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Zv2 Desk Build Project Log

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So I built a Custom Desk for myself a couple of years ago.



It worked somewhat well but wasn't easy to work on, change components and ran slightly higher temps than a regular gaming chassis but hey it looks cool, right?
Anyways I decided it was time to build something new and push the build further than the last one.
After a couple of hours planning and drawing on autocad 3D I came up with this design.



Rendered.




I'm undecided on the color scheme that I will end up running but I rendered in those colors since I liked the look of it.

I decided to build the bin (major component compartment) out of alloy as I have never really worked with it before and thought it will make for an interesting challenge.

First thing was to cut the bin on the plasma.




Then finished the bending and test fitted the first 360 Rad to ensure everything lines up correctly.




Then I added some more components after cutting and bending the separator plate.



Then it was time to start the main standing structure which is to be built out of 50x1.6mm Square Tubing




Attached the bin to the legs to check the height and ensure there will be sufficient strength in the main structure.




I had to add some strengthening beams underside the bin as the Alloy is a LOT softer than I anticipated.



Next was to manufacture the false floors for both sides of the bins, the purpose of which is for cable management.
I added the cut outs for the standard fan connectors as to hide all fan cables.



No fan cable in sight.



Next up is to weld the bin and main structure up completely and then move on to component mounting, I still need to get my hands on a old PC case which I can strip for a donor case for the IO plate and Motherboard tray.

More to follow
 

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only issue I usually have with these kinds of custom builds is.....

when you see people having access to all these awesome tools to actually do the build :mad:

other than that, it could be the worst looking project on planet earth, but showing how it's done and with what is just awesome

for those of us that don't know all the in's and out's of metal, when you say alloy is it aluminium?
 

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Correct, I used 2mm Aluminium for the bin.
As someone that has access to the equipment I always envy those that have better lol
 

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Looking good!!!!

Nice space in the middle for leg room.

Have you thought about putting fans at the back for extraction? Im assuming those 2 fans on the side are for extraction only.

I hope the case wont short circuit anything? Shouldn't really be a problem though

If you can get your hands on elevator glass you can have a much larger glass top ( viewing area). I see in your CAD drawing the glass surface is quite small and the outer bezel is quite large. Would just be nicer to see more

Don't forget the dust filters for the fans

Goodluck, looks epic so far!
 

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As much as I oppose the RGB life it would look awesome to have the fans able to be set as whatever colour suites the mood at the time instead of the static white ones but Im assuming those may be just for testing.

Would definitely agree with Cookie Cookie on the add extra exhaust fans to the mix as 2x 360mm rads running on a loop with a cpu and im guessing your gpu will dump a massive amount of hot air into the desk unless you use server grade fans for the through draft at the back.

Otherwise it looks awesome and the frame is just awesome. Love the illusion of the balancing act holding the bin 🤘
 

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only issue I usually have with these kinds of custom builds is.....

when you see people having access to all these awesome tools to actually do the build

other than that, it could be the worst looking project on planet earth, but showing how it's done and with what is just awesome

for those of us that don't know all the in's and out's of metal, when you say alloy is it aluminium?
I agree. Imagine all the stuff you and I could do if we had the tools. I'm hella curious where OP is based and if he would be willing to work on projects with other Carbies.
 

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Looking good!!!!

Nice space in the middle for leg room.

Have you thought about putting fans at the back for extraction? Im assuming those 2 fans on the side are for extraction only.

I hope the case wont short circuit anything? Shouldn't really be a problem though

If you can get your hands on elevator glass you can have a much larger glass top ( viewing area). I see in your CAD drawing the glass surface is quite small and the outer bezel is quite large. Would just be nicer to see more

Don't forget the dust filters for the fans

Goodluck, looks epic so far!
I have 6 fans in and 2 out which creates positive pressure which is presumably good for preventing too much dust but if that doesn't work I will have it 4 in and 4 out.

I won't be using elevated glass, I will be sinking the glass flush into the wood top and have a small viewing area mainly because I want a lot of wood surface for the keyboard and mouse and just prefer the look as is.

I'm going to CNC cut some fan grills and looking to get my hands on some fine mesh for that.

Thanks bud

As much as I oppose the RGB life it would look awesome to have the fans able to be set as whatever colour suites the mood at the time instead of the static white ones but Im assuming those may be just for testing.

Would definitely agree with Cookie Cookie on the add extra exhaust fans to the mix as 2x 360mm rads running on a loop with a cpu and im guessing your gpu will dump a massive amount of hot air into the desk unless you use server grade fans for the through draft at the back.

Otherwise it looks awesome and the frame is just awesome. Love the illusion of the balancing act holding the bin 🤘
I too dislike RBG's but I'm indecisive about my color scheme and thus having RGB's will allow my some flexibility towards that.

I'm attempting to run positive pressure on the fans, if it doesn't work I will run 4 in and 4 out.

And thanks man, I spent far too much time designing the legs, had a lot of other designs but this one really appealed to me.

I agree. Imagine all the stuff you and I could do if we had the tools. I'm hella curious where OP is based and if he would be willing to work on projects with other Carbies.
I'm based in the West Rand, I have been considering doing this part time or maybe even full time if there's interest. And will gladly help others in need of my subpar skills.
 

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Is it possible to provide an expense list at the end of the project for those considering similar ventures?
 

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Quick update, I got my hands on a IO panel from an old Server case



Then I drilled and tapped the tray for the motherboard standoffs



I proceeded to cut out the cable entries in the tray and cut the IO panel section out and mounted everything




I'm not completely satisfied with the cable entry cut outs but will fix them up nicely once I get some consumables for the dremel.
 

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