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BlackHawk Mark I

by Sephius



Date Published

Feb. 6, 2016

Date Built

Nov. 21, 2014

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

47.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

77.0° C


I needed a machine that could work on my Premiere Pro Projects and After Effects but not a heavy workload, I also work with Adobe Audition and Pro Tools, so an i5 would do the job. Since I had a small budget, this rig was a bit Franksteined, I had an older Pre-built PC, with and Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, bought around 2008-2009. Than I went to college and bought a few upgrades, the GTX 560 Ti, 8GB RAM, SSD, back in 2011. After a while my 500w PSU died, so I bought the OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W, great PSU, semi-modular, and my A4Tech mouse. By the time I was at the end of my second year, I started to work and I needed more space on the HDD, so I bought an 2TB WD External Hard Drive, a few weeks later, my boss gave to me a Samsung 1TB External HDD, smaller than my 2TB, since my 500GB was full, and my motherboard didn't had USB 3.0, I opened the enclosure and found out that the WD External HDD was a WD Green, didn't think twice and putted on my PC. I'm a Call of Duty Hardcore fan, play since CoD4 with my team, we bought every CoD, and Advanced Warfare came out, I pre-ordered, when the game released I couldn't run because of CPU bottleneck, and the game wound not open, so had to buy a new CPU, since I was saving money for this occasion and wanted to work on my College projects at home, I bought the i5-4670, the MSI H81m-E33, and a new Case, since I wanted to be a portable Gaming/Audio-Video Workstation, I went with the Xigmatek Aquila. Just recently I wanted to have my own rig, without waiting my father to stop playing FreeCell, so just recently I build my computer desk, bought my Philips 144Hz monitor, and the Cooler Master Quick Fire TK with Brown Switches.

The only real problem I had was the Motherboard, on the website I bought the picture was from the H81m-E33v2, I was waiting for a front USB 3.0 header to match my Case, but came the v1, and on the product description the model was from the v1, so my mistake. I had some problems with this MB with my keyboard, the back ports could not recognize the driver, so I read on a forum that put on the front port could work well, so I did that and work well, but rarely turns off.

So the next upgrades i'll do are definitely the motherboard, probably a Asus Z97 Gryphon Armor Editon, or a Gigabyte GA-H97M-GAMING 3; also 16GB of RAM; a CPU cooler; also waiting for the Pascal GPUs come out with HBM2, depending on the power consumption won't even need a new PSU.

UPDATE: XFX XT500 PSU Black cables, smaller than the OCZ OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W but non-modular, but did I mention the black cables?

UPDATE: Asus Gryphon Z97 w/ Armor Kit. I bought a Gryphon Z87 on Mercado Livre website (just like EBay, in South America), and was half the price. A bit odd price, but fine. I installed the MB, it was just perfect, didn't had to install too many drivers. But after a while, playing, the PC shut off. Then again, but this time it shut off while using Foobar2000, and only that. So I tried my old RAM, new PSU, and borrowed an i5-4590, the same thing happened. Tried LinusTechTips forum for help, but none of who reached me had knowledge of hardware problems, seems that are more into overclocking issues (which was not what I was looking for).

I did talk to the seller, and he didn't had another Gryphon Z87, but he had a Z97 with no box, but with every thing, accessories, manuals, backplate, and all, but not the box. So I reached out to him while the faulty MB was on his way, said he could send the new one on the old box, since he wouldn't sell it again. And that's why you guys see the Z87 box, not the Z97.

And because of that, my keyboard is plugged to the MB, not the monitor any more (which had to, with the Z87).

Now the Asus Gryphon Armor Kit was bought at Amazon.com, I bought it Used-Like New, on Amazon Warehouse deals, the product came just perfectly, every thing was intact inside the plastic, they weren't even taken off.

Next upgrades: Intel Core i7-4790k; GTX 1080 Hybrid from MSI or EVGA FTW; new mouse; and a CPU cooler; Fractal Design Define Mini C.

UPDATE: CoolerMaster Hyper 212X and Logitech G502 Bought on Black Friday, the cooler is very efficient and quiet, amazing price-performance. Now the mouse I kinda regretted, even with no weight extra, still very heavy, wish I've gone with G Pro instead of this one.

UPDATE: GTX 1080. Bought a EVGA GTX 1080 ACX 3.0, the SC or FTW were too expensive compared to this one. And only EVGA offer 3 year warrant here in South America. Life changing experience, my GTX 560 Ti was a true warrior, it can still run games like PS4 resolution and graphics, but I wanted more FPS. Soon photos.

Part Reviews


Perfect for non-OC Gaming.


Amazing motherboard with almost no compromises. 5 year warrant. It was almost plug-and-play.


Well, it's black, 16GB, 1866MHz 1.5v.


Cons: Window scratches easily, front ports are mounted on the front panel not on the chassis, ODD bay can break easily, horrible implementation of front filter, you need to pop the front take the grill off and then you can take the filter off, which when you put back on, it's bigger than the destined gap. Needs more cable holes on MB tray. No Rubber feet. Only 7 Stand Offs.

Pros: Tinted window, lots of space for graphics cards, , good quality roof's magnetic filter, nice and stern handles (perfect for LAN parties or moving), great quality and silent 200mm and 120mm fans included.

Power Supply

All Black cables, quiet, and efficient.


Pros: it's 10K-Less, Brown MX switches, and very sturdy.

Cons: only works properly with Z97 or newer Chipsets models, forget about AMD.

Comments Sorted by:

MinusTacos 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

i'm getting my friend the same video card soon, and i don't know if you own the game, but what kind of fps do you get in csgo or any other games?

Sephius submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

I have it, but not installed, but when I used to play it, was Max Settings and +60 FPS, easily, it's not a demanding game. I run GTA V at GeForce Experience recommended settings, (Medium-High Settings) at around 45 FPS. CoD BO3 on Minimum settings with 142-145 FPS.

KernelKaramilk 1 point 11 months ago

What brand and type is the fan you have mounted on the front of the case?

Sephius submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

It's a Xigmatek 200mm fan, comes with the case. The model is probably the XLF-F2003.