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Miami Hurricanes

by bmccarthy8989

283
122 Comments

Details

Date Published

June 8, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.9GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.26GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8GHz

Description

Hey guys! This was a fun build. I built this for my cousin who was in need of a fast and powerful computer. He'll be using it for various school projects and moderate video editing which is why the budget was more oriented towards fast storage rather than GPU/Gaming needs. He'll be pushing 3 1440p displays.

Because I was only doing a CPU loop, I wanted to give the GPU some extra flair, so I decided to mod the case to allow for vertical mounting. The CPU only loop definitely creates some challenges as I can't use the GPU as an intersection point int he case meaning I have to route around it. And because I'm not using any angled fittings means lots of bends. Holy hell it was a lot of bends, but over all it came out quite nicely.

I also made a full PSU shroud and mid plate cover out of 3/16 acrylic. This really helps to clean up the aesthetic as well as improve the lighting effects as the material absorbs the light in the case.

The 570x was not the easiest case to work with. It definitely has its limitations. Over all it was still a fun challenge and once completed it looks amazing with all that tempered glass. I have way more detail in my build log which I will link below.

The great thing about the mods done here is that they can be achieved with basic tools. With a little time and patience the average builder can do this build.

As for the components. Most have already been covered really well by other PCPP'ers. I had no problems getting this thing up and going. I'll update this post after I overclock.

I posted the finished pictures first so that you don't have to go through all the photos to see the finished product! Hope you enjoy!

Full Build Log: http://imgur.com/a/HG10K

EDIT:

I dialed in the OC to 4.9Ghz at 1.32v. I got it up to 5.1Ghz at 1.375v but it was running warmer than I cared to leave it. So I dialed it back to 4.9. Considering this machine is not going to be staying with me, I want to keep it moderate.

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LatamirDigital 3 Builds 31 points 11 months ago

Corsair take notes. THIS is what the 570X interior should've looked like.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 12 points 11 months ago

That's a really great compliment. One of my goals when modding is for it to "appear" OEM.

UneditedSkunk 2 points 11 months ago

I would say you've accomplished your goal. I appreciate how precise your cuts are all throughout the build. and routing those tubes through the basement couldn't have been easy. You really care about your system and it shows. Well done.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thank you, I appreciate that. It definitely made assembly a pain in the ***. But what was slightly more difficult than that was getting the gpu riser bracket installed. Because the area where I made the cut outs for the gpu is offset from the standard rear expansion slots, the GPU and its bracket have to slide in towards the back at the same time because of how tall the GPU pcb is. I can't secure the riser bracket then seat the GPU.

With the tubes, luckily I could get my hands in from the back side to secure the tubes into their fittings.

Vergere 7 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

I agree, these mods make the case a 10/10

Eltech 19 Builds 7 points 11 months ago

You demonstrated of what a true PC enthusiast is. I don't have enough words to describe this build but your attention to detail with every single component to the case itself breaks the scale of art and dedication. You deserve feature. Thank you for sharing this amazing build and may your cousin enjoy this work of art and power rig tremendously. He is blessed to have you.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 6 points 11 months ago

You have always been extremely kind in your remarks on my builds. I really appreciate it. I'm glad others can find beauty in it as well.

Eltech 19 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I speak the truth about your builds and you certainly show your dedication for each build. So thank you and keep up the amazing work!

Also congrats for feature!

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Again, thank you.

Sawdog 2 Builds 4 points 11 months ago

This needs to be featured. The attention to detail is amazing! I am in awe of this build. +10(if i could)

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Don't think its gonna happen :( not enough love for this one

Sawdog 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Well it deserves lots of love

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 4 points 11 months ago

Guess I was wrong! Was thinking people were turned off by it because its a "team" theme.

jsoutherland89 4 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

I wasn't! Don't see much of that on here, but you've certainly done it justice.

toastythomas 5 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

Original Idea Great Components A lot of good pictures Well-made description

This WILL be featured. +1

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Wow great compliment. Much appreciated

ClawMachine881 2 points 11 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous build! Such a unique colour scheme and that cable management. Love it! +1000000000000000

DarthxxNecrosis 2 points 11 months ago

Very clean build and great custom work. I'm not a Dolphins fan, but definitely a fan of this build.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks! Enough though I built this going for that theme. I actually really like the black white orange look.

