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[Scratch] Blue-Carbon Desk PC

WELCOME TO THE BLUE-CARBON DESK PC

Contents
  1. Welcome
  2. Starting off
  3. Frame Assembly
  4. Frame test fitment
  5. Carbon Fiber ideas and Temperature baseline
  6. Side Compartment Structure and cable ideas
  7. Starting the desk Top
  8. Re-Starting the Desk : Motherboard Tray
  9. GPU Mount : Applying Carbon Fiber
  10. GPU Mount : Carbon Fiber Complete
  11. GPU Mount : Tubing part 1
  12. GPU Mount : Tubing part 2
  13. Motherboard Tray : Completing the basic Structure
  14. GPU Mount : Almost complete.
  15. Motherboard tray : Small Update.

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Welcome

So I have always loved Alienware laptops and last year I got a Alienware M14X which started me on my Alienware road :)
The idea was always to get a decent spec laptop and then get the Alienware Amp to bump it up when at my desk.

So late last year, with the release of the 15 R3's i was fortunate enough to get my hands on one.
Additionally, i have an Alienware Graphics Amp sitting empty currently waiting for VEGA.

For my display I have an Acer XR341CK at 3440x1440, it puts the 1070 under strain somewhat.
Being a free-sync screen, I would like to go for VEGA but obviously, it needs to be a good bit faster than my 1070 to justify it.

UPDATE:

Some things changed from the original plans, and I am now creating a water-cooled desktop desk but using the majority of the original design ideas, just changing it a bit to support a desktop instead of a laptop.
Given the above update, I feel a new name is in order, Intorducing

BLUE-CARBON

For the original ideas, see here [WELCOME TO THE COOL BUT QUIET LAPTOP AMPLIFYING DESK]:
Spoiler!



So the other components im building into my desk:
The stock PSU that comes with the Alienware AMP is not great, this has already been upgraded to a EVGA Supernova G3 650W. A bit overkill but with all the watercooling and fans etc, why not :)
Then to manage everything, i have a Lamptron CW611 36W. A 6 channel fan controller.
This will be wired to the fans cooling the laptop (4 fans per channel, 2 channels used), to the fans on the radiator (1 channel) and being the WC version, 1 channels for the pump leaving 2 channels i need to still decide what i want to do with them.
This will be placed in some visible build in box ontop of the desk, and will also have integrated USB ports, DVD drive and a few other things.
This is a mock-up but i think it still needs some work :



I also need to figure out how i want to place the GPU as i want it visible as well as the reservoir. I think the res horizontally, although with my monitor, it wont look odd being in a vertical position as its around the same height as my monitor.

So far i have :
8 x EK-HDC Fitting 12mm G1/4 - Elox Black
2 x EK-HD Tube 10/12mm 500mm (2 pcs)
1 x EK-RES X3 400
1 x EK-CoolStream PE 360

Still to order :
Pump : EK-XTOP Revo D5 PWM
Radiator fans : EK-Vardar F3-120
Waterblock : RX VEGA ... (I love the Alphacool blocks, otherwise EK)
GPU : AMD RX VEGA

Intertwined Desk
(13 items)
The virtualizer
(11 items)
Surfacing
(7 items)
CPU
AMD Ryzen 3600
Motherboard
Gigabyte X470 Auros Gaming 7 Wifi
GPU
AMD RX VEGA 64
RAM
2 x 8GB GSKILL Trident Z Royal 3200 CL14
Hard Drive
Samsung 960 PRO 512GB
Hard Drive
Crucial BX100 1TB
Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650W
Cooling
EK custom Watercooling
Case
My Desk
Monitor
Acer XR341ck @85hz
Keyboard
Logitech G410
Mouse
Logitech G700s
Mousepad
Roccat Taito 3mm
CPU
E5-2670 8c/16t
CPU
E5-2670 8c/16t
Motherboard
Dell PowerEdge R720
RAM
DDR3 ECC 8 x 8GB
Hard Drive
4 x Crucial MX500 256GB RAID 10
Hard Drive
1 x Crucial MX500 1TB
Hard Drive
4 x Seagate 5TB Barracuda(ST5000LM000) RAID 6 (15TB)
Power Supply
Dell PowerEdge 750W
Power Supply
Dell PowerEdge 750W
Case
Dell PowerEdge R720
Operating System
Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
CPU
i7 6850U 4c/8t
GPU
Nvidia GTX 1060
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Drive
Samsung 512GB SSD
Power Supply
105W Power Brick
Case
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15"
Monitor
Microsoft Surface 15"
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Subbed... Really curious how this is going to turn out. As a 17 r3 owner I too have issues with the 6700hq getting toasty. I have a pretty good Targus cooling mat, but it's just not enough...

