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WELCOME TO THE BLUE-CARBON DESK PC

Contents
  1. Welcome
  2. Starting off
  3. Frame Assembly
  4. Frame test fitment
  5. Carbon Fiber ideas and Temperature baseline
  6. Side Compartment Structure and cable ideas
  7. Starting the desk Top
  8. Re-Starting the Desk : Motherboard Tray
  9. GPU Mount : Applying Carbon Fiber
  10. GPU Mount : Carbon Fiber Complete
  11. GPU Mount : Tubing part 1
  12. GPU Mount : Tubing part 2
  13. Motherboard Tray : Completing the basic Structure
  14. GPU Mount : Almost complete.
  15. Motherboard tray : Small Update.
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Welcome

So I have always loved Alienware laptops and last year I got a Alienware M14X which started me on my Alienware road :)
The idea was always to get a decent spec laptop and then get the Alienware Amp to bump it up when at my desk.

So late last year, with the release of the 15 R3's i was fortunate enough to get my hands on one.
Additionally, i have an Alienware Graphics Amp sitting empty currently waiting for VEGA.

For my display I have an Acer XR341CK at 3440x1440, it puts the 1070 under strain somewhat.
Being a free-sync screen, I would like to go for VEGA but obviously, it needs to be a good bit faster than my 1070 to justify it.

UPDATE:

Some things changed from the original plans, and I am now creating a water-cooled desktop desk but using the majority of the original design ideas, just changing it a bit to support a desktop instead of a laptop.
Given the above update, I feel a new name is in order, Intorducing

BLUE-CARBON

For the original ideas, see here [WELCOME TO THE COOL BUT QUIET LAPTOP AMPLIFYING DESK]:
Also the Alienware 15 R3 runs quite hot, often thermal throttling which is a pity. But i have plans to resolve that :rolleyes:

So my plan, is to take my current desk, use it as a starting point and add a few extras ;)



So to start, i am going to make a cooling system to boost the airflow into and around the Alienware's fan vents.
This will be done with 8 x 140mm fans, reduced to about 2 x 120mm pipes and ends at the vents under the laptop. This should help cooling the 6700HQ that throttles under heavy loads.

So this is one of 2. Cardboard is just for the mock but i will probably use fibreglass to make the final reduction boxes. With testing though, the air pressure coming out is awesome.



So the 1 box will route to the GPU fan and the other to the CPU fan. On the Alienware 15 the CPU heatpipes go both ways, so cooling the GPU heatsink even though i will be using the AMP, will still help cool the CPU.

Then in the same enclosure will house a bunch of other things. Firstly, my UPS, my NAS and then the more custom things :D
This enclosure will attach to the left side of the desk, and a new desk top will cover both this enclosure as well as the original desk. I will leave the original desk top on, so that i can run some cable channels etc out of sight etc.

So i mentioned i have a Alienware Graphics Amp.. I am going to take out the PCB and custom mount it to my desk, with a watercooled GPU.

Now as per the title, the plan is to make it as quiet as possible. I am going to build all kinds of sound dampening into the enclosure to keep the fans, pump and pump as quiet as possible. More detail will be revealed as i start building.


So the other components im building into my desk:
The stock PSU that comes with the Alienware AMP is not great, this has already been upgraded to a EVGA Supernova G3 650W. A bit overkill but with all the watercooling and fans etc, why not :)
Then to manage everything, i have a Lamptron CW611 36W. A 6 channel fan controller.
This will be wired to the fans cooling the laptop (4 fans per channel, 2 channels used), to the fans on the radiator (1 channel) and being the WC version, 1 channels for the pump leaving 2 channels i need to still decide what i want to do with them.
This will be placed in some visible build in box ontop of the desk, and will also have integrated USB ports, DVD drive and a few other things.
This is a mock-up but i think it still needs some work :



I also need to figure out how i want to place the GPU as i want it visible as well as the reservoir. I think the res horizontally, although with my monitor, it wont look odd being in a vertical position as its around the same height as my monitor.

So far i have :
8 x EK-HDC Fitting 12mm G1/4 - Elox Black
2 x EK-HD Tube 10/12mm 500mm (2 pcs)
1 x EK-RES X3 400
1 x EK-CoolStream PE 360

Still to order :
Pump : EK-XTOP Revo D5 PWM
Radiator fans : EK-Vardar F3-120
Waterblock : RX VEGA ... (I love the Alphacool blocks, otherwise EK)
GPU : AMD RX VEGA
 

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Subbed... Really curious how this is going to turn out. As a 17 r3 owner I too have issues with the 6700hq getting toasty. I have a pretty good Targus cooling mat, but it's just not enough...
 

