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Windows 7: Project: The Ultimate Computer Desk

31 Mar 2011   #101
Jaime74656

Windows 10 64bit Ultimate
 
 

now i just need to decide if i want my machine integrated into the desk or not LOL and the finial color(s) im thinking ferrari red or Caterpillar Yellow or a mix of the two colors...


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31 Mar 2011   #102
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

I had no idea they made custom motherboard trays like that. This project NEEDS to be done, it is calling to me...
Too bad I can't build a desk in the dorms.

I am already thinking of a nice big desk, monitor stands built into the back with full rotation (maybe), cup holders with a mini fridge (I like my drinks ), all the wiring going through special troughs built into the desk. The computer will be up on the back with the motherboard try flat against the wall. It will be covered by a clear acrylic panel so you can see the watercooled parts, with some nice big and high velocity fans moving air through it. I can put a light switch and fan control panel else where on the desk within easy reach, and I can build my startup switch (key switch) into the panel as well. The CD tray will be put somewhere that it is easy to reach (long SATA cable required), etc.

So many awesome ideas, so little time, space, and money.

Good luck on the project, I still can't wait to see it finished. Congrats on all the sponsors by the way!

~Lordbob
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31 Mar 2011   #103
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
...This project NEEDS to be done, it is calling to me...
Too bad I can't build a desk in the dorms....

...So many awesome ideas, so little time, space, and money...
Fear not. The work you do in college will take care of the "space and money" problems in due course. (The "time" situation depends on your job after graduation.)

You'll have your own custom desk one day.
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31 Mar 2011   #104
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
...This project NEEDS to be done, it is calling to me...
Too bad I can't build a desk in the dorms....

...So many awesome ideas, so little time, space, and money...
Fear not. The work you do in college will take care of the "space and money" problems in due course. (The "time" situation depends on your job after graduation.)

You'll have your own custom desk one day.
Ah, still need to wait till I have my own place, that's the hard part

~Lordbob
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05 Apr 2011   #105
kool1zero

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

keep in mind that SATA spec says the maximum length for cable is 1 meter. 2 meters for eSATA
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09 Apr 2011   #106
Devilz

Windows 8.1 - 64 Bit
 
 

this is ultimate computer desk indeed, good work mate
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12 Apr 2011   #107
ultimatedesk

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 
IO Slot Cutting Part 1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jaime74656 View Post
now i just need to decide if i want my machine integrated into the desk or not LOL and the finial color(s) im thinking ferrari red or Caterpillar Yellow or a mix of the two colors...
Ooooh, Ferrari Red, that's a favorite of mine!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
I had no idea they made custom motherboard trays like that. This project NEEDS to be done, it is calling to me...
Too bad I can't build a desk in the dorms.

I am already thinking of a nice big desk, monitor stands built into the back with full rotation (maybe), cup holders with a mini fridge (I like my drinks ), all the wiring going through special troughs built into the desk. The computer will be up on the back with the motherboard try flat against the wall. It will be covered by a clear acrylic panel so you can see the watercooled parts, with some nice big and high velocity fans moving air through it. I can put a light switch and fan control panel else where on the desk within easy reach, and I can build my startup switch (key switch) into the panel as well. The CD tray will be put somewhere that it is easy to reach (long SATA cable required), etc.

So many awesome ideas, so little time, space, and money.

Good luck on the project, I still can't wait to see it finished. Congrats on all the sponsors by the way!

~Lordbob
You've got some great ideas there Lordbob, I love the idea of a key switch to startup the computer! Thanks for sticking around

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
...This project NEEDS to be done, it is calling to me...
Too bad I can't build a desk in the dorms....

...So many awesome ideas, so little time, space, and money...
Fear not. The work you do in college will take care of the "space and money" problems in due course. (The "time" situation depends on your job after graduation.)

You'll have your own custom desk one day.
That's right! It'll take a bit of patience and space, but you'd be amazed at what you can accomplish with just a little space and a few basic tools!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kool1zero View Post
keep in mind that SATA spec says the maximum length for cable is 1 meter. 2 meters for eSATA
Yes, thanks for the reminder, this will be an interesting thing to overcome. I may opt for either external USB optical drives, or I may have to relocated them.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Devilz View Post
this is ultimate computer desk indeed, good work mate
Thanks Devilz!


So - it's been sometime since I've posted an update - apologies, things have been very busy lately.

With the parts from Danger Den having arrived, I could now move on to some more specific details with both of the cabinets that will contain the computers.

Once again, I started with a test fitting, this time, it was a very accurate fitting, requiring quite a bit of sanding and fiddling around to get as close to the final product as possible.







I then placed some test parts for fitting, and traced some outlines on the wood. The motherboard tray was placed on some thin strips of packing foam that I cut up, to help isolate any vibration from the CPU Heatsink.





Installed some new blades on the jigsaw, put my biggest drill bit in the drill, and went to town!





Part 2 coming right up!
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12 Apr 2011   #108
ultimatedesk

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 
IO Slot Cutting Part 2

After doing the rough cut with the jigsaw, I took out the router and free-handed with a straight bit to smooth out the edges.



The semi-finished air intake for the left-hand cabinet:



The power supply rough cut:





I decided that the PSU bolts will need a little more clearance around the screw holes.



The I/O Shield cut out was a bit tricky to measure, but I think I did a pretty decent job:







And a final shot from above and below:





Next update, I'll have pics of actual assembly of the left hand cabinet, and then more cutting, and biscuit joining on the right-hand cabinet.
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12 Apr 2011   #109
Everlong

 

Coming along nicely. Starting to take form now
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12 Apr 2011   #110
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ultimatedesk View Post
You've got some great ideas there Lordbob, I love the idea of a key switch to startup the computer! Thanks for sticking around
I actually already modified my case to start the computer with a key switch
Added in custom designed fan controllers using potentiometers as well.

~Lordbob
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