The Ultimate Sleeper PC

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Jonathan Lumley
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The Ultimate Sleeper PC

I wanted to build a new PC, but one unlike any other. I chose to build a sleeper PC. Mainly because of the novelty (and potential theft resistance). I chose this case because it was easy to modify. I started by drilling out all the CD drive mounts (a case fan now lives there). I attached the CD and floppy drive covers on the front panel to make it look like it still has them. I dismantled the entire case and I had to hack out the holes for three intake fans. One pulling air from the bottom to feed the graphics card (the case is slightly raised) and two in the front for airflow to the CPU. I decided to go with air cooling because I didn't need anything overkill. I gave the inside a coat of black spray paint (only on the inside). For the outside I cleaned it up and wrapped parts of it in wood grain vinyl wrap, for a nice retro theme. I included a Windows 98 sticker and a vintage shop sticker (recreation). I do with it had a turbo button. I included RGB LED strips on the inside, they shine through the vents and seams in the case, making for a cool effect when turned on. The front panel did have to undergo some modifications for airflow. For the bottom fan I used a wire screen mesh painted to match the case. For the top fan I used vented drive bay covers that match (sort of). The build holds good temps and runs stable under load. Overall I am very happy with this build.

Specs:
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
Asus B450 Prime AM4 Motherboard
XFX RX 580 Black Edition
Samsung 960 Evo M.2 SSD 250 GB
250 GB slave SSD
2 TB slave HDD
Corsair RM750X PSU
16 GB RAM
Color(s): Black Gray White
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: Retro
Cooling: Air Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

Hardware

CPU
$ 140.00
AMD - Ryzen 5 (2600)
Socket: AM4
Cores: 6
Motherboard
$ 149.00
ASUS - Prime (B450-Plus)
Chipset: B450
CPU Socket: AM4
Size: ATX
Memory
$ 24.99
Corsair - Vengeance LPX (3000MHz) (Black)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 8 GB
Graphics
$ 229.99
XFX - Black Core Edition
Chip Manufacturer: AMD
Chip: GTX 580
Storage
$ 87.95
Samsung - 960 EVO
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 250 GB
PSU
Corsair - RM750x (discontinued)
Wattage: 750
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Case
TBD/To Be Determined - TBD/To Be Determined (custom)
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