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The Halloween Machine: Content Creator Build

by onipar



Date Published

July 8, 2018

Date Built

July 5, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.304 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


Name: The Halloween Machine

Use: Content Creation, video editing, photo editing, multipurpose, light gaming

This build came together incredibly easy. I maxed out on certain components, like the Ryzen 2700x, but went cheap on other elements such as the case and GPU.

The GPU I purchased used from a friend, and plan to upgrade if need be in the coming months. Similarly I chose to start with only 16GB of ram until prices go down, at which time I'll upgrade to 32 GB.

The case was only $48, and it has a full tempered glass side panel, PSU shroud, magnetic dust filters, and looks great. (see full review below)

I was a little blinded by my desire to have an all orange & black motif, and I chose fans with only 3-pin connectors. I switched fan control to voltage so the speeds could still work with the smart fan controller in the bios, but I will likely eventually upgrade those. They are pretty quiet and look nice though.

I purchased a Michael Myers decal for the opposite side of the case which I think looks boss and along with tiny Sam, really finishes out the look.

Overall the build came together quick and easy, and the computer is running flawlessly so far.

*Worth note is that my actual out-of-pocket on this build was significantly less than the stated $975 at time of writing. I took my time piecing the parts together, waiting for sales, coupons, etc, and ended up paying $867 after rebates.

Part Reviews


The case was only $48, and it has a full tempered glass side panel, PSU shroud, magnetic dust filters, open interior, and looks great. The metal is thick and I found no sharp edges while working.

For this budget price you're sacrificing some of the finer things (no rubber grommets, only one installed fan, no included RGB, etc) but I was okay with that.

The case was a little hard to build in. My main complaint is that even though there's a spot for an optical drive, I found it was too tight a squeeze for my liking, and therefore did not include the optical drive in my case. (The back of the drive was butting right up against pins on the motherboard).

There could be more room for cable management on the opposite side, but if you squeeze everything in and tie everything down, you'll get it done.

Be sure to plug in all the proper cords you'll need onto your PSU (if it's modular) BEFORE placing the PSU in the shroud, because there's no way you'll get those cords plugged into the power supply once it's put in place. This will make any future upgrades requiring a new cord problematic, but I'll deal with it if the day ever comes.

My chosen PSU came with velcro straps, which helped a lot with cable management, as this case only provides a few small zip ties.

Overall, I'd recommend this case on the price and look alone. It's higher quality than you might expect, but noticeably not a $100 case, if only for the lack of frills. The final build looks beautiful, and temps are staying nice and low with ample air flow.

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Kendo2112 2 points 3 months ago

Thanks for all the info on the case. I'm looking at it for a future 2700x build myself. Awesome job on the build, like mike, lol!

onipar submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Hey, thanks, much appreciated! This build is humming along beautifully. Good luck with your build!

WheatFarmer337 1 point 9 months ago

This is beautiful. You did a good job with the theme for this build

onipar submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks so much, I really appreciate it! I forgot to mention in the info section I also may add an orange LED strip eventually to brighten up the interior, though I'm kinda liking it a bit understated.

eritter 1 point 4 months ago

Hey, just wanted to ask if you ran into any problems with the Vulcan ram with Ryzen? That kit goes on sale a lot so I'm giving it serious consideration, but want to make sure I won't run into the boot issues etc. Some people have with Ryzen and certain kits.

onipar submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Hey, as far as I can tell the kit is working fine. The one and only issue I've had with this computer (and I honestly don't know what the hell is causing it) is that if the computer restarts, the monitor won't turn on, and I have to hard reboot to get the monitor to detect the computer.

Not sure if that's a problem with the monitor or something else...but it's a super weird issue. If I shut down completely and then boot up, it works fine, and otherwise there are absolutely no issue. It's only if I try to restart. I don't think it's a RAM thing, but figured I'd mention it.

eritter 1 point 4 months ago

Awesome, thanks for replying!

onipar submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

You'er welcome

onipar submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Hey, not sure if this was something you wanted to know, but it turns out that issue I mentioned above was resolved with a Bios flash. Cheers!

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onipar submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Halloween is every day ;-)