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

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!

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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Author Capt_Kaplan ( ago)
This guy is just like a caring brother. He offers those templates completely free and the kit is really cheap for what you get.
You couldn't get that kit at home depot for that price.

The kit consists of:

All case panels, accurately milled with a CNC router
16x right angle brackets
21x short self-tapping screws
4x medium-length self-tapping screws
11x flanged M4 screws
16x flanged M3 screws
11x M4 nuts
4x M6 feet bolts
4x PSU mounting screws
4x M3 motherboard pillars
22x washers

and this for only 45$. You are a hero.
Actually you are a clumsy hero, i mean you lost your cape after all. :)

Author Allan Ortile ( ago)
holy crap this is awesome. i skipped the video from time to time.. does this support uATX (micro atx)?

will it also be possible to "trim" the height a bit? i want my case as small as possible and im using an NH-D9L from noctua which is almost the height of the video card..

Author PC Stuff ( ago)
Looks awesome!

Author jlinkels ( ago)
Glueing nuts onto the bracket is a bad idea. The hobby glues available to the amateur or DIY are simply not strong enough and not lasting. It would be better to screw longer self-tapping screws through the outside wood. The screws only tap in the wood, and would remain loose in the bracket. But they would still hold the case in place as only sideways movement (radial) has to be restricted. There is no holding force needed along the axis of the screw. You could also use metric threaded screws. For M4, simple drill a 3.5mm hole and turn in the M4. It will cut its own thread in the wood. Again, there would be no thread in the corner brackets. The screws act like pins to keep the cover in place.

Author Vestha01 ( ago)
You'd sell the dxf files for the plates so people can create their own case of their favorite material. Or could add that option to the kit since a lot of us feel not quite confident to do the whole cutting by ourselves. :D

Author blouberguy ( ago)
where did u gthe power button ?

Author ADSlammer ( ago)
no, my limit to what i can build is my budget.

Author Anel Redzic ( ago)
Can you please do tutorial on that el wire? How to plug it on the power supply?

Author Abdulrahman Jaddou ( ago)
I like that he made sure to include the fire hazard part at the end... well thought video xD

Author Venkateswaran PS ( ago)
I tried to purchase it using the link but it says out of stock. Kindly help.

Author Hermit Meh ( ago)
This would be perfect with a 140mm aio for the cpu!

Author beriman juliano ( ago)
good work

Author Tumorlike ( ago)
toma tu merecido like!!!

Author nightninja87 ( ago)
that was awesome

Author metalsonic41 ( ago)
your DIY always look incredible

Author Buildfromscratch ( ago)
Very nice.

Author DJ - D20 ( ago)
does anyone know if you could use a Micro ATX? I am thinking about building a Ryzen build and there are not any Ryzen ITX boards yet.

Author Ra'uf Azman ( ago)
thanks to this video i discovered EL wire GWAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! thank you!

Author Rage 9one ( ago)
It looks great, but I prefer bigger cases for better airflow.

Author MakingxMagic ( ago)
You could get some magnetic dust-filters to polish up the look a little bit.

Author Cornholio ( ago)
11:00 A monitor running on 12V? How is that possible?

Author Michael Portillo ( ago)
absolutely amazing job :)

Author Lt ( ago)
Can you explain what you are using to seal the panels? I understood PVA + water, but where can i buy PVA and what should be the mix?

Author Bradley Warner ( ago)
I love this guy's voice

Author Chaoddity ( ago)
I love the general look of this project. The only thing I might would change myself is the lack of any sort of filter.
If you have pets... or long hair... this case could get gummed up and possibly overheat

Author ChrisD4335 ( ago)
note worthy el wire only glows brightly when its brand new then slowly becomes dimmer till it stopps working, this dose not take very long

Author ChrisD4335 ( ago)
don't motherboards often use the case as a reference to ground? I see one issue witrh it being made of wood

Author mario soto ( ago)
I would love an atx kit

Author Dandea Raul ( ago)
Your are owesome. :D

Hello! From Romania!

