This is a custom build using AMD exclusively in spite of the price hike. I was building this as a surprise gift for my best friend. I liked the challenge, and he is living in Japan for a year, so I have had quite a while to get it done.
He does not own a computer at this point so really anything is an upgrade over his old Macbook. His favorite game series is The Legend of Zelda (as is mine) and so I wanted to really customize it to make it extra special.
The parts were purchased over the span of about a year in an attempt to get the best prices possible with holiday deals and random sales popping up. I actually got a BestBuy credit card just for this project with the intent of using the points accrued to get smaller parts "for free."
I wanted to create a wind tunnel with the fans since I would be removing one of the intake panels and replacing it with a solid acrylic window. So I chose the FUMA Rev.B with the intention of setting all fans to pull air from the front creating positive air pressure and forcing it out through the back panel. It worked extremely well and the computer is cool and quiet, as it should be.
I found the cover art for the Hyrule Historia, Art and Artifacts, and Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia to be the most intricate yet simple (in terms of converting to line art). So I purchased the books, scanned the covers, and began tracing the designs I liked in CAD. I wanted the computer to have depth and light, so I purchased a second window panel for the opposing side. The plan was to laser cut the acrylic windows and give them edge lighting with white LEDs. I traced the triforce (with Ocarina of Time influences) on one window and the four corner details on the other. I also had to include some sort of engraving on the computer, so I looked up the Ancient Hylian alphabet online, which unfortunately only directly translates to Japanese hiragana. So I found a transliterated English version on Deviantart [https://rueyeet.deviantart.com/art/Proof-of-utter-dorkhood-32131795]
Since I would be engraving the acrylic I didn't want to make any mistakes; so I typed what I wanted to say in a word document in English. Then downloaded a special custom font sheet using [https://www.calligraphr.com/en/], input the characters, and converted it to an install-able font onto my computer and just copy and pasted my engraving. That would go with the corner details onto the opposite window panel. The laser engraving went through three iterations due to engraving issues [the image had 'ghosting' around it's edges from the lasers heat] I ended up leaving the film on for the cut and peeling it off revealing a clean edge.
This entire build cost about $680 out of pocket for everything. The majority of the parts were either cannibalized from a previous system, had rebates, price matched from amazon, or were purchased with rewards points through BestBuy.
Overall I am extremely pleased with my work on this one, save for one thing. I thought I was purchasing the Thermaltake Core V1, which is SIGNIFICANTLY smaller. I wanted this to be a cute little build, but with the current case it is pretty much average, just differently proportioned.
I presented it to him and [while he hates me for spending the money on him] he loves it! The whole thing was a great success and we will get to playing Overwatch together in no time.