From a confused Newbie researching what parts to get for a budget AMD build, to an aspiring Overclocker with a gtx 770 and i5 4670k, My PC has seen bad times and great times. From constant crashes with my new CPU to satisfying performance in next Gen Games.. I hope you can enjoy this story.
It starts off in early August, even though the purchase of my parts took place in September. My best friend has had a $3000(At the time) Rig, and I am sitting there struggling with 20 FPS on DAYZ Mod as he laughs hysterically at my late reaction times and crappy aim. Having bought a 500$ prebuild Desktop PC with an A10- 6800k and no Video Card a year prior, I realized that I should've gone through with my initial plan and built my own computer. I spent 2 months almost every night watching videos, reading reviews, and looking through other builds as I attempted to build my knowledge. I didn't want to totally copy some List off youtube, as I wanted the build to be something I had compiled together. So I got the money together and selected my parts. I made some good choices and some bad choices, but all in all, it's all a learning process, and Learning from those poor decisions ultimately made me a better builder.
Here was my initial build---600$- http://pcpartpicker.com/user/MangoMonster/saved/2lI1
Wow, was that a boost. I really, really liked the Sapphire Radeon 7850. For the price, I honestly think it's a bit of a hidden Gem with the performance I got. When BF4 came out, I was playing that like crazy, but some small aspects came around. DAYZ STILL was running slow, with most graphics settings on low, I was still getting 25-30 FPS MAX. It wasn't a Huge change to what it was before, and I later realized this because DAYZ is a CPU Intensive game, and the FX-8320 didn't seem to cut it in my eyes. No issues at ALL on my first build, it was rather nice.
However Christmas came along, and Getting maximum 40 FPS on BF4 just....wasn't what I wanted. I had money laying around and although I was relatively happy with my setup, I wanted more... which seems to be a theme in today's world. So Spent a couple of weeks pondering what I could get to upgrade. I actually didn't play DAYZ that much, and was more still in the BF4 Craze. So I wanted to upgrade my Video Card. But that in turn would require me to get a higher Wattage on my PSU, so that was another request I had to get. And Lastly I sought to get the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, to maybe dabble into the overclocking scheme.
Christmas came, and my GTX 770 4gb, Corsair 750W PSU and Hyper 212 Evo arrived and I immediately installed them, a few days later was my birthday.. and that was where I got the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Edition.
Other games, such as Sleeping Dogs and Total War Shogun 2 got a rather large boost in performance, with BF4 seeing a 15-20 FPS gain in Frames. Usually sitting around 50-60 FPS with BF4 is what I got. I was slightly disappointed, because I was really hoping to see constant 60 FPS. But what I had was an extremely unique combination.. An AMD FX 8320 and a Gigabyte GTX 770 4GB? Little weird, I know. So I saw that my final goal was the i5 4670k.
Some people said that you can EASILY overclock the FX 8320 to stock 8350 speeds, so around mid January I gave it a try. I knew I was taking a risk because the MSI G46-970A is NOTORIUS for failing on people and being overall a crappy overclocker. But being ambitious as always I wanted to do it. Taking it slow at first, reading rather unhelpful reviews, I started to understand the concept and how to Overclock. I really do encourage others like me to overclock.. because it brings a whole new aspect on the computer building world. Overclocking is FUN. Period. I don't know why, maybe it's the pleasure of running Prim 95 for a couple hours on your desired frequency or simply the threat of danger, I like it.
Getting the FX 8320 to a very stable 4.0 Ghz for constant use was great, meaning I basically saved 50 bucks from getting an 8350 and not overclocking.
By the beginning of February, I had recieved a boost in cash that I was allowed to spend for my own benefit. This was the time. I knew I had to get a new motherboard to accompany the i5 4670k, and I noticed TigersDirect had a combo.. the Asus Z87-A(decent for money, solid overclocker) and the i5 4670k for 360$. Why Tigersdirect? Because I live in California and Tigersdirect has no warehouses in my state, I was able to get away with no TAX and no SHIPPING! Great!
Technical Issues followed, and in the meantime a big deal popped up for an SSD, another feature I was looking for. The Samsung 840 evo 256 GB was absolutely PERFECT for my needs, and the Razer Deathadder 2013 was only 45 bucks on Amazon! I snacched those 2 up quick as my Motherboard and CPU combo came.
But I was devastated. Now that I look back at this I feel totally stupid, but I feel the need to share it. With the new CPU and mobo installed, windows instantly crashed everytime It started up, I was seriosuly, pissed off. I looked for solutions for a week, so I thought that because every other part was in perfect condition, It must have been the motherboard. I sent it back to Tigersdirect, and recieving it only 3 days ago, I diagnosed the problem. OH how could I be so stupid! Because I had a cpoy of Windows 7 in the OEM version, it was tied to the computer, and when you replace the CPU and motherboard, it is like getting a whole new computer. I backed up my files and reinstalled Windows. The darn thing worked. I was so excited!
After downloading a couple of games, like Rome 2 total war(came with the CPU) I got right into overclocking... yesterday!
Before I go into Overclocking, I just want to sum up my build---
I think I should've saved just 120 bucks or so and gone with a gtx 780.. It probably would've been worth it. An SSD is literally like the nicest thing ever with overclockers. With a hard drive it LITERALLY multiplies your work rate by 4 times. The Razer Deathadder 2013 is the best mouse for 45-60 bucks IMHO.
What I'm thinking in the Future- Noctua NH-D14 for better overclocking God damn I wish I got a more up-to-date case.. even though the HAF 912 is a hell of a case for a budget --(might add more)
------------------OVERCLOCKING LOG--------------- ( i5 4670k, Asus Z87-A, CM Hyper 212 Evo)
2/19/14- Tried 4.4 ghz @ 1.250 V with CPU INPUT (different) V @ 1.9 and 1333mhz RAM up to 1600 mhz ran some aida64 for 1 hr, no problems, Intel extreme Tuning Utility(prime 95 kinda) benchmark for 10min = OK....Rome 2 total war for 30 min? Crashed. Bumped down to 4.2 ghz @ 1.200V with AUTO CPU Input (basically default settings) No overclocked RAM.. ran Aida64 for 2 hrs no problems.. good stable overclock- will try 4.3 ghz later