Protect your PC against mechanical and overheating risks with DIYPC™ computer cases and case fans. They offer generous interior spaces to accommodate significant PC components. They enhance expandability by providing 3.5” and 2.5” drive bays to hold storage devices. Power supplies with voltage protection will save you from regular maintenance costs resulting from the short-circuiting of components.
DIYPC Computer Cases Provide Roomy Inner Space for PC Components
The roomy interior space of full tower cases provides smart cable management and less component density for a free flow of air. Most units have hot-swap docking stations to accommodate gaming configuration and power-intensive applications. With no need to open the interior of the cases, the docks also make installation and access to internal 3.5" or 2.5" hard disk drives (HDDs) tool-free.
Mid tower computer cases have a spacious interior that can accommodate 180mm high coolers and 440mm long graphics cards. They also support 240mm water cooling side mounts to expel heat away from the motherboard. Mini-form factor cases and case fans such as the DIYPC diyf2w white spcc steel micro atx have a minimalistic design that fits in environments with limited workspaces. They support micro atx motherboards, CPU coolers at160mm high and graphics cards 315mm long for flexibility and computer performance enhancement.
PC Cases Offer Thoughtful Design
DIYPC PC cases have up to five fans at the rear, front and top positions to ensure optimal heat dissipation. You can opt for a case with optional fan slots to install extra CPU fans and heatsinks. Side mesh panels allow movement of air in and out of the unit, while dust filters block dust intake to control system temperatures and maintain the effectiveness of moving systems.
An LED mid tower gaming case such as the DIYPC DIY-TG8-BR creates a dynamic lighting effect to set the gaming mood. See-through tempered glass provides a clear visualization of the aesthetic interior while allowing you to monitor the working condition of the components. The 4mm thickness of the steel case makes it durable while providing reliable protection to delicate components.
Disk Drive Bays Maximize the Internal Space of Cases
Metal drive bays enhance heatsinking capabilities to protect your hard drive against heat damage. Each package includes 16pc screws for firm mounting of the brackets onto a DIYPC case. DYIPC internal hard drive mounting kits come with extra VGA and SATA cables for connection of systems to gaming monitors. Some come with rubber washers to improve heat dispersion and shock absorption. The DIYPC mid tower case offers expansion and features two external drive bays to accommodate 5.25" optical drives.
Power Supplies Deliver Steady Power Output
A redundant power system supplies a DIYPC ATX case with power from two sources, helping maintain the PC in case of a power outage in one source. Automatic power supplies conform to the primary voltage supply, while those with a manual switch allow you to manually select the input voltage. Power supplies with current and voltage protection shut down the whole system when electrical current and voltage exceeds the recommended levels, saving your DIYPC computer case components from short-circuiting.
19 Easy DIY PC Case Ideas on a Budget
If you’re the person who likes to build their own computer rig, then making your own DIY PC case for it is taking it to another level. Are you ready for it?
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DIY PC Case
In this video, we’ll be making a sweet-looking PC case from scratch, using cheap materials & basic hand tools.
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Epic Wooden PC Case
This was one of the biggest projects I have taken on since I started posting my work on YouTube. I was in the market for a new PC for video editing so I took the opportunity to make something a little more interesting than normal.
Follow the link for the details on this website.
Plywood PC Case
This is my instructable on the plywood PC case I built recently. The idea was to create an unusual, cool-looking exterior for an old computer I had just repaired.
Read the guide.
PC Case from Wood
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Wooden PC Case
My interest in both woodworking and PCs have encouraged me to make a wooden PC case. There was a lot of thinking, measuring, drawing …and there was the Internet for the ideas.
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Custom PC Case Build
This is harder than I thought.
Make sure to follow the guidelines on this website.
Build Your Own PC Cabinet Case from Plywood
Follow the link for the tutorial here.
Build an Open Computer Case
20/20 Aluminum 130mm 2pcs 260mm 2pcs 150mm 3pcs switch 1pcs 2.5mm Dc socket 1pcs.
Check out the instructions here.
How to Make a $10 DIY Wooden Gaming PC Case
Here is my tutorial over how to build the cheap, wooden, standing, open-aired, PC case for ZEUS.
