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Hello together, 

 

I'll start my worklog with a short introduction:

 

My "Good & Evil" project is about 2 PC's integrated into one desk which I've builded from scratch. It features some extras like a liftable section for the screens, two 64x256 Matrix LED-displays, an integrated stream deck, one 7" touchscreen for monitoring system specs and some custom balancers made out of sparkling water columns. For completing the environment I've added a 3D-hologram projector and some Nanoleaf-lighting which is synchronizing with the PC. Also I've integrated a soundbar and a subwoofer into the desk for having a fitting audio-system in place. 

 

The project is housing two PCs: One AMD Ryzen R7 2700x with 16GB RAM and a Vega64 Graphics Card and one Intel i7-8700k with 32GB RAM and a GeForce RTX 2080 card. 

 

So finding a fiiting name for the project was easy. I've decided to name it "Good & Evil" in cause of those ongoing "fanboy-wars" all over the web between Intel and AMD fans. As a logo for the project I've decided to use an ambigram in red & blue which is showing the project name. The ambigram can be turned around by 180 degrees so that every project viewer can "choose" his side. :)

 

 

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I've planned and visualized my project using SketchUp and Blender. Took me around 250 hours and several fresh starts till I was satisfied with a design fullfilling my needs. I've started planning my project in the early month of 2018 and started the build in the mid of august 2018. 

 

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My project was supported and sponsored by:

 

Cooler Master Germany (Keyboard, Mouse, Fans, Power Supplies)

MSI Germany (Mainboards and Graphic Cards)

Alphacool Germany (complete cooling equipment)

XPG international (RAM and SSDs)

Flatlift Germany (TV Lifts)

 

So a big shoutout for the fantastic support !!!

 

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Regarding the color of my desk I've finally decided to choose a dark red as black and white were a bit to common.

 

 

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As main-materials I've choosen to work with MDF-plates and tinted glass. 

 

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I've started with my project on the 15th August last year and my first step was the construction of the backsection which is the "container" for the lift-system and the screens. I've used MDF-Plates which I've 1st cutted with a disc-saw. Then I've used a jointer and "biscuits" together with wood glue to connect the plates to each other. 

 

This is the look I've planned for it:

 

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The Top of the section on the following two pictures is loose. It was only used for helping to keep the container together while the glue was drying. 

 

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On the 2nd day I've builded the later liftable section which will contain the screens, some matrix-displays, a soundbar and some usb-ports. Started out with measuring and marking the necessary cuts and angles. 

 

 

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Then again sawing, jointing and glueing with "biscuits".  

 

 

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Again the top plate was only used to keep all parts in shape during glueing it all together.

 

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The third building-day was used mostly for preparations. I've assembled the two matrix displays. So I've printed custom connectors and screwed four (eight overall) 64x64 LED-Displays together. So I got two displays. Each has a resolution of 64x256 pixels and can be used separately or combined. 

 

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After testing the displays I've prepared the lift-system for using in the back-section of my build. As the liftsection might get very heavy I've decided to use a dual-lift system from "Flatlift TV-Lift Systems". It's using two lifts which are working synchron and can be controlled by buttons, with an app on a smartphone or directly from a PC. As this lift is normally used for big TV-Screens I needed to remove the regular Mountplate for the TV and designing a new mount for my needs. Therefore I've used SketchUp for constructing some mounts with which I could connect the lift with my liftable section. I've printed the mounts with my 3D-printer.

 

 

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I've started my 4th building day with drilling some holes into the liftable section and with testing the lift before installing it.

 

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Then I've installed the two lifts inside my backsection. I've placed the liftable section on top of the backsection and moved the lifts up till they came through the holes. Then I've added my custom made mounts, moved the lifts further up and screwed the mounts against the top of the liftable section. After that I've moved the liftable section down into the "container". Took a while to adjust the final positions of the lifts so that the "elevator" could run smoothly without grinding. 

 

 

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As a final step on this day I've drilled another hole and installed a tripple screen desk mount into the liftable section.

 

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The next step was now to find a proper way to integrate those matrix-displays. Therefore I've sawed a plate which should act as a floor in the liftable section. Also I've drilled some cuts for getting around the stamps of the lift and the screen-mount. 

 

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In my original plans I wanted to integrate the matrix-displays into another MDF-plate which should have connected the middle plate and the bottom plate of the section. But it turned out that this would give me some complications with the installation. So I was looking for another solution. Finally I've come up with another idea by designing and printing some holders for the displays which would integrate themselves into the free space between those two plates.

 

It took me several "try and errors" and three different designs till I've finally found a perfect solution. 

 

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The three different designs from beginning to the final version: 

 

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This solution and its modularity finally gave me also the option to integrate some USB-Hubs by printing some adapters.

 

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Printing of these adapters took some time (3-4 days) as I was in need of 15 of them (with some variations in shapes for different purposes). But finally it was done: 

 

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So it was time to test them with the rest of the build. 

 

 

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After it generally seemed to fit I've modified the edge of the middle plate by cutting a miter. 

 

 

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The following days I was constructing the front containers which were supposed to house the PC-components, the cooling and all the additional components. 

 

So back to measuring, sawing, glueing, drilling, jointing, and so on.... 

 

 

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I've also builded the middle section of the front which will connect those two containers with each other:

 

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As this middle section were also supposed to be giving maintenance access to the desk I've used magnetic snappers on the front cover.

 

 

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At this time some parts of the outside containers were not finally glued together as some more modifications were needed. I only put them together using loose "biscuits". 

 

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Next step was building a "bridge" which should go over the middle section and later on housing the keyboard, some lighting balancers. The inner top plates of the outside containers received also some cuts to give the whole project additional stability. 

 

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After I was done with this it was time to bring my attention to the top plates of the containers where I wanted to install radiators and fans. Therefore holes were needed. I've used a router for these tasks. I've started with the front plates. 

 

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To check if the cuts fit I've used some no-name fans. 

 

 

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Next was working on the side plates of the containers. A little more work was needed there as I wanted to seemless integrate fan/radiator covers into the side panels. 

 

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Before I could finally join all parts of the outside containers together some more modifications were needed. 

 

First of all some holes for the cabling:

 

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Then a cut out for the subwoofer in the lower part of the left container: 

 

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Then glued the top parts together

 

 

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In a last step I've used filler to cover the gaps.

 

 

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