bit-tech Project Log: Here Foreword by Antony Leather
Building your own PC case gives you the unique opportunity to create something you're not only proud of, but that can be completely customised to suit your needs. Whether you want to make something that's drop dead gorgeous or with cooling or specific functions in mind, if you build the case from the ground up then that's all possible.
Forum user GinoTheCop also known as Cüneyt Yetgin from the beautiful country of Turkey set about making a PC with noise reduction and exposed, illuminated internals as the focus for the project. The result - GTC, after his forum handle - is a very unique looking PC indeed.
When you turn out the lights, GTC comes into its own with not one but two lighting schemes to chose from, glowing through the large acrylic fascia and front panel labels. Here's Cüneyt to take us through the making of GTC.
Around three years ago after adding a side window to a case and spray-painting another, the modding bug bit me. I knew that building cases from scratch was something I really wanted to do. Thanks to Google's SketchUp, 3D modelling is available for free, and there's even a free tool called Kerkythea for enhanced rendering, so I could see what my design would look like when it was complete.
After weeks of sketching, I knew exactly what I wanted. I've always been very sensitive about fan noise levels, so a custom controller was included on my to-do list. I also wanted to be able to see my precious components and include custom lighting to impress my friends.
It was also important to hide as many cables as possible, and to use a removable motherboard tray for easy installation and maintenance. Once all this was sorted out, Project GTC was ready to get underway.