Description

In the past, I have seen a lot of builds targeting consoles, but none targeting handhelds. So I decided I would build something that would blow those handheld gaming devices (Nintendo 3DS, Sony PSPs) away. As in other avowed device killers, the trick would be to get superior graphics and speed at roughly comparable prices. As a coworker (who was constantly working on his personal computers during lunch) had retired and left behind several pieces of hardware that I felt I could conceivably use, I knew I could make a solid attempt at a handheld killer. Chief among the left-behind parts was an Intel motherboard. For which, mostly to assuage my conscience, I managed to press a grimy $20 bill into his sweaty palm at the retirement ceremony. But I digress. In the end, I just thought it would be a cool project that would allow me to say I have the most computerized 1986 Dodge Ram 50 in the world. And who wouldn't want to be able to say that?? I did have a couple of co-workers help me (they were intrigued by the project) so, mucho thanks to them also.

Case is a 1986 Dodge Ram 50. Roomiest case I have every worked in. Literally worked in. Used Velcro to mount the power supply and hard drives behind the seat, and the suction cups attached the motherboard to the rear glass window. Bought it for $500 back in 2010, so I feel like I can safely depreciate the cost down to $0. Still runs as smooth as a sewing machine! Case does burn a little oil now though, but for a self-powered case, I feel like that is acceptable. Case comes with two Mk-I Window Winder manually adjusted cooling fans. I give this part 5 stars baby!

Stock Intel Cooler - I had originally bought a Hyper 212 EVO to cool this beastie off with, but weight concerns and the fact that the 212 was overkill led me back to the stock cooler. Seems adequate. Adequately ugly.

Suction cups. Bought a pack of 6 suction cups from Wal-Mart. Ostensibly, they could support six pounds each, so I was careful to stay under the implied, 30lb weight limit. Still, I periodically, and carefully, press the motherboard against the glass to make sure the seals are staying tight.. so far, so good!

I use an old USB wireless stick for internet connectivity. Which obviously means I only use internet when I am stationary near a fast food franchise that has free wifi. :) I also use a 400 watt cigarette lighter power adaptor that I've had for years.

That about covers it. I've had many strange looks at stoplights, and answered quite a few questions. And a major con is it takes a driver and an operator. Still, I feel like I have succeeded in my quest to build an enjoyable, portable gaming handheld eliminator at a reasonably comparable price and performance point!

And get off my lawn.

Part Reviews

CPU

Intel Core i5-2500 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor - As I was examining the motherboard, I was pleasantly surprised to see it still had a processor. I took off the stock fan to see what it was, and it turned out to be this baby. The integrated graphics allowed me to save the weight of a dedicated graphics card, and were still better than Nintendo 3DS graphics.

Motherboard

Intel DZ68BC ATX LGA1155 Motherboard - When my coworker had this in his main gaming computer (2012) I always loved the way the flashing skull looked when he was gaming. It is a solid board and has lots of features.. perfect for what I planned to do. I had to mount it upside down to keep the cable weight from pulling the suction cups free. I also upgraded the BIOS to 0042 (a painless process) in case I decided in the future to upgrade the processor. Probably won't happen though. StarCraft Brood War plays awesome as it is!

Memory

G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory - Works great. PPP gives me a warning that the memory draws slightly too much voltage, but I think the memory package had a lower value. And I should have found blue or black ram to match the motherboard, or white, to match the case!

Storage

OCZ Agility 2 40GB 2.5" Solid State Drive - A friend donated an older SSD to the project. Used the SATA II interfaces on the board, leaving the SATA III interfaces for future expansion. Blows the built-in storage space for handhelds away!

Video Card

EVGA GeForce GT 740 1GB FTW Video Card - Another free part. Ended up not using this because of weight concerns. But have it available for future upgrades. If I get better suction cups.

Power Supply

Thermaltake Litepower 350W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply - Got it off Newegg for about $45 USD. Does not have the 6 pin connector, so doubt if I could have used the above card anyway. Solid power supply.

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit - Had to have an OS.. it is what it is. Got it from Best Buy, so I could get the points on my card!

