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Thanks for the positive feedback guys.

The tests ran all night last night and everything looked great this morning so tonight I'll begin the water cooling stuff.

Also, here's a photo of the lighting method I came up with. It's kind of a hack job, but it works. I think I'd probably just do acrylic sheets instead if I were to do anything like this again. I basically stuffed LED lighting strips into translucent white tubing. There's still enough gap under the motherboard for a little airflow.

Also Morencyam, don't feel bad about your desk. The photos hide most of the mistakes. Just be creative with your camera angles and yours can look better than it is also. wink.gif

Very cool idea. As long as it works and won't ever be seen, who cares how it looks.

And it's not that I feel bad about my desk at all. I'm very happy with it so far. It's just yours looks real nice. But mine is also still in the building stages. Once I get all the holes and cutouts done and a second coat of paint, it'll look much nicer. I"m going to look over it once more tonight and hopefully put the final coat of paint on. Then I need to make the top desk surface.

Also, not sure if I mentioned it before, but check out the Scratch Build Club link in my sig. This would fit in perfect and be well received there thumb.gif
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This is a lot of work to be lazy lol.
I like the idea. It reminds me of JP's computer from Grandma's Boy.


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Sub'd for the first MOTM winner in 2014 wink.gif
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Thanks for the positive feedback guys.

The tests ran all night last night and everything looked great this morning so tonight I'll begin the water cooling stuff.

Also, here's a photo of the lighting method I came up with. It's kind of a hack job, but it works. I think I'd probably just do acrylic sheets instead if I were to do anything like this again. I basically stuffed LED lighting strips into translucent white tubing. There's still enough gap under the motherboard for a little airflow.
I like it. The method of putting the light strips into tubes seems like it works just fine thumb.gif
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Also Morencyam, don't feel bad about your desk. The photos hide most of the mistakes. Just be creative with your camera angles and yours can look better than it is also. wink.gif

Amen to that! I always tell people who comment on my woodworking "I bet it looks even better in person" with the response "Not usually, I just have selective photography" biggrin.gif
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Why would you put the LED strips (basically a tube) inside (another) tube? Does it help spread the light, does it help straighten the LEDs into a more linear shape, or some other reason?

Oh and if I haven't mentioned yet - although it bears mentioning again - NICE! smile.gif
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Why would you put the LED strips (basically a tube) inside (another) tube? Does it help spread the light, does it help straighten the LEDs into a more linear shape, or some other reason?

Mainly for two reasons. One to diffuse the light a little and take away some of the extreme brightness of the LED. I wanted as much as possible for all the lighting to be indirect. Second, with the flat LED strips in the tubes, the tubes can be rotated to direct the light horizontally or whatever angle I wanted. Without the tubes I had two choices, mount them to the bottom of my component facing down or to the case facing up. Neither produced the glow I was after.
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Oh and if I haven't mentioned yet - although it bears mentioning again - NICE! smile.gif

Thanks. smile.gif
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Mainly for two reasons. One to diffuse the light a little and take away some of the extreme brightness of the LED. I wanted as much as possible for all the lighting to be indirect. Second, with the flat LED strips in the tubes, the tubes can be rotated to direct the light horizontally or whatever angle I wanted. Without the tubes I had two choices, mount them to the bottom of my component facing down or to the case facing up. Neither produced the glow I was after.
Ah, indirect light, my favorite kind. happysmiley.gif Are the tubes held in place, and the leds inside the tubes? Just wondering if you stub your toes on the case whether and how the LEDs stay at their ideal angle smile.gif

I myself would probably figure it could never go wrong, 3months on finally accidentally hit the case, curse the 7 seas. Then spend 10 hours finding a good-enough but never-quite-right angle, glue all components to oblivion only to find the LEDs melt the glue biggrin.gif
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Are the tubes held in place, and the leds inside the tubes? Just wondering if you stub your toes on the case whether and how the LEDs stay at their ideal angle smile.gif

The LEDs are 3528 LED strips. I had to bend the backing to fit them into the tubes. They won't shift on their own as it took a good deal of force to get them in the tubes in the first place.

There are two screws behind each tube and the tubes are twist tied to the screws. Then to make sure I don't have any issues with metal screws close to the bottom of the motherboard, I put a square of electrical tape on each as well.

The result of all that is that it won't be moving unless I move it. smile.gif
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Wow...now make a side-door for the pizza guy to drop the goods without you EVER GETTING OUT of it! tongue.gif
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