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post #11 of 18
Very impressed by your diy pci bracket! biggrin.gif
post #12 of 18
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Completed Pics (I wish I had a better camera)

Leftside view



Front view



Rightside view



Top view



Custom on/off switch (found it in my garage junk drawer)



Whole desk view



Still need to do a few things here in there but for the most part it is complete.
post #13 of 18
Very nice! Congrats
post #14 of 18
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Very nice! Congrats

Thanks you, I love how it came out.

I hope sometime in the future to build a custom desk from scratch but for now this will do since I did not spend a lot of money.
post #15 of 18
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Thanks you, I love how it came out.

I hope sometime in the future to build a custom desk from scratch but for now this will do since I did not spend a lot of money.
Would love to see that happen! Also you planning on getting leds to go round the pc parts?
post #16 of 18
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Would love to see that happen! Also you planning on getting leds to go round the pc parts?

I will probably do LEDs but under the components (motherboard, hard drives, and PSU). My thinking was to cut clear acrylic to the size of the components and sanding the acrylic so the LED light would spread evenly.
post #17 of 18
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I will probably do LEDs but under the components (motherboard, hard drives, and PSU). My thinking was to cut clear acrylic to the size of the components and sanding the acrylic so the LED light would spread evenly.
That would be quite awesome! It would look cooler that way IMO
post #18 of 18
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Just wanted to update I finally got my front IO installed (well just USB ports). I ordered a USB3.0 motherboard header adapter and 2 extensions from eBay last month and got them on Saturday. I know it took a long time to get delivered (China) but for only 7 bucks for all 3 items was worth the wait.



Reason why I chose that particular cable was because I could screw it to the leg of the desk and would work out great. Now to take out the power tools!!!!!!!! Just to be safe I put a plastic bag over my components in the event a flying piece of metal went into my mobo or graphics card.



Installed



And since it is really to to get to the rear USB ports I installed to extensions and routed them behind the rear leg of the desk.



I also won a Akasa Nero S CPU cooler (LGA 775 days) for only 7 bucks shipped from ebay. Reason why I bought this was because I was really disappointed on how the Coolermaster T4 mounted to socket 2011 (or any intel really). I knew I would have to do a little extra work to make the Akasa cooler to work but I got it to work. When this cooler was released socket 1366 was top dog. Both socket 1366 and 2011 have the same equal distance between all 4 mounting holes. Only difference is the way you attach it. At first I thought I would only need mounting screw (which I already had T4 screws) but boy was I wrong. The mounting bracket that attached to the cooler sat to low to the and the base of the cooler did not touch the CPU. So I had to fabricate a spacer for as well, no problem I always have some lying around in the garage I could use. Bracket made (yay!!!!), but now onto problem #3. I have to buy a longer screws to hold the cpu bracket to the cooler since the old ones no longer reach. At this point you are probably thinking attach the older one, this is becoming to much problem than it is worth. Well cant do that since I gave the Coolermaster T4 to my nephew for his build becuase I thought the new cooler would be an easy switch. Well so close know lets finish the job and go to home depot for the 10th time. Well turns out this particular home depot does not have any T3 threaded screws, time to go to Ace Hardware. I finally got it installed and success, for only 7 bucks and a dollar or so of screws I got it to work. Below you can see my custom job.



Here is a finished shot of the desk and new front IO. I also bought a new Chinese 10 keyless mechanical keyboard and must say I enjoy it a lot.



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