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Hello,

I'm finally coming back to the PC world from Xbox 360 & playstation 3. I purchased following items for part 1 of my build:

Cooler Master HAF 932
MSI N660Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt Active PFC Power Supply
Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73820
Intel BOXDX79SR LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW060A310 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM
Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EZRX 1.50 TB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
LG Black 12X Blu-ray Combo Drive SATA Model UH12NS29 - OEM
CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10

Now first and foremost the wife will not let me put this in the office we set up in our home. Problem is the computer will not fit behind a closed door. She is turning the house into a model home with all of the decorating. I convinced her that I will hide the computer in a bedroom closet that is not being used. Only problem is the bedroom closets have sliding doors. I'll have to change them out for bi-fold doors that will give me larger access & I will be able to get part 2 of my build underway.

Part 2:

Triple Dell U2312HM monitors on a single mount.
Build a custom desk that will fill the space and fit my needs. It will have to be removable as the room I plan on taking over may be turned into the nursery in the future. At that point I plan on moving it into another spare bedroom we have set up for guest.

Part 2.5 Was thinking about the Logitech Z5500 system. Even used people are asking a fortune for some of these systems. So I decided to skip the standard computer speaker system and get a 5.1 HTIB. Most likely will go with Yamaha as I prefer their receivers. I'm planning on something that will be around the same price just a step above the Z5500. The sound card on the motherboard is compatible with 7.1 but I just think that might be a little overkill for a closet/bedroom sound system.

Now I've been looking on Google for ideas on: closet office, computer closet, small computer work stations for ideas of what others have done. Only problem is most of the closet computer ideas have a laptop set on top of a makeshift desk, or are housing a 15" 4x3 monitor.

Does anyone have good ideas I may be able to use? I was thinking about something like the following:

http://www.simplifiedbuilding.com/blog/how-to-build-a-custom-ergonomic-computer-desk/
http://www.simplifiedbuilding.com/blog/2007/02/
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-all-wood-diy-triple-monitor-mount-175699

What ever I do will have to be able to house three 23" monitors & L/R & Center speakers. If I have a slide out keyboard/mouse tray it will be very solid. I typically do not like keyboard trays that slide out because they are usually flimzy. But if I'm able to build it 'my way' it would not budge when extended. I would also like to set up computer station for two types of positions. First would be the typical FPS/flight simulator type of games, mouse & keyboard or joystick. Second would be racing simulator. I might try to construct a racing seat at some point in the future. The only thing is it would have to break down and be able to "hide" out of sight.

All of these would be a temporary for about 5-6 years at which time I plan on moving into a larger home with a dedicated home theater/computer room. Will be setting it up as the ultimate man cave & will not have to 'hide' the toys. Until then I'm looking for ideas before I look for materials to make this new desk.
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Welcome aboard mate. The 660 is a nice choice for card.
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Welcome!
Nice ideas for a computer desk.
This one really looks good. Simple with a lot of surface area for stuff.


I got a lot of stuff in my desk from documents and coffee mugs LOL. That can surely fit 3 monitors and the chassis.
A lot of people discourage placing the computer chassis on the floor especially if you have cats and dogs at home.
Anyway about the desk, getting one is about preference after all. Those options look nice.
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Thanks,

Woke up last night thinking about the desk. I have an idea now. Just have to mock it up in sketch up and post my thoughts. Would like some more input from the form. In words here are my ideas. Two custom built base cabinets to store input devices, wheel & joystick when not in use. I was also thinking about the keyboard tray. If I built the desktop out of a solid core door and braced it underneath I would be able to make a removable keyboard tray. I would also have the option to build a second tray designed specifically for mounting the joystick to for optimal height of the stick. The last thing I need is a shallow desk space and being forced to sit too close to the triple monitor setup.

As for the typical racing seat for driving sim games this one is going to have to be completely custom. My setup is going to be fixed. To get the right driving position I will have to build a platform that raises the seat position up to the monitors for optimal viewing. I was thinking about doing this with pipe. It would have a left and right side that stay as one piece. The pipe bracing in between would be removable and secured with quick release pins. The seat and wheel mount points would also be quick release pins. Being able to break it down quickly is a must. It will be able to hide under one of the spare beds when not in use. I have access to a welder and would like to brush up on those skills a little. It's been 7 years since my welding class in college. Should be a fun time ahead.
Edited by cruzinZ - 2/23/13 at 7:22am
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WD 500Gb Blue WD 160Gb Blue LG DVDRW Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo 
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Thanks. I have lots of ideas and will take some pictures when things get underway.
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