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by Spirafall


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Date Built

March 28, 2013

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.279 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


Hello! ( °u°)/

Once upon a time in 2012, in a cold basement, far far away, I drew fancy pictures all day on the computer. It was my dream to publish a book and make lots of money so I could live comfortably ever after. Anyways, one cold winter's eve, my old laptop said, "Dear user, I am afraid I won't be able to see your dream come true. I am getting old and my parts are starting to creak. I took a lot of abuse from you because you unmercifully stuffed me in your backpack all those years in college. You should go find yourself a new computer."

It threatened to BSOD. I decided that it was right, and that it was time I got myself a new computer. Trouble is, I only had a budget of 700 bucks (excluding monitor and peripherals). A passing farmer (at the farmer's market) told me he knew where to get cheap computers. He told me that if I consulted the great oracle, it would tell me all I need to know to make my very own computer.

Excited with the news, I quickly went online and asked the oracle. "Oh great Google, how to build a computer?" and the oracle replied, "In a distant land on the far corners of the internet, you will find a group of people named "Builders" who play the latest games like Battlefield 3 and research computer parts all day long."

I traveled for many hours and learned many things about computer parts until I finally reached that strange land. I was too shy to speak with the natives, so I just watched as they built their computers. ( . _ .)

Several months later, I had gathered all the necessary parts and built my new computer. It was probably not the best computer you could build, but I loved it just the same. ( o-o);;; At the time, most builds were gaming oriented and PCPartPicker forums hadn't even existed so I stumbled around a bit and made my own mistakes. Thankfully the build worked like a charm and was perfectly suited for the job. The end.

Thank you for all the help the people on this site has given me. ( °u°)

Programs SAI, Clip Studio Paint Pro, Adobe Photoshop CS4, InDesign CS4, Premier Pro, C4D, Livestream

Thanks for looking. ( °D°)/

Part Reviews


Works really fast when compressing files that I send over to clients. Helps save a lot of time.

CPU Cooler

The CPU cooler was originally bought for a mini-ITX build when I later changed my mind. Works well and it hums reassuringly. Goes up to 4.4GHz overclock at 82 degrees, but decided to play it safe and stuck with 4.2GHz.


My first motherboard, feels solid, what can I say? It was the best I could afford at the time. It has all the features I needed and the BIOS was easy to navigate. Update: It is surprisingly shock resistant. There have been multiple times where I had to reinstall the graphics card (I've been through 5 now) and the board still holds up and supports the weight.


Really like this RAM. I got two sets for a total of 32GB now and they all work perfectly. I got one set in 2012, and another set in 2015. After 3 years I did notice a slight fading in color, but ram still works perfectly.


Very snappy, good solid SSD. Bought in 2012, and has been through multiple cycles of restarts and rewrites of files and re-installs of OS, still good.

Operating System

Well, at least seems to be working better than Windows 8. I've already gotten used to Windows 8 though, after taming the beast. Now it feels like another beast. It still has weird quirks like two different places to change settings or control panels, a bit awkward tablet mode which I would not recommend, but overall faster than the other windows I've used. Still a plethora of new features I have yet to explore. I would say that most people would prefer it over Windows 8.


I would remove the stand if I could. I lean mine against the wall and it works nicely that way. It needs a USB cable to enable touch, which I didn't know before. The colors require calibrating as they can come out of the box a bit bright, but are otherwise vibrant.

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hunter32tz 1 Build 155 points 70 months ago


IamApropos 3 Builds 44 points 70 months ago

I so much enjoyed reading your description and I absolutely love the logo you made me!!! Thank you for sharing. Btw your build looks great!! In case anyone hasn't seen the logo Spirafall made for me: https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/250524_532310946827732_455367675_n.jpg

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 17 points 70 months ago

Thanks! I'm glad you like the logo. I hope to do lots more work with this build. XD

IamApropos 3 Builds 4 points 70 months ago

I remember you asking me a long time ago if it would work without a graphics card. I'm really curious how well it works for you and is it meeting your desired performance?

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 5 points 70 months ago

It works for C4D, Photoshop, Clip Studio. For Premier Pro, I can do my key animation with it. Then it chokes horribly for Sony Vegas. XD
So I can do most of my illustration work and 3d modelling, but video editing needs a dedicated GPU for sure. ( °°)b

I'm in no hurry though (animation is just a hobby), so for now I'm just looking at the software requirements and seeing what I'll need. Got anything you'd recommend?

