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Texas Longhorn Build

by wkernan

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93 Comments

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CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.096 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.682 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

I graduated from UT in 2008 and have lived in Austin for 13 years, I figured I would dedicate one of my builds to one of the best Universities... Hook 'em! photo album

Since I couldn't really find Burnt Orange components I decided to just stick with orange instead. I will also eventually have a cut out of the longhorn logo and maybe some other text on the front panel and have an orange LED light shining from behind.

3DMark 11 score

Edit: If anyone knows of a company or website I can go to, I'd like to try and get the front panel laser cut with a bit more than just the longhorn logo, maybe put Texas above it and then Hook 'em underneath... seems like something I'd want laser cut rather than trying to use a jigsaw or dremmel. If anyone has spare time and is artistic I'd love to see some ideas, email them to me wkernan@gmail.com, thanks!

Update: Uploaded more photos and will continue as the build progresses

Update #2: Finished the build, just need to figure out where I want to place the lights, paint the top and bottom stands and wait for my laser cut to get here for the front panel. All in all it was pretty smooth, some tight spaces, but I like it, here are some more pics.

Update #3: Thanks for all the likes y'all! I uploaded another photo of what the front panel will look like. Jeremy from performance-PC.com designed it and will be laser cutting it soon. I'll upload another photo also when I have it pasted on the front.

Update #4: Overclocked CPU to 4.5ghz and GPU, as well. Updated rates and benchmarks score to show. Uploaded a few more photos with the UT laser cut front panel.

Update #5: I finally got around to taking some photos of the completed build with the top and bottom legs painted as well as some of the screws and backplates.

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Starlana 2 Builds 26 points 62 months ago

Up vote for being a Texan, I love Texans. Upvote for that GPU. Upvote for creativity. Unfortunately, I can only give one upvote, but you got it.

Personally, I would have opted for a 1600 RAM, but I'm sure it doesn't make much of a difference on that system. Gratz!

<3 Starlana <3

8F01C198997 11 Builds 7 points 62 months ago

Woot Woot! TEXAS!

About the RAM, I'm pretty sure he chose it mainly because it is orange, the difference between DDR3-1333 and 1600 is not that big but if he would have bought it from a purely performance perspective then you are correct.

Starlana 2 Builds 3 points 62 months ago

LOL, I didn't even think about that. Good point!

wkernan submitter 1 Build 6 points 62 months ago

I did buy 1600, put wrong link. Updated to show the real 1600. Thanks

Starlana 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

No problem Tex. :)

cam313 1 Build 5 points 62 months ago

Downvote... simply for the fact that it is a longhorn themed computer.. BOOMER SOONER!!!

huehue, seriously tho.... nice build! well done

wkernan submitter 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

Haha, thanks man.

Zeus 1 Build 3 points 62 months ago

Can't wait to see the finished build! +1 for the custom painted 780. Question, did you do that paintjob yourself?

wkernan submitter 1 Build 3 points 62 months ago

Yes painted it myself. Not as difficult as I thought it would be. Here is another video I watched to get an idea of how to take it apart.

Zeus 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

You did a great job, looks like a pro did it.

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ImAustin 2 Builds 2 points 62 months ago

You sir have a fellow Texan right here +1

Bluesmurph 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

Hey I saw this build on reddit I think. Pics from a LAN party XD Really cool!

wkernan submitter 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Yup, that was me that posted that on reddit. That is by far the best LAN I've ever been to. If you want to check them out head to powersgaming.com

I think it's still invite only, but if you are active on their servers and mumble then you can earn a spot.

Also I dig your corsair 350D nice work!

Bluesmurph 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Thanks! Yahh... I need to update pictures and change my parts list. I've made some changes XD

myp33ps 2 points 37 months ago

Dude I love Texas! You should enter PC wars on TechSource's YouTube channel! You would so win!

RyneSmith 7 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

I'm not a Longhorns fan :P however that GPU looks fantastic man, awesome job!

Very excited to see the finished product! +1

EDIT : Did you paint the GPU yourself? What paint did you use and do you have any other pictures from the painting process? Would love to see those!

wkernan submitter 1 Build 4 points 62 months ago

Yes painted it myself, first time trying anything like that, but wasn't as bad as I thought. I don't have any pics from painting, was being lazy. For the orange I used Montana Gold and the white I just picked up a can from local Home Depot. As far as painting and prep, this post helped me a lot.

RyneSmith 7 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Cool thanks for the link!

Mediciu5 3 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Seriously, that link rocks for paint prep and other mod work. Thanks!

dschutt84 3 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Drove though Texas once in my life and was surprised that they still have smoking and non smoking sections hahaha. Us people in New York tend to live very Communist life style, we tax people who aren't even from the state. Welcome to do New York pay the toll!!!

wkernan submitter 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

Austin has actually had a no smoking inside policy for a few years now, but I think it's like the only city in Texas that has that.

Jwood013 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

Can you upload more pictures of the build? :)

wkernan submitter 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

I'm still working on the build, but I'll take some photos of the case when I get home.

SparkyOnPC 1 point 62 months ago

omfg... that gpu.. can you upload a video or something to youtube on how to do that? I would LOVE to do that

wkernan submitter 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

I watched this guy do it here

SparkyOnPC 1 point 62 months ago

<3

Hakumisoso 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

I know a guy going to texas for computer science!

Firecrackers 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

Ha, love seeing this. I live in Tomball, which is pretty close to Houston. Nice to see a build like this.

+1

GamingPC69 1 point 62 months ago

Tejas, get er done boy.

18hockey 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

Wow that card is HAWT.

Love it, can't wait to see it when it's done!

canders 7 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Enjoyed watching your build unfold. Up vote!