Make sure to follow the guide on this website.
Build Computer Case from Aluminum Alloy and Acrylic
Check out the guidelines on this website.
How to Make a Mini ITX Computer Case from Scratch
Check out the guide on this website.
PC Case from Scratch ($10)
Check out the guidelines here.
Build Your Own PC Case from Scratch
In this video we’ll be making a sweet-looking PC case from scratch, using cheap materials and basic hand tools.
Make sure to follow the guidelines.
DIY Open Frame ITX Case
There’s nothing that screams ‘geeky!’ then putting the innards of a product out there. That, my friends, is also why tear down skins for gadgets are so alluring.
Follow the link for the guide.
How to Build a Wooden Computer Case
Building a wooden home theater PC computer case.
Read the guidelines on this website.
DIY Computer Case with Acrylic and Laser
See the instructions here.
DIY Gaming PC Case Slots into a Backpack and is VR Ready
You don’t have to worry about tripping over cables if the PC comes with you.
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Computer Out of Wood
I’m a student with no experience in woodworking or computers. But since I prefer desktops over laptops I decided to start a project last summer.
See the details.
Best Practices in Building a DIY Desk PC Case
Ergonomics First, Aesthetics Second Believe me, I get it. You want to design a PC desk that screams “baller” and flashes RGB goodness.
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Ergonomics First, Aesthetics Second
Believe me, I get it. You want to design a PC desk that screams “baller” and flashes RGB goodness, highlighting your top-of-the-line PC components. That’s awesome. But the first thing to remember is that you will be sitting at this desk for hours at a time and with those extended sessions in mind, you need to ensure that the desk is ergonomic and custom-fit to your physique and needs.
Desk height is an important part of this. Manufactured desks are usually made to a height that has been determined to meet the needs of the masses, not the individual. You will want to take the time to determine the proper height for you which is actually pretty simple. Just sit in the chair you will be using, sitting with your back straight, and hold your arms out as if you are typing with your forearms parallel with the floor. Have someone measure the height from the floor to your hands and you’ll have a pretty good idea of the height you want your desk to be. Considering each person’s ideal desk height is unique to them, you may want to consider building the legs for your desk instead of buying pre-manufactured ones.
Your next consideration should be knee and leg movement. Because the tops of Desk PCs are by their very nature deep, you want to plan for a design that does not inhibit lower extremity movement.
Have a look at the front of our first desk PC design. Had we not planned for a knee cutout, it would have been very uncomfortable to sit at this desk. Not only would there have been challenges with knee movement but the armrests for our gaming chair would not have fit under it.
There are other ways to approach this including a recessed front similar to the Lian Li DK-05. The point is to plan for comfortable extended work sessions in your desk design.
Airtight, Exhaust-Focused, Controlled-Airflow System
If there is one area that I could point to as a critical long-term consideration in your desk PC design, it would be airflow. This is the most overlooked and misunderstood element of PC case design in the industry.
As a rule, an exhaust-focused design that pushes hot air out of the system actively (with exhaust fans) and pulling cool air in passively (meaning no intake fans) is more effective at actually maintaining cooler ambient temperatures within a system case.
Unfortunately, due to inherent design flaws, traditional PC cases lack the ability to prevent dust intake when incorporating an exhaust-focused approach. With a DIY desk PC case, however, we have the ability to purposefully control virtually all air movement through the case by ensuring an airtight design with filtered, unassisted intakes (yes, that means no intake fans). This is the most efficient and effective airflow solution available for a desk PC.
Plan PC Component Placement For Proximity, Expandability, and Artistic Design
While it’s fun to think of all the creative ways that you can lay out your PC components in your desk PC, it’s important to prioritize placement. What I mean is, certain components need to be closer to the motherboard than others. Hard drives, for example, should be installed relatively close to the main system so as to prevent data throughput degradation caused by long SATA cable runs. Graphics cards are another consideration. Although it looks great to use a riser extension cable to place the card next to the motherboard instead of on top of it, there is only so far away that you can go.
