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Old 10-07-2017, 10:06 AM   #8
indie_engineer
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Hey guys!

OK just to update, I've managed to do up a 3D render of what my table would look like. I used a 3D design software similar called Sketchup, which is absolutely brilliant! Special thanks to my friend Nathaniel, who gave me a crash course on how to use the software and helping me make the 3D model of my desk!

The 3D render is dimensions accurate, as in every panel was made to correct dimensions.

As for the PC components 3D renders, they were imported from a website called 3D warehouse. It's a website where people can upload and share 3D renders they created in Sketchup of just about anything. I was surprised to see the number of PC components people have created!

Do take note that the layout of the PC components are not finalised. Also, I will be using water cooling and I did not make water cooling pipes in my render as I didn't think it was necessary right now, important thing is finalising my layout of the components. Besides, I do have some concerns regarding my first draft of layouts so any and all suggestions to improve my layout would be greatly appreciated.

Anyways, here are screenshots of my PC desk table.

Overview:


Front:


Rear:


*Do take note for the rear, I did not cut out the whole for IO ports and PSU.

Ride Side:


Top View without glass:


Like I mentioned before, I do have some concerns:
1) My HDDs are on the other side of the table, meaning my SATA cables would have to be super long. I'm guessing even if I could find SATA cables that long, it will definitely effect data transmission speeds drastically?

2) As you can tell, the PSU is upside down. I have done this on purpose as I intend to cut out a hole at the bottom for it so it gets proper circulation. Is this a problem?

3) the radiator and pump for my water cooling system I've only put there cos I have no idea where else to put it. I'm leaning towards using soft piping since this is my first time doing this so I think soft piping might be the safer option. Is there a maximum length soft pipes can be before they start to be weighted down to the base of my table?

4) I have 2 intake fans and 2 exhaust fans on either side of my table. Is this enough?

This is probably my most pressing concern. I intend to get the MSI GTX 1080 ti Sea Hawk EK X graphics Card. It's the one that comes together with the waterblock already installed. Problem is according to online dimensions, the height is about 17cm, EXACTLY the height of the recess in my table where the components are installed. Coupled with the fact that it's going to be slotted in to a motherboard that already screwed on standoffs, it's easily going to reach 20-25cm in height, which screws up my entire project.

The alternative is to use a PCIe riser and lay the card down flat like what Linus did. The reservations I have with this are:

1) I definitely want it to be connected to the first PCIe slot on my motherboard. If I used a PCIe riser, is there one long enough to run all the way to the side of the motherboard?

2) Even if there was, how bad is the degradation in performance? I know Jaztwocents just did a video on it and he showed that there was no noticeable difference in performance, and proved that with benchmark tests, but I don't know if that shows the full picture.

3) If I do lay it flat, doesn't that just eliminate the option to SLI a 2nd card in the future?

Once again, any and all suggestions and advice will be greatly appreciated!
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