Lego Gaming Computer

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Lego + Computer

If you like Lego and computers you’ve come to the right place – because the only thing better than just Lego or just a computer… is a Lego Computer!

Yes, I know – I’m geeking out about this, too. But can you blame me? The two things that have always been nearest and dearest to my heart are Lego and computers. For decades now I’ve been playing and tinkering with both of them. So when the opportunity arose to combine my two favorite hobbies, I went all in.

For those keeping track, this isn’t my first foray into mixing Lego and technology. In fact, about 5 years ago I built my first computer out of Lego. It was a beast of a system housing 3 separate computers in one gigantic custom Lego case. That system started me down this path that eventually led me to the creation of the Micro Lego Computer, Mini Lego Computer, Lego Server and now my newest system… the Lego Gaming Computer!

This Lego Gaming Computer system is designed for those that want a powerful gaming machine, capable of playing any game, all while housed in a custom Lego case.

Design Insight

Interested in seeing inside the Lego Gaming Computer? Click the link below to see what the Lego Gaming Computer looks like on the inside and read about the details of the design and build process.

Lego Gaming Computer Design

Brick Beginnings

Following the success of my various Lego Computer systems, I received a lot of interest in a Lego Gaming Computer system. It was, without a doubt, one of the most requested types of Lego Computer – a Lego machine that could play any game without missing a beat. Geeks loved the idea of a Lego Computer, so combining that with their love of gaming was only natural.

When I started development on the Lego Gaming Computer, I decided to design the system from scratch to create a unique gaming system unlike any other on the market. Utilizing Lego allowed for the creation of a new type of case design, which possessed innovative features never before seen. With all of the heat-producing components all housed in separate sections and cooled with their own fresh air systems, the case is designed to maximize cooling efficiency. It thereby offers improved performance and efficiency over conventional rectangular box case designs. And in the Lego Gaming Computer, the increased performance is put to good use, as the system can be configured to offer a top notch gaming experience that is 4K and VR gaming capable.

The Lego Gaming Computer offers the latest tech available, featuring 6th Gen Intel (Skylake) i5 and i7 processors, up to 16GB of high speed DDR4 memory, PCIe SSD up to 512GB, SSD/HDD up to 8TB, AC wifi, USB 3.1, HDMI, Displayport, and more. All of this in a customizable Lego case, available in numerous colors and configurations to match your gaming needs. For those that want even more power, I offer overclocking of the processor, graphics card, and memory as well.

The Performance of Water Cooling – With Just Air

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Design

Customizable

Lego offers an almost endless amount of combinations, and that’s just what the Lego Gaming Computer is all about! Systems are available pre-configured or with multiple designs options.

System Testing

The Lego Gaming Computer was carefully tested during development. This ensures that all programs, system settings and hardware components are fully tested to verify their performance and stability.

Airflow & Cooling

Case airflow was carefully considered in the design for the Lego Gaming Computer. This ensures that every component is cooled actively, thereby lowering temperatures throughout the system.

Wire Management

To ensure excellent airflow and cooling performance, all wires are neatly bundled and zip-tied into place. No performance is lost from wires blocking airflow, and everything is neat and tidy.

Performance

The Lego Gaming Computer is built to pack as much as possible into its custom case. With available Intel i7 Quad Core, 16GB of memory, and PCIe SSD drive, you will be able to handle every task (or mission!) with ease.

Future Expansion

The Lego Gaming Computer was designed for future expansion, saving money and allowing for upgraded components to improve performance. So keep your cash and upgrade your system instead of buying new.

Noise & Acoustics

The Lego Gaming Computer was built with careful attention to detail in the design of the system acoustics. Premium Noctua case fans are used to ensure low noise and excellent performance.

High Efficiency PSU

The Lego Gaming Computer is built with a high-efficiency gold-rated power supply. This ensures the most efficient possible conversion of electricity, while also reducing heat, noise and saving money.

Development & Testing

The Lego Gaming Computer is the result of countless hours of testing, tweaking, modding, and then doing it all over again. Each iteration and improvement made the system more stable, more powerful and more user friendly. Extensive time was spent on developing the case cooling system and testing various modifications to the hardware.

