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[Build Log] Panorama's Custom Desk - V1.0

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Hi every one smile.gif

Welcome to a desk build log which will be getting updated pretty regularly. The desk I designed and built is largely complete, although my PC itself isn't quite. Although over the next week the final parts should be coming in and I hope to be fully completed within the next two weeks.

Throughout the process of designing and building my desk I've been trying to keep a log of everything that went on, inc. pictures ect, but have avoided posting the log as I went for a number of reasons. Most of these reasons revolved around being a student and as such have limited cash income. So I thought rather than posting a thread for my log and updating it at a snail pace that I'm sure would have frustrated all, I just decided to keep a log and post it as completion of the project approached. For the sake of all of us involved of course. wink.gif

So here we go biggrin.gif
Also please note that I will gradually update the log as I have time, much like a normal log would work. The log should also be completed when my project has been 100% complete.


THE IDEA

So I'm just going to give a brief run-down of why I decided to start this project.
My desk, and PC space looked like this...


Thats actually the only photo I could find of the desk and its before I even had a PC, but imagine that desk with some big fat black metal box sitting on the right. It really didn't leave me with much space to do anything. I realised that it made far more sense to have my PC integrated into a desk like I'd seen other people do, for aesthetics reasons and also space reasons, so I decided I'd start a little project and build my own biggrin.gif

Complete:
I’m finally going to call V1.0 complete. Although its far from where i want this desk to be. I thought i would leave my improvements for V2.0. I've learnt lots and that was what this project was all about!biggrin.gif










The Pieces of the Puzzle:

The PC:
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  • Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 – OWNED
  • FX 8350 - OWNED
  • Asus DCUII GTX 660 - OWNED
  • 8Gb Gskill Rip-Jaws 1866 - OWNED
  • Antec 620M - OWNED
  • all that other boring stuff like an SSD + HDD - OWNED
  • 8 x Phobya G-silent 18 700rpm - BOUGHT+SHIPPED
  • MIPS CPU block – CURRENTLY SHIPPING
  • Phobya 450 balancer - BOUGHT+SHIPPED
  • 4 x Phobya 180 fan grills – BOUGHT+SHIPPED
  • Phobya 1080 – CURRENTLY SHIPPING
  • RGB LED's + Controller – BOUGHT+SHIPPED
  • Temp sensors - BOUGHT+SHIPPED
  • Primochill Rigid Ghost fittings – BOUGHT+SHIPPED
  • Phobya DC – 400 Pump – CURRENTLY SHIPPING
  • Mayhem Pastel White – CURRENTLY SHIPPING
  • Primochill Rigid Tubing – CURRENTLY SHIPPING
  • Everything else I forget biggrin.gif

The Desk:
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  • Lian-Li Mobo tray - BOUGHT+SHIPPED
  • Bunch of laminated pine - BOUGHT
  • Some good ol' stain - BOUGHT
  • Few metal brackets for support - OWNED
  • Sheet of smoked acrylic – BOUGHT+SHIPPED
  • Sheet of glass for window - OWNED


The Early Days: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


This was the original concept that I had in my head when I went to create a desk. I was hoping to build a corner style desk in which, my PC had its spot to show off, but also left space for work to be done.

That had been my only issue with a lot of other desk builds I had seen, a good example was the now Red Harbinger. That desk just has sooooooooo much space in it that is visible, which is cool and all, but I just simply don't and probably won't have the hardware to fill a space like that to make it look awesome. Hence why I decided to try and keep the PC section towards the right of the desk.

Also note the fish-tank in the left wink.gif
The girlfriends addition to my design...

Next up I did a little bit of CAD to mock up a possible design and get an idea of what amount of materials ect I would need.


6/11/2013
- Australian Date Format wink.gif The tray arrives!
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CPU cut-out marked ready to remove


Cut out removed, will be cleaned up a bit later and painted. This will do for now biggrin.gif

12/11/2013
- First of the PC stuff arrives
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Little surprise from the Koolroom arrived...
What could it be?


4x Phobya G-Silent 18 700rpm fans


All of the stuff that came biggrin.gif
Phobya anyone?


