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Introducing WOODY

by liqgranite

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103 Comments

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Date Built

Sept. 7, 2013

CPU Clock Rate

4.2GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.43Ghz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7MHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

61.0° C

Description

Looking to build a quiet, High performance, all purpose, reliable computer I decided to use Noctua fans. But what about the fan colors? Hummmm

Gaming? check

Light video editing? You know, phone stuff. check

Picture editing? check

Playing music? check

Fast? check

Folding@home? check

Well, why fight it and here are the results.

Some of the parts I already had from my last build so all are not new. (780, ssd, keyboard, mouse, headphones, monitor)

Update: Took advantage of Holiday specials 2013 and upgraded the 780 to 780 Classified, installed sound card and upgraded the PSU to handle the higher amps/watts the video card needs when playing with custom BIO's.

Update 2: Took advantage of Holiday specials 2014 and upgraded the 840 to 2 Intel 730 SSDs in Raid 0 and changed the GPU to an ASUS 980 STRIX.

Looks pretty much the same.

Comments Sorted by:

fnapoli 1 Build 105 points 19 months ago

this might literally be the only build i've seen where those noctua's look good at all, let alone great! nice work!

LibanPC 69 points 19 months ago

oh..my..god.. noctua fans look at home i tip my hat sir

alexmcfly 28 points 19 months ago

you mean your fedora?

AustinTheTimelord 20 points 12 months ago

M'laaaady

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bnix54 34 points 19 months ago

The squirrel adds a nice touch to the build.

8F01C198997 8 Builds 28 points 19 months ago

When will it drop its seeds?

deVIZtation 4 Builds 16 points 19 months ago

Awesome build. You should totally do brown cable sleeving, that would look amazing.

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 4 points 19 months ago

Thanks deVIZ. I did look into that and could not find a source for brown/tan cables. Lots of reds, white, purple etc. I guess not to much demand for brown. Do you know of one?

jackophant 1 point 4 months ago

Total stab in the dark, but how would you use the paracord?

AanetiKalma1707 4 points 19 months ago

http://www.ebay.com/usr/ensourced quality cables at a good price. He also has colors to match this build. Or he can make you a custom cable from any color you choose.

rockcem 2 points 10 months ago

Hey, I might be super late but on the AOC Q2963PM how are the speakers? Because I am looking to buy it and i'm not quite sure if it is good.

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

To be honest I have never used the speakers in the monitor so really cant say. The monitor it self is AMAZING tho.

basedgodunicorns 1 Build 9 points 19 months ago

try not to get the squirrel caught in the fan blades

otherwise, nice build

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 8 points 19 months ago

WOW

I came home from work and checked out the comments and I have to say I am quite floored at the response my build has received.

Many Thanks to everyone that has given the build an up vote and I do enjoy the comments both good and bad.

Now maybe the build fever will go away....for awhile!!

Starlana 2 Builds 4 points 18 months ago

Never, I just scrolled through 18 pages to look at this one again. It's just...fantastic!

bringtheicecream 1 point 18 months ago

Me too, although this depth is ridiculous, I can't get over your build :)

Hakumisoso 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Your build is awesome. Maybe that is why the comments are nice.

theonelonewolf 1 Build 5 points 19 months ago

Woody just gave me, well, you know... an acorn! <.<

+1 and a hat tip. Good job!

Broadsky 4 points 19 months ago

Nice build! where did you get the vinyl wrap?

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 5 points 19 months ago

Thanks! Its Contact Paper found at Home Depot. It took as long to wrap the case as to build it. Real PITA. I wanted to keep the wood grain consistent so the whole case is wrapped in one sheet. The sheet is only 1/4" wider than the case so not much wiggle room not to mention air bubbles and careful scoring along the case lines.

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Sjk20 3 points 16 months ago

can I get the specs on the Squirrel

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 3 points 16 months ago

Kind of hard to pin down as he is kind of SQUIRRELLY !!

Starlana 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

I ******* love creativity. I'd give you +2 if I could for that alone; and your build rocks, to boot. You have my respect. <3 Starlana <3

millerjd0315 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

This is just amazing +1. I was just browsing through some of the top rated builds just to check them out and wow, this is one piece of work! I always wanted to do a wood case build but I never really knew how to do it (or how I wanted to do it) real wood seems next to impossible with out professional grade tools, and I wondered what vinyl would look like after is was all put together. eventually I lost the motivation to go for it. Great build, beautiful design, and awesome creativity! Thank you sir for your inspiration and reigniting my desire for a wooden case.

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swagnuggets123 1 point 19 months ago

nice

WickedRG 1 point 19 months ago

Man this looks beautiful i wish i could have it... how does it run with the 780?? and the squirrel you know made my day!! nice build man and it looks really cool

Anthozoa 1 point 19 months ago

Very very nice,I would have left the case alone though, I like it a lot better than the wood mod.

