Project Kintsugi

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MrtheMoonbear
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Project Kintsugi

Project Kintsugi.
Based upon the Japanese philosophy and repair method, utilising (most famously) gold lacquer to repair broken pottery.

My first ever build to include any level of actual modding.
Originally a black case it was resprayed in a white primer with metallic gold "cracks" and accents.
Main modification was the PSU shroud which I made from a perforated metal drying rack I found in the corner of the shed.
Template was made in the case using cardboard to serve as a template and the final product was made from the stainless steel tray.
It was cut to size using just a pair of tin snips and then I filed off the sharp edges and bashed it into shape with a mallet. I then sprayed it to match the case white.
I opted to paint the golden cracks on using a needle tipped bottle instead of a brush to give it more depth and a level of inconsistency to better represent the edges of cracks rarely being smooth, often marred with little chips missing.
I had next to no tools and about that much experience, but here we are with a final product and I hope it helps convince someone that they can do it too!

"The philosophy of Kintsugi is that broken things aren't deserving of being thrown away, they should be cherished. The cracks and wear of an object is a history to be celebrated."
I chose the Kintsugi style because it represents to me not only the salvaging of objects otherwise discarded, but the struggles that I and many others I know have gone through with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
Sometimes it is hard to pick the pieces up and keep going, but every time you do, you come back better than ever.
Every time you fall is not a defeat, but every time you get back up is a victory.
Completing this build was my latest "getting back up" moment and I am damn proud of what came out of it.
Color(s): Gold White
RGB Lighting? No
Theme: Color
Cooling: Air Cooling
Size: Micro-ATX
Type: General Build

Contests

This build participated in 3 contests.

Hardware

CPU
$ 39.00
Intel - Pentium G4560
Socket: LGA 1151
Cores: 2
Motherboard
$ 348.02
MSI - H270M MORTAR ARCTIC
Chipset: H270
CPU Socket: LGA 1151
Size: Micro-ATX
Memory
GeIL - Super Luce RGB
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 16 GB
Graphics
$ 177.51
ASUS - ROG Strix
Chip Manufacturer: AMD
Chip: GTX 570
Storage
$ 47.00
Western Digital - WD Green
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 120 GB
PSU
$ 145.44
IN-WIN - PB-750W Modular 80+ Gold
Wattage: 750
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Case
$ 60.35
Thermaltake - Versa H15
Type: Mini-Tower
Side Panel: Solid
Cooling
$ 22.99
DeepCool - GAMMAXX 400 blue
Type: Air Cooler
Size (WxHxD): 135 mm
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