IamApropos 3 Builds 3 points 70 months ago

Of course! message me either on facebook or on skype and we can discuss options to best fit your needs and budget :)

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 6 points 70 months ago

Is it free? :D

Gogomain 1 point 38 months ago

Hi, Im building my own computer as well for video editing i use premire pro and after effects, i was consifering the same GPU u have; EVga geforce 960 - 2G - How does it work for you? Does it give u any huccup? Or its powerful enough?

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

I haven't used it for After Effects very much, but it works fine for me on Premier Pro CS4. My friend uses Premier Pro CC on her surface tablet, so I don't see why not, it doesn't seem to hog as many resources as I would think. Video playback is fine, adding effect layers and masking is fine, it takes me about 15 minutes to export a 30 minute video. It's more than enough to do the job.

Back in 2013 when I built this computer, the general advice was to have a dedicated workstation card. I assume someone could be using this card for both gaming and recording.

I can't say this card is the "best" because of how relatively little I know about GPUs, but it completely meets the requirements needed by both programs and I've used it with Premier Pro completely fine.

Hope that helps.

XIHackInABoxIX 8 Builds 18 points 69 months ago

I like how you had the fire extinguisher ready in one of the photos, lol.

Very creative, and very artistic. Great part choice for the money.

Wish I could give +2, but +1 will have to do for now. :)

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 12 points 69 months ago

Huzzah someone noticed the fire extinguisher.

I thought it was an amusing way to demonstrate that I was a newbie. But really, when I first started researching, I found out that bad PSUs could literally set your builds on fire. That little tidbit inspired me and helped remind me to make sure I knew what I was doing before putting the build together and pick out a good PSU.

XIHackInABoxIX 8 Builds 5 points 69 months ago

I found it quite amusing as well. Personally I love the XFX power supplies, I have one in my own personal rig - albeit being overkill for most people.

I have never gotten a power supply to catch on fire before, although I usually like to blow one up occasionally. Usually they just die, a nice fast and quiet death. No shenanigans or anything of the sort.

I also own 2 Dynex PSU's, one which was in an older computer I have in the garage which the PSU fried (and was replaced with said Dynex). The other one being from a dead office computer, which I reused in my girlfriends computer.

Both Dynex PSU's (despite the fact they have gotten a bad rep from people on here, have both lasted and worked perfectly fine for me until now.)

Hopefully if one does catch on fire, it will be the one out in the garage. I have lots of volatile chemicals out there, plus that computer sucks. Wouldn't mind claiming that on the home owner's insurance, lol.

Just blame it on Dynex :p

Xorex64 1 point 39 months ago

I cant see the fire extinguisher

XIHackInABoxIX 8 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Second picture with all of the parts laying on the table. It is big and red :)

Highwlaker 1 Build 16 points 70 months ago

Loved the story. First description that long that I've read entirely x)

And very nice drawings. Keep up the good work!

Xorex64 1 point 41 months ago

I absolutly love the description.

lenoz 2 Builds 8 points 70 months ago

Amazing story, great build, amazing drawings, amazing attitude and intrigue. Perfect. Can't upvote it enough.

And I feel I need to point out: you went out of your way to colour-coordinate your RAM despite the fact you have a case with no window so no one else is going to see it?... I think you might just fit in here :)

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 5 points 70 months ago

It also has a lower CAS latency! :D Heheh. It was a convenient find.

That means a lot to me. When I was still a newb, it was nice seeing a familiar name and knowing there were people offering honest and helpful comments on builds. I was thinking about cutting a window on the other panel (they are actually identical and you can use them on either side). However, I don't know if I'm tough enough to handle a jigsaw, LMAO. I was strong enough to drill holes in the case for installing my SSD in the back though. More case mods to consider. Haha.

PS: I saw your note about why you named your PC Hanuman which is another god from another mythology. XD Haha I think I just might fit in after all.

lenoz 2 Builds 2 points 70 months ago

I see Yatagarasu is symbolic of guidance - that's nice. Hopefully this PC will be a muse for you, an inspiration for your excellent artwork, guiding you by giving you the tools to go to the next level :)

I thought I recognised the name from somewhere - my girlfriend taught in Japan for two years so it must have been mentioned by her at some point.

That's cool that you saw my comment renaming my Media PC as Hanuman. I didn't expect anyone to pick up on that really (once a completed build is gone from the front page only the best of the best persist on the site!) so it's nice to know at least one person read it.

