Constructing an invisible PC


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Most individuals would assume that this can be a regular wood desk it actually seems like wooden and is strong sufficient to be as nicely even a detailed inspection reveals that it’s certainly made out of real hardwood nevertheless that is all an phantasm as taking a fast look beneath we are able to

See that that is no unusual desk it’s the truth is fairly actually a desktop computer stuffed with high-end fanatic stage {hardware} and one of the best bit it is do-it-yourself and on this video i will be exhibiting you precisely how you can construct one this video is sponsored by kiwico extra about them later

Probably the most outstanding factor about this desk is how skinny and stylish it’s which leads to the computer being successfully invisible you simply by no means realize it was there except any person instructed you nevertheless as quickly as a monitor is positioned on prime it turns into instantly apparent what it’s

And the phantasm is damaged so the intention is to make a hidden monitor system which i will be going into extra element about later for now although we will be specializing in the desk itself now the desk truly measures solely 50 millimeters thick which is about 2

Inches and that is common for a standard desk nevertheless becoming high-end computer parts into such a good house is an actual problem and as such the design is uniquely catered round this single level to be as skinny as attainable whereas remaining sturdy so that is the very first thing we’ll sort out the outer shell

So so as to get this as skinny as attainable we will be utilizing aluminium sheeting to make the highest and backside of it as aluminium will be lower than half the thickness of alternate options like wooden whereas nonetheless permitting for a bend free design the corners are a little bit sharp although so

The very first thing we will do is spherical them off as this can be a way more pleasant form for a desk utilizing a jigsaw is good for this however be at liberty to make use of hand instruments if needed both manner end the corners off with a file adopted by sandpaper for a easy end result

Now to affix these two items of aluminium collectively and make them far more inflexible as they’re fairly flexible on their very own we will be utilizing some items of hardwood now these are going to be seen so it is smart to make use of a wooden that appears visibly fairly good

However the energy of the entire thing and the rigidity comes from the lamination of the 2 aluminium panels and never the wooden itself so it does not matter if they are not tremendous thick or something the minimal peak i like to recommend for these although is 44 millimeters which is one

Inch and three quarters as that is nearly excessive sufficient to suit nearly all of parts inside earlier than we screw these in place nevertheless they do have to have some 45 diploma cuts made in them in order that they will match collectively properly across the perimeter of our aluminium now we’re

Going to connect these to one of many sheets completely so for this we are able to clamp them to a sheet and flip the entire thing over in order that we are able to drill some pilot holes by way of to the wooden from the opposite facet these should be spaced roughly 10 centimeters aside to stop any gaps

Displaying between the wooden and aluminium and should even be countersunk in order that the screw heads will be flush utilizing a superb high quality bit together with some lubricant is certainly beneficial for this as will probably be very sluggish and tedious to do in any other case now the eagle-eyed of you’ll discover

That i am utilizing machine screws and threaded inserts right here however i like to recommend simply utilizing plain outdated wooden screws right here as an alternative to connect these items collectively as they will by no means be undone once more now flipping the entire thing over we are able to do an analogous factor to the opposite sheet however this time it does should be

Detachable for once we wish to entry the computer parts so this time we’ll add solely 5 screws alongside all sides and right here it’s certainly needed to make use of threaded inserts and machine screws now due to the lamination of those two sheets with the wooden in between them the entire thing immediately turns into very

Inflexible and shall be made much more so later once we get to creating some inner pillar block helps for now although we have to spherical off the wooden to match the curved aluminium corners and for this i counsel utilizing a surf kind which is principally a cheese grater for wooden

This may be adopted up by some sanding to easy it out which may end up in an outstanding end if you happen to take your time in case you have any gaps like i’ve right here it’s possible you’ll wish to use some wooden filler as nicely so with that carried out it is time to begin

Including some mounting holes for the inner parts now for this step we’ll have to work on it the wrong way up so we have to flip it over and as you possibly can see that is the facet with fewer screw holes so it will not take as lengthy to undo As i discussed earlier we’ve simply 44 millimeters of inner peak into which we are able to mount the parts whereas that is high quality for essentially the most half in terms of energy provides customary atx psus are simply too large to suit inside by a great distance so as an alternative what we’re