Custom

Sunfounder 7" HD 1024*600 TFT LCD Screen Display HDMI Monitor for Raspberry Pi 3, 2 and RPi 1 Model B B+ - Good as long as you are playing in twilight or dusk. But the glare from any amount of sun makes it almost unusable. And the 7" screen makes stopping those Zerg rushes with Terran marines an exercise punctuated by the more esoteric curses in my vocabulary. This will be the first upgrade if I can figure out a way to mount a 10" glare-resistant screen on the dash

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 10 points

Most original PCPP build ever

  • 31 months ago
  • 7 points

by far the best case ever.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 31 months ago
  • 6 points

Case is a 1986 Dodge Ram 50. Roomiest case I have every worked in. Literally worked in. Used Velcro to mount the power supply and hard drives behind the seat, and the suction cups attached the motherboard to the rear glass window. Bought it for $500 back in 2010, so I feel like I can safely depreciate the cost down to $0. Still runs as smooth as a sewing machine! Case does burn a little oil now though, but for a self-powered case, I feel like that is acceptable. Case comes with two Mk-I Window Winder manually adjusted cooling fans. I give this part 5 stars baby!

....

And get off my lawn.

ded

  • 31 months ago
  • 5 points

I love Dodges, and anyone who doesn't.. Well, can dislike Dodges? idk,but

I Love Dodges!

+1 tho

  • 31 months ago
  • 5 points

Who doesn't love Dodges??

  • 31 months ago
  • 7 points

Prius owners

They Hate Us, Cause They Ain't Us!

It's alright, Priuses are cool!

(Who downvoted me?)

  • 31 months ago
  • 4 points

Your description made me laugh. +1 for the case, that was great!

  • 31 months ago
  • 4 points

Liquid nails, duck tape and lots of luck. Thats all you need to get anything to work

+1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Correct! This was inspired by those builders that have off-the-wall case ideas, like https://pcpartpicker.com/b/ZT6XsY and https://pcpartpicker.com/b/MMNNnQ Thanks for the +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Anytime. Im willing to hand them out to builds like this

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

I thought zip tieing motherboards down was janky, but then I see this. If I got smaller suction cups I could practically make uninstallation of motherboard really easy.

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

WOW! LMAO coolest computer I have ever seen. haha =)

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Who's down-voting all of these supportive comments? Is someone seriously butt hurt over this awesome concept?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Some people are just trolls

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

So... You used a barn find for a case

Brilliant

+1, I approve this for a Feature

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm sure Vork of The Guild wishes he would have thought of this! I'm sure he'd be proud. ;)

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

I heard the Dodge models come with more... ... Ram.

Badum tss!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. lol.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 All day. One suggestion, move your 5th photo to 1st place. That should change your main thumbnail to show your glorious case which is the centerpiece of your killer build :). I almost didn't click on your build but if I would have seen your case...

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Re-organized the gallery. That made a lot of sense. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

If this doesn't make it to feature, I will be pissed. +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Hahaha... loving the shot of the window winder. That some hardcore component right there..

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I LOVE your overall build but I really enjoyed picture 7 (cooling mecanism).

I would have stock the mobo near the psu and storage but if that's how you roll it's all good.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

SUPER COOL! and very interesting idea!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I love your truck man.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

HOW DO YOU TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY LOL

Great Build nonetheless.
  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

dude, post this on r/DIYwhy

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, you are amazing. You just gave me ideas for my dream build. +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

10/10.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

You had me at the beginning of the second paragraph!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I would be sad if it wasn't better than a handheld. xD Sick concept man.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

it would suck if that rear glass broke in a wreck and destroyed all of you're stuff.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed, that would suck.. I really like the rear glass.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I smell.... a feature..... +1 for most versatile case

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

You should custom water cool it, have some rads sticking out the window.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Some might consider that as going a bit overboard...

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

My plan is still to find out if there is a Dodge Ram 50 in any of the GTA games. Then I could install that game long enough to steal the game Ram. Then we can drive it down the highway in the game world, while driving down the highway in the real world. Deja Vu. :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

...and put everything in a lamborghini oh sorry what were you saying?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

So creative!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

This is ******* glorious, have my +1x109000

I wish I could give it more upvotes without creating an army of fake accounts to do so

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Your Dodge Ram needs more ram

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Does it run minecraft 60 fps?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Can this play roblox at 60 fps????

