My wife and I adore this machine. It is quiet and powerful. The Fractal Define R4 case is extremely good looking.
It can do Tomb Raider on ultra, Bioshock Infinite on ultra, WoW on ultra, all at 60fps or just below 60fps. The amount of heat and sound produced is low for the awesome graphics it pumps out (probably because we are using the less-hot i5 and the XFX 7850 which only requires one 6-pin adapter). We performed a minor overclock on the 7850 in CCC which afforded us a few extra FPS in 3DMark benchmarks.
The Cooler Master 212 Evo keeps the CPU under 50C using 1200 RPMs and is inaudible compared to the case and GPU fans. We have air coming in the front and out the back with the CPU fan as part of that track. Even during stress tests, there's only a slight breeze of warm air coming out of the back. Is this the best way to handle airflow? It seems to be working.
16GB of G.Skill memory is automatically detected by and overclocked by our ASRock Extreme4 motherboard using an XMP profile. No config required at all. Windows still reports the memory as 667MHz (1333MHz). Perform well in memtests. We used the ASRock Xfast utility to create a 4GB RAM disk for the Windows swap file and temporary files so that our SSD is left alone as much as possible. Pretty sweet bonus for having excess RAM.
The idea with this machine is to buy a really awesome graphics card in a couple years to give the machine extended life. Will aim to spend $350 at the end of 2014. Can our 620W PSU handle what's coming down the pipeline in the realm of graphics cards?
Any comments on how we could have made this better or how we can upgrade it? Will overclocking the CPU increase game performance?