My first build, focusing on air cooling rather than liquid cooling. During the Unigine Valley Benchmark, the CPU never got above 60F. It is a quiet build, although the Noctua barely fits in the case with my side mounted 230mm fan. The GPU was a bit of a bear to install (due to Cooler Master's interesting choice in GPU mounting locks in the back of the case) but everything ended up fitting in the end. I have a little cable managing to do, but otherwise I am pretty happy with my build setup.
I did a slight overclock with the CPU, bumping it up to 4.2Ghz. I am not touching the GPU yet in terms of overclocking (key word being yet). It seems to handle the games I currently have just fine at the moment, but times will change. I am also using my 32" LED TV as my monitor. It pushes 1080p at 60hz (sadly it is bottlenecked because of the HDMI cable) and is nothing fancy, but it gets the job done.
For those of you interested in a slight history lesson, Aeolus is not just a name I randomly came up with. Aeolus is the name of the God of Winds. In Greek mythology, the name Aeolus was given to three different gods whom all were considered, in some fashion, to be god of the winds. I have three 230mm fans (biggest that fit in my case) who I have representing all three gods; one intake in the front, one intake in the side, and one exhaust in the top. I also have one 140mm exhaust in the back, helping my PC to have positive pressure. The HAF 932 Advanced case is great for airflow, and I could not be happier with it so far.
If any of you have any suggestions for this first time PC builder, please let me know! I am always up for a new lesson.
-UPDATE- If you look at my review on my Rosewill Apollo keyboard, you can see it took a dump on me. I was forced to buy a new keyboard and opted for a Cherry (cherry mx brown keys) keyboard. It is a pretty plain jane keyboard, with no backlight or media keys, but for $80 I am decently happy with it.
-UPDATE- I built a smaller, sturdier desk (the old one was bowing under the weight of the tower) and purchased a 27" 1080p 144hz monitor. I also purchased Fallout 4 and am running two fairly decent ENBs, a true weather mod, and a 2k landscape graphic overhaul mod. At the highest settings, Fallout 4 runs 130-144 fps outdoors with clear weather and 90-110 fps outdoors with rain/fog/radiation storms. Indoors has no problem maintaining 144 fps even in intense firefights.
The fan LEDs are really bright and "true blue" when compared to other fans. I have one of these installed as my back exhaust, and it is extremely quiet. I am definitely happy with this product.
Really nice sized fans that were very easy to install (with 4 rubber studs). The studs do stick out a bit from the fan, but I can cut them if it really starts to bug me. The LED is not as bright as the Corsair 140mm fan I have installed, and it is more of a purple-blue shade rather than just blue. Otherwise, I am very happy with this product.
I loved the keyboard initially, but as time went on I had issues with it flickering. About every 30 seconds, the keyboard would reset and it would either register no keys as being pressed for about 3 seconds or one key being pressed for the entire 3 seconds. When gaming, the flicker would become more frequent to about once every 10 seconds.
It is a great looking keyboard, but this issue is too much for me to handle. I looked around on the web and saw plenty of other people with this same issue, with most models not lasting more than a few months. I suggest looking elsewhere for a keyboard.
The mouse is extremely ergonomic for my medium sized hand. I don't have to strain to reach any buttons and the layout seems to suit my play style very well. I am a fan of medium-heavy mice and was able to adjust the weight according to my preference via the weighted chevrons included in the packaging. The cable is pretty flexible and covered in a well-constructed braid. I definitely am happy with this product.