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PC mounted on back of monitor

by Ender_Mist

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Date Published

Feb. 20, 2018

Date Built

Aug. 27, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

44.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.102 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

Description

Disclaimer: This PC was originally built on August 27, 2016 (original build), but has been upgraded over time. Final project was finished February 17, 2018.

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.

Hardware Stuff

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.

Problems:

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)

Final thoughts/message to those wanting to do the same:

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.

Comments Sorted by:

brickreig 3 points 14 months ago

this looks janky af but it looks cool lol!

_Unphazed_ 2 Builds 3 points 14 months ago

built janky but looking swanky. I like it

OrbitalBuzzsaw 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Someone has to make an ITX case to do exactly this but less janktastical. +1

ch1cken_dude 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Wow dude, this is crazy and awesome at the same time +1 The idea of using the kensington-lock-hole for the gpu is very good! My favourite part are the bonsai, the cute plant on the monitor and the lamp in the shelf :) In the future you could theoretically swap the box with a soundbar or audio-interface or whatever, so that nobody really check where your pc is :D

Ender_Mist submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Yeah I have a few works in progress:

Flat GPU mount
Pretty monitor riser (Not a box)
Shorter GPU cooler/AIO

napreaux 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Really unique, that's for sure. Nice small footprint!

I want to do this but the opposite, mount a small monitor to a case, on a hinge or something, for a portable gaming rig.

Camranatic101 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

get an ITX case, and put it in the ITX case. yea i know it's gonna take a lot of work, but after successfully deliding a 6600k, a 980TI, and a second motherboard, I wouldn't be surprised if something else died, because it's open air. I love this idea, and it's one of the best things I've seen on this site, but I feel bad for the parts. nevertheless +1

Ender_Mist submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Yeah last night my CPU kept overheating my system kept crashing. Never figured out the problem, but after reinstalling the CPU cooler, replying liquid metal, and PAINSTAKINGLY installing the CPU and cooler vertically (CPU is delidded, but not glued down)

It works now... :-\

Camranatic101 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

also how does that plant stay on top of your monitor without falling off?

Ender_Mist submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Z I P T I E S

Ender_Mist submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Wait I thought you said motherboard for some reason. The motherboard is zip tied, the plant just sits up there because the monitor at the top is like an inch deep, plenty to balance on.

JCMsergox 4 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Well, this, er... unique...

Ender_Mist submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

But what about my music tastes. :'( ;-; D:

JCMsergox 4 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

They're good. Im not saying the build is bad. Just unique.

Solhasse 1 point 14 months ago

This is awesome! Love it! Does it get loud?

Ender_Mist submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Really, REALLY loud, but I've never tested. I typically have the speaker's volume knob on 7/10, and I listen on medium-low volume with windows volume at like 15/100. It could get way louder than I would ever want it.

hypergalaxy8 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I don’t know how you did this, but its awesome! If I had the money to do this, I may...

MannyPCs 1 point 13 months ago

This is really cool, great job. +1

Hows the monitor?

killercomps 1 point 11 months ago

I know this is older, and the comment is irrelevant but I couldnt help myself. $1800 build, $10k engineering skills, not even springing $20 for an actual rated surge protector that didnt live behind a couch for most of the 1990s, priceless. ;D

A_Milkshake 1 point 8 months ago

I honestly burst out laughing when I got to the 3rd picture... +1

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