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Lone Fox
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« on: May 06, 2012, 11:26:33 PM »

One day I came home, and my power outlet was glowing red with the plastic melting. Of course I pulled the fuse right away.

My computer's power supply is dead and it took the motherboard with it. I've decided to start from scratch, but the hardest part of building my own computer is that 90+% of the computer cases look stupid and/or are poorly made. Of course this is a personal opinion.

Why, I ask, can't case makers make their computers look as nice as store bought computers?

I'm looking for a sleek/decent looking small form factor computer case. Mini-ITX motherboard fitting, but mATX is also considered.

I have found some cases, but I can't find theme for sale in the US, or the UK distributors will not ship here Sad
http://www.streacom.com/products/f1c-chassis/
http://www.in-win.com.tw/US/products_pccase_series.php?cat_id=1&series_id=49&model_id=291
and more...
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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2012, 12:24:42 AM »

I sent an email, I wonder if they will reply in a humanly way or give the typical "we are sorry.." customer service response they train their employees to give.

I guess I can buy this case, because I found it on the market.
http://www.in-win.com.tw/US/products_pccase_series.php?cat_id=1&series_id=49&model_id=257
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2012, 01:15:30 AM »

I know absolutely nothing about building your own computer.  However, when I pull up the In-Win stuff, there appears to be quite a lot available domestically.  So the question becomes a matter of personal preference of what exactly is "sleek/decent looking ?"

You could do the transparent thing .  .  .


http://www.amazon.com/MYOPENPC-CRYSTAL-Transparent-Acrylic-Computer/dp/tech-data/B003D4LXRY


With your knowledge of computers/programming/websites, why are you not working in web development or IT ?
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2012, 01:28:45 AM »

...With your knowledge of computers/programming/websites, why are you not working in web development or IT ?

I'm actually quite stupid.

Building a computer isn't necessarily hard, I suppose making sure things are compatible with each other is the biggest obstacale. I suppose I just like the freedom of choosing my own features, and installing the Windows operating system without all the junk that retail computers come with.

The problem for me is that 99% of the custom computer cases have flimsy buttons, look stupid, etc... I say for me, because its really a personal problem on my side.

You can NEVER find a computer case built as well as the mainstream retail computers. Take this HP for example, the buttons have a decent touch to theme, and the audio ports work without interfering noise 99% of the time, and the USB ports aren't crooked, and finally.. they simply look nice.


And yes I'm weird and being way too picky.

I wish I had mon$y, because I would start my own CNC computer case business.. I'm telling you, a lot of DIY would pay for a decent computer case.
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2012, 11:41:57 PM »

The tech next to me at Machens in Columbia, Missouri used to build his own computers.  Shaun has a good background in electronics and knows how to do it.  Plus, it helps that Shaun's mom has a computer science degree, and works as an IT professional, and teaches a couple of classes as well.


My nephew in Austria also seems to know quite a bit.  He didn't build his own PC.  But, he seems to be quite familiar with the software end of things, (I know he was talking about perusing this in college, but I'm not sure if he is).  If I remember right, he completely got rid of Windows on his computer in favor of something else, (Linux, maybe ?) .  .  .
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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2012, 02:06:34 AM »

Boom

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811226004

out of stock though  Grin

this wouldn't be too bad

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=18062065
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2012, 02:44:53 AM »

I found my case..

I received a free computer from someone, because it doesn't work. Its a retail brand computer, so this will be funny... but I'm perfectly fine with it.


Aesthetically, I actually like that case (first time seeing it). Its a bit large.
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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2012, 10:41:18 PM »

I found my case..

I received a free computer from someone, because it doesn't work. Its a retail brand computer, so this will be funny... but I'm perfectly fine with it.

Aesthetically, I actually like that case (first time seeing it). Its a bit large.

Looks like this guy got a free broken computer and got some good use out of it. Grin




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« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2012, 04:42:54 AM »

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=20305966

$588...  olord
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« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2012, 06:16:19 PM »

SSD is confusing  Undecided
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« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2012, 10:11:51 PM »

So, did I read this right ?  You can, effectively, build your own computer to your own specs for around $600 ?  I have no idea what SSD is.  However, I gather from the Newegg page that a Solid State Drive is like a flash drive, with no moving parts ?
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« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2012, 12:00:57 AM »

I purchased a Lian Li case, and I actually kind of like it.

Instead of starting from scratch, I will just upgrade my computer. Nothing wrong with my AM3 Motherboard.

maybe: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=19399825

I already have a nice 1.5TB hard drive to use.
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« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2012, 11:02:37 AM »

The Lian Li case with the giant spider graphic is cool !





1.5 TB is awesome .  .  .
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