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L3P D3SK Wanna Be (In need of more original name)
by 8F01C198997
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Description

After describing the concept of the L3P D3SK to my dad he decided we should take on a similar project. Since neither my father nor I have any experience metalworking we started by purchasing an already constructed wood desk to alter as needed. You can see most of the process in reverse above. We started by removing the drawers and getting a piece of plywood to screw to the bottom and mount the hardware to. The motherboard tray and back panel were scrapped from an NZXT Source 210.

My dad said this was going to be used to replace the main family computer (a Sony all-in-one from 2008). My dad didn't want to spend a whole lot so it wasn't designed to be too powerful but my dad does have a collection of unopened Games for Windows that, "[He's] going to get around to eventually." I also don't have anything but my laptop to game on right now since I sold my last PC to my step-brother and that can barely run Fallout 3 on medium settings.

CPU: Needed something powerful enough but not expensive. If I can get the money I'll try to upgrade to a 3570k or 3770k later.

Cooler: Needed something that looks good through the glass, fit, and is able to cool effectively given the minimal airflow. This one's nice because it has a blue LED on the CPU block.

Motherboard: I've had good experiences with MSI and this particular motherboard was pretty cheap when we bought it (which was at the same time as the rest of it because my dad, who isn't familiar with computer internals, wasn't particularly patient.)

RAM: Got it at a good price, has plenty for this computer's uses, and most importantly, is blue.

Hard Drive: Plenty of space, got at a good price as open box item from Newegg.

GPU: I've used the 650 Ti before so I knew how it fared, and it was at a good price when it was purchased.

PSU: Mostly chosen because of the price, wattage, modularness, and blue LED. I know people aren't really into Raidmax PSUs but I haven't had problems with the two I've used so far.

Monitor: Pretty good cheap 1080p monitor with built in speakers. Not impressed or disappointed.

Mouse & keyboard: Keyboard was selected by my father because of it's blue LEDs and works well. The mouse was selected by my father because he wanted a wireless blue mouse, and quite frankly I would not recommend it.

Soon I'll be getting the cable extensions necessary to route all of the cables out of view. I'm eager to eventually add an SSD and a GTX 770, though that may be long enough from now that I mean to say a GTX 970.

I kind of gave the short version here so if anybody has any questions or suggestions, particularly on the name that would be great.

Edit: There is only one network adapter but it won't let me remove the duplicate one now, so just ignore it.

Details
Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.3GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate966MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate2.7GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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MrsSmallCow 15 points 15 months ago

This gives me an idea.........im gonna build a pc with the case as a clear toilet

 
 
pwayer8 11 points 15 months ago

Genius water cooling would be so easy and you put a monitor on the top and you never have to leave the seat

 
 
DjArtifact 3 points 15 months ago

I dig this build, besides the power supply, raidmax scares me.

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

I know, but it hasn't shown any issues and it works better because of its blue LED fan.

 
 
Smily 1 point 15 months ago

Just look at the reviews on Newegg for it.

Here are the top three: http://puu.sh/3N1kj.png http://puu.sh/3N1kJ.png http://puu.sh/3N1nl.png http://puu.sh/3N1o2.png

Easy to find bad reviews.

 
 
Frostbyter 3 points 15 months ago

I'd replace your PSU very immediately or else that beautiful desk may be found in a burning ash pile. :/

 
 
Arch-Angel [2 Builds] 2 points 14 months ago

I don't know why everyone hates this psu. I have one in two builds and it works well in both builds. You have to assume some people just get defective units.

 
 
jacobs4525 [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

there are lots of reasons to avoid this PSU. It has a bad efficiency rating, and uses cheap Chinese capacitors. The use of these poor quality components will lead to the unit not being able to supply the advertised wattage (It should be closer to 400w-450w in terms of what it actually puts out), and will also cause a high failure rate, especially when paired with Raidmax's terrible quality control. This unit is $50. a CX600M can be had for that price. It is over all a terrible idea.