Lego Case
Graphics Card
Case Cooling
Power Supply
Processor
Thermal Testing

System Configurations

i5-6500 System

$1699

  • Intel i5-6500 Processor
  • GTX 1060 Graphics
  • 8 GB DDR4 Memory
  • 120GB Samsung 850 Evo M.2 SSD
  • Noctua NH-U14S 140mm CPU Cooler
  • High Efficiency Gold Rated Power Supply
  • Noctua Premium Case Fans
  • USB 3.1 Ports
  • Intel I219-V Gigabit Gaming LAN
  • Intel AC Wifi + Bluetooth 4.0

i5-6600K System

$1999

  • Intel i5-6600K Processor
  • GTX 1070 Graphics
  • 8 GB DDR4 Memory
  • 256GB Samsung 950 Pro PCIe SSD
  • Noctua NH-U14S 140mm CPU Cooler
  • High Efficiency Gold Rated Power Supply
  • Noctua Premium Case Fans
  • USB 3.1 Ports
  • Intel I219-V Gigabit Gaming LAN
  • Intel AC Wifi + Bluetooth 4.0

i7-6700K System

$2699

  • Intel i7-6700k Processor
  • GTX 1080 Graphics
  • 16 GB DDR4 Memory
  • 256GB Samsung 950 Pro PCIe SSD
  • Noctua NH-U14S 140mm CPU Cooler
  • High Efficiency Gold Rated Power Supply
  • Noctua Premium Case Fans
  • USB 3.1 Ports
  • Intel I219-V Gigabit Gaming LAN
  • Intel AC Wifi + Bluetooth 4.0

Custom System

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  • Intel Skylake i5, i7 processors
  • Up to Titan X Graphics
  • Up to 32 GB DDR4 Memory
  • Up to 8 TB SSD/HDD Storage
  • Noctua NH-U14S 140mm CPU Cooler
  • High Efficiency Gold Rated Power Supply
  • Noctua Premium Case Fans
  • USB 3.1 Ports
  • Intel I219-V Gigabit Gaming LAN
  • Intel AC Wifi + Bluetooth 4.0

The configurations listed above are examples configurations. Several other combinations are available and complete customization is always an option. Please email for more information and current pricing.

Custom Configurations Available

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System Performance

Bricksmasher

i5-6500 – GTX 1060

General Performance
90%
Internet Browsing
100%
Office & Productivity
100%
Photo & Video Editing
80%
HD Playback & Streaming
100%
HD Gaming (1920x1080)
100%
QHD Gaming (2560x1440)
70%
4K UHD Gaming (3840x2160)
Not Recommended
Brickstroyer

i5-6600K – GTX 1070

General Performance
95%
Internet Browsing
100%
Office & Productivity
100%
Photo & Video Editing
90%
HD Playback & Streaming
100%
HD Gaming (1920x1080)
100%
QHD Gaming (2560x1440)
90%
4K UHD Gaming (3840x2160)
75%
Brickinator

i7-6700K – GTX 1080

General Performance
100%
Internet Browsing
100%
Office & Productivity
100%
Photo & Video Editing
100%
HD Playback & Streaming
100%
HD Gaming (1920x1080)
100%
QHD Gaming (2560x1440)
100%
4K UHD Gaming (3840x2160)
95%

The performance measures listed above are general guidelines for performance increases between the systems. Different hardware configurations will yield different results. Please email for information.

Lego Gaming Computer Case

The core of the Lego Gaming Computer is the custom Lego case, which is made up of over 2200 pieces of Lego. The innovative design allows for improvements in cooling, building, and cable control. The X design allows for individual cooling modules in which each heat-producing component is isolated, lowering temperatures while also actively cooling every component in the system through individual fresh air inlet and exhaust paths.

Cooling System

Drawing in air from vents placed in the lower section of the case, fresh cool air is blown upwards across the components. Unlike a conventional case where air is merely exchanged, this system employs the direct cooling of every component through each component’s individual stream of fresh air. This improved strategy of system cooling eliminates hot spots and ensures system stability, durability and longevity.

Processor Cooling

The processor cooling module allows the processor cooler to have its own dedicated fresh air inlet and exhaust. Conventional case designs have all components sharing the same air space, which causes heat transfer between components and an overall increase in interior temperatures. The Lego Gaming Computer eliminates this by moving the processor cooler outside of the center case section, where it can exhaust its heat outside of the case.

X Form Factor

The X form factor is an innovative new form factor design that is built around standard and readily available computer components. This design separates the heat-producing components and places them in their own modules, while also allowing for dedicated intake and exhaust airflow. This actively cools all the components, preventing them from heating up neighboring components, improving cooling performance.

Split-Case Design

Unlike conventional cases that use removable side panels, the Lego Gaming Computer allows for complete access to every component through its split-case design. The lower section houses all the components and the outer shell slips off over everything. No screws and no restricted access – just lift off the top and have complete access! This easy access design makes upgrading easy, and cleaning as simple as a blast of air.

