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Cooler Master Mastercase 5 Racing

by Mnpctech

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Date Published

June 22, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.19 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

Description

Hey everybody! I finally finished my personal workstation. I'll primarily be doing video and photo editing. I got deals on the Gigabyte OC-FORCE motherboard, 4790K and two 980Tis from friends upgrading their hardware. The rest of the components were bought on sale or Ebay. I don't need the latest and greatest hardware as I rarely have time for gaming anymore. I've performed a lot of custom modifications to this PC build. The theme was inspired by legendary PORSCHE 917. The only Gulf Porsche 917 to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans was the one driven in Steve McQueen's "Le Mans" movie. If you're a motorsports enthusiast, I highly recommend seeing this movie for vintage racing footage alone. The story line stinks, but it's really about the event and cars. There is an HD version on YouTube. Many innovations in cinematography were created while filming this movie. Steve's production company welded brackets to the front frame work of the 917, so they could mount a camera to shoot him, and the other drivers, in the cockpit.

The OC-FORCE motherboard has north and south bridge water block by EK. The EVGA 960Ti cards have Koolance water blocks with back plates. The black acetal block tops and back plates were painted the Gulf Racing blue. The Bitspower dress-up pump cover was painted orange. The four Corsair Vengeance DDR (32GB) heat spreaders were painted to match later the theme later. A lot of people asked how I painted them, so I created a video guide for dismantling and painting your own DDR heat spreaders here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHVXsvd-5QE

Staying with the race car theme, I chose 1/2" O.D. Stainless Steel tubing was inspired by the fuel and brake lines of a race car. I used 316 Marine Grade Stainless, so corrosion isn't an issue. Working with Stainless Steel tubing requires a Mandrel bender and lots of practice. It takes a great deal of practice to get the perfect bends. I always keep my water loops simple for easy maintenance. I only use distilled water and change it every 6 – 8 months. I may use Mayhems Dyes when using clear PETG tubing to accent a color theme in other builds. I’ve been DIY liquid cooling for past decade and find most cooling additives or radiator cleaners are gimmicks and a waste of your money. Just use distilled water and be diligent about cleaning your loop. The water pump is an Alphacool VPP655 with adjustable speed. It has a Bitspower dress-up kit. The pump cover was painted to match the exterior paint. Did you notice that my loop has no reservoir? I like my builds simple and clean. I have a Koolance bleed valve on top of the SLI bridge for filling the loop. I fill the loop through a Koolance 3-way splitter fitting with fill port on the top of the 360mm radiator. Beneath the PC is a Koolance Drain Valve. All I have to do is connect tubing to the drain valve and drain the loop into a bucket next to my workbench.

The front grill is 1/8” thick cast acrylic that was laser cut into honeycomb. The top of the case has a smoked acrylic "moonroof" window. The clear side panel has embedded magnets. Both of these window panels are made by Mnpctech. It allows you to look into the PC from above. It has a machined aluminum 120mm ring / fan grill that emulates a fuel fill port on a race car. The ring has blue anodized washer with socket head screws. The rear fan grill is machined aluminum 120mm "Overkill" Ring. All of the fans are Scythe Gentle Typhoons AP-15. Part# D1225C12B5AP-15, 1,850 rpm, 28 dBA @ 57.68062 CFM. Unfortunately these cooling fans are no longer made by NIDEC SERVO, but there is still some available from online retailers. Dazmode sells similar version called the “DarkSide Gentle Typhoon Performance Radiator Fan” They have good static pressure and under volt nicely. You can easily dismantle them for custom paint.