If you want a sneak preview on what my newly built PC will be like (not yet on the site), I'll give you a clue by giving you the name: Durga

As far as case modding, it does seem like a scary idea. I have seen plenty of people handle it really well but I guess it's very easy to make a mess of too without experience. If you do it, I can't wait to see the results! Good luck!

Divdor 1 Build 4 points 69 months ago

I know I am late to the party, but I wanted to say your narrative and artwork are impressive. Your PC is equally impressive in its part choice and build quality. Good Luck to you.

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 2 points 69 months ago

( -^) thanks!

BlastXin 4 points 60 months ago

"Hair under the heatsink" XD Wow, impressive work and your storywriting :) Haven't thought that Windows 8 has such a task manager with more hardware information :o

Enlyten 1 Build 3 points 70 months ago

This is a great build and it is very focused. I like it a lot, and your art is amazing, +1.

Edit: I have the same art tablet :D

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 2 points 70 months ago

Thank you. :3 Tablets are a lot of fun aren't they?

Enlyten 1 Build 2 points 70 months ago

Indeed :D I have mine for drafting and random drawings.

Icepenguin 3 points 70 months ago

This is my favorite build and awesome drawings!

xing 2 points 70 months ago

Your desktop looks absolutely fantastic. May I ask what kind of UI or skin mod do you use? =P

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 70 months ago

Sure. It's a modification I made to Gray8 Color Pac by gsw953 using elements from areao4.8 by neiio. Sorry, I don't have links to the exact theme I used, since it's modified and still full of glitches, but those two are a start.

xing 1 point 70 months ago

This is awesome! I did not know deviantart has a skin section. =P It makes me want to change from Windows 7 to Windows 8. Thank you very much! xD

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 70 months ago

They also have lots of Windows 7 themes if you use Windows 7!

My favorites are:
+ Pastellia by Mag1cWind0w
+ Gaia09
+ Tapek by kiko11

xing 2 points 70 months ago

Thanks a lot! You are awesome! xD They look fantastic!

BingoFishy 2 points 43 months ago

I use rainmeter.

xing 1 point 70 months ago

BTW, are those desktop gadgets skin included in the mod? I can not find any. o_O

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 70 months ago

Ah the desktop gadget thing you are talking about is Rainlendar. It's pretty old. Most people use Rainmeter.
The skin I used for Rainlendar is Statica2.

xing 1 point 70 months ago

I just saw Rainmeter a couple days ago, lol. But I think Rainlendar + Statica 2 looks better, they match the style of Windows 8 =P

kornitsky101 2 points 68 months ago

Very, very good build and cable management! The cable management in the back is better than most builds in the front.

LokStock 2 Builds 2 points 67 months ago

How good is the monitor? I'm thinking about buying this monitor

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 67 months ago

Hmm well don't know if you are referring to gaming or work, I would say it's a good monitor. It does have a Asus logo splash screen which is one thing I dislike about it. It has a fast response time, which I guess it good for gaming, but I don't game much. In terms of media and display, the monitor has very good range colors despite not being IPS. Calibrating it for the first time however is a bit of a pain. It's best if you used your own speakers, but I find that having the speakers in the back are useful. The sound quality is so-so. The reason why I bought this monitor is because it has great pixel pitch. Lineart is really crisp and sharp. The text is really clear. Also it is matte which cuts down window glare.

So, gaming -> good(?), movies -> okay, browsing and office use -> awesome, art -> average.

LokStock 2 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Thanks for the in depth information. Yea sorry for the lack of depth of what I wrote above. Yup, I mostly game and I heard from Youtube this monitor is excellent because what it packs for very cheap. I heard IPS isnt good with gaming or was I mistaken? Do you recommend me to get this monitor? I will mostly be gaming, working, and watching films/social use.

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 67 months ago

No, IPS is good with gaming. Some people prefer the color fidelity and don't really care between 5ms response times and 1ms. IPS monitors mean they come with nice colors and accurate display right out of the box and you likely will never need to calibrate it in 5 years. Non-IPS monitors have the advantage of 1-2ms response times which is what some gamers really like, at the cost of some trouble calibrating it. Since most gamers aren't doing art or something where color is that important, this would be a perfect monitor to fit their budget.