Graphics Cooling

Graphics cooling is offered in two forms. The standard configuration uses the upper case section as a dedicated graphics card cooling module. A second custom-built graphics card cooling module with an upgraded tower-style heatpipe cooler is also available and offers significantly enhanced cooling. This second custom system provides the graphics card with its own dedicated intake and exhaust airflow, and moves the heat outside of the case.

Cable Control System

A unique element of the Lego Gaming Computer case is the cable control system. Conventional cases have all their cables hanging out of the back of the system. The Lego Gaming Computer uses an internal cable system that allows for the all the cables to exit at the very base of the system in the rear, leaving it with a nice clean look.

Custom Designs Available

Multiple case color options. Email for info.

Standard Features

Front USB 3.1 Ports

The Lego Gaming Computer incorporates two front USB 3.1 ports concealed under a swiveling Lego tile. These ports use the new USB 3.1 standard for much higher speed data transfer (10Gbps), while still being backwards compatible with USB 3.0/2.0

Four USB 3.0 Ports

The Lego Computer Gaming offers 4 USB 3.0 ports, so you have plenty of options to connect numerous devices at once. USB 3.0 offers higher transfer speeds and more power than the older USB 2.0 standard, while also still backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices.

Built In AC Wifi

No need to add adapters for Wifi! The Lego Gaming Computer comes with built-in Intel wireless. The Intel Wireless chip adds AC Wifi for blazing fast wireless speeds, but it is still compatible with older “G” and “N” speeds as well.

Gigabit Gaming LAN

The Lego Gaming Computer uses an Intel Gigabit I219-V network connection. This provides users with high-speed networking built around a fast and reliable Intel Network system. Connecting to a network or the internet have never been so quick and simple.

HDMI & Displayport

Modern displays require modern connection types, and the Lego Gaming Computer offers both HDMI and Displayport connections, enabling both HD (1080p) and 4K (2160p) resolutions as well as supporting multi-monitor configurations.

International Power

The Lego Gaming Computer comes with an international power supply unit, capable of a wide range of input voltages and frequencies to support international usage. Simply plug in the adapter that matches your socket type, and you’re good to go!

Custom Options

For those that want even more performance, additional options are available to take the Lego Gaming Computer to the next level. Each sub-system (Processor, Memory, Graphics Card) can be overclocked to achieve higher levels of performance. Additional options are also available for modifying and upgrading the power supply to enhance cooling and adding a custom graphics card heatsink and tower-style cooler to increase graphics performance.

Processor & Memory Overclocking

If you want to extract every last little bit of performance available in this system, then overclocking the processor and memory are great ways to achieve the highest possible level of gaming. Both the Intel 6600K & 6700K processors and system memory can be overclocked to achieve various levels of enhanced performance.

Graphics System Overclocking

For maximum graphics capabilities, overclocking the graphics card is an excellent way to increase the system’s performance. Overclocking both the graphics core and the graphics memory allows the system to squeeze all the possible FPS (frames per second) out of your favorite game.

Custom Graphics Card Cooling

Want to achieve the highest possible graphics performance through air cooling? Then look no further, as this custom mod is designed to do just that by replacing the factory low-profile heatsink with a full size tower-style cooler and custom card heatsink. The innovative design of the Lego Gaming Computer case allows for addition of a massive air cooler to the graphics core, while the custom heatsink also lowers VRM and Memory temps.

Modified & Upgraded Power Supply

While the Lego Gaming Computer already uses a high-end, gold-rated power supply, there is still the option of modifying the components for better cooling and performance. This is accomplished by replacing all the capacitors with premium Japanese capacitors that will outlast the power supply itself. Additionally, the main fan is replaced, and auxiliary fans are added to improve cooling and power delivery.

Graphic Card Options

Titan X

GTX 1080

GTX 1070

GTX 1060

GTX 970

Fury X

R9 Nano

R9 390X

RX 480

R9 285

Operating Systems

Supports multiple operating systems, including dual-booting.

Premium Components

FAQ

The Lego is not glued together. However, the build incorporates many advanced building techniques that greatly increase the strength of the system. Overlapping plates and bricks are used throughout the design, along with supports and beams to add stiffness. This results in a very strong system that can be easily be moved around, handled, picked up, and put down without any worry of causing damage.