When it comes to liquid cooling, you have a lot more freedom. Pumps, reservoirs, and radiators can be spread out throughout the case with little concern for its from the main system.
Aside from proximity, we also have to consider expandability. While your initial setup of hard drives may seem more than adequate, for example, the time will come when you’ll find yourself in need of more space. Additional graphics cards are another expansion possibility to consider. By allowing ample room for future expansion, you’ll save yourself frustration in the future and ensure a future-proof layout for your components.
The final consideration is aesthetics. Once you are certain that you have allowed for appropriate proximity of components and are comfortable with the future expandability of the workspace, it’s time to play with the look of the layout itself. This is strictly a matter of taste. If you want the hard drives lined out beside each other or you’d like one on each side of the motherboard, so long as it does not impede on other components you can have at it. Make the system reflect your own personal style.
Use Furniture Grade Wood or MDF
We built our first Desk PC with plain old pine plywood and thought it came out looking pretty good, I’ll advise against following our original thought process. The plywood was inexpensive and easily available at a local lumber yard so convenience took priority over a long-term cost-benefit analysis.
Had I really thought it through, I would have opted for MDF for this build. The material’s and surface is more visually appealing.
Read this post on building with MDF vs Plywood.
For our next desk, we are planning to use furniture-grade birch because we are considering staining it. Certain types of MDF can be stained but I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews on doing this. So my recommendation is furniture-grade wood for staining or painting, MDF for painting only.
If you are dead-set on staining MDF, have a look at this video on the topic.
Fit The Glass To The Desk, Not The Desk To The Glass
I realize the idea of buying cheap, second-hand glass from a table or desk is appealing. Linus Tech Tips made this approach somewhat famous in the DIY Desk PC community. But the problem they ran into you, and I’m afraid you will experience as well, is in trying to build a desk around the glass. This is more difficult than it sounds and stands to be very frustrating. Can you imagine taking the time to build your desk and realize the glass doesn’t fit? By designing and building your desk the way you want it from the beginning you will not have to make compromises later or deal with unsightly misalignments of the And trust me on this one, the glass should not be ordered until the desk is assembled and all measurements are confirmed. Read this post on our biggest mistake while building our desk PC case if you have any doubts!
Use Tempered Glass for Safety
I opted not to invest in tempered glass because it was more expensive but considering the potential safety hazards of broken non-tempered glass, you would be well advised to not repeat my cost-saving, short-sighted error. I have provided a lot of information on tempered glass in my previous post, How Much Does It Cost To Build A Desk PC. And I can guarantee that our next desk PC case will have tempered glass.
If you really want to visualize the difference in how tempered glass and regular glass shatter, watch this video of a guy shooting each with a shotgun.
Check for Square and Dry-Fit Before Gluing
Sometimes we overlook the obvious. This is not only best practice but should be an absolute checkpoint in your build. Take the time to dry fit the desk and make certain that it is square and level.
The easiest way to dry-fit your build is to place the bottom of the desk on the floor or a solid, level surface. Next, begin placing the sides, back, and front panels in place and use any heavy object to hold them in place (we used weights from a workout bench). Work slowly with each side to make certain that it is positioned at a 90 degree angle to the desk bottom. The simplest way to do this is to use a speed square.
Once you have all sides squared and secured with something heavy, double check the height of the desk at all corners and sides to ensure it is level. We used a 4 foot level for this. If you don’t have one that long you can use a shorter one on a metal bar or anything else that is perfectly straight.
This is our last chance to identify square and level issues before the desk goes together. If we can identify issues now they will be relatively simple to resolve. If we realize we have problems after the desk is glued and nailed, it’s a lot more complicated so take your time and do this.
Cross-brace For Stability
Have you ever leaned against a desk or table and felt it give and sway with your weight? This is not what you want from your DIY desk PC. Whether you choose to buy or build your desk legs, you’ll want to ensure that they provide a stable and sturdy foundation for your workstation. My son and I learned some valuable lessons about cross-bracing during our first build. Read this post to learn how we turned what could have been a wobbly desk pc into a rock-steady gaming machine.
