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BOOTLEG BUILDS | Project Malice and Lorraine: Miami Twin Build

“Malice and Lorraine stems from the bright skies to the thriving nightlife of Miami and all its beauty and glory – truly the last stop for bright lights as this is where neon comes to die.”

We’re kicking things up by not just building a PC rig – rather, we’re building a whole setup. For the first time in Bootleg Builds we’ll be creating a themed build and not just a build to fit the budget.

My client for this build or rather builds is someone I got acquainted with at my cosplay hobby; even if a build isn’t themed I always wanted to create a PC that would reflect its owner. In this case I wanted to showcase the color, beauty, and the creativeness of my client. So then, it hit me, we’ll do Miami – Cyan, Pink, and White – Calm, Live, and Expressive; plus points because most Miami themed builds have black as the backdrop and not white.

She was good with the idea and decided to have another build done together with “Malice” – Sticking to the Miami colorway and the feedback that they wanted the other build to feature Blue and White; We settled for a White on Black theme and Cyan; and hence the idea for “Lorraine” was born.

A confirmed themed build doesn’t mean it would be easy – First, sourcing would narrow down part choices. Second, the creative part of the build would mean crating a concept that would work with the part availability.

We’ll only be covering the PC rig for this build log. However, we will be revealing what other stuff we bought to make the whole setup happen.

We have 60k to spare for each PC rig. To make things a little more simpler and more formal, we finalized a twin build with different color themes – This is not easy to pull off entirely, but would be more simpler once all the parts are available to build with.

Under the hood these are what we got for both builds

Project: Malice


– MSI B360 Gaming Arctic
– I5 8400
– Galax GTX 1060 6gb EXOC white
– Team Elite Nighthawk 16gb (8gbx2) 3000mhz white
– 1tb Seagate Barracuda HDD
– 120gb Gigabyte SSD
– ID cooling SE214L Snow Edition
– Seasonic S12 620w 80+ Bronze
– Inwin 101 White
– Abko Spider 120mm Fan Bundle
– Deepcool RGB 350
– Custom Sleeved cables

Project: Lorraine


– MSI B360 Gaming Pro Carbon
– I5 8400
– Galax GTX 1060 6gb EXOC white
– Team Elite Nighthawk 16gb (8gbx2) 3000mhz white
– 1tb Seagate Barracuda HDD
– 120gb Gigabyte SSD
– ID cooling SE214L Snow Edition
– Seasonic S12 620w 80+ Bronze
– Inwin 101 White
– Abko Spider 120mm Fan Bundle
– Deepcool RGB 350
– Custom Sleeved cables

 

We’re able to cut costs by having a special solid partner to get the processor and hard drives at. The importance of bundling items is important here to save up on logistics costs and also to get stuff for a cheaper price. We got the Galax GTX 1060s for a cheaper price as we had them bundled. The Arctic B360 and one of the Inwin 101 cases also came from a bundle.

With a little help from our partners in PinoyPartPicker.com – We sourced the place that gave the best deal on logistics cost to final cost ratio. EasyPC actually sells Seasonic PSUs significantly cheaper than other shops; we also acquired the Nighthawk RAMs, Abko fans, 144hz monitors, keyboards and keycaps there to save up on logistics. PChub recently released and had a promo for the Gigabyte SSDs – So, we decided to get the SE214L Snow coolers together with the Gigabyte SSDs there to avail the promo and also them carrying those 2 parts at the best price.

We contacted our friends from PB Sleeving Works and Cold Iron PC to hook us up with the custom sleeved cables and also get our hands on some IC diamond thermal compound. Fun Fact – most of the time when you order custom sleeved cables from them, it only takes 2 hours; more or less to sleeve the cables; most of the time you can get them in short notice if you give them a heads-up. We had 2 sets of PSU extensions, 4 pieces of custom data SATA cables, and a tube of 24k IC Diamond Thermal compound bundled.

