Hi guys, first ever build here!
In a nutshell... The goal of this build was to create a gaming PC that strikes a balance between being both affordable and future-proof. It will mainly be used to play World of Warcraft and League of Legends.
I did not have anything to start off with, so had to get absolutely everything brand-new. This site was hugely helpful in selecting compatible components! Computer part prices in Australia are okay, but not the best. However, I did manage to get most things for 10-15% off RRP. Bringing the total cost down to $1,544.07 AUD, which equates to just over $1,200 USD.
Have not played around with over-clocking as of yet, but have stress tested the PC at stock settings. In an ambient room temperature of ~24c, the CPU idles at ~34c. Under full load, using Prime 95 (v26.6) the CPU reaches ~64c. The CPU fan curve was set at the default 'standard' setting. As for the GPU, under full load it reaches ~67c with the GPU fan usage maxing out at around 67%. Don't think I've heard the whole PC make an audible noise even once - quiet as a mouse :)
Overall, it does what it was intended to do very well indeed. Holds 144fps in WoW on most occasions, at 1080p ultra settings. And obviously blows League of Legends out of the park. The GPU appears to be bottle-necking the CPU for now, so that'd probably be the first upgrade needed in a few years if I become interested in a new game that is more graphically demanding.
To conclude... The build went quite smooth, and I am stoked with the end result. She fires up within seconds, and the i3 8350k is lightning fast, even at stock. Never thought I'd see the day where an i3 could be associated with high performance.