What gave you this idea?

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

I wanted to some how incorporate the colors of the Noctua Fans since they have those "unique" colors. Like most people I love the performance but don't really care for the colors and this is what I came up with. Thinking outside the box..... literally.

daes79 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

What are the CPU temps

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

At this point I have only ran the computer for a short time as I am redoing my whole desk set up. Ran SETI@home for about an hour which utilizes all available recourses @ 100% and the temp at Idle was 29-30c and loaded with all cores @ 117% cpu usage at 57% max freq. @ 62-63C using the Thermal Radar to control the fan speeds which were all around 900-1000 (cpu & case fans). The 780 was running 70c with fan @ 40 % software controlled.

daes79 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Thats pretty good.

sqielyr 1 point 19 months ago

We're not in Kansas anymore.

mzimmerman23 1 point 15 months ago

Someone had to say it... Yeah, what's with that picture; I must be missing something?

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Hey bro.

My screen name is liqgranite (liquid granite) I drive a concrete truck for a living. I thought it might tie the two together.

Maybe I should remove it.?

mzimmerman23 1 point 14 months ago

Oh, okay. Naw, I was just wondering, now I understand! I thought maybe it had to do with your picture editing...also, I'm from Kansas.

Spencer1012 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

You made the Noctuas fit in with something.

Cookie for you.

Rangerfan513 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

:') is all i can say

+1 From Me

Firebomber4 1 point 18 months ago

Great build, definitely +1 :) and I think a white or green case (rather than black) would be great too :D

end0 1 point 17 months ago

Awesome! I really want some noctua fans but I can't stand the color, but they actually look great with your color scheme.

leftyrojas430 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

???????????? I...am just... Speechless!!! Awesome build man. How are you liking the monitor?

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks for the comment!

I really like the monitor and the the field of view it has. Colors are better than a TFT monitor.

Chunkmen 1 point 17 months ago

one problem that i see or at least inefficiency that you don't have 2 fans on your heat sink and with a noctua fan why not do two because just running one it would be easier to just get a water cooling system.I do love your specs though.

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks for the complement. The reason I did not use 2 fans are:

  1. Reviews of the cooler show that it only brings down the temps by 1-2c with 2 fans.

  2. Since there is not a lot of space from the cooler to the rear fan, it would crowd the rear fan and I wanted to ensure good air flow thru the case.

I actually bought a second fan with the intentions of using it on the cooler but decided not to use it for the reasons above.

I did not consider water cooling in this build as I Fold@home (looking for cures for Cancer,Alzheimer's http://folding.stanford.edu/home/ ) frequently and did not want to have to have any issues while to computer is running at full speed unattended for days on end.

A water system has more points of possible failure (pump, fans, coolant lines) vs just 1 fan.

lachrymal 1 point 16 months ago

Hydro dip? Reminds of school years and every single desk I sat at for 12 years had that finish. Take that however you wish.

YoanTeodosiev 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Someone told me that i have a wooden PC. I send him this.

JamMaster 1 point 15 months ago

78 Celsius is extremely hot

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Ya, your right. Back when I was benching it when it was new with crazy voltages (custom BIOS) it would get hit its thermal limit before throttling. Finally got it dialed in and runs 1224 @ 61C now. Thanks for pointing it out.

scorza 1 point 15 months ago

GORGEOUS! And I say that as a metal minimalist.

Beesuu 1 point 15 months ago

Hey I just installed 7 noctua fans on my 750d and had trouble using the rubber grommets for install but it wont stay properly, its not stable. So I used the standard screws, is it me?

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

On the fans I used the rubber grommets on, I had to pull really hard on the end of the grommet to get the retaining nub all the way thru the fan to secure the fan. When space to pull was limited, I just used the screws.

Beesuu 1 point 15 months ago

Oh... yeah my technician had trouble using rubber grommets, so we used screws for everything, maybe my case was different the 750d.

ThatFancyPenn 1 point 12 months ago

Well that must have taken a LOT of work. Good job! Very surprised to see the Noctua fans actually look good in a build :)

Kurama_the_Crimson_Foix 1 point 12 months ago

where did the wood covering come from, that is cool

openuser 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

you made the noctua colour scheme fit!!! thumbs up :)

diggernick 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

how is that monitor for gaming?

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I like it alot for the wide field of view it offers and the better colors that an IPS screen offers over TN panels.

