Hello! This is my first PC build ever (as you probably gathered), so I wanted it to be relatively good, with as low a price as possible. The reason it's called Mismatched is because there are no two parts from the same company in it, which wasn't planned, but it just ended up that way. I'm not very good at writing this kind of stuff, so I'm just going to keep it short and simple, with as little... words... as possible. edit The GPU arrived, and I was with it for a few days, so I put up temps and a few pictures. Thanks!
I don't really have a point of reference for speed other than an old craptop, but compared to that this thing is amazing. I got it to overclock to 4.5Ghz pretty easily, only bumping up the voltage to 1.275 to get it there. It could probably go farther, but that's a project for a later date.
I don't know if MSI Afterburner is reading the temps incorrectly, but if it isn't this cooler keeps the CPU unreasonably cool. 19 degrees is significantly cooler than anything I was expecting, so I'm more than happy.
It has some good features for the price, but I would't personally recommend it. The killer network thing caused me to have to do a fresh install of windows, and the BIOS is kind of messed up, when I'm in easy mode and go to hover over the boot order, everything freezes and i have to turn it off for it to work again. ctrl+alt+delete doesn't work either, but other than those two things it's alright. Some of the ports (SATA and such) would be nice if they were at a 90 degree angle, but i can deal with that.
It's RAM... nothing much to say about it besides the fact that it works. --EDIT-- It obviously doesn't noticeably affect performance, but i had to bring it down to 2133Mhz because I was getting an error in Overwatch that seemed to be caused by overclocked memory, but that isn't necessarily the memory's fault, so I'm not going to dock a star.
Coming from a slow laptop hard drive, this thing is like lightning. Boots windows in 10 seconds, and loads up programs almost as fast as I can click on them. I'm going to get a hard drive soon for mass storage, because it's rather small, even though the performance is great.
If I could give this thing more than 5 stars, I would. It's amazing, but coming from an iGPU I guess I don't have a really accurate baseline. I mainly play Overwatch, and I get 100-120 FPS at epic preset 1080p 140%. Even that only brings it up to about 60% usage, which just blows my mind. I haven't played much of any other game, but the few that I have have been awesome, so that's a plus. It physically looks sweet, and the cooler obviously performs awesome. So far I've only overclocked it +100Mhz on the core and +100 on the memory, and it automatically boosts to 2.1Ghz, so I'm not sure I have to push it farther right now, so maybe I'll wait. --EDIT-- after multiple days of testing, I got it to OC to +135 on the core, and +500 on the memory (it could go farther, but I don't see any point). Note- I put the power limit to 110% and voltage to 100% in MSI Afterburner, so if i didn't do that i probably wouldn't have gotten the OC that I did. Also, the software (Xtreme Gaming Engine I think is what it's called) sucks. The only time i used it was to change the LEDs, and try to use it to OC. It straight up didn't work, and froze every time I went into the settings menu. I just switched to Afterburner, and that seems to work fine, so I'll just use that from now on.
I can not recommend this case enough if you can deal with the rather high price tag. I removed the upper HDD and disk drive cages because I'm not going to use either of them. It has another HDD cage in the bottom PSU enclosure that I'm going to put the hard drive I get in. It was really easy to build in, and cable management was a breeze. My only complaint is that the velcro cable straps it has installed on the main channel aren't very strong, so be warned if you want to stuff a lot of cables in that one area.
This is probably more than I need due to the fact that I was originally going to get a GTX 970, but it allows for future upgrades so I'm happy with it. The semi-modular design is really convenient, and I like the black cables.