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The Phantom

by Gottagame9000



Date Published

June 13, 2014

Date Built

June 8, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

967 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C


My ultra powered gaming machine. I have absolutely no problem running anything on MAX settings for 1080p (cause that's my monitor).

Benchmarks:/// Valley (Extreme HD) 2732 / Firestrike (Non-Extreme) 9444 GeForce GTX 780 (Driver-344.75)

11/16/14 UPDATE:// Had to RMA my GTX 780 twice. I'd recommend a GTX 970 or 980 because both trump the 780 in every way except for Vram (970/980 has 4Gb which is plenty for 1080p,2K, & 4K). Also added 2 new parts & I did some major cable management.

Part Reviews


Although I got this right before the 4790K this will keep me going for years to go, especially with the next gen. improvements like DirectX 12 & Vulcun that distribute the work load more evenly.

CPU Cooler

Excellent fan, just be plan ahead when your working with it.


Amazing motherboard. I've had no issues and all the features work great.


It works, looks amazing, & very stable w/ a great manufacture.


Excellent HDD, while I haven't noticed any difference between the WD Blues vs Black. I know this is made with higher quality parts & should last several years.

Video Card

The GTX 780 6Gb was an experimental card. I've had it for a long time now & it still feels like it isn't supported by everything. For instance my Geforce Experience thinks its a 3Gb 780. Its still omega powerful, but it just kinda blows that they sold the card for 3 months & stopped production shortly after. Also had to RMA twice before I got a card that actually worked on display port.


Has everything you want & more. JK, but this really is a solid choice case that you can reuse many times in the future. If I have any grips its that I feel very scared to take the front cover off to get some dust bunny(s) out.

Power Supply

An amazing PSU, deadly silent & high powered. Great warranty & manufacture.

Optical Drive

Fast, reliable, & for the most part quiet on idle.

Wireless Network Adapter

Awesome card, did have to work a little to get the drivers going, but once they were on it was a one way trip to the super highway wifi xD.

Comments Sorted by:

WombatRider 11 Builds 3 points 59 months ago

I hope you're planning on getting a HDD later on. A single SSD isn't going to cut it. Still a really great build! +1

Gottagame9000 submitter 11 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

Exactly, gonna get me a 2Gb HDD...I don't feel the difference between a SSD or HDD yet. I thought it was suppose to be mind blowing.

IN3RT1A 1 Build 3 points 59 months ago

I sure hope you get an hdd larger than 2gb.. :p

WombatRider 11 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

I mean to store things on, a SSD is great for your OS. It makes things quite fast, but you should have a HDD as well as that SSD.

Gottagame9000 submitter 11 Builds 2 points 59 months ago

I'm keeping them both. & I've partitioned the SSD to keep OS & Programs away from games.

WombatRider 11 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

Alright, good to hear. And once again, this is a really fantastic build.

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 2 points 59 months ago

So let me get this straight... This is for gaming, but you bought an i7 and 16GB of RAM? Also, you're playing at 1080p, but you bought a 780 with 6GB of VRAM?

Alrighty then.

JustAnotherGamer 1 point 59 months ago

Well he could be heavily modding games. There are some things even a 780 Ti has trouble with at 1080p.

jacobs4525 1 Build 2 points 59 months ago

the bus on the 780 still can't take advantage of more than around 4GB, so 6GB only matters if you intend to upgrade to SLI and play at very high resolutions.

Gottagame9000 submitter 11 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

Yea had to think about it for awhile & games like Skyrim & Watch_Dogs benifit from more VRam

GRUxTSAR 2 points 59 months ago

You should have switched the i7 for an i5 and halved the ram. You could have got a 780ti or SLI 7604gb

Thecautiousone 10 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

Your computer while running games has it's arms in the air yelling "IS THIS IT???" Good job on the overkill.

therfman 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

Just attach a 4k monitor (https://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-monitor-u28d590d), and suddenly, it isn't overkill anymore :)

dbdev 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

Nice build +1

Spiklwi 1 point 59 months ago

What about the CPU cooler ?? is it good and quiet ??

Gottagame9000 submitter 11 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

Ya it was my first install of 3rd party, but the fan is amazingly quiet & keeps the temps super low :)

Gottagame9000 submitter 11 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

Got my HDD couple months back, & the machine is still running awesome. Geforce Experience & can't make heads over tails what my graphics card is besides GTX 780. They get the VRAM wrong & won't push automatic driver updates, but you can just install them manually & they work fine.

Gottagame9000 submitter 11 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Its all good now. Had a bad card & a new one fixed all my issues.

Gottagame9000 submitter 11 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

My build is complete & I'm definitely not going to be changing anything out for at least 2 years. I now realize that a i5-4690K would've been better suited b/c i'd save me $$$ & I haven't done a single multimedia that justifies the cost of the i7. Can't wait for the 1000 series NVIDEA cards (if they will be called that).