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[Build Log] Project Cyan - The Water Cooled Desk - AE11/Tri-Titans/TEC's/Rigid Tubing/External Cooling!

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~Welcome~
I began this project back in May of last year but due to countless delays, other commitments, laziness etc.. I still have plenty to do. I feel this log is more than overdue and hopefully I'll provide some entertainment for a few of you.

As the title states; this is a desk build (computer that is built into a desk *gasp*). Now onto the name of the build - 'Cyan'. You may note during this build that the colour Cyan is in fact, not used. The name comes from the fact that Cyan is a combination of the colours Blue and Green, which will be the theme for my build.

~Purpose~
Aside from getting some solid hours of CoD and BF3 into my life, this build will serve a few purposes. Gaming obviously being the most important (duh) however, I do a lot of graphics design work for hobbies of mine, and the system will also serve as a server for the entire household. I'm sure I'll throw in some photo editing from time to time. I expect at least the desk and water cooling side of this build to see me through the near future.

I'm OCD when it comes to noise, so one of the biggest goals with this build is to make it as dead silent as possible. Now I've wasted enough of your time - Onto the good parts!

~Specs~
System:
- Asrock Extreme11 X79 Motherboard
- Intel 3930K (Will be upgraded to Ivy-E)
- G.Skill Memory 16GB (4x4GB)
- 2x Nvidia GTX 690's
- 3x Nvidia GTX Titans
- Lepa G1600 1600w PSU
- 2x Corsair RM1000 PSU's
- LSI 9270-8i MegaRAID Card
- 8x OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD's (In RAID 0)
- 8x 1TB VelociRaptor HDD's (In Raid 5 or 6)

Cooling:
- 4x Hardware Labs Black Ice GTX 560's
- 4x D5 Pumps with Bitspower Dual Pumptops
- 2x FrozenQ Dual Helix Reservoirs
- 16x Delta EFV1212VH Fans
- 6x Noctua NF-S12B ULN Fans
- XSPC Raystorm CPU Block
- 2x XSPC GTX 690 Blocks
- XSPC Chipset Block
- Nateman_doo's Awesome Chipset Block
- Bitspower and Monsoon Fittings
- Tygon and PrimoChill Tubing
- Mayhems Coolant
- AquaComputer Aquaero 5 Pro and LT + Sensors (Flow, Fill, Temp)

Other:
- Black Sleeved Cabling
- UV Cathodes
- 3x 120hz 1440p 27 inch Catleaps
- Marantz Slim Amplifier
- Harmon Kardon 5.1 Sound System
- Logitech G13 + DiNovo Edge + R.A.T 9

I already have basically everything on this list so stay tuned for pictures as the project goes on smile.gif

A few details, mods, ideas will be discussed as I get into the build.. but the radiators, pumps and Delta fans will not be in or near the desk (for anyone questioning how the build was going to be quiet with Delta fans). The build is designed to keep cables as out of sight as possible. Finally, the design will need to allow for the PC to be accessed with ease for modification/maintenance, while still retaining the illusion of being part of the desk.

And of course here is the expected end result for the desk:



I hope you all enjoy!
Edited by jrule2 - 12/25/13 at 8:26pm
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The frame of the desk has been complete for some time now. I wasn't happy with the desk legs for a few reasons. Biggest reason being that the desk doesn't seem to like too much weight at the front - starts bending like crazy. The design for the legs will change down the road.





And some hardware shots of course:






Two of three Catleaps (I'm using the third)

Edited by jrule2 - 1/19/13 at 12:40am
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3rd sub because this seems to be a trend :3

Desk frame looks good, looking forward to more updates biggrin.gif
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subbed 5th in !!!!! thumb.gif looks like a big cool build.
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Any update?
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We're waiting buttkick.gif lol
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Samsung 830 128gb Seagate 2TB 7200 rpm 64mb cache Seagate 1TB 7200 rpm 64mb cache Swiftech H220-x 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Kraken G10 Zalman LQ320 (GPU) Windows 7 Pro Asus PB278Q 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 2, Blue Switches Corsair AX850 Phantom 410 (Black) Razer Naga 2014 Left-Handed Edition 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
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Looks amazing so far, sub! tongue.gif
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