Description

As a builder, a guitarist and a PC enthusiast... this project was one I've wanted to do for a while. The build is a budget gaming rig that belongs to one of my best friends and former band mates.
You can see us and the rig here: https://youtu.be/ZqDamVl_6Yw

I felt that the front mesh of an amp would make a great front intake. I swapped the speaker with a similar sized RGB fan and used the same hole to concentrate the air intake. The back opening serves as exhaust as well as access to the IO. The whole back panel swings out on a hinge so you can work on it. I did use a metal motherboard tray screwed to the wood for stability.

With the amp potion on top removed, I put back in the knobs for show. Everthing else I found a way to use. The front headphone and mic inputs work. I used a front audio connector from an old case and JB welded that baby in. The old 1/4" input is now the reset button. The power button is new and functional. The rgb remote sensor sticks out where the distortion button was so it isn't blocked in any way.

That's about it. Anything I forgot to mention or any questions just ask.

Thanks PCPP people!

Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 4 points

this should be a featured Build..its a shame that "normal" builds get the spot. Great Ideia +1 Cheers

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

I think they go with a nice mix of charm vs performance... a few of my more budget mods have been featured : P

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

see I told ya ;)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I just logged in, and this was the featured build. Good Job OP.

  • 5 months ago
  • 0 points

I understand that,but many times like yours,it is not fair. But keep up the good work ;)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

all gud... TY<3

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

All aboard the Feature train... choo choo

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

agreed, choo choo!! really nice job!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Be cooler if it was a Mesa/Boogie but then you'd have to ruin a good amp ;)

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

if I had a Mesa I'd be playing it lol

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Meh, just get the Fortin Nameless plugin from Neural DSP and that Marshall amp gone PC will sound like a Plexi from hell lol.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I am also a guitarist and computer builder :)

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

A very cool build! Well done! +1

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Love to see something interesting instead of "another rgb rig"!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

But this has RGB! lol ty

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel like you missed an opportunity to keep the amp circuit in there, keeping the knobs functional :p

Other than that, though, this looks fantastic!! I'm impressed you managed to get a dGPU in there, if it were me I would've just stuck with a Ryzen APU and called it a day

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Trust me I wanted to do that. But he has good amps and this one is crappy sounding. The size constraint was the real issue. Also I needed to ditch the speaker for a fan. Maybe next time...

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I figured you wouldn't be able to keep the speaker (and honestly that 140mm fan is probably my favorite part of the mod anyway!), but maybe you could splice from the HDaudio connector to the amp, then output by splicing to the headphone jack? I dunno, definitely food for thought on a future mod

Edit: Also, if space constraints are an issue, you could consider getting some right angle connectors for the USB and DisplayPort outs

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a good idea. I could run it to a matching speaker cab.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, completely offtopic, but I saw the AMD stock cooler fan in the foreground of the picture with all the amps and realized you're the guy that built the desk PC and Pelican case PC lol

So congrats, you're consistently one of my favorite custom PC case designers on this site!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I really appreciate that! More to come I assure you : P

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, or to a pair of high quality headphones (so long as you don't crank the volume and blow them out!)

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

the headphone and mic jacks work. Same as any front audio to motherboard. A little transplanting magic : P

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll see you in featured man +1

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a really sweet build, So clever!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing idea and execution!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty cool man, good job!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build love it!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

this is an amazing build! I love it!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a PC that im amaze :o Someone Feature This build, This is Cool!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Genius

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Guitar player here, it’s amazing to see my two passions cross like this.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay... Besides the computer desk build this might be the coolest one you built yet! My son would love it, he plays

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Unique build! Absolutely love it!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you PCPP for feature #7

You all give me such drive to keep up the unique builds. I'm Panning another amp pc now... this time matx. Other good studff on the way as well. Thanks again everyone for the dope comments and love <3

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

A true Juke Box Hero.

Nice build

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

that's it! ... next build is an EATX in a juke box!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

In the pictures I notice the left knob (main volume) looks like it's set to 10 -- maybe 11?

As a guitarist I like that subtle detail. I like it very much!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I actually set the knobs the way he likes to play

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfection.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Dayum... That's a great piece of work. Really creative.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Dam.. What a creation

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

BRUH

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

As a fellow guitarist/PC enthusiast/builder, this is SO LEGIT! Those are some ancient parts, but I guess my PC is a 3570k too. :( haha I would love to see a server or gaming beast in a half stack. :D Glad you chose Marshall (I've got an '89 JCM 800). Rock on man!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about building a PC in an old guitar amp, but you've actually done it, so that's awesome.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Do it! You will love it. They are actually very practical as cases. I'm definitely doing it again.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I gotta do it. I have a little 30 watt Marshall that usually sits near my computer, and it's roughly the same size as my (regular) PC, and I was just looking at it one day thinking, like you, "that mesh would make a perfect air intake if I built a PC in there." Problem is I like that amp, so it's gotta stay an amp. I'm hoping I'll come across a cool looking but dead amp I can relieve someone of, and turn into a PC, and I'm totally going to steal your hinged back panel idea. I hadn't figured out how to mount the mobo until I saw your build, consider it an inspiration :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

That's awesome. Glad I could help with the idea. I recently got a few on the cheap on Craigs list for conversion.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the thermal performance?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Way better then they need to be given the tdp of the parts. Clean exit out the back and 140mm intake is very quiet too.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

“What type of amp is that?” “A gaming amp”

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

so angry that you put an INTEL in an amp. you missed the perfect opportunity to have a pun by putting an AMD cpu in there. If i could vote negative, you would've gotten one

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

OMG your right... building another rn : P

Bigger, better, louder... basically more AMD/AMP how do I fix exactly 11 cores?????

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

not so sure about 11 but the R9 3900 has 12 core 24 threads