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The Greatest Build Ever (The Xcribe)

by MarlonStar


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Date Published

May 1, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.9 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

900 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6 GHz


Let me fist start by saying that to most computer builders on this site, this doesn’t even come close to the greatest computer build ever, but to me, nothing can compare. It is my first build and I absolutely love it.

                     CHALLENGES THAT I FACED

I started this build with two things in mind, budget and gaming, I needed great power to manage today’s modern games, but at the same time, I had to keep it on a budget. But to be honest it went way over my budget, but once you start it’s kinda hard to stop. The main reason it went over my budget, is the customs charges, I live in Jamaica and the charges to clear things through customs here is ridiculous, most times I’ll have to pay like 70% or 80% of the cost of the item. I did most of my shopping on Amazon and eBay. So for instance at the time I purchase the hard drive and the power supply, I paid about 100 USD, when they got to Jamaica, I paid about 80 USD to clear them. Complete nonsense. So when uploaded my build to PC Part Picker, I modified the prices to reflect the added charges by customs.

I got a great deal from a friend on a possessor (AMD A8-3850), a motherboard (Gigabyte, I don’t really remember the model) and a CPU fan cooler (I have no idea what brand or model this is, but it works great), and those started my build, and I got them all for 50 USD. But after about 3 months of use, I started getting beep codes and it would boot up, I think it was an issue with the motherboard. Guess it wasn’t such a great deal after all. So I had to set out to get me a new motherboard and possessor, I still use the same CPU fan cooler though. New motherboard is great and the processor is even greater, processor doesn't run too hot under heavy pressure and is great for overclocking. Motherboard is neat and has all the components ill need if i decide to upgrade anything in the future.

Now the Xcribe might not look like much, but it’s a beast. The main issues or cons that I have experienced lays with the case. My case is only good looking on the outside, it has very poor cable management on the inside, I just can’t find anywhere to run cables. Another issue with the case it that it is completely made of metal, so more metal, more heat, this was my first build so I leant that the hard way. Another issue with the case is the location of the front USBs ports, they are located all the way at the bottom of the case, most time I have to bend down to plug in a cable correctly.

             MY FAVORITE PARTS

My favorite part I would say would be the graphics card, it was the last part I purchased seeing that I was the most expensive. I took a risk and bought it used from eBay, it runs any game I throw at it on high or ultra settings. I can play Far Cry 4 on ultra with great FPS, no lags. GTA 5 on high, with no issues at all.

The keyboard and mouse are another strong point on the Xcribe, Cooler Master really did well. Keys are solid and nice to press. Blue LEDs on the mouse and keyboard looks great. The mouse it very precise, it has back and forward buttons on the side and a button to adjust the speed on the top. Only issue with it is that the wheel has started to squeak when I roll it, I’m probably gonna have to clean it or something.

                CUSTOM PARTS

Now on to the custom parts that I included in the build list, because they are not so popular so they could not be found on PC Part Pickers list. My monitor and the CPU temperature controller. For my monitor I’m using a 24” Blackpoint TV, I paid about 200 USD for it here in Jamaica. I know the brand is not very popular, but it’s a darn good TV, colors are great, supports 1080P, uses HDMI, it has some awesome built in speakers, the image quality is just exceptional, and another plus is that when I’m not using the machine, I can just watch some TV. The TV is so uncommon though that I couldn't even find a URL for it online. Next is the CPU temperature controller, I bought this from a Chinese site called Banggood, for about 16$, it displays the time and date, the temperature of the CPU, the system and the HDD and it beeps when any of them starts overheating and I can also adjust the speed of the fans, and I gotta say it look pretty good on the front of my case.

                 THE NAME

The name Xcribe came up when I was telling a friend about my build, while telling him about it, I accidentally fused to words, explain and describe, "let me Excribe it to you" I said. and from that day on, my machine was known as the Xcribe.

