Update: Project Complete! Final Pics further down the page! I had some great fun with my first PC modding experience and have already started thinking about what else I want to do with my newly learnt skills . I've also taken a lot of advice and inspiration from other modders on the forum, so thanks for that too. Project Log Hi Everyone, I've started my first custom PC build to take my gaming rig out of my desk cupboard and mount it on the wall for all to see! It was getting pretty hot in the desk and no one could see it either. My new wall mounted rig had some loose requirements before I started the project: - It needed to fit within the style of our house, which is pretty modern with a bunch of random/rustic stuff in it. It basically wouldn't fit it in if I went for a classic PC case theme like my previous green and black Antec case. - I wanted to avoid buying new components unless I really needed to. For the most part I planned to use and mod all of my existing components. - I only had a set of hand tools and power drill available. Everything was also going to be built at my desk, so no workshop/garden for me. I planned to use planks of treated rough wood to mount my components, with copper piping to hide all of the internal cables and to help route external cables down to my desk. I'd seen a lot of the newer PC cases and really admired the cable management. I planned all of the cable routes behind the wooden panels and marked areas to cut slots where the they needed to come through the board and plug in. It was also important that the two main panels appeared to 'float' effortlessly on the wall - I've seen a few wall-mounted PC's online and some had super ugly looking brackets/supports for just trying to keep the power supply in place. Some builders also mounted their graphics cards normally (directly into the motherboard) and then went on to build little shelves to support the weight. I definitely didn't want to go down this route since it would ruin the illusion. Planning My first few sketches of the build. Even early on in the thought process, I would have multiple separate panels, parted by the connecting pipe work. I guess I liked the idea of the PC being broken into component parts. I also knew I wanted to focus on materials as a theme, instead of just colours I had the general layout down and wanted a custom power button further down the wall within reach of the desk. I planned further and decided to have a couple of USB 3 ports available next to the power button too Building the panels I had a leftover apple crate which I broke down and planned to use for the backing. It had the weathered and treated look I wanted (no 'fresh' timber on show!). I also liked the idea of recycling it. I bought a rectangle of MDF to hold all of the loose planks together into the two panel. The plan was to make the outline of the MDF template slightly smaller on all sides so you will never actually see it. I measured the rough dimensions of all of my components and made sure there was enough room between them. I also decided to scrap my CD Drive and reposition the CPU cooling radiator vertically. The idea of hanging a huge CPU heatsink off my board didn't fill me with warm, fluffy thoughts. A liquid cooler would definitely look better mounted on the wall. So, at this point I had just purchased a NZXT Kraken X61 Closed loop cooler, which was longer than my first choice and fit more neatly on the board to the left of the Motherboard. Consequently a few builders online had also reported getting worse cooling performance from heat rising from their components up to a radiator mounted above, so I avoided mounting it above for that reason too.