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From Console to PC and first gaming build.
by Armingsword
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Ran into a bit of a problem with the cpu fans, case, and ram. So I ended up moving the one that is supposed to go in the front to the back near the exhaust fan. So make sure you check your dimensions on case, and ram before you purchase this cpu cooler. Other than that everything turned out fine. Every game I play runs smooth. BF3 on ultra runs real nice. Since that is what I mostly played on console.

The reason I went with this expensive motherboard was for the future. I will most likely SLI/Crossfire in the future and also upgrade CPU for that I will need a lot of fans, and this motherboard has a lot of places to plug in fans too. Also I was able to move my graphics card to the top slot so I will definitely be able to SLI/Crossfire in the future plus when I decide to do that I will most likely buy a closed loop water cooler.

AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.0GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle34.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load55.0° C
MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.10Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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skemble [19 Builds] 3 points 17 months ago

You may want to move the GPU to the top slot. It may be running at full speeds, but just to be safe..

Armingsword [Submitter] [1 Build] 0 points 17 months ago

I didn't want to do that because it might be touching the heatsink but I'll try it out.

skemble [19 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Try running GPU-Z to see if it's at x16 3.0.

Liam81 1 point 17 months ago

I went to Newegg and took a look at the back side of the board and it appears the top slot and the third slot are set up the same. I am looking at that correctly..... Right.

skemble [19 Builds] 3 points 17 months ago

It's probably fine then. On higher end boards you don't need to put the GPU in the top slot when all the PCI lanes are running at full speed. You'd need to worry if you were on a lower end board or you were running crossfire/sli.

voxelnoose [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Its fine where it is, slot 1 and 3 are both wired for 16x

sketch24 [6 Builds] 3 points 17 months ago

There's kind of no point getting a nice motherboard if you can't use SLI or crossfire because of the HUGE cooler you installed. And then if there's no point in getting the more expensive motherboard, you could have gotten an fx-8350 or upgraded to an intel haswell build for the same price and you would get better performance for the money spent.

SrgtMacfly [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

great PSU choice!

Bladedrummer [4 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Nice build!

mark5892 [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Nice build, if you can i would remove the middle hard drive cage for more airflow if it is empty

Armingsword [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Alright will do thanks for the tip!

AH__Banana [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Why spend so much on a MotherBoard and not get an 8350?

ravagex 1 point 17 months ago

He can oc the 8320 to a 8350

AH__Banana [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

You can OC the 8350 even higher.

Overclocking wasn't the point, I was questioning the price allocation of the build.

SEWComputers [4 Builds] 3 points 17 months ago

Even though you can OC the 8350 higher, it may not necessarily be worth it. The good ones are being binned out for 9000 series chips, so you wouldn't see too much of a difference anyways.

XIscottyIX [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Where did your motherboard go?? Haha that cooler is friggin huge!! Nice build btw.

ravagex 1 point 17 months ago

Great choice getting the 8320 cuz you can oc it to a 8350

MikeYFItalian 1 point 17 months ago

That CPU cooler must not be put on correctly, or it's just really bad. Even my stock cooler on my 8350 kept the temps at 16 Celsius at 4GHz idle. I recommend the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO for air cooling, or a Cooler Master Seidon 120m for water cooling. The Seidon 120m is actually only $25 currently.

Also, add some fans to that case, you'll be much better of with them. I use Corsair SP 120 Quiet Edition fans in my case (For my H100i) and they perform very well. Get the Performance Edition instead for a bit better cooling. Make sure to get 2 packs of the 2 pack fans to save a bit and then get 1 more so you can have 5 fans.

For the 2 140mm fans, get the NZXT Air Flow 140mm fans in the red color so you can get the build looking a bit nicer. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007TSREFA/?tag=pcpapi-20

chief7285 [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

a lot of AMD CPU's Idle temps aren't read correctly because it's impossible to get idle temps @ 16c unless you live in Antarctica. AMD temps are only read accurately when they are under load.

MikeYFItalian 1 point 17 months ago

I've heard that too. The thing is, my stock cooler kept my load temps at a max of 50 Celsius.

flipins [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Dat heatsink tho...

Papajenkinz 1 point 17 months ago

very nice]

raffi23 1 point 17 months ago

welcome to the world of pc

Photon_Debugger 1 point 17 months ago

sexy heatsink, im liking that and cooler master v8 gts :D

lokota2468 1 point 16 months ago

Was the case the CM Scout 2 or Scout 2 Advanced? And, did it come with dust filters in all the right places? I heard that one of them is missing a dust filter on the bottom (there should be 2 for both cases on the bottom). Came with two fans as well? I'd really appreciate a reply - I'm looking to buy this case if it does have the necessary dust filters! Awesome job btw

Armingsword [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

It was the Scout 2 Advanced here's the link http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BKUYZWS/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It came with 2 bottom dust filters that you put under the PSU, I couldn't figure out how to put it so I just left it as it came. It also has a top vent that is removable where you can put a water cooler but you wont be able to put it back on if you choose to do that. It has 2 front fans with LED's and one exhaust fan in the back with no LED. Feel free to ask anything else I'll look into it.

Bones [3 Builds] 0 points 17 months ago

Nice build you cable management is good, except for you fan cables. You could rotate the fans so that the cables are going up to the top of your case, and bundle the cable while hiding. Aside from that this is a great build.

Armingsword [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Alright thanks for the feedback I'll try it out!

timmyd [1 Build] 0 points 17 months ago

Nice rig, like the red sleeving. Would like to see cpu fan wires routed a different way, other than that looks great.