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ExiZt3nc3 Drawer PC

So, after tearing down my 3 year old build I decided this time I wasn't going to buy a new case, and instead build a PC into the drawer space of my desk. This means removing the top 2 drawers and building a custom box for a PC. Then I plan on cutting a viewing window out of the top of the desk and having a tinted piece or acrylic. I then plan to take the 2 drawer fronts, stick them back to the front of the PC so when its all in you cant see it.

Components im going to use


  • Core i7 5820k Haswell-E - Running at 4.625Ghz
  • Asus x99 Deluxe
  • Corsair Dominator 16GB DDR4 kit (4x4GB) Quad channel - Running at 3Ghz
  • MSI GTX 980 - Running at 1575Mhz on custom bios
  • Superflower 1000w PSU
  • 100mm Alphacool res
  • XSPC 150 res with D5 bottom
  • 2 x D5 Vario MCP655 pumps
  • Watercool MA-RO360
  • Scythe Karma Rad Fans
  • Silverstone case fans
  • EK Supreme CPU block
  • EK GTX 980 CSQ waterblock and bridge
  • Monsoon Hardline pipe and free center fittings
  • custom braided cables
  • 12mm MDF
  • Glue
  • Screws
  • Time
  • Blood
  • Sweat
  • (hopefully no tears)


Cant be bothered to read the thread ? Current state pics here - updated as I progress
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)





So... Step 1, build myself an MDF box that fits in the drawer space











So it fits... now to fine tune this, some sanding is required, and I also decided after considering the weight that it could do with some extra runners for support





Wonderful... Now I have a box of wood that fits in my drawer. Woopdido. So now to actual cut some holes in it for the required components








So.. I have decided to split the box into 2 compartments. The bottom half to house the PSU, drives, cables, and the top half for the showy stuff. The top half needs some wow, so I have gone with a white and mirror blue acylic theme. Below are the pictures of that stage





So I decided to go for a UV clear motherboard tray, and wanted to make the edge glow. So to achieve this a mitred the edges, then flame polished with a blow torch. I then rigged up 5 x 3mm LEDS to light this tray from behind the motherboard.




Now its time to fit the shelf in the box, and cut out the relevant cable holes and motherboard back plates




Right now to test fit some components






So all of my previous builds have been using flexible hose, this time I wanted to go hardline. I decided on the monsoon fittings that require the glue. They are a lot of hassle, and the pipe bending was a new (and difficult) experience for me. I ended up rigging up a bending jig from left over bits of MDF to get smooth bends. This also required me doing some bending in situ, as these fittings need to be perfectly perpendicular, and that takes some doing a tell you.





So after so jiggery pokery all the bits seem to fit. So now to take it all apart again and fill the bottom half.

A 1000W PSU, 3 x 2TB in RAID5 and 3 x 128GB SSD in RAID0. Plus a fan bringing air in. The idea is for the warm air to rise to the top half and be expelled by the rear fans at the top (and PSU)



So now lets put all the stuff back, and fit the top half (bit of a nightmare getting all the cables in and dropping the shelf in without the cables falling back through)




So far so good, lets fill this thing up with some fluids, and protect my investment with as much kitchen paper as i can fit in smile.gif




So after a day of running with the paper, im scared to remove it, but here is some pics (blurry I know ill get some better ones soon)










So from the outside it looks like this. Im going to run it on the top of the desk for a week or so before putting it in its place. I will update this thread with pics of that when I do it.





So you may be wondering where the pipes are actually going. Well they go along the wall and out into my porch. In there I have mounted a secondary pump,PSU, res and radiator. I've knocked a hole in the wall to bring fresh air in and through my rad.











More to come as I do it...
Edited by ExiZ - 5/26/15 at 1:09am
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post #2 of 25
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So, after tearing down my 3 year old build I decided this time I wasn't going to buy a new case, and instead build a PC into the drawer space of my desk. This means removing the top 2 drawers and building a custom box for a PC. Then I plan on cutting a viewing window out of the top of the desk and having a tinted piece or acrylic. I then plan to take the 2 drawer fronts, stick them back to the front of the PC so when its all in you cant see it.

