Started up fast the first time. No smoke, no clicking, no problems... Well, other than the fact that I could not enter the BIOS because it started up too damn fast! I have been in the BIOS twice with over 50 restarts.
My only complaint is that the Zalman fan is loud at full speed. However, it IS moving a lot of air! I could not adjust the fan speed in the BIOS (yes, the fan was connected to the CPU fan pins on the MOBO). However, the fan came with its own potentiometer to adjust the RPM's manually. I ran it to the outside rear of the case for easy access.
I would highly recommend an SSD hard drive for the operating system and other programs for a first build or an upgrade. It is EXTREMELY fast at saving programs or files and booting up the computer. I have full functionality of windows 7 professional 64 bit in 15 seconds from the time I push the 1/O button.
This computer is for some gaming ,3D graphics rendering of modeling software (SolidWorks, ProE, etc.), personal home use, ...And because I can.
Completed a stress test using Prime95. Updated the temps and added a screen shot of the temps during the test.