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The standing desk: How to build a healthier PC gaming table for under $200

By Julio Franco
May 31, 2013
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  1. You love your PC. It's a place you can work at, but more importantly, it's a place you can game at. The thing is, if you're using a traditional desk-and-chair setup, the more you game on the PC, the bigger...

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,424

    A good gaming desk would have enough space to accommodate 3 monitors. But if it is health you are after, go for a bicycle instead, because gaming and health aren't friends.
     
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  3. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 828   +54

    A good gaming desk is one that allows you to play the games you enjoy without causing unnecessary stress on your back. I work all day in a seated position in front of a computer and I don't game in the evenings because recently I have felt uncomfortable and it hasn't felt like I have been giving my back a rest. A standing desk is an alternative that I have been considering and its good to see an article that gives some pointers and advice in regards to this.

    Sorry but suggesting someone stops gaming and rides a bike is just.. infuriating. and utter ****.
     
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  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,149   +1,424

    A good choice of chair and the way you sit in it will contribute more to your health than a desk ;)

    Games and prolonged sitting at a PC are known to provoke anger and antisocial behavior. Your post only proves my previous post's correctness. The best advise is to take as much break as possible.
     
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  5. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,648   +521

    I understand the appeal of doing something like this if your job requires you to sit all day, which I've done and agree by the end of the day you feel really bad getting home and big surprise sit some more, part of the reason I stop a lot of my gaming. But on the other side I've worked retail at a computer store which required you to use PCs in the standing position all day long and that was bad for other reasons, the worse being my wrist due to its almost constant 45 degree angle or worse and my neck and upper back from constantly looking down to the screen (doesn't help I'm 6'3" I guess) and after a long a day the last thing I would of wanted to do is stand to game, I'd take a lazy boy any day. Nice list of materials, some of those things can be handy without building such a setup. The only thing I'd add is some wire grommet to tie the wires together linking the upper and lower sections of the desks.
     
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    I used to have a bike computer on my bicycle which I cracked to play GTA while cycling but I was arrested by the cops for trying to shoot my competitors.:)
     
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  7. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Evangelist Posts: 334   +101

    .. or you could could stop facilitating a sedentary lifestyle by hiding inactivity behind silly ' healthy' systems like standing still and staring at a screen for hrs. Go tot he gym, work out, do cardio, swim. whatever. AND play games.. balanced , HEALTHY lifestyle. all standing is going to do is burn ~5% more calories over the period as opposed to sitting, ( unless your a truly obese waste of air, then it's allot more, but you now have to worry about joint wear in the knees, hips and lumbar )...
     
  8. I use a stationary bicycle while playing with my wireless xbox 360 controller (for pc of course) One of my friends just laughed at me when I told him about it, but I didn't gave a sh*t, I make a lot of exercise without even notice since I get very focused on my games. After 40-50 minutes I´m pretty sweaty and I actually did something else than playing games!
     
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  9. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,750   +1,105

    Very cool article and a nice new kind of info we don't get to see very often.

    He's not telling us how to use gaming to be healthy he's trying to help us improve our health while gaming. There's a difference.
     
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  10. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,506   +498

    You mean to tell me it's healthier to be standing up for 2 hours?
     
  11. stevek95

    stevek95 TS Rookie

    What type of keyboard rest is in the picture?
     
  12. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,319   +709

    I'll assume that's a serious question and answer it accordingly. Yes, its healthier. You'll burn around 10% more calories per hour and have more strength in the legs and thighs. Sure, your dogs will be barking for the first 10-14 days but then your body totally adjusts. Ideally you'll be walking rather than just standing, because that's where the real health benefits are.
     
  13. stevek95

    stevek95 TS Rookie

    Is the keyboard palm rest in the left of the picture above, a custom made rest. or is it apart of the keyboard? or is it sold seperatly?. if so what is the name of it as I really want to get one
     
  14. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,035   +269

    In my opinion, which is echoed by ergonomic advice elsewhere, monitors should be eye-level. To me, it looks like this desk would require looking up to see the monitors. Prolonged use in this manner is likely to cause neck problems for many people.

    Advice for gaming desk layouts, IMHO, should also seek to recommend the best advice from the ergonomic world as well. I would be wiling to give this article some consideration if it contained good ergonomic advice, too. Unfortunately, it does not seem to have such content.
     
  15. HiDDeNMisT

    HiDDeNMisT TS Booster Posts: 221   +14

    I don't know if I could just stand there and play games for an hour. I would get tired of standing and not play. Then I would get bored enough to go out and buy a really nice chair that I can sit in.

    It could just be me being lazy tho.
     
  16. I think Luke has come up with a creative solution to a problem he was experiencing and decided to share it with everyone. He did a nice write up on this. Thanks.
     
  17. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 813   +93

    I'd prefer a desk that is horizontal, so I can lay down and play like I'm sitting up.
     
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  18. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    I may take this into account when building mine. It would have been great if you guys included a bit more options though.
     
  19. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +170

    The keyboard is a Corsair K60 and the rest comes with it.

    Interesting concept, although there would still be a tendency to slouch if the monitor wasn't at the right level. Also probably means your missus/kids won't be able to use it if they're not the same height. Maybe an even better mod would be to make an adjustable standing desk so you could also sit down if you wanted to.
     
  20. mrcavooter

    mrcavooter TS Member Posts: 65   +7

    I like what you did here, thank you.
     
  21. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,533   +48

    I game on my sofa in front of the TV and do everything work related at the desk. Wouldn't have it any other way.

    TV hookup really pays.
     
  22. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,506   +498

    So my legs won't receive any punishment for having to be straight for 2 hours?

    How could I walk if I have to be standing in front of it?
     
  23. That's how I'm working through my X-Files box-set my daughter let me have a few years ago - 42minute sessions on the bike means I actually get to do some training and watch some X-files (I'd probably not have enough inclination to do one without the other)
     
  24. theruck

    theruck TS Booster Posts: 104   +20

    What a BS...man, have you ever been in school? standing is far more unhealthy than sitting. if this was truth there would be people standing in the office and everybody would be healthy. if you stand 10 hours a day you get dilated veins but you can try it yourself. just write an article after standing for years.
     
  25. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Evangelist Posts: 334   +101

    Lol common really? : sitting offers just as many , if not more chronic issues, from SI and hip rotation issues to deep vein thrombosis. Standing AND sitting must be integrated to reduce chronic issues.

     

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