So, it's been about a year since my last actual build, which was a rather orthodox 800D water cooling build. I've been out here in New Mexico for a little other a month and won't be leaving until the end of July. So I am out here without my rig and plenty of ideas for a new build.
I originally was just going to be modest and add a second graphics card to my rig and maybe a second radiator. I realized that my 800D was going to be restricting when it comes to space. I have an old CM 690 II Advanced case that I was thinking of using as a secondary storage for the radiator and connecting the two cases, pretty much just for fun and looks. Well I realized I don't really have the desk space for 2 cases.
So I decided to go all out and start on a custom desk build. I've seen a decent amount of these around and it looks like a super fun project. My older brother has been building a lot of custom furniture lately in his free time and I pretty much couldn't cut a piece of wood in half, so I figured it'd be a fun project for him as well (and I can use his skills haha). So after I finish my work here, I'll be visiting him for a week or so and constructing this desk. In the meantime, I've been ordering parts and sketching up plans for the desk. So this log may be a bit uneventful for the next month or so.
I do enjoy performance when it's applicable but I also like to do things just for looks. So I probably won't ever be utilizing every bit of cooling that I have available but it'll look nice to me hahah.
I'll be calling this project the Crail Desk. I've been skateboarding for about 10 years now and most of my life is based around it. I've been filming and editing skate videos for just as long almost. So it's a big part of my life. Crailtap is a distribution company for several brands and I love their logo (the one at the top of this thread). I'm having Kirk Carpenter over at LazerWerx make a small custom piece of acrylic with the Crailtap logo. it'll be on black acrylic, with the logo being blue acrylic. I'm gonna make a "slot" on the top of the desk, put some white lighting in it and place the piece in that slot.
Current hardware that will be used:
-2x WD 1TB hdds
-2x WD 250GB hdds
-16GB Corsair Vengeance
-5x Medium Speed Yate Loons (clear blue with black painted frames)
Current watercooling parts that will be used:
-MCP655 with EK top
-2x FrozenQ T-virus reservoirs (one has blue helix, other has custom black/blue helix. Both have black caps)
-XSPC compression fittings
Newly added hardware:
-2x GTX 285 (already have one of these, but found 2 on eBay for cheap with the Koolance blocks on them. Couldn't resist) ***
-Corsair HX750 PSU
-12x Medium Speed Yate Loons (all black)
-16.4' strip of cool-white LEDs with dimmer/power supply
-2x new sleeved extension cables for graphics card
-Lamptron FC-5 V2 fan controller (30w per channel)
Newly added watercooling parts:
-EK Supremacy Nickel CPU Block (acrylic top)
-2x Koolance block for GTX285 (using acrylic top)
-XSPC EX360 Crossflow
-3x 360mm rad grill
-6x XSPC compression fittings
-4x Fesser 45-angle adapters
-15' clear XSPC tubing
-Mayhem white pastel concentrate and deep blue dye
My 800D build was based on a black and blue color scheme so I will continue with that since a lot of my parts are black/blue (the reservoirs, sleeving, etc). What I will be changing is the case lighting. I originally had UV lighting with blue UV tubing and the blue LEDs from my fans illuminating the case. I will be switching to clear tubing and trying out Mayhem's pastel and working on getting it to the right shade of blue. I've never used dye before and I know there can be issues but I want to stubbornly try it. Mayhem's seem to have their stuff together pretty well. Anyways, I will be switching the lighting to a cool-white lighting. I've seen people use that before and it really looks great.
So, since I don't have ANY of my main components with me, I can't do much planning, at least accurately. I used some free time to learn SketchUp and put together a rough idea of what I'm going to do. The actual look/color of the desk is undetermined yet, so I made it basic. I was mainly trying to focus on the layout of the parts. Also, my monitors won't be sitting on the desk, as I have monitor arms for them
The desk, in the above plans, is 75" long, about 30" wide, and about 26" high. All of that is subject to change once I get the wood and start laying things out. The "tub" that holds all the components is about 22" L x 21" W, but again is subject to change once I lay things out and see how my tube routing will be. The window on the top of the desk will be smaller than the tub itself, so it will hide some things. The depth of the top portion of the tub (where the motherboard and what not is) is something like 8" and the bottom compartment that holds the PSU and harddrives is 7" but will probably be decreased since it looks like I got some room. I should also note that the components used in the above plans are not exact. I couldn't find an EX360 sketchup, so I used two RX360's. Also, the reservoir colors are not how they will actually be. And the graphics cards are GTX295's I believe. I also left out the actual tubing because I haven't had the time to learn and put them in haha.
So, here's the basic plan for the components. The two radiators will be in a push/pull configuration with the black Yate Loons. One of my reservoirs will be mounted outside and on top of the desk (attached to some sort of wooden block). I will route a tube from the bottom of the reservoir and into the table, which will lead into the compartment holding the pump and all the other components. The 2nd reservoir will be the end of the loop essentially, and route back up through the table and into the side port of the 1st reservoir.
The loop order will be: outside res, pump, EX360, EK CPU block, GTX285 then GTX285, RX360, 2nd res, outside res
I will be using the EX360 cross flow radiator for the radiator that will be on the right (from the top view). So the pump will led into a port right in front of it on the EX360 and then the outlet on the EX360 will be over right by the CPU. Also, the radiators will be more "aligned" probably than they appear in this plan
Some of the corners and bends will be a bit tight. I'll try to minimize this as much as possible, but just in case I got some 45-angle adapters to help. The XPSC tubing does seem a whole lot more flexible than what I've used before though.
The bottom compartment will hold the PSU and harddrives and essentially anything that I want hidden (mostly due to cables). I am going to salvage some things from my 800D and CM690 cases (rubber cable hole grommets, back I/O and PCI plates, etc). One thing I will take from the 800D is the little board that that harddrives can plug into. It has nice locations for the SATA cables and a single power cable. I might try to make or use a drive cage from one of the cases. The cables from the drives and the PSU will route up through the compartment and into where the motherboard is.
The front of the "tub" will have 3 medium speed Yate Loons (the blue LED ones I have left over) for intake. Below that will be my CD drive, fan controller, and the front panel power switch and USB from the 800D (the center one in the plans above; used some generic 5.25" component to fill in it). The sides of the tub will have holes cut out for the fans attached to the radiators. I'll use some rad grills for both radiators and also the 3 fans on the front. The back will have the remaining 2 blue Yate Loons for outtake.
My ultimate goal is to decrease the depth of the tub as much as I can and just conserve space in general. I use desk space a lot, so it's important that I still have some. But at the same time, I don't want a super long desk if I can avoid it. My current desk is 65" long and my 3x 24" monitors span the entire length. So I figured I'd add 10 inches to that and be pretty well off.
Stay tuned for updates (mostly just new parts arriving).