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Finally, after months of planning my dad and I bought some parts and built this over the weekend with my cousin. So far I'm very happy with it, we have yet to stress the graphics card too much, but so far we've emulated PS2 games and that's worked pretty well.

CPU: We chose the 8320 with video editing as well as gaming in mind. My dad has a giant collection of VHS tapes that we plan on capturing digitally, and in theory this CPU should be good enough for relatively heavy gaming.

Graphics card: The plan for the video card was to get the 750 ti, but then the price of that suddenly went up. Fortunately though, we managed to find the 960 on sale for not too much more. I'm really enjoying how quiet the computer is, mainly thanks to the video card's passive cooling mode when not under load.

Power supply: My dad's been using the same PC Power and Cooling (Now OCZ Firepower or whatever) PSU since 2006 and in two different builds, so knowing the quality of their brand, we spent a bit more to get an OCZ power supply. So, I know what you're thinking, it's probably too big for this build. But oddly enough, the 750W one was on sale for cheaper than the 550W and 650W models, so that was a relative no-brainer.

Case: It's the Thermaltake Tsunami Dream. Good case, but I don't think it's made anymore.

The keyboard, mouse and speakers are just what we had around the house. We will be ordering those later.

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  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Very Good Build!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice I always add bad mouse and keyboard at start and upgrade.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey i like your build and that really cool purple black and yellow theme!!! And i have a few questions to ask about your build: 1. Hows the motherboard working and did you overclock??? 2.If you did overclock do you think that this can handle a 4.8ghz overclock on the 8320 or 8320e and have a 2 way crossfire???

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Sorry for the late reply, but to answer your questions:

  1. The motherboard works perfectly fine, it's one that I'd recommend.

  2. No, I didn't overclock, and I don't intend to. From what I've read, it's a bit of a wash as to how well the FX chips can overclock, and it also depends on how good your CPU cooler is (One generally shouldn't overclock with the stock cooler), but I think that 4.8 ghz sounds a little too optimistic. However, for the here and now, the stock speed is pretty good, for me at least. The Witcher III while clearly not 60 FPS, runs incredibly smooth, and most PS2 emulation, including the old Grand Theft Auto games, runs at full speed.

  3. This motherboard supports SLI or Crossfire, but the power supply is what you should look at. I've heard of people getting a Crossfire setup with a 600W one, but personally I think 750W is the safer bet, and it also leaves more room for upgrades.

That's my two cents. Hope it helps!

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

When you say 4.8ghz is optimistic, why?? Is is becuase of the motherboard???

Heres somethings i wanted to say:

  1. I was also thinking about getting an asus sabertooth 990f r 2.0 becuase of the overclocking potential and Bios: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-sabertooth990fxr20

  2. I also like the bios in the gigabyte too so should i just get the gigabyte since you said that chances are that i wont reach high overclocks anyway???

By the way using fx 8320/fx 8320e.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

No, not because of the motherboard, just because of what I've heard from others. After reading other people's opinions and observations, that's just my educated guess.

I don't know too much about overclocking other than what I've just said, so you should consider poking around on the internet to find more about it and related topics. It may take a little digging, but there's much better informed people out there than me.