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Whooop! Quakecon Themed Build

by bmccarthy8989



Date Published

Aug. 18, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.178 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


Hey guys!

EDIT: Wow, thanks for the feature!


This is my latest build that I did for Quakecon 2018! For those of you that know me, it's by far my favorite event of the year. I've been building a mod for the case modding competition for the last 3 years. In 2016 White Widower took first in the Classic category. Last year, 2017, Breadbox took 1st place in the Scratch Build category, and I am happy to announce, "Whoop!" took first place in the id/Bethesda category this year! I've been the first modder to win all 3 categories back to back and it has been so much fun competing and getting to know all the other modders along the way.

This year I had less than 30 days to complete this build, and a lot of that time was lost due to wood acclimation. A process to allow the wood to adjust to north Texas' climate. I knew I wanted to continue to integrate wooden components into the PC, and this is the result. I wanted to build something that could be seen as not only a PC but also a piece of furniture. A talking piece for a business or home environment. Something that blends in as much as it stands out.

Keep an eye out for my full build log where I will go over in detail a lot of the mods that were completed and how you can achieve them yourself.

What is with these names? Breadbox? Whoop!? That's not a name!

If you have been to Quakecon in the past 5 to 10 years, chances are you know exactly what this name represents. For the uninitiated, when Quakecon was being held at the Hilton Anatole in downtown Dallas, there is a plaque on the wall that was similar to the following: https://i.imgur.com/7wvw4Bm.jpg. As a result of the fully matured audience at Quakecon, this quickly became a highly vocalized representation among those inside the BYOC (bring your own computer). A single individual would start "Whooping" and a large mass of attendees would quickly follow suite. Highly annoying at times, but still was embedded as a part of Quakecon.

Why the Quakecon theme? Also, why are you using outdated components?

So I originally had an idea of doing a Doom related theme build, but there simply wasn't enough time by the time the tickets finally went on sale. So I chose Quakecon as the theme as it is ultimately one of my favorite times of the year. We look forward to going to the next one the day after the last one finished. Any how, this computer is made up of watercooling components from my first win at Quakecon, and it was truly sad to take her apart. But she lives on now in Whoop!. Also, serveral components such as the case and power supply were acquired from winning prizes at the event.

Mod Talk

Here are a list of the mods:

  • Wood - All the walnut and maple were milled from the same piece of timber allowing for grain and color matching throughout the build process.
  • PSU cover - made of beautiful hard maple and American walnut. The voids were cut using a laser cutter provided by my local library. The wood was laminated together for the top and the front with the logo is attached to an aluminum angle with 6/32 threaded button head screws to allow easy access to the power supply, fan controller, and lighting controller. The fan was added to ensure the radiator has enough air flow. The fan is set to a higher fan curve than that of the fans on the radiator. The logo back light is achieved with a single RGB led strip that is attached to the psu and not the cover to make removing of the front cover less of a hassle. The diffused plastic is just a sanded piece of acrylic.
  • PSU mount - this case mounts the PSU in a vertical orientation. That didn't work for my design as it would of required the PSU shroud to be to high. So I made a custom aluminum bracket that a bent into a profile that allowed me to secure it to the case. The aluminum was thick enough to support the super big 1200 p2 power supply. However, I gave it some support with the use of some aluminum angle on the inside just incase.
  • Mid plate Cover - made of American walnut. The main purpose of this is to tie in the wood them and to provide a cleaner aesthetic. The Thermaltake case is littered with holes and really takes away from the over all look of the build. And funny enough, with all those holes, I couldn't use a single one. I had to remove some metal between the top two stock grommet holes next to the 24pin so that I could cleanly terminate the cable through the case.
  • GPU Front Plate? - I guess that is what you would call it. No, this is NOT EKs waterblock. For one, this is a 980 and two, theirs does not looks as good, and three, pretty sure they got this idea from me after talking to me at Quakecon last year, but the owner is also a wood nut so who knows. I originally was going to cut around this knot in the wood but then realized how damn pretty it was and decided to make it a focal piece on the plate. It is attached with really good tape adhesive so if it needs to be refinished it'll be easy to remove without disassembling the block. The heat from the card has not caused the bond to wear down.
  • Fitting covers - All the fitting covers were hand milled by me. You'll notice in the photos I detailed how I did this by making a jig that would allow me to have consistent repeatability. I first started by making a dowel rod so that the diameter would be the same for all the fittings. Then I cut a bunch of blanks too equal size. Next I used a forstner bit to remove the majority of the waste on the fitting side. Then i flipped them around and drilled out the 12mm diameter hole for the tube to slide through. I then mounted them to a spindle I made on my drill press to sand down the profiles evenly on every single one. Lot of work but well worth the effort.
  • Cables - sleeved with paracord and were made to length to allow for really clean cable management without a lot of cable clutter. The process for how to do this is well documented and I procured my supplies from Mainframe Customs. They'll have everything you need to make custom cables.
  • Tube Bends - The tubing I used was PETG 12mm Bitspower tubing. I've had great success with this material and will most likely continue to use it going forward. All the bends were made by hand.
  • Top and Front panels/distro plates - this is certainly the highlight mod for me. I've always wanted to make distro plates ever since I've seen high end modders incorporate them into their builds, but never had the software or tools to make that a reality. Also, they are extremely difficult to make and not really attainable by the average builder. So I took a different approach and decided to try layering acrylic to give it the same effect. The design layer is in the middle that was cut out on a laser cutter, I then used #4 acrylic cement to bond the layers of acrylic together. This isn't an easy process, especially if you want to get all the air bubbles out but it is possible to achieve. I'm really lucky that the Quakecon logo is suitable for this mod. It was so cool to see people reactions when they realized the "Q" color was actually the coolant for the loop. Also, the top distro plate is setup in a parallel configuration so that it feeds both the CPU and GPU at the same time. I put a lot of thought into how the fluid would flow in these panels and I'm happy to say it works like a champ!
  • Top and Front Panels - Wood - The wood edging is also made of walnut that has some hidden mortise and tenon miter joints on the corners that look spectacular and also offer far more strength than a standard miter butt joint. There is also a grove cut into the inside of the rails and styles that allow the acrylic insert to have a place to sit and gives a lot more strength to the panel. I took a lot of time to match up the grain pattern so that if you look at the panel it has a continues grain that flows all the way around. I managed to use the existing hardware that secures these panels to the case. Originally these were made for tempered glass panels which are far thinner, so I had to very precisely create a recessed cavity for the hardware to seat inside the panel. And just look at those gaps around the hardware, hardly can see them!
  • Lighting - very challenging to pull off in this case as there are no lips or edges to hide the strips from sight. So if you look at some of the inside photos, you will see that I routed a dado into the front and top panels that house the LED strip and then I covered the strip with a piece of sanded acrylic to diffuse the light. And it blends in nicely as the acrylic sits flush with the panel.