LokStock 2 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Ok, If I was to choose an Monitor with IPS technology, what would you recommend? I was looking at the MX279H

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 67 months ago

Ah, I love that monitor. Very classy and really great if I could have afforded that one. Dell also has a very similar model that I can't remember at the top of my head, but the frameless design is beautiful. The sound quality is tons better than the Asus VX238H. Personally I like the MX239H due to the differences in pixel pitch, so I'm not sure about it's more expensive brother. But that's the one I would recommend. d(u^d)

malcar11 4 Builds 2 points 65 months ago

I love your work!! (PC, drawings, story, the comic, and the part of the hair under the heatsink! I almost die of laughing!!!). As many here, This is one of the few descriptions I read completly. I put a lot of work (and love hehe) in my computer too, even if she is a gaming / media baby. congrats and Thanks!

coryjamesking 2 Builds 2 points 64 months ago

I really like your build. Anyone that adds a custom touch to there PC deserves props. Also nothing better while at the computer than a nice cup of tea. Gotta recommend trying Yogi throat comfort sometime. Sold at Walmart. Take care and again beautiful computer mate [:

FlusherBox 2 points 63 months ago

Lol I love the pictures, makes my day when people add a little humor into thier posts

KuroNeko51 2 Builds 2 points 60 months ago

I am actually really amazed there are also people like me who both have a knack for computers and art. Keep up the good work!

Fr33Th1nk3r 5 Builds 2 points 58 months ago

Coolstory bro

Kabsef 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

Did anyone else notice the fire extinguisher, it made me laugh so hard. xD

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Wow. Beautifully done and illustrated.

Sabotage 1 point 70 months ago

Dat tiger stare! I love this build, you got it at a good price, and have awesome parts. I would get a nice gpu to top this thing off!

PickItApart 1 point 70 months ago

I was thinking that too. She doesn't need to buy a really expensive one either. By getting a GPU those programs will be even faster.

Sabotage 2 points 70 months ago

A 7770 or a 650 would do the trick.

duramax08 1 Build 1 point 70 months ago

best. story. ever. Enjoy the crud out of it dude, you deserve it :)

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Azote 3 Builds 1 point 70 months ago

Have you even though of doing a manga kinda thing? you totally could! xD

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 70 months ago

I hope so! Lately I've been piled with commissions and other projects so I haven't got around to working on it.
But now that I've got a new spiffy computer, work's been going faster, so yay!

Azote 3 Builds 1 point 70 months ago

Sounds cool! and btw why is all the writing in your pictures japanese ?_??

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 70 months ago

Not all of it's in Japanese. The stuff I use in English are my file names and Adobe software because I actually installed it in English.

Japan actually has tons of great art and image editing software such as Clip Studio Paint Pro and Paint Tool Sai. Some of the programs use UTF16-LE and are non-unicode, so I switched my operating system language to Japanese so it'd be easier to use. Otherwise I'd get a whole bunch of squares or ????? when the characters don't show up right.

Azote 3 Builds 2 points 70 months ago

hahaha me too, my hotmail, (outlook) was created in chinese, so all those years im either been stuck with squares or use google traduction thing ahah xD

NUclearD3 1 Build 1 point 70 months ago

Very nice build and great drawings!

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

Thank you. :)

domon 1 Build 1 point 70 months ago

Nice case artwork. I went with the windowed version. Is Japanese your first language?

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 70 months ago

I wanted the windowed version myself but it was slightly more money. XD So I got the windowless one and spray painted it. Thanks for noticing!

Nope, I don't speak Japanese at all in fact. But I read manga in Japanese. Haha.

domon 1 Build 1 point 70 months ago

Can you read japanese? Btw, I'm super jelly of your serene drawing style and writing flow. I write like a malfunctioning robot and draw like an 8 year old.

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 70 months ago

I'm still learning, but I can read most of it. I set my OS language to Japanese so I could practice with it and the art programs I use work better that way. Thank you for the compliments. I'm not that great at writing either since English isn't my favorite subject in school, but I'm glad you liked the description.

domon 1 Build 1 point 70 months ago

No Problem. Check out my build, people seem to like the graphics card.

xhris 1 point 70 months ago

Your description was the best I have ever read. Your drawings are also awesome too!

BACK ON TOPIC: Your build is fantastic especially for the price you got it for. +1!

FreeFireXI 3 Builds 1 point 70 months ago

I just wish I could hand out more than +1 Interweb Points! I read the fantastic story, then followed along with the pictures and artwork. Enjoy your build! Everything looks to be very solid! As for the GPU... TAKE MY MONEY (°_°)>[$]

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 70 months ago

-Takes the money, runs out the door, grabs the next broom I see and flies off cackling, never to return.-
Thank you very much. I'll be sure to enjoy working hard and saving up for a GPU.

TotalNoob 4 Builds 1 point 70 months ago

Hey "Spirafall." this build is awesome!. i like the whole story of how it came together! Enjoy it!

