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  1. Very ambitious and the build quality is amazing.
  2. That is a fantastic sculpture!
  3. DWR - The PC in a drawer I am really happy with how my project turned out. This was my very first scratch build and my first real mod. I hope you all enjoy my take on modding, even though my aesthetic is far more minimalist than most. My budget was modest, and the only sponsorship I had was from Cooler Master. A few things I should add about my design. DWR is where form and function meet. The case being in drawer, everything except the power supply can be accessed by simply pulling open the drawer! Accessing the PSU requires removing the drawer underneath - so it is still easy, even easier than unscrewing a case panel. While the drawer underneath was significantly shrunk, it was still large enough to easily accommodate my gaming headset. It is nice to keep them out of the way when they aren't needed. For the drawer above I change the base from MDF to steel. It adds a little bit more thermal protection to the build. The other three drawers are completely functional. The pictures are of my build fully set up and functional. The cables inside my case are neat, and the ones outside are hidden too. The PC sitting on the left of my desk is my one that I built for my wife, it is called the "Pink Death". My blue quaker parrot Minstrel is obsessed with sitting under my desk, which is why I built in some perches for her. She spends hours under there. Birds are crazy!
  4. Photo shoot time! And I also built a perch into my keyboard tray - for our parrot, Minstrel.
  5. Assembling the new drawer front: Gluing and clamping the acrylic layers. Next to insert the Ikea whatchamacallits, so the new drawer front will be attached the same as the old one. The holes were pre-cut, but in order to make them screw into the acrylic and now crack it, I had to melt them in. This is what happens when you heat the whatchamacallits too much. The whatchamacallits screwed in securely. The USB interface and fan controller installed. I found some nice shiny aluminum switch covers, to replace the original black ones. Finally assembly and update coming soon.
  6. Modding the fan controller Deep Cool make this great value 5" device. Only problem is it only has two usb 3.0 ports, and it has a CF-50p port, which I don't need. Checking that the device will fitr. Dis-assembly: Bracket is cut down and painted. New risers cut and installed so all the ports line up. Another test fit. Make sure it is all coming together.
  7. The new drawer front. I want to make the front of my PC drawer match the rest of the drawers in my desk. So I drew up a design and sent it off to be laser cut from acrylic. The front will be made out of 5 pieces of white acrylic glue together. I sent it off to Waited a couple days for a package to arrive in the mail. Had to pop up all of the details that were laser cut out. A big pile of acrylic. Test fitting to make sure I got my measurements right. All the pieces are ready to go. Doh! I made a mistake with my order. I only have the one button cut into the front of the panel!! It needed to go through all five pieces! So I am going to have to drill the rest by hand.
  8. Installing the CPU cooler. The all-in-one liquid cooling solution from Cooler Master the Nepton 120XL. (Thanks again to Cooler Master for providing me with one for this challenge! Water cooling has never been so simple! The parts. Don't forget to take the protective plastic off bottom of the heat sink. First step of install. Set the supporting bracket up for the desired CPU socket. Install supporting bracket to the back of your motherboard. Install risers to the front of your motherboard. All that is left to do is cover your CPU heat sink in thermal paste (included in kit), and screw the CPU cooler down. It is really that simple!
  9. Another test fitting, to make sure I have not forgotten to consider anything. Now it is time to - paint it black! Cable bay cover. Top. Bottom.
  10. The continuing fabrication of the drawer tray, that will attach to the sides and front to my existing drawer.
  11. DWR - Desk Master 2.0 Starting the build of 2.0. Got some aluminum from the local hardware store. Sawing with a hack saw. Or hacking. Making a power supply mount. Cut and folded it almost perfect with hand tools. The power supply hanging nicely underneath.