So this was my first build. I had been gaming on an Asus laptop which honestly had some pretty good specs for a laptop (i7 processor, 8gb Ram, gtx 950). However, it definitely wasn't ideal to game on and I just couldn't stand getting 30fps on the lowest settings for PubG. So this build was primarily made for gaming, and a little productivity(doubtful). I wasn't looking to go overboard with price, but I also wanted something that would kick some *** with AAA games at medium-high settings 60+ FPS. I started this build on a Friday night and officially finished it Sunday. It was an insanely rewarding process when I managed to get it to startup first try late Friday night, however that is after 6 hours of cussing out a stock CPU fan that wouldn't go on...
Issues I ran into as a first time builder: 1. Well as I mentioned for whatever reason i struggled with the stock CPU fan. I ended up smearing the thermal paste on the CPU after taking it off and putting it back on a number of times until i realized i wasn't applying enough pressure on the screws themselves to actually get them into the mobo. (take it easy on me i was nervous and didn't want to damage anything so i was being gentle XD). 2. After everything was up and running i ran into issues with the case fans. i couldn't figure out how the heck to get them to run. i had a molex cable and i had no idea what to do with it. don't worry i finally figured it out. 3. I think i went overboard with the mobo because i didn't need such a beefy thing. i got it primarily for the wifi, which for whatever reason didn't work very well so i got that PCI express bracket and that thing worked like a charm. Only thing i'm happy with about this Mobo is the potential for upgrades in the future (more RAM).
Temps: CPU: 32-38C idle CPU: 43-45C under load GPU: 45C idle GPU: 60-64Cunder load
All things considered having only a stock CPU cooler and the case fans, i'd like to think this thing runs pretty cool under load. Can anyone give me advice on how to potentially lower the temps of the GPU? Should i get some more case fans? I wanna OC it for sure, but not if it's running a little hot already.
Note: I also want to thank the PCPP community for all that you guys have done. I've always wanted to build my own rig and never had the guts to do so because I didn't know how. This website and this community not only boosted my confidence, but has continuously taught me so much about PC's and I still have so much more to learn. Thank you all for your help and advice. I love constructive criticism and advice so please feel free to shoot any my way. Thank you again!