You don't often see pastel colors used on custom PC builds, but it was important that the GULF RACING / PORSCHE LIVERY paint be authentic. We traced down the factory paint codes for the 1970 Porsche 917. The paint colors were mixed by Jim at "Auto Plus" in Bloomington, Minnesota. The EK XTX 360mm Radiator was painted the Gulf Racing Orange. The orange stripe is mirrored onto the chassis. The circle number five represents "Mastercase 5"

The gauge is a VDO 12 volt gauge from an old VW to indicate power. The main power switch is a momentary toggle switch with red safety cover which is used for ignition switch in the Porsche 917. The reset switch is Blue anodized aluminum push button. Both switches are mounted in machined aluminum mounting plate. The PSU shroud has embedded magnets, so it’s easy to remove and re-install. The paracord sleeving for the 24 pin and video card cables is “Graphite Grey” from Ensourced.net. The paracord PC cable combs are machined aluminum designed for the Ensourced cables.

I didn't like the Cooler Master Mastercase 5 case at first. I feel the engineer missed a lot of opportunities that could have made the case even better. Especially since CM marketed it as "modular" and it’s designed for DIY liquid cooling. The Mastercase falls 40% from it's marketing pitch, but the overall build quality and finish is outstanding. It eventually won me over after dismantling and re-assembling the case. Here is my final thoughts about the Mastercase 5 case, keeping in mind that I look at cases from perspective as DIY liquid cooler and modder.

RAVES about the Cooler Master Mastercase:

Overall Build Quality, Fit & finish. Top panel / cover design options are nice. Modular HD/SSD tray design and mounting options are best to date. 240/360/280 radiator option for front is nice.

REVISIONS for the Cooler Master Mastercase

Top radiator mounting location should be offset, to clear DDR slots on some motherboards 100% Riveted chassis?! I understand using rivets over screws to save time in manufacturing, but at minimum, the mid section floor should be removable for better access. Lack of Water pump and reservoir mounting. CM's competitors started embracing DIY cooling market over year ago, by including mounting options for reservoirs and water pumps. Mastercase 5/ Pro window panel is very flimsy. The "smoked" poly window is bluish/purple and has very poor clarity for viewing inside the case.

In closing, I want to stress that you can create an awesome PC build without having the bleeding edge of hardware inside.

Thanks again to everybody at PCPP! Bill Owen

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Razor505 3 Builds 14 points 21 months ago

Wow, this is nice. At first I thought this was based on the orange and blue Ford GT.

poormichael6 4 points 21 months ago

You're both correct. The order goes Mirage M1 -> 68' Gt40 -> Porche 917. The one he's dedicating it to though is McQueen's 917.

Either way this build is awesome!! Congrats on the feature

kingtanky 3 points 21 months ago

Same. I recently went to a car show with a Ford GT in Gulf livery so that was my first though.

Mnpctech submitter MNPCTECH 4 Builds 3 points 20 months ago

Thank you, and Yes, both the Ford GT and Porsche 917 had GULF OIL as racing sponsors.

I've posted video of my build, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI2EqKGis6s&t=1585s

LatamirDigital 3 Builds 7 points 21 months ago

WOW! what a masterful build :D! The mods look Phantekstic and the curve game is phenomenal!

And absolute Golden build man, I had to clean up some droll from my keyboard.

Mnpctech submitter MNPCTECH 4 Builds 3 points 20 months ago

Thank you, I checked out your builds "UnRyzen" is such a cool name for a build ;-)

btw, I've posted video of my build, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI2EqKGis6s&t=1585s

LatamirDigital 3 Builds 3 points 20 months ago

Spams the like button

Realdeal36 4 points 21 months ago

Everything you do always brings a smile to my face. +1 Mate.

cajunsloth 7 Builds 3 points 21 months ago

That power button is dank. +1

elijahfmiller 3 points 21 months ago

WOH! LOVE IT!

Hector1908 9 Builds 3 points 21 months ago

Jesus , its hard to find the words to describe . Everything looks like made by you and I mine the hardware it self . This is so creative , wow . Amazing build .

Level99PcFanboy 2 Builds 3 points 21 months ago

Won't the steel cause a problem from galvanic corrosion?

Jeuloth 1 Build 5 points 21 months ago

"I used 316 Marine Grade Stainless, so corrosion isn't an issue."

Charity 1 Build 3 points 21 months ago

Awesome build, Bill!

Really great to see another Porsche inspired build here! I need to have my case painted here pretty soon, I'll have to look into getting the correct Martini stripes on mine!

