Finally completed my custom imac setup!

Billphillips

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View attachment 632475 View attachment 632475 after a year of enviously watching everyone else's imac setup's I finally decided to do my own, and after month's and month's of research and trial and error on my quest to make the ultimate imac setup for myself, Iv'e finally completed my journey, and I must say it was worth all the time I spent and then some..

So I decided to post it here to brag a little lol and to help anyone whose trying to do their own custom setup, im sure I could steer you in the right direction because I messed mine up about 100 times before I got it perfect. What I have here is:

-2 27 in thunderbolt display's
-1 27 imac maxed out 2014
-new version keyboard and trackpad
-ergotron workfit p with custom wall mounts. It moves up and down and side to side and stays wherever you put it.
-3 locktek dw7 gas spring adjustable monitor mounts in the back
-the chair is a pitstop racing black carbon fiber recliner.
-mulit color change led light strip on the back.

Here's some pic's. If you guy's have any idea of what I could add or do different etc. feel free to let me know, from one fellow nerd to another. Peaceee.
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triptolemus

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Nice, I guess. There seems to be a cool-factor that I can't quite put my finger on. Takes minimalist to a whole new level for sure. I would struggle to get any actual work accomplished at a workstation like that. I mean... what do you do there?
 

Billphillips

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Nice, I guess. There seems to be a cool-factor that I can't quite put my finger on. Takes minimalist to a whole new level for sure. I would struggle to get any actual work accomplished at a workstation like that. I mean... what do you do there?
Thank's...I guess, lol. I'm a stockbroker/day trader, I had a desk before and i found it just got cluttered. You'd be surprised how little you need when you intentionally deprive yourself of unecessary workspace. I have a canon pixma pro 100 printer wifi'd in a closet, and I keep all my notes digitally instead of random papers and pens scattered about. Plus that flat section is larger than it look's too man. I also have some thing's hidden in the back i should take pics of. like my backup external drive, and i got a multi usb ported surge protector back there, and i have my laptop stowed away in the back too along with my ipod and bluetooth headphones, so theres more there than meets the eye but yea minimalist is what i was going for 100%.
 
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sartrekid

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From a technical standpoint, you did a nice job with the three screens. I know it's pretty popular (I frequently watch setup wars and similar shows on YouTube where this is standard).

Personally, this would be absolutely nothing for me. The triple monitor-setup is nice but the rest doesn't seem apt for a working/productivity setup/workspace, given that there is just about zero desk space to work with.

I also don't like the aesthetics. The silver desktop makes it look cold and isolated.

However, that's just personal preference and you need to be happy with it, so congrats on achieving what you were aiming for!

PS: There is a "Post your Mac setup" thread in the gallery forum, so this should have been posted in that thread instead.
 

Billphillips

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From a technical standpoint, you did a nice job with the three screens. I know it's pretty popular (I frequently watch setup wars and similar shows on YouTube where this is standard).

Personally, this would be absolutely nothing for me. The triple monitor-setup is nice but the rest doesn't seem apt for a working/productivity setup/workspace, given that there is just about zero desk space to work with.

I also don't like the aesthetics. The silver desktop makes it look cold and isolated.

However, that's just personal preference and you need to be happy with it, so congrats on achieving what you were aiming for!
cold and isolated is what i was going for lol. I call it industrial, personally. But like I told the other guy, you get alot more done when you organize everything minimalistically. Trust me, I've been doing this for years and I've had huge desks...small desks...and now no desks. And this by far is the best one. Sometimes you need to veer from the pack of what were societally conditioned to think is just what you do in a given environment.

and the desktop isn't silver its identical to apple laptop aluminum. It's the same material. Aluminum.. It's made specifically for apple.
 

phrehdd

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How about a nice sound bar attached below or above the monitors...or perhaps a mounted holder for i-devices.
 

