I use this PC for productivity, gaming, and listening to hifi sound.
I've had this build for a long time, but after I got my speakers, I decided to redo my entire sub-par setup. I spent a month changing something to the setup, all together this probably took over 100 hours, but a lot of it was trying new things and putting them back eventually. To be fair, most of this was optimizing speaker placement, but cable management took a long time too.
Once I finally settled on a place to put my desk and speakers, I semi-permanently mounted my acoustic treatment, and settled in. I originally had my PC open-air behind my monitor, but it looked tacky and was about to buy a case when I thought "Why not mount the entire thing behind this huge monitor?!" So using zip ties, patience, creativity, adhesive, time, luck and a little bit of elbow grease, I set to work. After literally all day from waking up till evening, I worked on this absurd project. Now that it's complete, I'm pretty happy.
I don't think I'm the first person to have this idea, but to be fair, I came up with it on my own.
I got my i5 6600k to 4.6GHz at 1.42v, which is pretty mediocre, but it's running at 44c on a hyper T4 (CPU is delidded :P)
What worked well:
It looks pretty, and it's technically an all-in-one PC now, as I mounted the monitor's power brick to itself so there is just one cable to the whole thing. However, since the monitor alone is 21 pounds (9.4 kg), I don't think it will be going anywhere anytime soon.
Motherboard is literally zip-tied up.
Monitor is so heavy it can't keep itself up to a reasonable viewing height, so I shoved a box underneath it.
While building, I fried my old motherboard and got a new one.
I have a sit/stand desk and it leans back a bit due to the uneven weight distribution.
When placing studio monitor speakers, you want to form an equilateral triangle with the distances between your ears and each speaker. Thanks to my ultrawide monitor, these angles can never be achieved unless I sit really far back.
This took forever!!!!! (but I enjoyed it :P)
Was this project fun? YEAH
Was this project challenging? Yeah...
Is this a good idea? Probably not :3
I really enjoyed this project as I like seeing my hard work turn into something. I also made DIY acoustic panels in this process, which turned out nicely. Audio-wise, this is the best I've ever heard music and I even bought Spotify Premium.
The takeaway is that the project was fun and practical, pretty, but a little risky and time consuming.