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Hi-Fi PC project

Discussion in 'Die-hard Overclocking & Case Modifications' started by Božo Kaurić, Jun 2, 2019.

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  1. Božo Kaurić

    Božo Kaurić Member

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    Hi all!

    As someone who likes old Hi-Fi gear and collects old Sanyo Hi-Fi components, I decided to take one old Sanyo amplifier and integrate my computer inside of it. That way I can have my PC as a part of my Hi-Fi tower!

    I used standard desktop components I had in my PC, but my goal was to have the whole front completely functional, all the knobs and switches.
    I know this is not the top of the line PC, but it is my baby I have been using for years now and its still serving me great, so be gentle :)

    Original amp had to be gutted, and many modifications had to be made to the main shell. While I was at it, I also customized almost all the components inside, and made many parts out of copper and wood.

    Bottom part of the case had to be separate from top so I could fit original 1978 switches inside, and to make room for three hard drives. I separated bottom and top sections with one piece of hand cut copper plate (2mm thick). Purpose of copper is purely cosmetical, there is no special reason (heat etc) behind it. That plate sits on four steel feet with anti vibration rubber on bottom and top, painted in copper.
    Back plate is made one part from copper (where motherboard comes), and one part in wood (where graphics card comes).
    Since there is a serious height problem with that kind of case, I had to use PCI-Express riser to place graphics card horizontally and Noctuas low profile CPU cooler in order for everything to fit inside.

    Graphics card and motherboard both got a new paint job and wooden inserts.

    Front functionality, starting from left to right:
    - Top two knobs control fan speeds
    - Power switch turns on the computer
    - Green light for HDD activity
    - USB 3.0 port hidden behind a knob
    - 2 switches to turn on/off fans
    - 2 switches to turn on/off LCDs
    - Above switches - left LCD shows case temperature and the right one - CPU temperature
    - Largest knob is for volume control
    - below it, another USB 3.0 hidden behind a knob
    - Big red power light

    Outer shell has been made from scratch, using 1.5mm aluminum mesh and profiles. Top plate is hinged, so it is extremely easy to take a look inside ;)

    And finally, all the copper got a nice polished finish and the rest was painted in mat black.

    I hope you will like it as much as I liked working on it. It took me some time, but to me, its more then worth it.
    And don`t judge it by the old components... I worked with what I got ;)

    Have a nice day everybody!

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  2. anxious_f0x

    anxious_f0x Maha Guru

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    Looks great, nice work :)
     
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  3. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    Pretty sweet.
    I was going to build my PC into an old analogue TV but it would have taken considerable space in the room.
    It was eventually built into a low table.
     
  4. SplashDown

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    Pretty cool, thats definately different something I haven't seen.
     
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  5. eminaguil

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    Nice build, that's a fine work.
    For my taste, better that some Builds of The Month :p;)
     
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    This pc is going to suffer from pockets of trapped air, particularly the graphics card.
     
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  7. Božo Kaurić

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    Nope, GPU is taking fresh air from the top, CPU is blowing hot air through top, and side fan is blowing fresh air inside. Sides and top are made out of mesh... all the temps are normal
     
  8. Astyanax

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    Thats not how thermaldynamics work.
     
  9. Božo Kaurić

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    Well, I did study thermaldynamics... and I set up this machine with all the cooling in mind. Every single component has been stress tested and temperatures monitored on every part of the case, cause except normal sensors on CPU,GPU etc, there are two separate temperature sensors in the bottom and in the top part of the case.

    Graphics card has a blower type cooler on it, which is pulling air from outside, in this case, through the mesh on top of the case. CPU cooler has a fan on bottom, which is blowing the hot air outside (Noctua NH-L12S).

    Take a look at the video of it, it might show you in better detail how its all set up:
     

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