Build your own PC case from scratch (how-to-guide)

  • Added:  3 months ago
  • In this video we'll be making a sweet-looking PC case from scratch, using cheap materials & basic hand tools! Also available in kit form!

    Have access to a CNC already? You can purchase the source SVG files here: (free PDF template for hand tools also available)

    Many thanks to Reichelt for sending me the components used in this build. Check out their website at: They have some great deals, so are definitely worth checking out (esp. their prices on computer components!).

    Here's a link to that awesome glowing EL Wire:

    And the awesome FLIR ONE thermal camera:

    Thanks to Overclockers UK for the sweet Super Flower PSU:

    Here are the templates that you'll need to cut out the panels, if you don't want to use the kit version:

    Components used in the final build:

    M.2 SSD:
    Processor cooler:
    Graphics card:
    Fanless PSU:
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Comments: 1 814

  • DIY Perks
    DIY Perks 1 month ago

    Hey everyone, just letting you know that I've put the source SVG files up for purchase too, for if you have access to a CNC. Here's the link:

    The free PDF version for hand tools is still available, and always will be. Just thought the SVG file would be useful for those who want to recreate it with their own router.

    • Device Nerd
      Device Nerd 6 days ago

      hello I have a suggestion fro you I think you can cut out a hole on the other side of the CPU(opposite to the side of Graphic Card) and Stick a Glass in there

    • Diam0ndz - Unity Tutorials
      Diam0ndz - Unity Tutorials 21 day ago

      What if I have a micro-atx case? I know it won't fit normally, but what if I added some wholes and extender thingies(The golden sticks that you screw the mother board in)? Will it still work?

    • david parkinson
      david parkinson 1 month ago

      DIY Perks please do the same with the headphone stand 👍🏻

  • Magical Music Man

    I love all your vids. I'm subbing.

  • Shaun Crilley
    Shaun Crilley 1 day ago

    What glue should you use to glue the nut to the bracket?

  • ygolohcysp
    ygolohcysp 2 days ago

    I'm gonna use all amd and make it look like a microwave for accuracy

  • ygolohcysp
    ygolohcysp 2 days ago

    The motherboard u linked is Mini itx and you called it itx

  • Douglas Camus
    Douglas Camus 2 days ago

    Hope does it handle dust though? It doesn't have any air filters.

  • Hans Harry Félix
    Hans Harry Félix 3 days ago

    I truly want your made final product - Thanks

  • Isaiah Torres
    Isaiah Torres 3 days ago

    Awesome video, just subscribed. I was wondering what it would take to create a oval like case that can be easily accessible and still have a healthy ventilation. The idea is for creating a T-800 skull pc.

  • McNugget Butts
    McNugget Butts 4 days ago

    Heat dissipation

  • jacktjong
    jacktjong 5 days ago

    Im gonna try to make this with an infinity mirror on the top or something :P

  • MAR5
    MAR5 6 days ago

    alright you guys you know what to do liquid cool this case

  • Fudgebucket
    Fudgebucket 6 days ago

    rip airflow

  • Aaron Smith
    Aaron Smith 7 days ago

    how did you make the custom frame for that monitor?

    JUST DO IT 7 days ago

    can i use a piece of wood with a rubber antislip piece on it and then screw the mobo stand offs on it and have that as a case until i have enough money to buy one

  • firebird0u812
    firebird0u812 8 days ago

    What is that plant? I like it.

  • d3str0i3r
    d3str0i3r 11 days ago

    i'm not liking that there is not planned space for full size hard drives, that space under the board is really only good for slim drives

  • Tobias Dio
    Tobias Dio 11 days ago

    looking realy nice 👍 how about a pc in a desk?
    Best regards from germany! :)

  • Kiss petizero
    Kiss petizero 11 days ago

    what are the specs and what is the maximum i can make it i really want to know pls

    DIY KEL 11 days ago


  • Miguel Angel Martinez Portillo

    hermoso carajo

  • Peter Gabriel
    Peter Gabriel 12 days ago

    Is this better, worse or comparable to your Cloud case?
    I'm thinking of making a desktop from scratch and I'm looking into cases.

  • BossUnster Yeah
    BossUnster Yeah 12 days ago

    fiber wood isn't good for the heat dissipation inside the box, ur computer will be rly hard to cool down with this kind of material

  • Mix Indie Home ITB
    Mix Indie Home ITB 14 days ago

    Top Top Top !!!! Exellent !!!

  • Matthew Perez
    Matthew Perez 15 days ago

    should do this on old pizza style pc and sell it (no one wants to buy it due to its beige color)

  • McKeviin
    McKeviin 15 days ago

    The link is not the same graphics card, If you didnt know.

  • Christina Eder
    Christina Eder 19 days ago

    Act beat merely take when develop absence do formal.

