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Project Cu - a custom PC desk

post #1 of 29
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Hi guys,

This is my first post on Overclock.net!
At the moment I'm working on a custom, watercooled desk PC. The theme will be black with copper accents like the watercooling pipes and other components.

I've already started with making the desk and buying the components. It's a slow but steady work in progress.
I thought I'd share some sketchup images of the project with you, together with some build log photo's.

Parts list:
Components
i7 6700k
EVGA gtx 1080 SC
ASROCK Z170 Extreme 7+
16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4 3200MHz
Corsair RM850i (Will make custom cables myself)
Samsung 850 EVO (I've not decided on how much storage and how many drives)

(Water)cooling
EK FC-1080
EK Supremacy EVO Copper/plexi
EK-res X3 400
Alphacool NexXos UT60 radiator
Alphacool VPP655 PWM + Eisdecke D5 plexi
Corsair SP120 fans
Nanoxia Coolforce CF1 fittings

This is the top-view of the model, as you can see not all the parts are added in the sketchup model because that would be too much work. It's just to get an idea of the model.
As I already stated, the desk will be black with copper accents.

Edited by Maarten-Pine - 5/7/17 at 8:31am
post #2 of 29
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Here are some pictures of the progress of the desk itself.

Here I'm cutting the base of the desk.


Assembling the outside of the desk



Complete base of the desk finished!


Gluing some wooden parts together for more strength. The part in the back is made so that the air coming out of the PSU won't enter the cable management space.


Cutting a hole in the back for the exhaust of the psu.



This is as far as I've come now. Cable management space is finished.




Next thing will be to buy and cut the plastic tubes for the cable management. After that I'll position all the PC parts where they need to go and drill holes where I need to.
Stay tuned!
post #3 of 29
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Some more pictures of the progress so far.
I've worked on the woodwork for the desk.

Here I've drilled holes where the plastic tubes for the cable management will go through. 


After some (a lot) of filing because I didn't have the right sized saw tool, it seems like a perfect fit!


Test fitted where the mobo and gpu will go, this seems like a good division of the space.


After the test fitting I marked off the rear I/O and cut a space where all the connectors will go through. This space will need to be adjusted in height once the standoffs are installed.


Now it's time to attach the middle board to the base. This will be glued in place aswell if everything is finished and ready to paint.


I also made some mounting points for the psu.


This is how it will become, psu (hot) air will be exhausted out the back of the desk.


Next I marked the holes for the mounting points of the mobo and drilled holes (not through the whole thickness of the base, just
for some ''screws'' that have a thread inside. 



Next, time to screw in the standoffs.


That's it for this update. I don't have a lot of time on my hands to work on this but I'll do my best to keep updating it regularly! I'm really excited about how this project will turn out!
post #4 of 29
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Hey guys, another (very small) update.
Just wanted to let you know that I've put on the waterblock on the gpu and made a video of it on my channel.

Please let me know what you think. It's my first video, I'm still learning the ropes of how it all works so please spare me. rolleyes.gif




post #5 of 29
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Finally, last week I got a full day to work on the desk. Got quite alot of sawing done, check it out below!

Wanted to start with the biggest task of the day, marking the radiator cutouts, then cutting them out with a jigsaw.

Made the marks for the cutouts with a radiator gasket.


Nice.


Cutout made, doesn't really mind that it's not perfect. Air will flow through anyways.


Fitted the radiator real quickly to make sure the holes were on the right spots. Goddamn perfect!!
I did not fit all the screws in on the photo, but i checked all of them.


3x 120mm cutout for the fans blowing out.
Oops, used the wrong baseline.


That's better!


Result after making the cutouts for the air vents! Quite satisfied with them.


Test fitting the watercooling components. Reservoir will be mounted on the vertical back wall (check next pics.)
Pump is also too high for it to be mounted on the wooden platform. Will need to make a cutout for it and mount it to the base with a slight elevation!


Marking the spot for the pump.



Fits freaking perfect!! (after 20 mins of filing though)


Also made a cutout for the double temperature display bay. Only had to secure it on one side, sits secure!


This may be a bit weird to imagine, but this is the bulk connector in the hole I made for it. It goes through the base of the desk. This will be the exit for the drain port.


Called it a day after quite alot of hours. This is the end result:
- reservoir mounts mounted on the vertical back wall;
- cutout and mount made for the temp display bay;
- cutouts for the radiator/fans;
- made a hole for the drain port.



This week I will probably get the last components for the build, front panel with usb and cable materials!
Thanks for following this build, stay tuned for the next update!
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Looks good! Im thinking of doing something similar with a garage sale desk i just picked up for $20. It has a glass top and sides would allow me to bolt what you built right up under the top. Im still in the brain picking stages though. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

My desk
Edited by jleslie246 - 4/9/17 at 2:22pm
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post #8 of 29
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Looks good! Im thinking of doing something similar with a garage sale desk i just picked up for $20. It has a glass top and sides would allow me to bolt what you built right up under the top. Im still in the brain picking stages though. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

My desk

Thank you!
There are alot of possibilities with that desk I think. Needs alot of precise planning though! Feel free to contact me if you would like me to think with you.
I'd like to see that desk transform. smile.gif
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Subbed, seems Dutch people like to build PC desks.... Waiting for the paint job. Also, CU? as in See you? Why?
    
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Subbed, seems Dutch people like to build PC desks.... Waiting for the paint job. Also, CU? as in See you? Why?
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Originally Posted by Maarten-Pine View Post

As I already stated, the desk will be black with copper accents.

Cu = copper.

Subbed. Desk cases look so much more functional than tower cases. thumb.gif
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