1st time build, wanted general gaming nothing amazing and price limit £700
OS- Windows 7 OEM
CPU- never gonna overclock so chose non k and used stock cooler and pre-applied paste
Mobo- Again not gonna overclock , had right number of sata for my needs and cheap
GPU- mainly on cost and saw Amazon deal and went for it
PSU- wanted at least semi modular as never done cable management and its a small case to fit in (pic shows damaged unit that arrived but CCL were great and 1 hour after getting RMT the courier was at door)
Memory- wanted branded and thaught the low profile might help
Storage- already had the 500gb HD but wanted and SSD for quick start the limited games i actually put on system
Case- small is really nice
All went quite smooth once I knew where to put the connections and ignoring the damaged PSU. Only problem as you would imagine is cable management, sooo many ties used but it seems to run ok
Tested unit with PRIME95, 10 mins and it got to task 16 with CPU temp of 61c at max. GPU tested for 10 mins with FURMARK and temp of GPU stable at 81c (I think those temps are ok). 3dmark 11 (free) if anyone uses that cloud =16299, Fire Storm = 5358, Ice = 149758
A few things I had to look up and change in BIOS, the memory was showing as 1333mhz so forced it to 1600mhz but main bios page still describes 2 x 1333mhz although has it running at 1600mhz, had to set boot priority and mess around a bit for comp to show 2nd hdd. Never really touched BIOS before so thats all I changed.
Any thaughts welcome
2 weeks in and have amended temps as during relatively non intensive sessions CPU temp now goes up to 68 (I think I read somewhere when using stock cooler to allow 200hrs of use for pre pasted thermal grease to settle in so am not overly concerned of this temp rise over time)
Have also been back in, added the 2nd stock case fan (80mm), removed the dvd drive as now OS on I can't see me using it and if I need one I have an external drive I can use. This now frees up a drive space so I can stuff cables out of the way a little more. Finaly have turned PSU upside down so that it is pulling clean air in and then out exhaust at rear as per case instructions for air cooled systems. Not much difference to be honest maybe 1 or 2 degrees cooler.