BLC 1 point 70 months ago

Really nice build, and dem drawings just look epic, you have an amazing talent.

Just a question though, from the drawings and the name, it feels that you are into anime/manga, is my assumption in place ?

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 70 months ago


It's not a bad assumption. My whole job is practically filled with it, so I'm into it because of the money. Lol. Thinking of moving into the comic industry as well.

BLC 2 points 70 months ago

You do a good job at drawings, a very good job, and moving to the comic industry isnt bad, good luck with whatever you decide to do.

Kurasuke 1 point 69 months ago

In our world of electronics and precise specifications it's wonderful to see a real spark of creativity. I absolutely adore this, probably because I love Japan just as much as you. I envy your artistic style :)

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Magicguy38 1 point 69 months ago

You shall be a very successful artist, I foresee it in your future Edit: Holy crap you drawings are the best I've seen, and ever will see

jazzymouse 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

I've never been so intrigued to know what happens next in a description box. Honestly the most fun I've had reading something on this site, ever!

Great build as well, really thought out part's. I see you had help from the all mighty master too! Great stuff :)

RicOmega 1 point 69 months ago

Pretty nice and simple. great story, and awesome descriptive visual narration :D off topic. definitely love your reference Redjuice build (and not just because of the name) :D wondering since i was planning to get a medium intuous myself. is the small comfortable enough size wise?

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

Much thanks. :D

And I'm glad you liked the reference build. Redjuice pretty much inspired me to build my own computer. His build was like a beast when I first saw it and he's updated it over time. 8D I've been going around collecting builds that other artists have, sometimes they list them in blogs and stuff; it's interesting to see what other people are using.

For tablets, it depends on the person. I've always been sketching in notepads and stuff forever, and when I get a full page, I tend to draw in a corner somewhere. For me the small is pretty comfortable. I'm more detail oriented as well, so I don't need a lot of space. Most of my movements are in the wrist. Some people prefer moving with the whole arm, so larger tablets are more ergonomic. Would this be your first time using a tablet? It's a lot like using the mouse for the first time, but once you get used to it, it's no problem.

RicOmega 1 point 69 months ago

yeah. i mean. you can't go wrong with 48 GB of RAM and a cintiq HD.

first time using an actual drawing tablet yes. i do make doodles and whatnot on a samsung note 2, and generally tend to draw with my wrist more as well. thanks for the help, and if you've got a place displaying your art, do link it up. your style is pretty awesome.

PersonalNice 1 point 68 months ago

What a cute story :>

DontUSASme 1 point 68 months ago

Dude, a couple of oddball questions? What start menu replacement are you using? Looks fantastic with your theme. What's that too, btw ;D Amazing build, favorite to date.

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 2 points 68 months ago

It's a modification of Pokki's start menu and Gray8 Color Pac. :)

DontUSASme 1 point 68 months ago

Dang. I need to learn how to set that up like yours!

vlad007 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

I simply love your build and your story. I have a great respect for artists and I think you captured the essence of the art of building computers perfectly. Great you did young Padawan :P

deerhunter113 1 point 68 months ago

What is the name of the wallpaper with the spaceship on it??

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 2 points 68 months ago

It's the Stargate Daedalus. :D
"Real Air Force" by Martin Steil

deerhunter113 1 point 68 months ago


SharePoint2013 1 point 68 months ago

What a lovely Build it is, Ping Back xD

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

Thank you for the compliment. XD

SharePoint2013 1 point 68 months ago

do you have kik, I wanna talk to you xD

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

I don't, but you can PM me on here if you have any questions or need help with computers (mostly software related). I'm not that good with games, but if it's about art programs, I can help you there.

Edam 1 point 68 months ago

The more I look at the partlist, the more my own looks like it. Someone else might spend 80$ more on a cooler and have the same temperature, even if a little faster. Why is that?

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

$80 more is a lot. XD I don't think my cooler can match the power of a Noctua or a liquid cooler. To answer your question, it has to do with location/season, room temperature, and "undervolting".

This was built during the dead of winter after the holiday sales in fall, I live in a pretty cold location already, not to mention that this is a cold basement so it never gets warm, I practically use my computer as a space heater. Hahaha. Also, I set my CPU to the lowest voltage it can handle without crashing. After overclocking I was too scared to set my voltages that high ever again. I can't get it past 4.4GHz without it going over 80°C because the cooler can only pull a set amount of cold air from the surroundings, which is why I'm pretty sure an $80+ cooler would be able to do much better.