Test All Computer Components Before Installing
Prior to installing your PC components, its a good practice to take everything out of the boxes, hook them up and make certain that everything works. While the chances of a DOA motherboard or graphics card is low, it can happen. Knowing that your components work will not only settle your nerves but will get you motivated to finish the build so that you can get everything up and running.
Manage Cables Under The Desk, Not Inside It
I’ll admit that I didn’t put the effort into cable management that I have seen many do. My OCD does not extend to unseen areas. Still, I knew I didn’t want all those cables running in the visible part of my build. I cut holes under the components and routed the cables through them. It was a simple process and made the inside of the desk look clean and organized. Just don’t look under the desk. 🙂
The reason I list this as best practice is that the inside of the desk is meant to serve as a showcase. Having cables running everywhere can take away from that unless you invest in custom length cables with custom sleeving. That can get really pricey. If it compliments the look you are going for then by-all-means have at it. But if you intend to showcase your build without highlighting the wiring system then routing those cables out of the desk and managing them underneath allows for a much cleaner look.
Ensure Synchronized RGB Through Brand Loyalty
As a rule, I have no brand loyalty at all. I buy the product or service that suits my needs at the time. I don’t weigh in on the Apple vs. PC debate, for example. In my household, we have 4 iPhones, two Air laptops, two Desktop PCs (one is the Desk PC) and a couple of windows laptops. So I suppose I am brand neutral. I have learned, however, that certain components, when paired with components from the same company, just work better. When it comes to RGB lighting, I have drunk the Kool-Aid and accepted that mixing and matching brands is a recipe for frustration.
This realization first hit me when decided to buy my son a wireless gaming headset. I researched and read reviews until I needed glasses and finally settled on a pair that checked all the boxes. Just as I was ready to click “complete purchase” I realized that adding additional peripherals such as an RGB keyboard and RGB mouse would complicate matters if I chose another brand. Why? Because each requires a software program to manage the RGB lighting. If you mix and match, you end up in software hell.
In the end, I purchased each of the peripherals from the same company and ensured they were compatible with the same software. As a result, he has a seamless customization workflow for his desk PC gaming setup.
As it happens, I’d previously chosen a different brand RGB hub for the desk PC itself. For now, he’s stuck changing that color scheme separately but I’ll be purchasing an RGB hub from the same brand that I bought his peripherals through in the near future. At that point, he will truly have RGB zen.
Here’s a video from the manufacturer’s YouTube channel on their RGB Hub and it’s features:
The point is this. There really are advantages with staying true to a product line at times. When it comes to RGB lighting, it’s brand loyalty or bust.
For more details on setting up your RGB lighting and the peripherals that we chose, read How To Add Synchronized RGB Lighting To A Desk PC Or Gaming Setup.
Accent Your Desk With A Theme
I find myself saying this alot but it really helps to think of your desk PC as a large shadowbox. It is a showcase for your PC components but it doesn’t have to be only for those. You can have collectables positioned throughout the desk if you wish. It could be whatever reflects your personality but it really adds something to the desk as a whole if you take the time to incorporate a theme into your build.
Here’s a list of ideas on creating a theme for your desk PC build.
If you really want to take your build to the next level, here’s some unusual mods that you can add to really make your creation stand out.
Finally, be sure to check out my step by step guide to building your own desk pc.
23 DIY Computer Case - How To Build A Computer Case
If you prefer desktops to laptops then there is a way to make a protective computer case. This DIY computer case collection can be of so much help to you.
To crown it all up, you get to customize it the way you want with the kind of colors and materials you wish to use. There are also amazing styles you can get to choose from if you wish.
1. DIY Wooden Computer Case
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Having experiences in woodwork will surely put you on an edge when you want to create this piece of beauty for your computer. You won’t have to watch it scratch and lose its beautiful outlook. Get a frame and smoothen it with a Dremel. Installing the fan, controllers, and power supply is not an easy job but you can take your time to do this.
2. How To Build A Wooden Computer Case
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There is so much money that will be spent on getting a computer, instead of adding to the overall cost, you can choose to make this DIY computer case for yourself. This kind of case can house the guts for a video editing computer. When you are done detaching everything forms the old box, the last thing here is to assemble it.
