DIY Open Air PC Case Transformation

Here we show you how to Transform an old PC case Into a open air benchmarking rig.

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Author Jack Diller ( ago)
Wow. That tape is.. literally awful. Sorry, but it has to be said. File down the edges or sand them next time, you'll have a better result that doesn't look like a neck brace and a test bench had a baby.

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Author Gus Mtz ( ago)
That is just a piece of shit man. You should be ashamed of building that piece of garbage and making a video. I´ve seen a lot of good videos, with real work on them... yours its pure garbage.

Author Tweak Tweakker ( ago)
I love the build. Nice!
Thanks for the idea, now I know what I can do with my old case.

Author PRA DIE G ( ago)
add cooler mini air from amazon

Author misho trankolov ( ago)
Make another one model but this time make vertical case.

Author Billy East ( ago)
Excellent an extremely well done and illustrated video-Bravo!

Author Vaskedama ( ago)
name of the chassis?

Author AAP-SG ( ago)
That is a great way to reuse an old case, it takes a little work but when you're done, your name goes on it, good video

Author RUIZ JOSE ( ago)

Author RedLink ( ago)
Why do you not just grind the sharp edges?

Author ken edwards ( ago)
i like what you did with the case system
i think thats really smart and very safe

Author Nick Tonytone ( ago)

Author C Jasz ( ago)
You are a cool dude man!

Author King of The North King of the Kings ( ago)
honestly all those efford and time you spent just for this?

Author Isaac Chan ( ago)
leds and glass to cover it up

Author D3AThCAl2DS ( ago)
screen on rear exhaust fan :P

Author Antonio Stone ( ago)
he didn't paint the tray?

Author Zaru noi ( ago)
I'm liking the idea of the PSU on the bottom. I made a cube shaped wooden case that had to fit within specific dimensions and I really struggled to fit the PSU in with room to spare for a fan.
This idea would probably have helped. Beside it means I wouldn't had to work out how to support the PSU since it's resting on the bottom.
Next time I'll try that for sure.

Author IvCastilla ( ago)
To much blah blah blah

Author Conrado Pinto ( ago)

1-use an ATX motherboard with SLI support

2-keap the video card on the motherboard the way you left,connected directly to the motherboard PCIe

3-with the second card,you put it on the horizontal, with the fan facing outside .I would suggest using Thermaltake Core P5 horizontal VGA stand,an its pci express riser.This way you can still use the SLi bridge,and you won't have one card blocking the air entrance (or exhaust) of the other.

if any one knows any case that uses on video card on vertical and the other on horizontal,please let me know.

Author Jonathan Bright ( ago)
I think it's strange that the on/off is a button, and the reset is a switch. Other than that it looks awesome.

Author zuhardi ( ago)
this overrated video is about how to make bbq grills. the fuck happened to peoples nowdays?

Author Caleb Rudd ( ago)
It looks like R2D2 and Darth Vader had a butt baby.

Author canal extreme bz ( ago)
fonte generica nessa comfiguracao

Author Brian Gervais ( ago)
not related to this case specifically, but how noisy would an open air case really be compared to any traditional one? i was gonna make a custom case starting from a very cheap generic one. For some reason hadn't considering a simple open air design.

Author TheCyberbedouin ( ago)
this look like pile of made it

Author pjosephsmith ( ago)
i run a small ewaste management company and found this helpful. i grabbed a random tower and ended up using tin snips and i grantee mine is the ugliest anyone has laid eyes on. but it works for my bench work. my suggestion for the MKII would be acrylic body or case lidding. all electronics give off ER/F and ive been weary about building an open case for testing random board and parts people throw out for resale. but i fixed this by putting it behind something and "shield" myself from it. anyways food for though

Author Musty 187 ( ago)
you need to calm down on the intro lol

Author Tears of Rage Clan ( ago)
as a metal worker by trade the easiest way to clean up those sharp edges is with the same grinding wheel you used to cut the case then take a wire wheel on the grinder and go back over the edges again just for good measure. If you have a fine cut bastard file that works great also.

