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Stealth Gaming / VR / Development Desk PC

by hunter_nc


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Date Published

Jan. 17, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

2.8 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.544 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz


I wanted a powerful PC for gaming, software development, and VR experimentation. My wife wanted our guest room / office to continue looking nice. So I started a project with these constraints:

  1. Affordable: total cost (desk, monitor, PC components, everything) < $2,000
  2. Seamless: transition daily between work-from-home Macbook Pro dock and gaming desktop.
  3. Stealthy: it should be quiet and invisible.
  4. Powerful: it should be capable of Oculus Rift VR development.

Progress photos and notes:


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.Phil_ 3 points 3 months ago

Okay, I'm saving this so i can blatantly copy it.

hunter_nc submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

That's why I kept track of 100% of the components!

tony475130 2 points 3 months ago

Nice setup! I was worried looking at the beginning photos that you were going to leave the back exposed. That would have invited more dust bunnies and left your components defenseless against a coffee spill haha. Looks real clean where it counts though! (maybe get a mechanical keyboard with rgb though. You know, for that extra bling lol)

timbermaniac123 2 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

I wonder about airflow, since it's only 1 80mm fan in the side. I think you can do better with 3 more 80mm and close the top of the drawer with acrylic so it can get more pressure ?

hunter_nc submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I wondered about airflow at first too, but it seems to be sufficient.

The top of the drawer is closed with acrylic (that's where the power switch is mounted).

I want to keep it simple and avoid over-engineering. Right now one intake and one exhaust fan seems to be performing well. If airflow issues pop up, the next thing I'd do is install another intake on the other side to increase the internal air pressure.

Garog 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

That's incredible man, really innovative!

I may have to take inspiration from this build with a future project I'm thinking about.

tobleroneuk 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Now thats just awesome

EMMK 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Great stuff ! How are temps though ?

hunter_nc submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Temps and performance are both good. Idles silently at 35-40 C and with fan RPMs of 0-600.

Hours of benchmarking and gaming haven't led to any heat issues so far. I plan to run the superposition benchmark for a few hours this weekend as well.

TGND 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Looks awesome. Great idea and execution. I really want to do this now...

itstan 1 point 3 months ago

Great build! I sense a feature :)) +1

diypartsjoy 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

My dad wants to do a desk pc.

Tostesman 1 point 2 months ago

Excelent idea!!

killith 1 point 2 months ago

Pretty build. I'm also a dev by day and a gamer by night, but I have a basement office so I just have my crap everywhere :)

PcDude12 1 Build -1 points 3 months ago

Looks great exept for that apple mouse

hunter_nc submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

It's a seenda (I like them better than apple mice and they're cheaper as well), but I get your gist. Some people hate that style, but I dig it.