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Computer Case Desk Build Stashes CPU in Plain Sight

If you’re looking to declutter your workspace and give it a futuristic vibe that shows off your computing hardware, you’ll be hard pressed to top this custom built desk-as-computer-case setup.

Peter Brands, a Dutch case modding hobbyist, decided to take things to the next level by ditching his old tower-style case and building a desk that houses his entire PC. The end result is pretty impressive. He had a neighbor help him weld the case, glass custom cut for the surface, and with a careful arrangement of the internal components and some stylish case lighting he ended up with a desk that looks like it is right out of a sci-fi movie.

Hit up the link below to read about his build and get some ideas for your own designs.

The L3p D3SK [via Hack A Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/3/11

Comments (36)

  1. me

    That is awesome! I want one.

  2. Justin

    uhhuhuhhhuh… That has to be the coolest thing that I have ever seen….huuhhuuhhuuhh…

  3. Irish_IT

    Anyone else see this and @ first think…..”Wow thats pretty damn cool” but then transition into “FOREVER ALONE”? haha

  4. Cool Case

    What would b better would be if he made holes close to the front corners and put speakers throught them.

  5. SammySkillet


    Anyone with that kind of creative skill and the funds to pull it off is most likely not alone.

  6. Erez


  7. terry lee perkins

    ThaT Could Be Marketed!

  8. Paul HH

    That NEEDS to be marketed!

  9. Skinymike

    No lan… Should be built into a removable draw\case

  10. paprman

    That’s great, what did it cost?

  11. Tom

    logical , efficient use of space, completely hid the cpu and speakers well almost . the lights are a plus specially with the cpu under the desk top glass , just don’t get too comfortable close to the desktop or you might bang your knees against the cpu on the left or the drawer on the right that being said where are the speakers and with a system like that I’m sure he has a 5.1 audio system . next recommendation upgrade his mouse and keyboard to be more futuristic .
    Once again job well done kudos to designer and people involved ;)

  12. Tom

    oh yes I left 1 thing out ,the con. if there’s 1 negative thing on this whole setup it would be the only 1 thing and again let me stress this might be a preference:

    the wall supporting the desk !

    major no no in my book , although we don’t plan to sit on the desk or even stand on it forbid that, we do have a tendency on leaning on the desk a lot or others leaning on the desk and the wall and screws and bolts can only take so much pressure of weight.

    other than that we are go ! :P

  13. David

    You could take this concept further an house a music system into it as well. It look quite impressive with the lights displaying, but it would also be practical in terms of space usage within an office environment.

  14. Neel

    Holy mother..OMG! thats awesome!!!

  15. Rafael

    This is awesome!!! This may change designs all together. He should patent the design!!! No kicking computer cases. Very smart design!

  16. KCP

    Ive seen people put their computers on the wall above a desk, with no case. All the components are mounted and spread out.

    This is sexy, I dont like how it is mounted though. It would be nice if it could be moved. Imagine if you took it to work at an office job.

  17. Bri

    Go the whole hog and show your inner geek, make it into an LCARS clone ;)

  18. pandakadabra

    Beautiful!!! Hope i can have this one XD

  19. William

    If you look closely, the CPU itself is not hidden. He still has a tower (bolted or welded) to the bottom of the desk on the left (this is where all the components really are). The stuff on the right is just some cool LED lighting (or perhaps reflection given the apparent semitry and the dimmer light appearance). It’s a cool idea, though. Right out of the original Tron movie.

  20. William

    Correction, I meant the tower (not CPU).

  21. DePariah

    just one word: WANT!

  22. nate

    its futuristic indeed, so how much is it going for Peter?
    great stuff……


  23. Cascade

    wow… wicked cool…. definitely need one…

  24. wow

    this is what i call a DESKtop

  25. LoverBoy

    Can you please upload all pictures of step by step cause the link of google translate not showing any pic .Is all pic are deleted ?

  26. Nathaniel

    That is freaking amazing! I want one, that would be such a cool case to have.

  27. Blake Miller

    I want that monitor setup? Are the side monitors smaller wide screens that are simply turned on their sides? What type of video card system would be required to drive that?

  28. Allan

    is that a Logitech Illuminated Keyboard?

  29. Rafael

    I like that!
    Very goood idea!

  30. Andrei

    Come to thing about it, i have a glass table top that i don’t use…. that is really cool!

  31. Andrei

    Don’t you have a hi-res pic?

  32. indianacarnie

    Awesome is all I can think of! Thanks for sharing.

  33. abcnotatrollcom

    This is soooooo cool! I will do something like this when I upgrade my computer :)…

  34. Nikhil Raja

    This is awesome ! This is finally ultimate, nothing more required now with desktop. Actually I am from India and i want to know about it how it is created ::::: if you dont like to share the idea sorry for that. But still i am requesting you to give me information about the monitor shown in picture actally i am looking for quadra (4) extended view monitor if not than still 3 monitors any view. So please help me if u have any idea also please share on mail

  35. me

    I built this same pc.. all youse guys with the comments.. you just think you want one.. you wold not know what to do with it except “facebook” lol!!

  36. Zack

    Really Awesome………

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