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I had knee surgery about a month ago. While recovering from that I had to find something to do. I decided to gather all the spare PC parts I have had from the past few years and make them into a Steam PC. I only had to buy a SSD and a Case to make it operational. I managed to get the SSD at a good price on Ebay. I ordered the case from Amazon and UPS lost it. Thanks to Amazon's amazing customer service, they refunded my money and told me to keep the case if it arrives. Just before I tried to order another, UPS stops by with the case. Lucky me.

I used a dremel to cut a window and to cut a space for easier access to wiring and smoothed out the face so I could make my own faceplate. The faceplate that came with the case was unnecessarily bulky so I didn't want to use it. The faceplate is made out of acrylic that was left over from the window. I painted the back of it and it came out to look really nice and glossy on the other side.

After that, I painted the interior with the more expensive Krylon spray paint. It turned out smoother than I expected so I painted the PSU case and the two fans. I learned that painting fan blades is a bad idea because if you overcoat, your fan will slow more than you expect. I had to replace one of the fans because of it. I got something nicer instead.

I spent alot of time looking at case mods and became interested in sleeving. I stumbled upon Lutro0-Customs' sleeving guides and learned how to do it. I made alot of sloppy mistakes so I had to redo some of it. But in the end I think I did pretty good for my first time. The slim PSU came out much better than expected. I had to remove a Sata connector and the annoying Molex connectors in order to have space to make it all work.

I made a power switch and power LED using the connectors from the original faceplate and a spare switch from Radio Shack. I had a USB powered LED strip that I wanted to use in the case but I didn't have any spare connectors from the PSU. I decided to crimp female dupont terminals and use the internal USB motherboard slots. Worked perfect!

Finally, I installed Steam OS and hooked up a wireless Xbox 360 controller. I streamed Grid 2 and it played smoothly.

This was my first complete case mod and I am happy with the results. I didn't realize how long it takes to plan everything and finish it. Painting parts took a long time and sleeving the cables took twice as long. Now I will probably start some projects on my power rig because I see the potential.

/r/PCMasterRace

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Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 7 points

mate that is so clean for an older component list.

  • 69 months ago
  • 6 points

+1 for the majestic cat!

  • 69 months ago
  • 4 points

The PSU work is awesome, I might have to try that sleeving guide you used.

Is the HD 7750 the best GPU that comes in SFF? Just curious if you know.

The build looks really nice, and I agree, that acrylic face plate is quite the eye-catcher.

  • 69 months ago
  • 4 points

There are some low profile 750s, and 750 tis hard to find though

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Galaxy/KFA make a LP 750 ti. Not single slot though D:

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Asus sells a mITX 760 that would probably be his best bet performance-wise.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I think theres 760 but i think its like 400 dollars

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

Looks really pretty without being overbearing. The custom face plate is a really nice choice.

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

The only part you really paid for at the time was the SSD since you got your case refunded and still delivered... I'm freaking jealous -___-

+1

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I got lucky. I did pay for the paint, sleeving, and heat shrink but that wasn't a whole lot.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Hopefully your knee recovered! Really cool project :D

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 great job!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

"WTF is this box" - Cat

Nice build!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

this looks smart

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

nice cat and build

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

This is so legit

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

wat tipe of psu is it ?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

It's the one that comes with the case. 300w Rosewill

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

That is some beautiful work. How is the acrylic faceplate attached to the case?

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad you like it! I used outdoor mounting tape which seemed like the easiest method.

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for batman cup

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice case mod! Would be nice if you could source where you found how to do that mod. Btw, which video connection are you using to connect it to the TV, micro-HDMI?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I learned alot of it from talking to people on TechPowerup and Overclock.net over the past few years. I learned how to sleeve from Lutro0-Custom's videos.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

aka boutique on a budget

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

not only is this a nice looking build with pretty good specs- LOOK AT THE PRICE!! For all those who assume a pc has to cost tons and take up loads of space here you go. A console sized pc for the glorious master race, I invite you foul peasants to join us for a more glorious future.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

cool project , but ... well, mm... that photo's organization tho ' .. . butthatbesidesthepoint.. +1up!

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. When I originally uploaded this, they were in order, but changed after I published it. At the time, I don't think there was a way to fix it. I just fixed it now.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah, used to happen... nice pic eitherway...*!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Job Man

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

How are you going to fit the cat in that case?

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  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a beta. There are small bugs here and there but in-home streaming is near flawless.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

lol, I once tried streaming one game while playing another, and the screen on my pc and steam box kept flickering back and forth from each game and it was hilarious :P

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