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Samsung 960 EVO 1TB
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Corsair AX860 /w custom length MDPC-x cables
Cooling
Silent custom liquid cooling
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CaseLabs SMA8
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Rather late than never, but some pics added.
Not great pics but its a start haha.
Also updated text in and around the pics rolleyes.gif

officially though this project is off and going.
I plan to start building the "box" frame over the next few days and will take it from there.

Intertwined Desk
(13 items)
The virtualizer
(11 items)
Surfacing
(7 items)
CPU
AMD Ryzen 3600
Motherboard
Gigabyte X470 Auros Gaming 7 Wifi
GPU
AMD RX VEGA 64
RAM
2 x 8GB GSKILL Trident Z Royal 3200 CL14
Hard Drive
Samsung 960 PRO 512GB
Hard Drive
Crucial BX100 1TB
Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650W
Cooling
EK custom Watercooling
Case
My Desk
Monitor
Acer XR341ck @85hz
Keyboard
Logitech G410
Mouse
Logitech G700s
Mousepad
Roccat Taito 3mm
CPU
E5-2670 8c/16t
CPU
E5-2670 8c/16t
Motherboard
Dell PowerEdge R720
RAM
DDR3 ECC 8 x 8GB
Hard Drive
4 x Crucial MX500 256GB RAID 10
Hard Drive
1 x Crucial MX500 1TB
Hard Drive
4 x Seagate 5TB Barracuda(ST5000LM000) RAID 6 (15TB)
Power Supply
Dell PowerEdge 750W
Power Supply
Dell PowerEdge 750W
Case
Dell PowerEdge R720
Operating System
Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
CPU
i7 6850U 4c/8t
GPU
Nvidia GTX 1060
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Drive
Samsung 512GB SSD
Power Supply
105W Power Brick
Case
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15"
Monitor
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If this does work, i'm going to be tempted to try something similar... I'm worried though that the issue isn't totally related to airflow... rather the heatsink mounted to the CPU. Hopefully this will put my worries to rest. smile.gif

CPU
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Motherboard
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GPU
EVGA GTX 1080
RAM
16GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 3200
Hard Drive
Intel NVME 500GB
Hard Drive
Samsung Evo 500GB
Power Supply
Corsair HX750i
Cooling
EKWB Loop. PE360, PE240, D5 pump, EK Blocks
Case
Anidees Crystal XL
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If this does work, i'm going to be tempted to try something similar... I'm worried though that the issue isn't totally related to airflow... rather the heatsink mounted to the CPU. Hopefully this will put my worries to rest. smile.gif

I hear you on your thinking of the heatsinks being the issue, but on the Alienware 15 R3 the heatsinks are decently substantial, the fans however are still just SFF fans trying to push air through SFF heatsinks. loose loose.
with my setup the amount of air being pushed through the heatsinks should be considerably higher compared to the stock fans at full tilt.

