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To deskmod or not to deskmod???

Should I mod my current setup into my desk or try to improve the cooling that I have?


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#1
As you can see in the pic I have plenty of room in my desk to intigrate my current setup and do away with the Mid tower that as many of you know has sucky airflow that is only going to get worse once my second 4890 arrives (which should not be long) I was looking around at some threads and noticed Moonpigs setup and I guess that has inspired me to try it. I will update this thread with better pics once my camera batteries have charged up. Help me decide should I break out the jigsaw and router or should I try to improve the ambiant temps in my current case? If you guys convince me to go ahead and mod my desk I guess this thread will turn into a worklog hehe.

 
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I love the idea of desk mods. Id try and improve your existing case first, however, then do a desk mod if your still unhappy. Plus, I think that until you start talking about £150+ cases, a desk mod beats every single case in terms of looks.
 
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I used to have this really ugly case. It really annoyed me to look at but it had the best darn airflow I have ever had! I have done a fair bit of swapping and changing to try and improve the temps in this case but nothing really seems to work.
 
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To the bat cave! *fetches the router, jigsaw and tape measure*

As long as you link me to this desk mod log, im happy :D
 
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Np I am going to need all the help I can get I am not all that good with wood:p Give me a piece of steel any day. But I will try anything once!
 
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You might want to drop cyber a few messages then, he does quite a few projects using wood.
 
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Thanks man will do.
 
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just do it! deskmods are awesome :rockout:
 
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It has to look good and I need to plan it out properly so everything is properly cooled. There will be a safety glass top ( pirks of having a mate who is a glazier ) I need to decide where to put the DVD Burners (there is 2) I have 3 hdd's I would rather hide these in a seperate compartment.
 
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Another one for the first one mon go for it just keep us informed with your progress.
 
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i assume you already saw moonpig's deskmod. its really nice, and he got great temps too.
 
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Yes Moonpig's deskmod has inspired me to do this.
 
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Do it. I want to see ridiculously detailed project logs
 
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Ok it is looking like I am going to have to do this
 
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You have no say in the matter. Good Australians do what they are told:D
 
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Haha good thing I am one of the bad ones then. I am open to suggestions though
 
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lol
I will do it. Cant wait may have to get the tape out tommorw and camera get some pics up and maybe some guys can help me out with a plan?
Edit just got a couple pics..


I am looking at that back panel and I am seeing 3 140mm exhaust fans lol.

Yes guys I am aware there is a butterfly in the picture.
 
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Come to think of it, who ever heard of a good Australian?

But yeah, I'll help if I can. I like cutting stuff up
 
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Hey man be carefull it dosnt take that long to swim to NZ lol
This should be good fun.
 
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Is that desk solid wood or mdf?

Looking forward to seeing this.
 
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It is just mdf. The section I am modding can still be had brand new. I will get it for the panel on the front so it all matches. I dont know how to cut it without the laminate tearing I am guessing masking tape will stop that.
 
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It is just mdf. The section I am modding can still be had brand new. I will get it for the panel on the front so it all matches. I dont know how to cut it without the laminate tearing I am guessing masking tape will stop that.
You will get best results cutting from the backside with a circular saw or jigsaw so the teeth ar pulling the laminate into the substrate. Sharp multi-tooth blades for wood are the best choice. Masking will help on the side you cut to minimize tear out and chipping. THe only way to get a perfectly clean cut both sides is to use a router (since the cutter will be in the same direction as the laminate).

Using a sacrificial board to back up the cutting (clamped) is also helpful to minimize damage to the remaining edge.
 
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Thanks Cyber I will be getting stocked up on supplies over the weekend and hope to get a start on this durin next week.
 
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Deskmod!!! Then give/sell me the old case so I can mod the fcuk out of it :)