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Let me introduce yourselves to the Red Ghost.

I have been collecting parts already owned, new and second hand since the start of 2015 with the ambition of having a reliable, budget, gaming computer for the last two installments of Call of Duty, particularly Ghosts. I can not wait to see how it does with future versions.

I initially started with a Phenom II x4 965 and ASUS M5A88-V EVO board, which I picked up second hand. However, I could not get this board to push the CPU beyond 3.7 GHz. Therefore, after some wheeler dealing I managed to sell both board and CPU for ~65% the cost of my new gigabyte board and FX CPU. I have been a pure ASUS / AMD fan for 10 years, therefore it was with some trepidation that I switched to Gigabyte. However, the features on this board are fantastic 8+2 phase, new UEFI bios makes overclocking pain free. I know I can push the CPU further however with the evo 212 air cooler I have come to a happy place at 4.3GHz.

The case was a real unplanned purchase, I just saw it and was smitten, and since then I have taken the black / red theme through. The case was also straightforward to build in and has great cable management. Though it is a tight squeeze with the wires between the right panel and rear of motherboard panel due to the sound proofing.

I purchased the two Cooler Master JetFlo 120mm fans to add to the theme and get as much airflow through my Evo as possible in a push pull configuration. I witnessed, though I didn`t perform repeat testing, that these reduced temps from the single Cooler Master stock pull fan by 4C under load using Prime.

I also performed a little O.C on my HD 7850, and found it stable at 1075 and 1300 with no display glitches running games and Heaven 4.0.

Other comments, the sound from the Genius 2.1 speakers is outstanding, and can be run low with good clarity so as not disturbing the household during quiet hours. I use the transcend ssd for operating system, ocz ssd for games and 500GB hdd for media.

Over all I am satisfied with the set up, and leave it to the experience of this community to offer thoughts, feelings etc

The stats:

PassMark = 3458

Overclocking:

CPU 4.3 GHz temps max 59C under load using Prime

GPU 1075MHz / 1300 MHz max 69C under load using Heaven 4.0

Temp monitoring with HWMonitor

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Comments

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty much the same as my build except mine is blue and black :P

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

What are your specs? Be good to compare what performance you are reaching and with what tasks/games. Thanks for comment.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it the angle or is that gpu sag?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

You might want to fix that GPU sag...

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

That GPU... lay the case to the side and uninstall that video card, re-install it. Should help some of that sag since sometimes a video card will need a re-alignment.

  • 59 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for comment will check out later. Out of interest can sag cause issues or is it an aesthetic thing?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

It can cause some errors. The worse case scenario is the video card's weight becomes so drooped down for far too long that it's a matter of time when you see a malfunction and needing to replace it. The aesthetic is just a bonus but it's more of a concern to keep your video card healthy. Not allowing the weight to cause a malfunction to the card's performance. If the sag returns too soon then you may need to find a way to support it with a lift. Replacing a GPU is a last resort.

Though a GPU replacement or RMA is more recommended if the sag isn't going away.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Out of interest, has anyone used a good wireless card in their rig? I ask because the electrical wiring in my house is a nightmare and my power line adaptor (TP-Link AV500) is struggling to maintain connection. I was looking at the Asus PCE-AC series, though this might me pricey just to get a red PCB. My mobile has a good wireless signal in the same room. Thanks.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Get the gigabyte Wi-Fi card. It is a great card and supports Bluetooth if I am correct.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

How are those speakers sounding?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Fantastic for gaming, deep base and good high range. Very good quality for the price paid, better than friends system which was over 100GBP. Only, thing to note is mid range a little weak, so would not recommend for music aficionados.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for comment will check out BOps II. This is an upgrade from a Wii so everything is awesome to me at present ;-).

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Have an Xbox controller so getting there, quite a difference to pointing the wand at the screen ;-)

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