  • CPU - This i5 packs a punch with 6 cores. I haven't had a ton of time for testing, once I do I'll update the temperatures and what not. But under a gaming load this thing didn't even reach 60 degrees. Which is not bad as it has not yet been delidded and considering the thermal solution is less than ideal it handled it without issue.

  • Mobo - It is hard to go wrong with Asus' ROG lines. I can't think of a single issue I've ever had with one of their boards. It's just plug and play and the bios is a breeze to navigate. I would say it works very well for moderate to heavy over clockers. Power delivery is solid.

  • Ram - Meh its what was cheapest at the time. I wasn't looking to break the bank on this build. But in any case I had no issues and it seems to be plenty fast for gaming.

  • SSDs - Great drives, It'll be difficult for me to use anything but these evos. For the kind of loads this computer will be using, pros are not really needed and you most likely will not see any performance gains other than a longer life span.

  • Case - I had a love hate relationship with this case. If you are just putting a build together it is actually a breeze to build in as there are plenty of support and mounting options and plenty of cable room in the rear compartment to hide all of your system cables. As well has great support for hard drives and ssds a like.

Comments Sorted by:

DarTroX 10 Builds 9 points 7 months ago

107 pictures of PC excellence, I absolutely love the woodgrain!

AION-MC EKWB 18 Builds 3 points 7 months ago

Another great build and amazing cooling ;) congrats on yet another first place at QC 2018. Saw this beauty in person.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Thanks man! Glad you could make it by. We should do an EK collab at some point.

AION-MC EKWB 18 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Yeah for sure man! Send me a DM or join the EKWB discord and DM on there. I think we could do something really unique together.

customgtp 24 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Absolutely incredible... I mean above and beyond!! Wow!! Just wow!!

customgtp 24 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

This is a well deserved feature btw! Congrats

bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks! Just checked out some of your builds. Some damn fine work man.

Squid_Soup 2 points 7 months ago

In my free time, I love looking at the builds on pcpp. ANYWAYS, I’m looking at this build on my phone, and every time i try to look at the pics, google crashes XD, anyways, I look at them when I get home. But for now, +1

bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 3 points 7 months ago

lol RIP google.

Squid_Soup 2 points 7 months ago

Lol. Anyways, I did look at the pictures, and I LOVED YOUR PC! +1

bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 3 points 7 months ago

Haha thanks man! This one not getting as much love as some of the others. Maybe everyone is sleeping this weekend hehe

Squid_Soup 2 points 7 months ago


Xanthrax_ix 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Simply incredible. I wish I could make the back of my PC look that clean.

