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Hi all,

This was my first build, which I put together after moving house a bit over a year ago & deciding that I was sick of the small, unstable, Ikea style desks that I had been using to this point. I was also interested in trying out watercooling, as the 980tis I was running in SLI were way too loud for my liking once the fans ramped up.

So I put this together over a few weekends. The goals being- Plenty of room, quiet, cool running & cool to look at.


Specs:
Built into the desk.
ASRock Extreme 7+ Motherboard
6700K, currently overclocked to 4.7GHz
16GB Hyper X Savage @ 2666
2x Gigabyte G1 Gaming 980Tis
EVGA P2 1200W PSU
Samsung 960 256GB NVMe
Samsung 850 1TB SSD
EKWB on the CPU & GPUs
EK X-Res 140 DDC res/pump combo
EK 540 Radiator with EK 180mm fans
ASUS PB279Q 4K 27" monitor

Media/backup rig-sits on a shelf under the left hand side of the desk. This was my old gaming setup before I got the 6700k.
BeQuiet Silent Base 800
MSI Krait Z97 Motherboard
4690K @ stock speeds
8GB RAM
BeQuiet! Pure rock CPU cooler
EVGA G2 1000W PSU
500GB Samsung 840 SSD
WD RED 2TB x 2

Making the frames for the desk ends. These were built using 70x30mm pine.


Making the cutout for the acrylic window. I screwed a board down to the top & ran around it with a router at 8mm depth. I then cut out the corners with a 140mm holesaw & ran a jigsaw from corner to corner to drop the section out. This gave me a nice step for the acrylic to sit on.



Painting the desk ends.


Test fit in the room. I ended up switching the ends around so the radiator exhausts onto my feet- free foot warmer in winter smile.gif


Joined the 2 pieces together, sanded & oiled up the desk top. The wood is laminated acacia. It looks great with minimal work.


Making the radiator cover. I used a perforated sheet & drilled out the holes slightly larger in a pattern. I have LEDs behind it, but can't seem to really capture how it looks on a camera.





The motherboard is mounted to another piece of wood. I used normal standoffs & glued them in place. There is a large cutout under the CPU & a 140mm Noctua fan to give a heap of airflow to the board. I'm not sure how much of a difference it makes, but I love running cool, so any advantage I can get I'll take it.


My cable management wasn't fantastic, I really need a custom one to neaten it up. Cables really dictated the positioning of a lot of the components. My original plan was to have the PSU mounted below & out of sight, but I just didn't have the length I needed & rushed the build a bit. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. But you learn from mistakes like this & they help improve your next builds.


Some shots from tonight showing the lights.







I'm still very happy with this build. It runs silent & super cool- temps on the GPUs have never been over 50c since they went on water. Even running overnight folding, all CPU cores & both GPUs maxed, it sits in the low 40s. It overclocks like a champ. I had it at 4.9GHz for benchmarking, but dropped it back to 4.6-4.7 for daily use. I learned a lot from it & am using the knowledge gained on a new Ryzen rig here: http://www.overclock.net/t/1627055/build-log-ryzen-vega-build-thermaltake-tower-900
Edited by Mora - 4/16/17 at 5:46am
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Corsair Strafe RGB Silent MX EVGA P2 1200W Razer Nage Chroma 
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