                PLANS FOR UPGRADING

The Xcribe has gone over my budget already, but in the future I plan to add a Solid State Drive and also water cooling for the processor, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen for now though.


To round it all off, I absolutely adore the Xcribe, and I’m proud of myself for building it. It is extremely silent even under heavy use, the lights on the case really shows off its beauty, it handles any task I trough at it with speed and power, and did I mention how much I love it lol.

All questions, comments, or inquiries are welcome. Thanks for viewing.

Part Reviews


Great Possessor, powerful and fast. doesn't overheat easily.


Has All the component for future upgrades. Ultra Durable for real.


Just ram memory nothing special really, it does what ram is suppose to do i guess.


Has a few bad sectors i guess, so sometimes i'm unable to copy from it.


For just a plain hard drive, it is pretty fast, great transfer speeds.

Video Card

Amazing card, price is reasonable, performance is exceptional. runs every game i throw at it.

Power Supply

The brand might not be very popular, But its an excellent PSU, I have no issue with It at all. cable are good in length, and the design is excellent.

Optical Drive

Nothing special here really, it just does what a CD drive is suppose to do, it reads pretty fast. i don't really use CD drives that much anyways.

Operating System

I prefer 8.1 over 7, so to me its pretty good. still cant wait for windows 10 though.


Love them. LED lights are beautiful. keys are solid and feels nice to press. Mouse wheel squeaks.

Comments Sorted by:

killernuggets242 1 Build 3 points 45 months ago

Nice build, not a huge fan of the inside of that case though... +1

MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Lol i agree with you there, i'm not a huge fan of it either. probably in the near future i might upgrade to a better case, that has better cable management.

cilvre 6 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

i highly recommend staying away from logisys and apevia cases, both are almost identical and not user friendly at all.

MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I guess i learnt that the hard way. Thanks man, really appreciate it.

sgtSnyder 6 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

I love the look of the case! That really sucks that it costs so much to get parts into Jamaica though :/

Overall a pretty good selection of parts! Is the CPU or graphics card overclocked at all? I hear you can overclock the R9 270 to give you performance equivalent to an R9 270X, so that was probably a good choice for graphics. Did you look into AMD FX series processors at all?

MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I have the possessor overclocked just a little bit, by default it's 3.9GHz, i overclocked it to 4.0GHz. When i bought the processor, i had a budget in mind. i did look into buying an AMD FX but they were much more expensive and plus the processor i got was on sale at the time i bough it, and i had a cousin who was coming down, so she brought it to Jamaica for me, i didn't have to deal with customs.. At the moment i haven't really overclocked the graphics card, never really saw a need for it as yet. but yep it is pretty simple to overclock, and when i tested the overclocked i got i little better gaming experience.

amaru 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Awesome man. congrats!!!

MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks allot man. Really appreciate it.

Mobo64 2 points 45 months ago

that case looks like a alien's UFO space ship that crashed into earth but some how turned into that o.o but anyways its a good build 1 thing that would make it great is if you fixed the cables a bit more.

MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Lol, what a description, the case it pretty weird, but it was better than the other ones i saw when i bought it in the store. and i can tell you, i tried my best with those cables, but the case just wouldn't allow me to do much better.

Mobo64 2 points 45 months ago

well at least you did the best that the case let you anyways didnt mean to seem to harsh on the cables anyways great build!

MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks allot bro

violetrainxx 2 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Congrats on the build!! +1 :D

MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks allot, really appreciate it.

Swervbot 3 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Great job! The more I look @ the case the more I kind of like it. It reminds me of an old school early 2000's case. keeping in mind all the inflated prices you had to deal with, this is a pretty nice build. i can see you put effort into cable management with all the zip ties. clean set up as well , i like the overall look of the gaming area.

MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks allot, i definitely tried with those cables. it is indeed a pretty old case, it was released sometime in 2007 i think. i really think i'm gonna have to change that case.

