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[Scratch Build] Unity Desktop [COMPLETE]

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Hi, and welcome to my build log for project Unity.

Project Unity is my design & build of a PC within a desk.



My first build was a HTPC System. This was fine for what i wanted at the time but limited my options for upgrading the system.






The original idea was to implement a watercooling system into the HTPC using a Koolance Exos v2 system and then to modify the top of the HTPC case to enclose the whole system then having the tubing go into the back of the case onto the various components.

After a lot of looking around at other builds i decided that i want to show the whole system off as a show piece, something to admire. I decided that an EK Watercooling system was the best route and a new case to suite the system.

After much looking around for something that was unique my partner came across a coffee table implementing a PC.

I was totally amazed by the idea and started to wonder if anyone else had done any other desk or table builds Then i came across Cross by Red Harbinger, I was completely mesmerized. Instantly, i knew that there was an idea worth replicating in my own way.

After a many sleepless nights of dreaming up concepts in my mind i decided i would try my hand at having a go with SketchUp and putting my ideas on the screen. after many many hours the design was beginning to to take some shape.



I had never built anything in my life so the obvious thing was to speak to my step father who has many years joinery experience; he instantly loved the idea and said he has to be involved with project. Which was great news for me!

We threw ideas back and forth for a few weeks until we had something set in stone. and came up with a final design and measurements.




The next step was to head straight to our local B&Q to price up materials, the most feasible option was to go for Plywood it was cheap and sturdy enough to support weight.

The build begins...

Front and Back cut (the back differs from the original design)


My step father doing the Beading to support the bottom panels



Beading front and back done


Attached all sides, waiting for the glue to set


Nailing the bottom panels


yet More drying


EK Shipment finally arrived which made me very :-D

CPU Block: EK-Supreme LTX - Nickel CSQ

EK-MOSFET Max IV Gene - Acetal+EN (Nickel)

VGA Block: EK-VGA Supremacy - Acetal+Nickel

2x EK-RES X3 250

Pump: Laing DDC-1T Plus 12V DC Pump (MCP 355)

Radiator: EK-CoolStream RAD XT (360)

Coolant: EK-Ekoolant Blood RED (premix 1000mL)

Compression Fittings: EK-PSC Adapter 90° G1/4 Black Nickel & EK-PSC Fitting 10mm - G1/4 E-Nickel

Thermal Paste/Grease: Arctic Cooling MX-3 thermal compound (4g)

Tubing: TUBE Masterkleer 12,7/9,5 CLEAR


Inside panels cut and beading to support, the panels are able to lift straight out in case of any future modifications needed


Marked out the rear vents for cutting


Rear Vents cut and cut inside panel to accommodate the radiator


We once again changed the design; I wanted to be able to control the fan speed while gaming etc. so we decided to make a fan controller enclosure. and decided an Aerocool Touch 2000 should do the job nicely.

Here is the top cut, resting on top is the housing


Testing the enclosure with the fan controller unit


Cut out for the I/O panel


Lots of sanding and levelling out was needed, we discovered that a lot of wood filler was needed to fill in those rough edges


Routed out the edge for the glass to sit in. discovered that we hadn't quite made the originial edge straight enough with the jigsaw


Second attempt, success!


I started to get very excited as I could see that the desk wasn't far off completion, but a spell of bad weather had interrupted the build process.

During this time i decided to make a render of the desk




The weather once again improved (you've got to love British weather!) testing out the filler by skimming the surface, sanding then priming


Production of the bottom half started, we decided to make the legs detach from the main desk which is bolted together


Side panels being drilled out, the holes will have Perspex behind them with red LED's fixed around the inside of the legs with another piece of board on the inside


Figuring out where to attach the MB Tray and allow enough room for cabling to run underneath




Testing the anti vandal Switches fit properly. as you can see from the edge, some cuts were not so great. Filler to the rescue though :D


All starting to come together nicely


Legs and top skimmed, sanded and primed




Painting started :D


Finished second coat of paint inside, on top and on legs now to sand down and apply the final coat




Cutting glass to size and rounding off the edges, you can see that we have started to also fine sand the paint



Final coats getting applied. I was so excited that the build was coming to a close that I forgot to take more pictures. we applied a further two coats and then after a six hour dry time we applied 6, yes 6 coats of matte varnish with a final fine sanding after the third coat.


Now the fun part of fitting all components.

You will notice in this picture that we didn't apply any paint to the underside of the top (out of sight out of mind) and you can see the full effect of the matte varnish on the left compared to the right



At this point our backs were starting to hurt form all the leaning over to fit all the components, but the loop was now filled!







Specifications are:

(Nothing Spectacular)

- G-Skill 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600Mhz RipjawsX Memory Kit CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V

- Asus GTX 760Ti DirectCU II

- Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Socket 1155 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

- Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z Gen 3 Z68 Socket 1155 HDMI SupremeFX X-Fi 2 8 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard

- Kingston 120GB V+200 SSD - 2.5" SATA-III

- monitor: Acer Nvidia 3D 27 " HN274h

- Bose Multimedia Speakers 2.1

All cable extensions from BitFenix

Water Cooling Specifications:

- CPU Block: EK-Supreme LTX - Nickel CSQ

- EK-MOSFET Max IV Gene - Acetal+EN (Nickel)

- VGA Block: EK-VGA Supremacy - Acetal+Nickel

- 2x EK-RES X3 250

- Pump: Laing DDC-1T Plus 12V DC Pump (MCP 355)

- Radiator: EK-CoolStream RAD XT (360)

- Coolant: EK-Ekoolant Blood RED (premix 1000mL)

- Compression Fittings: EK-PSC Adapter 90° G1/4 Black Nickel & EK-PSC Fitting 10mm - G1/4 E-Nickel

- Thermal Paste/Grease: Arctic Cooling MX-3 thermal compound (4g)

- Tubing: TUBE Masterkleer 12,7/9,5 CLEAR

Running Temperatures:

- Idle air temp inside desk 23 - 26c

- processor 20-21c

- GPU temperature at 23 - 25c.

- mosfet temperature at 21 - 24c

- under heavy load inside desk air temperature is 25 - 30c

- Processor no higher than 46c (clocked in at 5.1Ghz)

- GPU no higher than 48c

- Mosfet no higher than 45c

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