3. How To Build A Lego Computer Case
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Remember those toys we had to play with during childhood days? Well, this DIY computer case is made of Lego pieces. Find a picture that you will want to duplicate then start working on it. You can work with gimp or Photoshop. The computer fan is important so you need to be technical about constructing it.
4. DIY Travel Computer Case
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If you want to start a simple project, commit to it and it and you will get good returns in the end. Start by modeling the computer parts then build a simple box around them. Use these dimensions and make a box blank. Cut the plywood according to the shape. Finalize with your installations and a handle to carry it about.
5. DIY Computer Case With Aerocool Dream Box
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Sometimes it proves difficult to get the perfect computer case. This dream box DIY computer case seems to be a grown-up version of an erector set. It is flexible and doesn’t include panels.
6. DIY Computer Case With Wood
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If you have the basic tools for woodwork and probably have a little bit of experience then it can make your work a little bit less time-consuming and draining. Measure and cut the pieces you will need for this box. Don’t forget to sand it for smoothening. Add holes for screws and get your partitions right.
7. DIY Personalized Computer Cases
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Personalize your computer case by getting a snap-on computer cover. Trace the logo and cut it out if you still want to retain it. Use a thin layer of Mod Podge or spray adhesive. If you want pictures or designs, cut them out and attach face down. When you are done, spread another coat of Mod Podge and let it dry.
8. DIY Small Computer Case
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If you have spent so much money getting a computer and you cannot afford a case, then there are simple DIY computer cases that you can lay your hands on. This clear DIY computer case made of brittle glass and aluminum is easily made and will serve long.
9. DIY Wooden Computer Case
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Even if you make a mistake on your first one, at least you will know how to avoid that mistake in the next. Design what you want to work with and get your material ready. Measure precisely and take your time with the components. Assemble and install.
10. DIY Computer Case using Ikea Ribba Picture Frames
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You can’t afford to make a mistake with this if not it will ruin everything. This computer case is strapped to the wall and it uses an Ikea Ribba picture frame. Take the frames apart then mount the motherboard and hard drive. Join two frames together in case of a heavy motherboard.
11. DIY PC Case Under $20
There are quite some affordable DIY computer cases that look amazing but cost less than $20. This is optimized for high cooling performance and it is designed for those who seek low noise and high airflow and guess what? On a budget! You will need a sheet of acrylic, Poster boards, push pins, and all.
12. How To Build A PC Case From Scratch
This uses cheap materials and all the components are mounted to a base plate that you can easily slide the outer shell. You can change the outer appearance without having to tamper with the components.
13. DIY PC Case
There are a lot of alternatives that you can use to make your DIY computer case. You surf, look through, and make a choice. You can also make adjustments to what you see. Laminated floorboard has a super hard layer and it is good to use. Cut out your pieces and glue them. Mark and drill the mounting holes for ventilation. Use a glass transparent case for embellishment.
14. How To Make A Modern PC Case
Instead of using the conventional pc cases of just boxes and aluminum all through, you can make something super clean and fashionable. This DIY computer case is made from an old case. Take out the panel and other valuables and wash the case completely then spray. Measure the clear glass window and cut off. Assemble everything again.
15. DIY Computer Case Engraving
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Engrave your choice design to your DIY computer case. Get your plan drawn out. Mask the areas that will not be painted. Use a Dupli Color mirage paint. You will need to apply about 5 layers of paint then do your sanding as well. Do some chalking, etching, engraving, and the finish up.
16. DIY Computer Case
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This is fascinating to behold and looks clean. You will need acrylic and laser. Unusually, you will need bigger fans for this. It will help regulate heat and reduce noise. Install the acrylic panel. Add a few heat sinks. Instead of two wires to start the machine, use a button.
17. DIY Laptop Case
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Making a DIY computer case is pretty much easy. You will need some felt sheets, a decorative zipper, and fabric glue amongst other tools. Glue the felt sheets together and cut to size. Attach a zipper and hem. Easy peasy!
