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MoonPig's Desk Mod

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#1
Hello,

Well, ive been working on a desk mod and im finally at the stage where my computer is actually in my desk and working. I don't have any pictures from the first start, but i have some of its 'beta' stage.

Basically, i have the motherboard in the top and the HDD, CD and PSU in the bottom on a shelf. The window is made of Glass i had it custom made for £8. Here are afew pictures:









I still have alot of work to do. Things like:

Sand then stain/wax front door (Dark brown bits are wood filler)
Make proper motherboard tray
Major cable management
Make some sort of stability post for Graphics and Sound Cards.
Make HDD and CD rack (Gunna be the hardest :/ )

and then buying things like:

Front Hex mesh to prevent dust
On/Off button
Clip to hold front door shut (airflow opens it, lol)

Fans are set so that the front two are intakes and the back two are outtakes.

Im pretty happy with the result, and to my amazement, nothing went wrong.

If anyone knows where, in England i can get hold of the mesh and buttons, please say.
 
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silicone it in case of water spillage
 
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haha, thanks. I don't really want to secure the window down as im using it alot to move stuff around. But when it's fully finished, i might.
 
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a class act! or should that be GLASS act?! very well done mate
 
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it's looks wonderfull even with pixelglass/glass on the table so u can see the system :D
 
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Wow, now thats a sweet mod! I want to do it now.
 
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#8
Thats a pretty sweet mod and hey talk about clearing up some desktop space good work man one question is the regular glass or tempered if not tempered make sure you don't put anything to heavy on top of that
 
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i had it custom made and the details were:

4.6mm
Laminated
Curved Edges

Thanks for all the replies people. And trust me, it's not that difficult if you just set aside some time.
 
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Wow, im loving this concept haha! Great space saver and it looks awesome too!

Best place for modding materials is chilled pc, have a look and see what you can find.
 
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#11
How do you access the board? Do you remove the top or open the drawer?

You should consider some sort or roll device, as in the keyboard roll device: obviously, it should come equipped with some sort of retention mechanism to avoid both opening and shutting on it's own or something, for easier access. The wires could be a problem, though: both this approach and the opening drawer approach have this problem.

Still, the concept is quite good and original: congratz, dude!
 
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The motherboard is on a custom tray, it simply slides out, and i cut the holes for SATA etc. quite big so i can just slip em through.

Ill look now Kyle.
 

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What a beautiful idea!

Very original and it looks great! :rockout:
 

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#14
nice idea, I like :)
I wouldn't like having to keep opening the case to get to the USBs though, just my opinion
also, a good switch you can make a hole for on the exterior would be a Bulgin or 'Vandal' switch, available here at ChilledPC
and a guide on how to wire it up is available here: linky

hope this helped, they're great buttons and look great too.
 
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as you know nice buttons would be a good way of turning tehe thing on and off, i think a on/off and reset button added into the top of the desk would be great (alone the back of the desk near the speaker)

alos a thought on the usb issue get some short usb extention cabels and have them come out near the on/off button, either so you can pull the extention usb cable out to where you need it our have them mounted flush into the desk

when you tackle the cable managment have you thought of adding in a faulse floor or somthing of that nature as i think that would help cover up alot of the cables, also so sort of raised floor arround the mobo (so it looks like the mobo is sunk into it) would cover up all the usb ports and even cover the inside walls and floor with some sort of black felt (or somthing that isnt dusty) would look very sexy

i just have this grand picture of looking through the glass top and seeing this almost naked mobo (minimal wires visable) just looking like its floating there surrounded by some sort of black velvet on the walls and base...

god dam thast almsot pc pron to me..lol, if only i had a good desk to do this too
 
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Well, in the end im wanting to get some acoustic mat for the mobo bit so its all black, and the mobo tray im making is going to be black. This is just the 'beta' if you like, it's gunna be kinda different in the end, i just need to get the supplies.

About the cables, im going to have holes more-or-less under the mobo so they can just slip straight down. And the on/off button, im still thinking.

For USBs, i have a 4-in-1 next to my HDD on the bottom shelf.

Oh, and just my luck. ChilledPC are out of stock on all their ACRyan Meshes.
 
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Awesome!! I saw a desk mod before and have been itching to see someone else do it too!! Great job so far, keep up the good work :D
 
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Having the power button mounted flush with the desk would be awesome, either that or a big red button you can smack to turn your rig on :D
 
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Looks amazing, I'm inspired i have the perfect desk for it too, just need the money for the actual system parts :ohwell:

nice idea, I like :)
I wouldn't like having to keep opening the case to get to the USB's though
just get a USB hub like a 4-in-1 or something and run it to the top of your desk, i believe they even have 12-in-ones lol that's a bit overboard though

either that or a big red button you can smack to turn your rig on :D
wow, i really love the big red button idea, I'm all for that one that would be awesome
 
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Looks amazing, I'm inspired i have the perfect desk for it too, just need the money for the actual system parts :ohwell:



just get a USB hub like a 4-in-1 or something and run it to the top of your desk, i believe they even have 12-in-ones lol that's a bit overboard though



wow, i really love the big red button idea, I'm all for that one that would be awesome
yeah, either that or a beasty plunger like off roadrunner cartoons haha.
 
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lol, too late :( Ive ordered the blue ring one. Mesh was out of stock so ill be getting that later on. Im getting some more wood tomorrow.
 

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keep us updated and don't forget that thanks button ;) j/k
but yeah, keep us happy, post plenty of pics :D
 
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will do, i cant do anything till tonight when more wood arrives. Ive ordered the button, that should be coming soon. But Mesh was out of stock. Oh, and my neons broke randomly... lol.
 
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Oh, and my neons broke randomly... lol.
NOOOOO lol.

Oh by the way, do neons ever burn out? I have them in my system. Im just curous.
 
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A big thumbs up on this one.

A very original and cool concept! :toast: