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The Black Ghost

by jjanzen62

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Details

Date Published

March 23, 2015

Date Built

March 6, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

720MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

900MHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

Description

My first build, this computer was designed for Music Production, Video Editing, and of course, gaming.

CPU: Since I use my computer for music production and video editing as well as gaming, I had wanted an i7 but didn't think I could afford it. Because of some lucky timing and some help from a user here, I managed to save some money elsewhere, allowing me to go with the i7. By a very unexpected stroke of luck, my dad agreed to cover the cost of the CPU, provided I use the immense processing power to his benefit (I do some website and video editing work for him), so I got extremely lucky. It's an absolute beast, and it hasn't broken a sweat with anything I've thrown at it yet.

COOLER: Installing was a bit of a pain (Also installed backwards the first time) but other than that, very happy with it. Haven't overclocked at all, but based on my temps (41C as I'm typing this) I probably have some headroom. Quiet too.

MOBO: I was originally looiking at a different ASUS motherboard with slightly less features (most notably the WiFi) but after posting a build ready post on here back in January, /u/Arm-the-homeless shot back a build with a $110 motherboard with WiFi included. I bought it that day, and within hours the price was back up to $230 or whatever it had been. Another extremely lucky break, so thanks once again to /u/Arm-the-homeless

RAM: Fit the colour scheme, cheaper than 1600 CAL 9 ram, good pricing. Glad I went with 16GB, as I've gotten to about 10 used so far.

STORAGE: SSD speeds are a dream, totally understand how once you build with one, you never go back! HDD is also nice and quiet and fast.

GPU: GTX 970. Went with this because it seemed to offer everything I needed it to for 1080p gaming and possible future 1440p gaming. Very happy with it so far.

CASE: Nice and big for cable management, unassuming, clean look from the front. Window is a big plus, as is the PSU shroud.

PSU: Heard good things about EVGA modular power supplies, and I can vouch for them. Haven't noticed any noise at all, and the modular aspect is very very convenient.

OPTICAL DRIVE: Decided to go with a reasonably cheap one, just for compatibility with games and programs that aren't downloadable. Also have pretty slow internet, so can't always count on downloads. Not the quietest however.

OS: Love 8.1, can't wait for 10.

CASE FAN: My only regret in this build. While I love the LEDs, the fan is not very quiet. It's my own fault for buying it, but it will likely be something I change again in the near future. Does pull a lot of air though, which is a nice consolation.

KEYBOARD: First mechanical keyboard, enjoying the LEDs and everything quite a bit!

EDIT 1: GTX 970 G1 Gaming edition installed! What a beast!

Future upgrades: either 1440p 60Hz or 1080p 144Hz monitor, more case fans, LED strips.

Part Reviews

CPU

What a beast. Crushes everything I've thrown at it thus far with room to spare. Highly recommend for anyone who can afford it, you will notice the difference.

CPU Cooler

Quiet, big and effective. Fit nicely in my case and keeps my 4790k at a baumy 40C.

Motherboard

Got this motherboard on an insane deal (over $100 off), but recommend it for any price really. Wifi has worked great, tons of case fan headers, SATA inputs, clearly marked. Nice clean finish as well.

Memory

It's RAM, what can I say? Visually appealing, overclocks pretty nicely.

Storage

Quick, quiet (obviously), and stays cool. Great SSD for the price.

Storage

Nice, quick and quiet. Haven't had any problems so far, definitely faster than my laptop drive.

Case

Fantastic looking case, and very practical. Aesthetics are pleasing, nice clean black finish. Some very minor blemishes on the interior and one thumb screw that was stripped in its socket, but these weren't big enough problems to remove one star. Tons of space for cable management around back, and lots of room for large graphics cards.

Power Supply

Amazing PSU for the price, fully modular aspect is great. Haven't noticed any noise really, so that's definitely a plus.

Optical Drive

Reads discs, as it should, have not tested burning yet. Not very quiet when it's at speed, worth noting.

Case Fan

Pros: LED is nicely balanced, not too bright but not invisible either. Very high CFM, moves a lot of air. Cons: Not very quiet. I should have known this going in, but got my positive and negative decibels mixed up. Thus since it's my fault, only one star off.

Comments Sorted by:

dsargent7 1 Build 3 points 32 months ago

Hey we have the same computer chairs!

For real though, awesome job.

epicnerdgreg 1 Build 3 points 32 months ago

i had that chair up until 2 months ago. What are the odds.

jjanzen62 submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Small world! lol thanks man!

MaskedMonster21 1 Build 3 points 32 months ago

Lol my friend also owns that chair. But in all seriousness great build!

jjanzen62 submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Popular chair, lol. Thanks man!

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Sythesism 7 Builds 3 points 32 months ago

Really nice job on your first build. My cable management was complete garbage compared to yours. +1

jjanzen62 submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Haha thank you very much! The Enthoo Pro made it very very easy, would definitley recommend it.

mlach 4 Builds 3 points 32 months ago

Definitely won't be disappointed with the G1! Good luck!

jjanzen62 submitter 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Thank you, looking forward to it!

Axees 2 points 29 months ago

How is the window? heard it scratches easily

TacosNachosNarcos 2 points 19 months ago

If you order this psu to europe will it come with the european power chord???

Joshp792 1 point 17 months ago

Does it have stock fans?