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Rather late than never, but some pics added.<br>
Not great pics but its a start haha.<br>
Also updated text in and around the pics <img alt="rolleyes.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif"><br><br>
officially though this project is off and going.<br>
I plan to start building the "box" frame over the next few days and will take it from there.
 

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If this does work, i'm going to be tempted to try something similar... I'm worried though that the issue isn't totally related to airflow... rather the heatsink mounted to the CPU. Hopefully this will put my worries to rest. <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>cam0385</strong> <a href="/t/1631084/scratch-silent-laptop-docking-amplifier-desk/0_50#post_26128613"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br>
If this does work, i'm going to be tempted to try something similar... I'm worried though that the issue isn't totally related to airflow... rather the heatsink mounted to the CPU. Hopefully this will put my worries to rest. <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"></div>
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I hear you on your thinking of the heatsinks being the issue, but on the Alienware 15 R3 the heatsinks are decently substantial, the fans however are still just SFF fans trying to push air through SFF heatsinks. loose loose.<br>
with my setup the amount of air being pushed through the heatsinks should be considerably higher compared to the stock fans at full tilt.
 

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Most interesting point for me is how loud this airflow will be.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mrmaler</strong> <a href="/t/1631084/scratch-silent-laptop-docking-amplifier-desk/0_50#post_26129405"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br>
Most interesting point for me is how loud this airflow will be.</div>
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Agreed. I have a fair amount of foam padding so hopefully that can reduce it all a bunch.
 

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So I have a few nice goodies to share. I still need to order a few more things, but this is what im working with :<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048100/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3048100" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048100/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048101/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3048101" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048101/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048103/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3048103" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048103/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048104/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3048104" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048104/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048105/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3048105" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048105/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048102/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3048102" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048102/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048106/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3048106" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048106/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048113/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3048113" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048113/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><br>
And then i have started to look at the "control Box".<br>
I think that's the official name I am going with for it haha.<br>
Anyways, here is a cardboard mockup of it and i am thinking of placing the reservoir a few cm above it essentially floating. I think with enough support, the 2 pieces of Hardline tubing will be sufficient to hold it up? What do you guys think?<br>
I could put in a Y slitter and put in 2 lines on the one the base which has 2 connectors facing the same direction? That might be the best option. Will just need to flip it around so the EK badge still faces the front.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048107/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3048107" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048107/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048108/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3048108" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048108/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048109/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3048109" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048109/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048110/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3048110" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3048110/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><br>
Then, a few questions which i will elaborate on more tomorrow, but should i go with OAK or Maple for the top and feature pieces?<br>
Then for the Control Box, should i do it in wood (easy) or in carbon fiber(hard). Im not taking carbon fiber wrap, im talking the real stuff. Hence it being quite hard. I definitely want some carbon parts but not too sure if the control box is one of those or not?<br>
I will upload some pics of the oak and maple tomorrow when i can get some pics
 

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Ok so i had a rather productive weekend. Made some great progress and finished the frame of the desk addition except 1 piece of wood. I ran short <img alt="mad.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/mad.gif"><br><br>
So on Friday i went to get some pine, which i am using for the frame and "invisible" parts. Then while there, i had a good look at the Maple vs Oak options for the visible wood parts....<br>
I think i have decided on maple. To me it just looks better but please feel free to add your 2c if you feel otherwise <img alt="tongue.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/tongue.gif"><br>
The Oak is the center piece and the Maple is the bigger piece<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3052408/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3052408" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3052408/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><br>
Here is my work setup for Saturday :<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3052409/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3052409" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3052409/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><br>
All the pieces cut, now to assemble<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3052410/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3052410" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3052410/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><br>
Partially assembled<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3052411/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3052411" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3052411/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><br>
There we go all assembled, test fitting the fan shroud and legs<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3052412/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3052412" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3052412/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3052414/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3052414" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3052414/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3052415/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3052415" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3052415/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><br>
As with every good project, you have to have some technical difficulties on the way. The switch on ,my saw decided to stop working. I hard wired it just to finish the last cut (literally i had 1 cut left when it stopped). Now to find a place to repair the switch... mmm<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3052413/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3052413" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3052413/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><br>
So with that concluded, the frame is now complete. I will put it in place next to the original desk so you can get an idea of where its going.<br><br>
Next steps is to start the fiberglass fan shrouds (no small task), fix my saw switch and cut the final piece of wood for the frame.<br>
I also have a bunch more water related items coming in ready for collection and a few that are back-ordered.<br>
More to come tomorrow <img alt="biggrin.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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nice wood choice! Will be a lot better to work with than MDF
 