18. DIY PC Case
Making this DIY computer case is not too difficult if you can follow the instructions in detail. Computers need a lot of cooling because they produce heat so this uses two large fans. Good airflow and quiet operation is the goal of this case. Aluminum panels, acrylic glass, and cherry wood veneer were used for this work. Start by gluing the wood together the remaining processes will need machines. There are other alternatives for you.
19. How To Mod A Computer Case
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The first step for this DIY computer case is to have a plan then get your material sorted out. The first material on your list should be a computer case. Map out on paper the way you want it fitted then disassemble the case. If you have to paint, please do. Then mod and make new parts then reassemble.
20. Building A Computer Case
Building a frame like this should not be so much work to do if you are skilled in working with certain tools. This DIY computer frame is made up of aluminum alloy and acrylic. First, assemble your parts together to make a frame. Cut the aluminum to fit in the space and make a glass frame the shape you want. Be deliberate about fixing the parts. Plexiglass scratches and is cloudy but Lexan is a lot better to use.
21. How To Build An Open Computer Case
This DIY open computer case uses a steel frame which is assembled together with partitions. Attach the fan in the appropriate place to avoid overheating. After assembling, it will have a short rest on the base to allow the case to stand on its own.
22. DIY Wooden Computer Case
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This wooden computer case is classy and easy to reproduce. Design the shape and the airflow. Allowing easy airflow is basic for making a DIY computer case. Get the standard parts and assemble them. You can make any changes to suit your taste if you want.
23. Card Box Computer Case
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This is super exquisite and it is made of a card box. Put the board on the side of the case and puncture holes that it will fit through. Cut the power supply area where it will fit in comfortably. Create a vent tunnel inside the box and attach a spacing for the hard drive so it does not overheat and burn.
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DIYPC Rainbow-Flash-F4-P Pink USB 3.0 Steel / Tempered Glass ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, 4 x 120mm Autoflow Rainbow LED Fans (Pre-Installed)
Pros: More then enough airflow thanks to the front of the panel being so porous. The spacing inside the case if exactly enough for what you need, nothing more nothing less. Its size is just enough to not be intrusive next to you on a desk
Cons: I wish the side panels bowed out just a bit so that cables had a little bit of elbow room. Without removing the HHD tray I would be stressed with the space to tuck the PS cables. Dont put to much force on the case, the aluminum will give out. Screw supports especially I wish it had rubber where you feed your cables thru to the back
Overall Review: This is my first build and I wasn't sure what to expect as far as fitment. I was able to put it together with confidence and had to be a bit more meticulous with the cable managment. I don't happy with the case and all my components took up full out this case without looking crowded. I glad I opted out of the AIO because I dont believe it would have fit on the front panels and I think it would have look bad top mounted. For some good cable management I had to give up a read SSD mounting point. But I'm not a streamer, so I didnt mind the trade off
Introduction: Designing a PC Case From Scratch
About a year ago, I decided that I wanted to design the smallest production-quality PC case that can house the most powerful components. This means water-cooling, full-sized graphics card, overclocking, the whole shebang. But I didn't want it to be a one-off project. I wanted it to be mass produced so I can help end the stagnant state of PC case design.
The problem is, I didn't know anything about designing a case, and I barely knew how to use CAD. So the first thing I could come up with was this.
Step 1: The First Iterations
To get an idea of how much this would cost to produce, I emailed my "design" to manufacturers all over the world. Anyone that I can find on google. Only about 10% responded. Everyone else took one look at what I got and immediately concluded that it was unmanufacturable, and that a complete novice was behind this design. One company responded just to jeer at me.
Some of the mistakes I made are:
- All bends are perfect 90 degree angles, which is impossible to make. I found out that typically for sheet metals, the outer bend radius = 0.3mm + sheet thickness.
- Some holes are too closed together or too big/small. I found out that typically, any hole that is punched cannot have diameter less than the sheet thickness. The holes also should be spaced at least 1.5x-2x the sheet thickness apart, or the sheet will distort.
Step 2: The Pre-Prototype
Even though it was discouraging, I did learn a lot from the manufacturers. I decided to take advantage of a school event to make a super preliminary prototype of my design. I had divided the parts into 6 separate metal sheets, and I wanted to know if what I had in mind is even remotely possible and... well, it was ugly and the fit was poor, but it seems to work.
