Originally Posted by uberniner
I had an idea to make things supersimple but before I tell you what it is, I would like to know, what are the main targets with a pc built in desk.
I would expect:
- the ability to see components and stuff
- accessibility of the components
- - space for legs
- - no distraction for gaming or work (meaning the components are off center of the table)
- - comfort for hands (no glass where you place your hands, preferably real wood)
Feel free to make your own list and even rate the importance of each point etc.
For my preferences (and those of the gamer/tech enthusiast friends I know), there are a few things I'd change.
First, the last two bits (no distraction for gaming or work (meaning the components are off center of the table) and comfort for hands (no glass where you place your hands, preferably real wood)) aren't really that important to us. Personally I like the red harbinger approach of using extra space for a second system. I don't really mind the surface being made out of glass, or anything else for that matter. I'm not going to be touching the surface of my computer desk much (I'm either touching my keyboard and mouse, or I'm touching whatever I'm working on building/reading/writing/whatever).
I also don't think air-tightness or sound proofing is really all that important. Users can opt for very quiet fans and dust filters if they want them. However, I believe it is important to make the desk impervious to liquid penetration from the top. People spill drinks on their desks all the time.
I definitely want to see the system through the surface, and accessibility of those components is very important. Accessibility is the biggest issue with the Red Harbinger desk and one of the main reasons I haven't picked one up. Ideally I'd like to be able to service the system without having to remove everything from the top of the desk!
I'd also like the desk to be fairly large. More work space is always better, and leg space (with ample room to comfortably fit a large subwoofer as well) is also obviously an important factor.
One added feature I'd really love to see added is an easy method of attaching large radiators to the back and/or sides of the desk (the areas that are going to have legs or whatever anyway). Strapping a few oversized external radiators to the back where they are out of the way for instance would be a nice way to achieve a silent passively (aside from the pump) cooled system.
Another nice added feature would be for the front I/O panel to be in the form of a removable 5.25 bay device. It always irks me when a really nice expensive case (or even worse, an entire piece of computer-furniture) ages a few years, and the I/O panel full of firewire and USB 1.0 ports become obsolete! My HAF932 already has outdated USB 2.0 ports for instance. By making it a 5.25 bay device, it can be easily swapped out for something more modern when the time comes, or even just to suit a user's preference (double size panel with additional features, half size minimalistic panel that will fit along side a slim CD drive into a single bay and make more room for a bay reservoir, etc.)
The last thing I'd like, is some sort of modular accessory attachment system. I'd personally love the desk to have a horizontal bar across the length of the desk, suspended about 1.5 feet above the back edge, to mount speakers and monitors to. I'd also like a shelf on one side to stand a large tower computer and some drawers on the other side to stash all my software disks, small components, etc. Other people might want a stand on both sides and no drawers, or no bar along the back, or a subwoofer platform on the bottom, or even a slide out keyboard tray. Even if you don't end up providing all the more esoteric accessories yourself, by having a modular attachment system, it will be a lot easier for people like me to make something ourselves to attach, without fear of permanently screwing up the nice expensive desk.Edited by Zero4549 - 4/2/14 at 5:41pm