Logistics has gone a long way from going to shops to having them shipped. These days Cash-On-Delivery is the way to go since its cheaper and usually you get the items within the day. We ordered our RGB 350s from Softbox Solutions, a single Inwin 101 and a the Gaming Pro Carbon B360 motherboard through Dynaquest Makati, and also grabbed some on sale G502s in Lazada. Cash On Delivery cost usually just adds 50 to none to the total cost of the product you buy.

MSI’s take on the arctic series will never get out of style, I do however wished they never dropped the motherboard backlight they had before on the B250 series. Generously sized heatsinks and slot indicators in the Coffeelake rendition of the famed board is a welcome addition to features in this series of boards

Ah yes, the legendary I5 8400 processor – This has caught the hearts of many builds for many reasons, but the main reason is because it just works. There is little difference to the 8500 and 8600 variant so the 8400 makes sense to use in most builds. 6 cores is actually packing a punch these days in finishing work demanding tasks.


Our RAM choice is the price to performance perfection Team Elite Nighthawks. Imagine these beauties are RGB and already at 3000mhz. This secures the idea of not having to pay extra for faster RAM in the future for upgrades. The price between the 3000mhz and 2666mhz between the other RGB product of Team Elite (I believe it was Deltas) was also miniscule – leading this to be a smarter choice

The centerpiece of our build is the IDCooling SE214L Snow Edition. Besides being a minimalist, snow white, pretty cooler – it actually does a great job of cooling a processor. With 4 heatpipes and 130mm fan that covers the heatsink fully due to it being bigger than a usual 120mm fan. If they wish to upgrade in the future – The SE214L will still be a solid choice for the cooling of the processor.

The main difference between Malice and Lorraine is the board. Outside it may only look like the color has changed between MSI’s Gaming Arctic and Pro Carbon. However, with a little bit more on the price tag of the Carbon. The differences are better accessibility for internal connectors, more LED parts (inside mystic light, there were also more options for the Carbon), and also a different heatsink.

IC Diamond is one of the more expensive and better performing thermal compounds out in the market. It’s non conductive and hard to apply (even with the 10 min hot water application interval) However, it actually does a pretty good job of keeping temps stuck at 55c-60c in extended load use.

The Inwin 101 is a versatile and well engineered case. From turning the basement to an attic, to the slot type locks on the panels, and even the integrated default motherboard stand-offs; imagine that they didn’t just made the case look good but they made it easy to build on. The cracks and spaces on the case actually act as a diffuser if you have LED lights inside the case. Our fan orientation for the builds are 3 intakes below, and 2 fans facing the back panel and fan next the IO shield as exhaust.

 

More cases should really rock tinted panels as it helps desaturate and create a more ambient look from outside the case. It helps preserve the calm and cool theme of the build. “From the clear skies to the thriving nightlife – Miami is truly the place where neon comes to die.” I believe I gave justice in trying to highlight my client with the builds.

 

We didn’t stop with just the PC. as we were tasked with the whole setup, we got the trusty G255SL SpecterPros as our monitors, Rakk Kimat XT2s for keyboards with matching keycaps and mousemats to highlight the theme of the build, We also got GPU brackets for the PCs. and for the mouse choice – they decided to go with the Logitech G502s.


This is Project Malice in its final spot with the cable management routed below the table – It kind of helped that the wall had small spaces to have the cables routed on. During burn tests, Malice never dipped to 60c-65c for more than 2 seconds, the usual temps on load was at 55-58c. Idle was around 30c-35c.

 

Project Lorraine was a little different but had neat cable management setup. We had the back of the PC facing towards the left and have the monitor and peripherals all the way on the right. LAN cables and power sockets are located way on the left wall hidden in plain sight. No special slanting needed, just plain old positioning.

This build was challenging for me – mainly because I only take on builds one by one, I made an exception for this one. Be careful with handling multiple logistics for your builds as it can easily strain yourself out pushing to move heavy parts such as the case and multiple parts. and speaking of multiple parts. they had me keep all the boxes. ALL OF IT.

Seth Francisco Capili
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