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I'm in the final stages of planning for a custom desk build, taking as the theme a Victorian style campaign desk, built from scratch in Cherry or Walnut.

Example:


The goal is to have a desk that is not obviously a computer (so no visible fan openings at the sides and front) yet provides upgradable options going forward while being silent.

Current PC (i7-920/X58 era) is used for gaming (BF4 etc) plus rendering and design, existing air cooled system is very noisy under load and mildly irritating when idle.

The sketchup views are below:

Hinged top and front so that when closed you can't tell there is a PC inside (other than the monitor and keyboard obv):


Two 360 rads allow for low fan speed and (near) silent running


Air ducted into the case with furnace air filters to eliminate most dust.



From a parts perspective, looking at:
MB: MSI Gaming Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM EDITION
CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 1070 DirectX 12 GTX 1070 SEA HAWK EK Factory Watercooled
Rads: Hardware Labs Black Ice SR2 360mm
Intake Fans - NF-A14 PWM
Rad fans: NF-F12 PWM
Rear and HD fans: NF-P12 PWM
CPU Block: EK-FB MSI Z170A XPOWER TE Monoblock
Res: Monsoon MMRS 300mm
Pump: Aquacomputer D5 Pump & USB
Tubing: Monsoon PETG Hardline Tube 1/2 x 5/8
Fittings: Monsoon Chain Gun Fittings 1/2 x 5/8
Sleeving: Teleios - see colour question below
PSU: EVGA Supernova T2 1000
Misc: Aquero 6 and flowmeter, 3 fan splitters, 2 USB hubs, 4 3.5HDs, 2 SSDs.


As the internals aren't really on show as they are within the desk itself, I'm not doing any lights or LEDs.

So, questions:

1. Anyone see issues with the design? Airflow is still a concern to me, but I think having enough incoming clean air from the ducts and the exhausts should deal with that. Appreciate any feedback though.

2. Colour thoughts? I've gone back and forth on colour scheme for the build (initially gray, white, black to go with the MB) so open to suggestions - my nieces wanted more colour - a nice lavender preferably....Playing with the sample pack of Teleios, I can see a number of combinations of blue and gray that would work - and going to clear tubing with a dye would open up options Rather than solid white/black tubing.

All Feedback welcome.

Thanks

Recumbent

EDIT: Link to large (22MB) zip of the sketchup file. I ended up playing with it since the pics above were done so there are some tweaks to the res design and addition of a drain.
Edited by Recumbent - 8/5/16 at 10:06am
post #2 of 19
Can yo attach the Sketchup drawing?
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post #3 of 19
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See the edit.

Thanks.
post #4 of 19
You have no storage space.
Make the desk top removable and add book shelves.

It would be easier if you just made the rads push / pull.

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post #5 of 19
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From a room perspective, adding the book shelves wouldn't work, and I don't need any storage there.

On the push/pull side, having the air flow relatively straight from front to back seemed more logical (and the spacing will be in place for push/pull on the rads (not sure yet whether I will go with it initially.
post #6 of 19
You dont need a 1000 watt PSU for that build its massive overkill
A better suited PSU for that kind of build is the 600 watt Corsair SFX PSU.
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post #7 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Recumbent View Post

On the push/pull side, having the air flow relatively straight from front to back seemed more logical
Rads don't know where the air is coming from or going to. All that matters is how much is flowing through them. So, pretty much any fan location that gets the air through the rads would be fine. I just thought a push /pull setup would be easier and it would avoid the loss of cooling with the desk top open.

Nice design. Do you have the tools to make it?
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post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by billbartuska View Post

I just thought a push /pull setup would be easier and it would avoid the loss of cooling with the desk top open.
Ah, the top is shown hinged up and will be closed normally (hence why I'm not bothering with lighting).
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Nice design. Do you have the tools to make it?
Have pretty much everything, the odd tool rental for a biscuit cutter and the million clamps will take care of the rest.
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by shilka View Post

You dont need a 1000 watt PSU for that build its massive overkill
A better suited PSU for that kind of build is the 600 watt Corsair SFX PSU.

Doing the calcs for SLI (which may happen eventually), plus the other bits and pieces not listed, I come out to around 800W needed. I'm simply giving myself a bit more headroom and upgrading from a 1000W P2 in my existing build (which has to stick around) to the T2.
post #10 of 19
What 800 watts? no that number is just plain wrong and your system is nowhere near 800 watts total even with two video cards and overclocking on everything
A system with two video cards a full liquid system with pumps and fans and everthing comes out to about 600 watts max.

An 850 watt would let you save money and you would have at least 250 watts extra.
Even a 750 watt would be enough.

And the unless you are trying to save every single cent on your power bill there is really no reason to spend the extra on a T2
An 850 watt G2 is like $140 cheaper then a 1000 watts T2.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2F84BC9224&cm_re=EVGA_G2-_-17-438-018-_-Product
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817438065&cm_re=T2-_-17-438-065-_-Product
Edited by shilka - 8/7/16 at 12:51pm
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