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Blue Phantom

by Shnoon



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This is the first computer I've ever built. I am primarily going to use for gaming as well as day to day tasks. After a ton of research I picked all my parts and then watched some Youtube videos on how to assemble everything haha. I was worried that something wouldn't work but after a few hours of building everything worked great! I really love how it turned out. The black case and blue lights really look sweet. I haven't gotten to test it much yet but I did play some LoL on max settings and it ran perfectly.

CPU - I went with AMD because of all you get for the price. I didn't see much of a difference in the benchmarks that I saw so I wen't with the cheaper option. Plus I have an AMD now and it's been great to me.

CPU Cooler - Got for a good price on ebay, in case I want to overclock later on.

Motherboard - Research said that it was a good motherboard for my CPU. I didn't want to get a cheap motherboard and then put a good CPU in it, seemed like a waste.

Memory - Pretty much one of the cheapest 8gb ram I could find. Got it on sale. Don't need anything more then 8gb. Plus it's blue to match!

Storage - 1TB is more than enough for me. I wasn't going to put a SSD in but I found this one for a great price on ebay, brand new, and I figured I might as well get it to put the OS on.

Video Card - This came as a combo with something else from newegg so I decided to save some money and get it. Obviously I researched if it was a good card and I didn't find anything bad about it.

Case - I really love how this case looks. I know there a much cheaper ones but oh well.

PSU - Once again, came with a combo on newegg and I didn't find anything bad about it. Good price for a 700w and that should be plenty for me. Too bad it wasn't modular but the wires weren't too hard to hide.

Optical Drive - Cheap and works.

OS - Windows 7 because I don't really like 8.

Overall this cost me about $900 after a boat load of rebates lol. Everything went smoothly as far as building goes. It was really fun to do and I'll probably build all of my computers in the future now too. Let me know what you all think and if you have any questions! Thanks.

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j0e652 1 Build 5 points 44 months ago

Is that shelf built into the wall for your pc? I need that....

Shnoon submitter 1 Build 10 points 44 months ago

Yes it is =), I actually just build that with cheap $20 table top from ikea and a couple $2 shelf brackets from home depot.

j0e652 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

Brilliant +1 just for that

kingawesome7 1 point 15 months ago

OMG that case, and cable management......... I have such boner right now lol.... + 1

ALso overclockl that video card you can get so much more performance out of that thing.. The 7870ghz editions.

Also the fx 8350 you can get A SH1TL0AD More Performance out of that as well so i think that you are going to have fun with the machine hope you enjoy it. Also the benefits of being on the AMD platform are that yoou can overclock and get the most out of it which would put you near an Intel/Nvidia Setup when it comes to performance and price to performance.......

Love your build especially for a first build i remember that i got that mistake of getting an non modular power suppy and i dont think ill do that again because that descision o doing that not only limited my cable management but the fact that i am already bad a cable management i think that it just made things a bit worse.....

Cheers XD

istealunderwear 9 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

-1 for the Xbox...

Just kidding, awesome build, great cost efficiency here, I don't know much about the Rosewill Power supply, I heard they were getting better than 4-5 years ago where it was a no go tier 4-5 psu.

+1 for the awesome build, and nice table and pc shelf. Awesome battlestation.

Shnoon submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Haha thanks. If it makes it any better I'd get a PS4 as my next console if I end up getting one.

istealunderwear 9 Builds 4 points 44 months ago

Just don't get a console, it's just not worth.

Keima_Kurobane 1 point 7 months ago

I just use the PS4 as a coffee table

unstressing 2 points 42 months ago

Where did you get the lights from though? They look awesome inside the case

Shnoon submitter 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

Sorry for late reply. I got the lights from http://www.xoxide.com/coldcathodes.html. They have a lot of sizes of the cold cathode lights. Only a slight easy modification and you don't have to use the switch they come with and they will just turn on with the computer.

GuessWhat 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Damn that case looks sexier than advertised. You got some pretty good deals.. I hate being in Canada, especially Quebec.. We get the worst prices of all.

Cable management looks great. +1

DragonForge 2 points 37 months ago

Come to Australia. ;)

ts2fe 2 points 36 months ago

Tell me about it.. Australia has the crappiest prices.

DragonForge 1 point 36 months ago

Unfortunately, yes. :/

Shnoon submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Yeah I love the case! I think I did well with getting good prices, still have yet to receive the rebate cards but that's to be expected. Thanks for the input!

