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o okay I might get it, well if you had a panel that streched across the entire shelf instead of just a box, it would allow more air, as 3-4 200mm fans would probably span the entire shelf anyways most likely. I had meant like a flat panel intead of a box, not just simply open space between the motherboard and the front of the desk sorry

EDIT getting sketchup and might make a model if i can work it lol
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o okay I might get it, well if you had a panel that streched across the entire shelf instead of just a box, it would allow more air, as 3-4 200mm fans would probably span the entire shelf anyways most likely. I had meant like a flat panel intead of a box, not just simply open space between the motherboard and the front of the desk sorry

EDIT getting sketchup and might make a model if i can work it lol
Thanks I do appreciate the help. I really don't have anybody here to bounce ideas off of, none of my friends are computer nerds like me lol.

I've never built a desk before, let a lone one with a computer built into it, so I'm pretty well out of my league here haha. But this is the desk/case I've always dreamed of, I need a new desk, hate my Antec 1200.. so this is the perfect storm for me to design something like this.
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im glad to help, I live, or will be living in a small tiny apartment with 3 other guys lol so I can't do something like this, but I have always built desks and stuff at my house and i really love computers and I would love to have a chance to work on something like this, but I am sketching up a design right on on sketchup and seeing what I can do and showing you my general idea of the desk
   
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here are my suggestions kinda what I was talking about. really rough sketchup. the back has cutouts for IO port, silver arrow exhaust, and the GPU exhaust and audiocards etc

you could also cut the back out like PCI slots if you wanted to instead of how i had it so there will be air flowing out the back of the case

   
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here are my suggestions kinda what I was talking about. really rough sketchup. the back has cutouts for IO port, silver arrow exhaust, and the GPU exhaust and audiocards etc

you could also cut the back out like PCI slots if you wanted to instead of how i had it so there will be air flowing out the back of the case
Thanks for doing this, I really like the design a lot. You think it would be better to mount the fans on the outside of the wood, or on the motherboard side.

Well, it may be hard to mount the fans to the outside of the wood block, if its a permanent fixture in the desk, and doesn't move, the fans might have to be on the side with the motherboard in it.
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either way it wouldn't matter much. if you knew what fans you want or have the fans, you COULD cut out JUST enough for the fans to fit IN the wood, given its a thick fan like the nzxt 200mm fan (even though its like 190mm) and the wood would hold the fan in place. You could then use some foam to dampen the vibration and cut out 4 notches in the wood for the fan to fit in the wood and then turn the fan and screw it into the wood. would take a lot of effort but is probably worth it. also makes the fans semi permanant. Also to my knowledge, the nzxt 200mm fans have high cfm and would do well for your purpose

EDIT
also an idea, you could make the wood panel in front of the fans a door kinda thing and put a hinge on it so just in case you ever have to reach the fans to replace them or something, you could make both the outer panel and the inner panel with the fans be on a hinge and act like a door
   
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either way it wouldn't matter much. if you knew what fans you want or have the fans, you COULD cut out JUST enough for the fans to fit IN the wood, given its a thick fan like the nzxt 200mm fan (even though its like 190mm) and the wood would hold the fan in place. You could then use some foam to dampen the vibration and cut out 4 notches in the wood for the fan to fit in the wood and then turn the fan and screw it into the wood. would take a lot of effort but is probably worth it. also makes the fans semi permanant. Also to my knowledge, the nzxt 200mm fans have high cfm and would do well for your purpose

EDIT
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Very good ideas, all possibilities.

If I went with 200mm fans, I'd only have space for two. Most 200mms push 100-140CFM. If I had 4 120mms that pushed 70-80 each, that would be more than double. I did originally plan for 4 200mms because they are MUCH quieter (two front, one side, one rear exhaust), but that was before I decided I didn't want to cut holes in the outside frame.

I'll do some noodling and see what I come up with.. I'll post the revisions either tonight or tomorrow.

Thanks for the help!
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then I guess 2x200mm fans will have to suffice, if that is the case then the back will not have to have that many exhaust holes, just the one directly behind the silver arrow just slightly bigger than 140mm, the gpu output and the exhaust, IO port, and one hole maybe 50-140mm in diameter or square to vent the rest of the air so it doesn't get trapped by the GPU

Anyways I will watch this thread and post in it later tomorrow when I get home probably around this time lol. I am interested in how this turns out
   
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Updated OP with new design.
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Let me just say that you are an inspiration to us all...!

Now, a couple of suggestions/questions:

Fan filters?
Fan on PSU is directed out of the desk?
What about HDDs?

Finally, how are you going to "glue" the motherboard to the desk? Are you going to make a "socket" in the wood for it or use screws? Would it be upgradeable?
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