One of the great features about Lego is that it’s pretty much indestructible. With a regular computer, if you drop it, you’ll most likely break its thin plastic case or dent the metal. With the Lego Computer, however, if you drop it, it will most likely just slightly deform as the bricks separate a bit – a problem you can solve by just pushing the bricks back together. But in the event that something more catastrophic happens to the computer, and it’s broken into pieces, you can always send it back to me to be fixed. That said, dropping any computer could damage the internal components, so try not to do that.

When I built my other large Lego computer years ago (Lego Folding Farm) one of the most common questions was how well does the Lego hold up to heat. Well, the answer is: really well. That system has been running for over 4 years without a hitch. The Lego pieces are still just as tight as when I put them together, as the plastic used in the Lego bricks is resistant to heat and holds up very well.

With that said, I would always advise common sense when it comes computing. I wouldn’t leave it in direct sunlight and running at 100% processor usage for days on end. The heat from the sun would rapidly heat the case up – just as anything would heat up in the sun, and the cooling system is not designed to account for that sort of temperature increase.

The Gaming Lego Computer is designed and built as a gaming machine. The hardware and specs are all geared towards gaming.

Depending on the system you choose, and it’s hardware configuration, will determine just how capable the system will be in terms of gaming performance. Even the lowest configuration system will easily play pretty much every game in HD (1920×1080) at mostly maxed out settings, at a playable frame rate.

Moving up in terms of hardware will increase the capabilities of the system along the way, with better graphics cards offering higher levels of performance. Top-tier configurations are capable of playing the most demanding games, at the highest resolutions, at nearly maxed out settings, and still at a playable frame rate. For games played at 4K (3840×2160) resolutions, you’ll have to play with settings to determine what combination of settings work best. While a fair amount of games you can choose the default max settings and play without issue, some very demanding games might require tinkering around with certain settings, such as fog, hair, and certain advanced graphics options. Usually turning these down a setting or two from maximum will result in a perfectly playable experience, without hardly any noticeable effect on how the game looks.

What good is a computer system without support to back it? That’s the way I look at it at least. I offer support for the computers I build for the lifetime of the system. That means that if you have a question, issues, etc., just contact me, and I’ll follow up and do my best to help. Most support related questions can be pretty easily answered and resolved quickly. If more hands-on involvement is required, I can offer remote support by logging in to your system remotely and trying to fix the problem. Email support for questions, issues, etc. is completely free, remote support will be charged based on the time it takes to resolve the issue.

*(Disclaimer) If you need remote assistance and request that service, you will need to authorize and install software onto the computer. The software will be available for access by you but won’t work unless you choose to install it. I know privacy is a big concern for people, and because of this I will not install any software that allows remote access to a system without your permission. This will therefore be the user’s choice and responsibility, if they want this service.

Yes! The system was designed with the intent of being fully upgradable. It was very important to me that the Lego Computer system be capable of supporting numerous hardware and software upgrades to extend its years of service. Every single component in the system can be upgraded. The processor, memory, SSD drives, wireless card, and even the motherboard itself. This could add years to the life of the computer by just changing out components in the system.

I do offer upgrade services and can upgrade any of the components in the system for increased performance. Most computer systems available today have limited upgradability, allowing only for upgrades in storage and sometimes memory systems. This is often tied to the fact that most of these systems require software and firmware updates in order to utilize new hardware, and the manufacturers only support these software updates for a short period of time in some cases. Another factor is that these retail systems often are built with hardware specific to the chassis and can only accept very similar hardware available at the OEM level.

This is where the Lego Computer is different in its approach. I have only used components that are retail based and have purposefully built the system using a standardized form-factor. This means that all the components can be updated as new technologies become available. I don’t write firmware or software for the system because I don’t have to; the components have their own suppliers that do that. So when that component reaches the end of its life, the system allows jumping forward to the next iteration.

You can send your Lego Computer back to me, and for a reasonable price, I will upgrade components based on your needs.

No, I have zero affiliation with the Lego® group. I do not work for them, represent them or sell products for them. I am just a fan of Lego – a huge fan. You could probably even call me a super fan, as I have loved Lego as long as I can remember and have never stopped playing and building with it. In particular, I am a 80s space-themed Lego nerd, who gets wildly excited by anything M-Tron, Blacktron or Space police. I’ve built so many different Lego sets and custom things over the years that I could never hope to remember them all. In my house alone, I’ve accumulated over 40,000 pieces of Lego. It’s taken decades for this to happen, but I just can’t help it.

But while I’m a huge fan of Lego and love building and creating things with Lego, I have no affiliation with Lego in anyway.

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