This website presents my build log for the submarine PC case, providing a brief overview of the methods used and the lessons I picked up along the way. The build log is not to be taken as an exhaustive 'how to' guide but I hope to be of interest and give inspiration for other custom PC projects that want to think outside the box.
I hope you enjoy reading and please don't take it too seriously. My friends laughed at the crazy idea and I would expect no different from my readers. I appreciate it’s not a polished product and I did somewhat stumble through the build, learning as I went and I only hope it will provide some inspiration for your own projects and perhaps readers will learn some of the lessons I picked up along the way. In projects like this I personally get so much more from the journey rather than the destination (cheesy I know), although I am pleased with the end product I do also know if I was built another, it would be much better than the original. At the end of the day its serves its purpose and looks pretty good on my desk.
I have been into building my own computers for some time now with this being the first time I have attempted to fabricate my own PC case, but I’m sure it will be by no means the last. The idea came about on my last build where I was upgrading pretty much everything in the case with exception of the case itself. I was happy with my case and I spent a while finding such a case which would slot nicely into my desk and look smart, so I just wanted to upgrade what was inside to keep up with the times. I knew it was going to be a squeeze especially fitting a new 30 cm long graphics card (Sapphire R9 270X 2GB Toxic) in a Cooler Master Elite 330 Mid Tower Chassis, but knew if I moved the hard drive it would all fit. After I crammed it all in I really didn't like the resulting temperatures, which were fine but knew there wouldn't be very much room for overclocking, especially as the only place I could fit the water cool system for the processor was at the exhaust end of the case.
would now This bugged me but I really didn't want to go and get a big ugly PC case which have to be seen in plain sight (as it wouldn't fit in under the desk). For me in order to get good cooling it's simply down to having good mass air flow rates to provide the fluid to take away the heat quickly whilst also maintaining a good laminar flow, minimising turbulent air which will result in hot spots. In a conventional PC case the air is always having to be turned and pulled which needs more energy and will more likely lead to turbulent air, particularly in the corners.
I let the problem simmer and one day as I had submarines on my mind (as one does) I realised that a good way to cool the components would to be to sit them in a nice smooth tube and have a big fan either side and so the idea for a submarine PC case was born. Not only would it be more efficient in cooling than a simple box it would also look good sat on my desk! I looked into the practicalities and decided to base it on the Astute Class submarine, although loosely as if I kept it in scale it would have ended up being about 2.8 m long (so it’s a fat version). I got started in drawing up some plans and deciding on how to go about building such a mammoth project with my limited skills and experience.
I have written a brief build log starting from concept through to the final build and ending in the commissioning where I hope to show that it achieved its purpose. I have intentionally avoided going into too much detail because firstly, I am writing this post build and cannot remember every little thing I did and secondly, I think pages of details would not actually add any significant value and may lose some of its interest. Given that I learnt pretty much everything in the build from Google and YouTube I think if more information was needed then it’s out there somewhere and I have included, where I can, useful links to the places which I personally found helpful during the build.
In this instance, given it was my first, I took more from the journey rather than the destination and learnt a great deal along the way, mostly how not to do it. I have included some of the lessons I learnt to hopefully help others to avoid some of the mistakes I made.
Promotion and Affiliation
This project was very much a personal project and all the items I used such as the building materials and to the computer components were chosen by myself and based on good old fashioned research. I received no sponsorship for the project and any opinions and observations of items within the build log are my own.
If there is any affiliation with a product or service then it will be clearly stated, bearing in mind that I would not affiliate with a product or service that I hadn't already had experience with.