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Buff Baby
by Awed123
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Description

This is my first ever build so any help would be welcome

I'd like to thank everyone on pcpartpicker for their great comments and willingness to help. I've never posted any comments myself, but I've learned a huge amount about pc building from this site alone. So once again Thank You!

This will be mostly light gaming, web browsing build. I bought most of these parts on Black Friday and I think I had okay part choice. I did what I could with the cable management and not all of the fans are installed yet I forgot to order a molex to 3 pin fan connector but when I do it I intend to bring air in from the front and back and pull air out of the two fans on the side of the case my only question is would this work? I any one wants any certain pics just say so in the comments and I'll see what I can do

Components

Cpu: it works and for the price I can't complain. it's 8 core at 3.5 ghz and I've got to no intention to overclock but Ido intend to get an aftermarket cooler but it can wait

Motherboard: as basic as it gets, okay bios and effective. I'm not doing anything fancy so it works

Memory: 8gb and okay I know I should've gotten two sticks instead of one, but it was a good deal so I'm not complaining

Storage: Two old hard drive a couple friends loaned me they weren't using and said I could keep. I do intend to upgrade but why spend money when you don't have to

GPU: It's pretty standard and should be able to handle everything I want at 1080p

Case: It's basic with support for 4 fans and does what it intendended to, but the case has NO cable management so I did what I could to make it neat

PSU: Should have gone fully modular...but who cares it works. My only problem with it was the way the sata power cables where faced so I was forced to flip the cable adding to the clutter.

I'll try to post regular updates

Part List
Details
AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.05Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate4.8GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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RyneSmith [7 Builds] 5 points 9 months ago

Awesome price! +1 my friend

 
 
Awed123 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks :)

 
 
nerdymosh [2 Builds] 4 points 9 months ago

Budgeting Gaming at it's finest +1

 
 
Awed123 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks :) so how's the cable management for a noob?

 
 
nerdymosh [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Kind of a mess but if you can try routing them through the other side of the case that does wonders

 
 
Awed123 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

Thanks I'll give it a try

 
 
nerdymosh [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

No Problem!

 
 
Vainslay [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

Don't feel bad about your 8320, I heard it overclocks about the same as the 8350 for 30 bucks less (if you interested in oc-ing later that is)

 
 
Awed123 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

I may do a basic overclock at some point but right now I'm good, but thanks :)

 
 
Eatin_Sundip 2 points 7 months ago

If you have Overclocked, I have a question. I want this board but I heard you cannot OC on it past the turbo core. Is this true?

 
 
Awed123 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

honestly I haven't overclocked past turbo yet but I think that you should be able to overclock past turbo but it's definitely not the best motherboard for doing so and you've gotta have a good cpu cooler no matter what because the motherboard doesn't have many heatsinks on it. otherwise you'll be fine, but if you're serious about doing this I'd say you really need a better motherboard

 
 
Primusmulti [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

I love the 8320 and the 7870 :) AMD all the way , +1

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bigpete08 1 point 9 months ago

hey where did you connect the usb 3.0 at??? please comment asap, i am working with the same mobo and i can not find where the usb 3.0 goes, and i looked at the manual . The usb 3.0 from case to mobo

 
 
Awed123 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

sadly doesn't have an onboard USB 3.0 header it's one of the reasons it's so cheap

 
 
bigpete08 1 point 8 months ago

yeah i realized that :'( but i still like the mobo a lot. My power has cut a couple of times and the surge feature on the mobo has safe me a couple of times. Also all the usbs it offer more than suffices for my needs. All i need is an two more adapters. (1) For the usb 3.0 header and (2) for the second fan on my case that is not connected due to lack of fan connectors.

 
 
timwcam 1 point 7 months ago

I was wondering about this too. I have an older power supply antec earth 500w, and i wanted to update my older sonata III the usb 2.0 version. Seems like its more trouble, and should've just bought a new case and power supply! but i already have a fractal design r4 and wanted a smaller something..researched cases for days, besides the point, wasn't that impressed with the whole lot. mini itx- matx- full atx.

I am kind of disappointed in this mobo, but like you said not many options going the AM3 route and i have a full atx asus in my r4. The fans, i didn't think would be a problem, coming from a guy who never upgraded any fan or cpu cooler (until recently).

First, no ethernet driver on fresh windows installation - just annoying using the slow usb wireless until i can find the driver.

