After 8 years of using a PC with Intel E8400 CPU, Geforce 9800 GTX and 4 GB of DDR2 800 Mhz RAM I figured it was about time for an update.
I was still constrained greatly by budget, so this entire build was a constant balancing act of getting good as possible hardware for the cheapest price. That proved to be a real experience with the entire Geforce Pascal pricing shenanigans at release(I live in Europe as well...). I was actually about to order a Geforce 1060, but then I saw the deal on that Palit 1070 Dual, which appeared in stock half a day later.
As you can see from the first picture, I actually got the CPU and GPU in bulk packaging (yay savings!). Both goods arrived undamaged and I would've ended up throwing the packages out afterwards anyway, so I'm quite happy over that.
One of my focuses for this was also to get the PC to run as silent as possible. After 8 years of sharing a room with a jet engine, suffice to say I was pretty fed up with it. This build turned out great in that regard! The PC is inaudible, even under load. I'm still in the midst of getting used to opening the door to my room and being met with silence, instead of a loud "WHHHRRRRRR" blasted to my face.
The build itself was quite easy to assemble. Despite some blunders like forgetting to remove the sticker from CPU cooler, which I generously documented above on picture, or first trying to boot up having forgotten to connect the 8-pin ATX 12V rail. That one was fun to figure out, took me a while.
Also encountered 2 surprises. The fan control splitter that came with the MOBO was actually limited to 3pin, so that means one of the front intakes is currently just Christmas decoration until I can get a 4 pin splitter.
Second hurdle was 2.5" HDD mounting. The rubber dampeners were only fit for a 3.5" mounting. It seems it doesn't support a 2.5" HDD? At least I'm reluctant to mount it on metal without any vibration dampeners, so I've relegated that to be solved later.
The HDD is also the reason there's no pictures of cable management; they're mostly a mess since I didn't want to do it before knowing how the SATA cables will run later. Also, accidentally deleted picture of case after refitted with side plates, but really, it looks like any other Define Nano S with them on :p
Haven't OC-ed the CPU yet, but did some GPU tweaking. I didn't touch the voltage/power. Here's a picture of results: https://i.imgur.com/Vb0wJv8.png
The GPU has a bit too high temperature out of the box for my liking. It goes up to 80C on base clock under load. I'm going to chalk this up to it being so close to the PSU, so one of the fans is probably operating at reduced efficiency.