In the early days of Google, the massive amount of storage that was required to analyze the structure of the World Wide Web was stored in a custom PC case made from Lego! It’s been 16 years since this device has been in use, yet PC makers are still spending money on new cases where it’s fairly easy to build your own from scratch using a variety of methods and materials.
Don’t have Lego in your house? No problem — maybe you have a trash can or an old stereo that can be destroyed. However, if you’re looking for a good long-term project, why not try building your PC case out of wood? The end result can be very impressive, although you may run into some problems with a noisier-than-usual computer.
The following projects are the perfect starting point for any experienced PC builder.
Assembling a PC case from Lego
Lego is a somewhat obvious choice for building your own PC, but let’s face it, if it works, why not use it?
There is something satisfying about the successful completion of a Lego project, after all, and with the use of popular plastic bricks, both the supporting structure and the PC case have proven to be a popular choice. You will find many examples of Lego cases online that use any other brick color that is available or designed with an impressive blocky, almost 8-bit mosaic finish style.
For structure, do not rely on narrow bricks; Instead, design your case to use wider types of bricks, those with 2 x 3 or 2 x 4 pegs. Offering more support, these pieces also look more like real bricks. Flat elements in the form of «plates» should also be used in those areas of the hull where additional structural support is required.
Whether you want to build a standard tower for media, gaming, or an impressive server farm, Lego is a great choice of materials! (Note that you will probably need to glue the bricks for successful long term use.)
Cannibalization of household items
Around your home, you can find various items that can be used for PC building projects, even if they don’t seem right at first glance.