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Revamp a PC case through this DIY

Through this DIY you can customize your PC case to fit your aesthetic, you don’t have to limit yourself with the cases commercially available. You don’t need any prior knowledge to able to construct this, since all the components are mounted on the base allowing you to slid the outer shell giving you to opportunity to customize as many shells as you would like.    

Material

Fibreboard

25-millimeter-long PCB pillars

Right angle brackets

Screws

Nuts

Vinyl wrap

Make the base platform

To build the case you need 6 millimetres of fibreboard, also known as MDF. This material is not only easy to use it is also something that can be easily manipulated with hand tools so you won’t be needing any fancy tools to create anything.

You can use this template to print out all the measurements and instructions needed to form the base layout for the PC case, and cut the board with a coping saw, a coping saw comes with detachable blades making the cutting process easier.

Attaching screws

Once the panels are constructed, the base panel can be screwed together with right angle brackets, add two washers while screwing the panel on your left, this is done to create a gap for the graphics card which will be attached later. Insert some 25-millimeter-long PCB pillars for the motherboard to sit on.

Making of the shell

Assuming that you have completed the base we can move on to the outer shell. You’ll be dumbfounded on how easy it is to build, you’ll need some fibreboard to make up the front and top of the case, attach the case together you’ll again need some right-angle brackets with some self-tapping screws

Now that the base is completed let’s move on to the outer shell. You’ll be surprised with how easy it actually is to make. While your done with this you may realize that the boards don’t perfectly form the shell for this to be fixed you can loosen and tighten the screws to adjust the fibreboard, once your satisfied with the look you can use sandpaper to smoothen it out.

Fitting the shell on the base

To make sure that the shell fits the platform perfectly you’ll need 3 right angle brackets and glue a nut into each bracket, make sure you use a strong glue and be careful not to get any glue inside the nut.  One of the brackets will be screwed at the front of the shell and the other two at the back of the shell. The bracket in the front acts as an anchor which can be screwed, while the other two clap the whole thing together

Let’s tackle the base platform

For this you can start by sealing the platform, this can be done with a mixture of PVA with water, based on the colour of the outer vinyl wrap, pant any edges the same colour as the vinyl you will be using. Vinyl is easy to use as you can just stick it to the surface, trimming out the edges, one you screw the panels back together you’ll be shocked with the way the base looks, erasing any hint of the fibreboard being used.

Assemble the computer components

The first thing to insert is the mother board, buy the smallest format you can buy, after this the processor has to be installed, the ram can be fitted in place, and then the cooler can be added, before fitting all of these in place any storage drives need to be screwed beforehand as they are usually underneath the motherboard, you’ll need two washers to raise the drives up slightly so that the connecters won’t be bent upwards.

After the mother board is screwed in place, we can add the power supply, this can be a full sized unit however. make sure to invest in a power supply that is reliable, before mounting it you can plug in any cables, this also extends to any extender you want to use, as the power supply is facing downwards, you’ll need to use a right angle plug to later hook it up to the mains.

The last component to add is the graphics card, the steel backplate to slide down the bracket mention earlier.

Designing the outer shell

The design of the outer shell can be whatever you want it to be, you can personalize it to fit your taste. You could add holes or the power button, USB and cut out a vent for the graphic card.

Remember to sand out the edges well as vinyl tends to show imperfections easily, it is better to spend some time and smooth out the surface to perfection, it looks leave a messy look if you left out any rough edges. Just like before, seal the fibreboard with some PVX and water, and then pain the edges with the same colour as the vinyl being used and then the vinyl wrap can be added. You can use a hair dryer to smooth out the vinyl as the heat tends to soften the vinyl making it easier to fit the holes and cut outs perfectly.

It is better to use a momentary power button so that it only meets the circuit when pushed. Before inserting it add a little pin connecter so that it can be hooked up to the power button extension. At this point the USB header board can also be added

After this all the connectors can be plugged in and then the shell can be slid in place and screwed down. Your case is now ready, you can always improvise and take it to the next level once you’ve got these fundamentals down.

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