My desk IS my computer case

l3pdesk

If you think that your water cooled rig is pretty sweet, check out this creation by Dutch PC enthusiast [Peter Brands] (Google Translation).

With his computer tweaked as far as he could imagine, he decided to spruce up his office a bit. In the process, he ended up tweaking his computer just a little bit more. After seeing a build put together by another computer enthusiast, he set off to construct a desk in which he could show off his computer. He spent some time drawing up plans with Google Sketchup and with the help of a friendly neighbor, started construction of his desk/PC case.

The desk is constructed from 3mm thick aluminum, and houses most of his computer’s components under a thick piece of glass. The only portion of the computer that is not enclosed in the desk is the 9-fan radiator he used for his water cooling setup. That part resides in his crawl space, which he connects to his PC via a pair of large water hoses he punched through his tile floor. If you are interested, you can see all 800+ pictures of the build here.

Simply awesome!

[Thanks duchie]

Comments

  1. Pete S says:

    Awesome work! A bit deep for my ergonomic taste but a great idea. I’m a sucker for triple monitor setups as well. Ain’t no going back to a dual screen setup after that…

    He did another write up in english here:

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=256952

  2. Doc says:

    Whoa…. fap fap fap.

  3. BlackCow says:

    Have fun dragging that thing to a LAN party 0_0
    I totally need to get two more monitors lol.

  4. McSquid says:

    I have my own version of the desk computer. They are nearly impossible to move (or at least mine is). I had a LAN party at my house and I couldn’t participate because I couldn’t even get it into the living room.

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.509652570993.2011291.99200509&l=7d9cfca79d

  5. Lion XL says:

    uhhh…its a desk, isn’t meant for moving. I had this idea just couldn’t get around to actually doing it. Probably wouldn’t have come out as sweet as this one looks, I don’t have quite the necessary builders skills.

  6. Bob says:

    I wouldnt drink what he is having :-/

  7. Bob says:

    This has been around for awhile, but still a cool build :D

  8. Wizzard says:

    Easy to do- The real champ would make it as thick as a normal desk, something around 1U would be reasonable. Watercool the whole thing, of course- This is just a flat box and some PCIe extenders.

  9. Colecago says:

    @McSquid
    Couldn’t you bring the LAN part of it to you via a helpful network cable or wireless card?

  10. Sodor says:

    Nice!

  11. Hi there !
    Thanks for posting it here :)
    This desk wasn’t created for lans, it’s for home use only.
    For lans i’ll take some other pc.
    I just wanted to create a very very silent but fast workstation, and most important, my wife had to like it too in the living room.

    If you want some more info about it, don’t hesitate to read some more here :

    http://www.l3p.nl

    or

    http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=197139

    Im also in the middle of a casemod contest.
    Feel free to vote :)

    http://casemod2011.coolermaster.com/profile.php?u=37&c=2

  12. strider_mt2k says:

    Very nice looking setup.

    I remember Popular mechanics had an article on this a year or so ago.

    Not my cup of tea personally, but still extremely well executed.

  13. JD says:

    Awesome! Now get some of that Tint that can be enabled/disabled and place overtop for when the lights start to bother you.

  14. Hirudinea says:

    Sweet! Wonder what he’ll do with his laptop?

  15. MrBishop says:

    That is one amazing desk. I would love to one day have something like that. Although the water cooling system sounds massive. Could you just install a refrigerator unit and make it air tight to keep it cool? Or would that make it take more power then its worth? I am only a freshmen in CompEng so I am pretty green.

  16. The glass of tonic water glowing there is a nice touch.

    However, isn’t this an unlicensed, unregulated, untaxed back-alley tanning salon?

  17. The glass of tonic water glowing there is a nice touch. However, isn’t this an unlicensed, unregulated, untaxed back-alley tanning salon?

  18. McSquid says:

    @Colecago

    I suppose I could have, but then I’d have to play in another room which kinda defeats the purpose of the LAN party. Might as well just play online at that point.

  19. Dino says:

    Now THAT is a damn cool hack! NICE!!

  20. BLuRry says:

    I like it, except that he installed Windows on it. But for its hardware merits, it is teh bomb. :-D

  21. Spork says:

    @Bob
    My thoughts exactly!

    @Hirudinea
    Desktop in a desk… It only makes sense that he’d integrate it into his legs.

    @BLuRy
    Maybe he’s triple booting Mac OS, Windows, and his favourite ‘NIX build.

  22. quinho666 says:

    That is one of my projects for a future where time is some misunderstood concept… And the whole thing would fit in one drawer (as the drawer is the case)… Very nice build, tho!

  23. BiOzZ says:

    very good job … i would conceder it to if i did not have to pick up my full tower and take it to work once a month

  24. James says:

    Not sure if Id be comfy with the (apparently) UV underlighting. eye safety-wise.

  25. BiOzZ says:

    @James i agree

    id use UV protected plexy class … its fairly cheep and pluss UV makes my contacts glow and screws up my vision

  26. Stevie says:

    Sounds like half the people commenting here have never heard of laptops.

    (Yes I know you get more bang for your buck when it comes to Desktops bla bla).

    Very nice build, I can’t imagine having the patience to build something to that level. Good job :)

  27. joedirt says:

    Nice job BTW, but I wonder how the top is secured to the wall. With no legs, I’m wary of the entire works ripping off the wall with some misplaced asses.

    Not for everyone obviously. I like the convenience of being semi mobile with a traditional tower case.

  28. andar_b says:

    I don’t know about the innards of his walls, but if you look at the lower left of the image, that looks like one big ass bracket holding up the top, if it’s solid, I bet it would hold just about anyone’s ass. :)

  29. andar_b says:

    Come to think of it…even if it’s square tubing of a reasonable thickness.

  30. uzerzero says:

    This is definitely awesome. Now if they only had these desks as standard furniture in the labs when I was studying electrical engineering…

    This makes me think of finding a cheap desk at a garage sale or the dump, removing the top, dumping some components in, and replacing the top with a sheet of plexiglass. Sounds like it would be a fun weekend project.

  31. silvesterstillalone says:

    @andar_b It isn’t the bracket that is the problem. Even if the bolting hardware was to go through the full width of a 2×4 stud it could still readily tear out with all that tasty leverage the table gives. Wooden studs just aren’t nearly as strong across the grain as they appear to be. Luckily it appears that the table is supported on the far side against the second wall, which should be sufficient.

  32. Mike says:

    And what if you want to move your computer, say to a lan party for example?

  33. raged says:

    if you were going to a lan party, maybe you have 2 computers?

    BTW awesome desk, i watched the build on HardOcp

  34. The desk holder is square aluminum 40x40x4mm mounted with 10 x M8x100 in a concrete wall.
    Guess it can hold up to 500 Kg while the desk is around 50Kg :)

  35. Merlin051 says:

    @l3p

    Your just missing the perfect keyboard addition for this…

    The Razer Marauder StarCraft II Keyboard.

    [imghttp://strangera.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/razer-starcraft-ii-gear-green.jpg[/img]

  36. where time is some misunderstood concept… And the whole thing would fit in one drawer (as the drawer is the case)… Very nice build, tho!Wooden studs just aren’t nearly as strong across the grain as they appear to be. Luckily it appears that the table is supported on the far side against the second wall, which should be sufficient.

  37. This looks like an awesome way to save money on a computer case even haha! you’ll end up spending about the same price for a decent gaming case ($300+) any way, so why not a desk instead. I don’t get why you cant have the water cooling in the desk as well and have to run it to another room, instead of using a good Cooler Master H60 or something?

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