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Hello I thought I would share my first build here!

It was a bit intimidating, but after about a month of research I finally bought the parts and put this baby together. The build itself went exceptionally smooth. Started building at 9 PM, and by 1 AM, I was playing Skyrim. Building was appealing to me because I had grown weary of long console cycles, and the little freedom we have when playing on MS or Sony's boxes. The cornucopia of indie titles and user generated content on the PC is what drove me to this decision too.

This isn't a top of the line, face exploding build, but it is by far the most powerful machine I have played on and I am pleased with what I got for my money. For the processor, I went with the 8320 over the 8350 to cut down on the cost. It is still a great chip, and I don't see it bottlenecking my GPU. For the videocard, I am really pleased with my GTX 760. I haven't really pushed it too hard yet, but everything I have played so far looks jaw droppingly gorgeous. Coming straight from gaming on my 360 to this new PC, makes me appreciate it even more. It must be one of the best cards you can get in the $250 range right now.

Everything else in the build is pretty standard. I will say that the modular PSU is nice, and worth the extra dough. I need to get an extension for the six prong power cord. Its port on the mobo is in an odd position, near the top left of the board, and I barely have enough length to reach it now. I also appreciate the "stock" look to the case. The NZXT Elite is good for 50 bucks. Plenty of space, but I wish cable management was a bit better.

I would love your feedback on my build!

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 9 points

You motherboard cannot handle the FX-8320 at full load. MSI themselves have admitted this problem. Return the motherboard for a AsRock Extreme3 R2

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

I had that board (E3 R2.0 paired with a 6300) and it was a pile of crap, it's been mentioned generally that the 970 isn't great with 8-core. I'd say just spend a little bit and go to a 990FX chipset get the Gigabyte, or Asus Evo if he encounters any issues with his current mobo.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

It kind of does because of how the chipset controls the cpu

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

From what I have heard, the LE version of the ASUS board you listed is not very reliable. I own the M5A97 R2.0 with my 8320, and it is great.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't go with any of those 3 for a FX-8320. My M5A97 R2.0 barely supports overclocking on my FX-6300, you need something with a bigger/better(not sure on the phrasing on that one) power phase than 4+2. As it is, my VRM heatsinks get too hot to touch.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

For the price of those boards that are capable of handling the 8320 well I'd still choose a 990FX board for the better features.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Welcome to the PC master race my friend. I like this build, but like gameboy1998 said, your motherboard is a little underpowered for that (amazing) CPU. I don't recommend sending it back, but that's an option and if you really want the best performance you can do it but I don't recommend it.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

congrats +1 good solid choices without breaking the bank,you throw an ssd 120 gb just for for your OS in there and you will be all set ( or not);)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow... not a bad build if I do say so myself. I just want to emphasize what everyone else said by saying "Please get a 990FX chipset motherboard. If you want to overclock more, then I reccomend doing it because the motherboard you chose won't handle the CPU at full load.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a fairly similar build, swap out the 760 for a 7850 and the Source 210 for a Merc Alpha, and it's pretty much the same as my build. One word of advice: The stock cooler on the 8320 is NOT enough to cool it at 100% load, and it gets really loud! I've seen the fan hit 7kRPM before.

I'd recommend getting a Hyper 212 cooler, I just ordered one myself and I've seen it on some of my friend's rigs. It's absurdly quiet and cools like a champ.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

That CPU WILL eventually fry that board or damage the CPU. You need a beefier board to handle and 8*** series part.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback guys! I am now pretty worried about my mobo. Those ******** at MSI said it supported the 8320, and it is frustrating to find out now that this may not be the case. I am just going to have to roll with it for now. I don't have the time or the money to rip the thing apart now and replace the mobo. Hopefully it can last until the summer. I should have more time and disposable income by then to deal with this problem.

Anyway, thanks again everyone for the kind words.

edit I should mention that I don't intend to OC this chip. I knew that this MOBO probably wouldn't be fit for OCing the 8320, but I assumed that it would handle stock speeds just fine

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

UPDATE: The board has fried. After one month of use. Sending it back new New Egg now. Going to get a GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

For this case did you have to remove any of the drive bays to insert the Video Card properly? Because it says the Video Card is 241mm and the case limit is 230mm without having to remove any. Get back to me please. :0

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the delay, I haven't checked this in a long time

To answer your question: no I did not have to remove any drive bays to fit my card

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I built it already but thanks lol. Check out my build if you want. :P

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry to hear your board fried man. But thanks for updating it. Ill be sure to avoid that in my build. Thanks and good luck with the new board!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same case, You could do much better with the cable management

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

UPDATE 2: About three months ago I was able to replace my board and reassemble my machine. I went with the ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 990FX and have had great luck with it so far.

I may repost this as a new build with my new mobo (and much better cable management). Hopefully my issues can be a cautionary tale for first time builders tempted to get a cheaper motherboard.

My future plans are: 1. 128 GB SSD boot drive 2. Liquid cooling and OCing processor. 3. When my GTX760 starts to fall behind in performance (and price) I plan on getting another, rather than buying the next gen iteration of the upper mid range card.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Welcome to the PC mustard race!

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

Went too high end on the cpu, or unless you needed 8 cores.

Anyway, +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

WHAT???

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

i say nay

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

i mean, im not a fanboy, i just want my money's worth. BUT, if more companies make better coolers for AMD's "SteamKettle" series, i'm all for a nice budget gpu.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

i never denied that, i trust other manufacturers for gpus, but that's only with my nvidia experience, idk about amd.

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