Mike Schropp over at Total Geekdom has proved worthy of his site’s moniker once again. The last time we checked in on Schropp, he was playing around with modular Lego computers based around Intel’s NUC platform. Now, he’s created a jaw-dropping, X-shaped non-modular gaming rig with an ATX motherboard and a case constructed entirely of Lego.
Even better? You can buy one if you want.
Solid Lego bricks aren't really ideal for airflow, so Schropp was forced to get creative with his case construction. Fortunately, Schropp laid out his design decisions in a long, detailed blog post. The big message: this design is all about better cooling than conventional boxes. Want better overclocking? You need better cooling. Component longevity? Cooling. He even says that the GPU cooling system is so good it’s an air system with the effectiveness of water cooling.
Why this matters: Are you kidding? This is a gaming PC built from Legos and it’s a game-ready rig too. It's beautiful. Just don’t tell any kids in your house that it’s made from Lego or one day you might find your PC case laying all over the basement carpet.
He put what where?
To achieve optimal cooling, the PC's primary cooling fans are placed right below the motherboard. Schropp says this allows for a “stream of air to flow over the entire motherboard surface on both the front and the back, cooling the MOSFETs, VRMs, Capacitors, chips, and motherboard PCB itself.”
The case is made from more than 2,000 pieces of Lego and stands 19-inches tall by 14-inches wide and deep. Schropp says the case is built sturdily enough that it won’t fall apart when you pick it up. The case uses “overlapping plates and bricks...along with supports and beams to add stiffness,” Schropp says. If the worst does happen, however, Schropp says he'll repair cases that fall apart.
The system packed into Schropp's tower includes the Asus Z170 ATX gaming motherboard, a quad-core 4GHz Intel “Skylake” Core i7-6700K, an Nvidia GTX 980 Ti, 16GB of HyperX Fury DDR4, and a Samsung 950 Pro M.2 SSD as the primary storage.
Those are all pretty much options, however. You can buy the case and install the components yourself or purchase a pre-made system from Schropp. Prices start at $1,700 for a system with a Core i5, 8GB RAM, a Samsung 850 Evo M.2 SSD, and a GTX 950 Graphics card. There are also AMD options if Nvidia isn’t your thing.
On top of the key components, there’s another four 2.5-inch drive slots with SATA interfaces, 3 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DVI-D, 4 x USB 3.0 (rear), 2 x USB 2.0 (rear), LAN, Intel AC Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and 2 x USB 3.1 (front).
That’s a whole lot of PC for one gamer to handle. Yeah, I want one too.
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