It is currently 12°C in here or roughly 50-55°F, so I don't expect my computer to be going over 64°C at full load. This is the hottest season by the way.

Rayyo 1 point 67 months ago


Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 67 months ago

Currently iGPU. It's sufficient enough for all of the illustration and number crunching programs that I use, which are more CPU dependent than GPU. Will also get a decent GPU later (for animation) after I've finished up saving and waiting for those good deals to come out. I've got my eye out for several AMD and Nvidia cards. I'm likely going to end up with one or the other depending on what I can get on sale.

I don't do any gaming so this is purely a workstation. ^;;

Ardeof 2 points 54 months ago

Guild Wars 2 has quite a bit of art in it. Just saying >>.... <_<

LookTopHats 2 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

7870 xt

mattataki 1 Build 1 point 67 months ago

You are an inspiration! Very good build, the best build actually I found here, it was fun to read. I really loved to see those drawings in the end. If only I could upvote more than once.

ArcticEditor 1 point 66 months ago

Great story, 10/10 would read again :D

MahimulH 1 point 66 months ago

Omg...dat description. If only I was able to give +100 :'( Awesome build, awesome description, awesome drawings... +10000000000. :D

sacSONE 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Simple but great built. My future built is kind of like yours except more expensive parts which I can't afford yet. ?(;´???) I love the intro story and I especially love your artwork and the Japanese language you set up for your computer since I'm an artist in-training , and currently learning Japanese (* >?<) Also the UI and skins is awesome. May I ask what do you use? It's probably mention somewhere in all those comments... (¬?¬)

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

No problem, and thank you for the compliments. :)

It's a modification I made to Gray8 Color Pac by gsw953 using elements from areao4.8 by neiio. ... those two are a start.

sacSONE 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Ohhh. Thank you very much.

Is it easy modifying the skin?

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

Haha, not really; you need quite a few tools like Photoshop, Resource Hacker, Notepad++, icon editors, Restorator, etc.. My recommendation is to start small, take a look at other people's skins, and start cracking them open to see what's inside. There maybe be a few tutorials around out there on the internet.

Craftablez_Seth 1 point 64 months ago

Wow. I can barely even draw a face... of a stick figure. BTW Awesome build and pictures and dats a nice fire extinguisher you've got next to the Shinobi. Shows that you think ahead... :D

Gregfx 1 Build 1 point 64 months ago

very creative with the art work :) how's it work with no video card is my only question :p great build +1 from me

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 64 months ago

Ahaha thanks! It actually does have graphics support through the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000. It supports a maximum resolution of 1920x1200 (two monitors) limited by the motherboard. You can actually play games with this, but you really can't compare this to playing with an actual dedicated graphics card - you can get 33-45 frames per second on the lowest settings. However, watching movies and making art, there are no problems. :)

Actually looking into deals for a nice graphics card this holiday season. d(ouo)

dromni 1 Build 2 points 62 months ago

I'd say a 7770 or a 5850 would be more than enough to play not-that-demanding games and video editing.

AztecEagle1321 1 point 64 months ago

Your digital art skills make mine feel inferior.

twaelbroeck 1 point 64 months ago

+1 just for your description! +1 for that tiger. +10 for the build quality, parts choice, and just overall sexiness and cleanliness from cable management to monitor to motherboard. Beautiful.

daemonika 1 point 64 months ago

cool! did you actually draw the eagle on the side or is it a skin? Cuz I want to buy one lol...

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 64 months ago

Thx! It's done with spray paint and some painters tape. :)

ThunderHead_MC 1 point 62 months ago


gemichi 1 Build 1 point 61 months ago

Amazing build!

Miku! :p If I can build a computer, I'll paint the case blue and make draw a white miky figure on the side...

biobasher 1 point 60 months ago

you do arts and such right? where's da graphics card D:!

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Actually, art related programs are less dependent on graphics cards than you might think. Doing video, however, is a different story. I make illustrations that take advantage of having a faster CPU, but I don't make enough videos at the moment to take advantage of a better GPU.

However I've been saving up to get a graphics card later in order to work on animation. Hope that explains it. :)

I tried out a few graphics cards, but they were mostly old parts from friends. Never got around to updating this though, since they were all temporary. Currently using: ASUS 7770 HD / 1GB @ 1020 Mhz.

biobasher 1 point 60 months ago

ah, that's interesting to hear, I always thought that art was GPU related, thank's for that, now I can go and shave a few ££ from my build for a lesser gpu and more accessories :). thanks!

