We have power!
turned it on for the first time and everything worked! Even after using each piece many times for measurements and placement down in the wood shop I ended up not damaging anything and it works amazing.
With the liquid cooling the whole system is very quiet.
I also bought a 6 ft long power switch that I use to power it up.
All the computer hardware is listed below.
CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i v2 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus Z170-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Video Card
Power Supply: Corsair 760W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
PCPartPicker part list: pcpartpicker.com/list/xXFQyf
I ended up not using the PCI-Express extender cable, because I read that it didn't support the newer GPU's (of course after I bought it) and I read some more stories about them not being to reliable, So I decided to scratch that and just mount it directly on the motherboard which also freed up some space on the back panel.
The wood for the project
I used all of the Walnut in this picture and about half of the hard maple board
Unfinished Walnut Back Panel
Walnut back panel before going through the jointer and planer
Walnut after milling
Walnut boards before gluing and after milling
Walnut board glue up
I decided not to use dowels or biscuits to join the back panel together, since it will mainly be supporting its own weight.
Unfinished Hard Maple
The hard maple mounts before milling
Hard Maple for the mounts
The Hard Maple is finished being milled to size and now ready to cut to its individual mounts
Hard Maple raised mount for the motherboard
Gluing up the motherboard mount.
Installed screws for the motherboard in the Hard Maple
I pre-drilled and screwed the raisers straight into the hard maple.
Corsair liquid cooling system mounts
Mounts for the GPU and Processor Corsair liquid cooling system
Liquid cooling mount
Test fit for the liquid cooler. I put screws through the back panel to attach it.
I prepped the pieces to get their finish (poly). I placed some painters tape over the screws that the motherboard goes too so I didn't have any trouble later attaching the motherboard.
Mounting/Aligning the SSD so it was centered on the board
Arranging all the pieces
I tried many different layouts, but I ended up with this configuration before I started to prep for cutting holes for cords and the PSU
Spot for PSU switch
I used a jigsaw to make the opening for the PSU. The PSU has a hybrid/normal mode switch that I needed to make room for so it could slide flush with the front of the board. I used a chisel to cut out that section.
Rear view and mounting supports
This is the back of the board which is upside down because the top bracket is heavy (needed to offset the board from the wall to make room for the PSU)
French Cleat mounting bracket
This is the style I choose to hand the computer on the wall.
Testing out the french cleat in the wood shop (I hung on it and it didn't move a bit)
Test fit with all the mounts
I wanted to make sure all the mounts were aligned and fit the way I wanted them too without the pieces on them
Bracket for PSU
This helps keep the PSU in place (There is a screw that I put in at the top of it which screws into the mounting bracket on the PSU)
Test fitting the PSU
Making sure the PSU sits flush to the top
Back Panel after final coats of polyurethane
I used 4 coats of spray poly with 30-45 minutes between coats
I used some plastic brackets to bunch the cords together (making sure they were not too tight)