Primochill Rigid Ghost Fittings. Acrylic here we come.


RGB LEDs ect...

13/11/2013 - That cash flow...
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Military Switch arrives. This was one of the items that I picked up all on its lonesome because I just wanted to buy something wink.gif rather than sitting waiting for cash.



Frozen CPU to Australia.... Shipping ain't nice.


Despite the box its not Children's Orange-Flavoured liquid...
A few mounting screws just to have lying around .


Bit of fun with an old camera.

23/11/2013 - THE DESK BEGINS!
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So this is an image of one of the pieces which will make up the top of the desk. I decided to make the top of the desk in two pieces as it was impractical for me to get a piece of real wood actually large enough to cut the 2.1m*1.65m that would be needed.



In progress of making a front panel for the PC side of my desk. A fan was test fitted and you can also see the lines marked below it where a radiator will be going.


Front panel for fans and radiator cut out and test installed with fans and fan grills.

26/12/2013 - It takes shape! Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The right/PC-side of my desk mock assembled with motherboard tray installed. This will be able to be fairly easily separated from the main portion of the desk to work on the pc smile.gif




A horribly grainy shot from my tablet of some of the routing of the edge. Few burn marks but should be good to sand down.

03/01/2014 - It looks like a desk!
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Test assembly of whole desk. At this stage the back corner is practically supported by nothing but a spare stick we had lying around biggrin.gif
Also the hole on the left is the dimensions of my filing cabinet.



Back fans installed.

06/01/2014 - Stain Time biggrin.gif
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First coat of stain.


Second coat.


I was originally going to buy a piece of glass cut to the size i needed but then i found a door from an old stereo cabinet lying round and decided to just cut it my self and chuck it in.



Staining the underside quickly. Can also see some of the support structures along with a few pieces of aluminium I'm using to both support and run cables through.



Making a little stand from my res/displays to go on.

09/01/2014 - Desk 80% complete!
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I'm going away for two weeks for a holiday so I decided to free up some space in the garage and chuck it into my room for a quick look.



15/03/2014 - The console coming along!
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So this is most of the console complete. It will need some touching up with stain since I managed to chip it slightly putting the temp sensors in biggrin.gif The two sensors in the middle are inline sensors and will be on opposite sides of the radiator for a DT. The two on the outside are similar but for air. One will measure ambient air temp and the other case temp

31/03/2014 - Tubing and Mounting
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So I'm almost done with most of the project for this time round smile.gif Just been tubing, of which I didn't buy enough and so have enough delay while I wait for tubing. But the next time you see the desk it should be looking neat clean and complete smile.gif
This photo is mostly just for a quick update so it doesn't seem like I’ve abandoned this thread smile.gif



Stay posted for the finished build!!

11/04/2014 - Wiring up! - NEW Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



Just jumped psu to test fans etc!

Edited by Panorama - 4/23/14 at 1:38am
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post #3 of 33
Ooh! This should be fun!
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UBERBOX (Sold)
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570k MSI Z77A GD65 Gigabyte GTX 670 OC 16 GB Crucial Ballistix Elite 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung 830 256 GB SSD WD Caviar Green 2TB Bitspower Summit EF Magicool Xtreme 540 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Heatkiller X3 680 NiBl Hole Edition XSPC D5 Dual Bay Res Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit Samsung 27A750D 
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Logitech G710+ Corsair AX850 Silverstone RV02-BW Logitech G400 
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Q9550 @ 2.843GHz (Stock) Gigabyte P45 DQ6 Sapphire HD4870X2 4 x 2 GB Corsair Dominator @ 1033 DDR2 
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500GB WD Caviar Blue LG Generic DVD R/W Stock W7 X64 
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post #4 of 33
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I hope so biggrin.gif
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Looks cool, I'm going to watch this closely for ideas for my own desk idea.
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UPDATED - 25/02/2014
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Originally Posted by Lord Brand View Post

Looks cool, I'm going to watch this closely for ideas for my own desk idea.

That looks like it would be epic man biggrin.gif
What would it be made out of?
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3/4" mdf with a gloss black lacquer finish much like a piano.
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Looks good biggrin.gif
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UPDATED - 27/02/2014
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