I’ve been building some custom computer cases over the last few years because I’m not overly happy with the look of the ones you can find in shops. I started simply modding existing cases (in 1992, I marbleized a mini-tower case and put a handle on it to make it, um, “portable”) and eventually starting building them from scratch.
Built out of Design Preservation Models modular wall parts wrapped around a VIA EPIA5000 mini-ITX motherboard.
This little box will cache all of our music so we can play it in any room of our house without carrying around a box full of CDs. It contains an EPIA 5000, a quietquietquiet Fujitsu hard drive, Berkeley Unix, and all of our music.
I built this box to use some pieces of colored glass I bought at SCRAP. I’m not exactly sure what I’ll use it for (perhaps a music server for the living room; it fits the craftsman style better than the oggOmatic), but it’s a pretty little PC that doesn’t look much like one.
This case was done for me on commission, and so was the pictureframe. The electronics were ripped out of a point-of-sale terminal, and the final product runs Mastodon.
A simple casemod. This is an elderly e-machines micro-ATX case that’s been modded with many coats of gold paint, acoustic matting, and a nice quiet Papst fan. It’s nicely insulated and fairly quiet, but it’s still too loud for my ears.