Do I need to state the obvious? This will be featured.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Thanks! It helps not having any sata drives though haha. M.2 certainly cleans things up a bit.

SlackPackSam 2 points 7 months ago

The woodgrain looks amazing; Well done!

Soca_Nick 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Wow! This is a beautiful build!

Hxx 8 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

jesus christ this looks good. thanks for posting

squidamint 2 points 7 months ago

"I originally was going to cut around this knot in the wood but then realized how damn pretty it was and decided to make it a focal piece on the plate."

For those of us that appreciate fine wood, THIS speaks volumes.


bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

That's the best part about wood working. Someones eye sore is another mans beauty! Wood is just so unique it's always one of a kind.

Pcjulian12343 2 points 7 months ago

that woodgrain is lovely!

Wolklung 1 point 7 months ago

Saw this beast on a few quakecon blogs... was wondering if it would make its way onto pcpp. Turned out fantastic. A super impressive build. All that wood work looks top notch.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks man. I saw an article on PC Gamer. Have you seen it in other places?

Wolklung 1 point 7 months ago

Definitely saw it on PC Gamer. But I thought I saw it somewhere else too. Checked my other regulars... but nothing there? Sorry for the missinfo!

bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

oh no worries, just curious

spawn01 7 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

This thing is a Masterpiece!! As an avid woodworker, I am drawn to this build. Although, I gotta give it to you for working with that tiny dewalt. I truly love this build! One can always determine the quality of a woodworker by the number of clamps he has :)

bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Hahaha, thanks man. I love my clamps. The dewalt table saw has handled pretty much everything I've thrown at it. It handled the re-saw of the walnut and maple without issue. The main reason for purchasing it is was pricing and its Rack and Pinion fence system. The biggest downside is the arbor is not big enough for a dada stack :(. That'll probably be my next upgrade.

Obamas.mama 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Finally someone made a core P5 look good! Nice job!

Edit: I love the frosted distros.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks man! It was definitely a love/hate with that case. All those damn holes and I couldn't use a single one. lol

Splatterlord 1 point 7 months ago

Don't have words for that, but I feel like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CS7j5I6aOc

LIVE_AMMO 1 point 7 months ago


Yep thats my insides too

bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

lmao, you know I've never actually seen that in video format.

OllieManMan 14 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Dude this is amazing. I'm also working on rebuilding my wood grain PC but I think this takes the cake. Very nice work. Also good idea as far a lighting.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks man!

bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Dude that desk build is freakin insane. Well done.

OllieManMan 14 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I really appreciate you saying that! I haven't been in the game long but I put a lot of thought into my builds. BTW congrats on first place at the modding competition!

bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Hey man that's all that matters. It shows when modders pay attention to detail. Would love to see a build log if you have one. I'll be sure and check out the rest of your builds when I have some free time.

OllieManMan 14 Builds 1 point 7 months ago


pretty sure it's the first video on the page : P

KYBL 1 point 7 months ago

This is a work of art! I'm speachless

bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

You're too kind. Thanks!

PunchyFisty 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Builds like these really show you the the depth of a good mod. Those wood fittings and counter bored holes for the panels really up the quality of your theme! Whoop! +1

bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Appreciate that. Some times the fun part about modding is that cool features happen as a result of necessity (referring to the counter bored holes).

JacobGunther12 1 point 7 months ago


Assimyl 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Just so clean and beautiful.. No wonders you've won the competition!

weasleyawesome52 5 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

wow quite the accomplishment to do all 3 divisions 3 consecutive years.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

It's been a blast! They asked if I would be a judge next year, should be nice to take a break.

Amiracle 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

how much for that pc?

bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

How much did it cost? Or how much is it for sale? haha

Amiracle 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

how much is it for sale

bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

$2k, Basically cost.

Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Amazing and another stunning computer you created here. Congrats for winning the competition and the feature spotlight. Well earned and deserving. Thanks for sharing your journey, experiences and this lovely computer. I enjoyed reading your description and seeing your hard work from your photos. You have my one and support.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Thanks El! Always appreciate you.

Anyansayo 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

This looks great. I don't know what you mean by "outdated" parts. The oldest thing in here is the 980 and that can still perform.

bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Yeah, that's what I caught flack on on other social sites. But I couldn't agree more, it still handles games just fine. That card has so much meaning to me. Mainly because it was my first big GPU purchase since the 8800GTs! I'll probably hold on to it for a long time just for nostalgic purposes :p

jeffreymays44 5 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

love the build!!!! really well done! great job on the front and top plates!+1

bmccarthy8989 submitter 10 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks! I appreciate it. Those suckers were a pain.

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