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Ghostwheel - AMD and cool

by spyrokeet


Built this computer mostly for gaming on the couch, and also basic computing functionality. Wanted to build something AMD-based, but keep it cool inside. That Noctua heatsink combined with this case = nothing over 45C, ever. And yes, the Noctua D15 fits into this case with room. Would even have room for the top mounted fan if I tweaked the fan placement on the heatsink a bit. Haven't yet, but I haven't needed it yet either.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

This thing is brutal. I mean, insanely brutal. Even when it's on full power, it's like a negligible amount of sound, and my very hot processor stays perfectly cool. I'll be keeping it for a very long time, and lots of computers.


Aside from RAM speed limitations, this board is exactly what I wanted. Also, the BIOS has a lot of options. Like a lot.


Don't think I can ever go back to having my OS on rotating media again. The difference is staggering.


First 2tb seagate arrived dead. Second one is fine.

Video Card

Performance has been excellent, and certainly for the price. Very happy with this.


Would give this thing 6 stars if I could. Honestly, 10 if I could. All the room you could ever want, hot swappable drives, and wiring under the tray means everything looks crisp and clutter free. It's a dream to keep cool, even without filling up the massive quantity of fans it supports. I would buy three of them if I could.

Power Supply

No power switch. WTF? Other than that, it's been great so far.

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Atron 1 Build 5 points 31 months ago

Any reason you didnt buy an 8350 and OC it which would have saved you about £50 ($70)?

spyrokeet submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Seeing as the FX chips already run hot, I figured it'd be better to just run the 9590 status quo. The whole comp stays ice cold, so I'm happy.

cilvre 6 Builds 4 points 31 months ago

youll get better speeds (somewhat) from having your video card in the first pci express slot, your manual should tell you that as well when using only one video card.

EdInk 11 Builds 6 points 31 months ago

Harvested from the Gigabyte website

2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1, PCIEX16_2)

  • For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16_1 slot; if you are installing two PCI Express graphics cards, it is recommended that you install them in the PCIEX16_1 and PCIEX16_2 slots.
spyrokeet submitter 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

Thanks for that heads up, I may just do that tonight. Again, since running cool for AMD was my plan, I just added some separation of hot elements in the case. But it's doing so well anyway, that doesn;t seem to be cause for concern.

cilvre 6 Builds 3 points 30 months ago

Yeah, everyone has this stigma for amd running hot, but with anything above a stock cooler and decent airflow in the case, they tend to run decent temps

KaiserSenpai 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

That 9590 is nice!

spyrokeet submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago


fluidd 1 point 31 months ago

Nice work. More pics?

spyrokeet submitter 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago

More coming once I take them. Slacking.

GrizzlyGoat 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Am I the only one that gets bugged by the name? 'Beast'

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TeachMePC 1 point 13 months ago

How did that cooler hold up? I am dead scared to get into watercooling, dont want a leak to ruin my whole build.

spyrokeet submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

My FX-9590 runs at a slight overclock, 4.9gHz, it's on 24 hours a day as a media server, gaming on it I've never seen it go over 55C. It's the ****. Keep it dust free, you've got nothing to worry about. Be forewarned though, it is ******* enormous. Have a case up to the job.

sniperganso 1 point 15 days ago

Do you have the mesh top with a 200mm fan? Do you know how much space there is left for a top fan while using the NH-D15? I am thinking of building such setup myself but I need to know this first, I really want to have the top fan.

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cilvre 6 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

as low as 120, as high as 538, so its really not that bad.

tiny_voices 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

538w? Damn!

spyrokeet submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Haven't looked. Should probably do that.