This is the review that turned me onto this format and does a great job of telling the pros and cons of it:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/aoc-q2963pm-ultra-wide-review,3591.html

GamerDeso 1 point 11 months ago

Some players be saying "your PC made of wood, no wonder its slow" until they are met by a surprise. Your PC is a full low blow towards those gamers who talk trash and comparing slow PCs to wood... and they deserve that low blow.

WillrusWalrus 1 point 10 months ago

Forget the build... THE SQUIRREL ZOMG amazing build +1

EPICGUY23 1 point 8 months ago

That's probably the first time that noctua fans look alright ;) +1 Very creative

KrazyKazzyGuy 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

How do you like the SP2500s? Do they have window shaking bass?

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Hey Bro:

I do like the speakers for listening to music and gaming. Dont know about window shaking bass tho. You would think it would as big as the bass box is.

KrazyKazzyGuy 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks a lot for replying. ;) Would you recommend any other speakers for $250 that are good for gaming and music with quite a lot of bass?

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Cant say that I can. You might check reviews on Amazon and Newegg.

KrazyKazzyGuy 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Ok thanks!

Variable.variables 1 point 7 months ago

How did you make the case look like wood?

kmiester 1 point 5 months ago

faceplam

Bravosgrad 1 point 5 months ago

best wooden pc known to man

CompletelyLost 1 point 5 months ago

Truly awesome build! The wood is very nice, and the noctua fans look great on this pc! Is no dust filter on the top cover not a problem for you?

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks for the compliment! No filter has not been a problem for me as the PC sits on top of the desk and we have no pets. A 450D would be a great substitution.

CompletelyLost 1 point 5 months ago

Thank you for the reply! Good thing to know about the dust filter... I hope that you get to make more original builds soon :)

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Mr_Le0 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

OMG where did you buy the squirrel? :D nice build, love the wood theme (quite jaleous)

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Picked it up at US Toy. It is a store geared towards teaching/teachers.

Thanks for the compliment !

JustAnotherGamer 1 point 5 months ago

MADE NOCTUA FANS LOOK GOOD. +1

DavisTheWalrus 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

lol leave the squirrel in there

OldBoy 1 point 5 months ago

Can you post a photo with the STRIX installed? Really curious to see how it fills the case :D

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Added per your request Sir. Not the best pics but it does show the updates. I need to dust more often!! lol

OldBoy 1 point 5 months ago

Thank you, it shows more than enough what I wanted to see. Really awesome PC you have there, enjoy :D

RogyAcnodnem 1 point 4 months ago

We'll this is a wicked nice attempt to make noctuas fans look good but you should of gone with their newer black and poo brown fans....0___o

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks... I would have but the new colors where not out yet. The build is over a year old!! Fall of 2013 if I remember right.

GamerCrusader 1 point 4 months ago

Dat squirrel...

bigapplepietart 1 point 4 months ago

420 upvotes as we speak :)

RRRilind 1 point 3 months ago

How are the headphones? I'm looking into buying them. Also I read some reviews saying that these headphones are really powerful and you need a DAC or something around that powerful, what's your setup if you don't mind?

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

The headphones are really great! Great sound and the mic works very well.

The set up I am using is the headphones plugged into the sound card. Gives me software control for the phones using the Sound blaster software.

You might look at the Astros with a DAC as an option. I hear those are nice as well and less $ for the whole setup.

I'm a little out of the loop when it comes to the latest and greatest set ups these days.

RRRilind 1 point 3 months ago

So if I use a Xonar Phoebus will they power the headphones no problem?

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

A quick glance at the specs on the card and I don't see a issue.

There are some audio headphone sites that would probably be a better source than myself tho. Google is your friend :-)

RRRilind 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks! I did do some researching but couldn't truly find what I was looking for. Again thanks for the help! :-)

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Had you checked this site out? Back when I was looking around I found it helpful: http://www.head-fi.org/products/beyerdynamic-mmx-300-pc-gaming-premium-digital-headset-with-microphone

InTheNameOf 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

The wood grain reminds me of: http://youtu.be/FvT8jG1OVdI

liqgranite submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I am still ROTFLMAO at that video. I like that guys attitude ! I spent my teenage years during the 70's so maybe I had been wanting to do a Wooden build all these years? I'll bring that up at my next psycho meeting on Tuesday ......

SomeRandomDude 1 point 2 months ago

Change around the storage a bit and you've got a cheaper build.

Eg: 60GB SSD for windows 8.1 or whatever you fancy, and a 1TB hard drive.

Extremely nice looking build.

Statecat 1 point 26 days ago

This is the cutest and most manly thing I have ever laid eyes upon. XD

YourLocalPCNoob 1 Build -3 points 19 months ago

Wait so this is an R4 wrapped with wood wrap? I thought you actually cut/carved out the wood to make the build. Nice squirrel btw.

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