Electrospeed 1 point 60 months ago

So many new text emotes... I will use these forever (/v)/

MySong 1 point 60 months ago

It's probably my fourth or fifth time looking at this. Man, I gotta say it's really beautiful. Oh, and those drawings -w- makes me hngnggng you're good man.

Edit: or woman? I don't know lol.

navyseal470@gmail.com 1 point 60 months ago

nice build good job very organized inside looking very well done

Dr1337 1 point 57 months ago

Nice build, you're Japanese?

username22 1 point 57 months ago

How's the case? Is it easy to work with?

AcSeann 1 point 55 months ago

Hey Spirafall! (: Is it possible for me to know your calibration settings? O: I'm glad that you like using this monitor for artworks. It makes me feel more at ease as I will be doing image editing using Lightroom and Photoshop.

thekasafist 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

I know this thread is a little old but if you get a video card which would it be? I really liked your story it was interesting too. You're a good story teller which often comes in handy and coincides with your talent. Since illustrations often tell stories it will also be handy for your videos. Honestly though it was a creative story and I think when we all build our first computer we feel exactly like you do when we find the "BUILDERS" LOL! Then learn about computers and all that jazz haha! Anyhow let us know about the video card when you can. :)

LemingSweaty 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Nice drawings, also how does that cooler keep that cpu tat cool?

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 2 points 52 months ago

Thank you. :)

To answer your question, it was a larger case, colder climate. Also, not pushing it that far. This CPU can go even higher with better coolers. 4.4 to 4.7 looks about average. :D

ZeusOne 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

Beautiful story :D

Love watching Animes myself :D

Hussein.H 1 point 54 months ago

DAMN! Prices have risen a lot... I can't get a PC with those specs... with OS and peripherals under $1200. :(

GamerCrusader 1 point 51 months ago

That's awesome! My only question is: how do you get such great quality video without a graphics card? Keep up the good work and keep doing your manga!

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I'm not sure what you mean by great quality video...do you mean watching movies and stuff? For playback and watching movies and stuff, you don't need a lot. But for video editing and the sort, you do need a graphics card. This is my workstation so it's nowhere near as graphics intensive as it needs to be for video, but it runs graphics programs beautifully.

GamerCrusader 1 point 50 months ago

Oh haha sry. i thought that you might have been doing anime aswell. sry i did word that really wierdly.

iNonEntity 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Loved the story lol Dear OP, I'm looking to buy a new HDD since the one I recently got is horrid lol Is this one (Seagate Barracuda) loud or slow? Like does it make a lot of clicking when transferring data and what not <3 Ty if you reply

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Ah thank you. To answer your question, no, it doesn't. I have two of them now, a 2TB and a 3TB one. Both of them combined do not make noise that's louder than my fans, even when transferring files. I think a lot of HDDs these days are quiet. I like Seagates for their prices.

iNonEntity 2 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Thanks! Yeah Seagate has good price ratio, which made me worry there might be a reason why lol

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Yes, there is a reason why. It isn't noise that is the problem. It's the reviews that say it has a higher failure rate than WD or Hitachi. You still want to pick a Seagate that has good reviews. For example, the 4TBs have less of an annual failure rate than 2-3TB drives. Even though some resources say it may have a higher failure rate, WD, Hitachi, and Seagate are still among the top three brands. You want to worry a little bit, but you don't want to worry so much that you completely ignore a perfectly good drive. I hope that helps. I just want to give you an honest and unbiased opinion. I still really like the drives I bought and I hope you consider them. :D

FreshPineapples 1 point 45 months ago

This build is AMAZING, I'm saving up for it!! Thanks for the great work!

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Thank you for the compliment.

This build is already 2-3 years old now. It was especially great because of it's price point, and there are probably better things out there now. Maybe it can help serve as a template for you.

Have fun with your build!

stewie71 1 point 42 months ago

+1 just for the story.

190n 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

500th upvote!

Xorex64 1 point 41 months ago

I love yoyr build, and the description, and your art skills, good job in life, you seem to be aceing it.

Glodato34 1 point 38 months ago

How did you get such good parts for so cheap?? (Sorry for commenting so late)

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

It was a Black Friday build! Everything was cheap. I bought them separately over time at their lowest price using PCpartpicker, and the CPU I won a bid on Ebay. The SSD I bought off craigslist. You can also stalk /r/buildapcsales. Also, art competitions give out free tablets all the time, although I bought mine.

