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post #1 of 81 (permalink) Old 12-17-2013, 01:39 PM - Thread Starter
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The Lay-Z-Gamer...

For the past two years I've gamed from my Lay-Z-Boy recliner. My old computer wasn't up to the task of playing the latest games and more specifically Star Citizen, so it was time to upgrade. I started thinking $1500. Then I decided I could figure out a way to make three monitors work with my recliner and the system went up to $2500. Then I discovered the awesomeness that is watercooling and scratch cases and now the estimate is about $4000. Lucky for me, my wife has been supportive throughout the expansion of my plans.


Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($279.99)
MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($139.99)
G.Skill Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($119.99)
Sandisk Extreme II 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($149.99)
2 x Gigabyte Radeon R9 290X 4GB Video Card ($599.99 each)
EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($122.99)
3 x Asus VN248H 23.8" Monitor ($119.99 each)


2 x EK-FC R9-290X VGA Block- Nickel ($115.95 each)
EK-Supremacy Clean CSQ - Nickel + Plexi ($72.95)
EK-D5 Vario X-TOP - Plexi (Incl. Pump) ($116.95)
2 x Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper 480mm ($95.99 each)
Bitspower Water Tank Z-Multi 150 - Full Clear Acrylic ($34.95)

Tubes/Fittings and Coolant

4 x 36" Sidewinder Rigid Clear Acrylic Tube ($29.99)
14 x Bitspower BP-WTP-C47 G1/4" Silver Shining Multi-Link Adapter ($76.65)
Bitspower G1/4" Silver Shining Dual Rotary Angle IG1/4" Extender ($15.95)
Phobya valve with 2 x G1/4" IG-connection (for hidden drain) ($12.95)
Alphacool 13mm (1/2") Barbed Fitting G1/4 with O-Ring "FatBoy" - Chrome (for hidden drain) ($2.99)
Alphacool HF L-Connector 90° - G1/4 Revolvable - 2x Outer Threads - Deep Black (for hidden drain) ($5.99)
Mayhems X1 UV Red Concentrate ($17.95)
Mayhems Dye - 15ml Deep Red ($8.95)

Fans & Lighting

12 x Cooler Master JetFlo 120 Red LED Fan ($16.99 each)
Swiftech 8-Way PWM Splitter Box - SATA (x2) ($19.90)
ModRight Black-Out Series 4-Pin PWM Extension Cable - 24" ($3.25)

Gaming Hardware

TrackIR 5 w/ Track Clip Pro ($179.00)
4 x Thrustmaster T.16000M Joysticks ($19.99 each) (2 for modding and 2 in case I screw the first 2 up)

Monitor Mount Setup

Variety of 80/20 Inc's 40-4040-Lite Framing "stuff" (~$220.00)
4 x Flat Panel Mounts ($63.28)


The Plan

As of today (12/17/2013), I've got all of the stuff above ordered and parts have been arriving at my doorstep on a regular basis and the last of them should be here by the end of this week.

I was all set to do a Corsair Air 540 build until I discovered scratch cases and then computers built into tables. I'm now on the way to building an end table "case" that will go beside my recliner and house the computer.

This is an overhead view of the layout I'm planning for the end table "case".

The two radiator compartments will be covered to seal each side in a shroud like manner and the whole table will be covered and sealed with a glass table top. The air will flow from one end through the computer compartment and then through the second radiator. I expect the second radiator won't be as effective as the first since the air will have been warmed up already, but I think I'll have enough cooling overall with two XT45 480 radiators, even if one isn't at maximum efficiency. The 12 fans should at least keep the air moving pretty well.
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Initial Progress

My first challenge, before I even finalized and ordered the parts was to prove to myself that my three monitor solution would work out. While exploring options I came across 80/20 Inc framing materials. The company bills it's stuff as the Industrial Erector Set and that's the truth. I love this stuff. It's not inexpensive but then it's also not really that much more than commercial solutions that solve the same problem, if there are any.

I got the three monitors and tested the setup for a couple weeks and it's worked great. I had no problem swinging the center monitor away from the chair and getting in and out.

It has now been taken it apart to paint. It will all be painted black and the channels will be painted red to go with the computer's red and black theme.

To go with the monitor stand, I've also designed a two armed stand using more of the 80/20 stuff that will go behind my chair and above my head to hold the keyboard lap table. For the past two years I've used the arms of the chair for the mouse and my Logitech G13 keypad, but joysticks won't work on the arms. To fix that, I'm making a lap table that will sit on the stand behind me. I'll just pick it up and set it across the arms of the recliner when I sit down.

I'll be painting this week and starting the construction of the end table "case".

The best part of this build is that it will be a father daughter project. My daughter is a freshman at an engineering college and will be home for vacation this Friday. She's wanted to build a computer for years and she's very excited about helping with this project. I've already told her that she's assigned to the LED lighting. All the items in the main compartment will be raised and have LED backlighting. Since she's been doing Arduino based projects at school already, I elected her to figure out this part. smile.gif
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Sub'd. I totally love the idea of an end table computer.

That 80/20 stuff is pretty damn awesome.
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Just checked all the tracking numbers and it looks like my five remaining packages will all arrive tomorrow.

I'm either excited or nervous or both. I can't decide.

The first coat of paint is on all the 80/20 parts. Now I'm literally waiting for paint to dry.

Once the fans and rads arrive tomorrow, I'll be able to finalize their placement and start cutting wood. I'll be sure to grab a few pics of the process.
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A bunch of parts arrived yesterday, but the BIG box from ppcs with most of the water cooling stuff looks like it will be here today.

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Very good idea about the stands, thanks .... added it in my notes. thumb.gif

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