 
 
Goku671 [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

hey. i have the nzxt hue and it is great but it doesnt seem to work well in the desk. I suggest getting a bunch of cold cathode lights. They are like $10 dollars for 2 and light up the interior. THe logisys cold cathodes are very bright and they come in a variety of colors. I suggest you get white.

 
 
on4209 [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Very nice project!!!

 
 
Anthozoa 2 points 14 months ago

I don't know if you have a name yet but how about the 'Glassy desky boss PC'

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 2 points 14 months ago

Better than nothing.

 
 
WWarriorz51 [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

thats frikin awesome bro!! vey orginal idea with desk!!

 
 
Kifran 2 points 24 days ago

i came here to see a build with the NZXT 210 case.

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 24 days ago

Sorry to disappoint.

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RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

I woulda gone with a nicer modded desk ^ haha but then again I don't know if I could have done that so +1 my friend. Lots of time and effort

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Believe me when I say this is the nicest one. We spent plenty of time shopping for it and this was literally the only one that was thick enough for the expansion slots.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Haha I know I'm very impressed with your work on it. I've just seen some really sleek modern ones but hey man the fact that you did that in itself is amazing

 
 
istealunderwear [7 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Hmm, This build gives me the lust for doing something similar, just doing a computer inside of a wall or something, but i see what you mean when you say that table is probably one of the only ones that can actually fit everything into.

Still gives me tons of ideas. Funny awesome job, awesome initiative to post something different on PCPP!

 
 
Apach3 [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

other than the power supply (i've heard of Raidmax power supplies exploding within a month of deployment), this is both fantastic and very unique. awesome father-son project :D

 
 
Sabotage 1 point 15 months ago

Nice build!

 
 
smittypantz@hotmail.com [10 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Very cool.

 
 
SizzleBoy121 1 point 15 months ago

i3 with water cooling, what? lol!

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

The cooler had to fit so I did't have a lot of air cooling options and I was not about to put the stock cooler on it because it looks like crap.

 
 
slykrysis [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

The idea is nice, but I think for the part selection you could have done much better... i3 but you liquid cooled it? I know it might be temporary, but you could have gotten the i5/i7 later on with a Corsair H80/H100i later on with it as well. Also, even though the PSU has blue LED's, you could have bought a better quality one and put some blue cold cathodes in.

 
 
Austn [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Looks like that's gonna be dust central, lol.

Anyhow, nice innovative build! It's good to see something different on this site once and awhile.

 
 
dgb1119 1 point 14 months ago

how does the 650 ti do you? is it running good, like what games are you playing, what settings, whats your avg temp. thinking about buying this, trying to save every penny i can

 
 
8F01C198997 [Submitter] [8 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

I really like it overall as an almost high end solution without the high end price. I can play Bioshock Infinite on high/very high, Tomb Raider on very high, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 on max, and it overclocks to 1100MHz core clock with 3100MHz memory clock pretty easily. But if you can I'd definitely suggest getting the 650 Ti Boost instead since it can be found in the same price range and has noticeably better performance and is SLI capable. Check out the chart at the bottom of Nvidia's page for it: http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-650ti-boost/performance

 
 
dgb1119 2 points 14 months ago

yea thats what i originally went with for the reasons, its just, all so hard now with the gpu! xD. i know for a fact i want 2gb of vram and a hdmi output. i have nothing against amd but id like to get a nvidia card. so with my price range i can go for the 650Ti or the boost version. depends on which card from which chip goes on sale for how much money. i would definitely like the boost, more "futureproof" but then i keep resetting myself, thinking, "do i really need it", the most graphically intensive game i plan on playing is Planetside 2 and at that i only really want to go for medium or high settings. and if i can save $30 thatd be fantastic so, i just dont know xD i guess itll be the last thing i buy, and see which one goes on sale for a lot first eh. but thanks for the chart!

 
 
Koung 1 point 9 months ago

Nice build! Pretty cheap compared to other's I've seen! I would end up this price point WITHOUT the monitor lol

 
 
ThePiickledPepper 1 point 3 months ago

Professional would be cheaper than Home premium for windows https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-fqc04649