F.R.A.M.E

A keen DIY en­thu­si­ast and PC gamer, Er­san Uzunoglu de­cided to build a high-end PC that could be mounted on a wall like a paint­ing

Custom PC - - MODDING / READERS’ DRIVES -

CPC: What orig­i­nally in­spired you to build F.R.A.M.E? Er­san: I was in­spired by Show4Pro’s cus­tom wall-mounted com­puter over at a few years back, but I didn’t want to at­tempt such a mas­sive build at that point, as I wasn’t sure if I had the re­quired skills.

MEET THY MAKER

CPC: Where did the name come from? Er­san: It’s very sim­ple. F.R.A.M.E is just like a pic­ture frame, but in­stead of hav­ing an ex­tremely ex­quis­ite piece of hand­painted art in­side it, there’s an ex­tremely ex­pen­sive gam­ing com­puter mounted on a piece of wood. I only de­cided to add the dots be­tween each let­ter in the name for aes­thetic pur­poses.

CPC: What’s F.R.A.M.E’s pur­pose, and what specs did you use? Er­san: The main pur­pose of this project was to build some­thing unique and one of a kind. I’m very into DIY – I enjoy build­ing and making things from scratch. I’m a huge PC gamer too – I spend most of my days in front of the com­puter.

‘Why not just spend some money and put in some el­bow grease to make some­thing that’s truly mine and unique,’ I thought, so I re­searched some cus­tom PC projects on Google.

I failed to find any­thing that grabbed my at­ten­tion in this search, but then I re­mem­bered that wall­mounted PC I’d seen a few years back, so I ex­am­ined that project and read the build logs thor­oughly.

I didn’t want to copy Sho4pro’s wall-mounted build all the way; just the con­cept of it be­ing mounted on a wall was enough to get me started. The com­puter hard­ware it­self isn’t new though – it came straight out of my pre­vi­ous build. I couldn’t jus­tify spend­ing all that money on new com­po­nents when my cur­rent specs are still ex­tremely pow­er­ful.

CPC: What other mods have you built? Er­san: This is my sec­ond scratch build. My first one was in­spired by Peter Brands’ L3P D3SK – the mo­ment I saw his desk, I wanted one as well, so I made one. The pur­pose of that desk was just the same as F.R.A.M.E – want­ing a unique, cus­tom PC that I could be proud of making. CPC: What dif­fi­cul­ties did you come across? Er­san: One of the big­gest is­sues I came across was work­ing out how on earth to get that SLI bridge across to the other card. No mat­ter what I did, I just couldn’t get my SLI bridge across – I even searched for ex­tra­long SLI ca­bles and DIY SLI ca­ble mods. One of the lat­ter I came across was made by some­one who had sol­dered two ca­bles to­gether to make the bridge longer – I tried that, but it didn’t work. I got pretty mad and ripped the ca­bles apart.

By this point, I’d spent five days try­ing to fig­ure out a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem, but I thought I was done and that I could no longer con­tinue with the project.

Then, while I was search­ing eBay, I found a 15cm SLI bridge – the big­gest I’d found – all the oth­ers I could find were 12cm long. So I bought this bridge and it ar­rived from the USA, but again, it al­most reached, but didn’t quite go far enough. I even­tu­ally mea­sured some an­gles and worked out that, if I raised the bot­tom GPU higher than the top GPU, the SLI bridge would fit – prob­lem solved!

Ev­ery time I build some­thing, whether or not it’s a com­puter project, I al­ways end up learn­ing how not to do some­thing.

I sup­pose that’s good in a way. It means that I have to spend some ex­tra cash on re­plac­ing the part I

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