Chubbby 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Damn, this is awesome :)

AwesumEdPC 2 points 11 months ago

I am not a huge fan of orange in PC builds, but this one is AMAZING! The white in the 570X looks so DOPE!

I love it all! :)

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Going into the build I didn't think I was going to like the orange either. Then when I filled the loop, I took a step back and said damn... that's clean. The contrast with the white just set it off.

Arichikurukuto 2 points 11 months ago

Fantastic build! The level of detail is amazing. Great job on the build. Nice and clean.

SwitchingFromConsole 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

This is insanely clean. Amazing build, and I'm hoping this will get featured.

Gooberdad 8 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Another fantastic build by bMcCarthy. Beautiful customization and setup.

Congrats on the featured spot and thumbs up.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I appreciate that! Especially coming from an equally talented builder. I really liked your 1983 Apple II post. It would be awesome to build a modern hackentosh in that thing.

Gooberdad 8 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I messed up my post and left it to long to edit. Hence deleted.

I meant to post....

That would be cool. Hmmm. I bet a mini itx and a pico power setup would fit with room to spare. Thing is it still operates. We powered it up the other week for my youngest son to use. I just can't get myself to gut it.

I blush at your "equally talented builder" statement. Thank you. I think I'm rather "redneck" in comparison. Your builds are show worthy.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Oh I wasn't suggesting you take it apart if it works. But it would be cool to find an old apple 2 shell to do a mod in.

Haha I appreciate that.

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MayhemDarkshadow 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Those bends though? Those are literally next level bends. Love this build, so well done and such a unique color scheme

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I appreciate it! Believe it or not, they were more difficult than my White Widower build.. 6 x 90 degree bends in different elevations and offsets. oyy

draftdragon21 2 points 11 months ago

Awesome stuff! I love the cable color scheme. One suggestion I would make is to put the EKWB pass-through ports where the pipes connects to the bottom-plate/extended psu cover. It would make it look a little more complete. But other than that, it looks great!

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I agree, and it would of made assembly much easier. But you're looking at another $50 to $70 in fittings. This system did have a budget haha.

ImperiousBattlestar 2 points 11 months ago

Nice build, love the GPU placement mod. Don't really see many orange builds around here too. +1 :)

Yahtadi 2 points 11 months ago

Even 92 pictures wont be enough

EvanRedman 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Amazing build! The cable management in the back is so perfect!

RoyalSovereign 2 points 11 months ago

Simply beautiful. Touche!

geonet2001 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Sir,

As a Miami Hurricane fan first and a PC gamer second, i can say without a doubt that this build will go down as the greatest build I have seen in my life! I love those Miami colored wires and the attention to detail in ever aspect. Your wiring is nothing less then Godly and your components chosen will surely make this a long lasting build. BRAVO SIR! BRAVO!

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I really appreciate that! Thanks!

artistin805 2 points 11 months ago

I have to see this lit-up plzz ! Amazing build - Great work

Bassethnd7 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Clean build. I feel an orange, green, and white fan would have brought this together. I wanna feel the colors. The cables color coded look awesome!

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

The fans are green to tie it in. Cant see it powered off though. The orange shot in the photos was during building.

Bassethnd7 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

That's great.

Bassethnd7 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Pic? I'm gonna have to razz you man. The only thing miami is the power cables. We gotta see the lit up pics. These anal retentive nerds love the cleanness but they don't know miami colors. You got a feature build called miami hurricanes but where them canes?

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Lol razz away my friend. Sorry been a busy day for me. http://imgur.com/a/QB9zN

I don't usually like posting low light photos because my camera turns the photos into potatoes.

Bassethnd7 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Lol, love it. I've been busy sorry I didn't see these sooner. Looks damn awesome. Wanna build me a 49ers themed one? I'd pay obviously but let's discuss if you're interested.

crookz_n_castlez 6 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Very nice and clean build. I love the mods! Any plans on including the gpu in your loop?

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Probably not. Its for my cousin who isn't a gamer. He's just pushing a lot of displays. So that card will hardly ever have a load that would require liquid cooling.

Trinergy 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Is this some kind of modern art thing or something? Can't believe you have RGB controller and fan controller wires on LOCK DOWN! This is just gorgeous.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Haha I like to think so. I'm a weirdo when it comes to cable management. I really enjoy it. Takes time though.

