After describing the concept of the L3P D3SK to my dad he decided we should take on a similar project. Since neither my father nor I have any experience metalworking we started by purchasing an already constructed wood desk to alter as needed. You can see most of the process in reverse above. We started by removing the drawers and getting a piece of plywood to screw to the bottom and mount the hardware to. The motherboard tray and back panel were scrapped from an NZXT Source 210.
My dad said this was going to be used to replace the main family computer (a Sony all-in-one from 2008). My dad didn't want to spend a whole lot so it wasn't designed to be too powerful but my dad does have a collection of unopened Games for Windows that, "[He's] going to get around to eventually." I also don't have anything but my laptop to game on right now since I sold my last PC to my step-brother and that can barely run Fallout 3 on medium settings.
CPU: Needed something powerful enough but not expensive. If I can get the money I'll try to upgrade to a 3570k or 3770k later.
Cooler: Needed something that looks good through the glass, fit, and is able to cool effectively given the minimal airflow. This one's nice because it has a blue LED on the CPU block.
Motherboard: I've had good experiences with MSI and this particular motherboard was pretty cheap when we bought it (which was at the same time as the rest of it because my dad, who isn't familiar with computer internals, wasn't particularly patient.)
RAM: Got it at a good price, has plenty for this computer's uses, and most importantly, is blue.
Hard Drive: Plenty of space, got at a good price as open box item from Newegg.
GPU: I've used the 650 Ti before so I knew how it fared, and it was at a good price when it was purchased.
PSU: Mostly chosen because of the price, wattage, modularness, and blue LED. I know people aren't really into Raidmax PSUs but I haven't had problems with the two I've used so far.
Monitor: Pretty good cheap 1080p monitor with built in speakers. Not impressed or disappointed.
Mouse & keyboard: Keyboard was selected by my father because of it's blue LEDs and works well. The mouse was selected by my father because he wanted a wireless blue mouse, and quite frankly I would not recommend it.
Soon I'll be getting the cable extensions necessary to route all of the cables out of view. I'm eager to eventually add an SSD and a GTX 770, though that may be long enough from now that I mean to say a GTX 970.
I kind of gave the short version here so if anybody has any questions or suggestions, particularly on the name that would be great.
Edit: There is only one network adapter but it won't let me remove the duplicate one now, so just ignore it.
|CPU||Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core||£75.54||Aria PC|
|CPU Cooler||Zalman LQ-320 Liquid||£88.19||Amazon UK|
|Motherboard||MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155||£72.76||Amazon UK|
|Memory||Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600|
|Storage||Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||£35.94||Aria PC|
|Video Card||Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB|
|Case||NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower||£30.25||Scan.co.uk|
|Power Supply||Raidmax 530W ATX12V / EPS12V||£69.99||Amazon UK|
|Optical Drive||LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||£69.99||Ebuyer|
|Monitor||Hannspree HE225DPB 21.5"||£79.99||Ebuyer|
|Wireless Network Adapter||Rosewill RNX-N150PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1|
|Rosewill RNX-N150PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1|
|Mouse||I/O Magic I012M01GBL Wireless Optical|
|Custom||NZXT RGB LED Controller||$30.00 USD|
|Wood desk||$300.00 USD|
|Custom piece of glass||$116.00 USD|
|Total (United States):||$446.00 USD|
|Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.3GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||-|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|