KevinMoondust 11 Builds 3 points 21 months ago

John Wyer Gulf Racing livery must be one of the best racing liveries in history, next to the Silver Arrows, Rothmans, State Express 555 and Martini Racing. The excessive amounts of detail and care put into this project amaze me to no end, and the fact that of all JWA cars, you decided to honor the Porsche 917, makes me approve a lot more of this mod.

Congratulations on the absolutely deserved Feature. And have my +1

Someone0011 2 Builds 3 points 15 months ago

GULF RACING!!!!

DeadCarrot 2 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

What a beautiful build! I just recently saw a Ford GT with the same color scheme not too long ago.

+1

RandyLongpipe 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

GOD DAMNNNNN

syg101 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

AHHHH!!!! I LOVE THIS RACING LIVERY! I'VE SEEN IT SO MANY TIMES IT'S AWESOME!! dude, in all seriousness, this build is ******* insane. all the details that are there show the hard work that you put into this build it deserves this feature. I love the entire thing.


You get a +1

Th3MrPancake 1 point 21 months ago

10/10 holy ****! One of the nicest pcs i have ever seen Quik question did you paint everything yourself?

Th3MrPancake 1 point 21 months ago

Also so yes, what equipment did you use? :D

someta 4 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Sorry, literally everyone else who's ever built a PC, this is my favorite build. You can't beat this one.

frostmaster468 1 point 21 months ago

the case reminds me of bb-8. nice pics too. overall great job.

+1

Wildmind 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Picture 123456 Nice painting job. Picture 7 HOLY PANTS SWEET BUTTON AND GAUGE 0.o

Absolutely fantastic case, I love that kind of detail. The build is also very cleanly executed, no wonder you got that featured spot!

dylan2749 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

nice mods!

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Very nice!!! +1

Congrats on the featured!! Nice to see something that doesn't have rgb...

well deserved...

ChocolateLovin69 1 point 21 months ago

anyone else hear vrooom noises when they saw this?

zprater 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Your attention to detail is incredible! Looking at the pictures and reading through the description put a smile on my face! Thank you for being a part of (and example to) this amazing community.

Franko74SR 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

This really needs to be featured. It looks amazing, the custom loop is amazing, great cables. And the flip cover on the power button is amazing

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Astonishing work! You could've put 50$ worth of hardware in this build, and it'd still be amazing.

Absolutly awesome mod job.

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

This is so epic! I really Love WEC and watch Le Mans every year! So this is a really cool build :D love it!

mattknight2447 1 point 21 months ago

came

ajwaz 1 point 21 months ago

This is the nicest PC i have ever seen. This PC shows that there are people out there that are into cars and PCs, good on you!

Lyrix 1 point 21 months ago

DAMN!

Looks amazing!

1+!

SHADOW54312 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Imo, should've used the car as a case..

Very nice overall build!

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

I can only get so erect. please. take my +1.

killingjoke26 1 point 21 months ago

This is so damn beautiful. Congrats on finishing it.

gunit1111 4 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

This is a very nice mod! How hard was it painting the case?

Radox-0 5 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Incredible simply put. Fantastic stuff.

Thanks for the time to write a thorough description, always enjoyable to read these on well put together builds.

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Gulf paint job = +1. or +917...

Love it. Great job with mods as well!

nostrocrompt 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

That is just beautiful. What a brilliant job. I would be tempted to just hit that ignition switch over and over...

WirelessCables 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Gulf paintjob and mods = +1... or +917 ;)

Good job on the mods though, seriously...

StevenAlleyn 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I am not the sort of person who generally finds case mods appealing. I've never dabbled in RGB, painted a case or even drilled a panel. I honestly didn't get the point until I saw this. DAMN! AMAZING job!

Yahtadi 1 point 21 months ago

Surprisingly that case really looks like that racing car tho. I am gonna bookmark this page. <3!

