Megadeblow

Project Alternate (Pc in a Desk)

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Megadeblow    10
 

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Project Alternate: PC in a desk scratch build & MODs
 
Hi all,
After what feels like a very long year I have decided to start work on my new desk build.
The idea for this desk came to me when i was working on my last desk & at one point I almost started the project 
again, but I'm glad i didn't
 
Most people liked the desk & I learned a great deal during the build.
 
The Project Alternate design slightly changed month by month & I will show some of the other plans & explain why the changes was made.
This time I'm hoping to outdo my last desk & hopefully help others in the process. 
 
The desk work is about to start, using mostly MDF, Perspex, clay, metal & glass I plan to build the desk in 3 parts,
starting from the bottom, then middle followed by the top section.
the tricky parts will be the sharp corners & angles on the edges.
 
In making the desk in 3 parts it will allow for easy transport from my garden shed to my 
very small room/office.
 
I plan to have the 2 reservoirs just under the top shelf so i can see the water flowing by :)
 
have a couple of different layouts for the internal components, 
but want to wait until the top compartment is built so I can see IRL what looks & works best.
 
For the specs, I'm upgrading from my trusty i5-2500k to a i7-5820K, due to the CPU upgread I will also be using the new ASUS X99 TUF
motherboard & DDR4
 
This time I will also go with 3 screens at 1440p if possible, or 1X 4K screen, so my HD7970s will also need upgrading to a R9-295x2.
 
The desk is going to take months to complete, so rushing out for parts now is not necessary unless it's something on sale I can't pass on :D
 
**UPDATE 18/10/15: some Specs**
 
SPECS
CPU    - i7-5820k
MB     - ASUS Sabertooth X99
RAM    - 32GB Avexir Blitz 1.1 (DDR4) 
GPU    - ASUS R9-295x2
PSU    - Cooler Master: V1200 Platinum
PSU2   - Cooler Master: GM750W
Fans   - Cooler Master: Jet flow 120's & Cooler Master Silencio FP120 PWM 
HDs    - Western Digital Green 6TB - Barracudas x2 2TB - Wester Digital Green 1TB
SSDs   - 2x Samsung EVO850s 250GB (500GB)
RADS   - 2x Phobya G-Changer 360 RADs V.2
RES    - 2x Phobya 450 reservoirs
CPU WB - Alphacool NexXxoS XP³ Light
PUMP   - 2x Alphacool VPP655
GPU WB - Alphacool NexXxoS GPX
KB     - CM Storm quickfire xti
Mouse  - CM Storm Reaper
 
 
Build log 1
 
Build log 2
 
Build log 3


Desk top lift
 
The Final
 
Thanks to the sponsors.
Cooler Master UK, CM Storm, ASUS ROG, Phobya, OCOOL/Alphacool Mayhems GT Omega Racing & Avexir
 
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For past & present MODs/Builds please check my Facebook & Youtube pages. 
 
 
 
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Edited by Robert Deluce

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Megadeblow    10
here is one of the many 1st designs i did, had to change it due to the size :(

 

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After the wife told me to move all my model cars from the living room, this cabinet ended up in the garden, I was planing to use the glass from this

on the next build & was one of the main reasons the desk is so angled, I also love the Honda CBR600RR due to its sharp looking design & ofc Lambos have the same sharp designs that i love,

now due to the design changes I cant use the glass so will be using fresh cut glass or thick perspex.

 

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Megadeblow    10
Thanks for all the above comments :)

 

The MDF for the 2 bottom sections along with most of the MDF for the middle have now been cut to size & I have started to assemble.

 

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I was told to kit myself out with a face-mask & glasses when cutting MDF,

but the normal size face-mask was causing my glasses to steam up lol

So had to dig out my airsoft mask to use in conjunction with the small face-mask

 

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Some of the bolts/screws I will be using to fasten the main parts together, they will make it more easy to remove with standard alan keys & should last longer.

