So you’ve got all the components to build your PC except the case — what’s an impatient geek to do? Build it anyway? Darren over at Hak.5 shows us how to turn your motherboard’s cardboard box into a temporary PC case.
If you’re lucky enough to have a good computer store near you, you probably shop there for a lot of your components. Sadly though, due to space constraints, they don’t always have the best selection of cases — so while you’re waiting for that case to come from Newegg, you’re stuck with all those components staring you in the face, begging to be built.
PC World alerted me to this new thing Asus is doing with their motherboard boxes: they’re turning them easy-to-build temporary PC cases, so you can get right to building — even if you don’t have your actual case yet. I set out to see if someone already had a DIY method for this and, lo and behold, Revision3 web series Hak.5 did a similar DIY mod not too long ago.
It’s actually pretty simple: just grab a pair of boxcutters and cut out a place for the fan, the power suply, and the I/O — the end where all your ports are — and you’ve got a pretty functional case. Granted, he went with some pretty slim hardware (like a laptop hard drive and a slim PSU from Fry’s), but with a bit of ingenuity you could probably make this work with quite a few builds. Check out the video above to see Darren’s build. You’ll have to fast forward to about 9:40 — he likes to talk a lot.