Hey guys. So I'm going to be building a custom PC case from scratch. I figured I would post here to keep track of my progress, to share with you guys, and to get some feedback. Farther down the page is more recent.
System specs for what's going inside (from current build):
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage 2: Undecided. As of now I have a bunch of smaller drives. WIll be a 1-2TB 7200RPM drive at some point.
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card
Power Supply: Rosewill Stallion 500W ATX12V Power Supply
So the case I'm building is going to sit on top of my corner standing desk. I'm going to use it as my monitor stand as well as just a cool looking (hopefully!) case. Its going to have acrylic for the top and bottom and either acrylic or thin wood for the sides. I'm also playing with the idea of aluminum sheeting on the front. So far I've done some sketches on paper and now I've done a quick frame design in Google Sketchup. I really don't know how to use Sketchup so please forgive the lack of detail and the blockiness. The top and bottom acrylic pieces are not there. The corner side will be the back.
Well, I've begun working on a prototype. But I've changed the design. I decided that the corner idea may not be best for the long run so I made it square instead. The layout is still very much the same, just a bit smaller and rotated internally. I also added some stuff to the front for aesthetics. Since its just a prototype I wanted to experiment a bit
I will be painting this white, with some black highlights here and there.
Getting started. Using mainly MDF and wood supports for this prototype.
All cut out! (Pretty cool how the previous tenants painted the floor blue...)
Started the assembly using little blocks for support. But that was terrible. Had to change plans.
Doing some design work for the front.
For the support pieces inside the case I cut out some triangles. Much better than the little blocks i tried using before.
At this point I realized that the holes I cut on the back panel for the I/O plate and GPU were exactly a quarter inch too far right (left, depending on where you're looking from). UGH. Not too big a deal though. Just had to take a 1/4 inch off the side of each. There will be a slight gap now but shouldn't be too bad. Its just the back, no one ever sees that right??
Here's a video of my power button.