Cooler Master "Mastercase Racing" 5 Pro Gaming PC Case Mod by Mnpctech
I'm creating a new case mod with Cooler Master's Mastercase 5 / Pro Mid Tower. "Mastercase Racing" will be the catalyst for new bolt-on accessories and modifications for this case by Mnpctech. The custom paint finish will be inspired race by Steve McQueen's GULF PORSCHE 917 from his 1971 movie, "Le Mans."
The MasterCase Mid Tower draws it's inspiration from Cooler Master's MasterConcept from 2016 CES. Cooler Master wants you to have absolute control over how your case looks and functions. You can adjust the exterior structure and it's look through a range of replacement panels and doors. Each choice changes the look of the exterior while giving you flexibility of the interior layout. Order a new Mastercase 5 or Pro from Newegg, HERE
The legendary PORSCHE 917 is the inspiration for the custom paint on this case mod. The 917 only raced for three seasons. It placed 1st in fourteen of the twenty one races it entered 1969 through 1971. The only Gulf Porsche 917 to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans was the one driven in Steve McQueen's "Le Mans" movie. His 917 from the movie was chassis # 022 and purchased in 1970, from the Porsche by Steve McQueen's movie production company, Solar Productions. It was also the company that would bring the movie "Le Mans" to the big screen. This is the car that McQueen's character, Michael Delaney, starts the race in, and "crashes" late in the race, "writing the car off." The car that was crashed was really a Lola T-70, painted and rebodied, to look like a 917. Many innovations in cinematography, were first tried in this movie. They even went so far, as to weld brackets to the front frame work of the 917, so they could mount a camera to shoot Steve, and the other drivers, in the cockpit. I'm debating about replacing the #22 with #5 to represent the Mastercase 5.
While I work on this build, I strongly recommend checking out these other GULF RACING themed PC case mods. The first one is Peter Mc's
FORD GT40 case mod with Corsair's 760T full tower. The second on right is titled "Gulf Performance" case mod with a Corsair 600T by Nicholas Bidel. I love what these guys did and hope my results equal their efforts and continue pushing boundaries for other case modders.
The Mastercase 5 chassis and exterior parts before prepping them with Red Scotchbrite for our custom paint finish. I will be utilizing the talents of Brad Galvin at Dirt Designs Custom Paint & Graphics. He has over three decades of experience in painting with House of Kolor and PPG products. He airbrushs and paints everything from hockey helmets to custom choppers, hot rods and street rods.
Hardware Wish List
Here is the hardware I'd like to use for the "Mastercase Racing" Gaming PC build, but my budget may have to be limited for another personal project. I'd love the INTEL Core i7-6700K 8M Skylake Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1151 91W processor to be our race car engine. My first choice of motherboard is GIGABYTE's GA-Z170X-SOC FORCE. It's touted as the ultimate Z170 "Super OverClock" solution from GIGABYTE. It also offers a vast array of user features that includes 22 phases of digital power, cool new OC Touch buttons, durable PCIe slots with metal trim. The SOC FORCE has a large heat sink layout with heat pipe dissipation system and water channel technology to incorporate hybrid cooling through air and liquid supply. This allows the VRMs and MOSFETs to stay cool under load when voltages are pushed high.
Next item would be Corsair's Dominator Platinum Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4 DRAM 3400MHz C16. This is Corsair's Limited Edition Orange Custom that was designed for the Gigabyte X99-SOC Champion. Each module has a unique anodized orange bar to match the orange color theme, and it's guaranteed to run at 3400MHz at ambient room temperature.
The Mastercase Race Team's data will be stored and accessed from two Corsair Neutron Series XT SSDs. They're the most powerful available solution when ultra-fast transfer speeds and end-to-end data path.
Liquid Cool Wish List
Staying with the race car theme, I'd like to use 1/2" O.D. 316 marine grade stainless steel tubing for the liquid lines, but I may use PETG instead, painted steel. I may use Primochill Ghost Revolver compression fittings or hopefully Mnpctech stainless steel fittings if the retail version is finished in time. I also like Monsoon's anodized economy compression fittings. I've already got the water pump with a Bitspower dress-up kit, D5/MCP655 MOD KIT It consists of a LAING D5 / MCP655 Pump Mod Kit + Mod Top V2 w/ Swiftech PWM Pump Installed. I plan to add a fill port to the top of the front I/O panel on the Mastercase. This would connect to 3-way Koolance splitter located between the GPUs and radiator. I'm debating between Darkside LP360 or Hardware Labs Black Ice "Nemesis" 360mm radiator to mount in the front.
The front I/O panel on the Cooler Master Mastercase 5 / Pro is a bit bland for this theme. I decided to modify it with something that looks more "race car" appropriate. I'll start with steel face plate and chose some switches and controls from Mnpctech that include a red "Fighter Pilot" with momentary toggle for Main Power. The reset will be blue anodized vandal resistant push. I also found a VDO brand 12 volt gauge from the center console of a Volkswagen Rabbit GTI. I'd love to find some mounting bezels for 5mm LEDs for Power & HD activity.
The switches will be mounted with Mnpctech's billet vandal switch mounting plate. Here is all of the custom switch and toggle parts with links to their product pages. Mnpctech is the only source for "Military Pilot" Toggle switches modified for use with your custom PC. Fighter Pilot / Race Car Ignition Toggle Start with red cover, HERE
Order blue vandal switch for your PC power or reset, HERE
SPST (Push for Momentary On). IP-67 rated, CMP #MP19S-F10, Flush Flat Button, Metal Body, SPST-NO, Push button switch. Mounts in a 3/4" hole. Contacts Rated 5A @ 110VAC, 5A @ 220VAC. Compression screw Terminals. VDE/CE listed, RoHS Compliant.
