Hi, and welcome to my build log for project Unity.
Project Unity is my design & build of a PC within a desk.
My first build was a HTPC System. This was fine for what i wanted at the time but limited my options for upgrading the system.
The original idea was to implement a watercooling system into the HTPC using a Koolance Exos v2 system and then to modify the top of the HTPC case to enclose the whole system then having the tubing go into the back of the case onto the various components.
After a lot of looking around at other builds i decided that i want to show the whole system off as a show piece, something to admire. I decided that an EK Watercooling system was the best route and a new case to suite the system.
I was totally amazed by the idea and started to wonder if anyone else had done any other desk or table builds Then i came accross Cross by Red Harbinger, I was completely mesmerized. Instantly, i knew that there was an idea worth replicating in my own way.
After a few sleepless nights of dreaming up concepts in my mind i decided i would try my hand at having a go with SketchUp and putting my ideas on the screen. after many many hours the design was beginning to to take some shape.
I had never built anything in my life so the obvious thing was to speak to my step father who has many years joinery experience, he instantly loved the idea and said he has to be involved with project. which was great news for me!
We threw ideas back and forth for a few weeks until we had something set in stone. and came up with a final design and measurements.
the next step was to head straight to our local B&Q to price up materials, the most feasible option was to go for Plywood it was cheap and sturdy enough to support weight.
The build begins...
Front and Back cut (the back differs from the original design)
My step father doing the Beading to support the bottom panels
Finished second coat of paint inside, on top and on legs now to sand down and apply the final coat
Cutting glass to size and rounding off the edges, you can see that we have started to also fine sand the paint
Final coats getting applied. i was so excited that the build was coming to a close that i forgot to take more pictures. we applied a further two coats and then after a six hour dry time we applied 6 coats of matte varnish fine sanding after the third coat.
Now the fun part of fitting all components
you will notice in this picture that we didn't apply any paint to the underside of the top (out of sight out of mind) and you can see the full effect of the matte varnish on the left compared to the right.
it this point our backs were starting to hurt form all the leaning over to fit all the components, but the loop was now filled!
Final finished product! (apart from inside panels on the legs) i was so happy to get to this stage after a two month long build
LED's now installed (no, this is not my computer chair 😄 )
Looks amazing mate nice one. Might have to do something like this on my next project 🙂
800D/Asus Rampage IV Extreme Black Edition/i73930K @ 5.2/ Kingston Hyper X Beast 32GB 2400/ STRIX 1080TI OC, EK Nickel Plexi CPU block, No Rad + No Fans :D, Alphacool D5 Pump.. HC 500A chiller @ 4C - Max load temp @ 5.2 = 55c. Lowest Core Idle Temp = 3c
I like. Maybe an idea for my next desk. Why buy when you can build.
Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair V Formula CPU: AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz CPU Heatsink: CORSIAR H100i Memory: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) Video Card: XFX Double D Radeon HD 7850 PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit