Pretty damn cool!
Hey guys, so years ago I had an idea for a custom desk I wanted to make. I drew up shoddy plans and having no experience with anything started talking to my dad about it. We started working on it, and it became apparent very quickly that some of it just wasn't going to work / we might not have the skill to do this. So it sat on the shelf of dreams for a couple of years, when the wood shop teacher of a local high school contacted me with a large custom pc / networking project for his home he wanted help with. I immediately thought about my dream desk project, and struck up a deal with him. It was a fun project, and having access to his shop, and expertise, we completed the desk.
For a couple of years it was a huge hit. I had people over all the time playing games. My X-wife even got into it a bit. Unfortunately, people moved away, I got divorced and got much more into going out, plus a board gaming hobby started taking over my life. Just over a year ago I decided that it took up way too much room, I never used it anymore, and maybe I should look into selling it. I took it apart and photographed everything, put it in my guest bedroom (it takes up about half the room disassembled, lol) and pretty much forgot about it.
Well... I just got an idea for a new project I'll most certainly document here, but decided I should sell this thing off before I get into another crazy thing. Here is my issue. I live in a small town (Kingman AZ) where I can not imagine this selling. It's very very niche, I get that. I am only a couple hours away from both Las Vegas and Phoenix though, where it very well might find a home. So, my question is, what do you all think would be a fair asking price, as well as any idea's on how to even sell this thing?
Yeah I don't want it but thats pretty cool work
Ohh, as far as the state of the PC's go, they all work but are dated. The last game we installed on them was Diablo 3, and it played well on low settings, but chopped up on med. Basically, they are great for older games, but you could probably upgrade them with a $40 video card at this point. Still, throwing all the monitors and everything in, I have no use for any of it.
I would suggest ways to accommodate two monitors or an ultrawide, would probably go a long way towards longevity.
Also, this forum has ruined me. I instantly thought that was a circle jerk station.
I have to agree that it looks great. Unfortunately I think it's quite a few years behind. It feels for me anyway that LAN parties have gone away, like coin-op arcades. I used to go to them monthly for years from '00'ish to around '10. And these events just dropped off the map due to lack of interest and attendance.
This even happened to smaller ones that tried to keep going. Unfortunately consoles killed arcades and faster and faster internet eliminated some of the perks, such as file sharing, less lag, etc.
But you made me wish that wasn't the case with this idea. Makes me miss those 200+ person LANs with cash prize tournaments, drawings, etc. And I used to haul a giant ass 22" crt monitor to them.
Yeah, honestly, I kind of feel like it might be best suited to a library or something at this point. A friend suggested maybe donating it to a boys and girls club or something.
I do agree that while it's a cool thing to have, much like an arcade machine or something, 90% of the time its just a talking point, a giant, room filling, talking point.
I feel kind of bad, because I had a friend who got super excited about converting a walk in closet in his house to a VR cockpit simulator thing, and while it all sounded very cool, I did a "I know you are excited... but... couldn't you just get an occulus and basically have a very similar thing without a ton of remodeling and stuff?". He stopped working on it a couple of days later... and I'm pretty sure the project is scrapped now. Felt bad for shitting on his dream >_<
Other than that one time though, it was never more than 5 or 10 degrees hotter than the room its in.
Or sell it to your mom for $800 (per computer, of course)
Yes, donate it to a church and make sure it can play D3 only.
Haha, to be honest, those were my two main concerns with donating it. A.) I do not want to re-assemble it, nor get phone calls for ITsupport on it because I donated it. Basically, I would like to get rid of it, at this point, whether I even get paid I'm indifferent too, but I do not want to spend hours hauling it somewhere and hours putting it back together.
B.) as far as taxes go... How do I even value it? Do they need to give me a receipt for x thousand dollars? Do I increase my chance of being audited over this? Just seemed like it might be a hassle.
Yeah they give you a receipt that says "it was worth this much" and you hand it to your tax professional (if you have one). If you get audited as long as you have that slip you're ok.
I know when you donate to salvation army they give you a printout for taxes.
That thing may be a bit harder to quantify donation-wise. Most items you'd donate (clothes, household items, etc) have static values and they just give you a receipt for them, IE pair of jeans in good condition is 15$, t-shirts are 5$, whatever. Iirc there is a pretty basic "computer" donation amount but it wouldn't add up to anything near what that thing took to make money/effort wise.
It would be good for a local library for their web browsing station. Check if your local library needs one. Also look into the same thing for a Boys and Girls Club or small school.
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Could ask a local WWer for an appraisal on what it'd take to build new. Like I look at that and I'd charge about $3000-$3500 to build one from scratch if I had an existing design.
Nonprofits will give you a donation receipt(well, if > $500 they give you a letter of what they "believe" its worth, not a receipt) for any amount that believable, unless they receive < 50k a year in donations(reallllyyyyy small NPOs), it doesn't effect them to just write you a receipt for the face value of the item regardless how expensive it is, infact that's basically what they bank on.
Either way, you do need some proof as to the value of the item if it exceeds $500 in value, such as an appraisal or another method of figuring out "fair market value"(like for cars the KBB).
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Put it at the end of your driveway withg a price on it. By the end of the weekend it will be gone when someone steals it. Don't put free on it, it will sit there forever.
Just wanted to say that's cool as shit. I'd see if you could donate it, like others have said, to a school/church/library. Even if it starts falling apart, that's just a badass project period and would be neat to see out in the wild.
If you live in a decently sized city, check with your local arcade bars. Bars/tap rooms with arcades (usually old, classic games) are becoming all the rage and one of those places may love to have something like this, since it can play old games pretty well. Set it up for some Starcraft or Duke Nukem/Quake, something like that.
The newest local arcade bar that opened around here last year has a ton of old arcade machines (everything from Pac Man to Street Fighter II) as well as a big-screen with an N64 and 4-player Mario Kart. Places like that might eat this up.
That's an idea... It's possible there is something like that in Vegas, just not that I know of.
Yeah, that's neat. And quality work. I'd go with donate too. Hell, a school might even take it.
right next door to them is a retro video game store too
and either may want it. but yeah most LAN gaming places (there is a place just 2 blocks from me and probably a few near you in AZ) have their setups already more in cubicle or flat desk style
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Now, is it fair to say your mom fails at being a cock hungry cum guzzling used up old whore because of this one extraordinary circumstance we put her in? I don't think so, I think we can all agree that she most definitely is.
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The engineer in me would agree on principle that it failed - for instance we can't tell a customer that because they put too much load on a server they need to pop the top off a couple servers for additional cooling. But you didn't make this for commercial stuff, so I don't see the issue. I was mostly curious how it worked.
QA should have caught that prior to release.
Holy shit, that is a cool desk bro. Seems perfect for a business of some sort... or a crazy gaming addicted family with 4 kids.
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