A few years ago, I wanted a high(ish) end computer that would reflect my personal style. I also wanted to be able to easily lug the machine around the house. I built this on a budget of around $1.1K. It is still reasonably fast today. Thanks to the durable construction, it has proved to be a fine child-proof desktop. She can even sit on this thing (as toddlers do) without damaging it.

I wanted to be able to use the tower vertically and horizontally, so I added two sets of solid rubber feet. The large Noctua fan keeps everything cool. The wood has held up from years of use without warping.

I bought the cheapest housing I could find (in the right size) and chopped it up. This made the computer much easier and cheaper to assemble.

The wood frame is only on 4 sides. The above case becomes the back of the computer, and a high airflow aluminum panel becomes the bottom when assembled.

This was a good design decision as the wood of the case has plenty of room to move as moisture content has changed over the years (when exposed to high heat).

Computer Specs:

Win 10 Pro
INTEL I7-7700K
WD 250GB BLUE 2280 M.2 SSD (and 2 other old HDs)
ANTEC VSK-3000E CASE
COOLMAST HYPER 212
CORSAIR CXM 650W PSU
16GB 2X8GB DDR4 3000
NOCTUA NF-F12 120MM FAN
ASUS WRLS PCIE ADPTR BT/AC1200
MSI GTX1050TI 4GB OC DUAL
ASUSCOMP PRIME Z270M-PLUS 1151MATX

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