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Hi OCN
i'm in the 12th grade which is my last year of high school and one of the subjects i'm doing is Product Design Technology, which will require something to be designed and built from materials such as wood, so i've decided to build a Desk PC since it's something i've always wanted to do.

I enjoy building custom computers and am getting into case modding, i have done a couple case mods here and there and want to become more experienced.
Since i have to make something for school and they're providing all the materials, except the computer hardware unfortunately, i thought why not?
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The whole thing will be made from pine and MFC wood.
I won't actually be using the computer i build inside the desk, so i'm going to keep it cheap however capable of gaming to some extent.

Some sketchup designs:





Budget = $375

Hardware:

Desk parts:
Old Computer Case ($26 from eBay)
5x Atomic 80mm Fan covers ($11.60 from eBay)
5x 80mm Case Fans ($21.6 from eBay)
White Spray Paint ($3.50 from local store)
ATX Power Button (spare one left over from my Oil Submerged Build, $3 from eBay)
5m Blue LED Strip ($7.11 from eBay)

Computer parts:
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-H61M-HD2 LGA1155 Motherboard ($60 from local store)
CPU: Intel Pentium G2020 2.9Ghz ($70 from local store)
RAM: Kingston 4GB 1600Mhz DDR3 ($40 from local store)
HDD: Seagate Baracudda 500GB 7200RPM S-ATA HDD ($25 on sale at local store)
PSU: Coolermaster 500W RS 500 PCAR J3 ($34.34 from eBay)
GPU: Gigabyte HD7750 OC ($75 from eBay) Now has the GTX 560 that was in my Main PC

Total $377.15 AUD

Index:

Update 1: Prototype/Tearing down old ATX Case
Update 2: Cutting holes for rear i/o and fans
Update 3: Painting case fans
Update 4: Sanding tabletop and Joints made for box
Update 5: Preparing motherboard tray
Update 6: Attached tabletop and box together
Update 7: Sanding edges on tabletop
Update 8: More sanding and test fitted case fans/covers
Update 9: Making the legs
Update 10: Choosing paint colour
Update 11: All computer hardware acquired
Update 12: Legs are attached, ready for painting
Update 13: Began painting
Update 14: More painting
Update 15: Painting finished, LED strip fitted
Update 16: Added the hardware, fans and lights
Update 17: Cable management
Update 18: Finished!

[DONE]



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This looks so cool!!!!

 

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Some updates, finally began production on the desk itself.
The tabletop is 120cm W x 65cm L with a cutout of 50cm W x 30cm L for the window.

I have cut out the pieces to make the enclosure, where all the computer components will be held which will attach to the tabletop and the legs.
The box will have 3x 80mm fan cutouts on the front, using a giant drillbit i can get a perfect circle.

What i have at the moment:

Materials (Pine/Manufactured Wood)
Fans
Fan covers
Motherboard Tray
PSU

What i still need to get:
Acrylic or other clear plastic for window
Basic components (mobo, cpu, ram)

Here's some pics of what's been happening. Took them with my phone, so they might not be the best shots:

The box and the tabletop, edges need to the filed down so they are smooth and they will then be attached together.





Cutting a chunk out of the back piece to expose the rear i/o:




Almost a perfect fit, needs some filing too:





Cutouts for 80mm front fans:







I'll also be painting the fans too
 

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Update #4 Perfecting the tabletop/window

Window has been cut out and is being sanded to make sure each edge is even before i attach the box holding the computer parts.









Joints have also been made for the box to come together



 

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Originally Posted by LuckySe7ens View Post

pick up an am3 sempron for cheap as dirt and an old used am2+ better mobo for this rig.

I wouldn't recommend 80mm fans, but I guess it's for fun, and easier to cut...

sleeve the PSU with something cheap like furryletters clean cut or paracord, it is on display after all.
Already picked up a Gigabyte B75 board for $40 last week.
I'll most likely go with an intel celeron or pentium to keep the costs down aswell.

My initial idea was to go with 3x 120mm fans too but i've ended up with 5x 80mm fans.
Also, Furryleters looks interesting too, and im quite keen on sleeving the psu in this build, thanx for your response
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Any other thoughts and opinions appreciated
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Will post more pics soon
 

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you've got to have lighting, consider

these
Check this out on AMZN:

Hitlights Red Flexible Ribbon LED Strip Light, 300 LEDs, 5 Meters (16.4 Feet) Spool, 12VDC Input (Adapter not included)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005MSAKZK/ref=cm_sw_r_an_am_ap_am_us?ie=UTF8
Of course!
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Im still deciding on the colour but i will most likely grab an LED strip and put it around the inside of the desk
 

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For the window on the top of the desk? Thatll depend on what the school gives me and whats better for them. Im in the process of installing the motherboard tray inside the desk at this point
 

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For the window on the top of the desk? Thatll depend on what the school gives me and whats better for them. Im in the process of installing the motherboard tray inside the desk at this point
or you can give it a frosted look with some fine grit sandpaper on the inside
 
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