Going to make use of is a 1u energy provide one upsus are meant for industrial functions and servers and as such can sadly be fairly loud as noise ranges should not a main consideration of their growth fortunately nevertheless this 500 watt seasonic l1u unit which they’ve kindly offered for this construct on request is

One of many few that’s truly fairly quiet and even disables its fan fully at decrease masses and temperatures there are different noises like coil wine to think about however we’ll be checking this out later now for placement of this i counsel having it about eight centimeters away from the again piece of

Wooden to depart sufficient room so that you can plug the facility cable in for the motherboard i am utilizing an msi tomahawk which they too have despatched over for this construct together with the graphics card which is an rtx 2070 now often graphics playing cards are mounted instantly into the pci categorical slots however

We’ll use a particular extension cable for ours in order that we are able to mount it horizontally to maintain it good and flat extra on that later so with the positioning of the parts labored out we are able to begin marking mounting level holes for them that will help you out i’ve made a little bit

Printable template for motherboards which you’ll find a hyperlink to within the description simply print it out with none scaling after which use a marking software to mark the outlet factors this can be a actually correct and simple manner of marking these so it is positively beneficial every of those factors can now be drilled

By with a 3 millimeter drill bit and on the opposite facet countersunk to permit some m3 screws to once more be flush with the highest floor the intention with these screws is to bolt them to some six millimeter excessive pcb pillar helps as this provides some spacing to elevate the motherboard up barely

As soon as all 9 have been added we may give it a take a look at match good to mount the facility provide i used some fairly lengthy pcb pillars and screwed in place some customized brackets to carry it down lastly for the graphics card you will discover that i’ve added but extra pillar

Helps that encompass it you see strongest graphics playing cards are literally fairly thick with the followers protruding nicely above our 44 millimeter headroom this does not matter nevertheless as a result of we are able to merely unscrew the followers and their shroud leaving us with the naked heatsink now do not panic we’re going to type out

An attention-grabbing various to those followers in only a minute however for now we are able to reduce out a chunk of aluminium to suit over this heatsink with cutouts the place the heatsinks fins are after which screw it to the pillar helps there are three main advantages of mounting it this fashion

The primary is that it raises the graphics card to the precise peak in order that it is flush with the highest of the encompassing wooden and as well as it gives a small hole beneath the cardboard by way of which our pci categorical extension cable can later be rooted when it is time to plug the whole lot in

So the ultimate element half you would possibly wish to add is a platform for the exhausting drives or ssds that is designed to be modified by way of the lifetime of the case as it is easy to take away and exchange identical to the duvet for the graphics card so with all of the parts now in place

We will get a couple of wooden blocks the identical wooden the truth is that the remainder of the encompass is made out of and place them across the parts these should be screwed in place from the opposite facet once more with countersunk wooden screws as they’re to be everlasting helps for added rigidity

One factor you’ll have to do although is measure the place of every of those blocks so as to drill by way of the detachable piece of aluminium so as to add some threaded inserts for screwing it to them so with that carried out and dusted we are able to lastly work on the highest floor

Now as you possibly can see as a floor it is pretty industrial wanting and would possibly swimsuit some folks’s tastes however for me i need the desk to seem like it is made out of strong hardwood so we will cowl up the uncooked aluminium together with the various countersunk screw heads earlier than

Continuing nevertheless something that sticks up barely must be floor or sanded down in order that it is utterly flush which provides us an important floor to which we are able to mount our wood prime what we will use for that is veneer which is principally only a very skinny slice of hardwood

Now often you’ll glue this onto mdf or particle board to make it look a bit nicer however as we’re gluing it onto aluminium the method is a little bit bit completely different and probably a little bit bit messy so the very first thing to do is add some masking tape all the way in which round on

Our hardwood edge simply to guard it from any glue drips Now the glue we will be utilizing is simply two half epoxy now it is essential the epoxy that you simply use has a working time of not less than half an hour simply to present you some respiration house and ensure you can get the whole lot in place and never really feel rushed

Now the epoxy i am utilizing has a ratio of 5 elements resin to 1 half hardener so i am simply going to measure it out utilizing some jugs now we’re not truly going to combine these collectively but as a result of first we have to put together the aluminium you see aluminium oxidizes inside about 10

