Aerocool’s Dream Box kit lets builders shape their own case

Construction kits never quite lose their cool. Today's Lego kits might not be as awesome as the ones I played with as a child, but they're still fun in a way that other kinds of toys aren't. Perhaps this is why Aerocool's new Dream Box DIY PC case construction kit caught my eye, even if it isn't the most convenient or practical way to build a system.

The Dream Box's starter kit ships with 188 parts, including a variety of aluminum bars, metal beams, joints, and mounting rings. Brackets and panels specifically designed to hold a motherboard and power supply are included, along with an I/O panel. If you'd like to see how the parts fit together, check out Aerocool's video tutorial. Notably absent from the kit are panels of any kind. The aluminum pipes that form the edges of the case have grooved edges that look like they could hold sheets of panel material, but builders would be buying (and cutting!) that sheet themselves.

The Dream Box lends itself to other kinds of projects, as well. Aerocool's suggestions include a helicopter and a wild boar. More practical projects, like a small table or platform, are also possible. As always, the limiting factor is probably the price. The Dream Box kit costs $150, which is on the pricey side for the skeleton of one computer case. This skeleton probably makes more sense for a builder who intends to use and reuse the kit for a variety of projects. Aerocool says the Dream Box is available now.

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    • TheMonkeyKing
    • 4 years ago

    (Besides the eight screws per joint for this skeletal case, really?)

    I thought the whole purpose of a metal case was to tamp electromagnetic interference coming from the motherboard and connected parts.

    Is this still a reason?

    • moose17145
    • 4 years ago

    Naw man… I never could get into the Dark Age themed legos… not the Futuron and Unitron themed legos… now that was where it was at!

    Check out lego kit 6991 for reference. I was actually given that amazing set one christmas! Dear god that was one of the best lego kits ever made imo! Soooooo many good memories…

    • ronch
    • 4 years ago

    WTH.

    • Anovoca
    • 4 years ago

    So $150 for a set of aluminum Lincoln logs and a usb bay?

      • Deanjo
      • 4 years ago

      That’s not bad, have you looked at the price of lego and meccano?

    • Neutronbeam
    • 4 years ago

    Boaring!

      • Deanjo
      • 4 years ago

      What do pigs have to do with this?

        • Ninjitsu
        • 4 years ago

        They’re wild about this!

    • Chrispy_
    • 4 years ago

    Watching the video, all I can think of is how many frickin’ screws there are for the most simple of builds, and I’m pretty sure they miss out a few necessary brackets just for the sake of making the video shorter and cleaner.

    Anyone willing to put this much effort into building their own case can probably do a lot better by spending the $150 in a hardware store and salvaging an old case for the essentials like a motherboard tray and a front panel.

      • DPete27
      • 4 years ago

      No kidding! 8 screws per joint!?!? That’s insane, they’re tongue and groove, you should be able to get by with half that amount, easy.

      This reminds me of a competition we did in college building a 20′ long steel bridge (ASCE). We did it with 1 bolt per connection, which was the minimum allowed.

    • tanker27
    • 4 years ago

    OK this is freaking cool. I would buy in a heartbeat.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 4 years ago

      What’s stopping you? Bro..

        • Chrispy_
        • 4 years ago

        His heart hasn’t beaten for 27 years.

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