Not sure about the usb 3.0 power supply connection? i saw this on my full atx asus mobo - with a usb 3.0 power and my seasonic 750w had that power connection? im guessing my old antec 500w crap was too old...so no usb 3.0? buy an adapter? new power supply? i was thinking about upgrading it anyway, and then why not a new case? the stoc antec case fan is "controlled" and molex connection..very nice! these new fans are the 3 pin whatevers (noctua)...1 cpu fan connection... on mobo. i used the provided y splitter...and i get the beep error cpu on bootup..but it still lets me through...not sure i should be continuing, maybe the voltage is split? would've been nice if they included a molex adapter..i see they are like $5 on amazon or newegg...but...buy a new psu? return mobo to microcenter? go full atx with more options? New case? or just one $5 adapter and call it a day? as you can see im quite perplexed and kind of a noob, but know enough and can read and figure things out! :)

I'd be happy for any suggestions.

THanks

 
 
bigpete08 1 point 7 months ago

Your comment is too much for me to handle and anyways I am new to building PCs. So many questions haha

 
 
timwcam 1 point 7 months ago

sorry.

Just trying to find a work around the one 3 pin cpu fan thing. I'm going to try lowering fan speed in the BIOS < 300RPM. see if that gets rid of the cpu fan error. Ive read just unplog the cpu fan connection and mobo controls the fan? sounds like BS, but i will try it. otherwise buy the $5 adapter so i can just run a fan to my old power supply molex 4 pin...the original case fan was powered off the psu but its old and loud. might have to put it back in for now :/

 
 
timwcam 1 point 7 months ago
  1. lowering fan speed in BIOS - fail, still get beep with noctua y splitter.

1.5 disabled quiet fan or whatever its called, also read that, but still was getting the error.

  1. unplug fan - don't think i tried, don't think it would work, at all. when considering this option- i look to the left of the stock cpu cooler and lo and behold - the chassis fan - 3 pins. I know i looked the mobo over, but must have missed it! and why haven't i heard this mentioned more in comments. i read about the only one cpu fan header, but never the chassis fan pins!!!

  2. Plugged the cpu fan back in its proper place...

  3. my case fan was oriented weird so i used the quiet noctua extension (basically a voltage restricter?) and plugged into chassis fan pin slot thing, leaving one slot out - 3 pins..and with the 4 slot connector. But fired right up. checked my bios, i think cpu fan was like 2000+ RPM. and the chassis fan was ~1200 RPM. which looked like it made sense. with the y splitter they were N/A.

But yea, must have overlooked it all! SO is the chassis fan literally for the case (chassis) fan? just seemed odd, or maybe cause I was looking at a larger asus atx mobo footprint beforehand.

  1. USB 3.0 works fine, just needed to update the BIOS i think, and then ethernet, everything clicked..

  2. So basically liking this mobo! and it was definitely an Ah ha moment when i saw those three little pogo pins ( i think you can call them that).

  3. Need to upgrade my stock 8320 cpu cooler...i always used stock..and after i replaced one...i don't think i can ever go back to stock..

  4. thanks

 
 
timwcam 1 point 7 months ago

also, don't know if i like the voltage restriction on my ONE case fan...there is a weird option to mount a fan behind the HDD cage but its an odd placement and i would have the same problem or maybe just use that y splitter - always a work around! But considering i only have the one exhaust...i kind of want it faster speed, drawing more air out - i like quiet, but these new fans are slick, considering what i've been used to.

I really should just get a new case..haha! with 2.5" compatible drive bays...antiquated almost 4.5 years old. But still feels stronger than ones i've looked at at microcenter recently. Maybe i could mod the side or something...but for now..i am happy :)

 
 
timwcam 1 point 7 months ago

oh i see you did have your case fan plugged into the chassis connector..i must be blind! that is a good pic..none of the other build pics i looked at were that defined, so thank you!

sounds like you have lots of fans..i was having trouble with just the one! haha..but an older case.

 
 
Matryoshka [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Since you are not currently using an optical drive, you can route those cables through the slots in the bay (if you look closely on the inside) and leave the rest of the length in the bay itself.

Take a look at my build pics to get an idea.

 
 
Awed123 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks I'll give it a shot

 
 
Nvisible 1 point 9 months ago

wow, this is a surprisingly good build for the price! nice job friend!

 
 
Awed123 [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks

 
 
JaggerPT 1 point 8 months ago

If it isn't too inconvinient to you, can you measure the distance between the side grills to the back of the case. I want to know because I want to know if I can install a h80i in a pysh-pull configuration as well as two fans on the side grills....