There’s nothing that screams ‘geeky!’ then putting the innards of a product out there. That, my friends, is also why tear down skins for gadgets are so alluring. At least it is to some geeks anyways. But why put a sticker when you can actually have it wide open for real. I am not sure if you can do that for a laptop, but you sure can with a PC as exemplified by Open Frame Mini ITX PC.
Created by Instructables member Honus aka Jerome Kelty, not only does this Open Frame Mini ITX PC screams ‘geeky’, it also make removing and replacing components a breeze which was his intention in the first place.
Jerome setup up the rig for content creation, 3D modeling, photo editing and CAD work. It is not quite for gaming, so don’t expect an beastly hardware.
Anywho, this super geeky rig is powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 2700 8-core processor set on a Gigabyte X570 Aorus Pro WiFi motherboard, along with 16 GB of G.Skill Flare X RAM, an old Samsung 960Evo hard drive with Sabrent Rocket and an Adata SU800 2.5” SSD.
Meanwhile, graphics duty is handled by EVGA GTX 1660 Super – chosen for the price and the size (under 200 mm length) while stock AMD cooler takes the heat off the workhorse.
Finally, an old EVGA 450W ATX power supply unit (PSU) is fitted to feed the juice required to power the rig. Jerome’s Open Frame Mini ITX PC is not beast, but it serves his purpose and damn, it looks absolutely amazing.
If anyone is interested in building an Open Frame Mini ITX PC yourself, you can find Jerome’s helpful instructions posted on Instructables.
Images: Jerome Kelty/Instructables (Honus).