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Gisela, Blade of Goldnight

by TappyPC



Date Published

Sept. 3, 2018

Date Built

Aug. 31, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.708 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz


This was my treat to myself after finishing Navy bootcamp. I reused the GTX 1080 from my old rig and built a new computer around it. Runs all games at max settings; couldn't be happier with the results and the look. I'm a firm believer in "simple lighting; let the parts speak for themselves", hence the white case and white leds. The only thing I'll change is I have a Corsair H100i V2 in my old rig that I will move to Gisela.

P.S.- Yes, all my computers are named after Magic the Gathering characters. I mean, even my son's name is Jace.

Part Reviews


It's Intel. The temps are higher than AMD. Knowing that, it's reliable under load, just cool responsibly.

CPU Cooler

Bought this a temporary place holder until I moved over my AIO from an old rig. Works well enough where I might not have to.


Crazy easy BIOS. Recognized my flash drive had the operating system and did all the work for me. Looking forward to overclocking. Would definitely recommend.


It's RAM. Click it in, PC posts, all thumbs up. What more can you say about RAM?


I thought all SSD's were the same, but there's a noticeable difference in boot times compared to my other rig's Sandisk Ultra. It's not alot, but it's definitely there.


I've used a WD Black in every computer I've ever made. Will continue to do so until someone makes a more reliable HDD, but that'll be really hard.

Video Card

Reliable frames on all my games at max settings and solid temps. EVGA is the brand for me.


Not a hard case to work in, but the holes were just a little too far for some of my cables so I had to get creative with my cable management. The fan controller for the leds in the fans had an extra cable for a ground that I had to leave unplugged to get the controller to work so that was weird, but its really nice having a remote controlled led switch included so it's worth the fiddling with. Other than that, beautiful case, clear and heavy glass panels, and all metal frame. Would recommend this case.


Got this monitor open box at Best Buy. It was a steal at $250, but it's worth the MSRP.

Comments Sorted by:

JAH123 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Looks beautiful, particularly with the white LEDs! I'm just curious about why you routed the ATX and GPU power cables where you did. Wouldn't it have been neater to run them through the grommets near the mobo?

TappyPC submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Yes, I agree, but the Bitfenix cables I used was literally an inch short if I routed it through the grommets or the reservoir riser. I didn't believe it. But I'll get a short extension for it soon and route it through that top grommet on the right.

JAH123 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

That makes sense! It will look even better then ;)

NewVoid 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago


timmys2010 2 points 7 months ago

Very nice love the white

savantfool 3 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Very clean build. Route the 24 pin under that Case braket to hide it better.

HydraHunter77 2 points 7 months ago

Love the build!

Also, by the name of the build, I'm guessing that you play Magic the Gathering?



jubarah 1 point 7 months ago

guys please someone answer me.. im new to pc community and i have many questions but ill go with this one. i want a pc for games and collage work. also browsing and other stuff like movies and so on. is the i5 with gtx 1080 a good choice. thank you so much!

TappyPC submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

The new I7 is overkill for gaming in my opinion. That's why I went for the i5-8600k. The 1080 is on the higher side of gaming GPUs so depending on what you do, you might not need that much and could save money getting an RX 580 or equivalent. Anymore questions, let me know.

jubarah 1 point 7 months ago

thank you for answering dude. i know everything you said is clear but as a new guy with this community im afraid and i do not know what to do. plus i have money to get a great pc for one time. i just dont want to risk it. what do you think as a collage student, would you get this one if you were ?

TappyPC submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

As a college student, I went for a more budget focused build. Its actually my other build I posted. It really depends on what you wanna get out of it and how much you're willing to put into it in the beginning. What would you use it for primarily?

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jubarah 1 point 7 months ago

plus is gonna last for like at least two years ? or am i going to have to upgrade soon ??

TappyPC submitter 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

As an example, this rig is pretty future proof and the only reason I'd need to upgrade is if the bleeding edge of technology comes out and I have to have it. Other than that, this rig can handle any modern game on maxed out graphics and any new game that needs even higher requirements, I can just lower the settings, but I foresee this rig not needing to be upgraded anytime soon.

CraftySamurai 1 point 4 months ago

how do you like the monitor