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I'm thinking about building a shelf for my PC.

My thoughts are to simply enclose a shelf except for two holes on the "right" and "left of the front side.

The shelf dimensions are about
4' long
1' high (negotiable)
1.5-2' (18-24") deep

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As you can see from my professional blueprint, the shelf would be above my desk and screens.

I have 3 thoughts for the shelf are as follows

  • Have an "open" bench
  • A case inside the shelf
  • An open case inside the shelf.



I would like to cover most of the front facing side (the other sides are all walls).

I was thinking I could have a house fan, or PC fans in the "intake hole", and just let the draft suck the warm air out.

If I have an open bench, the air could probably be restricted to the size of the parts laying inside (small barriers to ensure the airflow goes over the parts). If it is a PC on it's side I would / could probably put barriers so the air has to go "through" the case. If it's an "open sided" PC in the shelf I could try restrict the open space so the air is channeled or forced into the PC chassis and out the back of it.

My goal:

  • Insulate the shelf (reduce noise)
  • Reduce heat
  • Have 1-3 aftermarket cards which cannot be used in the same case as the two reference cards due to heat



My components will be

  • 2 reference cards,
  • possibly 1-3 aftermarket cards
  • A couple noctua fans
  • A house fan if necessary
  • A fractal case with 3 fans (smaller atx case)


Has anyone done this? My thoughts are that the airflow will have to be good since it's a fairly big area.
post #2 of 4
Love the paint. I designed a desk using paint. I never got around to building it though


On yours are you going to hide the cables coming from the top?
post #3 of 4
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Originally Posted by Pidoma View Post

Love the paint. I designed a desk using paint. I never got around to building it though


On yours are you going to hide the cables coming from the top?

It looks like there are some paint artists around. smile.gif

I hadn't thought too much about the cables but I guess they could come in from the bottom on the back side? Maybe I'd just stuff the cable hole with some insulation from inside to ensure the noise and air aren't "leaking".

The mod is essentially a box on stilts.
44"x22"x12"

If the airflow is coming in from the front left, and exiting the front right (viewed straight on horizontally), it's starting to seem like the airflow would have to be a wind tunnel to remove the heat of e.g. 2x reference cards and 2x custom cards.
post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 
My thought originally was to just have an open bench on the shelf. Then I started thinking about enclosing it more to reduce noise.

Here are the dimensions of the shelf space, and the intended openings for airflow.
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Looking down from above, I was debating if I would just put some strategically placed boards to create an air channel.
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