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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-24-2020, 06:35 AM - Thread Starter
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Another desk drawer build (kind of)

Hi everyone!

I'm thinking of installing my new PC onto my desk, sort of a slide out drawer and I would like to get some opinions on that. First a few things about me and what my goals are.

1. I like to build things, just for the challenge and I have access to CNC router, laser cutter, 3D printer etc. (lucky me)
2. I'm not building this as a showcase. I actually want it to be more or less hidden and minimalistic
3. I want to build it to be versatile and be able to swap parts in the future.

So here are my initial thoughts on how to build this.

- I will build the drawer myself. Not building it into any existing drawers
- Mobo size microATX (ne need for full size ATX and prices are almost the same. I love miniITX but the stuff is always much more expensive)
- GPU should be installed the normal way. No riser cards or cables. I'm assuming i need around 15-16cm height inside to house the GPU and a nice tower air cooler
- Silence is king
- 2x 120mm fans on the front, 1x120mm fan on the back
- Building material is mainly wood. I love wood

What do you guys think? If my idea makes sense, I will try and come up with some 3d CAD drawings to get a better feel for everything.

Thanks in advance!
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Hi welcome to the forum!

What CPU and GPU are you planning to run? The only thing I would be concerned about with a PC in a drawer is temps while trying to do a silent build. If I were doing this project, I would have the front panel be some sort of mesh with a row a fans and have the back of the drawer mesh as well. Basically, It would just be a 4U server chassis made of wood lol.

Should be a fun project though.

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Quote: Originally Posted by Fluxmaven View Post
Hi welcome to the forum!

What CPU and GPU are you planning to run? The only thing I would be concerned about with a PC in a drawer is temps while trying to do a silent build. If I were doing this project, I would have the front panel be some sort of mesh with a row a fans and have the back of the drawer mesh as well. Basically, It would just be a 4U server chassis made of wood lol.

Should be a fun project though.

Hi and thanks. I'm planning on a 3rd gen Ryzen (like everyone these days) and a good mid level GPU. Nothing too crazy. Yes, the plan for the front is to have cutouts for 2x 120mm fans and the back gets 1x 120mm fan. That should keep everything nice and cool. The PSU will be mounted next to the mainboard, sucks air from the bottom and sends it out directly on the back of the drawer. Maybe I will even put in a little divider between the components, to keep them separated
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I wonder if the fans vibration will transmit to the rest of the desk? Maybe not if they are <2000rpm fans. Consider creating a isolation mount for the fans, the simplest being rubber grommets between the front/rear face of the drawer and the fan.

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I wonder if the fans vibration will transmit to the rest of the desk? Maybe not if they are <2000rpm fans. Consider creating a isolation mount for the fans, the simplest being rubber grommets between the front/rear face of the drawer and the fan.
That is a good point. For the case fans I looked at the Artic F12 PWM. They can run very slow. An m.2 will be my only drive. I think the GPU fans will be the only fast running fans. I was thinking about a GTX 1660 Super.
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Ok, so I think I found all the parts I want for my build

- ASRock B450M-HDV R4.0
- AMD Ryzen 5 3600, 6x 3.60GHz
- Cooler Master MasterWatt 550W
- G Skill Ripjaws DDR4 16GB 3200
- Arctic Freezer 13 CO
- Samsung SSD PM981a 256GB
- Zotac Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER Twin Fan
- 3x Arctic F12 PWM

Feedback is appreciated
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