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Project Deskputer
« on: January 25, 2009, 02:10:10 PM »

I currently have a Dell laptop that works great, but I wanted to upgrade to something more powerful and more mobile.  How the heck is that possible?  Buy 2 computers: 1 desktop and 1 netbook. 

Well I don't have too much room for a tower as can be seen here:


So what am I to do?  I'll put the computer in the bottom drawer of the desk!

Drawer to be used:


Drawer out, slot where the drawer goes:


Just seeing if stuff will fit in the drawer ok, not the actual parts yet:


In such a closed space some air circulation will have to be added, so in the back of desk I will place these two fans (one intake, one exhaust):


Well, that's it so far since I'm still collecting the parts.  The specs for the final PC will be as follows:
CPU - AMD Phenom 9950 BE
Mobo - Asus M3A78 Pro
Memory - 8GB DDR2-800
Gfx - AMD Radeon HD 4650
HDD - Hitachi 500GB
PSU - Antec Earthwatts 500W
Monitor - 2x BenQ FP202W

I should begin cutting holes in stuff this week, time permitting.

* EDIT *

Editted specs to reflect the truth
« Last Edit: February 07, 2009, 09:52:51 PM by blafrisch »
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Re: Project Deskputer
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2009, 03:05:07 PM »

Where's your optical drive going?  You could probably use a slot-load (eSATA maybe?) drive and mount it vertically on the desk so when the CD pops out, it will lift out from your desk.

And also why not hang your LCD on the wall to get more desktop space?
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Re: Project Deskputer
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2009, 03:12:15 PM »

I'm going to put a USB DVD-RW drive on the desk.  Don't really need a optical drive all too much though.

As for the desk space the laptop will obviously be gone which is the biggest desk hog of all.  And above the desk I want to put a shelf for my CD cases and current text books.  I don't want to put too much weight on the shelf though, so most of my text books for previous classes will just reside in my closet.
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Re: Project Deskputer
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2009, 03:52:08 PM »

Have you considered a cooler?  The stock cooler with the 9950 is a joke in a normal case; I'd be really skeptical  about a drawer. 
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Re: Project Deskputer
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2009, 08:47:18 PM »

I haven't yet, but we'll see soon enough.  I am getting the 125W 9950 instead of the 140W 9950.  Which one do you have?
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Re: Project Deskputer
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2009, 12:04:19 AM »

The 125.  I've got a Xigmatek S1283 on it and it stays decently cool.
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Re: Project Deskputer
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2009, 08:06:24 PM »

Ah, the good ol' golden orb HSF from Thermaltake.  I think I still have some PIIIs somewhere with those on them.
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Re: Project Deskputer
« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2009, 09:08:31 AM »

The 125.  I've got a Xigmatek S1283 on it and it stays decently cool.

Followed your advice and promptly ordered the same cooler yesterday.  It should arrive on the same day as the mobo, CPU, and RAM.  That one seems to be the best bang for the buck after reading reviews with it, the Tuniq Tower 120, and the Thermalright eXtreme 120.

Ah, the good ol' golden orb HSF from Thermaltake.  I think I still have some PIIIs somewhere with those on them.

I love my PIII 800MHz CPU.  That thing uses so little power compared to everything else.  Only problem is that the motherboard I have is a pull from an old gateway machine and it is very moody about anything on the IDE channels (especially CD-ROM drives).  I think it'll eventually be used again as a media PC in my living room, but I haven't put in an ethernet jack on that floor just yet.
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Re: Project Deskputer
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2009, 09:14:37 AM »

Followed your advice and promptly ordered the same cooler yesterday.  It should arrive on the same day as the mobo, CPU, and RAM.  That one seems to be the best bang for the buck after reading reviews with it, the Tuniq Tower 120, and the Thermalright eXtreme 120.

Well, I guess I didn't think that one through enough.  I've been measuring so much stuff lately, how it didn't hit me to check the height of the cooler against the clearance in the drawer I don't know.  Short story though: it's too tall and I'm going with stock cooling for now.
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Re: Project Deskputer
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2009, 11:21:24 PM »

Well I got the PC up and running and installed Vista.  With just the on-board video my Vista performance score is 4.0, 3D graphics being the lowest.  HD, CPU, and RAM all scored 5.9 which all beat my laptop handily.  4GB more RAM and a Radeon 4850 and this PC will destroy any PC I've ever touched before.  Guess I need to work with more powerful PCs.

Sitting out in the open and mostly idle the CPU was around 32C with the stock heatsink and AS5.  I'd say it's more than decent to hide away in my drawer provided my airflow idea is so-so.

Here's a crappy camera phone pic that I snapped before I went to the gym today.  I already disassembled it and hid it back away.
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