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David Wieland
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Project Duality

The goal with this build was to create the most outrageous, huge, and over the top desk PC with almost a bit of a spaceship commandcenter vibe. At the same time, it should also have as much free space to work on as possible. The systems housed in it are a gaming/productivity system on the right, that is fully water-cooled, and a NAS server on the left with enough storage for lots of videos.

The specs are quite outdated by now, but here they are:
Gaming system:
I7 5820k
MSI X99A SLI Plus
GTX 970
16GB Corsair Vengeance RAM
512GB Samsung 970 Evo
Dual 480mm radiators from EK and a bunch more EK stuff

NAS (still running without a problem today):
4x 3TB WD Red Hard drives
120GB SSD (cache)
Xeon E3-1226 V3
ASRock E3C226D2I ITX Server Mobo
8GB ECC Memory

General hardware:
40in 4k monitor from Phillips
Beyerdynamics DT550 headphones on custom build stand
Cooler Master mechanical keyboard with metal keycaps

The main materials used in construction are 2 Ikea Alex drawers that have been shortened, a bunch of 19mm MDF, some aluminum panels, and reclaimed pallet wood for the rustic exterior. I also used 3D printing to create various little mounts and connectors.

The lighting is handled by some generic static LED strips behind the desk and an NZXT Hue+ inside the systems. I also routed tubing throughout the desk to have the showcase reservoir in the middle. The panel on the right of the reservoir is the front I/O with some custom buttons to control the lighting.

I won't go into too much detail on the construction here, but I made a series of videos you can check out here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzcD3pbxIKwKcSInbFR7lLOXWEZYu_bcY
Color(s): Blue Orange
RGB Lighting? Yes
Theme: Desk / Table
Cooling: Custom Liquid Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

Hardware

CPU
Intel - Core i7 5820K
Socket: LGA 2011-3
Cores: 6
Motherboard
MSI - X99A SLI PLUS
Chipset: X99
CPU Socket: LGA 2011-3
Size: ATX
Memory
$ 562.16
Corsair - Vengeance LPX (2400MHz) (Black)
Type: DDR4
Capacity: 32 GB
Graphics
$ 224.99
ASUS - ASUS Strix GTX 970 DC2OC 4GD5
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 970
Storage
$ 89.99
Samsung - 970 EVO 500 GB M.2 NVMe SSD
Form Factor: M.2
Interface: M.2 (M)
Capacity: 500 GB
PSU
$ 299.77
Corsair - RM850i
Wattage: 850
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Case
Custom - Custom (custom)
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