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    [Build Log] Project Abyss

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    This is my first massive build, I am constructing a new desk to house 2 separate computers, one for Gaming and the other as a small home server. the desk itself will house 2 computers one on either side of the desk and in the middle all the HDD's from both computers. On display will also feature water-cooling reservoirs and multiple temperature LCD's. The Water cooling of the rig will Chanel down under the desk into 2 large radiators that will be housed inside a tiny fridge to keep the water temps down around 0-10 degrees Celsius.

    Rig 1 (gaming)
    Mobo: ASUS Rampage IV
    CPU: Intel Core i7 3820
    Ram: undecided will be either corsair or g.skill
    PSU: OCZ fatal1ty 750W
    GPU: 1x Gainward GTX680
    HDD: 2x Samsung 840pro 256gb SSD running of a raid card
    HDD: WD 2tb Green

    Rig 2 (Media Server)
    Mobo: ASUS Sabertooth x58

    CPU: Intel Core i7 930
    Ram: G.Skill Ripjaws 12gb @1600mhz
    PSU: Thermaltake 450W
    GPU: EVGA GTX 550ti
    HDD: Corsair Force 60GB SSD
    HDD: 2x WD 3TB Green
    HDD: 1x Hitachi 2TB
    HDD: 1x WD 1TB Green

    so here is the start of the desk and some of the parts that have arrived will keep you updated as i work on it.

    And the Desk Progress

    Will post more as i work on it this weekend.

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    Quick update, have been without internet for last week someone thought it would be funny to take the modem...

    anyway will be painting the top this weekend and hopefully some more parts will be coming in the coming weeks

    will have photos up sunday night

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    ok so paint came and so did most of the power cables
    will be building base this week hoping to have it done befor my work roster changes to 12hr shifts
    than will be wating on motherboard processor and ram also anyone have any advice on water pumps
    should i use 1 or 2 and which ones would be best?

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    First layer of undercoat done only 16hrs till the next

    painting should be done next week and legs will be here friday i hope

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    Desk mods are pretty popular lately. Looks like yours will be an all in one type setup.

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    Quick little update

    Finally found some time to get into the city to pick up the rest of the parts on order.
    I have decided that since i wont be going all out with 3 or 4 GPU's in sli that there was no real
    need to get a the ASUS Rampage IV Extreme so i have chosen the Formula motherboard. I'm hoping
    over the next week or so i will have the rest of the motherboard slots cut and ready to put the
    top coats of paint on.

    few quick photos bellow

    The 2nd layer of Undercoat on finally

    and the rest of the hardware still need to get in another Samsung 840Pro 256Gb Drive

    And this is just about everything i need just have to get my arse into gear and get some
    glass cut and finish the desk

    Hopefully end of the work week will post some more

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    Finished moving into new place and unpacked only thing left is to finishthe Build.
    First Coat of paint done 2nd coat will be done tomorrow. And will be putting the base together
    thinking of doing a carbon vinyl on the centre slope and the false floors so hopefully that will
    Come this week


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    finally got the first 2 coats of paint onto the desk came up much better than i was expecting.
    Carbon Vinyl arived have aplied it to the false floors and decided to seperate the back devider
    and mount the Resivior between them will get to work on that later today anyway time for some more pictures

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    got some time over the weekend to get some more work done. decided against the single back seperator
    and have gone for 2 with a mini cave in the middle looks a lot nicer provides that little bit more room.
    have been trying to decide whether to add another reservior (or 2) behind and under the main reservior
    not sure how it will look guess once i paint the new deviders and get the top on will make a decision.

    and for the photos

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    finally have time to post some more details about the build, top of the desk is pretty much complete
    just have a couple of holes to drill for the watercooling tube and knock up the base, i had a fiddle
    around with the fridge idea during the week and came to the conclusion that was stupid enough to even
    consider it... didn't pan out but no problem as the 2 radiators will easily be enough for the rig.
    got round to cleaning the dust and crap out of the desk and wipe it down i was actually quite impressed
    how well it came up... now all that's left is new temp sensor displays (wanted red got blue) and also
    a 2nd reservoir to mount with the pump as a fill-port for the whole thing.

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