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post #1 of 8
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Hi everyone.
I discovered this site when I was doing some research about PC desk, as I wanted to do one. I am currently still in the design phase, and won't build it before some time (student budget FTW).
But as I have time, I thought why not take advantage of the experience some of you have to answer some of my questions. I am also open to criticism (constructive criticism) and other ideas.


Dimensions are 1750 wide by 850 high and 800 deep. Height is according to my current desk, so I know it won't be uncomfortable. I also plan on doing the build in several phases, like first building it with my current components (air cooled) and then watercooling it later as I will have saved more money.

1- What base materials would you recommend? I plan to paint it, and would also like to be able to take some of it apart (the drawer blocks and the components block) for easier movement. I am thinking 3/4 MDF, but would like to make it lighter.

2- I would like it to look as clean as possible (not an extravagant gamery look) on the outside. The top side air intake is ok with me (might change the msi dragon for something more subtle), but the one in the drawer block are less aesthetic. Any recommendation as to how to do it?

3- When I will watercool it, the reservoirs will have to be mounted horizontally (see second pic). I thought about putting them on a plate that I could lift to allow me to fill them vertically. Has anyone done something similar? My main concert is tubing/fitting to make it work.

If I ever have more questions, I will post them, and copy the answer here if anybody else is searching similar information.

If you want more info on my concept, some renders of it with colors and stuff, feel free to ask as well.

Than you
post #2 of 8
Those will be some VERY LONG PCIe extenders, and all 3 within close proximity, I remember project here on OCN where they had alot of trouble shielding them from one another, and that was half the distance and only 2 cards.

Other than that, looks good thumb.gif
     
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Originally Posted by PedroC1999 View Post

Those will be some VERY LONG PCIe extenders, and all 3 within close proximity, I remember project here on OCN where they had alot of trouble shielding them from one another, and that was half the distance and only 2 cards.

I remember that thread as well, someone mentionned 3M PCIe extenders, with length of 250 and 500 mm that are shielded. He even made some comparison with unshielded ribbons. The four cards in the photos are more for fun that real intention, as it would be really expensive, and SLI doesn't scale very well past 2.
post #4 of 8
Do you have any need for the side of drawer fans? Are they another radiator intake? If not then I think you'll be fine without them.

MDF is what I'd recommend
     
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post #5 of 8
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The side drawer fans are here as exhaust, as there are intake fans on the other side of the block (in the leg compartment). I put them here to increase the possible radiator surface, and the air need to get somewhere.
As the component block is not really opened to the drawer block, I think air would not really get there. At this moment, it looks like this:

But if I understand waht you are saying, I could do this, and the air would exhaust at the back of the desk.

Thanks for your answers too!
post #6 of 8
Wonder, is there any way for you to incorporate something like this? Pretty easy to attach the base to a custom top http://www.ergoprise.com/uprise-height-adjustable-desk-base/

Best purchase in the office I have here is probably the standing desk. Standing 80% of the day now give or take. It does wonders for any back pain associated with years of sitting. And as the worn out phrase goes, "sitting is the new smoking".
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by overvolted View Post

Wonder, is there any way for you to incorporate something like this? Pretty easy to attach the base to a custom top http://www.ergoprise.com/uprise-height-adjustable-desk-base/

I think that it could be done, maybe even without changing the top block dimensions. Some holes in the bottom panel and it would be attached. However, the drawers would be more problematic.

And personnally, I have more back pain when standing for a long time and not moving (walking, running, etc).
post #8 of 8
I think the standing mat that you typically get with a standing desk does a good job of helping ease the back pain. I got one that is 5 foot by 5 foot or something like that so I had room to move around a bit which keeps the pain at bay as well.

It takes some getting used to though, at first your legs and back are too weak to stand there like that all day comfortably. After some months of use you get stronger and adjust to it. Tree trunk calves are also a good side effect, was the only stubborn muscle group I've had to deal with at the gym. Not anymore thankfully lol
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