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[Scratch Build] Desk MK I - November 29th - Now with a sponsor!

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First off: I don't know if it's the right sub-forum to post, but it's the one I could find that seemed most fitting smile.gif
Desk MK I
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Hi everyone here at overclock.net! First of all I’d like to say hello to all of you here at this awesome community. Second, I’d like to introduce all of you to my project:

The project started out as something to please my now exgirlfriend. After I had remodeled my old case, an Antec P180 mini, with all lazer, UV lights and all of the world’s glory, she started to grow tired of seeing the case all the time. At that time I had already been browsing overclock.net and various other modding sites for inspiration and a thing that caught my attention was the desks. I started thinking how I wanted it to be and what needs I had. This is what I ended up with:




It’s a pretty basic design, and I want to add a drawer below the hardwarearea, but since I don’t know how much space the hardware room will take, I’ve excluded it from the design. I want to create an acrylic “case” to put the motherboard inside, leaving the PSU, the watercooling and all fans apart from the two-three ones creating airflow inside the hardware, hidden from the visual eye.
I already have a plate which I’m going to use for this project. The plan is to sand it down and dye it with a grey-ish brown to create some contrast to the matt black colour I’ll be painting the furniture in.

Now let’s get to the interesting part of a worklog: pictures!
I’m lucky to work at a woodworker/carpenter. He’s an old, rugged man who knows everything about carpenting there is to know. I talked a bit with him about my plan and he offered to help me cut out the pieces.


Here’s the saw. I didn’t use it myself seeing it needs a bit of experience.


Everything cut out nice and clean


Now, I borrowed this tool and got all the plates transported home.


First thing to do was to draw a rough sketch of what I wanted to cut out.


And here’s how it looks cut out. It was a bit trickier than I thought and I wasn’t really super happy with the result, but it’ll do.



Secondly, I had downloaded a sketch of a 360 rad from Aquatuning’s webpage. I cut out the center marking the holes for fans and airflowspace and used that for measuring where to cut.



Here’s how it ended looking cut out. I’m quite happy with that, but I think for further reference I’ll be using the saw before using the other machine.

That’s it for now. Right now I’m looking where to get some mesh without having to pay a fortune, that stuff is expensive!
I hope you guys will be interested in following me on this journey. By the way, constructive criticism is more than welcome. Feel free to ask any questions about anything, and I’ll gladly answer!

- Vognen

P.S: What’s the depth required for the hardware compound? I’m thinking of making 1-2 cm. for cablerouting leaving me with the estimate of 20 cm. Is that totally off?
Edited by Vognen - 11/29/13 at 9:10am
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very nice!
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Welcome to OCN! smile.gif
Looking good...subbed!
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Update time - Wohooooo! biggrin.gif

After having browsed the internet for just the correct type of mesh I wanted I ended up biting the sour apple. I bought a mesh plate from a danish webshop, but I'll give it to them that I had the package the day after I placed the order - thumbs up.




Aaaand just there is about 27 € worth of mesh. It feels like it's a good quality though. Sturdy, but still easy to work with. I whipped out my marker and anglegrinder and got to work! Unfortunatly I forgot to take pictures of that, so you'll have to manage without it.


Anyways! I also got the metal drill out and drilled 12 holes for the radiator and fan screws.


After using the metal file for giving it some non-sharp, smooth edges I placed it in the wood to check if they fitted, and they did tongue.gif


Last thing of the radiatorarm was to put it all together with screws. Since I had the parts cut out earlier, it was just to add some screws. I was thinking of giving it some wood glue, but it seems sturdy enough even without it.




That's it for now. Full time work and DJ'ing during the weekends is taking most of my time and energy, so as much as I'd like to work on the project, time and energy is limited. Hopefully I'll get some more done soon though.

Right now I'm looking for an extra GTX 680 for some SLi power and an extra Laing DDC pump so I can undervolt the one I have for a more silent solution.

Also; I'm currently thinking about what motherboard to get. I'm really hooked up on the ASUS Maximus Rampage VI since it has built-in wireless, but I'm not too sure. Can any of you guys help me out and show me other motherboards worth looking at?

- Vognen
Edited by Vognen - 10/21/13 at 10:19am
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Time for another update. For the first time in many, many weekends, I had a Saturday where I hadn't been working daytime or DJ'ing Friday night, and since the sun was shining outside I thought that I would give it a go and get as much done as I could. smile.gif

I needed to make holes for ventilation in the drawer arrangement, so that was the first thing I started. I tried to do it in reverse order of what I did last, thus cutting out first and then use the router.




It went really well, and the result is much better than the first time I did it. I will never be a champion with the tool though. I made 2 x 120 holes on one side and 3 x 120 in the other, so there'll be ample airflow inside the desk .




After having done all the dusty work I went inside my workshop and pulled out my new best friend. It's always nice to have some working music




Here is a picture of all the parts to be used in the furniture. So far the most expensive thing about this project has actually been the mesh I have used. Fortunately there was enough for the whole furniture.




