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Dark Monolith

by Sandarka



Date Published

Dec. 28, 2015

Date Built

Dec. 18, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C


Hi, this is my first build, i got some of the parts from amazon and others were purchased here in my country (Costa Rica) so i'll list the prices including import taxes, etc. Also as i said, i'm not a english native speaker so sorry the errors ahead XD.

I was in need of replace my old computer, a old dual-core E5200 2.5GHz, 256Mb video card and 2GB RAM, aslo as a computer enginering student i needed a good performance machine (for compiling and other demanding tasks) also i wanted to be able to play games, so I was in search for a 50/50 performance - gaming machine.

Intel Core i7-5775C 3.3GHz Quad-Core At first i was thinking in a i5-4460 for the budget but later changed that to a i5-6500, then i was able to get the i7-5775C from a friend of a friend that works in Intel, it was at less than $200 but the price rose a bit because the shipment and import taxes. It's a very efficient process and the iGPU Intel Iris 6200 are and will help me a lot until i get a good dedicated GPU. The stock cooler is trash, in idle it shows 31-34 C but on load the temp rises through 70+, although i applied high quality artic silver 5 thermal paste. The cooler is the first thing i will change probably for a 212 EVO, i'm not an overclock enthusiast so i don't plan doing so until I really need it.

Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD3H-BK ATX LGA1150 This motherboard was the best for the money i could find in my country, and have all the things i need, also i love the orange led it has and is working as it supposed. The only thing was that i had to flash the bios to the last version to support the CPU.

Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Oh, another interesting story, At first i bought 2x4GB Crucial Ballistix Sport but i wasn't able to boot, i was afraid it was something bad with the processor or the MB, then i had to take CPU, MB and RAM to a store to test it, but the problem remained, then they swapped the CPU to an i3 haswell and it booted successfully, i thought "damn it can't be , the processor is bad", but finally we changed the RAM to this Corsair Vengeance and the i7 finally booted. So i had to purchased there the Corsair Vengeance. So i assume the Crucial Ballistix has some kind of compatibility problem with Broadwell processors, although i wasn't able to find any advertisement or warning of this on the web.

Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" SSD Nothing to say here, great solid fast performance, i'm happy with it, computer start in 5 seconds.

NZXT Phantom 410 (Black) ATX Mid Tower A great case for the money in my opinion, it has great cable management (although i had to work some time for that) and it comes with 3 fans installed (quality of the fans is somewhat questionable), and it comes with a fan controller too.

**NZXT 550W ATX12V / EPS12V (Replaced by Seasonic M12II EVO 620W)** The worst part in my opinion, i was planning on a Seasonic modular power supply but they were sold out in my country and i will have to wait until last week of january to get one, import PSU from US cost much more than if i buy one here so it is out of the question, the thing is i got the NZXT as the only modular for a good price here, but it was dead (how bad lucky guy am I?), so i had to take it back to the shop and ask for a replacement, now it's working fine but i don't know how long will last, but i don't think i will blast my entire room either, the fact is i will replace it with a Seasonic unit as soon as i can.

The rest of the components are working great with no problems, and the monitor, damn, as you can see here those things cost much more than in the US, and it was at "discount", but no matter i'm very happy with it, although i spent some time changing its picture settings to get better colors.

UPDATE I just changed the stock cooler to install a Hyper 212 Evo and added a Corsair AF120 and AF 140 both blue, now temperatures are 15C less. Changed the NZXT HaleV2 550W Powersuply to a Seasonic M12II EVO 620W. Added a 2TB Toshiba HDD. Only changes remaining are to add a GPU, and probvably replace de CPU cooler. New photos soon...

Upgrade path list by priority: 1. Hyper Evo 212 or a budget water cooling 2. A 2TB+ HDD 3. Change the PSU for a Seasonic Unit 4. GTX 970 or a equivalent+ Pascal based card. 5. Probably replace or add more fans to improve air flow.

Part Reviews


A great performance - power efficient processor and great iGPU Iris 6200, if you are a hardcore gamer your match is a 4790K or 6700K instead of this.


Great solid performance and comes with a lot of connectors, very happy with this purchase


No much to say, solid RAM...


Fast as hell, one of the best in my opinion.


Great case and awesome looking.


Great monitor, has all the connectors I needed, but you looks shamefull in default settings, i had to spent time to get better results/colors.

Comments Sorted by:

allgoodnamesareused 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Not very often do I see a Broadwell build on here. Good job!

Sandarka submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

thanks, it's quite unique here in my country too.

Estbarul 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

Nice mae,yo soy de Costa Rica también y me armé también una PC con i7-5775C, un día de estos la posteo! Donde compró las partes aquí? Va a ponerle tarjeta de video?

Sandarka submitter 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

Pura vida, que bueno que no soy el unico, las partes las compré aquí a exepción del SSD que aquí son muy caros y el i7, y si le voy a poner videocard pero toca esperar que traen las nuevas de nvidia de todas formas estoy feo de cash para comprar una ahorita

Estbarul 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

Mae pero me refiero a en qué tienda? Vieras que yo usé una gente que se llama quickbox para traerme las varas y por ejemplo un monitor en Black Friday me costó $150 con todo y traida, un Asus de 24'', son tuanis. Estamos igual igual, casi el mismo build y sin tarjeta de video por falta de harina jaja Ahora debatiendo entre Polaris y Pascal, AMD o NVIDIA para la prox generación que se ve tuanis.

Sandarka submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Que buena esa jugada del monitor lástima que no me la sabía, yo estuve viendo a ver si lo mandaba a traer el monitor y la mobo pero de los carriers que conocía más bien salía más caro, ese que mencionas no lo conocía, y lo que compré aquí precisamente fue en Extreme Tech de Heredia en Black Friday los precios más bajos y aceptables aquí en CR a excepción del SSD que lo traje directo por Amazon cuando estaba en $70, el i7 fue por un conocido que bretea en Intel, aunque lo pegaron en aduanas y tuve que poner $35 más pero igual fue una ganga. Y si tengo el mismo debate por la videocard.

Estbarul 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Mae si ese i7 yo también lo compré con un compa de Intel, pero se me cagó Fedex en todo porque de lo que costó me cobraron como $85 más los hijueputas, nunca usaré Fedex en mi vida. Extreme Tech lo he visto pero nunca he comprado, creo que si tiene los mejores precios. Busque a Quickbox, creo que el seguro es malo, pero nunca me han fallado y son los más baratos. Como le digo, me cobraron como 22k por traer el monitor. Pero buenas compras mae! Quedó con un chuzo de compu.

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Nice build! What do you do as a computer engineer?

Sandarka submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

I'm still discovering that XD, i'm at half the way, but i can name a sort of things, like software development, networking management, database working, development... there is much versatility in this profession.

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Sounds like something I would want to do.

526christian 1 point 37 months ago

Wow. Two months.

floridaboz 4 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Did i just see a VGA(D-Sub as some call it) cable? Cant be many of those things left in the world. I like the build, should do what you want it to

Sandarka submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

i used one only for the first boot with an old little monitor, after i installed the OS i switched to my new monitor and now i'm using a HDMI cable.

floridaboz 4 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Outstanding. But there is nothing wrong with a VGA... i still use them on some of my work computers.

Sandarka submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Yeah, there is actually another computer in the house using the VGA cable, don't know where do you live but here in my country VGA aren't that rare, considering office computers.

floridaboz 4 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

The US, I guess it really depends, now that i think about it, most the offices i work with use VGA cables, and a lot of the people i know personally have higher end PCs that use other types. So to be honest, i dont know what is more rare or not rare at this point.