OllieManMan 14 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

this wins me over in so many ways.

one of the best cars EVER and so is this PC.

many +1s

the paint. the steel tubing. Everything. You win.

fynn.co 1 point 21 months ago

wow... that is awesome

mtrapuzz 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Better be running anitfreeze as coolant. It's the only thing that makes sense.

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 21 months ago

Great build, always gotta love a classic car inspired build. +1 :)

Elucii 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Dang

DominicBoccella 1 point 21 months ago

Amazing moding

Specter-Builds 1 point 21 months ago

amazing and creative build. All I can say about these mods is WOW, amazing work and you definitely earned my +1 for the creativity!!!

Specter-Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Not to be rude, but you said:

"The OC-FORCE motherboard has north and south bridge water block by EK. The EVGA 960Ti cards have Koolance water blocks with back plates. The black acetal block tops and back plates were painted the Gulf Racing blue. The Bitspower dress-up pump cover was painted orange. The four Corsair Vengeance DDR (32GB) heat spreaders were painted to match later the theme later. A lot of people asked how I painted them, so I created a video guide for dismantling and painting your own DDR heat spreaders here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHVXsvd-5QE"

gtx 960 ti's don't exist... I think you meant 980 ti, like what your part list states?

Specter-Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Probably just a typo, just don't want other people getting confused!

Pixal 1 point 21 months ago

I wonder if I'll see this in forza anytime soon

+1 for the 5 star build

hoboscat 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Great job, this is absolutely fantastic!

I've been a fan of your work since I discovered your site looking for a c70 side panel window lol

JCMsergox 4 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

inb4 feature.

+1 OP, amazing build.

dank_satya 1 point 21 months ago

OMG This build is ******* intense! Absolutely loving the gulf colour scheme. Big thumbs up from me!

SLOWION 5 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

that looks amazing!

Deterium 1 point 21 months ago

SHWING!!!

Electroman01 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Dam I thought It was

BB-8

Flip_45 1 point 21 months ago

Seriously impressive!

A quick question though, about the absence of a reservoir: The usual logic is that the reservoir feeds the pump and alleviates inlet pressure on the pump. Does its absence then mean that the pump is working harder/louder or any other difference (reduction of effective life etc.)?

Arminecraft 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Oh, such a cool mod couldn't be by anyone else than you :) Really good job Mnpctech, you're a beast!

philphaser 12 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

PORSCHE 917? Who you kiddin'? This is BB-8!
Anyways amazing build!

FcoEnriquePerez 1 point 21 months ago

Making process pictures, I love those details!

idiot42 1 point 21 months ago

straight outta 2014 lol

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 21 months ago

Seeing this build forced me onto your profile. Seeing the 4 completed builds forced my jaw to hit the floor. Your work is simply amazing! You are right up there amongst the 'LEAGUE OF MOD GENTLEMEN'

To top it off, the top chassis modded glass, voltage meter and the nuclear power switch lol +1 and sum

Mnpctech submitter MNPCTECH 4 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Thank you for all of the kind words & love! I was worried people wouldn't like it, because the system components are 1150 socket era.

Did livestream reveal on YT and also chatted about why I won't goto CES and why I like things simple

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI2EqKGis6s

Geek+lord 1 point 21 months ago

When you build a master piece like this it doesn't matter what you put in it! Anyways you can always switch out the components at a later time. Amazing job, keep it coming! (Also do you plan on making future builds of this quality?)

Mnpctech submitter MNPCTECH 4 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

I've got some other builds in the works for this year. You're welcome to check out my previous builds I've shared on PCPP, too. Have a great day!

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 21 months ago

Are you kidding me? If you used commodo 64 era components and got a final build to look as good as yours it would still be "featured-praise-worthy". Only if you were local to me, I would pay you for your creative ideas and perfect theme set up.

SirMints 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Killer as always. Really appreciate your closing comments. Keep up the great work Bill!

PhilMore 1 point 21 months ago

It's beautiful, im jealous....

FiveStarMojo 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Saw this build on your site months back before it was finished. Amazing craftsmanship and eye for detail.