Step 3: Deep in Design
Armed with physical intuition from building the pre-prototype, I began round after round of design improvements. Aside from trying to have the case hold many combinations of components, my focus was making the case as quick (and thus cheap) to manufacture as possible. This includes making decisions like:
- Have as little bends as possible.
- Design the case to be assembled from bent metal sheets without any need for welding.
- Reduce the number of punched holes, instead increasing the hole size to maintain the same total hole area.
- Reduce the number of openings that cannot be created by punching holes (has to be laser cut).
- Use only one hole size, so the hole-punching tool does not have to be swapped out during the whole process.
Step 4: !nverse: Finalized
Many iterations later, the design is reaching maturity. Able to hold 4 different configurations, including a 240mm AIO water cooler, a full-size GPU, and large 3.5" hard drives, it emerged as one of the most versatile "flat" case designs ever conceived.
Step 5: The First Prototype
While I was deep in the design of things, my friend contacted nearly 200 manufacturers all over the world. We sent each of them CAD drawings after CAD drawings, begged for their advice, until the design finally became manufacturable. And then we selected one manufacturer to make a prototype for us.
Step 6: The First Prototype (cont.)
Giddy with excitement, we tore the nicely wrapped package apart to reveal our prize.
Step 7: The First Prototype (cont.)
We made this!!
Step 8: The First Prototype (cont.)
Very nice, but will it run?
Step 9: The First Prototype (cont.)
The empty interior skeleton, ready for component installation.
Step 10: The First Prototype (cont.)
So what components can it hold?
Step 11: Picture of Interior Configuration 1
mITX motherboard, full size GPU, 120mm AIO water cooler, SFX/SFX-L power supply, 2 x 3.5" HDD, 2 x 2.5" SSD, 2 x slim 120mm fan
Step 12: Picture of Interior Configuration 1 - Closed
Step 13: Picture of Interior Comfiguration 2
mITX motherboard, full size GPU, 240mm AIO water cooler, SFX power supply, 2 x 2.5" SSD, 2 x slim 120mm fan
Step 14: Picture of Interior Configuration 2 - Closed
Step 15: Picture of Interior Configuration 3
mITX motherboard, full size GPU, low profile air cooler, SFX/SFX-L power supply, 3 x 3.5" HDD, 2 x 2.5" SSD, 2 x slim 120mm fan
Step 16: Picture of Interior Configuration 3 - Closed
Step 17: Picture of Interior Configuration 4
mITX motherboard, low profile air cooler, SFX/SFX-L power supply, 6 x 3.5" HDD, 4 x 2.5" SSD
Step 18: Picture of Interior Configuration 4 - Closed
Step 19: The !nverse Case Project
We ran thermal tests, structural tests, and check component fitment. Everything worked great! Here are the detailed thermal tests for the first prototype:
Taking what we learned, we tweaked some small details and then sent off the second prototype design to our manufacturer. Right now, we are expecting the second prototype in a few weeks.
This has been an unbelievable journey, but we're not done yet. For those of you who want to keep up-to-date with the !nverse case project, please follow us here:
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The space-saving advantages and striking look of a desk PC case are attractive, but prefabricated desk cases can be pricey. Building one yourself can save money and give you the perfect custom desk PC for your gaming space.
An easy way to start the process is to envision your perfect desk PC case. After you’ve got a rough idea, make a plan to build it based on the resources available to you. Many people build a desk PC case out of preexisting materials, and others start from scratch with a pile of wood and metal.
Designing your desk PC case is the most critical step. Start by thinking about how much space you have for your gaming setup. Consider what design elements will match the current vibe of that space.
As you design, make a plan for how much desktop space you will need. Mounting monitors above the desk looks sleek and can save valuable desktop space.
Make concrete, detailed plans for how you will build a PC into the desk once it is assembled. Be sure to plan for spacing, mounting the motherboard, and design spaces for fans or another cooling system.
The clear advantage of building your own desk PC case is that you have the opportunity to build it to your exact preferences and specifications. Plan what you want your desk to look like and how it will function to create your ideal gaming or workspace.
