Well first let me say that I love this site, discovered it last year and after viewing various builds I've decided to take upon this challenge myself. I have built PC's before but never modified a case. I have an idea of what I want in my head but don't really know how feasible it really is. I want to build a case with a Fallout/Post-apocalyptic retro theme. Mainly the idea being a nuclear powered computer that ends up looking like it belongs in the fallout universe or something out of the 50's or 60's after a nuclear war. I want something that not only has a great look to it but functional as well. Here's my list of goals and then followed by some questions. Thank you for your patience if you're still with me.

  1. It has to have an old style look, think the really big computers in fallout, or the UNIVAC
  2. It has to a rustic or post apocalyptic feel to it
  3. I want to have old vacuum tubes visible and lit up by LED's
  4. Ever major component of this build will be liquid cooled, so I plan on having 4 140x560x80mm radiators to cool everything
  5. For the cooling system, I wanted to have old style gauges for water pressure and temperature, as well as maybe a few for voltage and such
  6. I have also thought about having some sort of a "Reel to Reel" system like old style computers, except I would use audio cassettes that simply looked like those for effect
  7. I wanted to have the disc drive disguised as an old floppy drive
  8. For the water cooling system, I had planned on building a lot of the piping into the case, for a few reasons. First to thoroughly test and secure all fittings to ensure a leak free system, and second, I plan on adding various devices to this loop over time, such as when I get a second GPU, HDD's, etc, so I want some valves to redirect the water flow when these are added
  9. The liquid cooling system would have LED's to make the water glow to look radioactive, as well as having random LED's on the case blinking to indicate HDD usage and such
  10. I want to somehow Hide the front USB ports and card readers
  11. If you're still reading you definitely have my respect and appreciation, just a little while longer
  12. I want to have older style toggle switches to switch the LED's off for when watching a movie and or mood
  13. I would like to still be able to just look at the computer and see the inner workings at a glance, the real components, the cooling system, etc

Well now I guess its time for me to ask some questions

  1. This case is probably going to end up being rather large, so should I Buy a big case and add on, or should I just buy various parts of cases or salvage from others, and build a case from that and other things?
  2. With my water cooling build, how many D5 Pumps should I use?
  3. Is something like this even possible without unlimited funds and specialized equipment?
  4. Should I make it look like a mad scientist build this out of salvaged parts in his garage (think the BTTF DeLorean, or anything Rick from Rick and Morty makes" or more of an aged consumer product like something constructed by Robco, General Atomics, or Even Remington-Rand (UNIVAC)?
  5. If more of an off the shelf product should it be General Atomics or Robco, or Remington-Rand if you prefer realism

As of right now I possess none of the internal components nor the parts needed for a case, I do however have an idea of the specs the build will be as far as the components go and the price for those as well, but this case idea is a whole different monster that I plan to tackle and get fully functional before buying anything on Newegg. Also, this computer will be named "Wittgenstein" after not only the philosopher of the same name, but the computer from the "Brave Little Toaster" sequels. I guess this was my initial inspiration for the idea, if you don't know what I'm talking about here's a few pictures. Click image for larger version. 

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Any ideas, suggestions, tips comments, pretty much any comment will be appreciated. Constructive criticism is also accepted and appreciated, just please no "You're stupid and so is your idea" that's just rude. Thank you for bearing with me and hope to hear back from ya if you've made it this far. In the immortal words of Leonard Nimoy, Live Long and Prosper