|Idle temps (my office stays about 78 F)|
I'm using WoW to burn in the CPU and GPU, and so far I am very pleased with what I've seen. The GPU temps seem to steady out around 63C, while the motherboard and CPU temps stay in the mid- to upper-40s. Given how much stuff is crammed in that case, I am not disappointed with these temps. I may try to increase the top fan speed, seeing as it currently stays at 1900rpm. The "CPU fan" is actually the watercooling pump, which I set to receive full voltage.
WoW performs well and the system is running even better than before. I used Arctic Silver 5 for the CPU, and that seems to be worth the small investment. Also, for inquiring minds, I used the line method as recommended by Arctic.
|Line method for thermal paste|
Now, for WoW-related updates:
I began exploring dailies, as well as the Pandaren questline, in an effort to raise my item level beyond 463. I am happy to report that I had success. I got revered with Klaxxi and Tillers, which allowed me to get a decent neck using valor. I ran a handful of 5-man random heroics, and got my average item level to about 455. A guildie, out of the goodness of his own heart, crafted me two ilvl 483 cloth pieces, which I am particularly grateful for. The Pandaren questline that begins at the top of Mogu Palace yielded a decent epic pair of shoes. I bought a decent epic offhand from the AH for 1000 gold, which is relatively cheap. And all that allowed me to queue for raids. I now have a composite item level of 472, which qualifies me for the 460 and 470 LFR instances.
I successfully completed my first LFR yesterday. I don't even know which one it was...there was a mantid that had a challenging tornado alley dynamic. I got 2 sets of boots and a new helm! I also got my first ingot, so I am on my way to completing the legendary quest that gives me a legendary gem.
I got exalted with Tillers, and now I am taking jobs to raise rep with others. Hopefully this is worth the time. The most time-consuming thing I'm doing on my priest right now is Sunreaver dailies on the Isle of Thunder. These take a while, although the gear rewards are pretty good.
I think the big ticket is going to be LFR, "looking for raid," since the gear in those instances is almost 500 item level. I still need to research the items that allow me to roll for extra gear on bosses. I like the instant queue quality of a healer, but I am not thrilled with the inadequate grinding power of a shadow priest during dailies.