I've been following the PC scene for a while, but while this might not be the best build ever, it certainly made a new impression on me.
Long story short, I needed something new after living the lie that was OS X. Only a couple months ago, I had to work with the pain that were our family Late 2009 iMac and 2012 Macbook Pro. Currently, the 2009 iMac is virtually unusable, (And I mean, like 2 minute long load times when logging in) and the Macbook is much better, but not by much. WoT can only run at a usable framerate at the standard renderer, and turning on AA instantly halves the framerate. So, after the green light for a venture into PC building, I started outsourcing my first ever build. I started with a February build guide, but turned out replacing everything but the GPU. I took the back half of my Spring break to build everything, and after some pretty long nights, I held beauty and outspoken proud from my relatives. It turned out to be as awesome as I thought it would be.
Before I start, I have to say I'm definitely impressed with the CPU temps. Even after several hours on Aida64, the CPU still runs solid on the stock cooler. I'd definitely want to take it further, but I have no idea where to take the voltage at. The GPU although is another question. As others have pointed out, it only runs at a maximum of 62 C. This isn't helped though by the fact that the stock fan support is completely screwed. Without any manual fan curve, the GPU fan runs at only 10% . This meant that I had to make a completely new fan curve with PrecisionX 16, but that also introduced me to GPU overclocking. It didn't help though that PrecisionX completely breaks when I close it. That really broke me when it came to several hours of not knowing what's screwing performance, so I don't think I'll be buying EVGA products in the future. Oh yeah, I also used a USB 3.0 WiFi adapter because the PCi card slot was blocked by the GPU. Really loving the adapter though, it's maxing out the 70 Mbps WiFi we have. So what's the actual performance. I turned out I didn't really have the budget for some new Steam games, so I only have some demo Fire Strike scores. And that turned to be all I have, so I hope I can get some feedback on this build. I'll definitely be excited when I get some new games from the summer Steam sale!
While the CPU doesn't perform the best, the stock cooler can definetly overclock to the turbo 4.1 Ghz speed.
Amazing HDD, definetly would get for the amazing value it is.
The GPU definetly delivers, but EVGA software is a pain. The 60 C bottleneck hurts, and my fan would run at 10% without a manual fan curve.
The case works, but the lack of any cable management space or manual definitely hurt me as a first time builder. Make sure you do your research on this case and buy a modular PSU if you plan to get this case. Would also recommend replacing the intake fan.
Wireless Network Adapter
Amazing WiFi adapter. My PCi slot was blocked by my GPU, so I had to go with a USB WiFi adapter. Works perfectly with 70 Mbps WiFi.