I am an A level Product Design student, hoping to get into university in September. At the start of the school year, I asked if I could make this, My PC Cross Desk: A full and functional desk which would be able to hold my PC , giving me better aesthetics and better temperatures (and just to make my PC that much more wow). A year later, I finished it, and here it is. I'd seen people build desks like this before, and seen the big steel and glass ones produced for like £2000, but I wanted to see if I was up to the challenge.
The benefit of doing this in school, was that I didn't have to pay for any of it. All the wood, tools to cut it, steel for the legs, training to learn how the braze, so that I could weld up the legs myself, was free. If I didn't do this in school, it would have taken me so much longer to make it, and cost me a lot lot more.
The main body of the desk was made out of plywood, cut out on a CNC router. All I had to do was put the wood in the machine sit back and let it cut it out for me (of course I had to design it all, to the millimetre, and program it into the router). I ensured I made space for the fans on either side of my actual PC, so I could get really good airflow into the whole thing, as well as things like mill out the center, so there was enough room for all of the pins underneath the motherboard. The legs were cut out of box sections of mild steel, which I cut myself, cleaned, welded together, primed and painted matt black. The steel top I had made and bought, along with the scratch resistant glass in the middle, since I didn't have the equipment to make those myself.
The real pain with all this was having to measure every component for the screw holes, so I could mount it. The radiator for the CPU cooler was annoying, I having to find screws long enough to hold it tight in place, and having to drill the holes perfect for it.
I already had a gaming PC, with just the one GTX 970, and an I5 - 4670K. But since I was going all out on the desk, thought I might as well spend the money on a more powerful PC. Upgraded to an I5 - 6600k, with a swanky new motherboard and another GTX 970, and made sure all everything that everything that could be seen from the outside was red and black, black and red. Part of the reason for making this was that I hated seeing the PSU, all the wires, the hardrive and stuff. This blocks all that out, so only the best bits of my PC are up for show.
The performance on this is great. I can play GTA V max settings and hit 60 fps easy at 1920 x 1080 and at 1440 p too. The same with games like DayZ, Arma, Tomb Raider etc. I use this to edit my GoPro videos too, video editing is a breeze, and the rendering on here for my CAD designs is quick too.
I had so much fun building this, but since I'm going to uni after summer, I'm gonna be broke. This is probably the last time i'll ever get to build something like this or have such an up to date PC, so i'm gonna spend most of my summer enjoying this before I leave. Handed in the desk, and all my coursework and drawings and measurements and designs and research, got an A in the end :)