  • Diam0ndz - Unity Tutorials

    What if I have a micro-atx case? I know it won't fit normally, but what if I added some wholes and extender thingies(The golden sticks that you screw the mother board in)? Will it still work?

  • Ian isnosey
    Ian isnosey 21 day ago

    Any plans to do a full ATX case kit? I've just upgraded my machine and really can't afford/don't want to change mobo at this stage but would really like a kit to make a nice case.
    Great video and really well explained, I'm off to check out the rest of your vids to see what you have Lol.

  • Gamin Redneck
    Gamin Redneck 22 days ago

    5:55 looks like a fucking air filter for a car ECKS DEEEEE

  • Jas Coasttocoast
    Jas Coasttocoast 22 days ago


  • Noface
    Noface 23 days ago

    Make a video on how to make a portable ps2

  • Viking 2121
    Viking 2121 24 days ago

    Thats Awesome! Wish I had the patients and the room to do something like this.

  • Adam Owczarewicz
    Adam Owczarewicz 25 days ago

    Thanks for the video. Any chance for full size mobo template please?

  • M.H. Steiger
    M.H. Steiger 25 days ago

    Spechless....I have trouble switching a light bulb...

  • Riccardo Rivi
    Riccardo Rivi 25 days ago

    what type of cooler is it?

  • Zombi Crankz
    Zombi Crankz 25 days ago

    never buy @ reichelt.... they are not cheep

  • BOFORSHO combat arms

    whats temps like?

  • Dhruv Menon
    Dhruv Menon 26 days ago

    T H I C C

  • Philipp Schmid
    Philipp Schmid 26 days ago

    If you buy the kit it is as expensive a s a small case by itself

  • jamai39
    jamai39 26 days ago

    dat backlight though!!!

  • Rui PTG
    Rui PTG 27 days ago

    add a filter of some sort...

  • Denver Dias
    Denver Dias 27 days ago

    that looks really awesome!!!!

  • Friedreich
    Friedreich 28 days ago

    Using such shit pc componenets

  • Julian Haddad
    Julian Haddad 28 days ago

    Is there anyone who can show me how the button works to turn on the pc?

  • Julian Haddad
    Julian Haddad 28 days ago

    What size fan can i add in the back? I don't believe it was mentioned.

  • Julian Haddad
    Julian Haddad 28 days ago

    Would the cpu cooler still work the way it is? without the fan???

  • Murad Sheshani
    Murad Sheshani 28 days ago

    you projects are really nice .. when I have enough money I may start doing some.

  • MrTomovka
    MrTomovka 1 month ago

    What are the dimensions of all the screws and brackets?

  • A2N Muhfarisyah
    A2N Muhfarisyah 1 month ago

    don't have mdf wood? try use a cardboard!!! trust me it worked

  • Luis Picazo
    Luis Picazo 1 month ago

    Fucken gorgeous custom case

  • Alex Tald
    Alex Tald 1 month ago

    Amazing. Simply amazing.

  • sgln
    sgln 1 month ago

    heat me baby one more time. in that wood case :)

  • sweans
    sweans 1 month ago

    someone should make a dan a4 sfx case kit

  • CrimSoul
    CrimSoul 1 month ago

    ooh, this looks like a fun project. maybe I'll make a cheap pc out of it for fun sometime. probably not gonna make anything serious as it seems to be lacking in terms of good airflow.

  • Raúl Andrade
    Raúl Andrade 1 month ago

    Hi. I have a little project that comes to my mind when I think on upgrading from my old laptop (still usable)to desktop. How to transform you laptop in to a desktop? using this kind of case and the pci laptop adapter.

  • Traumglanz
    Traumglanz 1 month ago

    No dust filters and directly pulling air for the GPU in from the outside? Can't say I am approving.

  • BEARD Productions
    BEARD Productions 1 month ago

    instead of a coping saw you can use a oscillating saw

  • Ewan Coulbeck
    Ewan Coulbeck 1 month ago

    you should upload more

  • PokeJed
    PokeJed 1 month ago


    • DIY Perks
      DIY Perks 1 month ago

      +PokeJed Intel CPUs are actually pretty robust.

  • Mark Wilson
    Mark Wilson 1 month ago

    Can the case bottom be made from Plexiglass?

  • Brett Sepulveda
    Brett Sepulveda 1 month ago

    Looks good but wouldn't the speaker spikes scratch your desk?

  • JQ Dan
    JQ Dan 1 month ago

    @DIY Perks What did you use and what can you use for the front ports and power button? Also any luck on a matx or atx versions?

  • michael o'mahony
    michael o'mahony 1 month ago

    €50 for a few pieces of mdf really

  • tobi foong
    tobi foong 1 month ago

    Nice !! .. what is the physical measurements of the final case ?

