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So I've been working on a little project (well you could call it little, but its pretty huge wink.gif)

Some background, I have a server rack in my spare room, with a Synology NAS rack mount, and a Gaming PC, with a monitor on top of it.
Now this is OK, but sitting and using a rack as my desk is rubbish so I need a solution.
Also the missus wants the rack out of there, so we can start re-using the spare room smile.gif

My friend is a carpenter, so I will be taking advantage of that in this build...

First things first, designing a desk to fit both a server and a desktop.
The server will be rebuilt and using FreeNAS, and then my gaming machine will be a nice new build.
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Current Gaming PC Hardware:
Configuration :
CPU: Intel Core i7 6700k Skylake (Delidded)
Motherboard: Asus ROG VIII Hero
GPU: 2x NVIDIA Titan X
SSD Boot: Samsung 256gb 850 Pro
SSD Gaming Drive: Samsung 1tb 850 EVO
RAM: Corsair 16GB DDR4 Dominator Platinum 3300
PSU: Corsair AX1200
Fan Controller: Lamptron CW611
Monitor: Asus ROG Swift PG278Q

Server:
CPU: Intel Core i5 4670t Haswell
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth Z87
HDD RAID: 5x WD Red 3tb
RAM: Corsair 16GB DDR3 Arctic White Vengeance
PSU: Seasonic Platinum Series 660w
UPS: APC SmartUPS 1500

Watercooling loop:
CPU Block: EK-Supremacy EVO Clean Nickel
Reservoir: 2x EK-RES X3 250 Reservoir
GPU WB: 2x EK-FC Titan X - Nickel
Pumps: EK D5 Vario Pump x2 with 2x EK-XTOP Plexi
Radiators 360: XSPC AX360 Triple Radiator
Radiators 480: XSPC AX480 Quad Radiator
Tubes: Will be making Acrylic Tubing
Fittings: Bitspower Deluxe White fittings

I will be running 3M carbon on the inside and having everything on top of it, eg Mobo.
I am also getting the mobo trays custom made out of perspex and then fitting using standoffs away from the desk.
I will be running LED's under the tray so you get a white glow from under the mobo's.
I will be using White and Blue Sleeving, as this will make a nice contrast to the black 3M Carbon.

The lid of the desk will be made out of toughened glass with a laminate top to stop scratches.
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Some 98% completed pics:
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For more completed pics please:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1482869/scratch-build-desk-build-log-project-ethos-cube-the-baby-grand/30

So 20/10/2015 I've done a whole refresh of just about everything biggrin.gif

Basically what happened was my PSU died so at first I wasn't sure what it was.
I managed to get hold of some DDR4 from Corsair, and a new PSU.

So I decided to take the time to re-do some of the pipes and include a drainage port, as the one at the top was obviously too high up.

So got a new mobo (VIII Hero Z170) new cpu (i7 6700K) and new GPU's (2x Titan X's).

So its time to go to work and re-build!
Edited by SavellM - 10/20/15 at 3:14am
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post #2 of 141
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So Desk Design:


Some working shots, double checking the measurements and design in SketchUp


Vaneering the cuts to make it look good


Making the Curve


Handles for the draws arrived


Some 3M Carbon to put on the inside of the desk where the motherboards go


Port hole for cables going into the desk


Some Corsair Dominator Platinum 16gb ram I picked up early in a good deal


Lamptron Fan controller for mounting into the front of the desk


Some Enermax fans


SD Card reader and extra USB for front of desk


Something hidden inside a sexy velvet bag


New PSU as it was found cheaply during sales


So I have decided to detail some of the building work so far:
Started out with 2 sheets of wood, and 1 solid oak posts:
Meet Chris, my Carpenter friend...


Cutting out the different sections we needed:


A Pile of wood that will become something awesome:


Got wood?


Starting to iron on the sides so it looks pwetty:


Veneering 101:


Cutting out the curve:


Biscuit joints:


Joints:


Some more:


How they slot together, just missing the leg here:


Plaining the legs:


Legs all cut and ready:


Making the curve, having to slice out so that it can bend on itself:


Curve glued together:


Curve held together for about 2 days:


Torture:


Finally free and checking the fit:


Making the draws:


Some more draws:


Veneering the edges of draws:


Curve veneered and ready to go:


So pwetty:
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Cant get enough:


Desk taken home to start being put together:


First stand before we realised we needed to change it:


Editing plans and cutting off the top:


Sad to see it go, but its for the best:


All cut up, and how it lies currently:


Hopefully will start work next week again smile.gif
Edited by SavellM - 4/24/14 at 2:03am
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post #3 of 141
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Motherboard standoffs arrived.
These will hold the perspex motherboard tray off the bottom of the desk by 15mm.



And some silicon rubber washers for most if not all my screws.
Should help dampen some sound and provide some nice cushions smile.gif


And some beautiful sleeving:






My first crimp ever!

Came out so much better than I ever thought it would.
Great tools make easy work biggrin.gif

And ofc famous drawings...


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Something else awesome just turned up smile.gif






So bit of an update...

Did some work yesterday afternoon.
Decided to take apart the radiators and spray the shells white.

So shells without the cores:


End bits sanded down:
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Sanding away:


Ends and shells all sanded down.
Looks quite nice with the silver edges biggrin.gif
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Did a coat of primer, but it was very windy so had some bubbles and some thick bits. So decided to sand it down again.


Primer sprayed in garage = no wind!


Looking better:


Liking it in white!


Started to do some more work on the desk:


All standing:


Back is on, hiding the insides away:


Looks nice with the back on:


Inside lip cut down, and from the inside with the back on:


Cutting the draws down to fit the new design:


Showing what it looks like from under the floor looking up the desk's skirt.
Guess the back really does cover it nicely, you can just start to see the insides:


Back for where the UPS will be standing upright:


Back board joining onto desk:


Draws being fitted, checking size and spacing:


Back to do another coat of primer:


After its dried for awhile:


Looks really nice in white:


Sexy!


Some Moar:


Quite like it with the grainy look, of the black still slightly coming through:


Now, I just need to let the primer fully dry, and then I will spray it Matt White.

Did a stain on a cut off piece of wood to check it matches my TV Unit at home. (I can report it is almost a perfect match)



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Oh man do I have an update for you guys.
My mobo trays are finally cut and ready smile.gif

I will get them within the next few days, but these are the pics from the creator smile.gif

Also remember that Cube will be a server and a half height machine, and Ethos will be for my gaming so slightly larger to accommodate bigger that ATX size, eg the Rampage series of boards.
And lastly its just a test fitting with a dummy board.

*Warning, there are a lot of pics*



















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I want to see how this all comes together! Great work by both of you so far.
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So update today.
What we worked on yesterday.

Finishing off the filling and sanding making sure its beautiful smile.gif















Staining started smile.gif









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Getting Draws all stained up.








This little bottle of stain goes so far!


Looking good!






Next we need to do a matt varnish to seal it in and add protection.
Then were pretty much done on the build side.
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Back to the back Rad, test fitting.



Slit is just right.



Little feet.





Testing.



Counter sinking holes.







Looks good.





Testing with the full setup.









Getting ready for the Front bay things.





Holes all cut.





Testing fittings... Really snug.





With all 3.





Temp layout of components.



Does the PSU look ok at the back there?







Thats all for now.
Its coming along.

Next I can start making the power cables, and getting fittings with the real components.
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Finished the 24pin.

Looks pretty good I think.
Even considering the double cables in one.

Also got hold of my brothers Macro Lense.
Was playing around.















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Really liking it!
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