The Desk was my first computer case build. On one hand I wanted to have a really cool computer like some that I had seen with lights, Plexiglas windows, and a custom paint job. On the other hand I realized that my current computer sat on the floor by my table, covered with scrapes and scuffs. I could set the case on my desk, but then with my keyboard and monitors there wouldn’t be room for much else. My idea was to build a desk from scratch that would also act as the computer case. The CPU would sit under a thick piece of Plexiglas. I would substitute the monitor stands with custom arms that extended from the very back of the desk, freeing up even more space. It would even have a large drawer like any other desk. This is my solution to a problem.
Shortly after I completed the desk I found out there was a large community of people who build custom computer cases called “Case Modders.” The Desk has since won quite a few awards in case mod competitions. But what I think sets the desk apart from the other amazing Case Mods out there is that I use this thing all the time. It’s the computer that I use to check my e-mail, watch movies, surf the net, edit videos. When I design computers I like to design them with a specific function in mind, and The Desk’s function is to just get things done.
In addition to the internal Hard drive The desk features a special mount with a separate, detachable hard drive cluster called “The Tower!!!” This was done to allow the hard disks to be shut off individually and only used when needed. Across 5 disks (with room for 1 more) this gives The Desk an extra 1.9 Terabytes, making the grand total 3.62TB.
- AMD FX-8350
- ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0
- 32GB (4x) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series
- ASUS GTX 760
- Cooler Master Seidon 120XL
- 240GB PNY Optima SSD
- 5.5TB Scratch Disk (3x 1.5TB in RAID 0)
- Areca ARC-1220 8 Channel SATA RAID card
- 8TB Media Disk (8x 2TB in RAID 10)
- 4x 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 in Raid10
- LG Blu-Ray Drive
Being my first build “The Desk!!!” has been with me a long time. While most power users replace their machine every 3-5 years, I simply upgrade “The Desk!!!” with a new generation of parts.