The Spirit of Radio

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The Spirit of Radio

After months of building and research I have finally finished my dream PC the way I always envisioned it. An industrialized, 80s themed, Fallout inspired gaming PC built inside (and outside) of a vintage radio.

I began by stripping down and gutting a nonworking Soundesign Six Band 2660B radio. Then I resto-modded the panels in black and transferred the mounting locations to a custom chassis that I made out of a sheet of 16 gauge steel. The build features a full custom loop pumped by a Laing DDC mounted to a Nouvolo Aquanaut CPU block/mount. The loop uses Festo pneumatic fittings and tubing wrapped in corrugated conduit for a rugged, industrial aesthetic. The reservoir is an EK X3 110 covered by an 80s National Bohemian bock beer can to go along with the theme.

The original power/volume knob is used to power the pc on and off and the tuning knob is fixed to a Noctua NA-FC1 fan controller used to adjust the rpm of the EK Vardars mounted to the radiator.

I wanted to go with an exposed radiator and tubing as opposed to a full sleeper because I love the 'hotrod' appeal of it. I think it makes it look powerful and intimidating and like I mentioned before, very Fallout-esque.

I do plan to upgrade to an rtx 3070 eventually since it is within the 7660B Pro's 600w power limit but I just haven't been able to get my hands on the specific model I need to fit the build at a price I'm comfortable paying so that is why this build is rocking my always trusty 1080ti.

I you're interested in the build process, it is outlined here:
https://smallformfactor.net/forum/threads/the-spirit-of-radio-my-14l-industrialized-1980s-themed-vintage-radio-hotrod-pc.16984/
Color(s): Aluminum Black Silver
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: Retro
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Size: SFF
Type: General Build

Contests

This build participated in 4 contests.

Hardware

CPU
$ 154.08
AMD - Ryzen 5 (5600X)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 6
Motherboard
$ 197.63
Gigabyte - AORUS I Pro (WiFi)
Chipset: X570
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: Mini-ITX
Memory
$ 78.34
G.Skill - Ripjaws V (3200MHz) (Black) (2x)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 8 GB
Graphics
Gigabyte - GeForce Gaming OC
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: RTX 3070
Interface: PCIe x16
Storage
$ 157.99
Samsung - 970 EVO
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 1 TB
PSU
$ 159.99
Enhance - Flex (ENP-7660B)
Wattage: 600
Form Factor: Mini-ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Platinum
Case
Custom - Custom (custom)
Case Fan
$ 143.98
Cooling
$ 59.99
EKWB - CoolStream PE
Type: Custom Loop
Size (WxHxD): 240 mm (2 x 120 mm)
Cooling
$ 62.25
Laing - DDC-Pump
Type: Pump
Cooling
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