Description

This is Betty, my personal lockdown build for 2020. It's a personal build for me and my first almost scratch build. For those of you who have been following along with my build log at 80ishplus on instagram or my occasional post here you'll know that it's a makerbeam frame inside a Smeg toaster.

It's carrying an ASUS x570 itx motherboard and a EVGA RTX 2080ti.

This build is supposed to reflect a mid century modern aesthetic, and the composition of materials I have chosen are reflective of themes of the age. Minimal plastic, enamelled steel and the interpolation of big industry into the domestic realm.

I have always had a soft spot for SMEG (Smalterie Metallurgiche Emiliane Guastalla) a post World War 2 Italian enamel works that reinvented itself during the 50's from enamelling into an appliance making giant.

When I was 5 years old, a grandfatherly family friend who had fought in the war as an Australian Air Dispatcher used to spend time with me teaching me chess after school while my parents were busy. I used to get ice out of his Smeg fridge, which even back then was ancient and looked completely different to contemporary fridges. Now, every time I see a Smeg fridge or appliance it reminds me of him. He's long passed on but I still love Smeg.

So this build is a lot of things that I like. It has one foot in the past but has blistering capable technology in it. It also reminds us that computers aren't just for the work place any more, they are a domestic appliance and part of the home. I hope I've captured the appropriate blend of warmth and functionality that this build was supposed to embody.

If you want to read my build commentary or see whatever I am currently working on come check me out on @80ishplus on instagram

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Comments

  • 18 days ago
  • 9 points

Instant feature. A toaster makes a great ITX case!

  • 18 days ago
  • 3 points

Thanks, I think my build The Bendz is a more likely candidate :)

  • 13 days ago
  • 8 points

It must get... pretty toasty in there... fml

  • 13 days ago
  • 5 points

Not the first to pop up with that joke :)

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

Lol

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

But it's always better when it's fresh.

  • 18 days ago
  • 7 points

pretty awesome, what about the temps?

  • 18 days ago
  • 4 points

Haven’t had time to do testing yet.

  • 18 days ago
  • 5 points

I was wandering what this build was going to be (have seen it on Instagram) but a toaster I wouldn't have guessed. Looks amazing love the material and pattern for the top. Enjoy the new memories +1

  • 18 days ago
  • 3 points

Thanks for following me. It was a fun and challenging build. I’ll be putting out more pictures on Instagram over the next few days.

  • 18 days ago
  • 4 points

Very cool and unique. My grandparents used to have a smeg fridge when I was a kid when they lived down in West Virginia (outside of a town called Pinch, next to Big Chimney. Great names down there!). It didn't have much of the look anymore due to it's age, but I clearly remember it. My grandpa was a WW2 veteran, a 35 year coal miner, and a really amazing man. He was always fixing things rather than buying new, and even on a working man's income, was able to provide a great life for his family. To this day, my 97 year old grandmother is in the nicest memory care facility I have ever seen due to his hard work.

Love the memory imposed onto an object. We are built upon our past, and we can never forget our foundations.

  • 17 days ago
  • 3 points

Thanks for sharing your story. It’s funny the way certain things stay connected through memory. I guess it’s how we incorporate our forbearers into ourselves.

  • 13 days ago
  • 4 points

Big fan of the toaster. Hope it doesn't get jammed.

Get it? Toast. Jam.

I know, that joke was crummy.

I'll show myself out.

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

I hope you aren’t a pizza guy or an obstetrician.

  • 13 days ago
  • 4 points

It's worse than that. I'm a dad.

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

:)

  • 18 days ago
  • 3 points

"I bet your pc is a toaster" "Yup!"

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 13 days ago
  • 3 points

what the hell

  • 13 days ago
  • 3 points

Thanks :)

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 points

I can't get over the vintage look of this, this is amazing. Incredible work.

  • 18 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much, I’m really happy with how it turned out :)

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 points

The one that kept us in suspense is finally here!

FEATURE!

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey hey :) We’ll see, I think PCPP will probably spread around the love. There are a lot of great builds on here.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

CALLED IT!!!

We've been getting more entries from Australians on builds lately. But looks like you're still the king of the continent. ;)

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey mate :) I should get you to tip all my builds.

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 points

Cool build, but how is the toast?

  • 17 days ago
  • 2 points

Can’t do everything in life. :)

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 points

The only thing that would make this better is if it actually made toast! Awesome build and story!

  • 17 days ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :) Maybe I'll run it without a cooler and see if that works

  • 18 days ago
  • 2 points

OMG you are so creative. I loooove this one and the story behind it. I see another feature in your future.

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) We’ll see. It’s not as grand as most of the builds that get up :)

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

You don't need RGB and liquid cooling to be "grand" :)

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

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  • 18 days ago
  • 2 points

Can it "toast" Doom ?

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

I’m more of an Anno 1800 guy

  • 17 days ago
  • 2 points

Ok, this is ridiculously cool. I love it!

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 17 days ago
  • 2 points

"Shut up SMEG!"

Very cool, or should I say toasty?

