EDIT: I Was not expecting such a positive reaction from the PCPP community. Thanks a tonne for the feature. I have also made adjustments to the descriptions formatting, as well as adding a 'Whats to come' section that also includes recommendations from the comments, and have added a few part reviews. Thanks again!!
After months in the planning and weeks in the building, my desk PC is finally complete. Used for 3D rendering and Top-Teir Gaming, I couldn't be happier with the way it has turned out.
After moving int oa new apartment, i wanted to make a desk build that would compliment our modern appartemnt, as well as filling a little study nook for a study desk.
The desk was 100% designed, and built by myself.
Going for unique attributes and a different appearance this is my final result. Below are some Good, Bad, and Interesting points on the build:
• Motherboard located to LHS of desk makes easy access to motherboard I/O panel and power switch.
• Desk backboaurd looks great with LED strip on border, and also helps with cable management.
• Tempered glass top looks modern, provides a good view, and reduces sound.
• Pull out keyboard tray is convenirent and super sturdy for if i need to sit back.
• Infinity mirrors turned out a lot better than expected, and add a unique look to build.
• As usual the EK PETG tube was an ease to work with.
• Custom loops are easy to drain and refil, with taps located below components, under the desk.
• Originally used a 'Thermaltake PCI-e X16 Riser Cable 200mm' which was cheap and flimsy.
• Alphacool Eisrohr 16/13mm PETG was terrible to work with. Bad heat capacity and really struggled to bend without creasing, or heat without bubbling.
• Onboard Wifi struggled sometimes, so am using Wifi adapter instead.
• SSD and HDD mounts pulled from Phanteks P400s case.
• Monitor is mounted onto a VESA clamp removed from a throw away desktop PC.
• Motherboard tray was from a $5 second hand case (sold the 200mm exhaust fan for $10 afterwards!!? haha).
• Motherboard, GPU pump, CPU block, Corsair Fans, 240mm Rad, Headset, Sounds system, anbd most fittings were sourced 2nd Hand.
Whats to come:
• Fan controller for the SP fans.
• An UltraWdie monitor
• 2x Flow-meters next time the coolant is changed.
Any questions? Please ask. Happy to answer queries on parts used and building/design tips. And please, tell me what you would like to see if this was built again, or any critisism.
Overclocks and Benchmarks to come.
This sized tube was more than enough for a custom loop that needed 5 surfaces covered in past .Great thermals as well!
Love the look of this motherboard, and am making the most of the in-built water block. Looking forward to benchmarking and overclocking soon.
Low cost ram that was perfect for my needs, as i have removed the heatsinks and replaced with EK ram modules.
Amazing SSD with amazing Boot speeds. Only ever have 2 games loaded onto it at a time. At the moment it is BattleGrounds, and I am loading textures and buildings from the moment a game begins, whilst others struggle to load buildings after landing on the ground.
This Card has served me so well for the last 6months and i have only recently removed the stock cooler from it to add a water block.
I am using 5 of these in a desk build constantly at 100% for now and they are reasonably quiet considering..
My monitor is almost 6 months old and have not had a single issue with it in that time. I've transported it in car over 100's of KMs, and also mounted it on 2 differenmt stands besides the stock one that is included. And there is still 0 problems or surface damage.
Went to this headset from a 2 channel logitech headset and the difference is amazing. As well as a huge in-game advantage, listening the music and videos is an amazing experience.
Downside? It was a pain to set up. The box says it is compatible with SteelSeries Engine 3, but the software does not recognise the headset. Upon doing my own research i found that SteelSeries removed compatibility??
Amazing sounds system! I picked mine up 2nd hand! Super easy to clean all surfaces, and only noticable wear and tear is the scruffing to the magnetic protective facings.