Intertwined Desk
(13 items)
The virtualizer
(11 items)
Surfacing
(7 items)
CPU
AMD Ryzen 3600
Motherboard
Gigabyte X470 Auros Gaming 7 Wifi
GPU
AMD RX VEGA 64
RAM
2 x 8GB GSKILL Trident Z Royal 3200 CL14
Hard Drive
Samsung 960 PRO 512GB
Hard Drive
Crucial BX100 1TB
Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650W
Cooling
EK custom Watercooling
Case
My Desk
Monitor
Acer XR341ck @85hz
Keyboard
Logitech G410
Mouse
Logitech G700s
Mousepad
Roccat Taito 3mm
CPU
E5-2670 8c/16t
CPU
E5-2670 8c/16t
Motherboard
Dell PowerEdge R720
RAM
DDR3 ECC 8 x 8GB
Hard Drive
4 x Crucial MX500 256GB RAID 10
Hard Drive
1 x Crucial MX500 1TB
Hard Drive
4 x Seagate 5TB Barracuda(ST5000LM000) RAID 6 (15TB)
Power Supply
Dell PowerEdge 750W
Power Supply
Dell PowerEdge 750W
Case
Dell PowerEdge R720
Operating System
Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
CPU
i7 6850U 4c/8t
GPU
Nvidia GTX 1060
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Drive
Samsung 512GB SSD
Power Supply
105W Power Brick
Case
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15"
Monitor
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Most interesting point for me is how loud this airflow will be.
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Most interesting point for me is how loud this airflow will be.
Agreed. I have a fair amount of foam padding so hopefully that can reduce it all a bunch.

Intertwined Desk
(13 items)
The virtualizer
(11 items)
Surfacing
(7 items)
CPU
AMD Ryzen 3600
Motherboard
Gigabyte X470 Auros Gaming 7 Wifi
GPU
AMD RX VEGA 64
RAM
2 x 8GB GSKILL Trident Z Royal 3200 CL14
Hard Drive
Samsung 960 PRO 512GB
Hard Drive
Crucial BX100 1TB
Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650W
Cooling
EK custom Watercooling
Case
My Desk
Monitor
Acer XR341ck @85hz
Keyboard
Logitech G410
Mouse
Logitech G700s
Mousepad
Roccat Taito 3mm
CPU
E5-2670 8c/16t
CPU
E5-2670 8c/16t
Motherboard
Dell PowerEdge R720
RAM
DDR3 ECC 8 x 8GB
Hard Drive
4 x Crucial MX500 256GB RAID 10
Hard Drive
1 x Crucial MX500 1TB
Hard Drive
4 x Seagate 5TB Barracuda(ST5000LM000) RAID 6 (15TB)
Power Supply
Dell PowerEdge 750W
Power Supply
Dell PowerEdge 750W
Case
Dell PowerEdge R720
Operating System
Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
CPU
i7 6850U 4c/8t
GPU
Nvidia GTX 1060
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Drive
Samsung 512GB SSD
Power Supply
105W Power Brick
Case
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15"
Monitor
Microsoft Surface 15"
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So I have a few nice goodies to share. I still need to order a few more things, but this is what im working with :









And then i have started to look at the "control Box".
I think that's the official name I am going with for it haha.
Anyways, here is a cardboard mockup of it and i am thinking of placing the reservoir a few cm above it essentially floating. I think with enough support, the 2 pieces of Hardline tubing will be sufficient to hold it up? What do you guys think?
I could put in a Y slitter and put in 2 lines on the one the base which has 2 connectors facing the same direction? That might be the best option. Will just need to flip it around so the EK badge still faces the front.






