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Black Beauty

by SpeshBun



Date Published

July 28, 2015

Date Built

Feb. 1, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

49.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.114 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C


I bought the monitor and built this PC for my little brother. He plays the video games with it.

The parts are pretty standard. Got everything when prices were rock bottom in Q4 2014.

This is probably my favourite build I have done. It all starts with the Phanteks Enthoo Pro. The case is not the sexiest or the best build quality, but it is the most well designed case for enthusiast standard parts I have ever used. And at $50 less than any Corsair full tower it is a clear winner.

This build really has no weak points and has excellent value/cost. I would build it again with the exact same parts in a heartbeat.

PS- The keyboard and mouse are absolute garbage though.

One Year Review: Coming Soon

Part Reviews


Excellent price/performance for its time. Get one when they go on sale or get a newer model.


I love this case. Phanteks really shows they know what they're doing. From including a hardware box with lots of extras, to the fan hub and velcro straps. This case has it all.


BenQ is the way to go. Could be brighter, but would never consider buying anything else unless the price was EVEN with this one.


Garbage keys that feel like melting plastic and are very difficult to read. Weak features. Microsoft keys are cheaper and made of higher quality materials.


Not great. Died after 1 year. Was okay until then.


Excellent quality cans. Mic is not that great and is a little gainy, but the phones themselves are moving towards professional monitor quality. Good for the price ($65). HyperX Cloud is still the way to go though. Buy only if on sale.


Pretty standard stuff here.

Comments Sorted by:

Raniemi 3 points 41 months ago

Why isn't the CPU cooler mounted upright D:

vordar 1 Build 2 points 41 months ago

Probably has to do with the lack of bending in the tubes to the radiator.

SpeshBun submitter 3 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

You are correct. Im going to see if I can rotate it when I replace the thermal paste.

Zenoaxs 3 points 41 months ago

Did the name happen to be based off the book 'Black Beauty'?

SpeshBun submitter 3 Builds 3 points 41 months ago

It is certainly an allusion to it.

Aside from dust the whole case, inside and out, seems to swallow the light. I'm pretty proud of it.

Zenoaxs 2 points 41 months ago

Dust? Get cans of compressed air and spray away, brushes work pretty good and so do Q-tips.

SpeshBun submitter 3 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Canned air is good idea. I use a blow-dryer on my rig. Heat turned off of course xD

Zenoaxs 2 points 41 months ago

Oh thank God. When I first read "I use a blow-dryer..." I freaked out. Do you put the blow dryer's fan speed to the lowest or highest?

SpeshBun submitter 3 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

It's maxed. It's weak though

XMANpt 2 points 41 months ago

Nice! Thats some sexy build! I like it!

SpeshBun submitter 3 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

Thanks cookie monster!

original_jazzman 2 points 41 months ago

Hows that rig handling 1440p gaming?

SpeshBun submitter 3 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

It's doing pretty well. It will dip down to 28 fps in Witcher at max settings.

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SpeshBun submitter 3 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Haha we are pretty cool sometimes.

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