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The Ghost

by dee683


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Date Published

March 31, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.006 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


This was my first build ever. I did it solely by myself which was pretty frightening at some points haha. This was a $900 budget build. I made my own PC mainly for gaming and also lots of college software applications that required a decent amount of power. As of now i am really happy with the performance. I went from using an old laptop to this and I am very pleased. I just set it up so i will run some temp. tests soon. I don't plan on overclocking but i may try it out at some point. I also wanted something for ALOT of multitasking. In college i find myself doing a hundred things at once and that was a definite must in this build

CPU- I didn't want an Intel just cause they are a lot more expensive. I am happy with the benchmarks and performance of this CPU. Seems like it can spaz out every now and again with heat (runs 40 on idle spiratically) but always stays within safe boundaries

GPU- i couldn't decide between a 270X or a 760 but ultimately got the 760 because it is a little more powerful. Also the Asus brand of the 760 is super quiet and runs at incredibly low temps.

MOBO- nice mobo with all the components i needed and from a good brand. (I was dumb and bought a board without SLI compatibility, so id either have to sell my 760 and get two cards that are crossfire or buy a new board and card. But that is way in the future after i get water cooling and everything)

memory- i plan on going to 16 gigs of ram eventually, but i chose 8 for now to stay within the $900 budget.

storage- i chose the SSD for the speed. i will be getting a TB hard drive disk soon. (also didn't want to go overbudget at this time)

PSU- 600w is plenty and its from corsair which is one of the most reliable PSU's.

OS- got the OS for free since i go to Penn State University.

Overall color- i wanted to keep have a green/black sleek look and the case/keyboard definitely hit it home.

Future plans- I already have a second monitor on the way. I plan on getting a TB hard drive and another 8Gig stick of ram in the future. Overall im super happy with the performance of it all and was somewhat happy with the prices. I know i could have saved money if i waited all the way until Black Friday again or another big sale, however i wanted to buy it and build it ASAP.

Totally open to any suggestions you guys have. I'm still a newb at this so cut me some slack haha. I want to make this computer better in the future so if you have ANY ideas, leave a comment below!

EDIT: I got some more money and bought an extra 2 TB used hdd for only $60. so i added that to the parts list below. i am now going over the budget but thats cause im getting more money. Next plan is probably to get another 8gig stick of ram. After that water cooling.

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Darcrath 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

Looks nice! I was glad to read you had a new monitor on the way. I went a few weeks with one similar to yours and it was tough haha.

dee683 submitter 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

ya i don't mind the one monitor but i can't wait to play a dual screen game. or just have the maneuverability of two monitors

duramax08 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

I dont think you'll be able to play a game dual screen, but it will be great for more desktop space.

dee683 submitter 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

ya you're are almost definitely right, but hey, why not give it a shot if i have two monitors! I really have no clue how to set it up but hopefully i could try to figure something out(that is, if i can actually do it)

jshoop 1 point 62 months ago

dual screen gaming wont be very fun, because the crosshairs or center point of the game will be between the 2 screens, which will look awkward. but it is great for multitasking. having a paper youre typing and research on seperate screens is so much easier

JurgaBurga 1 point 62 months ago

Great PC build! Just one thing though, it would've been smart to get 16gb of RAM just cause the price is pretty cheap (Been months since I've seen it that cheap). Other than that, bravo!

GoldenTrident 1 point 62 months ago

Ouuuuu.. I'm liking that case :D Pretty clean build as well. I was going to go with a 760 as well but came into some more money right before I ordered. Still a beast card! Happy Gaming Brah!

Retroman 1 point 62 months ago

nice price to performance ratio, good job man +1

tjb423 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

This is so similar to my upcoming build! Same Graphics chip, same motherboard, same PSU, almost the same processor (I might be getting the 8320 or 6300, not sure about my budget.) Great minds think alike +1

IcarusFTW 1 point 62 months ago

Cable management is nice, when you compare it to other first builds on the site. +1

EpicBattleMage 3 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Great build only thing I would get next is an aftermarket cpu cooler then you can dabble in overclocking since it has a lot of potential.

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dee683 submitter 1 Build 1 point 61 months ago

is that a good or bad thing?? haha

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