Got screwed the first 3 things together. All leveled as it should be biggrin.gif




Next was to screw the last side on, and suddenly it all looked a bit more complete




I am so lucky to have a really nice computer speaker system, but the subwoofer takes up so much space, and it is just really impractical to have lying on the floor.




I thought "Why not make space at the bottom of it so that it can be in the furniture ?" . I had a few scraps of wood left, so it was quickly done. It measures approx. 38 cm. in width and 22 in height, so there was plenty of room for both subwoofer and a future drawer. Here at last is a picture of how it looks . Now comes the hard work of filling, sanding, painting, making a drawer and make a "front panel" so I can turn on the computer.




Till next time

- Vognen
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looks awesome so far. smile.gif
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Coming out pretty well. Subbed thumb.gif
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Thanks for all the kind words. It's always a pleasure knowing people is finding your work interresting. biggrin.gif As for updates it's a bit slow at the moment. Payday incoming and I'm planning to spend some of that money on some delicious stuff. I did get myself a second GTX 680 though. Picked it up at a really decent price, so now I can scratch that from my "still need to get" list.

Still looking for an extra DDC pump, but I might have a guy willing to sell me one, so hopefully I'll have that sorted out in a not too distant future biggrin.gif

Till next time..
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Hey everyone! So, it's been a while since I've had an update but that doesn't mean that I've shelfed the project. I got sent home from work, seasonal work so no more work for me there, and on top of that I'm moving this Sunday. It's all going to be good, but at the same time that means I haven't had much time.



First of all I'd like to proudly announce that Aquatuning has decided to help me finish this project. They offered me a large discount all of their in-house products, and needless to say I'm thrilled to include them in my work. Aquatuning is a well-known brand, and to me they offer good products at fair prices. Honestly I consider them the best bang-for-bucks when it comes to radiator performance vs. price.
They're helping me with fittings, a radiator, temperature sensors and LED-lightning of various kind. Once again, thank you for the help!


Now last update included me finishing the furniture, apart from the front panel. I've had a busy week. Since I'm now unemployed, I had loads of time to work on the desk. First thing I did was to fill all the screwholes and smooth out the edges with filler. Left it to dry for a day's time and then I sanded it with a fine cornsize paper.


One of the key features I want in the desk, is that I don't want any cables to be shown. That includes power for the PSU, screen and maybe a desk lamp, but it also means I want my internet to be wireless. I ordered a 3-pin 220v wall mount which I made a hole for with the jigsaw and my drill. That means that there's only going to be one cable going inside the desk. Hopefully it'll mean a lot less cableclutter, and help ease vacuuming around the desk biggrin.gif


The day after I received a package. A long awaited package, and I jumped around like it was early Christmas. My package with goodies from Aquatuning had arrived, and it included all the watercooling stuff I needed. Yay!
An Alphacool NexXxoS UT60 360 radiator. It'll be in a loop with my current XT45, and those two paired should offer me enough cooling power for anything I could possibly imagine throwing at it.

10 x 13/10 compression fittings in black nickel, a t-piece and a ball-valve to make a drainport somewhere. Haven't decided where


A push-button so I can turn on the computer, a temperature display to mount in the front as well and 3 LED-strips in blue, white and UV


To test the display and the LEDs my old PSU came out of retirement. He's served me well, but he ran out of power last time I upgraded.


Testing the LEDs and the temperature display.



All the LEDs aren't working on the blue and white strips, but I bought them as b-stock, really cheap, and they're 240 cm. long, so even with shorting them to where the broken LEDs are, I'll still have more than enough length left for use.

Since I had gotten all the stuff I needed to finish the exterior I quickly made the front panel and primed it all.



Left it to dry for the night, and today I applied the first layer of paint. I really like the grey colour, and hopefully it'll go along really well with the hardwood plate which I'm planning to polish in a wallnut-like shade.



And last here's just a quick picture of the colour of the mesh and the furniture itself. I like it! smile.gif


Now what's still to do? Apply a second layer of paint tomorrow, sand it and consider if a third layer is needed. I'm also searching for places to buy a solid white acrylic plate, but it's either buy a full sized plate of 2500x1200 mm or buy a smaller sized, but transparent one.
I've been really lucky and have done some good deals. I've bought a second hand GPU block for my "new" GTX 680 matching the one I have mounted on my current one. Also I've bought 4 Corsair SP120 quiet edition at a really good price, they were brand new, never used, and I basically got 4 at the price of 2 so I'm happy with that.


Still working on what hardware to get. I've agreed with myself that an i5-4670k should suffice to my needs. The motherboard is still in question, but I'm leaning towards an ASRock Extreme 6/ac since it comes with a free 3.5" USB 3.0 front panel and a built-in .ac wifi netcard.

As always feel free to leave any comments, critique, questions and what you should feel like writing

-Vognen
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Looks really good man cant wait to see final product, subbed
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