Minutes and if we had been to attach onto this oxidization layer it will imply that our glue adhesion can be very poor as a result of it is glued to the oxidization and to not the aluminium so it will ultimately peel away and that may be a really poor job

So the very first thing we’ve to do is clear any grease from any fingerprints and likewise from any lubricant that we used once we had been countersinking the screws we have to clear this all off the aluminium and for this we will be utilizing acetone and it is because it does not

Go away any residue now this cleansing course of has solely eliminated grease and dust the oxidization layer remains to be right here so to take away it we’re simply going to reveal some contemporary aluminium by sanding it down i like to recommend utilizing a disk sander for this with perhaps 120 grit sandpaper

That is only for pace however you possibly can in all probability get away with doing it manually in case you have a couple of mates to assist [Applause] Now the clock is ticking uh as a result of this can immediately start oxidizing once more so we’re simply going to present it a hoover a fast wipe after which it is time for the epoxy now any person has very kindly combined this for me off digicam so it is able to pour on

For further suggestions and tips about this entire epoxy course of you’ll find some extra details about it on this undertaking’s accompanying written information with the epoxy unfold equally over the floor we are able to now get the veneer and place it fastidiously on prime i’ve three items right here so in consequence

It’s a necessity to tape them collectively tightly in order that there is not any hole between them it is also tremendous vital to ensure that the veneer is squashed down evenly so i used some boards adopted by weights now i wasn’t pleased with the stress that these had been exerting nevertheless so i

Ended up simply getting the whole lot i might get my palms on and piling it on prime to keep away from getting caught out like this i counsel getting correctly ready beforehand so it has been drying in a single day and it needs to be cured by now however earlier than i have a look and see whether or not it is labored

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A glance to see whether or not it is truly labored now that is my first time seeing it so fingers crossed sure that appears good the surplus on the perimeters will be fastidiously trimmed off with a knife after which sanded right down to make the sides good and easy

And it’s possible you’ll wish to do some little bit of sanding to the highest as nicely solely do not take an excessive amount of off right here as it’s going to begin to reveal the aluminium beneath as you possibly can see this has labored actually quite nicely and positively offers it the looks of being made out of strong

Hardwood i actually just like the silver band of aluminium across the edge too because it makes it look very good now to guard the wooden and provides it a richer look you would possibly wish to add a few coats of oil i discover utilizing satin osmo oil works nice for this

As soon as it is dried you possibly can see that it actually does look unbelievable and also you would not ever guess that it is truly aluminium beneath it seems like wooden is as inflexible as wooden and even feels heat like wooden the one signal the truth is that it is not wooden is a slight hole sound when knocked however

There’s not a lot we are able to do about that so with this prime full it is lastly time to maneuver on to correctly mounting our parts earlier than mounting the motherboard it’s possible you’ll wish to set up the cpu and add its cooler i am utilizing a noctua nhl9x65 right here which i particularly

Requested from noctua because it’s one of many few low profile coolers that is going to be ample sufficient for this construct identical to the graphics card nevertheless we might want to take away its fan to maintain its profile as little as attainable and as i discussed final time i will be exhibiting you

The cooling technique that is changed by in only a few moments now it is a good suggestion so as to add the ram at this level too which in my case is 32 gigabytes of good speedy xpg ram from adata the motherboard can now be sat onto the pcb pillars that we added earlier with

The three leftmost screws being capped off with some dome nuts whereas the opposite six will be clamped down by some a lot taller pcb pillars these sit nearly stage with the highest of the heatsink and the rationale for utilizing them is that though we have managed to suit most of our

Parts inside our 44 millimeters of inner house the cpu cooler ram and io protect are all nonetheless barely too tall so we might want to construct a raised part particularly for this space the gpu can now even be mounted in place with its riser cable adopted by the psu and all its cables

This leads me onto the subject of airflow which is a vastly vital a part of preserving these parts cool the plan right here is to make a constructive stress state of affairs contained in the desk itself with the one place the air can escape being by way of the warmth sinks taking away the new air

