How to Make a Custom PC Case

Updated July 20, 2017

You've spent hours and all that hard-earned cash putting together your dream computer. Why not make it even more unique by creating your own PC case? A custom PC case adds an extra dash of personality to your rig, and is sure to raise a few eyebrows if done right. If you're up to the task, it can be an exciting hobby.

Cut a hole in your PC case for a window. Generally the best spot for the PC case window is on the left side of the computer, allowing you to see all your computer's components at work. The window can be as big or as little as you like. File down the edges of the window hole to eliminate sharp edges.

Paint your PC case. You may want to sand down your case's original colour for better results. Prime the case first with a spray primer. Allow the primer to dry, and follow with the colour of your choice. After this, you may choose to finish it off with a gloss using clear coat spray paint.

Cut your window. The best material to use is ..." acrylic. Make your window about ¼" larger than your PC case window hole. You can also make an etched design in the window. Do this using a stencil and rotary tool with an engraving bit.

Attach your window to the PC case. This can be attached in a variety of ways, but silicone glue is a great solution. Put a coating of the glue around the inside of the case where the window will attach. Make sure you do not get any glue on the front side of the acrylic or case.

Add additional designs to give your PC case extra flavour. Apply stickers or decals to the PC case. You can also add handles to your rig, or any decorative parts that you feel add to your case. Take a trip around your local hardware store to get ideas.


Plan out all your cuts before breaking out the saw


Always take the proper safety precautions when working with power tools

Things You'll Need

  • Acrylic window
  • Silicone glue
  • Spray paint
  • Paint primer
  • Clear coat paint
  • Jigsaw
  • Rotary tool
  • Hand File
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