Small Computer Case


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In this tutorial i will show you how i built my own small computer case out of basic materials, using basic tools.

This case is made out of transparent acrylic glass surrounded by an aluminium frame.

Tools required:

- Handsaw

- Drill

- Hot glue gun

- Dremel or metal filer (if you want smooth cuts for the frame)

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Step 1: Choose the Parts and Build a Prototype

The first step is to create the foundation of your PC by choosing the parts you will use. This build is based on the mini-ITX standard (as layout), but has small modifications.

For this build, i have chosen the following parts:

- Commel LV-672 Mini-ITX motherboard (with Pentium 4 HT 631 and 512 MB of memory)

- no name ATX power supply

- ATI Radeon HD2600 PRO

- laptop SATA hard disk

Additionally you will need:

- motherboard screws & mounts (the mounts i have chosen use hard drive screws)

- countersunk screws and nuts for them

Because my motherboard has a mini-PCI slot and because the GPU has a long bracket (goes past the motherboard when installed in the system), a double layer of mounts is required.

Step 2: Choose the Materials , Make Measurements and Start Building

The materials you will need are:

- aluminium angle bars 15mm x 15mm (at least 3 meters)

- transparent acrylic glass

The measurements are based around the mini-ITX motherboard that was chosen. The board measures 170 mm x 170 mm. You can see the layout of the components in one of the pictures above. Here are the measurements for the base of the unit that i have chosen to use (yours may deffer depending on your preferences):

- Length: power supply + motherboard + reserved GPU space = 290 mm

- Width: 3 mm gap for the GPU bracket + motherboard + 20 mm space for hard drive = 193 mm

- Height : 155 mm ( power supply + spare space)

You will need to cut 5 pieces of acrylic glass panels (i did not cover the I/O side) with the following sizes (as reference):
-290 mm x 193 mm (two)

-193 mm x 155 mm (two)

-290 mm x 155 mm (only one)

After that, start cutting pieces from the aluminum angle bar to surround the bottom panel (290 x 193) to get a aluminium frame. Do this process with the other panel to get two assembled pieces. Secure the corners of the bottom frame with countersunk screws. Next, secure with hot glue the remaining panels to the base and join the cover with the rest of the unit. I attached the cover with screws from the power supply and the side frame on the other side.

Step 3: Done

25/09/2016: so far, the computer does not look pretty and is not fully finished yet, because i don't really have time to finish it (school...), so an update will be coming in the future.

UPDATE 26/07/2018: This computer has served my grandparents for almost two years in this state (behind the TV obviously) until recently, as they switched to a newer computer. Surprisingly, it still works, but I will have to take it apart, because I have no use / any storage place for it. Fare well, old computer!

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    chikid68

    2 years ago

    I hope that you plan on adding ventilation or it will be a short lived project.

    Other than that it looks great so far.

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    computerguy09chikid68

    Reply 2 years ago

    I will have to test how hot that poor P4 gets under load when the project is finished.

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    chikid68computerguy09

    Reply 2 years ago

    I posted this comment before realizing that one side was left open so it should be fine for just a p4

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    Swansong

    2 years ago

    I like these style of clear cases, good instructable :)

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