 

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Sides ready to be fasten to the bottom & back, soon as the miter edges are done

 

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The hardest part so far, miter edges, very tricky & most the time i have to use scrap wood before doing the final peace or risk wasting some MDF

 

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My 1st set of angled corners cut ready to use as shelf's/frame

 

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Bottom left assembled 

 

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P.S, art added to 2nd post!

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Megadeblow    10
A bit later than planed but finally got time now to update the log :)

 

Both bottom left & right shelf's/frames are completed, no permanent fittings just encase i have any problems moving the desk to the house,

This was by far the easiest part so far

 

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The main compartment that will act as a frame for the top & hold the fans & other components - the RADs

 

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Here im making some slots for the front panels that will be resting on the left & right side shelf's, doing so will help hold them im place as I screw them down 

 

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Megadeblow    10
Over the past week some build items have arrived so I will cover them along with the case mod im doing

Moving the MEGA desk build (2013) in to the case to make room for the new desk & to ensure I have a working 

computer during the build so I can keep you all updated :)

 

 

My 1st package had some Cooler Master bit n bobs that I will cover later in the build

along with my replacement tea cup & cap :D

 

 

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2nd package had the heart of the new build, A v1200 PSU along with Jet Flow 120mm RED fans & some

very nice Resonar in-ear buds so I can have some decent music as I'm working in the shed :)

 

 

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And last thing I received this week was my new CPU, Intel i7-5820k witch will be a nice upgrade for me

the last CPU I was using was the i5-2500k.

 

 

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Megadeblow    10
Moving the old desk build to a cooler master silencio 652s case..

Wrapping with some 3M vinyl wrap (brushed silver)

 

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Case broken down ready for the wrap, fairly easy to do

 

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Megadeblow    10
Building from bottom to top, the sides are cut and attached with screws & glue, 

decided to use some old wood for this part to test out the new saw & my skills with mitering

 

In the end I was so happy with the results I kept the old wood & didn't bother redoing them with MDF :)

 

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This bit was tricky, wood too deep for the dremel, design to narrow for the multi tool :(

Ended up having to use a bit of everything including a hand saw & blade.

 

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Now time to cut the part that will allow my legs to go under the desk, then for the 1st time I can sit at the desk to get a feel for how it

will be when completed.

 

 

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This is one of the drive bay holder cutouts, again with the older wood

 

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The final update for this weekend is the start of the two shelf ends that will also act as speaker boxes 

 

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Hope you enjoyed the updates, please let me know your thoughts as I progress, good or bad, still time to change things if needed :D

 

Have a nice weekend 

Rob

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Megadeblow    10
My new GPU has arrived :D

ASUS R9-295x2

 

been testing it out on my current rig & im very happy so far, BF4 FPS are now over 120FPS  maxed out @1440p

 

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Both the corner parts now built, they will house the speakers & also act as part of the upper shelf for the monitor/monitors.

 

 

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After making the above parts I could then start to work on the tricky parts, the 2x side covers that need some careful cutting in order to look the part & take some pressure.

Used glue to hold the parts together then when it was dry I added some blocks for extra strength. 

 

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When I was happy with all the parts & placement I then went back to the corner parts to add the speakers, did it in this order so i could double check how it looked 

before adding the speakers, just encase I wasn't happy with them in the position I had them on the art work.

 

 

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This is a dodgy tool, almost had my hand of a couple of times, but did the job in the end :)

 

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Added some sealant to prevent dust & help with the speaker sound.

 

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Starting to take shape now, really nice to see it looking a bit like the design I spent months working on :D

 

please note, the sides ain't fasten down yet & still need some sanding to be done later in the build, 

the shelf is also just resting there atm, the blocks holding it up are just for demonstration & will be replaced. 

 

 

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In the next stage im going to dismantle the desk & reduce the height by 2 inch, the main reason for this mod is so im not towering 

above my friends on my high chair as they sit on the small visitor chairs :)

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