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First computer I have built for myself. I have been using a Lenovo y560P as a desktop replacement till now and I thought its finally time that I get a good desktop. I have built a few PC's before (Cheap HTPCs for my father), this is my first good build. First time actually doing cable management and overclocking so please leave tips on my overclock

Update 2/12/14: Got rid of the crappy asrock board I had and got a Asus board, much more stable and can handle a stable OC at 4.4ghz, probably can go higher but I don't want the rig running too hot.

Chip: - Microcenter had a sale, was looking for an 8350 but the 8320 is pretty easily overclockable and I got it for $100

Cooler: - Had good reviews, not that expensive. Most people go with this cooler and most people like it.

Motherboard: - Made the mistake of ordering a msi g45 970a at first and then realizing that it doesnt have good review for the FX83XX series chips, so I returned that and bought the AsRock which has the 990fx chip, which I have now returned after realizing all the faults the board has and now im on the Asus board which is amazing. I am really satisfied with it, has a great UEFI BIOS. AI Suite is great, lots of great tools to check overclocking and fan expert keeps my rig quiet.

RAM: - Good memory clock speed, going to upgrade to 16gb later

SSD: - First SSD I have ever owned and I am really impressed! Windows boots up in less than 10 Seconds and performance is very snappy

HDD: - Standard 1tb HDD used for storing docs, music, games, etc

GPU: - I originally was going to get a GTX 760 or a Radeon 7870 but the prices were a high for the performance and I kept getting frustrated with missing good deals GRRR. I ended up saying screw it and bought the 770 so no worries and complete overkill for 1080p gaming.

Case - Great case, not to tall, wide enough for good cable management, and filtered inlets. Yes, I know EVERYONE uses this case but hey, its a great case!

Fans: - Fans are fans and they were cheap, a bit loud for my taste, they make a bit of a droning noise probably due to some vibration.

PSU: - First bought some EVGA 500W supply because I was going to originally buy a gtx760 but then I bought a 770 and needed more power so I returned the EVGA and got the Corsair. Its a power supply...it works

Windows: - 8.1 is ehhh I like the look but at the same time it feels like they went form after function. The metro apps are weird and I hate how it switches from desktop to metro for some apps. Guess I need to just get used to it.

Overclocking: - First time I am overclocking so I followed a couple guides and I have settled at a 4.4ghz overclock with the FSB @239mhz and the CPU multiplier at x18.5. Temps dont seem to go that high and I am able to keep the voltage pretty low (1.31V).

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  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

O.o insane deals

Well balanced and clean. I like it.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya got lucky with the 8320. The deal is on again at microcenter so try to grab one while you can :)

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice part choice and really nice cable management. Sucks about the problems you are having, no clue what's wrong and hope it gets resolved soon. Very awesome computer.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice deals! Nice build! Very clean!

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

That cable management! :O

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, spent some time on it :)

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Your first problem is fairly common, something is telling your computer to wake up. I normally found it to be my network. Check out this link. Hopefully this helps. Best of luck.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

This is very similar to my build but I have been using the GTX 660. I just ordered the 770. I want to overclock the CPU to at least 4.0, but I do not have any understanding of overclocking. Could you point me in the direction of some good guides for beginners? I'd really appreciate it. I have the same MOBO, CPU, CPU Cooler and soon (2 days!) the same GPU as you.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

The key is to google guides for the 8350, the silicon underneath is basically the same, just binned differently. I basically followed this guide for overclocking mine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MckeAmnDeTk. I just watched a couple of overclocking videos and from there I just experimented with what works for me. These are my settings http://gyazo.com/0dd01942cc1d98583012127fe2eeb5b5 and as a side note, my cpu ratio is 18.5. You will find where to specify all these in your bios, make sure you do it through the bios and not a windows utility.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

How well do you case fans perform? thinking of getting them.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Really well