dsman195276 (author)2008-01-26

what do you do if your thursty?

Romado12187 (author)dsman1952762008-01-26

i get a drink. hahah

reeding (author)2008-01-25

fanatic

Punkguyta (author)2008-01-25

Did you actually SET out to do this intentionally or did you just happen to have a 12 pack case full of empty coke cans laying around doing nothing?

Romado12187 (author)Punkguyta2008-01-25

someone was getting rid of their old comp...found some stuff around the house.

UltraMagnus (author)2008-01-25

that's great, or it would be if it was made with pepsi stuff :D

PyroMonger (author)2008-01-21

this is sweet! great concept PC.....I bet you could integrate the speakers into it too by using cans for housing the speakers and a big 2 litre bottle for a subwoofer or something along those lines. Unfortunately my pc is a shared one and i don;t think my family..mainly my dad would take nicely to the idea of me taking aprt the pc and giving it a 'New Look'. +1

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-01-21

COOL! Great job. it looks like it would have problems with static and cooling.

Romado12187 (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-01-21

It works really well, haven't had any problems, but then again I dont use this PC to its fullest.

maker12 (author)2008-01-21

you can have a computer and drink it too!!

gmjhowe (author)2008-01-21

great idea, definatly a proof of concept also, i cant help bit think that a slot loading drive would of sweetened the deal!

darkmuskrat (author)2008-01-20

It looks cool man. I would do it but if mine ever heated up I'm skeptical it the Styrofoam wouldn't melt. W00t, overclocking.

jayhawker08 (author)2008-01-20

neat idea. turned out pretty cool

jaysbob (author)jayhawker082008-01-20

pretty cool idea. Like Aar000n3y I can't see that case having great air circulation though, especially with the big thick Styrofoam lid. Heat rises and all that insulation is just going to trap all that heat inside. Sure you may have the side vents from the pallet but those holes are so small and everything is so cramped in there I don't seem them doing a great job of providing adequate ventilation to the PC. It might be fine if all your doing is light work, like reading email and web-surfing, but anything more taxing, like gaming, could be a real problem. I recommend boring out a hole or two in the Styrofoam lid and putting in a couple of upward blowing exhaust fans. this would suck air up through the holes in the bottom and through the PC; greatly increasing airflow.

Romado12187 (author)jaysbob2008-01-20

yeah, I agree with you, like I said I only use this computer for word docs and what not, boring holes isn't a bad idea.

Aar000n3y (author)2008-01-20

Looks pretty good. The only problem I have with it is that it would be a very hot computer with the foam on top. I would maybe find another way to attach the cans, or install a large fan in the middle of the foam on top to let all of the heat out.

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