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post #21 of 49
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Little update. I ordered the last of all the hardware/water cooling parts. I had them shipped to my place back in FL so I don't have to worry about traveling with it all. I'll be leaving here in about 3 weeks.

I did receive my custom piece of acrylic from Kirk (lazerwerx.com). The first piece he sent me had a few minor flaws and he didn't hesitate to make and ship out two more! One with the original color and another with a "bluer" color, which is what I'll be using. Amazing customer service. I don't have any places darker than the bathroom here, so this is the best shot I could get haha. I don't have the LEDs rigged up yet, since I gotta move them anyways.





I also felt ambitious and ordered some SATA cable sleeving from MDPC-X. The first time I've ordered from them and the first time I'll be sleeving SATA cables. I previously used paracord on my motherboard cables. The blue color here doesn't exactly match the electric blue paracord, but it'll do just fine





This will be the last update for a little while
post #22 of 49
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Alrighty, I'm back working on this now. I should be purchasing the wood tomorrow. In the meantime, I disassembled my current rig and put together what I could.

First, the last of the products: XPSC EX360 Crossflow Radiator, EK Supremacy block, Mayhem deep blue dye, and various cables/accessories



I also sleeved the 4 SATA cables I'll be using. Not an exact match with the blue paracord I have for other cables, but it's better than exposed cables



When I got back my apartment in FL, I got all my stuff together that I was taking to SC. Damn 800D takes up half of my car. I brought the 800D because it had all my hardware in it and I also brought an empty CM 690 II for case parts. I ended up using the 800D for that though



Making a mess on my brother's counter



Hilarious picture of all the fans I'll be using, hopefully my fan controller can keep it all at a nice quiet level. 6 fans on each radiator plus 5 for airflow within the box



I cleaned and put my GPU waterblocks together and replaced their O-rings. I also attached the Ek block to the CPU



I needed something to hold my harddrives and I always liked the hot swap bay of the 800D. So I removed it from the case. It was pretty simple: remove 4 screws on the left/right side of the cage and then drill out 4 rivets on the bottom.



I then rebuilt it and made sure the drives were sitting in there correctly



I originally bought a cheap Cooler Master motherboard tray to use but in the process of getting the 800D's back I/O plate off, the motherboard tray came off as well. So I opted to just use the 800D's tray, since it was already designed to fit perfect with the I/O plate





I might put a few other things together today. Can't do too much until we get the wood and start planning it all out
post #23 of 49
That's quite the stack of fans lol I like the hotswap bays. Big fan of the ones I've got in my server.

Nice work so far thumb.gif
post #24 of 49
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Started on some wood work today. My goal was to get a majority of the box completed, as far as assembling it and cutting out the necessary holes. There's definitely some rough edges but a lot of it will be covered up by the components and paint. I also intend to add some spice to it by perhaps getting something to cover the outside edges of the box and desk itself, perhaps some thin angle iron that I can paint blue or keep silver; just something to add some highlights to the desk to compliment the color scheme and cover up any ugly cuts

This is the wood I was working with. A nice think piece of ply wood for the base of the box. The box is 2ft x 2ft. Kinda big, but pretty much necessary for the amount of stuff I am putting in it. Also some pieces of poplar to use as support stands for the box:



Here we cut the piece of plywood into the 2 ft x 2ft section and attached the pieces of poplar to it. These serve as a way to secure the walls of the box to the box itself, as well as a place to secure the entire box to the table top. I made them a foot high, enough room to fit everything (vertically) with some room to play. This box is the "top" shelf, the compartment that holds only the motherboard and other things; the bottom shelf will hold the hard drives and PSU. Here is also a rough layout of the parts, pretty tight fit but I didn't want a bunch of dead space:





My brother had some thinner pieces of plywood laying around, so we used those for the walls. We were a bit concerned about the weight of the radiators that will be attached to them, but it should be fine. If the radiators are too much stress, I'll just put something under the radiator to take the pressure off of the wall. Here are all 4 sides attached to the box:



Next we cut slots out for the 3 fans/radiators to go. The front of the box will have 3 fans pulling air in. The left and right sides will have a 360 radiator, pulling air in from the outside. I also have fans on the other sides of the radiators pulling air through. Probably a bit overkill but no fun in playing it safe. If it becomes too noisy, I can reduce the fan count. I am using a RX360 from my previous build and a new EX360 crossflow. If the EX360 performs well, it would definitely be nice to have another one to replace the RX; definitely a lot thinner.