  • Péter Juhász
    Péter Juhász 1 month ago

    Nice job!

  • Kevin Stein
    Kevin Stein 1 month ago

    Wow that's awesome, nice man :)

  • CheezeWuz
    CheezeWuz 1 month ago

    even if it was a fire hazarded you could just hit it with a fire retardant

  • kamen rider
    kamen rider 1 month ago

    hello is this size for atx one

  • Mark Wright
    Mark Wright 1 month ago

    No dust filters.. no case fans! Its all good having a massive heat sink on that CPU but you got to have airflow going over it. It looks great but it needs a lot of work to improve thermal design.

  • Klaudio Picaku
    Klaudio Picaku 1 month ago

    i think this is a fire hazard.

  • Klaudio Picaku
    Klaudio Picaku 1 month ago

    i think this is a fire hazard.

  • Jascen Smith
    Jascen Smith 1 month ago

    The lighting behind you makes u look like u edited yourself into the frame at the end

  • Nauman Arshad
    Nauman Arshad 1 month ago

    what about the dvd rom

  • tom c
    tom c 1 month ago

    You really should consider some kind of EMI shielding if building a wooden case.

  • Peter Reynold Robinson Junior

    niiiiice build. do you send the kits to Brazil? or do you sell the cnc files? nice and sweet.

  • TheRailroad99
    TheRailroad99 1 month ago

    is something like this available for full ATX boards? (GA-970A-UD3 in my case)

  • Cheeki Breeki
    Cheeki Breeki 1 month ago

    When a random guy's homemade case looks better than 99% of the cases on the market.

  • Sharanesh AnithaRamkumar

    It was amazing till I looked at it's close-up...
    Just Kidding,It is extraordinary!

  • michael mooney
    michael mooney 1 month ago

    Theres a reason that computer cases are made out of steel or aluminum. The metal case is to keep RF (radio frequency) interference inside and outside from effecting the computers operation. I'm guessing the only reason the FCC hasn't gotten after you for the kit is they don't know about it.

  • Jonathan Avagliano
    Jonathan Avagliano 1 month ago

    Terrific, but with two holes and without filters i could only imagine the dust you will find in a pair of months 😂

  • Sergant Ijzerhand
    Sergant Ijzerhand 1 month ago

    Matx plz

  • soufiane Mouatassim
    soufiane Mouatassim 1 month ago

    11:01 German kicks in :p

  • Kevin Van Haesendonck

    Does anybody know the exact size of the other 4 panels?

  • Exposed: Bad Drivers

    Very nice!

  • Matthias Wong
    Matthias Wong 1 month ago

    Actually, stx is smaller than itx

  • Diabl0pl
    Diabl0pl 1 month ago

    That was a great project. ;)

  • Radek Rak
    Radek Rak 1 month ago

    This is so beautiful. Some people claim "simple tools" etc. You actually deliver superb quality with simple means. By the way - I do product/industrial design for a living, and I have to tell you you'd stand out even in industry terms.

  • badis Benhamma
    badis Benhamma 1 month ago

    pleas can you give me a link for the momentary switch that you used

  • Anubis
    Anubis 1 month ago

    Finally, a good youtube video!

  • Samoyed Gaming
    Samoyed Gaming 1 month ago

    It has 666 dislikes, it's the devil!

  • zero80473
    zero80473 1 month ago

    i might modify this for a E-ATX motherbored and 2 GTX 1080tis (if i could afford them)

  • Sturmpanzer IV
    Sturmpanzer IV 1 month ago

    I made a $5 case (or should I say frame) from water pipes

  • David Middleton
    David Middleton 1 month ago

    Is it particularly quiet? I saw an older video where you made a quiet PC out of Aluminium to help with the sound. But, sound doesn't seem to be mentioned here

  • Gus Mtz
    Gus Mtz 1 month ago

    There is a reason why pc cases are not made from wood man. Not a very good idea using those materials.

  • EmperorTerran
    EmperorTerran 1 month ago

    Desktop speakers stands next?

  • MostLow
    MostLow 1 month ago

    Thinking about trying to build something like this but more compact and with a handle. Doubt it is practical but considering trying to use the wireless monitor you built in another video with a hopefully wireless tower-in essence a less practical laptop but a fun project! And I imagine if budgeted right it could be a more power/$$ then a laptop would be.
    They sell wireless hdmi but they are expensive-will have to use a wire until the savings account is large enough I suppose

    • MostLow
      MostLow 1 month ago

      If any experienced builders would like to comment or advise I would be interested to hear opinions! I want this project to handle slightly more then just basics (possible some low end gaming?)

  • Unauthorized Expression

    Bet that El Wire is going to play hell with your wifi.

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