Bocazon 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

+1 for great build & wallpaper

AnthonyMorozov 1 point 36 months ago

Can anyone tell me if this is a good starter build i want to get my frist PC but i dont know where to start

File_34 1 point 36 months ago

frist PC?

also start with the build guides

J-Hol 1 point 32 months ago

Im learning to draw better and your drawings have really inspired me! at the moment i'm trying to draw / animate (and game) on my macbook air.(i'm still in highschool so i have to save quite a bit) i've been wanting to build a computer that can do all three (fluidly) for quite a while. this looks a lot better for both than what i currently have. +1 would this work for gaming if i upgraded the graphics card?

rymer_15@hotmail.com 1 point 32 months ago

So cool

emtproject 1 point 31 months ago

You should get a drawing tablet I would recommend a bamboo for your first

link https://www.amazon.com/Wacom-Bamboo-Capture-Tablet-CTH470/dp/B005HGBEZ2

LeoF1015 1 point 27 months ago

Your story is actually kind of touching, it made me think about the times where my computer died from the blue death.

Gaming_Universe 1 point 24 months ago

0-0 how u make that picture on teh side of ya case? i want to make that on my pc case when i build it .-,

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Yea! Just use a lot of painters/masking tape!

Jreload123 1 point 24 months ago

What a nice build; your description and final images are nice and cool.

ebordenave 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Is this named after the fighting game?

Duke285 1 point 7 months ago

I love the story. In my opinion, you could have a future in writing fantasies in a world long ago. I'm little late to the party here though.

LEMONMELON76 1 point 4 months ago

I absolutely LOVE the Miku wallpaper! Nice build!

DragonForge 0 points 54 months ago

If I were to build a PC, I'd most likely have a fire extinguisher too. :)

(Pic 2)

EyassShahoud -8 points 63 months ago

I wanna find u and marry u

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Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 70 months ago

Aww thanks. I was really patient in waiting for those deals. This was all bought during Black Friday and Christmas and they had a few sales for RAM around January as well. I also looked around eBay and got my motherboard and CPU there. :D

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Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 70 months ago

Yes, that's right.
RAM is so expensive now - the prices rose sharply after January. I don't know how I'm gonna get my second set, LOL.

I looked at some of the recommended watts for some of the graphics card and they recommend 600?!?! So I'm like a bit worried, but when I asked on BaPC, people said that it was okay. It's a really good PSU though. I did my research and it's a reliable brand. At the time, Japanese capacitors were considered the best but now Taiwan makes some pretty good ones too. This PSU has a good warranty so I guess I feel safer knowing it'll last that long.

saw1833 1 Build 2 points 70 months ago

I've been told that even the GTX 780 should run fine on a 500w PSU, despite it's power recommendations.

They're usually a little overrated, so when people buy poor power supplies their is a little more... cushion.

I have to say, I'm a huge fan of that transparent Windows 8 UI. That looks really sharp.

Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 70 months ago

^ Thanks. It's a custom theme I modified from Gray8 Color Pac. I also took some of the buttons from areao4.8. Edit: Unless you mean the Start screen. Haha, that took forever to get right, so glad you noticed. ( >D<)

BlastXin 1 point 60 months ago

Do Japanese manufacture computer parts as well? Most of them are Taiwanese and US manufacturers. Never heard of any Japanese-made PC parts, except for Sony and Pioneer, but they only have DVD drives for PCs.

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Spirafall submitter 1 Build 2 points 70 months ago

A crow god with three legs from Japanese mythology. :)

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Spirafall submitter 1 Build 1 point 69 months ago

Thank you. It's my first case so I don't have much comparison, but I also didn't have any problems with it. It's pretty easy to work with, even for beginners. The Shinobi is probably better at noise management than cooling.

As for cooling, I live in a fairly cold location, at idle, the temperatures inside are as cool as the temperatures outside (if you leave a thermometer inside or something - not the cpu). On load, I would say that things can heat up, but I only have one fan. There are 5 locations for placing more fans that could help if you have any cooling concerns and the air intake/vents are placed in good locations. You could even put it on thin carpet, not that I'd recommend it, but the legs are high enough to allow you to do so.

It has fairly good features. If I had any problems, it was using a drill to create a location for mounting the SSD without using brackets, (they could have just included it, imo) there is enough space in the back for taping an SSD behind the motherboard. The hard drive cage could also face another direction but it was most likely done to help with air flow. Cable management is really easy as there are places behind the hard drive cage for you to stuff extra wires and zip-tie locations.

One other thing of note is the USB ports on top. I have mine under a desk, but if you place the computer in a dusty location, dust can settle in there.

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