Prodigy512 1 point 62 months ago

Im 16 and lived in the Austin Area my whole life great city there is really nothing bad about it. Hook 'Em

candy 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Why didn't you buy a bitfenix phenom mitx instead of ripping the handles off your prodigy?

wkernan submitter 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

I didn't have to rip them off they unscrew. I'm waiting for the orange spray paint to arrive so I can paint them and then I will put them back on.

candy 2 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Oh okay I thought you were case modding and you didn't want the handles on the prodigy...

boxxybrownn 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

this is the greatest thing ive ever seen on pcpartpicker

wkernan submitter 1 Build 2 points 61 months ago

Thanks! Much appreciated

millerjd0315 2 Builds 1 point 61 months ago

Beautiful build. +1 I'm honestly jealous of it.

IamApropos 3 Builds 1 point 61 months ago

Love the build on many levels, 1st I'm a Texan. San Antonio! second its just an awesome build. great parts selection and wonderful job on building it!

wkernan submitter 1 Build 2 points 61 months ago

Go Spurs Go!

Pvt_Nutzack 1 point 61 months ago

So.........you get a 780 and use the DVI to VGA......why?

wkernan submitter 1 Build 1 point 61 months ago

I just had it plugged in to an older monitor for testing purposes before I move it to my real battlestation.

the13yearoldgenius 1 point 60 months ago

This build is amazing, thinking a bout doing a similar build, but in a fractal node 304, and Clemson theme :D

wkernan submitter 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Make sure you send me a link. I'd like to see that build, the fractals look awesome!

smah 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

very nice work on the front panel

lachrymal 1 point 60 months ago

Pretty impressive. - Sooners Fan

Alonminatti 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

prospectplastics.com i live in fl a few minutes away from them, check them out

Alonminatti 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

this is legitimately the most amazing piece of work i have ever seen on here

FlusherBox 1 point 60 months ago

Sexy

wolf414 1 point 59 months ago

Beautiful build!

James710 1 point 59 months ago

Nice build but that is THEE smallest case I have ever seen

zSyzygy 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

This bitfenix is pretty popular. There's a few smaller cases out there, one of em has a build on this site! Barely bigger than an xbox.

BASSIC_RZ 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

great build man i currently live in Austin TX to

ghostroaster5 1 point 57 months ago

I'm assuming that you like orange?

wkernan submitter 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

I like burnt orange better :)

starwarsguy99 1 point 57 months ago

The GPU reminds me of a Nerf Gun :D

whatdafeck 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

very very nice sir.

zachar954 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

the graphics card looks amazing!

gill2k 2 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Awesome craftsmanship with the case mod!

Chalkstick 1 point 54 months ago

Wow, that's a really good looking PC! :D

Hazarded 1 point 53 months ago

+1 for PC, texans... not so much

saturn7601 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

unique

amill08 2 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Nice Tennessee Vols build! I love the Vols! ;)

MichaeL925280 1 point 50 months ago

I'm not form Texas but totally respect for your build & amazing paint job you did. Bravo! UP VOTE form me!!

Hairy07 1 point 48 months ago

Why didnt you go with a WD Orange Hard dri---... Oh yeah...

kaotickronos 1 point 47 months ago

Awesome looking build. Way to rep the lone star and show your pride for Texas! Ft. Worth likes this a lot! Hook Em!

Simon_L 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

WOAH i love this build, beautiful look.

+100 (if i could)

Tease 1 point 45 months ago

GTX Assimov

Hbails54 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

i thought your computer was on fire for a second...... great build

w3stsid399 3 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Damn... Best thing i have seen in my life!!! favorite case series as well!!!

DrTot 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Amazing color scheme, looks sick

RushCAT 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

I'm an Aggie, but you can take my +1....

Net-Daggere 1 point 29 months ago

How is that PSU doing? I usually use Corsair Or EVGA?

wkernan submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Still going strong

Wi1dCard2210 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Blue mobo triggered lol jk nice build

wkernan submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Ha! Thanks!

Brandondwn 1 point 26 months ago

Very cool

Cr1ms0n 1 point 25 months ago

I seriously can't tell if a quarter of the people on this site are texan, or I'm just only remembering the texas ones.

Blackhat132 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

my dad loves the texas longhorns and this build is awesome

wkernan submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks! Let's hope they have a good year

AT0MAC 18 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

God I feel old now, when I saw the name here I thought the build here was running Vista, bcs u know, Vistas codename was Longhorn ;9

wkernan submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Haha! I've heard this multiple times

diego_mwr 1 point 17 months ago

My dude, awesome job reppin texas. but come on man A&M is better lol good build tho

wkernan submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Ha! Our time will come again... hey at least we made it to a bowl game this year

jfrichter4 1 point 12 months ago

If you still have this build, or have an even better one now, you need to contact TechSource and submit your computer in either Setup Wars or PC Wars. This is by far the best custom modded desktop I've seen in my life. What you did with the front of the chassis is absolutely amazing. I've never seen anything, ANYTHING like this build.

wkernan submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks, I really appreciate that! I still use this build, but it's definitely got some wear and tear. Thinking of building a new mod soon, but I'll look in to submitting it to those spots

ThatSweetGamer 2 Builds -3 points 62 months ago

Penn State is better.

wkernan submitter 1 Build 10 points 62 months ago

pcpartpicker is located in Austin, so obviously you're wrong :P

philip staff 10 Builds 5 points 61 months ago

I may be living in Austin, but I'm an Aggie. Very clean build (nice work!), so I'll let it slide this time. :)

ThatSweetGamer 2 Builds 2 points 62 months ago

I am never wrong, ever!

noob_for_life 2 points 62 months ago

have to agree with ThatSweetGamer hahah awesome build! would love to see more pics

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wkernan submitter 1 Build 1 point 61 months ago

Will do, thanks!

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wkernan submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Hook em!