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post #1 of 12
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Alright so either this summer or next summer I am planning on doing a desk build but Im not sure what color theme to do.
Here is a picture of the what I currently want the layout to look like.


There will be 2 loops. A GPU loop and then a CPU/ Mobo loop and I was thinking I could do a different color for each loop. Also the red boxes are the rads which will be hidden behind a wall and under wood. Was currently thinking maybe orange and purple but I am completely open to suggestions.
post #2 of 12
I'd seriously consider placement a lot harder. Unless you're using the ugliest possible radiators, why not show them? Get some awesome looking fans on them too. Balance out the design as much as you can. Having the GPUs on either side of the motherboard, then stacking both reservoirs on the left looks strange to me.

Advice for laying out the parts:
1. Get photos of all the parts you're using, with blocks.
2. Print them all out at life size scale.
3. Paste photos onto pieces of foam core board (paper board with styrofoam sheet inside).
4. Mark an area the size of your desktop's window opening.
5. Arrange the parts using the foam board stand ins.

This makes it really easy to move things around. Use pipe cleaners or whatever you have around that's flexible enough to stand in for tubing. Try to line things up so the tubing runs look super clean, or form a design that meets with your theme. Avoid strange extra bends that seem to serve no purpose other than routing around something that's been placed poorly (see your design by the SSDs).

Move ugly/unnecessary parts to another compartment. Like HDDs and SSDs (unless you want to display them as part of the design). Same goes for pumps. I don't personally care for the look of them. Looks cleaner with the tubing coming from a side compartment, up out of the back panel, or out of some design element (like a cover for the pumps or something).

As far as desktop builds go, it's easy to get way overboard with the lighting. Always remember that you'll be basically staring at this thing while trying to use the computer. If it's 4x brighter than your screen, it's going to be rough. Soft, indirect lighting is the best. UV reactive components should be used instead of high brightness LEDs to light individual things. UV reactive coolant is an obvious one. If you place LED strips inside for overall illumination, try to keep the strips out of direct view from anywhere at the desk, and put them on a dimmer so you can adjust them down. For the cover, consider using some smoked or half mirrored glass and/or acrylic in the mix. This will also help to drop down the lighting, and will also make the system disappear when it's powered off.

You may also consider some neat, easy to implement tricks into your desk. Consider wireless inductive charging for your cell phone. Consider inclusion of a keyfob device to kill the lighting and screen and lock your system when you walk away from it.
post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by TLHarrell View Post

I'd seriously consider placement a lot harder. Unless you're using the ugliest possible radiators, why not show them? Get some awesome looking fans on them too. Balance out the design as much as you can. Having the GPUs on either side of the motherboard, then stacking both reservoirs on the left looks strange to me.

Advice for laying out the parts:
1. Get photos of all the parts you're using, with blocks.
2. Print them all out at life size scale.
3. Paste photos onto pieces of foam core board (paper board with styrofoam sheet inside).
4. Mark an area the size of your desktop's window opening.
5. Arrange the parts using the foam board stand ins.

This makes it really easy to move things around. Use pipe cleaners or whatever you have around that's flexible enough to stand in for tubing. Try to line things up so the tubing runs look super clean, or form a design that meets with your theme. Avoid strange extra bends that seem to serve no purpose other than routing around something that's been placed poorly (see your design by the SSDs).

Move ugly/unnecessary parts to another compartment. Like HDDs and SSDs (unless you want to display them as part of the design). Same goes for pumps. I don't personally care for the look of them. Looks cleaner with the tubing coming from a side compartment, up out of the back panel, or out of some design element (like a cover for the pumps or something).

As far as desktop builds go, it's easy to get way overboard with the lighting. Always remember that you'll be basically staring at this thing while trying to use the computer. If it's 4x brighter than your screen, it's going to be rough. Soft, indirect lighting is the best. UV reactive components should be used instead of high brightness LEDs to light individual things. UV reactive coolant is an obvious one. If you place LED strips inside for overall illumination, try to keep the strips out of direct view from anywhere at the desk, and put them on a dimmer so you can adjust them down. For the cover, consider using some smoked or half mirrored glass and/or acrylic in the mix. This will also help to drop down the lighting, and will also make the system disappear when it's powered off.

You may also consider some neat, easy to implement tricks into your desk. Consider wireless inductive charging for your cell phone. Consider inclusion of a keyfob device to kill the lighting and screen and lock your system when you walk away from it.
Thanks for the tips man. I kind of get what your saying with the balancing the res's out. Do you think it would look better if I put one res on each side closest to the wall and then one video card on each side like they are now with the Mobo in the middle and pulling the PSU down to the bottom left. Doing a quick mock up of it right now since living in my dorm is kind of restrictive as to what kind of materials i have access to tongue.gif Also I personally dont like the idea of having all those rads showing but I have been thinking about having 2 fans right above the mobo that could add some bling and then wanted to do some fans on the sides as well that could be incorporated into the theme just so I dont have some kind of air flow for the parts that arent being liquid cooled. Forgot to mention this but was thinking of doing something like the Maxx Planck computer but in a desk. So each component would be on a piece of acrylic that had an led behind it and the edges of the acrylic would shine. And I was also not going to just use the black pumps, would get a pump top or something thats just the easiest thing to work with. Love the Idea of keyfob or something along those lines to put it to sleep, also would be sweet if there was an inductive charging piece of glass so I didnt need to use my nexus charging orb or get one of those mats. Really appreciate the ideas and help with planning out. Considering maybe using uv clear blue mayhems coolant with uv green or yellow. If only they had a uv clear green or yellow coolant.
post #4 of 12
One other thing I see that you may not have taken into consideration is how you'll attach any cables to the back of the motherboard, since it's shown with the I/O panel facing to the left where your GPU is. Also, you'll be using risers for the cards, but have you considered what those will look like when they're installed that way? These are definitely all things you want to look at in great detail before starting on the build.