Author Mafia Cod ( ago)
My only concern would be radiate EMI as wood does not shield
against electromagnetic radiation

Author A Shit Youtube Channel ( ago)
i am in the process of building my own wooden PC and just by sheer happenstance i bought the exact same power button

Author Yaw Maung ( ago)
Cool. But miss the reset button!

Author mady bali ( ago)
still sweet till the dust coming

Author AbangMokie AC ( ago)
Use 4300Rpm fan!
Not automatic CPU fan!

Author Jacob Short ( ago)
Maybe in the future you should add some sort of magnetic dust filter for the fans if you do another case

Author WannaDuino! The Real Live ( ago)
plain stupid, why? MDF, ......corners are sanded round, ..........but you made cold 90* degree joints........Carbon print will come loose soon...... and... and... and....

Author 30SecondsOrLess ( ago)
I am interested in those printed diagrams. Do you offer those alone?

Author Bob Wareham ( ago)
I am going to have a go at making my own tablet I have a 10" touch screen and was thinking of using a UPBoeard so I can run Windows 10 I love your vinyl wrap do you think it will last on a tablet as it is going to be handled a lot, Any suggestions would be good I love all your projects on YouTube thanks, Bob in the UK

Author Muhammad Faridul Islam ( ago)
You are damn good DIY Hero!!!

Author Nitin Thakur ( ago)
give it to me man😍😍

Author Coshi360Gaming ( ago)
Awesome! Too bad my motherboard is atx not micro xP

Author tukanar ( ago)

Author M3ch Tig3r ( ago)

Author M D-G ( ago)
How is this case for dust? And could it be easily/cheaply modded to deal with excess dust?

Author Rictor Scale ( ago)
DIY Perks do an open air PC case design

Author TheEriezeru ( ago)

Author Blue 4lifeblue ( ago)
i was thinking if you could make a laptop using this method

Author Tonicwine999 ( ago)
I can't wait till you start making your own real carbon fiber

Author EVOCHROME ( ago)
A nice thing would to be to add a dust filter as it improves your cooling (on the long-term). DIY? Just steal a old panty from your sister or girlfriend and cut it up ;)

Author The Revived Tech ( ago)
I've built one made of Legos! I have a vid uploaded

Author ChiTuSai ( ago)
very badass and clean looking. very good job !

Author Cloudy ( ago)
Join my electronics community if you love electronics! You can download the app in the app store.

Author Johny24 ( ago)
10:25 I'll believe it when I see it

Author Medawk ( ago)
I love this channel. This is a REAL DIY stuff, not another goofy coin sorting device out of cardboard.

Author Bob - Snijder ( ago)
where can the template for the back side download?

Author jekanyika ( ago)
That heat sink reminded me of the first DIY perks video I watched.

Author Paul Rulez ( ago)
Next month i will buy it! Thanks!

Author VMFRD ( ago)
Are you an engineer mate? You should be...

Author Jaenald Javier ( ago)
Are u gonna make a micro atx version for this case?

Author Tamojit Das ( ago)
need help regarding the power button,4 connection which one to connect the two wires of the start button connectors ?

Author Bartosz Mróz ( ago)
12:07 Upside as a Standard it's does at more cooling than a downside.

Author Александр Щеренко ( ago)
Pretty dodgy build)) I love it!
Maybe you should add some dust filters

Author bluegreenash ( ago)
If your computer is getting near to fire hazard territories you are doing something wrong

Author Christopher Birung ( ago)
thank you sir for this very unique and beautiful system unit you designed! :-) God bless you richly! :-)

Author Joseph Jesse // AMHQ ( ago)
the wood actually looks beter

Author Ludwig Liljegren ( ago)
0-10 no rgb

Author Ankit Singh ( ago)
Please make home video and audio recording studio

Author Michael Hodge ( ago)
do a tear down video about the ridges cordless brush less nailer

Author alex smits ( ago)
Amazing!But one has to be very skilled to make-it!

