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johnathon007 16-07-14 06:18 AM

Dark beauty desk build
Just joined to get this going, no sense in doing all this work if no one knows about it.

Ive never really done a full case mod before just added fans and a heater core for a ford bronco to my storm sniper case but Ive been searching for the perfect case for over a year and finally arrived at the conclusion that Its just not out there. Ive been looking at some of the desk builds since Ive toyed with the idea a few times and decided it was time to just jump in.

Budget is very low really but I have a bunch of the wood and hardware around so this should turn out very well. Colors are going to be red and black to stay with the crosshair [and AMD/ATI] colors. Time line is going to move quickly so updates are going to be pretty fast and probably with more pictures than words.

The desk is going to be red oak probably stained a nice dark color like a lot of oak furniture. Desk top will be oak on the main portion with a glass top on the left to show off the computer

This is just going to be a new home for my current rig so nothing too new or fancy for now.

Old stuff:

  1. Crosshair IV formula
  2. 1090T with apogee block [Original one I think]
  3. 280x with EK block
  4. 4x2gb RipJaws 1600 ram
  5. kingwin lazer 1000W PSU [single sleeving with paracord hopefully]
  6. 2xWD black 640 In raid0 [saving for ssd] and 2TB storage drive
  7. Motherboard tray donated by an old case
  8. Micro res v2
  9. 22" viewsonic touchscreen for desktop and 37" vizio for gaming

New stuff:

  1. 2x Phobya G-changer 360s
  2. 3x San ace 109r with thermal control.
  3. some thermochill compression fittings
  4. Dangerden fatboy fittings to use where compressions aren't needed
  5. Dangerden UV black tubing
Pictures coming as soon as I get it to let me add them.

EDIT>>> pictures are up.

tinytomlogan 16-07-14 08:54 AM

Your issues are due to you being a new member dude - its a security feature :)

johnathon007 16-07-14 09:02 AM


Originally Posted by tinytomlogan (Post 770138)
Your issues are due to you being a new member dude - its a security feature :)

I figured that had to be it. Is it post count or time?

MadShadow 16-07-14 09:07 AM


Originally Posted by johnathon007 (Post 770141)
I figured that had to be it. Is it post count or time?

Post count, I believe. Hang around here long enough, and you should unlock all of the features sooner or later ;)

johnathon007 16-07-14 09:10 AM

I don't really have any of the good pictures yet so theres time, all I have right now is before and afters on the fan painting and some pictures of all the stuff I bought.

YouWhat 16-07-14 09:56 AM

Thats a good start, maybe if you got it also, a before picture of any case you have so we can see things as and how they progress?

You should be able to use something like


to name a few, then link the pictures here, it will then have to go through a mod approval so as they can check it not spam links etc being posted up.

johnathon007 16-07-14 10:00 AM

I only get errors when I try to send pictures, I tried imgur and photobucket, Ill keep trying though and get some pictures up. My current case is a mess will all the function over form mods Ive done but it should give a good comparison and people always like to see the giant heatercore I crammed in the front :)

tinytomlogan 16-07-14 10:44 AM

Using the 'add photo' button in the post editor should work then you just paste in the photo URL

johnathon007 16-07-14 10:52 AM

It looks like 5 posts is the magic number :) Pictures are a little blurry from my cell phone but its not too bad.

My computer right now mostly torn down [Don't worry all those wires will be dead and gone once I get it out of the case and into its new desk home]

All the stuff I bought for my build

Fans before and after paint

Motherboard tray is probably getting painted tomorrow

The wood under the motherboard tray is the wood the desk is going to be built from.

MadShadow 16-07-14 10:54 AM

Holy cable managing batman jesus christ...

johnathon007 16-07-14 10:54 AM

It wasnt too bad until I cut all the ties and stole the cables for this build ;)
Ive been stripping parts for about 2 weeks trying to get this going.

YouWhat 16-07-14 12:06 PM

I love the anti-grav mounting for the res... Where can I get one of those lol :D

But although blurry they do give us a good idea of where you are coming from so when we see what you will achieve, then we can appreciate what you have built almost as much as you :)


Is that a radiator on top of the case as well as on the front?

