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Embedding a system inside a bookshelf/workstation/study bench/tv stand [Renovating my room]

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Hi everyone. Lately my sister and I started to plan how my room would be renovated. I have a lot of ideas, and she's helping me. She's an interior designer.
I want to have a huge bookshelf that will consist of a stand for a TV, shelves for books, a workstation and a study bench.
She drew the layout of where things will be. No design had been taken into account.

To explain a bit on what's going on:
on the right wall, there's an embedded wardrobe. It came with the original design of the house, so there's no way of changing its place besides tearing it down which is out of the question. There's also the door from the bedrooms hallway.
On the top wall, there's the bed and a door to the patio.
On the left wall, there's the window, a nightstand in front of it, and part of the huge thing I have in mind -- just the corner of it.
Finally, on the bottom wall, there's the whole project in which I need help with.
My system would be in the corner as you can see. I want the entire system to be built inside of it, watercooled. I left a little space between the workstation and the nightstand for studying. Ugh, the distractions I'll face.
The rest will be the bookshelf and the TV stand (the entire rectangle on the bottom wall).
Behind the door, there's the heater. My sister said we can put shelves above it.

When we started to begin with designing the bookshelf/workstation/study bench/TV stand (Combo, for sake of simplicity), I didn't know where to begin because I don't know how much space I needed for everything, computer wise. The only think i could think of is that the entire thing will be visible from the desk. You can see the glass under the 2 monitors. The system will be supported by a UPS that I have no idea where to place (not the TV though, only the computer). I also want a control panel to control fan speeds, the sound system, and LED lights around the room. I'm think of installing indirect lighting around the room, especially around the special bookshelf that will take place on the top wall above my bed, that the most influential books will take residence. Cables will be branching from the panel to the LEDs in a circuitous pattern like a logic board. As you may have noticed, it's gonna be a geeky room concept.

I'm pretty sure it's doable, but I have no idea what so ever on the technicalities, therefor, no idea on how to begin the design process.

Here's a section on the right wall. Don't mind the picture, it was just an idea tongue.gif

On the left you can see part of the combo: the study bench, and part of the system. As you can see, nothing has been drawn. No idea what to do. The only thing I could think of is putting the shelves above it to hold the printer, CDs, maybe the UPS or books. My sister said the top shelve is so high, so it may be for decoration. It may not even exist, idk.

I would like if you bored me with details, I need everything in terms of how, how much space should I take into consideration, where should I put the UPS, where should the DVD drive go... everything.

Furthermore, if you have any ideas on the design of the room, feel free to pitch in. Nothing is certain, so if you have other ideas on where things should be, maybe different walls, idk, don't hold back. Also, maybe help me the combo altogether.

I realize that this is going to be an EXPENSIVE room. I won't be able to put it into execution any time soon. When I do, however, I will do one thing at a time, so don't expect it to happen in less than 3-4 years. It's good to plan ahead of time. Leave no regrets of "if only I did this instead of that".

Thanks guys.

EDIT: I just realized this has nothing to do with "Case mods". Sorry about that.
Edited by isonuZ - 8/24/13 at 5:48pm
post #2 of 6
first thing :

are you going to make a "scratch build" case ? , something custom ? . or just one off-shelf computer ?

if its something custom , you need to check in for the airflow , and the same for any other case , you cant "enclose" the case


... with that said , i bet it would suit a "custom build" case for it to work out like in those pictures smile.gif
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I'm not including a case. The mobo and everything will be embedded inside the workstation like this:

And yeah, a scratch build. My sister will be designing it for me upon my needs, but we need details (dimensions, gaps here or there, etc..)
post #4 of 6
Your going to need to know exactly what parts your going to use. Air cool or water cool, size of cooler/radiator etc.

Most cooling parts have there dimensions published (eg. Rads,fans etc)

Once you have a list of parts, you need to make sure that the m/b has some sort of ventilation (even of it is water cooled)

Your going to need to build the PC first (mock up) so you can find out the height,width, etc.

You can grab bits and pieces you may need from old PC cases such as the motherboard tray, HD tray, etc.

Lastly, a lot of patience. Being a one-off means 'work'

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ohhh , so you want some sort of PC desk ?

there are some examples on the Worklog , you should check it out

and as xr1 said , the dimensions and the airflow will play a big roll in the design
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Exactly that. Alright, I'm gonna choose my specs and study the design well. Thanks guys. I'll update whenever I get something worth sharing.
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