Author Dc Creations ( ago)
Just file the edges

Author lliterally same ( ago)
im building an entire pc case out of wood and salvaged stainless steel sheets.
wish me luck:)

Author John Henry ( ago)
i love it! 2 be honest on the next version u do, u probably should take the time to round off the sharp edges with a sander. Other than that it is a slick design.

Author venley28 ( ago)
Foam tape on the edges?
Dude, never, use sandpaper on that edges!

Author ŦΛKE08 ᵐᵒᵗᶤᵒᶰ ᵈᵉˢᶤᵍᶰᵉʳ ( ago)
I think im going to do the same

Author Mariano Mena ( ago)
this design lacks of structural resistance. Actually the graphic seems to be suffering and supporting the back panel torsion forces. you should add a "45 degree triangle" where the backpanel meets the motherb base

Author Colin McKay ( ago)
Beautiful design, paint job, video editing and the video shows how much effort you put into the structure that is your virtually free test bench. My only regret was throwing away my old of case a month ago. ;(

Author Jessie James ( ago)
I'd like to do something like this but wouldn't know how to put together after i cut the parts lol.

it sucks only sucks

Author stilweezy ( ago)
how come u didn't paint the motherboard tray? otherwise, good first model. keep modding!

Author Dillon Burnett ( ago)
it is nice to see someone actually doing case mods. Most people spend so much time of the internals, but what about custom case action?

Author Random Ryan ( ago)
you really have no patrons?

Author LivelysReport ( ago)
I think you could make one for me... LOL

Author yusung lee ( ago)

Author Harrison Knight ( ago)
would a dremmel be able to do this

Author Lee Garcia ( ago)
try to upload more specific instructions ex. how to make indicator for HHD or power buttons

Author Maks Kry ( ago)
Dewalt, at least he knows what a good brand is

Author gck86 ( ago)
this is cool!

Author AMDSITHLORD ( ago)
Amazing Video Boss

Author Skott62 ( ago)
Simple and functional. Great vid.

Author changtcg ( ago)
I like how you improvise an old useless case into something useless. But that just seem to be too much work. I'll just prefer to old cardboard box.

Author sai kumar ( ago)
if u need to use a corsair h1000i liquid cooler. where will u fix the radiator to the case ? i had made it exactly like u for my daily use. now got struck plz help :(

Author Bleh ( ago)
is it me or is that 120mm fan backwards

Author fandi gladion ( ago)

Author Jeff Papas ( ago)
nice mate , i am a case modder myself and i plan to make an open case this month

Author Pyromaniac ( ago)
My roommate got super confused while I was watching this video cause I thought he kept sneezing.

Author Pallab Das ( ago)
thanks for shareing great video and also subscribed

Author Kaffi O ( ago)
it's beautiful but please change that tape. thanks for the idea for drilling the rivers that is a great idea

Author WHIZISME ( ago)
good idea... make more exrream custom please

Author Lomboz King ( ago)
This is genius. Totally going to do that

Author acnfanmanin ( ago)
whats with that crappy powersupply?

Author Gandalf Shortwig ( ago)
You could use some cheap black rubber hosing with a slit cut down it to cover the sharp edges, that would look nice.
Nice video dude :)

Author Uploader24 ( ago)
you are awesome!

Author Phoenix Cherry ( ago)
im on my way to update my case

Author Vali ( ago)
Nice video man. To everyone complaining about the looks, it's an open air test bench. It's not meant to be 'pretty', it's meant to be functional and I think it does that very well.

Author albert (1189 years ago)
i would prefer a wooden designed case , there's a lot of work to do your method! it's pretty difficult for a non-engineered one's! anyway it's a nice project 👍

Author Smitty Jonson ( ago)
man this guy almost had it perfect until he fucked up by adding the tape at the end... could just sand the sharp edges with sand paper..