IMojoe134 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

The cable management you did is perfect for that case, the inside does look pretty... well, it looks ugly (except 4 dat gpu) But its what matters on the inside of it all... the fps. Good build man

MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

:-) thanks allot man.. i really appreciate it. I'm probably gonna have to get a new case though.

Alexander.Leith-Ross 2 points 45 months ago

Like a lot of people have already said, the case does really look awful.

I think your build however is strong, shame you probably paid more in importing costs than most people, which drove the price of your build up (as some have said without the importing costs you could have made this build better).

I was wondering however why you decided to go for a Micro-ATX instead of ATX. Should go for a Micro-ATX case instead, could make the build look really nice, my favourite being the BitFenix Prodigy M.

Great job anyway. Oh and I really like the peripherals you used.

MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Thanks allot bro really appreciate it. the reason i chose the ATX case is the fact that i really didn't have much of a choice, i couldn't order the case online, because cases are big, some heavy, and customs would just have a field day with me there. So i bought the case in a computer store here in Jamaica. at the time it was the best looking one available. the outside design and the blue LED caught me, I guess the case was another lesson i learnt the hard way. I'm planning on changing the case someday though.

MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

The BitFenix Prodigy is a pretty awesome case, but its not cheap at all. I'm looking for something that looks good, has great cable management, can fit all my components and still remain on a budget.

Alexander.Leith-Ross 2 points 45 months ago

Well if you have family or friends coming from outside Jamaica like your cousin, whom I think you mentioned before, they could bring it to you. :)

Keep it up, bro and update this build if you upgrade anything on it, would be great to see how you develop what you've got from a solid build to an amazing PC.

MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks allot bro, I really appreciate it. I'll definitely update the build if i do any upgrades.

thunderdan602 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Good job on the build. What games do you play on it?

MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Allot, but right now i'm playing Grand Theft Auto V, it runs it great on high settings. no lagging issues. but I've noticed for some reason it keeps crashing now right after i complete a mission, my be an issue with the installation.

Rtwhit 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Logisys has a pretty crap reputation. The first thing I would do is change the case. The Corsair Spec-01 is pretty nice, and I love my NZXT s340, although I don't know how expensive they'd be after customs. Overall, nice build. Hope it serves you well.

MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks allot man, really appreciate it. hopefully in the near future i'll change the case. Do think i'm gonna buy one online though, most cases are big and pretty heavy too, custom would charge me way too much to clear it. but on the other hand, i really don't have allot of variety in the computer stores here in Jamaica.

Rtwhit 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Cases are subjective though, so find something you like (with good reviews and features) and you're good

jnewell01 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Case is hideous, but damn if you didn't do a really good job with cable management with what you we're given (which would be next to nothing). Good job on your build and nice write-up.

MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

LOL, thanks allot bro, really appreciate it. I admit the inside if not very pleasing to the eye, but you don't even like the outside of the case?

DOUGHBOY1908 2 points 45 months ago

Oh yeah I always love looking at computers like this, I really like what you are doing here looks like my setup.

MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Thanks allot bro. Really appreciate it.

Jtridin 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

how is the psu?

MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Glad you asked, it really started out as a pretty good PSU, long cables, really sufficient with the number of connections, and the design is pretty good too. But it failed me, I was doing a little upgrade on the ExCribe, installing a better CPU fan cooler, while fitting everything back in, the machine just would not boot up, found that the PSU fried, I had to get a new one. Luckily, no damage was done to any other component.

Jtridin 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Alright I was wondering because i was going to get that psu, thanks !

Working@CSUTuition 1 point 45 months ago

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory for $115.00?? Holy fawk brotha! I bought one for my friends build since his cooler was slightly big and the Corsair's low profile was perfect for the build.
He's going strong 2 years, but $115.00 for one? :O

You can get a good price atm for the 8GB on Amazon for like $60.99 if you're interested in getting a better deal. http://amzn.to/1GDulGE

violetrainxx 2 Builds 3 points 45 months ago

Thats the price including the fee sending it through customs.

thunderdan602 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

It's funny how a lot of posetes on here don't even bother to read the OP description. lol.

violetrainxx 2 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

^ what i was thinking, ha!

MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Hey guys, any recommendations for a new case, I'm looking for something that looks good, has great cable management, can fit all my components in and still remains on a budget.

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kris117 1 point 42 months ago

I know this sounds stupid but I really need to know does this mobo have VGA support I have a nice VGA monitor that I dont feel like upgrading right now and I need to know if I should pick up a converter

MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Sorry it took me so long to reply bro, it's been a while since I've been on the site. but yes, this is and excellent motherboard, it supports, VGA, HDMI and DVI, and although i don't really use the VGA, i still thing its a good thing to have, might never know when you might need to downgrade a bit.

Donnel 1 point 40 months ago

From one Jamaican to a next, bredren youre my hero :') lol. The customs part is a big thing on top of it, maybe get some relatives/friends to smuggle it in through airport lol xD good ole Jamrock style. Finishing up Sixth form now so no money nah run but planing to start my build piece by piece, all if it take me a year or two to build it lol. I'll see whats going on for you and the Xcribe so keep it updated! lol. If youre on steam or something I'll pm you my ID if youre up for it. Currently have an Asus x55a laptop that needs a new battery :/ (unfortunately its one of those that completes the circuit so cant run it of ac power) So im just winging it with an old lenovo g35 without a hard drive and puppy linux on a flash drive xD (times hardddd). But Its always cool to have a fellow Jcan who adores his computer as much as I do mine xD (yes im talking about the laptops, havent built my build yet T_T)

Then again thats a good question, how long did the build take you lol?

MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Sorry it took me so long to reply bro, it's been a while since I've been on the site. just let me know when yu ready fi start out wid your build mi bredda, i'll help you out with adeas and input. I'm really excited as well to have a fellow Jcan here. To be completely honest the build took me just about a year to get to completetion, and just as your planning to do, i did the same, buy the parts little by little, one by one until she was complete. Believe mi it takes time, patients and money, but when it done and yu look pon it, yu can show of and seh yes, a mi duh dat.

Donnel 1 point 39 months ago

Lol I have a build put down and ready to execute, but bwoy, mi think mi go wait till mi fly out before I do my personal one because Im ambitious and with our current system that would be too Ambitious xD. So hopefully when Im sorting out my foreign plans I can fit it in. Planning on doing one for my little bro though, hopefully by next year this time when I sort out some work and money (hope is strong in this one). Run me about maybe 70k JMD to really get everything and sort it out. Maybe less. Check them out still, Project Krait and Build for Lil bro(beefed up). http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Donnel/saved/

Can check the build guide to lol.

I dont know if you know Krazy Gaming on steam from the Jamaican Assassins group or anything but that guy is my hero lmao.

ExTremA 1 point 30 months ago

Hi dude! Great build that the name describes VERY well! I wanna say that this ain't a half bad PC! It is a bit cramped but looks REALLY nice! Just a quick suggestion/question...Is this in your living room? Movie night/Netflix would look great in 1080p @60Hz ! Other then that great value build +1

toot1231 4 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

im a huge fan (and very nostalgic) of those early 2000 looking cases

NinjamanJosh 1 Build -1 points 45 months ago

Case is gross, lol. Good job though using what you had cable-management wise.

MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

LOL, thanks allot man. it tried my best with those wires.

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MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks. the case is pretty nice to look at from the out side. if i didn't have to pay so much to customs, my build would be even better.

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MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

LOL thanks allot man, really appreciate it. Jamaica is a nice place to visit, but not so nice to live here. but i'm holding on. Respect Mon (Jamaican accent)

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MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks for the comment man, but it was what i had to settle for being on a budget. not allot of computer part choices here in Jamaica.

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MarlonStar submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

lol ridiculous prices right?