Description

Most of the parts I used in this build are recycled from an older build. I only needed to purchase a 430W PSU from Best Buy for $30. This build is meant to be the ultimate home entertainment center for my bedroom. Completely hidden from sight, and I have all my music, pictures, movies, and a fresh install of Kodi. I use a wireless track pad/keyboard combo as my controller, works great. I have my router on top of my dresser so I used a wired connection for internet access, so I saved on buying a network adapter.

RAM: Definitely didn't need 16gb of ram, but I had it lying around from past build, so I just through it in.

Mounting/securing the mobo/GPU was the hardest part about the build. I first laid down the mobo and put the GPU in to see how my clearance is for opening and closing the drawer, I had to raise the mobo a little more than usual due to the heat from the back of the mobo, so I laid it exactly where I wanted and put dots where the mounting points needed to be. I also needed a way to secure the GPU so it wasn't rocking back in forth, so I used 2 L brackets to get a mounting spot, where normally you would have 2 screws on the back on a case (which I definitely don't have) After that I drilled wholes in the corresponding standoff spots. I then used a 1/2" plastic spacer and washer on the bottom of that. I tried placing the mobo in but all the spacers and washers started moving all over the place and I couldn't put it in. So I found some crazy glue to hold them in place while in the mobo. That worked perfectly! I then secured the mob even more using an additional washer and bolt on the bottom part of the drawer. I then, put in the GPU and screwed that in.

I had to cut out a whole in the back of the dresser to feed through my Ethernet cable, HDMI cord, and PSU power cord. Keeping the HDMI cord around the baseboard, I think I achieved maximum discretion. However if it was my own house(I rent an apartment currently), I would have hid everything behind the baseboard or in the walls. The heat isn't bad at all, CPU holds around 35c, GPU around 45c. Under load(watching movies for about 3 hours) CPU maxes at about 45c, and GPU around 60c.

If anyone has any questions please ask and I will try and answer best I can, this is my first time doing something like this, so don't be too harsh. Enjoy some picture! I wish I took more for when I was building it.

BTW The dresser to the left(darker one) 2nd drawer from the top is where the rig is.

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Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 5 points

Have you considered cutting a hole in the drawer and putting a fan or two? That'd probably help with temps.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about it and i might do it soon just in case, but the temps after 3 hours don't go beyond 50c underload for cpu and above 60c for gpu, don't really see the need to cut up my drawer, stays cool enough,

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

Great use of used parts +2 --- if I could. :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, yeah with spare parts only cost me $20usd in hardware, and $35 for the psu and an afternoon of my time :-)

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

I like any build that doesn't use a conventional case.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah me too and I haven't seen too many of these kinds of builds around, besides LinusTechTips ultimate desk space saver desk where he mounted like what I did under the table of his gaming desk

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job. I like it. +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Much appreciated!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

So it is an HTPC, in a drawer? Do you do any gaming on it? +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Very lightly if any. Not yet though, I have a separate gaming rig (https://pcpartpicker.com/user/jeep0073/builds/#view=kr4CmG) in my office room. That's dedicated for managed my music, gaming, and editing. This drawer build is for watching movies on kodi or surfing the web from my be and playing my full music library.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Clever! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

This is very cool! I love it! How does thermals go? any problems or does it work good? what do you use this mostly for? htpc?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! sorry for the late response. Thermals are great, only use it for htpc so it doesn't get hot at all, GPU hardly ever comes on. Works great, only downfall is the wireless keyboard I have for it sometimes doesn't connect, but that's perif not the system.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like how low profile the build is, though, personally I'd want to add a fan or two to the back of the drawer.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah I have 1-120mm corsair fan I might throw in(temps don't get high at all especially for what I'm using it for, GPU fans hardly turn on), I just don't want to disassemble everything because of the saw dust I'll be creating all over. Not necessary but if anything goes on it, then I will upgrade the ventilation setup while I'm at it.