Author keitaro martin ( ago)
what's the figure in minute 7:13 ? :P

Author Supra TT ( ago)
you should of use Grinding disc Smooth clean out the metal surfaces

Author Cesar Maia ( ago)
That tape is killing my OCD

Author Emilia Fairbrook ( ago)
Well, I am really sorry but...the result is quite poor compared to all your work you put inside.
I made a open case too and just used the backpanel from the old case. It was faster, easier and looked better.
Next project is to make a PC case 100% from acrilyc glass, using a laser cutter.

Author anko spanko ( ago)
Or you just buy one

Author morganiothegamer ( ago)
instead of that ghetto foam, just sand the edges down.

Author Metehan Tanrıverdi ( ago)
But why?

Author Minh Vu ( ago)
This case beat the new Mastercase pro 5 in term of modular part

Author Minh Vu ( ago)
This case beat the new Mastercase pro 5 in term of modular part

Author Rapid Sloth ( ago)
i would make the psu mount atx so you can use a 1600w and that will make you able to do 4 way sli or crossfire

Author Curtis Reece ( ago)
You done a really good job :)

Author QuantumBraced ( ago)
PC Case designers take notice -- if you want to design a case that any graphics card can fit in, just design one without a wall. :D Awesome job.

Author Dennis Day ( ago)
In place of the foam, I'd use that car door edge guard material. You can get it in black or chrome.

Author MarkTheMorose ( ago)
Nice, I like it.

Author chrizzly ( ago)
is the back pc fan blowing into the cpu cooler?

Author Ascketism ( ago)
I just stuck the components in the motherboard and threw the pile on my floor. Works like a charm.

Author Евгени Георгиев ( ago)
This thing is ugly as a motherf*cker , also the cleaning will be really hard but it's gonna be necessary to do it often because of the dust and that there is no cover !

Author Boy Bully ( ago)
genius dude...

Author kenneth parks ( ago)
whats the name of this case?

Author SuperDeluxe80 ( ago)
you broke you own safety talk, you never hear gloves then using motor tools.

Author Tony Tony ( ago)
A bit ugly but very functional; good job.

Author Sir Sabat ( ago)

Author gojart destani ( ago)
sir , you are creative as f*ck !!!

Author gamer taboo ( ago)
I had this same idea, but I kind of decided against it because of how cheap the actual open air bench's can be. I had 3 old cases that I was really thinking about doing this to, and if I would have seen your video just a few weeks ago, I would have made this. Anyways, great video man! I really like your modded test bench aside from two little things, the reset switch, to me looks like a bad idea. Seems like it might be too easy to accidentally hit the button. I also dislike how the foam tape turned out, it is a great idea, I understand you need something there, but (imo) it kind of hurt the case's looks :/ .... Oh well, thanks again man. Awesome video.

Author J. Schmidt (1420 years ago)
For your next one Mark II you should have a hard drive cage for 3-4 HD's and/or SSD.

Author WAR TV ( ago)
Esta genial aunque el botón de encendido ya esta incluido en muchas tarjetas madre de Nueva generación. De resto esta genial ya pronto el case no servirá de nada en realidad ver los cables y las partes internas de la pc es más atractivo para mi. Buen video me gusto.

Author Салах ад-Дин GA ( ago)

Author Sagar Samal ( ago)
Great one..

Author yusuf rian ( ago)
i don't think my junk case can transform into something like that.. perfect idea. but i put acrylic to cover the top . because my room very dusty and i don't want my nephew touch it . thank you for crazy idea

Author Rico Suave ( ago)
wtf that was some amazing sketch up usage

Author FragDawg ( ago)
Really love the concept of recycling old pc cases and turning 'em into test benches! Any reccomended vids or tutorial resources for Sketchup? It would be highly appreciated!

Author Rai S ( ago)
Great! I will try this on my old case!

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