ThatOneBudgetGuy 1 point 11 months ago

Holy mother of pictures! i think nearly 100 pics is more than enough.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Haha sorry about that. I posted finish pictures first then the build log for those who want to see how I did it.

syg101 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

+∞. dude this build is lit.

dixonerfais 1 point 11 months ago

jeez take my +1 you filthy animal, 92 pictures

biggles5107 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Wow. The tubing bends, the cable management, and the custom acrylics are immaculate. Well done!

How long did it take to get all the cable runs so straight?

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Not as long as you would think. I managed the smaller cables (front i/o and rgb fans) first. Keeping in mind where I wanted the main cables to run. When you build your own main cables, its pretty easy to get them straight. Especially when you get the exact lengths that you want.

biggles5107 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Fair enough. I have some Silverstone extensions myself, and I can't for the life of me get them to go where I want them to...

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Yeah those can be a pain to work with. I've used them a few times. You could buy some combs for them, the kind that you can add without removing the connectors. Train them outside of the case first for a few days to get them how you want them, then install. Once they train there you can remove the combs. After about a month, I remove all combs from my builds.

biggles5107 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks! I'll have to try that. I already have some combs, just gotta get the cables going where I want them to. Mainly the 8-pin PCIe connector.

limelight55 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Did you sleeve your own front i/o cables? I don't see them anywhere. My HD audio cable on my build is an eye soar and the layout of my mobo only makes it more visible.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

I intentionally made the PSU shroud about 15mm higher than the existing PSU shroud so that it would hide the front I/O cables as this case doesn't have a good solution to pass these into the main compartment. Granted this covers the bottom expansion slot but my cousin will never use it so who cares.

sywy1874 1 point 11 months ago

Congrats on the feature! This really deserves it, especially for the PSU shroud.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks! Best part is anyone can do that mod with some acrylic and a $10 heat gun from amazon.

Lyrix 1 point 11 months ago

1+! damn! this is amazing! wow! congrats on the feature! wow!

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Wow! I'm amazed!

mcgoff360 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

looks great !! i love that you did all the bends instead of going with a ton of fittings, it really accentuates the beauty of the cpu loop. surprised you were able to find an rx 580 for only 240 haha

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

That's what everyone keeps saying. Pretty sure I can pick up another one at my local micro center.

mcgoff360 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

well if you're looking for some quick cash, buy as many as they will allow and sell them slowly on ebay / amazon !!

Skimby 1 point 11 months ago

How does the RX 580 handle 1440p?

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I havn't benchmarked it for gaming titles. It works great for pushing 3 1440 displays under a work load and the GPU acceleration works great in adobe premiere. (what i'll primarily be used for)

I_Need_Big_Drink 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

C L E A N

DominicBoccella 1 point 11 months ago

Great Job, looks amazing

relco 6 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Fantastic build. Do you by chance work for Singularity Computers? This build resembles the kind of work they do in a lot of ways. If not, very professionally done, if I were to ever buy a pre-built system this is what I would pay top dollar for! +1

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Funny you should mention that. I am in NO way affiliated with Singularity Comptuers. (just wanted to make that clear) However, I talk with Daniel regularly through Slack and we bounce ideas off each other. He was my key inspiration for getting into water cooling.

I even mentioned him in my PC Mag article: https://www.computerpoweruser.com/DigitalIssues/ComputerPowerUser/CP____1610__/html5/index.html?page=29&noflash

Killua89 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Next time i invest in some pc im gonna send you money wherever the hell you are in this world pay you to make me one !!!

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Haha if its within the continental US we can make it happen! Shipping is just so expensive otherwise.

DeadCarrot 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Clean PC! I've always like orange and lack builds. +1

xolot1 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Nice build! What type of tubing did you use? acrylic or petg tube?

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

PETG 12mm

xolot1 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

wow, PETG has gone a long way, it looks great!

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

If heated right, it has great results. And it's much stronger than acrylic.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

A wise EDM artist once said, dayum.

tussiez 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Take note there’s 93 pics

nelson01 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Great mods and craftsmanship!

SHADOW54312 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Uber nice!

