Because of an awesome friend, I was finally able to build a sharp-looking PC for a reasonable price. The CPU, SSD, and GPU are marked as $0 since they were the gifted items.
This is a gaming rig that is mostly used for browsing the Internet since free time to game is hard to come by. In the times that I can play, this rig will comfortably crank out 60+ FPS in most instances. A healthy over clock on the GPU is applied with NZXT's CAM software.
The part I was most excited to implement was the Kraken X41 applied to the GTX 980 using the Kraken G12. If you want lower temps on your GPU but don't want to break the bank with a custom loop, this is the way to go. Air cooled, the GPU would hover the lower 80's Celsius under stress. Now, it's hard to get it above 55 degrees.
I'm looking forward to upgrading the CPU and GPU in the future and when I can. I'll possibly add an M.2 drive as my boot drive if I feel like blowing the extra cash, too.
Due to request (Avg prices calculated on 10/1/2017):
- Price of PC with gift price = $611.29
- Avg Price of Intel Core i5-6500 = $202.31
- Avg Price of SanDisk SSD PLUS = $151.79
- Avg Price of EVGA GeForce GTX 980 = $536.98
- Estimated Total of PC Excluding Gifts = $1502.37
I feel that this is a wonderful entry-to-mid-level CPU to any gaming rig. Simple, every day tasks are a breeze. Gaming yields respectable FPS when combined with a GTX 980. Temps never become unreasonable as long as you don't mess up the cooler installation somehow.
I purchased mine as a refurbished unit. Even so, this cooler performs admirably. Right now I have it fixed to my GTX 980 by using the Kraken G12, and it's difficult to reach core temps above 55 degrees Celsius. Included fan is reasonably quiet, too.
A sharp-looking cooler that out-performs other coolers in it's weight class. Keeps temps low at a very low profile.
It's no Samsung, but it still beats a HDD by miles.
I got mine quite a bit late to the game (The 10-series was already about 3 months old by the time I got this card), but it still plays modern titles on high settings at a healthy 60 FPS on average. Over clocking is sort of necessary, though.
Cranks watts and stays quiet. No complaints there. My only complaint with the product overall is that the flat peripheral cables aren't particularly attractive.
If you want your GPU 20-30 degrees cooler while under stress, combining this product with a compatible CLC is the way to go. I combined mine with the Kraken X41, and I couldn't be happier with the results.