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
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.
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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