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Greetings

I'm getting ready to start construction of a new desk for myself that will have a built in PC. The only real visual hint that there is something inside will be the window in the top of the desk over the components (dvd drive hidden...somehow), but I have a question.

I wanted to build the power/reset/light switches into the desktop itself, though that may not be within my skill range to do at this time. I'm going to toss some ideas around on that one, but that isn't the subject of this post.

I want some way to be able to get inside to where the PC is in case I need to replace/upgrade/add components, but I'm a little puzzled as to how I should do this. My first thought was to somehow build everything inside some sort of drawer that was behind a false front (so the dvd drive and card reader could be mounted inside the same false front and you couldn't see it from the front), but that might create more of a mess in terms of cabling, since it would have to have longer than normal cables to account for the drawer travel. Another thought would be to have some sort of spring loaded, magnetic catch on the plexiglass/acrylic window, but that might create unwanted noise.

Does anyone have any input on this? It's the one part I'm really stumped on, and I don't want to start the build and then change my mind half way through and have to make a trip in to buy more material for the desk (it will be made of wood, though the motherboard, I/O panel, and probably the PSU mounts will be cut from a spare case I have), and the place I'm getting the hardwood ply for the top is about 45 miles away.
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Greetings
I'm getting ready to start construction of a new desk for myself that will have a built in PC. The only real visual hint that there is something inside will be the window in the top of the desk over the components (dvd drive hidden...somehow), but I have a question.
I wanted to build the power/reset/light switches into the desktop itself, though that may not be within my skill range to do at this time. I'm going to toss some ideas around on that one, but that isn't the subject of this post.
I want some way to be able to get inside to where the PC is in case I need to replace/upgrade/add components, but I'm a little puzzled as to how I should do this. My first thought was to somehow build everything inside some sort of drawer that was behind a false front (so the dvd drive and card reader could be mounted inside the same false front and you couldn't see it from the front), but that might create more of a mess in terms of cabling, since it would have to have longer than normal cables to account for the drawer travel. Another thought would be to have some sort of spring loaded, magnetic catch on the plexiglass/acrylic window, but that might create unwanted noise.
Does anyone have any input on this? It's the one part I'm really stumped on, and I don't want to start the build and then change my mind half way through and have to make a trip in to buy more material for the desk (it will be made of wood, though the motherboard, I/O panel, and probably the PSU mounts will be cut from a spare case I have), and the place I'm getting the hardwood ply for the top is about 45 miles away.

Many people use a draw and this is common practise but you could just build it erm how to explain

say a normal computer desk, upright pull out keyboard sides and bottom etc, normally you would put the tower on the bottom at the side and slide it in, how about build that as the wooden frame and the computer mounts into the frame, add a window and some fans and maybe make some "hidden" buttons on the top out of the wood so you have to press the desk to start the computer etc. Possibilities are endless it all depends how you want it to look etc...
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You may find this thread interesting. Check it out!thumb.gif
http://www.overclock.net/t/1200785/ikea-galant-pc-desk-mod-project-kapros/0_30
 
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Many people use a drawer and this is common practise but you could just build it erm how to explain
say a normal computer desk, upright pull out keyboard sides and bottom etc, normally you would put the tower on the bottom at the side and slide it in, how about build that as the wooden frame and the computer mounts into the frame, add a window and some fans and maybe make some "hidden" buttons on the top out of the wood so you have to press the desk to start the computer etc. Possibilities are endless it all depends how you want it to look etc...

That is one possibility, but I've drawn some inspiration from other mods I've seen around the internet (specifically l3p desk and this one, especially for the buttons), so I don't want a vertical case slot. I have that now. I might do a "drawer", but have it only pull out a little bit so I can push the glass up from underneath. Removable stop pins or something, so that I could change out a video card (or add a second one) without completely unwiring the whole system, but also so that I could remove the pins if needed to take out the entire drawer if I needed to do something major.
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You may find this thread interesting. Check it out!thumb.gif
http://www.overclock.net/t/1200785/ikea-galant-pc-desk-mod-project-kapros/0_30

I've been following that thread off and on. Very nice work that he's doing for sure. Not quite what I have in mind, but still very nice.
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