Below are some images to inspire your designs.
As you make a design plan, think about the tools you have access to and the materials you will need to finish the build. Make a plan to get the tempered glass, wood, and aluminum or steel that you’ll need to build your desk PC case after the design process.
Design for PC components
One of the most important aspects of the design is the internal space that the PC will occupy. As you design the desk PC case, plan where the motherboard will fit and how close critical components like the hard drive and GPU will be. Consider opportunities to showcase some of your PC’s engineering with tempered glass panels.
Plan for comfort and usability just as much as aesthetics. You don’t want to end up with a cool-looking desk that you can’t use. Determine the desktop height, size, and amount of legroom that will make a comfortable gaming or work-from-home setup.
Fans and airflow
Cooling is a critical part of any PC and PC case. Think about all the design features that gaming PCs use to keep the ambient internal temperature down.
Design your desk PC case with spots for fans and a cooling system. A push/pull system will pull cool air into the case while hot air is pushed out. You might consider a liquid cooling system that can heighten the PC’s overall aesthetic while keeping it cool.
Before you can start to build, you’ll need to gather all the parts for your desk PC case design. You’ll have more control over the design if you start from scratch. You might also use preexisting desk parts, such as steel frames or tempered glass, to save time and money. Working with preexisting desk parts can be a more cost-effective way to build a desk PC case.
Tempered glass can be expensive, and it might be hard to find in the ideal size for your desk. Consider buying tempered glass from the Facebook Marketplace or a used furniture store.
Building with steel will ensure a sturdy frame. Contact a local metalworker if you’d like to have custom pieces of steel cut for your desk PC case. They might also be able to help you assemble your custom desk case for an additional cost.
Wood and aluminum are lighter and less costly but can hold less weight. Be sure that your design specifications are structurally sound for the weight of your PC, monitors, and equipment. Consider reinforcing a wood or aluminum desktop with a steel frame or anti-sag stiffener.
Plan to build
Building anything takes time, space, and the right equipment. Calculate how long it’ll take you to build your desk PC case and set enough time aside for the task. Find a sheltered workspace if you’re working with adhesives. It might take a few days or weeks to finish your project, and you’ll want to keep it out of the elements.
Plan for how you will attach the desktop holding the PC case to the frame of the desk. The connections will have to be strong and sturdy to protect the PC housed in the desk.
How to build your desk PC case
How you go about building your desk PC case depends on the specifications of your design. Here are some tips that will help you as you build:
- Don’t be afraid of a challenge, but set realistic expectations for your design goals. If you’re not already an expert woodworker, you probably won’t become one overnight.
- Square and level the sides before gluing and connecting them. Square up each corner and anchor them in place before putting it all together.
- Use furniture-grade wood or medium-density fiberboard for your build. Hard, strong wood will make a longer-lasting desk.
- Consider expandability. Leave options to extend the internal space or desktop surface if you think you might need more room in the future.
- Tempered glass is a must for desktop surfaces. Non-tempered glass is weak to heat and prone to shatter.
- Buy glass to fit your desk, don’t build a desk to fit the glass you find or have.
- Consider building monitor mounts, charging docs, and other accessories into the frame of your desk.
- Plan for how you might want to expand the desk. Build a case big enough to house taller RAM, more solid-state drives, and bigger GPUs. Technology changes rapidly, and a desk PC case that can expand with it is valuable.
Once you have your desk PC case built, you’ll be all set to build your PC into it and set it up. Check that each of the PC components works before you begin loading them into your DIY desk case.
RBG synchronization can make a PC desk shine. Consider using products like keyboards, RAM, fans, and mice that are all the same brand so that they can all be controlled by a single piece of software.
Cable management can make or break an aesthetic. It’s a good idea to build cable management outside of the PC desk so that they aren’t exposed to the heat and can be easily accessed. Attach cable channels or another cable management system to the outside or bottom of your desk PC case.
A 3D printer or some vinyl cutouts will let you customize your desk’s aesthetic theme. Print some design elements to give your setup some of your personality as a final touch.
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