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post #11 of 197
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I will try and get the model's made today or tomorrow!
post #12 of 197
I was going to ask what woodworking toots and skill you had but you seem to be OK.

Post the Sketchup file too (I think you have to ZIP it to upload), that way others can modify it for making suggestions.
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post #13 of 197
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Ahh OK thanks!I'll be sure to get the zip.
I am very open to ANY ADVISE in terms of wood work because I'm definitely not a pro or anything.
The tools I'm using are very basic
Jigsaw,sander, drill,glue/nails
I will be getting my wood pre cut (just the basics) but things like holes for DVD etc will be done by me but if you have any suggestions on how I can do things please do comment smile.gif
post #14 of 197
No, you save the sketchup file that you make and the convert it to a ZIP. in order to be able to upload it. You can't upload .SKP files.




Woodworking tips? Measure twice and cut once. You can do pretty much anything with simple hand tools, More sophisticated tools and power tools just make it faster and easier to do.

If you have a power drill a Hole Saw set may be worth investing in.

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post #15 of 197
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I didn't typed what I meant to say xD I meant yeah I'll remember to zip, I have a decent tool set but I will add the hole saw set to me list of things to buy
Hope it's cheap biggrin.gif
Edited by TrYzRAID - 5/13/16 at 12:03am
post #16 of 197
Watch out as some of the adjustable hole saws are for drywall only. Perhaps something like this?
I've used something this to cut wood and thin aluminum, not for steel though.

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post #17 of 197
Someone with ambition, this is rare lol. Have at it man, so far you've got the right ideas.

The fan controller will power and dim the LEDs, I've done this before. But I wouldn't advise putting both fans and leds on a single controller head (I don't think you'd do something like that). My lights are plugged strait into my MB fan headers because I didn't see a need to dim them.

Another option is to get LEDs with dimmers built in. The strip lights are a great idea (that's what I used) and the multicolored strip leds have a remote switch/dimmer that comes with. I think Amazon has them for fairly cheap at decent lengths.

You asked about desk thickness, I assume you mean depth of the enclosure? I wouldn't make it to much deeper than the thickness of the graphics card mounted on the MB (the tallest thing on the board), most everything else can lay flat and fit inside. You don't want an overly deep box because that's a lot if extra air space you'll have to cool and move air into/out of. Keep it as shallow as you can without getting in the way of parts. Two if the builds that I've done are 8inches deep, that gave his plenty of room for working inside and placing parts without making a giant hot air box to cool.

My box is actually a bit shallower, but it works for me.

Another thing to consider is filtration. Cleaning the air before it enters your box will save on west and tear. Oddly enough computers hate dust lol. So fitting a small filter into your intake never hurts.

Side note, I did not intend to out my mouse pad over the glass top.... It just felt comfortable to rest my hand there. I move it over every time I have company and I turn the leds on and let her shine tongue.gif
post #18 of 197
Forgot to mention, glass is cheaper than acrylic most of the time. Look for a local glass cutter and price out some ¼" thick glass for the top of your desk. I have a 10x10" glass top that is ¼" thick, and there is money I'll break it short of using a hammer and a rather forceful hit. The reason I advise glass over a clear plastic is because of heat. It looks like you're going to have quite the large 'view port ' into your desk, so latteral strength is a must in this case. You'll need a piece of acrylic ½" or greater in thickness if you plan on spanning a great distance. Plus, over time the heat will warp the plastic (I've had this happen to me) Glass is easily strong enough and it's cheap. Price out the acrylic you plan on buying and see how thick of a piece of glass you can use for equal cost amount. ½" glass is heave but it's EASILY strong enough for a 24"x24" square (I've got a few ½" and ¾" thick glass pieces laying around...... They are just shy of bullet proof and require a fairly hefty punch from a sledge hammer to break).

One thing acrylic is good for though is mounting things to it. I highly advise agents mounting your board to wood. Wood can and will chip and splinter on you. Use Plexiglas or acrylic to mount your board to. You don't have to worry about what warping it because it'll be setting inside the box and not suspended over an opening. When I get home from work, I'll show how I mounted my MB to a piece of Plexiglas.
post #19 of 197
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Hey! Yeah thinking about it now I will scrap LED fans and use a remote controlled led strip as red fans are over kill in my opinion and just cause a lot of light pollution if not places correctly.
Also my main problem is that I don't have a graphics card yet, the one I want is out of my price range ATM so I want enough space to fit it in later but I will use your 8" as a reference to the thickness (I'm English BTW I'm not too good with inches, prefer cm).
Also yeah air filters are mandatory.
Thanks for the help again biggrin.gif and yeah I love diy things like building computers and this to me is a big leap forward so can't wait. Also glad to know you beauty isn't always covers up xD
post #20 of 197
I've got a GTX 660,760, and 970 that I can give physical dimensions to if you want. I know how to use a tape measure 😛. I'll give you physical dimensions of how tall the card sets above the board.
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