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Ode To OC Series

by TheGoldenMagikarp



Date Published

May 27, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.445 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.096 GHz


So this machine has been the result of about 2 years of planning and part collecting. It all started after I realized that college was on the horizon, and my monster sized tower was not gonna go well in a tiny dorm. After the initial steps of converting my rig to ITX, I slowly built up the rig over time to what It is now. This tiny rig is a super portable workhorse that has served me well in everything I've thrown at it. Nothing earth shattering, but still on the upper end. The following goes through much of the choices that lead to the final product.

The thing that probably drew your attention was the paint and the small form factor, so lets start with that. I explained above why I decided to go with something so small, but it wasn't just space saving. I wanted something that could be taken places on a whim because my old rig (in a phanteks monster case) was way too cumbersome. This NCase M1 is tiny enough to fit into a wheelable suitcase along with a keyboard , mouse, mic and all the cables. It is an amazing thing to be able to take around with me. And that leads to the second thing, the paint. Good god I love it. To start off, I didn't paint this. A friend of mine was commissioned to do it at a very reasonable rate. But the reasonable question to ask about it would be this: "Why would you make a MSI Corporate themed PC for personal use?" There are a number of reasons for this actually.

  1. I love this branding. The MSI OC Series caught my eye just as I was getting into PC building. The striking Lightning Video Cards and M Power Motherboards were so cool and I loved the black and yellow color scheme. But as I finally began to build my first PC, all of the components were moved on to other branding and dropped the yellow. The only new component that had this branding was the 980Ti Seahawk that still has the best looking video card backplate of all time IMO. So when I saw a lightly used one of these on craigslist for $350 (Just before the mining craze) I swooped that up in a heartbeat. That's when the gears began to turn in my head. Maybe I could make a compelling argument that colored components still have their place in the world and that RGB shouldn't be on everything. Please MSI, Bring it back.

  2. It is a good portfolio piece. I have actually had a decent small time PC building business as a hobby, and this thing is a great way to show off, especially with the professional looking pelican case and the fact that it has been based around something like a logo.

  3. I mean, just look at it.

The CPU --- I had it before hand, very nice and no need to replace it.

The Cooler --- It populated the other radiator spot and provides great cooling for that toasty CPU. It also deals better with transport than a custom loop

Motherboard --- I went with MSI because it was slightly cheaper and because I was kind of going for an MSI build with the GPU anyway.

PSU --- A bit bigger than I need, but the fanless mode kicks in on even medium workloads so that puts it miles above the 450W variant in my book.

Monitor --- That was just a steal at $400, especially 3 years ago.

Anything I didn't mention for the most part was just because I wanted to add it.

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Mnpctech MNPCTECH 4 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

dig the Von Dutch.

my shipping PC case, https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DMBuzAeV4AAJXYh.jpg

TheGoldenMagikarp submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Ooooooh that is pretty. Appreciate it m8

lge01 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Very nice! If you want some yellow color, use an ASRock OC Formula or Gigabyte OC motherboard. Sadly, those are full-atx. You could use some yellow electrical tape on the motherboard to remedy this...

TheGoldenMagikarp submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Appreciate it m8! I was going to airbrush the heatsinks of the ram and motherboard eventually to match the color, but that electrical tape trick has definitely worked for me in the past. I sometimes use it to cover up fan logos with a splash of color too.

lge01 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Yeah... Your RAM doesn't quite match your color scheme, but you could plastidip it to prevent any G.Skill representatives getting very angry at you for painting over the RAM. Linus from Linus Tech Tips showed that Plastidip is quite effective on PCs. I wouldn't suggest putting that stuff anywhere near the motherboard and its socket, though...;)

iKoniKModz 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

This PC is a beast! However I feel slighted because of no internal pics! Please add some internal pics!

TheGoldenMagikarp submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

I will in a bit, promise :)

vreynold 6 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Would love to see a few pics of the inside if you can.


TheGoldenMagikarp submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

There you go! Kind of messy but there aren't any windows, so not really that important

vreynold 6 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

VERY tight squeeze with that AIO.

TheGoldenMagikarp submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Yep, but it works better than you'd expect with that little airflow. It did take 2 people to mount the radiator tho lol

OrbitalBuzzsaw 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Not a fan of the yellow or the M1 but it's a clean build. +1

Flika1999 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Love the graphics on the case!!

TheGoldenMagikarp submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you!

Adrew24 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Feature-worthy, and one of my new favorite builds. The pinstriping looks downright amazing, the color scheme is cool, and the case looks slick. Absolutely phenomenal work, and a well earned +1!

TheGoldenMagikarp submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you very much!

minininjatriforceman 1 point 8 months ago

Question where did you put your 3.5 in drive could not see it in the picture.

TheGoldenMagikarp submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Right under the gpu. Its a tight squeeze

minininjatriforceman 1 point 7 months ago

That is supper tight.

TheGoldenMagikarp submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

yep, which is why the blower/liquid cooler is awesome. Imagine a normal aftermarket cooler. Not fun lol.