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Desk Case Build

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In preparation for my new build when Zen 2 launches, I have finally decided to build my desk case - something similar to the Lian Li DK-03. Although much more ghetto for the prototype.

I think I am going to use this desk as the foundation:



I haven't really decided if I am going to do a slide out tray or just a lift off panel. I have an old NZXT case that I am going to use for donor parts such as the expansion card brackets and mb tray. I lucked out in that it is all riveted together so cutting will minimal.

Anyone else have a go at this before?
 
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I just watched the Lian Li DK-03 video and that is a very cool concept.
http://www.lian-li.com/dk-03/
I have never done anything like this BUT I am really looking forward to seeing what you come up with and how you accomplish it.

Please keep us informed as you progress and post a LOT of pics. :D
 
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I just watched the Lian Li DK-03 video and that is a very cool concept.
http://www.lian-li.com/dk-03/
I have never done anything like this BUT I am really looking forward to seeing what you come up with and how you accomplish it.

Please keep us informed as you progress and post a LOT of pics. :D
Yeah, this is going to be pretty slow going. I'm not exactly thrilled with the desks that I am finding so I am cruising Craigslist to see what might be available. I am actually considering building my own frame as well but the donor desk will really expedite the process.

The donor case that I will be stealing the tray from is an NZXT Source 210.



EDIT:

I think I might actually change direction and use something like this instead. I could build the shelf into the top left opening. Then I could route the top so I could inlay a piece of glass. After that is all done, I would likely move my itx server in the top right drawer and route the top of that for a glass piece.

 
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If I was doing that ... I would use a test bed case. You would have to add a fan rack ( 140mm x 6) to the back up below the desktop and add in a more rigid shelf for the glass and perforate the heck out of it to let filtered air in.

https://www.frozencpu.com/products/23567/cas-546/QDIY_Professional_Modders_Acrylic_ATX_M-ATX_ITX_Motherboard_Test_Bed_-_Black_PC-D555X.html
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=primochill+praxis&hvadid=77653068881429&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvqmt=e&tag=mh0b-20&ref=pd_sl_4mkz51fh6b_e

Other thing is ... where do ya legs go ?.... if you top it with a wooden surface extending 2-3 feet would work.
 
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I would use a test bed case.
I thought about that. But my old case is free.

Other thing is ... where do ya legs go ?.... if you top it with a wooden surface extending 2-3 feet would work.
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EDIT: NM, I see. If I went with option number two it obviously wouldn't be desk. The more I thought about the more I thought about not wanting my system which is becoming increasingly difficult not to have embedded LEDs everywhere (not to mention the LC setup) and I don't really want that directly in front of my face and directly below my monitor.
 
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