The purpose of this project was to get rid of the traditional box PC case and make something with what I had and something that is appealing to my taste.
The design just came to me one day and its soo simple. First is that, I can only use the core essentials, i.e no one uses a dvd drive or cd-rw drive. Think about it, when was the last time you used either one of those devices on a computer? Most probably can’t even remember.
I’m a big fan of efficient computing, I don’t need a lot of horse power for my computer. I can’t even remember the last time I played a game on a computer. The only requirements for me is 1080P playback (Netflix) and SSD.
*You can view this project as well as many others on my personal blog at www.diy-create.com.
Step 1: Parts Needed
- Acrylic Sheet (Home Depot) (~$5)
- Some Sort of Stand (TV Stand) (FREE)
- Pushbutton On/Off Switch (My Junk Stash) (FREE)
- Mounting Hardware (Screws & Nuts ) (FREE)
- Computer Hardware (See last page)
Step 2: Construction
I bought an acrylic sheet from Home Depot that had almost the same width as the TV stand. This is a picture with all the holes drilled in their respective locations as well as a small opening for cables. I also rounded the corners for a more appealing look. The velcro pads are for the ssd mount.
Routing all the cables while trying to keep everything tidy.
Motherboard being installed, I can tell the finish will be amazing.
All done, with the stand installed.
TADAAA!! And it's done.
Step 3: Finishing
Now its time to connect everything and test. All cables connect well and the stand holds very well.
Step 4: Conclusion
This is a very easy project that just about anyone with any skill level can do. I’m very satisfied with the results and the best part it cost me roughly 5 to 10 dollars total which is perfect. What I’ve found is the stand attracts a lot of dust, but I’m ready to live with that. In fact that forces me to clean my desk more often.
AsRock E350M1 AMD Fusion Mini-ITX Motherboard
PicoPSU 80W 12V DC-DC ATX PSU
Kingston 64GB SSDNow Drive
DIY-Create -- Standing PC Case
And as always, you can view this project as well as many others on my personal blog at www.diy-create.com.