Then, a few questions which i will elaborate on more tomorrow, but should i go with OAK or Maple for the top and feature pieces?
Then for the Control Box, should i do it in wood (easy) or in carbon fiber(hard). Im not taking carbon fiber wrap, im talking the real stuff. Hence it being quite hard. I definitely want some carbon parts but not too sure if the control box is one of those or not?
I will upload some pics of the oak and maple tomorrow when i can get some pics

Intertwined Desk
(13 items)
The virtualizer
(11 items)
Surfacing
(7 items)
CPU
AMD Ryzen 3600
Motherboard
Gigabyte X470 Auros Gaming 7 Wifi
GPU
AMD RX VEGA 64
RAM
2 x 8GB GSKILL Trident Z Royal 3200 CL14
Hard Drive
Samsung 960 PRO 512GB
Hard Drive
Crucial BX100 1TB
Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650W
Cooling
EK custom Watercooling
Case
My Desk
Monitor
Acer XR341ck @85hz
Keyboard
Logitech G410
Mouse
Logitech G700s
Mousepad
Roccat Taito 3mm
CPU
E5-2670 8c/16t
CPU
E5-2670 8c/16t
Motherboard
Dell PowerEdge R720
RAM
DDR3 ECC 8 x 8GB
Hard Drive
4 x Crucial MX500 256GB RAID 10
Hard Drive
1 x Crucial MX500 1TB
Hard Drive
4 x Seagate 5TB Barracuda(ST5000LM000) RAID 6 (15TB)
Power Supply
Dell PowerEdge 750W
Power Supply
Dell PowerEdge 750W
Case
Dell PowerEdge R720
Operating System
Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
CPU
i7 6850U 4c/8t
GPU
Nvidia GTX 1060
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Drive
Samsung 512GB SSD
Power Supply
105W Power Brick
Case
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15"
Monitor
Microsoft Surface 15"
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Ok so i had a rather productive weekend. Made some great progress and finished the frame of the desk addition except 1 piece of wood. I ran short mad.gif

So on Friday i went to get some pine, which i am using for the frame and "invisible" parts. Then while there, i had a good look at the Maple vs Oak options for the visible wood parts....
I think i have decided on maple. To me it just looks better but please feel free to add your 2c if you feel otherwise tongue.gif
The Oak is the center piece and the Maple is the bigger piece


Here is my work setup for Saturday :


All the pieces cut, now to assemble


Partially assembled


There we go all assembled, test fitting the fan shroud and legs






As with every good project, you have to have some technical difficulties on the way. The switch on ,my saw decided to stop working. I hard wired it just to finish the last cut (literally i had 1 cut left when it stopped). Now to find a place to repair the switch... mmm


So with that concluded, the frame is now complete. I will put it in place next to the original desk so you can get an idea of where its going.

Next steps is to start the fiberglass fan shrouds (no small task), fix my saw switch and cut the final piece of wood for the frame.
I also have a bunch more water related items coming in ready for collection and a few that are back-ordered.
More to come tomorrow biggrin.gif

Intertwined Desk
(13 items)
The virtualizer
(11 items)
Surfacing
(7 items)
CPU
AMD Ryzen 3600
Motherboard
Gigabyte X470 Auros Gaming 7 Wifi
GPU
AMD RX VEGA 64
RAM
2 x 8GB GSKILL Trident Z Royal 3200 CL14
Hard Drive
Samsung 960 PRO 512GB
Hard Drive
Crucial BX100 1TB
Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650W
Cooling
EK custom Watercooling
Case
My Desk
Monitor
Acer XR341ck @85hz
Keyboard
Logitech G410
Mouse
Logitech G700s
Mousepad
Roccat Taito 3mm
CPU
E5-2670 8c/16t
CPU
E5-2670 8c/16t
Motherboard
Dell PowerEdge R720
RAM
DDR3 ECC 8 x 8GB
Hard Drive
4 x Crucial MX500 256GB RAID 10
Hard Drive
1 x Crucial MX500 1TB
Hard Drive
4 x Seagate 5TB Barracuda(ST5000LM000) RAID 6 (15TB)
Power Supply
Dell PowerEdge 750W
Power Supply
Dell PowerEdge 750W
Case
Dell PowerEdge R720
Operating System
Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V
CPU
i7 6850U 4c/8t
GPU
Nvidia GTX 1060
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Drive
Samsung 512GB SSD
Power Supply
105W Power Brick
Case
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15"
Monitor
Microsoft Surface 15"
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