EvilLink22 1 point 11 months ago

It's all about the U baby

royals23 1 point 11 months ago

Did the petg tubing come in the kit.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

No, I purchased the tubing and fittings separate. The kit came with soft tube and soft tube compression fittings. I got the kit because it was cheaper than buying it all individually.

royals23 1 point 11 months ago

ok thanks

royals23 1 point 11 months ago

about how much worth of fittings and tubing did you use.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Fittings are like $6 a piece, and the tubing was $3 for 1000mm lengths.

I ended up using 3 1/2 sticks and had 6 bitspower 12mm multi-link compression fittings.

SirMrBloxx 1 point 11 months ago

This might seem like a weird question but is your friend going to be putting his PC under his desk or on his desk. If he is going to be putting it under, I feel bad because all the beauty and greatness of the case mods and build won't even be seen.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Hes going to be putting it on a brand new desk. And it'll be positioned on the end of the desk so that he can see the component side. And the end of the desk that it sits on will be facing the room, not the wall. So he'll be able to see the other side when hes around and about in his office.

SirMrBloxx 1 point 11 months ago

Good, I was hoping that would be the case! Haha, the puns.

Anyansayo 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

You got the GPU very far away from the motherboard. Is there a reason for this? And also you said that at a 5.1 GHz overclock things were a bit hot. How hot did it get?

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

85 C at load on the package.

Wanted to mount it vertical. I'm using a shielded PCIe riser and have had no performance issues from it.

drogo 1 point 11 months ago

How did you mount the GPU like that? And where did you get it for that price? Great build +1

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Micro center ran a special one day. I modded the case and build a mount for the GPU riser. You can see it in the build log, and the photos above.

krapphlat 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I suppose it's no coincidence that all your power tools match this build too

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

haha maybe just the miter saw

SlickShoes17 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

This has become my favorite build so far. That's got to be the best DIY GPU mounting I've ever seen! Do you think the graphics card is too close to the panel? I have a Lian Li case with a vertical GPU and the glass gets pretty hot when I'm gaming, so I'm wondering if it's because the fans are having a hard time drawing in enough air.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I'm sure everyone's situation is different. He won't be having much of a load on this GPU so heat won't ever become an issue. But even when I did my load tests. The temperature difference between the glass being on vs off was only a few degrees. It helps that there is a strong intake in front of the card forcing plenty of air over it.

SlickShoes17 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

ok, thanks man!

Steve_MW 1 point 10 months ago

DAMN! That is one good looking build.

Omar14 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

What PCI extender did you use for the card?

nrath1643 1 point 8 months ago

This is probably the best build I have ever seen on pcpartpicker. Ever.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Quite a statement, thanks!

Jpedropv 1 point 8 months ago

Kinda funny what you named it and what is happening right now in miami

Darth_Mangoes 1 point 4 months ago

i have a question: why is there green on the PSU cables? great build tho +1

AdityaAsus 1 point 4 months ago

Your case looks awesome man . Btw How did you mount your GPU vertically?

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

I modified the case to allow me to mount the card there, but I also had to make a special bracket to support the PCIe extension cable which also supported the weight of the graphics card.

AdityaAsus 1 point 3 months ago

Oh thanks for telling

idknox 1 point 3 months ago

How long of a PCI-E riser cable did you need for the GPU?

bananaland02 0 points 11 months ago

Builds a fast productivity PC; uses an i7 not a ryzen r7

what...

Jerigorn 0 points 11 months ago

Just curious, why would you run a 580 in such an awesome build? Looks amazing btw!

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

It is part of the color scheme for the Miami Hurricanes football team.

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SirHalpin 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

literally saved this build to favorites so I can learn from it lol

bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

If you have any questions feel free to ask. I did go into more detail in the imgur link provided above.

SirHalpin 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

well if you're offering I'd happily take some advice. My current build is on my profile, and my desired upgrade is under my saved parts lists under "Princess Mononoke". I have an Asus PRIME Z270-AR in a Fractal Design R5, hooked up to an Asus DUAL 1060, but plan on getting a 1080 or 1080ti along with some custom gold cabling, probably form EnSourced. I also have a new custom PSU shroud which will help. I guess my question is what custom cables will I realistically need when ordering, what length will I need, and how can I keep the end result as clean and trim as possible?

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bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Paracord. I've tried using the other materials, but paracord has a more premium feel to me. And its easy to sleeve if you have a paracord sleeving tool.

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bmccarthy8989 submitter 9 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Me too, but it just didn't make sense with this card to spend another $140 on a GPU block. Especially since it'll never see a full load.