Components im going to use

  • Core i7 5820k Haswell-E - Running at 4.625Ghz
  • Asus x99 Deluxe
  • Corsair Dominator 16GB DDR4 kit (4x4GB) Quad channel - Running at 3Ghz
  • MSI GTX 980 - Running at 1575Mhz on custom bios
  • Superflower 1000w PSU
  • 100mm Alphacool res
  • XSPC 150 res with D5 bottom
  • 2 x D5 Vario MCP655 pumps
  • Watercool MA-RO360
  • Scythe Karma Rad Fans
  • Silverstone case fans
  • EK Supreme CPU block
  • EK GTX 980 CSQ waterblock and bridge
  • Monsoon Hardline pipe and free center fittings
  • custom braided cables
  • 12mm MDF
  • Glue
  • Screws
  • Time
  • Blood
  • Sweat
  • (hopefully no tears)


So... Step 1, build myself an MDF box that fits in the drawer space











So it fits... now to fine tune this, some sanding is required, and I also decided after considering the weight that it could do with some extra runners for support





Wonderful... Now I have a box of wood that fits in my drawer. Woopdido. So now to actual cut some holes in it for the required components








So.. I have decided to split the box into 2 compartments. The bottom half to house the PSU, drives, cables, and the top half for the showy stuff. The top half needs some wow, so I have gone with a white and mirror blue acylic theme. Below are the pictures of that stage





So I decided to go for a UV clear motherboard tray, and wanted to make the edge glow. So to achieve this a mitred the edges, then flame polished with a blow torch. I then rigged up 5 x 3mm LEDS to light this tray from behind the motherboard.




Now its time to fit the shelf in the box, and cut out the relevant cable holes and motherboard back plates




Right now to test fit some components






So all of my previous builds have been using flexible hose, this time I wanted to go hardline. I decided on the monsoon fittings that require the glue. They are a lot of hassle, and the pipe bending was a new (and difficult) experience for me. I ended up rigging up a bending jig from left over bits of MDF to get smooth bends. This also required me doing some bending in situ, as these fittings need to be perfectly perpendicular, and that takes some doing a tell you.





So after so jiggery pokery all the bits seem to fit. So now to take it all apart again and fill the bottom half.

A 1000W PSU, 3 x 2TB in RAID5 and 3 x 128GB SSD in RAID0. Plus a fan bringing air in. The idea is for the warm air to rise to the top half and be expelled by the rear fans at the top (and PSU)



So now lets put all the stuff back, and fit the top half (bit of a nightmare getting all the cables in and dropping the shelf in without the cables falling back through)




So far so good, lets fill this thing up with some fluids, and protect my investment with as much kitchen paper as i can fit in smile.gif




So after a day of running with the paper, im scared to remove it, but here is some pics (blurry I know ill get some better ones soon)










So from the outside it looks like this. Im going to run it on the top of the desk for a week or so before putting it in its place. I will update this thread with pics of that when I do it.





So you may be wondering where the pipes are actually going. Well they go along the wall and out into my porch. In there I have mounted a secondary pump,PSU, res and radiator. I've knocked a hole in the wall to bring fresh air in and through my rad.











More to come as I do it...

This is really nice!! Very cool mod!
post #3 of 25
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Thanks. Hopefully ill get a chance to start cutting the desk apart this weekend. Got the rest of the fans for the rad delivered so have to fit those as well. Then I will be able to get some better pictures with the porper camera rather than a blurry camera phone
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dood, spoiler tags please!
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dude thats one awesome build. I had the same idea in mind to do in the living room, but then reality came knocking when i told the idea to the wife biggrin.gif But compensated with here and i build my S7 desk in stead biggrin.gif
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dood, spoiler tags please!

What's a spoiler tag?
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dude thats one awesome build. I had the same idea in mind to do in the living room, but then reality came knocking when i told the idea to the wife biggrin.gif But compensated with here and i build my S7 desk in stead biggrin.gif

haha yes I had a hard time persuading my wife that this was a good idea, I just said if I dont do it Ill have to sit on the sofa and take over the TV. She soon told me to get back to my computer biggrin.gif
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haha yes I had a hard time persuading my wife that this was a good idea, I just said if I dont do it Ill have to sit on the sofa and take over the TV. She soon told me to get back to my computer biggrin.gif


ah wifes what can you do about them biggrin.gif

as long as we get our PC's built thumb.gif
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Ps

did you paint the small white and blue fans your self?
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post #10 of 25
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ah wifes what can you do about them biggrin.gif

as long as we get our PC's built thumb.gif


Yep, no doubt. I find that little gifts go along way with buying me some quality time with my PC. I wonder if she has noticed that these gifts seem to coincide after I've picked up a new hardware upgrade.
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