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I currently have a AIO water cooled rig in a custom made 60x43x20 CM drawer suspended from the bottom of my desk. (Power Drawer 2014) Now I am going with the same concept but a little smaller and more advanced. So A 51x41x10 CM drawer is what is going to be made, the biggest challenge for me is this is the first time I am going to do custom water cooling! My plan is to keep a build-log of this project I hope you all enjoy.
The plan is to build this in three steps, first collecting all the parts.
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second, building the new desk where this is mounted beneath.
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third, water cooling the whole thing in it's case
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update: I just came up with a fourth step. custom sleeving
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for this purpose I reserved some posts which I will be updating.

First impression made in Sketchup


The build will be black with red accents
 

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The first parts are in!
All the regular(non water cooling) hardware is delivered and I immediately started assembling all the parts together for testing.




The day after I went to get the wood for the desk itself.


All the watercooling parts arrived! let's build this thing!
 

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Desk build

I chose to glue/screw to 18mm plywood together which works great.
If I (80kg) sit in the middle of the 209cm long desk with 4 legs it just drops 6mm.
I did not make pictures of the plates but in the next post is the partly assembled desk.




The drawer slides are also mounted to 4x4cm blocks, the piece of paper resembles the estimates of the case layout and size.

I measured out all parts to determine the final case size (inside 38x48x9 CM) and made the 18mm MDF to size.


Fit all parts before going into paint so every edge is nice and painted.


A fan grill and a radiator mount are embedded into the wood along with holes for the reservoir mount.


While the paint is drying I started working on the cable management.


primer is on! now it is time to insert all parts again and mock up the window size.



While spray painting it with several layers of matt black I cut the hole for the window (34x39,5 CM)


Time to thurn the desk over and cover it with plastic foil for the smoothest finish possible, I also inserted a wiring hole next to the monitor mount.


Final part of my desk is the engraved acrylic glass panel, which looks awesome!
 

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System assembly

This post will contain all pictures of the parts being fitted.

first up are the water blocks









this is how it looks partially mounted.





I installed the monitor mount and wiring loom.



last part of this post is the filling and leak testing, the loop contains about 600ml of fluid.


 

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reserved for sleeving post


I made a start in cutting the original cables to length and sleeving them.
This takes a long time to do, about 15 minutes per wire so the next update will take a while.

First tested my abilities with a few short pieces of wire.


That worked great, next up is the EPS 8-pin cable


Followed by the PCI-E and molex for the pump and NZXT Grid+ v2


next is the 24-pin which I hope to finish by the end of this week.
 
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