This could work fairly successfully however we’ll have to attend till later to try it out we will obtain this constructive stress by utilizing many 44 millimeter sized followers and i have once more obtained not tour to thank for these as they’ve despatched over not 10 not 20 however 40 followers for this undertaking

The concept right here is to attach as a lot of them collectively as will match into the case which for me is 17 for all sides throughout testing i came upon {that a} block of 9 of those small followers gives an analogous airflow and stress to a single 120

Millimeter fan and does so at very comparable sound ranges so a tough estimate is that each one these followers are equal roughly to 4 120 millimeter followers now this positively prices rather a lot if you happen to’re utilizing model new noctua followers so if you happen to’re on a good price range you possibly can in all probability get away with

Utilizing some used pwm server followers and below vaulting them to get them to be quiet as nicely it will not be noctua ranges of quietness however will probably be acceptable and rather a lot cheaper as you possibly can see i’ve wired all mine up in parallel in order that they are often managed

By the motherboard and graphics card respectively they usually’re additionally delicate mounted with sponge to cut back any floor hum which may end result from direct contact now an vital factor to additionally do is use some strips of plastic or card to manage the trail of the airflow in order that

It will get directed to the precise areas the financial institution of followers on the cpu facet for instance pushes air into this central space and the one manner it may escape is both by way of the cpu’s heatsink or a little bit bit by way of the psu on the gpu facet the scenario is analogous

Because the air right here can solely escape by way of the gpu’s personal heatsink and it’ll be tremendous attention-grabbing to see how nicely this performs for now although we have to end the underside aluminium panel as you possibly can see i have been busy already making varied cutouts on this the holes

On all sides are to permit air in for the followers and had been made by fastidiously marking common positions after which drilling them out with a superb high quality step bit using loads of lubricant is certainly beneficial for this and once more go slowly to maintain in management and

Lengthen the lifetime of your bit these holes not solely look neat but in addition protect the aluminium energy as there’s loads of materials contact round them you will additionally have to make some cutouts for the gpu heatsink and motherboard space in addition to some detachable hatch covers for port entry and you may see

How these work in only a minute for cutouts like this i like to recommend drilling holes in reverse corners of your marked space after which utilizing a jigsaw to chop out your form from these holes after giving the entire thing a sand for a extra uniform texture and to cover any

Scratch marks it is prepared for some legs to be mounted i am utilizing some 28 inch uncooked metal hairpin legs right here which might merely be bolted in place these ought to actually emphasize the minimalism of the construct with completely nothing beneath the desk earlier than mounting this in place although

Do not forget to incorporate a push button to energy the computer on with as you possibly can see i’ve positioned some blocks instantly beneath the place the legs go in order that they are often instantly screwed to them to present them further assist if you happen to do not do that the legs will possible

Wobble about rather a lot now as soon as it is all screwed down you possibly can see that though that is on the underside it nonetheless seems fairly cool which positively satisfies my maker facet though it will not often be seen one other good thing about the bigger motherboard cutout space by the way in which is

That it is easy to entry a number of of the primary parts making upgrades straightforward to attain to encase this space we are able to simply make a little bit cowl for it bordered by wooden for the same aesthetic to the remainder of the case it does not protrude an excessive amount of both and appears very good with the uncovered

Heatsink wanting fairly attention-grabbing and with that the hidden desk computer is full with it now upright we are able to see that it has an important retro vibe to it and appears remarkably elegant even the band of aluminium across the edge seems excellent giving the entire thing a premium really feel

The one trace that’s something however a desk is seen by taking a look beneath however even then it isn’t apparent and nonetheless seems sort of nice it is fairly sturdy as nicely although i do not essentially suggest that you simply do that your self nevertheless it’s not even bowing

Anyway i believe it is about time we give it a take a look at and see what the sound ranges are like and likewise the thermals as i discussed earlier all of the ports will be accessed and plugged in by way of these hatches on the again as a result of it retains the desk wanting uniform externally from

All sides and it is truly simpler to implement as nicely in comparison with chopping holes within the again wooden so the system has been working a reasonably intensive benchmark for about quarter-hour now and remarkably the graphics card has solely hit 81 celsius max and the entire time it has been actually actually quiet i’ve

