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Updated 10/8/2011 http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-wo...l#post15223524

So I'm a noob builder. And by that, I mean the only things I've ever "built" were boxed particle board furniture from Walmart or Target. However, I really needed a new desk, and didn't want to settle for something I didn't like. So I figured I'd design and build my own. Just like the project title says, I have no idea what I'm doing. So if it looks like I'm doing something wrong, or goofy.. I probably am lol. Lack of experience aside, I'm going to try my damndest to make a helluva desk.


The design


First 3 pics show the desk top, side panel and front panel hidden





The gap between the wood and fans will be filled with some kind of foam stripping, very tightly packed so it holds the fans in place without needing to be mounted. It'll obviously also offer vibration dampening.


With the front panel and top shown, removable side panel off:





Complete desk, with the removable side panel on:





Edited by Backfat - 10/8/11 at 7:25am
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Have you ever considered having the desk with a glass top where you set your keyboard? Under the glass, there will be your rig, possibly with some custom lighting under that. I saw the idea from an image sharing board and wondered, holy crap this is awesome.

Edited by SpammisT - 8/6/11 at 6:27pm
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I would highly suggest having a few fans in the front of the case, as much as you can fit, and then fans in the back of the case also as many as you can fit. I can't seem to tell but if the I/O port is in the back, which I would suggest if its not. That would be all the air flow you would probably need, if you are going to watercool it, I would have the res in the front to take advantage of the cool air. Straight front to back air flow is your best bet here I would imagine

EDIT:
also post pics or link to pics when you're done. Am highly interested
   
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Originally Posted by SpammisT View Post
Have you ever considered having the desk with a glass top where you set your keyboard? Under the glass, there will be your rig, possibly with some custom lighting under that. I saw the idea from an image sharing board and wondered, holy crap this is awesome.

*let me try to paint it out in a sec.
The design is pretty much close to final. I'm using 3/4" plywood for the entire thing. I've also already build a height adjustable keyboard tray rig that fits the exact dimensions between the two cabinets.


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Originally Posted by chinesethunda View Post
I would highly suggest having a few fans in the front of the case, as much as you can fit, and then fans in the back of the case also as many as you can fit. I can't seem to tell but if the I/O port is in the back, which I would suggest if its not. That would be all the air flow you would probably need, if you are going to watercool it, I would have the res in the front to take advantage of the cool air. Straight front to back air flow is your best bet here I would imagine
The I/O port faces the left side of the desk, the panel of wood on the left side near the top is going to be the "side panel" which will be removable. I don't want anything cut into the outside faces of the desk at all (except the back).


edit: this is what the desk will look like with the removable side panel taken off:


still has the fan idea I've roughly come up with in the picture.
Edited by Backfat - 8/6/11 at 6:34pm
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Have you cut the wood for the right side yet for the I/O ports? Because if you have it that way your gpu and CPU heat sink etc will be perpendicular to the air flow idea you have which I assume will be front to back or just exhaust the back.

maybe if you could explain how you plan to have the air flow i could have a slightly better idea. I get that you have rear exhausting fans, what about intake?
   
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Have you cut the wood for the right side yet for the I/O ports? Because if you have it that way your gpu and CPU heat sink etc will be perpendicular to the air flow idea you have which I assume will be front to back or just exhaust the back.

maybe if you could explain how you plan to have the air flow i could have a slightly better idea. I get that you have rear exhausting fans, what about intake?
Ok, I've roughly illustrated what I had planned. This is with the entire desktop removed, looking top-down.







I colored the wood the mobo tray sits on red, so you can see the cutouts. I have cutouts in the bottom where you don't see red. Again, this is just rough, none of the circles or holes are close to any fan size.
Edited by Backfat - 8/6/11 at 7:01pm
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the only problem i see is that you have some air pressure problems. Or maybe im just reading it wrong but it looks like your trying to put fans in front of wood which wont be good for cool air flow.
Edit: never mind i didnt read all the other posts. that plan will work i guess
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Some of those pictures don't make too much sense. Like samus said, you have intake fans but there is solid wood a few inches behind them. That won't work too well.
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and I am guessing the IO port is on the side with no cutouts? like I had mentioned before, the gpu acts like a wall blocking the air flow, also all the wires have to wrap around the desk, kinda looking ugly. if you have the IO port in the back, not only would you have nice air flow that would carry the hot air out, but also nice wiring to your monitors and stuff
   
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the only problem i see is that you have some air pressure problems. Or maybe im just reading it wrong but it looks like your trying to put fans in front of wood which wont be good for cool air flow.
edit: youre going to have to cut holes in the side and back of the desk.
The fans could be mounted on either side of those wood blocks. I'd also plan to add a piece of wood to the top of the fan jig, I just left it off so you could see the cutout in the bottom.


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and I am guessing the IO port is on the side with no cutouts? like I had mentioned before, the gpu acts like a wall blocking the air flow, also all the wires have to wrap around the desk, kinda looking ugly. if you have the IO port in the back, not only would you have nice air flow that would carry the hot air out, but also nice wiring to your monitors and stuff
I thought about that, but I kind of wanted an intake fan blowing up at the video card's fans, which is why I have it oriented this way. I'd cut out a notch out of the wood on the left side next to the IO plate, so that the wires can go underneath the wood.

If I choose to mount it so the IO plate is near the back, it may be hard to access it to plug stuff in. Granted the recessed wood where it would be mounted, would give some room to access, I don't think it would be easy to see the ports themselves, and would make it pretty hard to plug stuff in.

I assume you mean doing it like



I drew in a shoddy video card in to help show orientation
Edited by Backfat - 8/6/11 at 7:25pm
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