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[BUILD LOG] LIQUID HELIX A COMPUTER DESK MOD

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Decided to make a computer desk, it seems to be the up and coming style of case modding.
There are so many Rectangular desk out there i wanted to do something outside of the box.
Almost Completed Desk Build.
First I started with a idea of making a Hex sided desk in order to house my computer. After days of designing and researching what goes into a desk build created list of all that was needed inorder to make my idea become reality. The idea then evovled into much more. I then looked to Google Sketchup to design all the componets of the desk.

As far as hardware
I had a pc i striped to test this build before moving on to the newer haswell chips
its contents were
ASRock X79 Extreme11 LGA 2011
Intel Core i7-3930K Processor (12M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)
8 x Dominator Platinum with Corsair Link Connector — 1.65V 8GB Dual Channel DDR3
5 Neutron Series™ GTX 120GB SATA 3 6Gb/s SSD
2 x Nvidia Titans cards

i have since purchased 2 more titans.

i am in the process of purchasing a newer x87 board looking mostly at the boards that support the x16 on all slots
and boards that will support the 64gb of mem. haswell still is new and has more cpus to come so i may sit back and wait a bit.

Reasons for me building a desk rather than yet another case mod. Looking beyond size of case limits and mounting the water cooling setup horizontally is more about expanding on experience into unknown and seeing what we come up with
having such space to play with companies like Koolance, XSPC has suggested that 2 quad rads are sufficient enough to keep my setup cooled. Benefits of more might prove to be minimal in performance.

But its possible in my mind that expanding on the thought of just minimal has not been fully tested and I would like to do so. 3/8 ID ½ OD is the norm suggested by many. Any bigger again nominal in performance. Memory and chipset cooling could be ineffective yes but in the sense of the ambient temperatures around them having them cooled may help decease it.

Since I am only using one motherboard I have a lot of space not being used. Wanted to take advantage of the nominal performance increase of the other parts.

All of the case was built aluminum with 1 tempered glass as the display piece for the reservoirs. As for use of the desk it will be a desk I sit at to expand on my rendering and building of 3d models. As well as intense gaming. With the ability to be able to upgrade to any future hardware products and not worry about expanding my cooling needs later I want to cover all the basis while keeping it looking clean as an install. Thinking out of the box on mods is a wonderful thing it can take you down many paths of the “what ifs”. And since desk building is a newer style of case modding why not venture and give it a try.

Now for the Heat load the cpu of 130w and 4 titans 250w x4 for a non overclocked board could be used. But I am into overclocking what better way to see what watercooling has down for me my build.

With respect to loop design if I wanted to go simple with a single or dual loop just experimenting with the horizontal flow would be the only challenge here. I was thinking if cooling each block or same groups of block might benefit from a individual loop hence have a dual or triple rad, res, single pump setup on the blocks. One setup for the gpus another entire setup for the cpus and maybe even a third setup for the misc blocks. But how would that effect the ambient temps and what else would have to be taking into consideration such are power consumption etc.

Here are some pictures





Used Google Sketchup to Plan out the build

Render Using Keyshot


Check out My Website for more Pics and Vids
http://Liquid-Helix.com


Still in process as Real life always has a way of butting in when your in the mist of a Project.
here are some pics i took when i was merely test fitting hardware since i have a few old pcs lying around what better way to get more use of there parts


looking at dual Mb's



Comparing the Fans

the fan on the left is
Rated Speed : 4000 RPM ± 10%
Air Delivery : 200 CFM
Static Pressure : 0.70 Inch-H2O
Rated Current : 0.39 AMP
Rated Power : 18.7 WATTS
Noise Level : 62 dB(A)
Direction of Rotation : Counter-clockwise viewed front fan blade
Operating Temperature : -10 to +70 Deg.C
Storage Temperature : -40 to +70 Deg.C
Bearing System : Precise ball bearing system
Weight : 400 g

the fan on the right is
Size: 120mm x 25mm
Speed: 1100 RPM±10%
Rated Voltage: DC 12V
Rated Current:0.25A
Air Flow:88CFM
Noise: 20dBA
Bearing Type: Hydraulic Bearing
Connector: 4-Pin or 3Pin

a close up of the pump without its frozenq mount.


More updates to come.
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Nice job so far love the design. I seen you post in the frozenq club and had to check out your build. Very interested in seeing where this goes. thumb.gif
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4770k@4.5 Asrock Z87 OC Formula 7970@1200/1600 6970@950/1450 
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6970@950/1450 Samsung Wonder Ram 120Gb Phoenix SSD 120Gb Phoenix SSD 
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Phobya 400mm radiator, EX 360mm radiator, misc ... Swiftech MCP35X2 Pump, Frozen_Q 250mm Liquid Fu... Windows 7 Ultimate Asus 1080P 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
4770k@4.5 Asrock Z87 OC Formula 7970@1200/1600 6970@950/1450 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
6970@950/1450 Samsung Wonder Ram 120Gb Phoenix SSD 120Gb Phoenix SSD 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
1Tb Western Digital HDD 1Tb Western Digital HDD Slim Slot stealthed Heatkiller 3.0 CU, Heatkiller 7970 CU with back... 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Phobya 400mm radiator, EX 360mm radiator, misc ... Swiftech MCP35X2 Pump, Frozen_Q 250mm Liquid Fu... Windows 7 Ultimate Asus 1080P 
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OCN Edition Ducky with MX Blues Corsair HX 850 Corsair 600T Razor Lachesis 
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