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A bit of reorganizing but the frame is in its place <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"> It will be attached directly to the side of the original desk, hence why only 2 legs are required.<br>
As you can see, I am missing the 1 piece for the bottom part of the frame. I dont think the UPS will be able to fit, but the NAS will haha. Will have to see once the fan shrouds are in on how much space i have.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3053186/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3053186" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3053186/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3053187/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3053187" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3053187/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><br>
Next steps :<br>
I have a few places where i am getting prices for some Fiberglass and carbon fiber cloth as epoxy resin. I will hopefully start this weekend with making the fan boxes/shrouds out of fibreglass.<br>
I am thinking of doing a final coat in carbon for the look but am not 100% sure yet.<br>
I also want some carbon highlights but i dont quite know where to put them.<br>
Maybe in the Control box? Wood sides with carbon front and top?<br>
Maybe some carbon inserts in the desk top?<br><br>
Then after the fan shrouds, its to start on the desk top itself. AS you can see from the pictures, it will expand my desk space a bit as it is just a bit small at the moment.<br>
Then in the current top, i am going to router out channels for all the cables and watercooling pipes so that everything is as invisible as possible.
 

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Jus to give a bit more of an idea on the carbon fiber parts, this is my old car where i covered the interior trims in carbon fiber. Quite a mission but the end result is just awesome. Lots and lots of polishing required haha.<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3053383/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3053383" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3053383/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 373px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3053384/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3053384" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3053384/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 373px"></a><br><br>
Then in addition, before every thermal project, before temps are required. SO here they are<br>
Idle<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3053386/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3053386" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3053386/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 623px"></a><br>
YES!! thats hitting 64*C while doing absolutely NOTHING!!!!!!!!! Had outlook and firefox open in the background.<br><br>
Load ( 10 min of CS:GO with no frame rate limiter in place, but the end i was getting horrible dips down to 20fps and frequent complete hangs)<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3053387/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3053387" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3053387/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 625px"></a><br><br>
You can see the HEAVY Thermal throttling here. If i dont limit my FPS, most games are almost unplayable.<br><br>
One of the final steps will be changing the thermal past. I had already changed it but then got a new Motherboard due to some issues and this was basically pigeon poop but i want before and after test including with my desk cooling so i will only change the poop once i can do a test while desk is at 100% to see what difference that makes.
 

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So i finally got some time to put into my desk and i'm SUPER happy with my progress.<br>
Added in structure for almost everything the side will hold. PSU, UPS, NAS<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3071683/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3071683" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3071683/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 667px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3071684/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3071684" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3071684/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 667px"></a><br>
And then finally attached it to the desk.<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3071685/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3071685" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3071685/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 667px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3071686/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3071686" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3071686/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 667px"></a><br>
EKDuraClear for the win <img alt="thumb.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/thumb.gif"><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3071688/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3071688" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3071688/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br>
Here is the planned channels that i need to gouge out in the current desk top. They might be a bit deeper but I will only see that as i carve them out.<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3071687/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3071687" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3071687/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 667px"></a><br>
One for electrical and one for water.<br>
Electrical needs a Molex, 24 pin, 2 x PCI-E 8pin cables and 2 x Fan Cables<br>
Water is just one each way <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3071689/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3071689" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3071689/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br>
test Placement for the radiator. I still need to add in the structure to complete this.<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3071690/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3071690" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3071690/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 667px"></a><br><br>
Then tonight i will be gluing the new desk top. I decided to go with Pine for now as i just cannot justify a GTX1060 worth of wood right now for maple. Its a bit steep <img alt="mad.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/mad.gif"><br>
Also in the works is the shelf for the NAS and UPS. Those should be in tonight hopefully if i get a tiny bit of time <img alt="redface.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/redface.gif"><br><br>
Then after that, its starting to build the final fan shrouds and the "Control Center".<br>
I will also look at getting all the cables required to run from the PSU to the "Control Center"
 

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So a day later than i first thought, but the top is now starting to take shape.<br>
I measuerd and cut all the wood<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3072836/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3072836" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3072836/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><br>
Test fitment<br><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3072837/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3072837" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3072837/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3072838/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3072838" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3072838/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><br>
Let the Gluing begin<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3072839/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3072839" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3072839/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 667px"></a><br><br>
Sadly i didnt take any pictures of the final clamping process but all has become 1 now.<br>
I will take some pictures later and then this weekend i get to start on finishing the top and i will have some progress on the side compartment too.
 

