Hi guys, this is Steve. I’m a currently 17 yo male student from Bavaria, Germany finishing 12th grade and preparing for my (hopefully) CS studies at the Technische Universität München.
When I got my first computer running Windows 95, I would sit there for hours drawing pixel by pixel in Paint. Since then many years have passed, where I got to know my best friend who showed me the world of gaming. Since then many years have passed, where I got to know my best friend who showed me the world of gaming. Starting with simple Online-Games and later becoming a full stack gamer, I needed a more powerful machine than my Dell Inspiron 530. My father and I decided to build a complete system by ourselves, besides our lack of expertise in this topic. So we threw some components together and built a €1,400 gaming monster with the latest hardware of that time. This was the igniting spark of my passion about the depths of PC hardware configuration and assembly.
Since then I have configured, built and optimised many many systems theoretically and in practice for myself and a few friends, which were all air cooled, non-overclocking systems in regular PC cases. Now that my interests have shifted a lot and the only time I am gaming is during some weekends and the holidays, I am planning for something that fits my needs better. The new setup will mainly be used for my studies and the diverse hobbies in 3D-rendering, parallel computing, image and video manipulation and (sometimes) gaming I have.
First I was thinking about buying an iMac 5K with 4GB M395X GPU and Quad-Core i7 4GHz processor. The €3,500 price-tag didn’t surprise me all too much and since I knew I would want 2 more displays, the decision to build a custom Windows PC fell even faster. So I started thinking about what I wanted to do and thought that a really kick-in-the-butt understatement system with absolute no noise emission would be really cool. 6-Core i7 5930K, dual Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming, Fractal Define R4 case (no window) and ASUS X99-M WS would make a great Mini PC to take to LAN-Partys. As soon as I finished tinkering, I proposed the idea to my parents. Of course my mother didn’t understand anything and to my surprise my father wasn’t convinced either. He thought that when we built my first PC I went with the most fierce looking setup with tons of LEDs etc. and now I would prefer an entirely closed PC that is matte black?! “No,” he said, “I’ve got a better idea. How about building your own custom case or even better, mount that PC on the wall with all components visible!” For me that sounded like a terrible idea at first and slightly disappointed I went upstairs. After a few days though, the idea sounded like the most bad-ass thing I could imagine and I wanted to build it.
Once again I sat down and started googling: ‘wall mounted PC’ and found this beast of a machine.
I was mesmerized by the sheer beauty and cleanness of the build. The way he mounted the components on acrylic sheets with the lighting in the back, the water cooling and the carbon fibre backplate. I really like the red appearance although I’m a bit tired of it because 80% of people are using that color-scheme. But at the time this build started I think it was very one-of-a-kind.
My build will feature the latest technological ‘inventions’ of these days in the custom PC product range, which to me means acrylic tubing and RGB lighting.
Intention of this blog
I started this blog because I think the ultra-custom PC-Build “Elite” is not dropping enough information on how to plan and realize such a build. At least in my case I didn’t have any idea on how to get the acrylic to light up correctly, what LEDs to use and the (in my opinion) most mysterious of them all: HOW THE F*** DO YOU MOUNT THESE GRAPHICS CARDS?! Furthermore I found out that there is really only ONE single half-way comprehensible technical drawing of an ATX motherboard and the corresponding mounting holes and that is measured in inches which is this here: ATX Mainboard
To make it a little bit easier for me and future builders, I decided to create an AutoCAD version of all of the components I’ll be using. They will be measured in millimeters and hosted on a public dropbox I’ll launch soon with screenshots of them as well.
I hope you will enjoy following this blog and I promise, the next posts will be a lot shorter!