A few days ago I built my first PC (which was surprisingly easy) with the hope that I can finally get off the struggle of playing on a potato laptop which could hardly play CS:GO at 30fps. This is gonna be used for gaming, YouTube, some livestreaming every now and then and for my college work (which will be my computing coursework).
Although I found it easy overall, cabling was really difficult for me due to some small limitations with the case. When I installed the motherboard, I realised that there were no holes (or space at all, in fact) for any cables to go behind. I bascially spent a fair bit of time in that top left corner trying to route the fan connector (from the case) so that the airflow isn't affected as much. I did see a few reviews warning about the 4-pin CPU header and how fiddly it will be to plug it in - they weren't wrong. Other than that, however, the rest of the cabling was fairly straightforward. Fortunately there were tie-down points at the back so the twist ties worked really well there and I don't regret spending a lot more than planned to get a modular power supply.
Temperatures are fine, with the CPU running at an average of 40 degrees. Under load, it's around 55 on average although whilst playing CS:GO I was looking at 50-55, GTA V made it around 55 and when rendering with Vegas Pro 13 it reached 59 as the max (rendering at 1080p 60fps).
Now the big problem (and this is my biggest regret but I was on an extremely tight budget at the time) is that I don't have (nor did I buy) an aftermarket cooler. I've heard about the stock CPU cooler's noise when it's under heavy load but I didn't expect it to sound like NASA's next rocket taking off to Mars. That's probably gonna be my first upgrade, as well as a front fan becuase this case didn't come with one (you get what you pay for, I guess).
Reading back, it sounds like I'm extremely unhappy with this PC, but honestly I'm really happy due to the performance of it. I saved around £40 on the graphics card at the time of typing because it's £200 at the moment as well so there's a plus.
I'll post some benchmarks later on (if I remember to) once I've sorted out a few more games. By the way, a shameless plug: www.youtube.com/InfernoTacticsHD
Benchmarks (Default clock):
GTA V (Very high w/V-Sync due to screen tearing) Min = 45, Avg = 56, Max = 59
CS:GO (More or less max settings in competitive mode so there's 10 people max) Min = 90, Avg = around 130, Max = 200+
The Witcher 3 (Medium-High) Avg = 40
From here I overclocked my GPU so the clock is up from 1228Mhz to 1328Mhz and the memory from 1753Mhz to 1853Mhz and noticed some major improvements. The max temperature rose by around 10 degrees but I've read that 70 is fine considering I was using the Valley Benchmark. When I tried going higher, the benchmark crashed, so I lowered it, however I started getting graphical glitches so I lowered the memory clock even further (was originally 1953Mhz) and the glitches more or less went.
The Witcher 3 (Medium-High) Min = 35-37, Avg = 56, Max = 60
CS:GO (Same settings in a community deathmatch server with up to 24 people) Min = 72, Avg = 108, Max = 169
GTA V (Same settings) Didn't really change due to me playing close to 60fps in the first place.
Haven't overclocked it yet (need an aftermarket cooler) but even at default speeds this thing is amazing. You can render a 1080p 60fps video whilst watching a 1080p 60fps video on YouTube whilst creating a thumbnail for your video on Photoshop fairly comfortably.
Sort of good for it's price, however most have said that you can't OC the CPU and there's no built in WiFi card. I was able to overclock my GTX 960 a bit which is stable. Other than that, it's a motherboard.
Nice design, nice speeds, good for budget builds.
I bought this £40 less than standard price (special deal) and it's amazing. Nails every game I throw at it at a good fps. I was originally getting around 40-45fps on The Witcher 3 and after I overclocked it a bit, I was getting 55-60fps (using Nvidia's optimal settings, which look medium-high to me).
Good for it's price. The main struggles I had was the cabling (no holes above the motherboard) and there was no room above the motherboard so installing the 4-pin CPU connector was a pain. Also no front fans so you'll need to buy 1 or 2. However, managing the cabling at the back was made a lot easier with the tie-down points for zip ties or twist ties.
Brilliant PSU, high quality cables (a bit thick but as a first builder, I'm assuming they're supposed to be like that). Definitely recommend opting for a modular PSU for any build unless you're on an extreme budget.
It's a DVD/CD writer