Next we tried our best to get a decent cut out for the back I/O and PCI slots. A bit rough, but it'll be covered up mostly. I'm also putting an exhaust fan in the usual spot in the back of a case, a bit sketchy on the tracing haha, but the cut came out fine; the fan will be mounted inside, so any screw ups in the cut are covered by the fan:



We then lined up the motherboard tray and made some holes for the cable management. These cables will go below into the bottom shelf where the PSU is. I ordered a replacement 24-pin extension cable (pre-sleeved sadly; don't have the time/energy to sleeve a 24-pin connector). My current one is starting to come unsleeved, probably because it was my first sleeve job 2 years ago





We cut out the base of the bottom shelf and its supports. The bottom will be a foot shorter in length than the top, but the same width, since the shelf only needs room for the PSU, hard drives and a few other cable accessories. Tomorrow we're gonna get some wood for the walls of the bottom shelf and other screws and random things, as well as the MDF table top. Our goal is to have this whole thing assembled by the end of the day Sunday so I can paint it during the week.
Edited by Tomiger - 8/16/13 at 7:32pm
post #25 of 49
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Here's the updates from the past 2 days of working:

We started on Saturday building the frame that will be attached to the bottom of the table top. It serves as a lip of the desk. support for the table top, and a place for us to attach the box to the table top. We also attach the legs to the frame as well. So we drilled pocket holes into the frame and uses Kregs to hold it all together. Super secure and no screws showing on the outsides

The pocket holes drilled onto the outer edges of the frame


Corner of the frame put together


The whole frame, without any cross supports yet (my brother holding it)


The next thing we did was design the legs of the desk. I wasn't looking for anything super elegant and complicated. My criteria was that the legs hold up the table and can be removed and reattached somewhat easily (so I can move this big ass table from place to place). So we decided to just get some 2x4's and put two of them together, one of them longer than the other so we can attach it to the frame. We just used some wood glue and nails to secure the two 2x4's together:





We then placed the frame on top of the legs to make sure we didn't completely fail at making them. We secure the legs to the frame by driving a bolt through the frame and into the part of the leg that is sticking out. Put washers on both ends and put a nut on the end. The bolt head will show from the outside but I think it will look cool when the desk is painted all black. I may keep the bolt head unpainted and then add some metal-colored trim around the edges of some of the box/desk, so the desk with have this metal/silver highlight kind of look



We then put the cross supports on the frame. One of them is used to attach the box to the frame and the other is used just for support. I'll be attaching a keyboard tray to the bottom of the desk and cutting out a section of the frame to make room, so that support will be useful to make up for that piece I cut out



We then took everything for a test run: Put the frame on the legs and attached the box to the frame. The desk here is about 30 inches tall (it will be 3/4" taller once I add the table top). That's me sitting at it to see how it feels (even though that's not the best chair to test it on haha)





On Sunday we put together most of the bottom shelf that will be attached to the box, which will hold the hard drives and PSU. Since I don't need all the surface area that the top box has, we made it 1ft x 2ft and it'll be about 10 inches high. That gives me enough room for the hard drives and for my hands to route some cables. It'll be a pretty "tall" complete box but that's ok with me. Enough room to make working with this thing easier



We attached walls to the sides of the shelf and left a little bit of a gap in the front. This will be the space that the motherboard cables and other cables are passed through to get to the PSU and hard drives. We'll be putting some flashing around the edges to hide the cables from the front:





We then went to get the MDF for the table top. The first place we went to had the MDF but the machine to cut it for us was broken. The next store had a functioning machine but no MDF....so we then went to a 3rd store and found the MDF and were able to get it cut. The table top will be 75" long and 36" wide: a big ass desk but I love desk space and I'll be using quite a bit with the window and other things. Here's the MDF before being cut, your standard 4x8ft piece. If you've never worked with this stuff before, it's damn heavy and super sturdy stuff. Got some left overs that I may use for something:



We then placed the frame onto the MDF and started to mark where things will be attached and where holes will be made. We drilled pocket holes in the frame that we will use to secure the frame to the MDF. We're going to make the window 20.5" by 19.5" (or so, I have the exact measurements written down somewhere). This will be small enough to hide some of the inner attachment hardware of the box but big enough to show all the good stuff. I made a small cut out to give a feel to what the window will show/not show:



As for today (Monday), my brother is at work so I sanded the legs and other parts a bit to kill time. I also picked up a keyboard/mouse tray that I'll be attaching to the desk. Once my brother gets home, we'll start working on some other things. I'll try to post an update later tonight or tomorrow. We're close to getting everything roughly put together. Then I can start painting and fine tuning things.

Overall, I'm really glad about how this is turning out so far. My brother and I are by no means exceptionally good at wood work, so to come this far without catastrophic failure is amazing haha. I'm just ready to start putting my parts in and routing my water cooling loop!
Edited by Tomiger - 8/19/13 at 11:50am
post #26 of 49

In for this!

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thats a pretty nice looking desk! almost a shame to put a pc in it. almost.....
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post #28 of 49
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Cut out the holes in the table top last night. There's a hole for the window that will have a piece of glass over, a hole for the front panel I/O block/thingy and a smaller hole to hold the custom piece of acrylic I had made. The next step is to use a router and make a lip around the holes:



This morning I sanded the legs some more and applied a first coat of paint to the outside of them. I'll do a couple coats to make sure it's as black as I want:



Once we route the lips in, all that is left is making 2 holes in the bottom shelf area (one for the PSU fan and one for a 120mm fan in the front to pull some fresh air over the hard drives), positioning where my reservoir is going to be on the top of the table and making 2 holes for the tubing, cutting out a slot for my fan controller and assembling it all together to make sure it all lines up. I'll be painting things during that process. That's basically it as far as wood working goes. The rest is touch ups, cable management, lighting, etc.
post #29 of 49
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Alright got some more work in yesterday/last night

I applied a second coat of paint to the legs and they came out how I wanted. I think 2 coats is what I'll be doing for everything (everything that is visible). I am testing out a gloss clear coat on a scrap piece of wood to see how that looks:



Then we got out the router and used it for the first time. We started with a small hole and routed out a lip. This holds the custom piece of acrylic that Kirk Carpenter made for me. The routing is a bit sketchy but it works. Sits flush with the desk and I'll have some lighting put around it. For this picture, I just used a phone:





Next we routed out a lip for the I/O panel, which I bought from Cooler Master (it's a replacement/part for one of their cases). This guy has a beveled-like edge, so I didn't want him to sit completely flush.





Next we routed out a lip for the window. Our jigsaw work on the original hole was a bit sketchy but the routing was straight. I'll just have to sand some of the unevenness away from the original hole



Then we attached the frame to the table top, using pocket holes and Kregs through the frame and into the bottom of the MDF. Next we cut out a slot from the lip/frame for my fan controller. This will be right over where the box/computer is, so it'll be easy to route all the cables. We also cut out a slot for the keyboard tray to be mounted (blurry picture; it was basically dark at this point and the air was saturated with MDF dust; camera doesn't like to focus then).



Placed the table top on the legs to make sure all is well



Today I started to plan out the loop in more detail. Definitely going to be some tight corners to get around. I might have to order the appropriate fittings to prevent kinking. Hopefully by the end of tonight, I'll have all the major wood work done. I need to drill holes and attach the radiator grills to the sides. Once I do that, I can place the radiators with fans in the box and stick the motherboard in there. I can then position where I want my pump to be and that extra reservoir that is going to be sitting down there too. I just need to make sure that they are in positions that don't compromise the tube routing. Once I decide on that, I can put some screws in to keep the motherboard tray from moving, make holes for the reservoir stands/clamps, and then I can decide on the position on the top of the table where my other reservoir will be and bore out some holes for the tubing for that guy. Other minor things are making an exhaust hole for the PSU fan on the bottom and a fan hole on the side near the hard drives.

Stay tuned for updates
Edited by Tomiger - 8/21/13 at 11:51am
post #30 of 49
Really looking forward to seeing how this turns out. Keep it up! thumb.gif
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