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Posted · Original PosterOP

I love the modern retro look and I have a traditional sleeper main build at the moment however this was a spare parts project more for the aesthetics than the performance.


MoBo: Gigabyte GA-Z170N

CPU: I5 - 6400 (stock cooler)(Integrated Graphics)

PSU: Corsair 450W Bronze

Ram: Crucial 4gb DDR4 2400 MHz

Peripherals: Discount

Monitor: Broken



The build itself was tricky, especially due to my lack of artistic or technical skills, I got it done in the end but would love to see someone more competent make something similar.


I wanted to keep the externals as stock as possible so motherboard was attached by screwing some standoffs through the holes already available. This worked rather well, unlike the rear of the case. I had hoped that my PSU would line up with the existing hole, unfortunately I had to cut out some space and as it was my first attempt it is far from perfect. The only other case modification was the drilling out of the standby indicator for the on switch which I think has left the front looking pretty good.





As for the internals, the PC components were rather easy to secure with the classic tape down approach when there were no screw mounts. MoBo has onboard wifi and the usb dongles for the wireless peripherals for that extra clean look.

The hardest part was getting an LCD that would fit the 4:3 display. Ended up having to tear down an old broken one and replacing the control board. This was then all elegantly taped/glued to the front half of the monitor case. Screen power comes in from the back through a standard 12v plug and is connected just with a very short internal HDMI cable, once these are removed and the standby switch disconnected from the MoBo the front half can be disconnected, but it is very fiddly.





I am happy with the result and have reached the end of my skills however there are some things I would like to change but probably never will. I would have liked to somehow power the screen from the PSU so there is only one power cable. I would also have really liked to use some higher end components as there is room for the 1080ti from my main build, but there is no way I am switching to 4:3.



(I would love to see a baller LTT version of this idea)


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Thats actually really nice... My only criticism is the screen, it just doesn't look like it fits all that well.


But, amazing nonetheless.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
Just now, SenpaiKaplan said:

My only criticism is the screen, it just doesn't look like it fits all that well.

Sort of because it is haha. The old CRT was curved so its looks better straight on as the gap isnt as obvious. The slight wonk is due to it being far too big for the hole and I had to force it in as far as it is. I will probably add that to the fantasy improvment list

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It could use some case fans..but i like it.

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This reminds me of the old iMac G3.  Novel idea sticking a PC inside of an old, gutted CRT monitor.  All that electrical tape on the back of the LCD tape made me laugh.  Otherwise, nice job.

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