Geek+lord 1 point 21 months ago

Sweet sacred boa of Western and Eastern Samoa! That's what I call a really nice build! You are officially a God in this community now!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Love the throw back to the old Gulf racer colors. Great job.

Secord401 1 point 21 months ago

This is the most amazing build I have ever seen. I've admired custom builds for 10 years now. The attention to detail in nothing short of perfection. Congratulations on completing this for our visual enjoyment.

mitch140186 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

It's a Gulf Ford GT 40 lol

Awesome built! Vintage style too.

jwnn 1 point 21 months ago

Much Respsect

lorenzog.music 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE BUILD AND MOD!! Fantastic!!!! I would give you 70+ thumbs up if I could.

One only thing (and this is totally a personal choice) is that I would have gone for newer components.

But maybe you already owned them or you have your own rational for it. I do not wish to doubt. :)

auldae 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Awesome build. A bit late to the party, but I'm glad I showed up. You should check out the new Le Mans graphic novel based on the movie. It's dope. +1

Mnpctech submitter MNPCTECH 4 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

I have, it's amazing!!!! and I'm now friends with the author on FB. He's really cool and just shared my build video, https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=152933941940941&id=100016730070041&pnref=story

RoyalSovereign 1 point 21 months ago

Daaaayuuum..... Nailed it!!!

Khanivore 1 point 21 months ago

OMG... You deserve an Award, sir. A*

royals23 1 point 21 months ago

Modeled after the gulf ford gt. one of my favs!!

thebream 1 point 21 months ago

So many legendary cars used the Gulf Racing livery and you chose the best one. The attention to detail and quality is amazing......I knew you were a cool guy from your YT vids but now I like you even more lol

Could we have a pic of the 917k alongside the case?

Mnpctech submitter MNPCTECH 4 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

I wish!!!!! maybe someday, one can only dream... Did you see the video of my build, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI2EqKGis6s&t=1585s

thebream 2 points 19 months ago

I should've been more specific, a model of the 917k would do, something like this: https://www.ebay.com/p/AUTOart-1970-Porsche-917k-20-Steve-McQueen-Gulf-Le-Mans-1-18-Diecast-Car/1601839290

Interestingly, the 917k from the Le Mans movie just went for a whopping 14 mil! http://gtspirit.com/2017/08/19/209120/

I did see the video but I will watch it again since its over been a month.

Mnpctech submitter MNPCTECH 4 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Yes, that's crazy, I also noticed tag heuer just announced MONACO GULF edition watch, https://www.tagheuer.com/en-us/watches/monaco-calibre-11-39-mm-caw211r-fc6401

thebream 2 points 18 months ago

yikes, it comes with a pricetag to match.

supafly208 1 point 21 months ago

Excellent craftsmanship and design.

04vkrivor 1 point 21 months ago

honestly, you should have gotten a 1080 or 1080ti and a 7700k. otherwise, this is INCREDIBLE

Mnpctech submitter MNPCTECH 4 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

I made it very clear in the description why I chose this hardware. Thanks for checking out the build.

customgtp 24 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Beautiful +1

FlipLaw 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

So freaking cool. I liked this as if it needs anymore likes. Awesome concept, excellent execution, beautiful build. inserts many clapping emojis here

Mnpctech submitter MNPCTECH 4 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Thank you FlipLaw. I've posted video of my build, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI2EqKGis6s&t=1585s

FlipLaw 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Sweet thanks for sharing.

tyogev 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Gotta be the prettiest build on PCPP! Well done!

lordnarmo 1 point 20 months ago

Are you selling ?

Mnpctech submitter MNPCTECH 4 Builds 1 point 20 months ago
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r2withoutd2 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

This is amazing it givees me so many ideas for my next build.Thanks!

r2withoutd2 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

I do wonder how you did the red cover switch as it is not momentary...

come219 1 point 10 months ago

Nice.

yeetloaf 1 point 21 days ago

i recently saw a widebody car pic with same paintjob nice

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

SHAH_AL 1 point 21 months ago

I meant it as a joke...

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