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I'd probably LM-repaste the laptop and have 2 120mm fans blow air from underneath the laptop trough vents/holes cut in to the desk. I like to see more laptop centered projects. <img alt="thumb.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/thumb.gif">
 

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I'd probably LM-repaste the laptop and have 2 120mm fans blow air from underneath the laptop trough vents/holes cut in to the desk. I like to see more laptop centered projects. <img alt="thumb.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/thumb.gif"></div>
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It would work but wheres the fun in that <img alt="rolleyes.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif"><br><br>
So the top has had some work.<br>
The top has had its first sanding and some holes have been cut <img alt="biggrin.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br>
Also i attached the trip for the back in 1 place. I plan to do the rest except the front curve this weekend.<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3078475/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3078475" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3078475/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br>
So to explain the holes, the big one at the bottom is where my laptops going to sit. its going to be sunken in there.<br>
Then the other 2 are for the control center. I have altered it a bit in my mind, as the GPU is going to get mounted onto the control center sol i had to recess that side a bit so the GPU looked more natural there, hence the distance from the side being different with the 2 holes.<br>
Also i have played around with some RBG lights and those of my monitor/keyboard/laptop and have settled on blue as a official colour theme for the bits with colour.<br>
I will obviously have black and then the wood but things like cables, LEDs, and other feature colours, will be blue.<br><br>
Next steps :<br><ul class="bbcode_list"><li>As mentioned, i am going to attach the rest of the trim, except the front curve.</li>
<li>Cut the front curve.</li>
<li>Figure out how to bend wood for the front trim.</li>
<li>Sand the top some more.</li>
<li>Cut the shelves for the UPS and NAS.</li>
<li>Cut the cables holes for keyboard and monitor.</li>
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Then, i need to do the cabling. Does anyone know who can do custom cables that are long? CableMod only do up to 90cm (i even contacted them to see if they would do longer) but i believe i need cables that are about 120cm.<br>
The other option is to integrate connectors into the desk, so basically you will have a connection on the PSU side and a extender from the PSU to that connector. It works but is one connection more that i was wanting,
 

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<b><span style="font-size:16px;">Desk Top structure completed.</span></b><br>
So a bit late but anyways.<br>
I made a little bit of progress last weekend:<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3087938/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3087938" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3087938/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3087939/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3087939" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3087939/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3087940/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3087940" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3087940/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br>
And then i finally founds someone who can painfully do all the sleeving at a very good rate....Me <img alt="confused.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/confused.gif"><br>
Well this time ive at least gotten some better tools and all matching wire Gauges and connectors etc. Will still take a good while though.<br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3087941/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3087941" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3087941/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br>
So along with that, after much debating and looking, the official colour theme is going to be :<br><br><span style="font-size:24px;"><b><span style="color:#efc47e;">Wood</span>, Black, <span style="color:#3358ff;">Blue</span></b></span><br><br>
The other top contender was green, but the blue just looks more classy at the end of the day IMO.<br>
So blue lighting and highlights, then black for the non-wood structures (there will be some carbon fiber parts in there too) and then the wood desk top and general structure. I will paint the interior of the box black and the underside of the original desk.<br><br>
Figured id throw this pic in for fun. The temporary home of all my desk parts/components etc.<br>
All the fans, watercooling parts, connectors, brackets, RGB Lights and more <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3087942/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="3087942" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/3087942/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><br>
So i am planning to spend a good bit of time on it tomorrow.<br>
I need to trim the original desk to mount the top and ensure that fits all perfectly, then cut the parts for the control box and the shelves for the NAS and the UPS and then cut and channel out the grooves for all the cables from the side compartment to the Control center.Also i will be able to do the grooves for the Monitor and keyboard to where they need to go.<br>
Then i can start doing all the wiring <img alt="thumb.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/thumb.gif">
 

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