Let me introduce yourselves to the Red Ghost.
I have been collecting parts already owned, new and second hand since the start of 2015 with the ambition of having a reliable, budget, gaming computer for the last two installments of Call of Duty, particularly Ghosts. I can not wait to see how it does with future versions.
I initially started with a Phenom II x4 965 and ASUS M5A88-V EVO board, which I picked up second hand. However, I could not get this board to push the CPU beyond 3.7 GHz. Therefore, after some wheeler dealing I managed to sell both board and CPU for ~65% the cost of my new gigabyte board and FX CPU. I have been a pure ASUS / AMD fan for 10 years, therefore it was with some trepidation that I switched to Gigabyte. However, the features on this board are fantastic 8+2 phase, new UEFI bios makes overclocking pain free. I know I can push the CPU further however with the evo 212 air cooler I have come to a happy place at 4.3GHz.
The case was a real unplanned purchase, I just saw it and was smitten, and since then I have taken the black / red theme through. The case was also straightforward to build in and has great cable management. Though it is a tight squeeze with the wires between the right panel and rear of motherboard panel due to the sound proofing.
I purchased the two Cooler Master JetFlo 120mm fans to add to the theme and get as much airflow through my Evo as possible in a push pull configuration. I witnessed, though I didn`t perform repeat testing, that these reduced temps from the single Cooler Master stock pull fan by 4C under load using Prime.
I also performed a little O.C on my HD 7850, and found it stable at 1075 and 1300 with no display glitches running games and Heaven 4.0.
Other comments, the sound from the Genius 2.1 speakers is outstanding, and can be run low with good clarity so as not disturbing the household during quiet hours. I use the transcend ssd for operating system, ocz ssd for games and 500GB hdd for media.
Over all I am satisfied with the set up, and leave it to the experience of this community to offer thoughts, feelings etc
PassMark = 3458
CPU 4.3 GHz temps max 59C under load using Prime
GPU 1075MHz / 1300 MHz max 69C under load using Heaven 4.0
Temp monitoring with HWMonitor