  • 17 days ago
  • 2 points

why did you go with custom cable extensions

  • 17 days ago
  • 3 points

They aren’t extensions. They are custom cables. I make all my own cables from scratch. :)

  • 16 days ago
  • 2 points

damn they look sick

  • 16 days ago
  • 2 points

do you sell any

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

Nope, it’d be too expensive at then end of it.

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

i would get because its sick

  • 16 days ago
  • 1 point

You should make your own. It’ll be cheaper than getting me to make them for you.

  • 17 days ago
  • 2 points

This looks incredible man, I love it!

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot. I’m very proud of this one.

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

This is a Beautiful Build ! and a great story ! Bravo!

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

It's official, this build has been featured :).

Unique. I've seen people build custom cases and stuff, but building a PC inside a toaster is new.

Noice, as usual.

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

I've seen it before, but it wasn't as good as this.

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  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) I’m not actually the first.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Who else did it first?

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

DesignSynthetics

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

My question is.. how on earth?

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Patience and flexibility. :)

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

10/10 case

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much.

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

Amazing backstory and a job really well done to fit that PC in there so perfectly and without suffocating it.

+10 if I could.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

It’s been really fun thank you.

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

That is great build. Congratulations!

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much. It’s always nice to have work noticed.

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

It looks like an old vacuum

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, that’s exactly what I was going for.

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

Damn, dude ... you're one of the best, if not the best, builders out there. Two features in the space of a month? That's insane! Now I gotta decide whether I like this one or Rust better ... you've got my upvote!

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) Can you really have a favourite child?

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

Hey mate, awesome build! Great to see another Aussie builder rocking a feature too, great work!

Where are you getting your sleeved cabling from by the way? Locally sourced? Thanks in advance.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi thanks :) I make them from scratch. You can use any 550 paracord.

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

Nice..! That's the next challenge for me :)

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Good luck 🙂

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

Just wondering - is there a local supplier for paracord / cable sleeping supplies that you'd recommend? With COVID and all, been hard to get stuff from overseas!

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Local to Australia? I buy all my paracord online from the states at paracord galaxy.

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

Yeah was hoping that there's a local Aussie supplier. All good mate, thanks for the lead. Again - super build!

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

What the hell?

Congrats on your creation and featured spot.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) It’s great when a vague idea comes together.

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

It's beautiful and amazing to get all the PC in a cool old toaster.

I gotta say when I read SMEG; my first thought was why name it "smegma". Glad it's name is Betty SMEG not Betty's Smegma :)

Really cool concept and execution.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot.

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

This **** sucks. Horrible build. You playing games on a toaster?

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Yup. On my LG 38GL950-G :) She does alright.

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

+1 as soon as I saw the toaster. How hot does it get inside the case?

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Don’t know yet, haven’t had time to run tests.

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

Yesss.... I knew this was a feature for sure. Congrats.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I’ve been very lucky.

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!! Did you make the case?

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. No :)

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

Soo how did you get that case?

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

That's real toaster?

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Well it was. I had to gut it and build a pc inside.

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build man love the old school aesthetic, the colour is great! I wish that dial on the side was a Fan controller or something temperature related haha

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

+1 on integrating toaster controls, map the 'frozen' button to the 'fast cool' feature of your GPU? :D and lever to reset!

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) Yeah, a bridge too far. My preference is always to run things from the motherboard anyway.

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

Whats the name of that keyboard.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

KBDFans Tofu

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

I would up vote it if the system would allow me.

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

Nice Toaster.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

Love it! Definitely great bit of tech/art ! Thanks for the back story, was wondering what would inspire that look.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

please tell me the lever is the power switch

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Vestigial

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

Sorry what’s that?

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

You. An read about it on Instagram. I tried to keep the slide receiver but ran out of room. It’s just there for looks now.

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

ok, well still it looks amazing

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

Excellent build mate! Made my day seeing this. Wifey is a huge fan of Smeg too and if she sees this I'll be forced to attempt to make her one too!

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Go for it :)

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

BEAUTIFUL!

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot :) I’m very happy with it.

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

Ah, SMEG ceramics. How does your PC perform?

Congrats on the feature!

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. Well enough. I haven’t had time to do testing. I’m working on something else now so it’ll have to wait.

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Ouch. Hope it runs great!

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

Wha... But how???

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Patience and diligence.

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

How do you come up with these ideas?? 😂😂😂 btw it's awesome!

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) Dont know. Most of the time I come up with an idea and tell somebody. If they say “that’s stupid” then it’s a pretty good indicator to have a go.

  • 9 days ago
  • 2 points

I have been following this on other platforms, great to see it finished! Remarkable job.

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

  • 5 days ago
  • 2 points

Oh thank God, an actually good keyboard.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Saw this thing on reddit! I love it's builds soo much

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

ITX builds

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :)

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

more than awesome, nice job dude

  • 13 days ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot. :)

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

S M E G

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build is it supposed to look like a toaster?

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

It is a toaster. 😉

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

I thought this was a Talkie Toaster homage from Red Dwarf. It is called SMEG after all

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

How does it turn on?

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

You can read about it on Instagram. I relaxed to stop button with a momentary push button.

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