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Note: All parts with purchase price at $0 are parts from previous builds.

This is a build I did this past holiday( Black Friday+Christmas). I was doing quite well with my previous build, which included a Phenom II x6 1090t that I absolutely loved, but I could tell it was bottlenecking my GTX 670 a little. In result, I decided it was time to build a new machine that would be "Future-Proof" for the near future. I will be upgrading the graphics card soon as well since it too will be outdated, even though it's still a really good card and I like to max or almost max my games with good framerates. My budget was around $800 and I think I did quite a good job. This build is mainly for gaming but can do video editing if needed.

CPU: I chose the 8320 because it seems to be the exact same as the 8350, only difference being the 8350s are binned. I was able to clock it up to 4.42 on stock voltages without much trouble. I can do 4.5 but I am going to wait and get an extra intake fan before that because of temps and the voltage change.

UPDATE (8/5/14) - I have it stable a 4.52GHz at a voltage of 1.368. With this I think it's safe to say I won the silicon lottery. My next goal is to try and get this puppy to 5.0GHz. Of course I will have to upgrade my cpu cooler but I think that alone will allow me to achieve that overclock. I have had it stress testing at 4.8GHz with a random voltage of around 1.41 and it is actually capable of completing a benchmark but is totally not stable and gets too hot. With a little voltage tweaking im sure it will be stable.

CPU Cooler: I chose the Dark Rock mainly because of its looks as well as cooling abilities. With it, I was sure I could hit 4.5GHz or at least close to it. I could have gone with a closed loop liquid cooler but I wanted to try something different since I had an H60 on my Phenom. Had to get this cooler through NCIX since nowhere else in the U.S. offered it at the time or at a reasonable price. On a side note, I'm just tired of seeing the Hyper 212 in every other build. Great cooler but very overused and I actually found installing this cooler was easier even though it's bigger. It only mounts facing upwards on AMD mobo's though which I found annoying, but at least the "Be Quiet" logo isn't sideways.

Mobo: I chose the M5A99x EVO since it would be capable of withholding my overclock as well as staying with my black and blue color scheme. I didn't get the PRO version because I found it to be identical besides SLI and Crossfire which I have no interest in.

UPDATE (8/5/14) - This mobo for some reason gets very high socket temps the farther you overclock your cpu so I have placed a small fan behind in order to reduce temps. It works for now but might hinder me getting close to a 5.0GHz overclock because it causes the cpu to throttle even though the core temp is low. I recommend a better 990fx mobo like the sabertooth or gigabyte boards. On a side note I have also overclocked the northbridge to 2400MHz to match the HT Link.

RAM: Had this RAM since my first build a few years ago and it hasn't given me any problems and performs great. Has a nice looking low-profile heatsink on it as well.

UPDATE (8/5/14) - Have overclocked RAM to 1866MHz with low timings and is completely stable.

SSD and Hard Drive: This has been my first SSD and I can honestly say I can never go back to using a hard drive as a boot drive ever again. The speed is outstanding and loads BF4 much quicker than any hard drive. One thing that sucks though is Samsung's firmware updates don't support the AMD chipset so beware of that. It works great regardless. As for the hard drive, it gets the job done and holds all of my secondary games.

Graphics Card: I got this card last year and the performance is great. It's able to max out most games except hard hitters like BF4 where I have to turn the settings down to high in order to keep my framerate above 60. The overvolting feature doesn't work because of nvidia's restrictions but it isn't the end of the world. It performs quite close, in some cases even outperforms a stock 680.

UPDATE (8/5/14) - I have hacked the bios to allow for overvolting and has allowed me to boost the core clock an extra 100MHz.

Wireless Adapter: It works. Able to play online with little to no difficulty and no dropped connections.

Case: This has to be the best mid-tower case out there. I know it's used in many people's builds but I think that's fine because of its sleek looks and amazing cable management. Speaking of cable management I know mine isn't great but it still looks tidy with the panels on. It's also very quiet. I get confused sometimes thinking it's turned off... lol

UPDATE (8/5/14) - I have removed all but one sound reducing pad and that one is placed in the back of the case. I have added 1 more fractal fan and put it in the bottom the help cpu temps. There is now one fan in the front, bottom and two on the top since, you know, heat rises...

Power Supply: Had this since my first build and hasn't ever given me any problems. I know it's overkill but it does provide me with enough power to add much more on in the future. I think it has a little bit of coil whine but it's hardly noticeable. I would still recommend Cooler Master PSUs to anyone.

Monitor: This has been my first IPS mointor and the quality is just amazing. The response time is still fast enough for gaming since I don't play too competitively and it's perfect for 1080p, gaming or videos.

Peripherals: They get the job done and didn't cost too much.

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 5 points

+1 for that cc poster

  • 70 months ago
  • 5 points

I second this! +1 for the poster. Now where did you get it so it can become mine as well. :D

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

I got the wallscroll off amazon. Thanks for the likes!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, and good cable management :) Don't know a thing about AMD but I'm sure it'll work haha!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

u wot? The 8320 is basically the 8350 but down clocked. If you adjust the frequency a little, it is easily an 8350 but does not have as much over clocking headroom as an 8350 does. For rendering, it is a great cpu to use.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely correct, and I have one I use for rendering myself- I find that it performs on par with an i7 when rendering video, but falls behind a bit when asked to do a lot of extended-instructions calculations. It's great for just powering through tasks, just not as refined as an i7.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

The CPU listed is on par between an i5 and an i7. It may not be as strong but the price is well below than some i3 and mostly i5 and i7 CPUs.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for Flight Sim.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

That Dark rock is beautiful. Gorgeous build man +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Those dark rocks are so hard to come by ... where did you buy it? What are you using for a monitor?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the Dark Rock from NCIX US. It was on sale for $60 although it's probably back up in price by now. For the monitor I'm using an Acer 23-inch IPS.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

1+ for the attack on titan desktop background XD

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent build. Push the baby to 4.6/4.7GHz. You chose a good mobo and cooler. Push it!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the ram work fine with the mobo?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Works flawlessly. I even have it overclocked to 1866Mhz with very fast timings even though it's rated for 1600Mhz. If I were you then I would go with something like G.Skill ripjaws x if the price is low enough.

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