Edit: I bring bad news! I brought the CPU back to stock speeds so I could make some comparison graphs, when I tried to get it back up to 5.04GHz, it just wouldn't! 5.0GHz worked but with artifacts on some games. I've had to drop it to 4.8 to get rid of the artifacts. Goddamnit. If I wasn't so curious this would have never happened :(
So, after a whole year of waiting, I finally got round to the upgrade my main rig finally deserved! I say upgrade, when really it was more of a sidestep, but a sidestep I really should have taken a long time ago. I used to run a Q8300 an old Intel quad-core from 2008. I gained a small amount of multithreaded performance but a huge leap in single threaded performance. I gained about 20FPS increase in most of my games...not something you'd spend £230 I guess... However, what I wanted more than any performance was this gorgeous colour scheme! I went from a horrible beige, blue and yellow LGA775 board to this piece of beauty.
Anyway, enough about the colour scheme. I am running an incredible overclock of 5.04GHz at 1.275V, no idea how I managed that. Must have had a very well binned CPU, but my water cooler and motherboard must have helped. I can max out all of the games I play other than BF3.
Most of the parts were carried over. Only the ones listed with a price were bought, so this is more of an upgrade than a new build. As far as I can tell, though, it works and looks just as good as if it was a brand new build!
PS: Sorry for some of the bad photos. Some were taken with my iPad camera which is not particularly good.
Great little chip. It's not often you spend less on the processor than the case, and get this kind of performance. I'm running a stable 5.04GHz with it, just a 120mm radiator with a push/pull setup! Single core performance is through the roof!
Very surprised with this cooler. As it is the cheapest AIO on the block, I decided to try it out, wondering if water cooling would help me much. Well, it certainly did. I'm not getting more than 67c under 100% load with my CPU running 5.04GHz, all while the cooler is dead silent! Cooler Master included 8 fan mounts, so I could easily add a fan to make it a push/pull radiator. Love it!
I will put it bluntly. This is the most gorgeous motherboard I have ever worked with. All black with the perfect licks of white, enough to be noticed but certainly not overpowering. It's not a shoddy board as far as performance goes either, I've found. Considering I can do 5.04GHz with my Pentium on it, with the cheapest AIO water cooler on the market, it must be pretty decent!
It's RAM...what can I say? Looks great in white, matches my board well. I'm currently running it at 2133MHz, higher than it says on the box. Does the job just fine. First time I've ever had 8GB of RAM in my own system, so I feel a little spoilt.
Plenty fast, boots my Windows 10 Home in 11 seconds. Plenty of storage, 1TB is more than I'll ever need. Will remain my primary boot drive for a long time.
It's decent. It runs all the games I play at max settings, no sweat. Cooler is nice and quiet, good looking as well. Only complaint would be it's size, but that's more of a benefit than a disadvantage. It just looks a little silly in my system, being so short.
The last NZXT case I used (Source 210) was a bit of a disaster. Hard drives didn't fit properly, there were no SSD mounts, and mounting fans was a pain in the backside. This has been a breath of fresh air in comparison. Love the minimalist look and lack of optical drives, I felt spoilt for space inside this compact case. Power supply cover, hidden drive bays and plenty of cable hiding options is just a bonus. Window looks amazing with LED lighting. Was a steal for £47!
Just...meh. I got this PSU as a stopgap, and unfortunately the next one was never ordered. It does the job, just about. Cables are stiff and the "black sleeving" is mostly seethrough. Connectors don't fit very well. Voltage regulation is poor and it runs quite hot. A pretty box and well known company doesn't mean a high quality unit.