Order Mnpctech Pro-Line Two switch mounting plate, HERE
Mounting plate has 22mm hole and 16mm hole. It fits Bulgin, Delrin, Lamptron, and ModMyToy Vandal Resistant Switches. Machined by Mnpctech in 6061 billet aluminum. Length = 3.5" x Width = 1.5" x Thickness = 3/16" Bulgin Mounting Plate Includes: 4, 6/32 x 3/4"screws and nuts.
Replace your PC Power or PC Reset button with this Blue Anodized Vandal Resistant Switch. Made of Nickel Plated Brass.
Final coat of Gulf Racing Blue paint for 1970 Porsche 917 race car
Final coat of Gulf Racing Blue paint for 1970 Porsche 917 race car
Final coat of Gulf Racing Orange paint for 1970 Porsche 917 race car
The PC Case Cooling fans in this Cooler Master Mastercase 5 / Pro case mod are sponsored by PROLIMATECH. I love these fans! The Ultra Sleek Vortex 12 is a unique 120mm fan that is only 15mm thick! This thinner design helps to free up RAM slots and allows installation in smaller spaces.
I'll be painting the fan blades GULF RACING orange to match our theme. You can remove the fan blade hub by using a flat head screw driver to pop off the white retaining ring.
The Prolimatech USV 12 fan is not only thin, but also offers superb performance. It provides the highest static pressure of all 120mm fans, making it an excellent choice for water coolers and other radiators with narrow fin spacing!
Next step is prepping the surface of the blades for primer base coat before we can apply the color coat.
Show off the hardware in your Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5 with this "top view" window. It allows a view of your motherboard, cpu, waterblocks, DDR, and video cards without any obstructions. MasterCase Top Window is professionally laser cut from 1/8" thick 100% cast acrylic.
Ensourced.net paracord individually sleeved cable in "Smoked Grey"
Ensourced.net paracord individually sleeved cable in "Charcoal Grey"
Ensourced.net paracord individually sleeved cable in "Graphite Grey"
The top window replaces the factory top fan grill plate in the Cooler Master MasterCase Pro & 5.
Installation is easy, use the factory screws from your Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5.
Display the hardware in your Cooler Master MasterCase Pro & 5 with the "Easy PC Window Panel." It allows a full view inside your PC without any obstructions. "Easy PC Window Panel" is professionally laser cut from 1/8" thick 100% cast acrylic. It has embedded magnets to make installation and removal fast and easy. The window panel is the same size as the factory steel panel for the Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 5.
This window panel can be installed on either side of your MasterCase Pro & 5 chassis. One to show off your custom liquid loop on the GPU side, and other to view individually custom sleeved power supply cables behind your motherboard.
Qisan Magicforce "Crystal" 108-Key Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. The Magicforce Mechanical keyboard utilizes GATERON black key switches. Here is the layout for the custom GULF RACING Porsche key caps from WASD, http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/
Shift key was replaced with STICK SHIFT, Escape is now PIT, Backspace key is PADDOCK, Windows keycap is GULF logo and function key is number 5, for Mastercase 5 racing.
No thumbscrews or fasteners needed, the Mastercase panels have embedded magnets for easy installation.
This Cooler Master Mastercase 5 / Pro build and project log was published on 3/1/16 and updated on 3/4/16
Mnpctech's stealth billet cable comb will help your 24 pin motherboard cable look clean and professional. Acrylic and plastic cable combs are more likely to break or snap than our billet cable combs. They won't break because they're cnc machined from 1/8" thick 6061 aluminum. Mnpctech billet 24 pin ATX cable combs to provide the best gripe for your custom sleeved cables. Each individual slot is precision cut for 3mm diameter sleeved cable or wire, so they hold tight. You can use Mnpctech cable combs with pre-sleeved factory cables for 24 ATX pin motherboard connectors.
Mnpctech also offers 8-pin, 6-pin and 4 pin billet machined aluminum stealth cable combs.
If you're into making Handmade cables and also work with 3mm ensourced, MDPC, and Teleios brand cable sleeve products, then you can also use our cable combs! We really enjoy catering to our customers who enjoy creating handmade cables to complete their custom gaming PC builds. These 24 pin aluminum custom cable combs can also be used with the following power supply sleeved cables made by Bitfenix. This includes their Alchemy line of individually sleeved cables.
Mnpctech 24 pin billet cable combs are made for 3mm individually sleeved and handmade cables with custom sleeved power supplies. They can also be used with individually sleeved cables for gpu or video card power connectors. Customers have also used Mnpctech billet custom cable combs for paracord sleeving in 2.85mm and 2.5mm handmade sleeving.
Some Mnpctech customers have told us our 24 pin cable combs also fit their CableMods brand ModMesh colored sleeved cable sets. They will also hold GS/PS type individually sleeved cable sets by EVGA. Our cable combs are cnc machined from 3/16" thick aluminum and fit NZXT's own brand of sleeved cables for Power supplies, and individually sleeved Molex and SATA connectors.
These are unbreakable cable combs, because they're CNC milled from 6061 aluminum. Another brand is Mod Right brand sleeved extensions or Mod/Smart's Kobra MAX individually sleeved extensions. Other brands of custom sleeved power supply cables that fit Mnpctech billet cable combs or Silverstone brand sleeved extensions. Phanteks just started marketing their own individually SATA, Molex and Video card sleeved extensions this year, which also fit Mnpctech's 24-pin cable combs.