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Ultimate Computer Desk - 2 Integrated Computers

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by ultimatedesk, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. ultimatedesk New Member

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    Well, I'm happy to say that everything has been working quite well so far - see below!

    So, now that the hardware has been installed, I can proceed to managing those cables a little. I first cut a quick piece out of 1/4" hardboard with a few strategic holes

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    Already much more to my liking. Time to place the new fans with their new mounting system

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    Ok - with both "plates" in place, I can cut the appropriate holes in the door and go ahead and install!

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    Woohoo, that blue furnace filter sure looks out of place eh? Everything fits, it's nice, snug, and square, so I went ahead and added a bunch of closed cell foam

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    Another view of the almost finished right-hand cabinet old i5 system

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    *Testing*

    I've been using this cabinet setup for a little while now, and I'm happy to report that the temperatures are really quite nice. Because I've "sealed" the air intake portion, all of the intake air is coming through the blue furnace filter. You can literally feel suction if you place your hand in front of the filter. There is a massive amount of air coming out of the CPU hole, as well as the open PCI slots, power supply exhaust, and the half inch of space between the door and the "non-intake-area". (You can see in the previous photos, I did not put foam around the entire door perimeter).

    So far it has been idling at ambient (23-25) and at maximum, just under 50 degrees Celcius.

    I can hear the fans running - they are louder than all of the hard drives spinning up. I am going to get a small fan controller and get them down to the minimum speed while maintaining these current temperatures (There is a very large amount of air running through the case).

    *To Do*

    I have clearly got to find something to either replace the blue furnace filter, or cover it up with something a little more visually appealing.

    Also, I need something to cover the CPU exhaust area. It will need to match whatever I do for the furnace filter area.

    'Til next time!
     
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    Wow that looks amazing :eek: It seems like designing a computer desk would be alot of fun lol
     
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    Thanks for the link - pretty much what I'm looking for. I'm hoping to purchase a large sheet to cover all of the intake/exhaust holes (there are others... just haven't posted them yet lol)

    Thanks - it has been a ton of fun! Building it too!

    On the other end of the desk, things have been progressing along nicely as well - had this beauty cut for me

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    Placing it in the hole, it sits just a little bit too large. The original square I cut out was about a millimetre smaller on one end than the other

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    So I took out the trusty chisel and did a bit of shaving!

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    There we go!

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    Mm, starting to look so awesome!

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    The foam fan-holder will have to say bye-bye on this side, just like the one in the right-hand cabinet. Doesn't quite look right.
     
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    Nice glass cover. Everything looking very cool. :D :cool:
     

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