In general, electronics and water don’t mix. DIY Perks shows how it’s possible to build a water-cooled PC that can be submerged underwater. He started with power-hungry PC components, then built a water-tight acrylic and copper case with copper cooling pipes that flow water around the pricey computer inside. The finished system looks incredible.
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LCD screens struggle with contrast because their crystals have to selectively block out a backlight. DIY Perks wanted to see if layering a second LCD panel could improve contrast. He combined parts from two identical displays, depolarized their screens, and upgraded their backlight. It’s a cool hack, but an OLED is still better.
Since the advent of flat screens, TVs are thinner than ever. But they also keep coming in larger sizes, dominating many living rooms. Matt from DIY Perks wanted to hide his big screen in plain sight. The wall unit he built conceals a 75″ LG QNED mini LED TV, a full home theater sound system, a PS5, a gaming PC, and more.
DIY Perks takes a break from building awesome computer and video game systems to focus on a photography project. At the core of his custom large-format camera is a lens from a vintage opaque projector. When used to capture images, it gulps in a huge amount of light, resulting in a dreamy depth-of-field bokeh effect.
If the past is any indication, Sony will eventually release a smaller PS5. Matt at DIY Perks couldn’t wait, so he got to work stripping down its parts and created his own PS5 Slim. By moving its power supply to an external brick and building a custom copper water-cooling system, he dramatically cut down on its size.
With the rise of live streaming, there are lots of choices for desktop microphones. But DIY Perks prefers to make his own things and wanted something with a unique style. So he designed and built this brass microphone with a shock mount and boom arm reminiscent of a vintage TV antenna. Incredibly, it only cost him $30.