I really like the UV blue Mayhems with some pastel white in clear tubing. I think it looks awesome. I wouldn't get too carried away with too many colors though. I would consider adding in additional details by using layers of similar colors or different finish types. Like clear and frosted acrylic, matte and gloss black paint, some DiNoc carbon fiber (go easy on it, too many people use way too much of it). Add in some small touches of a second color. Blue and orange are complementary colors. Blue with a little touch of yellow also looks awesome.
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by TLHarrell View Post

One other thing I see that you may not have taken into consideration is how you'll attach any cables to the back of the motherboard, since it's shown with the I/O panel facing to the left where your GPU is. Also, you'll be using risers for the cards, but have you considered what those will look like when they're installed that way? These are definitely all things you want to look at in great detail before starting on the build.

I really like the UV blue Mayhems with some pastel white in clear tubing. I think it looks awesome. I wouldn't get too carried away with too many colors though. I would consider adding in additional details by using layers of similar colors or different finish types. Like clear and frosted acrylic, matte and gloss black paint, some DiNoc carbon fiber (go easy on it, too many people use way too much of it). Add in some small touches of a second color. Blue and orange are complementary colors. Blue with a little touch of yellow also looks awesome.
The way I am planning it out right now the computer won't be sitting on the base of the desk since its going to be uneven and have drawers, so I plan on building an elevated level so I plan on cutting holes and routing the cables under the board. Just need to find out if the risers would be flexible enough to bend like I need. About the coolant, have you heard about mayhems chameleon thats coming out and if so do you think with one loop I had the clear/uv blue and then in the other have chameleon thats blue and white with maybe some UV blue dye added in? So in the day with the lights off one loop would be white/ blue and the other would be clear, maybe there would be a few bçlue LEDs for accenting that can be turned off when with a switch. Then when its dark and the UV lights are on it all looks blue.
post #6 of 12
how are you going to access the io of your mobo or gpu if your rads are surrounding everything?
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post #7 of 12
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how are you going to access the io of your mobo or gpu if your rads are surrounding everything?
As I said above that panel will be elevated so all the cables can be routed underneath and I will just drill a hole in the back and shove all the cables through it then run the cables as needed.
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The way I am planning it out right now the computer won't be sitting on the base of the desk since its going to be uneven and have drawers, so I plan on building an elevated level so I plan on cutting holes and routing the cables under the board. Just need to find out if the risers would be flexible enough to bend like I need.

Be sure that you don't end up with a desk that looks cool, but is so thick as to be practically useless. Mock up the added thickness in cardboard during your planning stages and sit at the thing to make sure you can handle it, and it's comfortable to you. I'd hate to see you go through all that work and end up chucking the whole thing in a dumpster the next day. Also, good way to plan visibility of components, mock up where your wires will route, etc. Cardboard is cheap. I build my own boxes all the time for custom parts to fit into. Cut with a very sharp utility blade, and score bend lines using a Phillips screwdriver to crease down through the corrugations. Leave tabs to attach together at edges. Use Super 77 spray adhesive. Shoot on a light coat on both parts, let dry, then press them together (line them up super carefully as they'll stick like mad immediately).

I still think it'd be a good idea to turn that motherboard so the rear I/O plate is on the outside wall of the "case". If you don't, you're going to have a ridiculous amount of cabling passing into your desk and it'll look crap.
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About the coolant, have you heard about mayhems chameleon thats coming out and if so do you think with one loop I had the clear/uv blue and then in the other have chameleon thats blue and white with maybe some UV blue dye added in? So in the day with the lights off one loop would be white/ blue and the other would be clear, maybe there would be a few bçlue LEDs for accenting that can be turned off when with a switch. Then when its dark and the UV lights are on it all looks blue.

Sounds cool to me. I haven't seen Chameleon yet. I'll have to check it out. There's so many options in these systems... type of tubing, how to form bends, fittings, blocks, etc.... you're going to have something totally unique.
post #9 of 12
+1 for moving the mobo. Having these huge holes for wires to come through will diminish the look of the desk considering your looking at 1+ inch for just the dvi
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+1 for moving the mobo. Having these huge holes for wires to come through will diminish the look of the desk considering your looking at 1+ inch for just the dvi
DVI O.o Why wouldnt I use DP? Thinking the largest holes will probably be for the PCI-e Power and 24-pin but Im still not to worried as long as they look pretty full shouldnt be too bad.
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