18hockey 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

very similar to my build! Love it +1

Shnoon submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Thanks. I like your build too. I was considering getting the white case instead, both look really nice.

18hockey 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Any Phantom 410 is nice looking. (Personally I think they're the nicest looking cases on the market, but that might be a bit biased :P)

RyneSmith 7 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Awesome setup, the color scheme/case look great and that shelf on the wall looks awesome +1 my friend!

Shnoon submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago


I really love your white/red color scheme as well...looks so well done. Plus the accent lights on the table and the mouse/keyboard match.

cooperred 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

That is one amazing setup... great build too!

What keyboard and mouse are you using?

Shnoon submitter 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago


I'm using a Logitech M510 mouse and a HP Wireless Elite keyboard v2. Nothing too fancy.

Hellvaguy 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Great looks and top notch cable management. However, that psu is super lame, no way around it. Worse case scenario, a bottom end psu like that has the potential to damage some of your components down the road, besides being pretty inefficient.

Anyways, overall nice work!

Shnoon submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Thanks! Yeah the PSU is probably the worst part about it. Hopefully it won't cause any problems, definitely won't be adding anything more to it.

Goobitaga 1 point 44 months ago

Dang! This is such a nice build. Those blue lights look so nice with the Gunmetal case! I thought this was going to come out to a lot more than just under $1,000. How are the parts working out for you? Anything you regret buying?

Shnoon submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago


I love the way the gunmetal/blue look together. I'm really happy with the deals I got on everything. Everything works great! Nothing I regret getting, though if I did it again I might go with a little more high end psu.

Goobitaga 1 point 44 months ago

Thanks! I appreciate the respond. I am going to get the exact build! Haha

bcalvert12 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

That looks sick man, better than my first 410 did, haha, clean setup!

Shnoon submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Thanks! I like the case that you picked for yours too. I was considering getting that one, looks really clean.

KingLames 1 point 44 months ago

Dude, that's a sick build. Looks like a spaceship.

Shnoon submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago


bstranger 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Might need to see if you are letting enough heat escape the back end of your case. +1

Shnoon submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

I do have a good 4 inches between the computer and the back wall. I also drilled holes in shelf that it's sitting on for some extra air flow. Thanks for the input!

CHEEFxKWEEF 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

well done friend, cable management of a surgeon!

gerryisawesome 1 point 43 months ago

Hey could you post the videos that helped and guided you to putting together this piece of art?

Shnoon submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Hey sorry for the late reply. The videos I used were from CareyHolzman on youtube, he does a bunch of really detailed build videos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDxT8bSR3co Good luck!

gerryisawesome 1 point 42 months ago

It's no big deal. Thank you!

magemune11991 1 point 41 months ago

Yo is that motherboard seedy or what.

DeivydasX 1 point 40 months ago

Awesome color you had picked up for the case. +1

BenPSkinner 1 point 40 months ago

Nice chair +1

aas713 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

What kind of cold cathode lights are those?

Aurora-Storm 1 point 33 months ago

Oh, man. You're doing exactly what I wanted to do with the Gunmetal case - blue and grey are gorgeous. But all my components are turning out red or black (grumble). I'm glad building went smoothly for you!

Blue_Lightning 1 point 31 months ago

Does the case you have in the description look like that or does it look darker ??? Also AWESOME COMPUTER

mohammed12 1 point 22 months ago

what size did you take.

jer_how 1 point 19 months ago

Absolutely amazing wire management. 11/10 would bang.

KianH 1 point 18 months ago

How do you tell how many screens you can link

Joachim04 1 point 18 months ago

Hey, came across photos of your build while looking for pictures of the Phantom 410. It may be super late but I made an account here just so I could leave a comment; that is a beautiful looking machine. Great work! It gave me some inspiration for a prospective build I'm working on.

NOVAMutant 1 point 16 months ago

Love the build, one question though. Why did you not get the Phantom 410 Black? It has a blue 140mm led fan on the top and blue light instead of a white.

NightHawk2.0 1 point 9 months ago

Does this case include a fan controller??

Keima_Kurobane 1 point 7 months ago

did you had any problems with the cpu and mob when you were installing them?

NikoNole 0 points 41 months ago

the lion is majestic af...the build is also majestic :0

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