Description

This build recently replaced an older rig based around an i7 6600k / GTX 980 and is used to drive a multitude of DIY game related accessories I've built over the years. These include:

  • PC Gaming setup (Purple Pixel Eater)
  • Racing simulator (R-Pod MKII)
  • Arcade cabinet (Vewlix Slim)
  • Console style cabinet (Raptor)
  • Space Simulation Seat (CP-1)

The Purple Pixel Eater desk is a heavily customized Trexus (very stable with a vanity board to hide the powerstrip and cabling) with a custom built monitor shelf with the monitor mount embedded into it. The PC sits on a dedicated display stand which also serves as a cabinet for hiding the router, another powerstrip and associated cabling.

The Vewlix Slim arcade cabinet was originally built in 2009 but has undergone a few modifications to get it into the state it's in now. I use my personalised Maximus Arcade front end to access to games. It uses Sanwa parts and houses a 4.1 sound system running in dual stereo.

The R-Pod MKII replaced a previous and much simpler version. This project alowed me to develop my rudimentary DIY skills further and most of the techniques used were really ju experimentations on my part. This took about 350 hours to complete. It uses Fanatec hardware and houses 4 Buttkicker mini LFEs for tactile feedback. I plan on addeding 2 more screens at some point when I have more space available.

The Raptor was built for my son to allow us to enjoy 2 player games in a more comfortable configuration and has seen a lot of action over the years. I would like to revisit the white side panels at some point an use a different colour to give some individuality.

The CP-1 space simulation seat is a current work in progress with the intention to use VR for Elite Dangerous and Star Citizen. Everything is custom made including all the seat panels / upholstery.

With all the projects, I have tried to give them their own individuality whilst still tying them together with a similar aesthetic style. Everything was built with a fairly basic toolset using a small workbench set up in the garage or outside depending on the weather.

What I enjoy as much as anything is having an idea and doing everything I can to realise the original essence and function. I find this hobby really rewarding.

The PC build may not be as impressive as many, I am very happy with the outcome and feel I get value for money from it as it servers a multitude of functions

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Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 4 points

Can I be you when I grow up?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

You can! Easy for me to say but it just requires patience and application (plus some investment) !

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

you live an amazing dream¡ +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. Dreaming is what got me to this point :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Love it my dude.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. Much appreciated!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful angles and a dream room. +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks - it's the angles which tie everything together :) Appreciate the comment.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

And... it's a feature

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

That would be nice.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this build. +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG, please can I live in that room?!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I pretty much live in it tbh :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

did you custom make the monitor stand?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I did. It's made from MDF. The sides were cut, filled and spray painted with the main section covered in blackboard vinyl. It has a supporting structure underneath as well to ensure it's stable.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks gorgeous. Take all my +1s.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. Not to everyone's taste I'm sure but I'm very pleased with how it all turned out.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I need to change pants...

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Cheers. It's all made with non absorbant materials so it's easy to wipe everything down ....

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I like how you think ahead!! Great job my man!!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the PG278Q?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm really enjoying it. It was a step up from the 1080p Iiyama monitor I had. The extra resolution, G Sync and particularly the increased refresh rate make a massive difference.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely stunning man. Others can only dream of what you have. Good work mate.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much. I did spend a lot of time dreaming these projects up!

I'm also very fortunate to have a wife who was happy to sacrifice a room for my indulgences.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

this to me is amazing epic gaming pc setup

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

can do a tutorial how you create this setup

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll post some links to the build logs when I get home this evening if that's of any help.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. I doubt I've ever seen a cleaner desk. +10 if I could

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm a little obsessive about everything being clean and matching :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

What desk is it? It looks fantastic

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you. It a heavily customized Trexus. I chose it for stability and the size - at the time I bought it, I didn't have too much space available in my room.

There's a summary of the customization process here if you would like to know a little more:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1611166/thereis0nly0nes-simple-desk-customization-project

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, that's night and day. Great work!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet build +1.

How's the formula? Run into any issues? I'm looking to get the same one for my build.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

No issues at all with it or the build in general. Seems very solid so far. Enjoy it if you do get one!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Can I marry the Purple Pixel Eater? I wanna be part of the family

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

hey nice build

i got the same chip and mobo, i was able to overclock it to 4.5 Ghz, but my vcore was 1.45 v, what was your vcore? i just need to know so i can find out whether is the mobo design sending out more v than it should, or i just didn't win the silicon lottery

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

If you mean the CP-1, it's covered in the last few pictures - it's styled more on one of the seats from Elite Dangerous than the one James T Kirk uses :)

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks very much. I enjoyed making them just as much as I enjoy using them.