Author alex smits ( ago)
I keep watching!

Author Gert Sterner ( ago)
Great build! I have a question though: When I take off the side panel of my normal steel pc case, at the side where the motherboard is, I get a lot of radio chatter in my audio equiepment like my loudspeakers. So do you experience that with a case not made of iron / steel?

Author aLEXis ( ago)

Author dgkimpton ( ago)
Do you not have issues with RF interference when using wood cases?

Author JackHurtsLeg ( ago)
I'd like to see your setup

Author Michael Hammons ( ago)
Do you have CNC files so you can cut out your own using that?

Author jared robinson ( ago)
You really put so much effort into everything you do and youre so helpful. Man you are great!

Author Aidan Rogan ( ago)
Looks like something Silverstone would make, but for a fraction of their price! Thanks!

Author Nenad Bogoevski ( ago)
#Apple you see this guy? Get him instead Tim. I mean... the difference is obvious...

Author M Wadud ( ago)
This is going to be a huge dust magnet with the amount of negative pressure due to the fact there is no real intake. But I guess you can just chop a few holes in as stated in the video

Author Ali Ghost ( ago)
thanks bro

Author Fr W ( ago)
Whats The name of the program you made the templates of ?

Author Daan S ( ago)
Wow! I have seen your channel growing from 40k to this!!!! Wow congratulations!!

Author Uzair Qidwai ( ago)
Can u pls link the vinyl wraps

Author Kirby Bautista ( ago)
The case is pretty big, Might be able to fit a water cooling system in there

Author Larry Moore ( ago)
hi , how much would a build like that cost ? the motherboard , power supply, ect.. from start to finish .. Plz let me know thanks .

i would like a version with a mini itx board, full size gpu (1070) and sfx-l power suppy neatly next to the motherboard.
Yes like a Dan Case a4sfx. but...a cheap solution. That case is my dream but too expensive and hard to get. :(

Author ZI ED ( ago)

Author Workshop on Wheels ( ago)
Thanks for showing the process! I would like to one day make my own case, since I have some practical problems that no case on the market is tackling now. You make it seem easy

Author Zl D ( ago)
Beware, when mounting a heavy video card horizontally it's very possible to bend a Mini-ITX motherboard over time. It would be preferable to add support between the standoffs on the video card's side - you can fashion one out of wood or plastic, make sure it's at least two inches long and non-conductive.

Author ShadyOrb09 ( ago)
This is really interesting, but it's $45 for the kit, and it'll probably be close to that or more expensive if you were to do it on your own. Getting a full sized ATX case is usually less than $30 CAD, if it's going to be budget like this case.

Author john hart ( ago)

Author J0shi J ( ago)
This is the best channel.

Author Leonardo Assis ( ago)
This is what i call art! Great job!

Author Shdgfhjk Djjksiajs ( ago)
I'd like to see temps in that case while gaming.
BTW EL wire / tape is prone to absorb air moisture through the cut and stop working on that end. Seal it with heat-shrink tubing closed at the end by f.i. pliers and you should be good ;)

Author Ra Lu ( ago)
Matt: I saw your disclaimer regarding fire safety and I have to disagree. it would be unsafe for me to purchase this kit, as my mixtape is so lit that the MDF would be molten 30 seconds into the first track.

Author Omar Al-Asfour ( ago)
sorry but I have to subscribe

Author ZetsubouFallen ( ago)
Really bad design, GPU coolers to the wild open, and CPU temperatures over the roof, there is no air flow inside.

Author Franky Franky ( ago)
20 videos and 1 million suscribers , i don´t understand how it´s possible this , ..... really , .....

Author Aidan Deslippe ( ago)
Does anyone know a website like that in Canada or the US?

Author vooduu99 ( ago)
Out of stock?

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