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

how many time did u crash ur car! someone give this man a case!!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

You my good sir are a ******* god.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I CAN'T STOP LAUGHING ;) OMG!! Seriously this is amazing! +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

WAT.?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

0 to 3.4 Ghz in 30 seconds? :v hope the car does not fall apart :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

That is one of the most unusual cases I've ever seen on this site. +1 for the case. It also looks kinda ghetto as well.

(This isn't the first in-car PC here on PCPP though, BoyScout kinda beat you to it.)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Just checked it out, thanks for the link!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

New trend in PCs - your case is a CAR!!

Now applaud, for I have given you your new trend

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't game and drive kids

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Case is a 1986 Dodge Ram 50. Roomiest case I have every worked in. jesus XD

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

You've got the PC, now you just need some useful 'accessories'. Don't press that red button.

Oh, and you'll need this.

And get off my lawn.

As I said, you'll need that.

Or...

"When this thing hits 88mph, you're gonna see some serious ****!"

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately, 72mph is about the, creaking, jouncing, max. :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Awww...

(Just line it up in front of a train)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome build!!!!!!!!. I think this is the best portable computer lol.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

No backup cam? Seriously? ;)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks down my nose over my reading glasses. ;)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

First thing I've ever upvoted

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

honored!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Not even a $4000 usd watercool build can top this off. Props for creativity

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely the coolest build i've seen on this site so far!!!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

This is honestly one of the greatest builds I have ever laid my eyes on. +1 to you sir, you sure deserve a hell of a lot more. I feel a guaranteed feature coming.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Im gonna turn my dads old car into a computer now +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice dude very inovative

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Feature! Feature! Feature!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

wat?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Real quick Recommendation/suggestion. Buy a PCI slot Extender, and mount the graphics card just beside the Motherboard. That way, the Graphics card will work, without weighing down on the motherboard. Just though It might help.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

That's an excellent suggestion. Thanks!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

try and cross the border with that....... you'd probably get raped by the border patrol

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Super memed

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey so do you clock this thing in ghz or mph bro?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I assume this is air cooled with the windows rolled down?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

ahahaha

now this is what i call a "Truckputer"

you Mk 2 will prob need to spruce up the outside of the truck like new front and fix those rusty panels. although some like the rustic look.

http://www.lilliputuk.com/

this company has 10 inches monitor which are higher res and some comes with touch screen features so you dont need a mouse but you still need a Bluetooth keyboard

some cable management will do wonders to the truckputer

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh no baby, what is you doin'?

+1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

"Roomiest case I have every worked in" OMFG hahaha

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

This is ******' awesome, and probably the coolest thing I've ever seen on PCPP! Kick *** work dude +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate the +1! Go Team Red!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for portability ;)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks... #facepalm :)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a literal Car Insurer's nightmare. I love it! If only I could spam that like button....

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

amazing

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

whats going un cuzzy, just wanna know if she comes with the car or not brah due to I have a job but no car at the moment .alright easy take care my brother bruzzzzzy

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

get back to me asap my brother cops are looking for me need the car

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

forgot to mention brother im from down under (straya) how much to send over the old girl aight ez brother take care

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

gday mate, just wondering whats worth more, the shitbox (car) or the computer that couldn't run my ***.. have a good one mate,

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I say if a pc involves liquid nails, duct tape, and zipties, it is instantly the best pc ever. But it isn't quite the best as it was built in a dodge, cause Chevy are just so much better

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Chevy elitist.. Sniff. :0)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

lol

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

this has to be the most expencive pc case

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

YOU ABSOLUTE MAD ******* I LOVE YOU!

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  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

It can be distracting. but I've mostly been able to resist staring over there when someone is playing . Well, probably until I get a new monitor and can really see what is going on from the driver's seat, lol.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you will get featured, you don't really see this on PCPP

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I really appreciate all the comments posted so far. Reading them is almost as much fun as doing the write-up. :)

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  • 31 months ago
  • 11 points

Sorry, this is how I.. roll. :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 5 points

they see me rollin'...

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

burn.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Where's the tempered glass?

  • 31 months ago
  • 8 points

Yup & it's already on tempered glass.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

You changed your profile pic!

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  • 31 months ago
  • 4 points

Why thank you, my good fellow. High praise indeed . :)

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

yes lol!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

dang, lol.. missed that one.. good catch.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably not feature material, but thanks for looking. :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know, pcpp users love stuff like this.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

There had to be one. Why not mine? ;)

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