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I would love to hear opinions on how I have done and what I can improve on in the future! I plan on heading over to /r/overclocking soon to bump up my CPU, since I do have that NH-D14 in there.

I also bought another 200mm fan that is at the top of the case, not listed on PC Part Picker.

My monitor is a LG 27EA31V-B.

Mouse is a Logitech M705.

Keyboard is a Logitech K350.

I have the 128GB SSD Running Windows 8 in RAPID mode, while the two WD 1TB HDDs are running the programs and main storage in RAID 0.

If there's anything I left out and you're curious about, please ask! I would love to hear about how I've done.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Beast, +1.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Is it really 28C under load at stock!? That sounds amazing. Would love to see the overclock temps.

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

I would love to see them too, but I can't get my computer to stabilize an overclock. I truly have no idea how, and am trying to work with AMD Overdrive to set one up before I set it in the BIOS

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I know this doesn't answer your question, but are you getting CPU utilization spikes to near 100% on any core without the OC?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

http://i.gyazo.com/70d3788e338970e5538437da63319ddd.png

After 3 mins of watching task manager, this happened when I was opening steam. It's been about 10 mins and this is as high as it has gone.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Try it in a game, it looks like it spiked when you opened Steam. CPU spikes when opening applications are common, especially in OSes with poor resource management like Windows.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey how does your amd CPU work? I assume you're doing gaming with that 970. Everyone hates on them for gaming but I would like to hear how it works for an actual user.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends what games you're looking to run I assume. Price/performance nothing can beat the 8320 it seems... Everybody on reddit says get an i5 but they're $100 more for a decent one. I play skyrim, league, dayz, and mw2 without any fps problems on high quality without overclocking. I just don't know how to properly overclock yet.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

The overclocking problems might be caused by your motherboard. The 970 chipset boards aren't very good when using the 8-core FX CPU's because of their higher power draw. Boards that use the 990FX chipset generally have better cooling on the VRM and other areas on the board that like to heat up, so for an 8-core CPU, they are much better at overclocking. I would say that if you enjoy your build and overclocking isn't a big deal to you, don't worry about it too much. I too am getting the FX-8320 and GTX 970 for my first build (hopefully by the end of the month) and I opted for a 990FX chipset board because the ability to overclock well was a requirement of mine. But again if you enjoy it as is, stick with it.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

No it's because he's trying to overclock from the OS using one of those ****** software-based overclockers. I've NEVER had any luck with those; he's gonna have to go into BIOS if he wants to get serious about this. The chipset might not be perfect, and the VRM cooling might not be there, but none of that should stop him from doing at least a small OC.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the comment! I was under the impression Overdrive was a good start for AMD processors, but if using the BIOS is the best way to go I'll work on that!

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

There you go, you're a man now, son.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually AMD overdrive is a very good start! cause it lets you try thing without constantly rebooting to test ur changes, but once you have settle for a number go to the BIOS(actually is UEFI) and type the numbers.

Also remember to disable all the power saving features (including turbo core) and look up a good load line calibration setting. I would say something like normal or low for that mobo. This will be done in the UEFI

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

True, I seemed to have looked over the fact that he was using AMD Overdrive. That more than likely is the issue.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Well for a beginner, I recommend a closed loop water cooler. Down the road I may get a FX-9590 (or whatever is better) but that REQUIRES a water cooler, even without overclocking. and it doesn't even keep it cool from what I have heard. But the Kraken series is a good series of closed-loop water cooler. Custom-looping is too hard. And Water cooling just seems more efficient. Although I am a beginner also, I have done my research XD

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  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice price on the RAM. I just built a similar rig and that 8320 clocks nice. I got mine to 4.4ghz no problem.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

What's your power supply look like? I tried overclocking with AMD Overdrive before setting it up in the bios and I couldn't get it stable. Computer would simply shut off. My temperatures are fine, I know for sure.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

My temps were fine all the way through all my stress tests. Temps are not an issue with this cpu. I put my results on my build page. I turned up my voltage to 1.44. I am also using a 750w evga 80 gold rated psu.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, I'll try working again with Overdrive to overclock. There may be a chance my power supply simply cannot handle it with the 970 running alongside it.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, why not just go into BIOS?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

It seemed annoying to have and keep restarting and doing hour long tests for stability. The SSD will make it bearable to work through though. I just need to worry about VCore and Frequency at first, correct? Whats the NB VCore?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Please tell me how it runs, I am building a rig with the 8320 and 970, and would LOVE to know first hand how it runs.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

It runs great so far, I can't seem to stabilize an overclock just yet but the stock is working fantastic. Looking at price/performance, Intel just can't beat the 8320 it seems. I mention what games I play without issues in another comment, if you want me to test something let me know.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The only demanding games I plan to play are Far Cry 4 and Battlefield 4.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

is there much fps difference between this and an i5 system?

  • 63 months ago
  • 0 points

The 8320 will slay any i5 build if it is clocked right.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't quite say that, since most programs don't use many cores. The OC definitely puts it into the race though.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

There are several i5 cpus that completely destroy the 8320 and even the 8350, don't believe me look it up

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are going to run one game on one screen, fine. But if you are running multiple monitors, multiple programs, screen capping, live streaming, etc. 8320 is the way to go. My new 8320 rig streams better than my i7/660 rig. Granted that machine is 2 years old, but I also paid over 2 grand for it.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw that 1.38v and almost **** my pants. Then I realized it was an AMD 8320 and thought oh ok.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

looks good. only thing i dont like is the mobo.upgrade to msi gaming board in the near future. around $100

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good to me. Question: why 16GB RAM for gaming? 8GB are usually enough.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

It was on sale, plain and simple. I'll last a while I guess.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

The SSD could have been bought 50 dollars cheaper.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted a Samsung for the RAPID mode, and I expected to get the 840 EVO for Christmas from a family member. They overlooked it on my PCPartPicker list though, and I had to pick one up on the 27th from Best Buy so I had somewhere to put my system image. They had a 128GB 850 PRO, and I needed just that.

  • 63 months ago
  • -2 points

Wow the motherboard????? Youll honestly probably want to upgrade it very soon.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Why is that?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

I think hes just going by the price. It's a good motherboard with a 8+2 power delivery.No need to upgrade it soon.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, I was worried for a moment. It was purchased at microcenter for a combo deal with the processor.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

meow