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).
Win 10 Pro
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