Kickass Computer Rig Looks Like Death Star Combat Station

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Click to viewDlinc, the reader who sent us the pictures of the LEGO Millennium Falcon unboxing, also included a picture of his computer rig, which looks as if it belongs right in the Falcon itself. I don't know about you but I am absolutely amazed by its space-combat-meets-CTU looks. Which got me thinking: what kind of work/play computer areas do you have? Send us your photos or post a link to pictures in the comments. We will publish them in a gallery at the end of the week and send a No-Prize to the winner. [Update: Dlinc told us he planned his rig himself in SketchUp. Here are the plans]

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My multi-monitor stand and computer desk I *had* to make custom.

I have (2) 15-inch and (1) 24-inch montor. Unfortunately most market-made multi-monitor stands cannot take the weight of this combination. Ergo I had to create one; using 80/20 extruded aluminum I made this:

Parts list: [www.shrum.net]

Photo list: [www.shrum.net]

Side note: I authored a DIY mercury switch auto-orientation toogle and s/w util for my center 24-inch monitor so when I rotate it from portrait/landscape view, the orientation is switched automatically (similar to those old-skool Radius monitors of the early 90's). Project is called Merc/Tilt/Swivel Mon. Project info, parts list (<$10) and download here:

Project page: [www.shrum.net]

Now, with such a large beast I needed a desk to put it on. Another reason I needed to make my own desk was because almost all pre-fab'ed computer desks come with keyboard/mouse trays that give you like a 10x10-inch space for your mouse...I need more. Since I'm such a avid gamer/programmer I wanted/needed a lot of mouse space (I can always spot a person in a game that has a small workspace...they're the ones in tanks where the turret turns like the second hand on a clock.)

Photo list: [www.shrum.net]

2 items to note:

Note 1: I actually mounted the DVD-ROM drives under the desk using IDB-to-USB cables for easy access. See the schematic in the photo list for parts and 'under the desk' dets.

Note 2: Most keyboard trays require you to 'tilt' the tray to adjust the height thus causing everything that was on the keyboard tray to magically reposition to the floor (I HATE THAT). This 'sit-to-stand' keyboard lift uses springs and a hand paddle to release so no tilting is required...simply squeeze and adjust. It's also the cheapest large scale keyboard lift I could find (it's the same price for any supported width they offer!)

Product link: [www.ergomart.com]

Attached to/over/under all this is my 1-year old system.

Rig list: [www.shrum.net]

(I know that the system is a bit antiquinted now but at the time...)

Hope I make the cut. I wonder what the "no-prize" prize will be? :-p