PC-TV Hidden Computer in a Drawer for your Television
I got fed up with streaming video from my computer in the other room and didnt want to place a PC in the living room - just doesn't look nice .
So .. I decided to take pieces from some old computers and build them in a drawer under my new LCD TV
Disclaimer - be aware of the heat generated from the computer and make sure the environment is fire-prof (all surrounding material) - I have no liability if your house burns down .
We have temperatures reaching 38C in the summer and I keep the drawer slightingly open (with a plastic box preventing full close) to enable improved ventilation .

Step 1: Ventilation

PC-TV Hidden Computer in a Drawer for your Television
Because it gets up to 40C here in the summer - ventilation is very important .
After removing two drawers to get access to the back of the drawers - I made three circular holes and placed a fan on the center one (with a filter) - Air will come in through there and out through the other two (hopefully after taking the heat from the computer).
The other two are also used to get power and audio in / out .

Step 2: A few more holes

PC-TV Hidden Computer in a Drawer for your Television
Now I need to make holed in the back of the drawer for power and all interface to get in the computer .
I made them with drills and a jig saw.
I made two very small holes in the front (1mm each) and wide in the back (4mm) to fit two leds in (Power and HD).
This way - only when computer is on - and you look directly from the front - you will see the LEDs.

Step 3: A hole for the CD ROM

PC-TV Hidden Computer in a Drawer for your Television
I also wanted the cd rom to com out but not from the front .
I didn't want any part to be visible from the front .
The CD ROM (DVD) comes out from the side - only when the drawer is out .
But who really used DVD drives any more ?
I just use a 2TB HD with all the movies...

Step 4: Another fan for the video card

PC-TV Hidden Computer in a Drawer for your Television
PC-TV Hidden Computer in a Drawer for your Television
I then noticed the I had to add a video card to get full HD (can't use the on-board).
So I added an additional fan that helps cool the video card to a good steady level .
Here I used a glue gun.

Step 5: Placing the components

PC-TV Hidden Computer in a Drawer for your Television
PC-TV Hidden Computer in a Drawer for your Television
PC-TV Hidden Computer in a Drawer for your Television
I connected the metal legs of the motherboard with poxy to the base of the drawer (after they are fastened to the motherboard - so they are placed in the correct position) .
The rest of the components where placed snugly in using some rubber foam i cut to the correct size.

Step 6: USB Ports and WiFi

PC-TV Hidden Computer in a Drawer for your Television
PC-TV Hidden Computer in a Drawer for your Television
I added 4 USB ports and hot glued them .
I also placed an N Wifi USB into one of them and now it all fits snugly inside..
I used a wireless keyboard and mouse .

Step 7: All done

PC-TV Hidden Computer in a Drawer for your Television
PC-TV Hidden Computer in a Drawer for your Television
That's it - all done . you cant see a thing .. except a cool large 32'' LCD which is actually a computer monitor.
Hope you like it .
Would love to see you version of a "PC in a drawer" .
Thanks for watching.
 
 

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