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Project - Alternate (Custom PC Desk Build)

deblow
Level 9


Project Alternate: PC in a desk scratch build & MODs

Hi all,
After what feels like a very long year I have decided to start work on my new desk build.
The idea for this desk came to me when i was working on my last desk & at one point I almost started the project
again, but I'm glad i didn't

Most people liked the desk & I learned a great deal during the build.

The Project Alternate design slightly changed month by month & I will show some of the other plans & explain why the changes was made.
This time I'm hoping to outdo my last desk & hopefully help others in the process.

The desk work is about to start, using mostly MDF, Perspex, clay, metal & glass I plan to build the desk in 3 parts,
starting from the bottom, then middle followed by the top section.
the tricky parts will be the sharp corners & angles on the edges.

In making the desk in 3 parts it will allow for easy transport from my garden shed to my
very small room/office.

I plan to have the 2 reservoirs just under the top shelf so i can see the water flowing by 🙂

have a couple of different layouts for the internal components,
but want to wait until the top compartment is built so I can see IRL what looks & works best.

For the specs, I'm upgrading from my trusty i5-2500k to a i7-5820K, due to the CPU upgread I will also be using the new ASUS X99 TUF
motherboard & DDR4

This time I will also go with 3 screens at 1440p if possible, or 1X 4K screen, so my HD7970s will also need upgrading to a R9-295x2.


SPECS
CPU - i7-5820k
MB - ASUS Sabertooth X99
RAM - 32GB Avexir Blitz 1.1 (DDR4)
GPU - ASUS R9-295x2
PSU - Cooler Master: V1200 Platinum
PSU2 - Cooler Master: GM750W
Fans - Cooler Master: Jet flow 120's & Cooler Master Silencio FP120 PWM
HDs - Western Digital Green 6TB - Barracudas x2 2TB - Wester Digital Green 1TB
SSDs - 2x Samsung EVO850s 250GB (500GB)
RADS - 2x Phobya G-Changer 360 RADs V.2
RES - 2x Phobya 450 reservoirs
CPU WB - Alphacool NexXxoS XP³ Light
PUMP - 2x Alphacool VPP655
GPU WB - Alphacool NexXxoS GPX
KB - CM Storm quickfire xti
Mouse - CM Storm Reaper

Build log 1


Build log 2


Build log 3


Desk top lift


Thanks to the sponsors.
Cooler Master UK, CM Storm, ASUS ROG, Phobya, OCOOL/Alphacool Mayhems GT Omega Racing & Avexir








For past & present MODs/Builds please check my Facebook & Youtube pages.







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I have some more photos on my FB page @ higher resolution if interested.
thats all for now, I will be sure to add any new photos that I think are woth posting & ofc the video link when done 🙂

to end this off heres a photo from the start..




Thanks again to all that participated, & please do let me know you final thoughts, Good or bad.. 🙂

Rob (Deblow)

deblow
Level 9
Well after what feels like years, the desk is finally done & photographed for all to see 🙂

firstly, I think picking RED as my main colour was a mistake!
not for me, as it looks fine IRL, but I just cant get the reds to show correct on the photos,
So any photos that have what looks like PINK or ORANGE lighting please try imagine that its RED lol

because of this problem I decided to take most photos with blue or white lighting on & cut down on the reds used 😞

I plan on getting a new camera later so will upload some more if they look any better,
For now I have plenty of OK photos for you to look at & a youtube vid will be done over the next couple of weeks.


It will be mostly picture links now, so I will say thanks to everyone for the input during my logs & the positive attitudes that
help encourage myself & others to keep on building & posting,

Thanks to all the people that helped me carry things around due to my leg problem,
Carl, Barry, Ian, Andreas & lots more, especially the wife.
& all the sponsors that help with the costs of components & support throughout the build.


This desk was designed with the hope it would look as good OFF as it would on, so it was all about shapes & natural light,
I have very little light in my small room as you will see soon lol.
with the shapes came the problem of usability & practicality,
i tackled this in a couple of ways, not all perfect but enough to hide/store my clutter & make the desk usable for daily tasks
like gaming 😄


I know its a bit whack compared to most desks, but I hope you like the final result even if you wouldn't want it in your living-room 🙂


lets crack on so I can get some sleep!











Ntwlf
Level 12
Deblow,

You have unequivocally created a Masterpiece of Perfection.

The Project Alternate desk is definitely a one of a kind, and it sets the bar to a level never seen before in PC Desk Builds.

Congratulations on a job awesomely done.

Kudos for all the sponsors whom have helped with your build in providing components.

And last but not least, Kudos to your wife and friends whom have helped and supported you these last 7+ months.

Thanks for sharing.

Ntwlf wrote:
Deblow,

You have unequivocally created a Masterpiece of Perfection.

The Project Alternate desk is definitely a one of a kind, and it sets the bar to a level never seen before in PC Desk Builds.

Congratulations on a job awesomely done.

Kudos for all the sponsors whom have helped with your build in providing components.

And last but not least, Kudos to your wife and friends whom have helped and supported you these last 7+ months.

Thanks for sharing.



I really appreciate all you said, thanks 🙂
& i will get round to relying to your other msgs asap, things keep popping up, but iv seen it & will get back to you
later today, i promise! 😄

wife said thanks btw,

Thanks again
Rob

kkn
Level 14
grats on the finished product deblow and now ENJOY!!

Myk_SilentShado
Level 15
Amazing work mate, looks fantastic

kkn wrote:
grats on the finished product deblow and now ENJOY!!


Myk SilentShadow wrote:
Amazing work mate, looks fantastic


Thanks for both, appreciated 🙂

kkn
Level 14
if you are in EU area hit me up if you play bf4. 😜

kkn wrote:
if you are in EU area hit me up if you play bf4. 😜


I reading your msg & I glance at your avatar
though I best reply asap lol

Not been on BF for ages due to the desk & some other bits on with atm, but yeah im in the EU & would be
in need of new team mates as my last time have decided to play FIFA & DOTA (or what ever its called)

RoG1
Level 7
epic m8, just epic!:cool: