Description

There isn't much to say about this build. I usually write a very long story about how I got my PC to this stage and how I obtained the parts, but very little changes were made from the previous iteration of the build, just a couple new parts and some mods to the PC case itself. If you actually want to read the story about how I got my PC to this point and why I chose the name, you can read that here.

Here are the changes I made this time:

  • Bought a new CPU cooler to replace the dying H55
  • Replaced the DVD drive with an NZXT Sentry 3
  • Got some new fans
  • Remanaged cables in the back
  • Replaced the Blackwidow Chroma keyboard
  • Added another mouse for FPS gaming
  • Made several mods to the case

Part Reviews

CPU

Runs cool, easy to overclock. Not very good for gaming though. With my GTX 1070, I get occasional dips into the 40s and 50s due to a notorious bottleneck with this CPU.

CPU Cooler

Quiet, easy to install, keeps the CPU cool. Might not be as good as my old H55, but it gets the job done and it isn't dying.

Motherboard

Great features, great aesthetics, VRMs run cool. BIOS is absolute garbage though, so I have to knock off a star for that.

Storage

Was my dad's old SSD and he gave it to me, hence why I marked it down as purchased. It has some pretty fast read times, and write speeds are mediocre. About 500Mb/s reads and only 180Mb/s writes according to Crystalmark.

Storage

Fast, reliable, efficient, quiet. Was my main drive for 4 years and hasn't had any problems yet.

Video Card

Maybe I got unlucky, but my card came with some pretty notorious GPU sag, some coil whine, and the RGB LED can't be changed due to MSI's trash software. However, it's a super fast card and hasn't given me any serious concerning issues yet.

Case

A very beautiful case with a lot of features. Cable management is a bit of a challenge when using this case though, and the window scratches easily and was scratched in shipping. Still need a replacement.

Power Supply

I purchased the updated version of this power supply, which contains upgraded internal parts, a gray logo and no spaghetti cables. Not really much to say, it's a power supply and it hasn't given me any issues yet.

Operating System

Eh, it has it's ups and downs. When I first installed it on my old hard drive it got screwed up and couldn't update, so I had to do a fresh install on my SSD. There are also those random "F***k you Microsoft!" moments from time to time. Otherwise, it's fast and simplistic. I like it that way.

Case Fan

It's a super quiet fan and it looks nice, not much else to say.

Case Fan

Pretty loud, but it moves a lot of air and my fan controller helps bring the noise down a bit.

Case Fan

Whisper quiet and moves a lot of air. It might not look that good, but it's really good for a 10 dollar fan.

Case Fan

Kinda loud sometimes, but they move a lot of air and look really nice in my case.

Fan Controller

No issues whatsoever. Absolutely amazing fan controller, and I completely recommend it to anyone with a compatible case. Touchscreen is easy to use, has a lot of features and connections, and overall looks really neat.

Monitor

Found both of these at my local Goodwill, and they were in perfect condition. They're a little aged, and aren't necessarily meant for gaming, but they're wonderful for multitasking.

Monitor

Found at my local Goodwill as well. By far the best find I've gotten from any thrift store, and hasn't had any problems.

Keyboard

A decent upgrade from my old Razer Chroma, but typing isn't as enjoyable with it.

Mouse

Great mouse for FPS games. Was my dad's old mouse, and he gave it to me for free.

Mouse

Not good for FPS games, but has a lot of features and is my daily driver.

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

With the h7 that processor should be able to pull off a good oc.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

That 8320 should be good for 4.3 -4.7 Ghz given that you stuck a Cryorig on it.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

4.7Ghz is very very unlikely to happen with the FX 8320 since its a bad binned cpu since has a clock speed lower than a 8350 and a high TDP. A FX 8320E could do that on a H7 but with the 8320 would be looking at about 4.5Ghz at the max.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

The Silicon Lottery is everywhere, it seems. You're correct in that I couldn't push mine past 4.5 without going to something exotic like LN2, but he can still get a decent OC out of it.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

He definitely can still get a decent OC out of it.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Gigabyte BIOS's, or at least mine, is pretty terrible so I can't really do anything. I literally can't change anything in the BIOS that has to do with clockspeed or voltage because of how garbage it is. What other overclocking programs are out there? I used to use OverDrive for a while but it won't work anymore.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

The BIOS definitely is awful. I had a Gigabyte A88X UP4 and it has a very similar awful BIOS. To overclock you would want to go to the advanced frequency settings, go to CPU clock ratio and type in the ratio you want and then enter( remember BCLK times clock ratio equals CPU clock speed) and then disable turbo in the like which would be found under advanced cpu cores features. Then you would want to go to the voltage settings and change the voltage, not exactly sure how but i think its - and +. After that go to save and exit.

For software there is Gigabyte own EasTune software.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Not trying to sound like a Intel fanboy, but the FX series just can't keep up with the GTX 1070, really worth spending more money on the processor. Besides that, sexy build!

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah of course it can't, it's a pretty old processor and has no Hyperthreading. I'm thinking about buying either an AMD or Intel CPU next year depending on the prices and what both sides decide unveil.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree that you might want to wait until Zen (finally) gets here to see what prices and specs will be like. Hyperthreading isn't a panacea for all games (see here for a better explanation); Intel's better IPC and smaller die processes have made their chips more efficient, even without it. Me, I want to see what Zen's IPC and power consumption will actually be like before I finally drink the Intel Kool-Aid.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Best pics I've ever seen in PCPP. 10/10