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MoonPig's Desk Mod V2

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by MoonPig, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. MoonPig

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    Hey,

    Well, i've been trying to delay this, but im starting to need ideas and advice. For those that knew about V1, skip the next paragraph.

    Back last year i made a project log of my desk as i started modding it, i worked on it for awhile then left it and used it for afew months. The design had afew flaws though. The layout wasn't well done and the graphics got most of the air flow. I also used wood and it tended to absorb heat and bend alittle. The shallowness of the shelf ment i could only used small heatsinks. So, i took all my components out of my desk, bought an A300 and added v2 to my to-do list. A little down the line i swapped my A300 for a CM690. Here's a link to the original thread: http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=74847

    Ok, i looked for some inspiration from existing cases. All cases seem to be the same, expect the Raven etc. So, this design obviously works. I took that into account when i started planning my desk. In the beginning, i wanted to make it ALL myself, but after afew wasted hours with my dremel and tinsnips, i realised that theres a reason they use machines to plot holes and cuts... lol. So, sat at my PC i turned and looked at my CM690... from my vision, it was perfect to destroy. It had everything, WaterTubing holes, HD cage, 120mm exhaust, grills etc.

    I took out my tape measure and started looking at my desk. However, the shelf i used originally was too low for a 120mm fan. So, i thought of ways i could make it work. Luckily the shelf used four pieces of wood, so i cut up the CM690, measured it, moved the supports in the desk down and slid the newly sprayed, custom mobo tray in. Perfect. (Forgot to mention the time it took to punch the tray in, secure though, lol).

    Then i started fitting all my hardware and noticed that i cant mount the PSU vertically anymore... shame. It all worked though and she booted first time. After afew hours of playing around, i shut it down and fitted the switch and did some cable management on the top.

    Now, theres still work to do, but i need input for that. I've worked out that i need either:

    - Get 4/5 120mm fans and fit them (2 on the LMX).
    - Go water again and cool my HD4870 with a Full-Cover.
    - Keep my deltas and Lian Li's and get a Rheostat for them.

    I also need to:

    - Get a 12" White cathode to go behind the door, lighting all the motherboard, yet hidden.
    - Possibly get some braided 24pin, 8pin and 2x 6pin cables.
    - Cut some metal to cover the grill holes in the tray.
    - Fit a fan controller behind the door, hidden yet easily accessible.
    - Sort out the under shelf to make the PSU fixed and the HD's better placed.

    So, afew things. I mainly want input and advice. Also just wanted to start this so i have a place for updates.

    All input is welcome :)

    When it's complete, or good enough, i'll post it in the 'Case Mods' section.

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    This is pretty awesome!
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  3. mlee49

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    Dude I never saw that power switch, absoluetly sick!

    Depending on how flashy you want it you could drop some tracers in or a led 120mm fan on your heatsink instead of a 12" hidden cathode.
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  4. MoonPig

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    Well, i was thinking about getting my old Xiggy XLF's back.

    2 in the front
    2 on the LMX
    1 at the rear

    Then the cathode later on. I prefer white light over colours.
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    Yeah, I like white cathodes myself. I find it's more, elegant? I can't think of the word lol. Less kinda "gamer" case, it's there to show off the inside of a case and not add to the crazyness lol
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    i dont no if you have the tools or even how hard it would be to build but maybe have te cd drive pop out the side of the desk? All stealth like? dont no how you sort out the buttons etc but an idea:D tis very very cool though bud
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    I don't use a CD Drive. Ain't done for over half a year, maybe more.

    I'm leaning towards the XLFs, but that means i NEED to shift these Delta's before i can afford them.
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    How do you install Windows then?
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    Genius mod, stylish and classy.
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    Does it support all motherboard types? Wait... it doesnt, Hehehe you can just drill the holes you need :p Awesome, havent seen this kinda mod done well in a long time.

    And that on button is pure genius.
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    @jellyrole: Using a USB stick.

    It supports ATX and down. Not sure i'll ever need more than ATX...
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    Still if you do want to, lets say, go for dual socket motherboards or anything else that has the size of E-ATX you could easily make it fit. Thats the major advantage of wood, is far more workable then steel or aluminium.

    On a side note, you never would have to be afraid that someone is gonna steal your PC. Other side of that coin would be LAN Parties. I dont think your gonna bring your entire desk along, hahaha.
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    That and im not sure i'd ever go to one. And on the off chance i did, i have a PC upstairs thats more than suitable :)

    I'm not that much of an enthusiast, anymore. So, dual socket doesn't interest me. Next major upgrade would be to i7 in afew months, thats ATX and its not like im gunna need another upgrade for along time.
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    One thing I'm curious about. What are the temps you're getting? Since you got a hot-head 4870 in and all. I know mine are running hot :p
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    That's badass dude. I like it a lot.
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    Erm, 40c idle, 70c load. It's overclocked too. Might get some proper cooling for it though, depends if i stay with this card.
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    hey moony looking good :), i have your xigmatecs here and waiting.
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    Great work MP. Looking forward to seeing V3 ;)
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    Those are very nice temperatures for a stock cooled 4870.
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    Yea, Not keen on the looks of it though, unless i had 2. lol.

    Need something sexy :D
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    Dude, nice fans! That list pic is awesome!

    Are those Xiggy's? If they are you could mod the casing or fan since they are removable. :)
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    Yea, XLFs. Why would i mod it? Do what to them?

    I know how to mod fans, made some odd ones in my time :)
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    I was just curious about if they were or not. Could paint the fans red or to match another part of the computer.
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    Wow, looks good there MoonPig.
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