About a year and a half ago, I was in need of a more powerful computer for my tasks. I did a bit of research and found out you could build a computer quite easily. I found some parts, did some more research, got some friends and then, just about a year ago, built the computer. I started out using windows eight, but after a month or two I the copy was corrupt and I got into a BSOD loop I could not figure out how to get out of, so I moved to Windows 7, and moved to W10 when it came out. No problems since. It runs everything I put to it very smoothly, from games to video editing, and it's also ice cold; I've never seen the temperature go over about 35 degrees. and it stays at an average of 25 degrees. I still need to install the fan controller, but I haven't had the time. The name "Black Forest" is a reference to one of my favorite video games, Half Life 2.

Part Reviews


Handles almost anything I throw at it. Even with video editing and animation, it only goes up to about 50-70% power and is still quite cool, even without overclocking.

CPU Cooler

A bit expensive, but it cools other parts of my computer, not just the CPU. I haven't had any problems with it.


Once again, a bit overpriced but works well.


It's RAM, nothing special about it.


I've put Windows on this SSD, and it boots extremely fast, at speeds of about 5 seconds. My games also run very smoothly on here, with loading times of also only a few seconds.


I don't use this very much, but it loads files at decent speeds when I need them.

Video Card

When I first built the computer, I had an extremely loud 750 ti that also wasn't the fastest either. After getting the Oculus Rift, I realized I needed a Graphics Card update, so I bought this. It makes almost no sound whatsoever (besides a small amount of coil whine in really intensive situations), and runs everything at amazing speeds, including rift games.


This case is a good buy for it's price. It has quite a few openings for heat to come out, and has a lot of space for parts.

Power Supply

Works well, I've had quite a few brown outs and three second power outages but this still keeps the computer working for the duration of them.

Optical Drive

Once again, I don't use this very much, but it's quite reliable and fast when I do use it.

Wireless Network Adapter

I have a router placed two levels down from the PC, and connecting to it with this card gives me speeds of about 17 Megabytes per second. It's cheap and works well.


This isn't the best monitor, but I didn't want to spend too much money. A bit hard to configure, and the screen can be a bit too flashy sometimes. I plan to upgrade my monitor soon.


  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! +1 for the name!

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  • 46 months ago
  • 0 points

I'm sorry, I can't understand what you're saying - Also, the cheapest 980 is about $100 more than this card, and I would not have enough money for that. The performance improvement would also not help very much for the things I'm doing. Thanks for the comment though.

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