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I do some furniture building and am considering building a horizontal computer case that looks like the top of a desk. I'm wondering about grounding everything properly. What would I need to consider? Also, how hard would it be to remove the mobo tray and front power, reset and usb panel from my p180?

Anything else I should keep in mind before I begin?
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If it is wood you don't need to worry. Although you may want to raise slightly to get some airflow underneath.
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i like the idea. i wanted to do this a few years ago. you will need to consider air flow over the computer. do you have any drawings for the plan.

you also need to figure how high the video card sticks up and how high the heat sink and fan stick up. so you know how big the compartment needs to be.
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Hmm. I planned on using screw risers to bring mobo off the ply but why don't I need to ground? This is my first mod (albeit a major project) and I'm trying to be cautious.
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i like the idea. i wanted to do this a few years ago. you will need to consider air flow over the computer. do you have any drawings for the plan.

you also need to figure how high the video card sticks up and how high the heat sink and fan stick up. so you know how big the compartment needs to be.
No drawings yet aside from what's in my head. I have a lot of room to work with so I'm thinking inside would be at least 7-8 inch clearance up and down. I can go pretty wide and deep so I'm thinking a couple of radiator, psu's and maybe room for another mobo.
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No drawings yet aside from what's in my head. I have a lot of room to work with so I'm thinking inside would be at least 7-8 inch clearance up and down. I can go pretty wide and deep so I'm thinking a couple of radiator, psu's and maybe room for another mobo.
that sounds like fun. you may be pushing it with only 7 to 8 inches. it sounds like you want to go liquid cooling if so then all you need to do is make sure than the vid card fits in the space. i think you will still want some intake and exhaust fans though.

what are you doing with the top of the desk. are you going solid wood or a clear top? and what type of wood are you using?
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that sounds like fun. you may be pushing it with only 7 to 8 inches. it sounds like you want to go liquid cooling if so then all you need to do is make sure than the vid card fits in the space. i think you will still want some intake and exhaust fans though.

what are you doing with the top of the desk. are you going solid wood or a clear top? and what type of wood are you using?
I'm going with a solid top that will open upwars with piano hinge (trying to keep asthetically pleasing so that my wife will deal). I will be using baltic birch plywood (very strong - 13 plys) and maple hardwood. All will be dyed with waterbased dye (mohogany color) and sealed with polyurethane. I will definately make intake and exhaust holes and mount 120's to them. In take will have wire mesh and I will use furnace filter material to filter out dust.

I still have the grounding concern. I am really unfamiliar with the proper method and what I need to ground. I assume mobo and psu's but how?
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honestly i don't think you need to worry about grounding. all the grounding is built into them. that is why the power cord has that third prong which is a ground. so don't worry about it.

was my guess rite about the liquid cooling?

i think it sucks that you get to do something this cool and you have to hide it though with a solid top but you have to keep the wife happy.
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honestly i don't think you need to worry about grounding. all the grounding is built into them. that is why the power cord has that third prong which is a ground. so don't worry about it.

was my guess rite about the liquid cooling?

i think it sucks that you get to do something this cool and you have to hide it though with a solid top but you have to keep the wife happy.
Yes going liquid and if I had my way, it would all be made out of acrylic.
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I love working in wood for my computer projects and haven't had any problems yet with them. Last week at a Thrift store, I came across an old Zenith Stereo system in wood cabinet, that's now being turned into a storage unit in the bottomw, and computer entertainment system up top. Grounding shouldn't be a problem for you. Will post a work log when completed.
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