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Computer desk with integrated case

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I have been tempted for a number of years now to ditch the standard computer case and build a desk with an integrated case. Over the last couple weeks, I have had a few ideas on how to achieve this, but some of the finer details are eluding me.
My thought is a wood desk with a raised platform for three monitors. The computer would be housed in the raised platform. The top of the raised platform would be 1/4 inch plexiglass. In the center there would be three sets of 5.25” drive bays stacked three high. Air flow would come from six 140mm fans (three on each side of the drive bays). The back of the platform would be open behind the motherboard so the air blows across the motherboard and out the back. I was also planning on making the fan areas able to support 3x140mm radiators for later liquid cooling support.

My dilemma comes from what to do for the drive bays and making sure a static charge doesn’t build up inside the platform. I may be overly worried about the static problem.

- Drive Bays: Caselabs sells plates for their flexbay system that would support 3 bays and they have bay covers .
- Motherboard tray: Caselabs also sells motherboard trays, lucky me. I have a SSI-EEB board for my dual opteron system, so I was thinking it may work out well.
- I was thinking I could make a framework under the motherboard tray out of aluminum, which would include a PSU support. This would allow me to put bolt the motherboard tray and psu into the same ‘case frame’ which by my thinking, would help ground any static buildup to the psu. I would also benefit from running cables under the motherboard tray to hide them in the space created by the framework.
- Hard drive bays: Caselabs sells dual drive bays that mount into the bottom of their cases. I was thinking I could include mounting points in the framework

Why 9 bays? 1 for an optical drive, one set of three will eventually be a raid bay, room for a dual bay reservoir and some expansion for things like USB, power button, fan controller, etc.

Would I need to put grounding wires between the 5.25” bays or am I worried about nothing?

Anyone else build a desk with an incorporated case?

Should I even bother?

I will try and get a picture up tonight of the raised platform design.
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Half Wood Giant
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
SanDisk Ultra II SanDisk Ultra II WD Blue Seagate  
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Asus Blu-Ray XSPC RX360 XSPC RX360 EK G170 monoblock 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Alphacool NeXXoS GTX R9-390 m02 EK d5 Vario EK Vardar f1 Windows 10 
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Here is my thought for the desk
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Half Wood Giant
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intel I7-6700k MSI Z170A Gaming M7 MSI R9 390X G.Skill TridentZ 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
SanDisk Ultra II SanDisk Ultra II WD Blue Seagate  
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Asus Blu-Ray XSPC RX360 XSPC RX360 EK G170 monoblock 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Alphacool NeXXoS GTX R9-390 m02 EK d5 Vario EK Vardar f1 Windows 10 
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intel I7-6700k MSI Z170A Gaming M7 MSI R9 390X G.Skill TridentZ 
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SanDisk Ultra II SanDisk Ultra II WD Blue Seagate  
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Asus Blu-Ray XSPC RX360 XSPC RX360 EK G170 monoblock 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Alphacool NeXXoS GTX R9-390 m02 EK d5 Vario EK Vardar f1 Windows 10 
MonitorMonitorMonitorPower
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No need for any ground wire shenanigans i.e. everything is grounded via the PSU. thumb.gif

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I feel the same way about ditching the standard computer desk, I wanna be able to accomplish the same thing you want to do for years now but I do not have the tools and the work space. There is a build on here already that is similar to what you want to accomplish. I've had this page bookmarked for a very long time waiting for the day I can build my own to look like that. Here is the link below

http://www.overclock.net/t/1200785/project-kapros-ikea-galant-pc-desk-mod
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