Billphillips

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How about a nice sound bar attached below or above the monitors...or perhaps a mounted holder for i-devices.
son of a bitch...now you got me looking up soundbar's haha. I have vizio 40 inch surround sound stil in the box. I wonder if I could use that here? I'll have to research. Idk if id get the 5.1 out of it
 

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son of a bitch...now you got me looking up soundbar's haha. I have vizio 40 inch surround sound stil in the box. I wonder if I could use that here? I'll have to research. Idk if id get the 5.1 out of it
Well if you want 5.1 audio, remember you'll need some sort of receiver/pre+amp or similar. Since you are going with the minimal clean look, you might consider a hidden away amp system and these reasonable sounding sat speakers -

http://www.orbaudio.com/soundbars.aspx

or

http://www.roundsound.com/satellite-speakers.html

These are spherical shaped which should match nicely with the simple geometric shapes of your set up.

As for me, I would consider 3.1 a good feel - left, center, right and a sub.

Perhaps something akin to active speakers like the Audioengine line. They have a sweet sound.
Harmon Kardon has the "sticks" that are clear acrylic and are of Macs of yore.

Of course you could consider a nice "stand" for your high end earphones, whether they are gaming or for listening to music and watching movies.
 

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Nice set up, though I'm not sure I need 3 monitors, but I do need a desk myself - to each his own
 

Billphillips

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Well if you want 5.1 audio, remember you'll need some sort of receiver/pre+amp or similar. Since you are going with the minimal clean look, you might consider a hidden away amp system and these reasonable sounding sat speakers -

http://www.orbaudio.com/soundbars.aspx

or

http://www.roundsound.com/satellite-speakers.html

These are spherical shaped which should match nicely with the simple geometric shapes of your set up.

As for me, I would consider 3.1 a good feel - left, center, right and a sub.

Perhaps something akin to active speakers like the Audioengine line. They have a sweet sound.
Harmon Kardon has the "sticks" that are clear acrylic and are of Macs of yore.

Of course you could consider a nice "stand" for your high end earphones, whether they are gaming or for listening to music and watching movies.
good tips thanks man. I do have the soundsticks 3 already, maybe I'll hook them up, they do sound awesome
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It is a very nice setup. Minimalistic, practical and done with taste.
Enjoy it!
Thank's dude! appreciate it.
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Nice set up, though I'm not sure I need 3 monitors, but I do need a desk myself - to each his own
thank's man. Yea It was never my intention to make "the ultimate workpsace" if that were the case your right I'd definately have a desk. I was going more for 70/30 looks vs functionality I guess you could say.
 
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JustMartin

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Pretty and I like the idea of pretty much doing away with the desk, while wondering whether personally, I could get by without clutter. To me, the thing that doesn't say 'work' about your setup is that big 'ole chair. That kind of chair is not good for you over long periods of time unless you make sure you get up and move quite a bit. Some kind of chrome posture chair would be better or do what I do and use a fit ball - but I guess that wouldn't go with your aesthetic.
 

MRxROBOT

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The aesthetic is nice, but it seems more appropriate for media, gaming, consumption in general. I would find it very difficult to accomplish any real work in a setup like that. I'd prefer it if there was larger desk and an appropriate chair. All that said, I think it looks great and if it works for you than that's all that matters. Enjoy! :)

Is there a wrap or tint on the iMac or is it just the lighting?
 

Billphillips

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The aesthetic is nice, but it seems more appropriate for media, gaming, consumption in general. I would find it very difficult to accomplish any real work in a setup like that. I'd prefer it if there was larger desk and an appropriate chair. All that said, I think it looks great and if it works for you than that's all that matters. Enjoy! :)

Is there a wrap or tint on the iMac or is it just the lighting?
Thank's bro. Yea that's what im mainly using it for, I have big ugly desk at my office lol. I just wanted something sleek and cool at my home. So that's what I was going for with it. Yea I wrapped it in black carbon fiber and the sides and back of the thunderbolt display's I did in carbon fiber as well. Should of taken pics of the back too.
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Pretty and I like the idea of pretty much doing away with the desk, while wondering whether personally, I could get by without clutter. To me, the thing that doesn't say 'work' about your setup is that big 'ole chair. That kind of chair is not good for you over long periods of time unless you make sure you get up and move quite a bit. Some kind of chrome posture chair would be better or do what I do and use a fit ball - but I guess that wouldn't go with your aesthetic.
Thank's. Yea the chair's surprisingly really comfortable actually, it's a recliner too so you can raise your feet up and it'll even go flat so you could sleep on it.
 
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