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The Plan

Projected Schedule:

Oct 24 - Finish collecting Materials and fine tune design and drafts.

Oct 31 - Finish wood and acrylic cutting

Nov 7 - Finish painting and Desk assembly

Nov 14 - Finish plumbing of loop

Nov 21 - Finish Installation of components

Nov 27 - Finish fine tuning and completion (lighting and such).


The Goal:

Assemble a desk with components housed in a cabinet on one side and radiators on the opposite side. Built in a manner that will be completely future proof with two big 1080 radiators for 2160 mm of radiator surface for enough cooling no matter what components go into it and a components area large enough to house the largest of motherboard and GPU set ups.

extremely rough concept drawings via MS paint:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



Parts I've ordered or have so far:

2x Phobya Nova 1080 Radiators
http://www.performance-pcs.com/phobya-xtreme-nova-1080-9-x-120mm-radiator.html

2x Phobya Nova 1080 Radiator Boxes
http://www.performance-pcs.com/new-phobya-nova-1080-box.html

4x Phobya 180mm fans (Note I have 4 Silverstone 180mm fans for the other Radiator already)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/16104/fan-1008/Phobya_180mm_x_25mm_G-Silent_18_Black_Edition_PWM_Fan_-_900_RPM_79123.html?id=KEaGY9hP&mv_pc=154

Lampron Fan Controller
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8482/bus-181/Lamptron_High_Wattage_6_Channel_Rheobus_-_Black_FC-2.html?id=KEaGY9hP&mv_pc=153

Mountainmods HPTX-SR2 Motherboard Tray
http://www.mountainmods.com/modular-hptx-sr2-motherboard-tray-assembly-p-567.html



Background Information

I've just recently gotten into system building. Always been a fan of tech and just put my first loop together, so this will obviously be the most ambitious project I've tried with a PC, although I do have a lot of experience with other, larger projects (Rebuilt a Car, built a shed etc. etc.). For this particular project I've recruited my Father and my Brother-In-Law who are both much more skilled and experienced in carpentry to help with the wood and acrylic work. Between my father and I the tools I have access to are massive so there shouldn't be any issues with having to ad lib anything.

I do want to make sure anyone who reads this knows only the component installation and tubing are going to be done by me solo, and that I will have the help of a pair of skilled craftsmen helping me on the building of the desk itself.

Any questions, comments, ideas, suggestions are all very welcome. I'll be updating soon with a basic set up scheme.


Version 2.0 Updated images (more to come still)

Moved to another room, added Wall mounted Wasabi Mango 4k 42" IPS monitor:



New Components: SLI Titan-X, EVGA SLI Pro v2, Asus X99 Deluxe Motherboard, EK GPU Terminal, Samsung SM951 m.2 drive, Mayhem's 1/2" id 3/4" od tubing among others. Still needs a bit more wire management changes:




Here is where the real changes came into play. Changed the airflow direction to one rad as intake 2nd as exhaust instead of both as exhaust. Replaced the Phobya 180mm fans with 9 GT-15 fans. Replaced the old fan controller with an aquaero 6, moved the pump to this side instead of the component cabinet and built a box lined with noise dampening foam to contain the mcp35x2 pump which now has a small 80mm fan cooling the heatsink attached to the pump to help keep it cool enclosed like that. Again cable management needs to be addressed.



Added a Marantz nr1402 receiver for true 5.1 surround sound power. Tried to get it to fit inside the desk, but wasn't meant to be, so had to settle for a secondary shelf to support it. Still, cable management needed (seeing a trend of laziness on cable management by now):




All in all definitely closing in on my intended final goal. thumb.gif


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Building the Desk

Hardware, Lumber, and Acrylic cost: $500

Tools used: Nail Gun, Table Saw, Hand Grinder,
So it begins:

Early Stages Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)




Radiator cabinet: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Front view of door and fan controller



Left side showing first radiator housing



Back side showing second radiator housing, air inlet port holes, with cameo of Bob, the director of Quality Control



Inner side showing PSU bracket made from Lian Li PSU extender



Top down view showing air filter built into floor and general internals



Component cabinet: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Front view showing power and reset buttons, also a Lian Li part, Blu-ray player/burner, and front door with view port



Right hand side showing 2 120mm fan ports



Inner side showing 2nd (primary) PSU bracket, again Lian Li PSU extender.



Top view showing General motherboard tray placement (will be cut into the desk top) of a Mountain Mods SR2 Motherboard tray.




Inside view of Motherboard tray (old crappy MB and video card installed to help make sure it's mounted appropriately)



View with and without removable shelf showing 2 HDD mounts, 2 SSD mounts, and PSU placement




Both Cabinets and Desk Top: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


General Placement of reservoir which will have it's inlet filled by the radiator cabinet and outlet going to the component cabinet and a pvc pipe that will be attached below the desk to protect the tubing that will be sending the water from the component cabinet to the radiator cabinet.



Desktop which still needs motherboard tray cut into it.


Close up of reservoir attached to the desktop






The Quality Control Team: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



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Updated with crappy concept drawing and my purchases preparing for the build.

The radiators and motherboard tray have been shipped. Once I have those in and can get some precise measurements on them I will break out the graphing paper and scaled ruler and begin the drafting for precise measurements and positions. Should have that available by Saturday and the epic Home Depot run finished on Sunday. Then when I get home from work on Monday the real fun will begin.


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Update: cabinet framing completed. Sunday to bring more pictures (with measurements) and some more work.


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Question, The GPU's and CPU are going to be under water with the rads obviously being in a different locale, will a single 120mm fan be enough to keep the MB chipset and ram cooled off or should I add a 2nd 120mm fan to the component casing?


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I love the QA team!

I can tell who the stars here are so here is a member of my Quality Assurance Team inspecting our Mountain Mods motherboard tray and braided PSU cables that just came in, he begrudgingly gave it a passing grade:



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