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: Custom Made Functional Art Piece.

01-14-2014, 12:01 AM
I have just completed my project of building a computer that is inside of, what is basically, a custom made shadow box/ picture frame. I like the idea of letting the computer components speak for themselves. From the motherboard's complex circuits, to the simple exterior of a HDD, I have always felt it is such a shame to tuck these beautiful parts away into a computer case or worse, ruin them in a gaudy case that still just ends up under a desk. Art is meant to be hung on a wall for display. And that is exactly the idea that I'm trying to bring to life. Let me know what you think.

I have installed Battlefield 4 to check out how well it could handle it and to keep an eye on temps. After playing with all but a couple of settings all the way up for about an hour or so the CPU's highest recorded temp was 39.5C, GPU max was 53C. The motherboard has 3 sensors, highest was was 47C.


This computer was built for mid-high performance. I wanted this computer to have a least some bite to live up to its bark.

Video Card:
XFX AMD Radeon HD 7750
Chipset: AMD Radeon HD 7750
Video Memory: 1GB GDDR5
Memory Interface: 128-bit
Bus: PCI-Express 3.0 x16
Max. Resolution: 2560 x 1600
Connectors: DVI-I, HDMI, DisplayPort

FX-8320 FX-Series 8-Core Black Edition
Frequency: 3.5/4.0GHZ (Base/Overdrive)
Cores: 8
Cache: 8/8MB (L2/L3)
Socket Type: AM3+
Power Wattage: 125W

G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 RipjawsX Series
8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 Dual channel kit 2x4GB
1600MHz CL9 (9-9-9-24)

Hard drive:
Seagate Barracuda 7200
1.5 TB
SATA 6 Gb/s

Power Supply:
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply

And here is a video of one of the LED light strips' settings.

Let me know what you think.

Thank you,
Scott Y.

01-14-2014, 11:18 AM
Hello Scott

I like it! Technology as art is not a new idea of course but I very much like what you've done here. You put a lot of work into the design and build and you were rewarded with a good result. Well done.

My formal training is in electronics and recently I've put that to good use designing and building LED lights. I use 24 of them for all the lighting in my small house. They are powered by solar energy from a small 8 panel array. I did a small post in the Off Topic section of the forum if you're interested.

All The Best
Chris Roberts