Received a really top quality microphone off to my left right here so i am simply going to spice up the amount so as to hear hopefully what sort of noise i am experiencing proper now in order you possibly can hear the room could be very very quiet and we are able to hear a slight transformer hum

From the facility provide which is a bit disappointing however there’s not a lot we are able to do about that after which we have got a really low frequency hum coming from the graphics card however general it’s totally very quiet and that i’d say that that’s good efficiency particularly contemplating it is principally air cooling

Not dangerous so the graphics card is saved cool actually quietly and successfully however what concerning the cpu now on the cpu facet it isn’t fairly as spectacular i’ve obtained prime95 working right here and the temperatures are about 85 levels celsius and the followers are audible this time take a pay attention

In order that’s clearly audible nevertheless it’s not fairly often that you’d slam the cpu like this it will solely be once you’re rendering a video or working a simulation or one thing and actually the limitation is simply that heatsink that we have used it is a small heatsink it isn’t rated for the extent of

Tdp that this cpu is it is a 95 watt 8700k with a slight overclock however that it is doing this nicely is fairly respectable i might say now i do ponder whether it will be attainable to get an outdated graphics card heatsink and mod it onto a motherboard to chill the cpu i believe that

Will do an important job however that is a video for one more time so general although i might say that that is actually fairly an efficient cooling system i am personally actually impressed with how nicely it really works and the way quiet it’s there’s not a lot compromise right here over having a full tower computer actually within the

Noise division and simply with a slight hit on the cpu cooling capacity however general fairly good now to essentially end this desk computer off it clearly wants a significantly better monitor setup now clearly wall mounting it will enhance issues to no finish however that does not actually go together with the general

Aesthetic of this construct which is to be hidden and never seem like what it’s so the thought i’ve is to make a hidden monitor setup that may come down from a floating shelf and it’ll be superior however sadly this video is getting fairly lengthy so i haven’t got time

To suit it into this one so get subscribed so you do not miss that when it is launched because it’ll be the following one i publish so aside from that i believe that this construct has been an important success it seems prefer it’s product of wooden and that i simply

Would not ever assume it was a computer so mission achieved now i do consider that linus from linus tech suggestions is planning an analogous construct in that it’ll be tremendous skinny um i believe he is going with water cooling and stuff um the concepts had been considered utterly independently regardless of being principally

Actually skinny desk pcs um and when i noticed his announcement video i used to be like oh no that is very comparable so i obtained in contact so he is aware of that is popping out and he is wanting ahead to that i am positive um however i am wanting ahead to seeing linuses as

Properly so i will place a hyperlink to that within the description when he releases that as will probably be very way more computer targeted with cool water cooling and stuff so wanting ahead to that however if you wish to see some extra builds of mine you could be within the

Brass and leather-based computer that i got here out with some time in the past and if you wish to see one other desk computer then you definately would possibly wish to try this video as it’s fairly outstanding and options some severe silence credentials because it has a sealed chamber within the again to utterly

Silence the parts so it truly is the final word in silence however aside from that i hope you have loved this video um i am matt you have been watching diy perks and that i hope to see you subsequent time goodbye for now you

47 thoughts on “Constructing an invisible PC”

  1. I bet that the table crafted including the fans worth more than the components build into it. You can just hide the PC in the closet an have 0db noise. Anyway great project to have somethin unique at home though insanely expensive.

  2. Dude you know what would be cool, if you built the keyboard into the desk, so it could raise up when needed, and lower back down. Maybe even a controlled panel that covers it.

  3. in the beginning i thought, you will add a really invisibel monitor and keyboard instead of some "Normal" ones. i mean like a keyboard projectet to the table an a "Monitor" Projected to the wall behind the Desk.

  4. 25:10 what about an hidden, integrated projector at the back of the desk that projects the "display" to the wall behind the desk?
    Of course, you best need a white wall and also the room lighting might has to be low depending on the projectors power.

  5. Great ideas, not much of a wood working experience. Next time, grab regular wood glue, mix with wood shavings from sanding or "cheese-grating" wood and use that as filler. You won't be able to see the difference.

  6. не представляю как эта столешница будет ебанутейше гудеть для достижения нормальных температур


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