Description

This build was my first ever build and will serve as a prototype for a future wooden gaming PC.

My main goal of this project was to make a computer as small as possible out of wood. I think I got it.

The type of wood I used was oak: 3/4" for the side panels (in black) 1/2" for the edges (stained mahogany)

The design of the case was a high priority for me and although I had never worked with wood before I like to think I did a good job. Heat dissipation may be a problem in the future build but with the 5350 it's so low wattage that I've had no problem leaving it on for a hours. I was even able to play portal 2 on medium setting with no stutter (720p monitor).

OS is Windows 8.1 which I got for free along with the HDD btw

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  • 66 months ago
  • 5 points

The first wooden steam machine in the world.

  • 64 months ago
  • 5 points

Ironic that steam engines used to run completely on wood. Feel's like a complete 180 here. ;)

  • 66 months ago
  • 3 points

VERY creative and well put together, but I've never heard of that power supply brand and certainly wouldn't trust it.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya I'm pretty skeptical myself, I have a 350W athena power (better brand) flex atx as a back up but I'm hoping the meager needs of the whole build won't strain the PSU to the point of breaking

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, that would cause a mess lol

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

There was another wooden PC made by a dutch guy. Really cool.

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  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

There's an ASRock board for AM1 which has a port for a power brick in, so you wouldn't have to use an internal PSU.

Nice build though

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

ooh I totally should've gone for that! missed oppurtunity :/

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  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for creativity like the look of the wood, lets just hope it doesn't become a fire hazard.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Is your future wooden pc going to be smaller or bigger?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely bigger considering I'll need to fit a graphics card in there haha, I'm looking at the 750ti right now which has a smaller footprint than many of its peers.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

I think EVGA makes a low profile 750 Ti, check it out!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I know Galaxy makes one as well, I didn't know EVGA did though, thank you

  • 65 months ago
  • -1 points

EVGA does not make a low profile GTX 750 Ti. Galaxy has a single slot model with standard height, as well as a dual slot, low profile model.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! Looking forward to your next one

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I challenge you for the gaming build to make it out of real mahogany.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I was thinking cherry actually, but mahogany would be nice too now that I think about it

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Or if your skilled enough with wood working you could do both and use one of the two as a trim.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Now there's an idea

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

yaaaa

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

With a cherry mx keyboard! :)

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Very Nice. I am looking forward the the MKII version. +++

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice custom case, you don't see very many of those.

The only thing that drives me nuts is something that cannot really be changed, how far the IO ports are in to the back of the case.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Ya that's a concern of mine as well. I'm definitely planning on having some front USB ports for my next build. For now though I'll just enjoy the extra minimalism!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, could you tell me the dimensions of this? Thinking of something similar with a ps3 :)

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

it's roughly: 12" tall x 8.5" wide x 4.5" thick x

the wood I used for the side panels is way thicker than it needs to so you could definitely fit a PS3/4 into something with dimensions like this

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

This is amazing really original!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm actually planning to build a similar system of my own. I'm extremely worried about heat output, though. Have you had problems with the wood warping or anything strange?

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

The Athlon 5350 processor I used only uses 25W of power so it's heat output is really minimal and I've never noticed the machine sounding strained in general. Wood warping is impossible since the wood I used was 1/2inch thick. And lastly the threat of fire is not a concern at all even if you used a 100W CPU.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

how do you turn on the pc? just curious. +1 for creativity

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

In the first picture you can see a little black button on the top right corner. Press it down and it completes the circuit for the power jump. The button was bought at radioshack.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything is wooden in the future...

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Have you seen the movie "Her"? In the first few minutes a lot of the computers were made of wood! It made me happy haha

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I was making a Spongebob reference XD

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I see your post about turning the PC on, but I was wondering whether you could post a link to the button you're using? I'm inspired by this build, and I'd like to try my hand at doing something like it. If you can't remember the exact product, do you think pulling out the fiddly pins from the front I/O of an old case and using them there will be fine?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

This is the exact button I purchased: http://www.radioshack.com/mini-spst-1-5-amp-momentary-pushbutton-switch-2-pack/2751556.html#start=16&sz=12

You will need some of those fiddly pins to connect to the button though. If you want to use the power button from some old case like you said I'm sure that would work too. I almost did that myself but the method I used happened to be more convenient for me at the time.

Let me know how your build goes! I'd love to see the end result :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

i would say to screw in the Storage into the top lid

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks really nice! But out of curiosity what temps does it get?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 to wood making skillz

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Where is your turnoff and restart key and your usb port. Where did you bought it and what do you call it. +1 for great job

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

love it

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

DaFuck?

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Knowing the total wattage would be pretty small I used the cheapest flex atx PSU I could find. I know nothing about the company that makes it nor their reliability.