This Wooden Box Is A Gaming PC

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The Volta V is the first commercially-produced, handcrafted wooden computer, and if you’ve got the green, it can pack some serious gaming power.


Back when I was a kid, most of the electronics in our home featured a large amount of wood. Our television was 22 inches of screen in a 50 inch wooden box, and we loved it. So when I got the second email about the launch of the Volta V after missing the first one, I was overjoyed.

The Volta V is a watercooled PC in an American hardwood box. It’s meant to be a sustainable, upgradable system that will stay with you as PC hardware improves, instead of a metal or plastic enclosure that’s the next pretty LED-lighted thing away from extinction.

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Each Volta V case is cut from American hardwood, precision tooled and assembled by hand. It’s wood all around, save for the aluminium base that forms the feet, keeping the unit elevated for a keyboard to slip underneath.

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I worried about heat upon first seeing the Volta V’s design, but the world’s most knowledgeable PR person explained that the chassis is designed with airflow in mind. The CPU is watercooled. A pair of magnetic dust covers slide off for easy cleaning access. They use only blower type graphics cards. The system is designed to pull cool air from the bottom and dissipate hot air out the sides, and they’ve laminated the wood in 2” staves to help prevent potential warping.

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This is the sort of computer system one might expect from Computer Direct Outlet, a company with a CEO named Gary Underwood, a designer named Ty Underwood and a engineer named Dale Woodard. Seriously. These guys were born to make a wooden PC, or possibly be garden gnomes. One of those. They chose wisely.


But what price, all of this wood? Right now interested parties can reserve a Volta V for $399, with configurations running between $2,000 and $5,000. The first completed units begin shipping in March 2017.

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They’re a bit on the pricey side, but they look so damn elegant, and should the cooling ever fail they will no doubt smell amazing.

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Burt Macklin

It looks nice and all but even at it’s lowest price point, It’s just not worth it to have.

Even at it’s lowest price point, It’s still expensive.

Building the same computer (1080P Gaming + Streaming) Pictured above at looked like this without the PC Case.

Intel I5 Skylake 3.2 GHZ - 204.99

Asus Z170I M-ITX Motherboard - 258.99

Kingston Hyper X Fury 1 x 8GB DDR4 - 59.99

Corsair SF600W Power Supply - 116.81

Corsair H55 Watercooler - 59.99

Noctua NF-F12 SP Fan - 17.49

Noctua NF-A8 Case Fan - 15.99

EVGA Geforce GTX 1070 - 407.99

That’s a total of 1142.24. With that said, that essentially means, your paying 856.76 for a wooden PC Case. If you have a bit of ingenuity, you can spend less at Home Depot and build it yourself. Or you can just go buy other PC Cases and it would still cost significantly less than that. Best part is, you don’t even need to use those specific parts, you can use different ones that may or may not be cheaper and it would still cost less.