***edit 2***

The inside of the case kinda reminds me of a scene out of Stargate Atlantis....

When the doctor, Jenifer Keller (Jewel Staite) is changing into a Hive ship, and Ronan Dax (Jason Momoa) is struggling to get through the tendrils in the corridor to help save the day...



iBeInspire 16-07-14 12:31 PM

Oh my lord... please do a better job with your new build, the last one was really bad cable management wise :P

A lot of us here are neat freaks, bear that in mind :)

YouWhat 16-07-14 12:42 PM


Originally Posted by iBeInspire (Post 770207)
Oh my lord... please do a better job with your new build, the last one was really bad cable management wise :P

A lot of us here are neat freaks, bear that in mind :)

Thats why I not uploaded pics of my new Rig yet, until I get the SP120 LED fans, so as can then finally sort out the wires, i still debating whether to custom make some cables though as although these Silverstone extension are brilliant and coordinated with everything else in the case, behind the scenes is packed out with cables crammed in everywhere and in no order, and I am still holding out hope that Asus will get off their collective behinds and give us in the EU the longer AAFP cable that people in the USA can get for the Front Base. :disappointed1:

johnathon007 16-07-14 08:38 PM

Cables will be perfectly neat and tidy in this build :)

edit> Yes thats a radiator in the top also. missed that question the first time.

johnathon007 17-07-14 09:01 AM

I don't know of double posting is a problem but adding some pic :)
Motherboard tray painted.


Got the plywood cut today. Don't have any pictures of all the small pieces yet but here's after the first cut.


Desk should start coming together in a day or 2 and some pictures will follow.

johnathon007 27-07-14 10:30 AM

Got one of the radiators ready, fans rewired, painted, and sleeved.


Desk is starting to look like a desk also

johnathon007 08-08-14 06:47 AM

Almost ready to put on the finish.
Probably going to paint the drive bay black but I hav'nt decided yet.


BigDaddyKong 08-08-14 12:14 PM

Your off to a good start.

Wraith 08-08-14 12:21 PM

Coming along nicely, I'm a sucker for a scratch built desk mod. :)

johnathon007 12-08-14 01:14 AM

Got the stain on, the clear coat will start tomorrow which might take a couple days.

The pictures have some weird reflections that make the finish look uneven but its really smooth in person. Ill try to get some better pictures later.



johnathon007 13-08-14 06:58 AM

First coat of the finish is on, sanding and second coat tomorrow.



GadgetGarrett 13-08-14 08:48 AM

I am so happy to see you keeping it a dark oak. That will look real classy with all the tech going in to it.

I could see it with one of these lamps sat on it


Almost a steam punk vibe!

johnathon007 13-08-14 06:53 PM

That lamp would look great on it, I might have to go looking for one now :cool:.

GadgetGarrett 13-08-14 08:26 PM

Heheh! I just searched for red bankers lamp

johnathon007 16-08-14 04:08 AM

That lamp is $40 on amazon =00= If i can find some extra money it might show up in the final pictures. Still a lot of work to do on the finish though, it looks like it could take 5-10 coats of urethane to get it as smooth as a want it.

johnathon007 17-08-14 09:40 AM

Small update...
The varnish I was using seems to be no good anymore and it started to peel, so now I have to strip it all off and start over :cussing:
Might be a week before Im back to this point again but it will get there.

remember300 17-08-14 11:18 AM

Look in junk shops and old furniture shops you may find a laml lile hat with a bit of character x

neotrix 17-08-14 01:18 PM

Damn, varnish peeling sucks!
Ill be waiting to see the next steps on this. I love desk builds, just don't have the gear at the moment to convert my own. Nice work so far mate!

johnathon007 19-08-14 01:51 AM

Got it all stripped and stained again :) now I just have to wait until tomorrow and try again with new varnish.

johnathon007 23-08-14 08:02 AM

no pictures yet but its in the house and Im getting it put together. I dont have the glass for the top yet, Ive been having trouble finding a place that will cut it as precise as I want it, I may end up doing it in acrylic and cutting it myself.

johnathon007 02-09-14 04:02 AM

Pictures are a bit washed out but here's the almost finished desk. Still trying to source the glass and waiting for my front panel and switch mounts to arrive in the mail.



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