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AMD 8320E 8 Core FX CPU & Gigabyte UD3P 2.0 bundle, & Deus Ex code = appr. $130 AR & tax, Micro Center BYO (in-store)

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Last Edited by superstition September 12, 2016 at 06:00 AM
This popular motherboard does not have a rebate very often. You will receive a code for the new game Deus Ex: Mankind Divided after purchase.

This deal is only available for purchase at physical Micro Center stores, not from their online store. This means you need to go to the store to get the combo and you should check to see if they have it in stock before driving there. Do not rate this deal "unable to replicate" if it's not in stock at your store. You can look at their website for your store to check stock status. I also suggest calling the store to have the manager put your items at the front desk. I went to Micro Center once to buy this board when it said 1 was in stock but when I got there it had sold.

link to motherboard (rebate is linked to from this page):
http://www.microcenter.com/produc...otherboard

link to CPU:
http://www.microcenter.com/produc..._Processor

The processor is a low-wattage model at stock but all 8 core FX chips are soldered and have unlocked multipliers. They are all the same chip. The only difference is binning. I overclocked my 8320E to 4.4 GHz with total Prime95 stability and safe temperatures on my UD3P 2.0 board.

This CPU can be a great value for making a virtual reality box [pcworld.com] as long as you bump up its clockspeed enough.

It is also useful at stock speeds for things like virtual machines, file serving, and general-purpose desktop computing that doesn't require high speeds. However, I still suggest replacing the stock cooler which is small and noisy. The CPU at stock does not use 95 watts. It uses significantly less than that.

The motherboard has a digital VRM system with a doubler for 8 virtual phases plus a RAM phase. It has USB 3.0 but not 3.1. It does not have m.2. It is a better board for overclocking an FX chip than many of its similarly-priced competitors which tend to have inferior MOSFETs and the like.

Unlike 6 core FX processors the 8 core chips have all four floating point units, making for potentially higher performance in workloads that can use all of them.

Deal pricing proof (stock at Cincinnati store as of 9/7/2016 at 3:00 EST):
http://oi67.tinypic.com/2jc7pd5.jpg
http://oi65.tinypic.com/2mpfpsz.jpg

Overclocking tips:

The stock cooler is not meant for overclocking. Overclocking also requires having a fan blowing a significant quantity of air onto the VRM heatsink. You can use the stock CPU cooler fan for that or use a larger fan, depending on how much room you have to mount it. Mounting it on an angle to partially blow out of the back of the case and down onto the heatsink offers the optimal cooling performance.

Disable APM in BIOS when overclocking to avoid the CPU being throttled down to 95 watts. Always use the Medium LLC setting with this board.

The weakest link in your overclocking results with this board, as long as you use the right settings, test properly, and have a good power supply, good RAM, a good CPU cooler, and case cooling -- is the VRM heatsink. This is because the UD3P board is not a true 8 phase board. It is 4 digital phases with a doubler. However, that is good enough to get to 4.4 GHz with a fan on the VRMs, even in the toughest Prime95 testing. Make sure you monitor your VRM temps with HWINFO64 when stress testing your overclock. Overclock.net has an AMD subforum where you can get help and tips.

The board is rated up to 2000 for RAM speed but I was able to run my 2400 RAM at 2133 9-11-10 CR1 with 2400 FSB, 2600 HyperTransport, and 4.4 GHz CPU. Your mileage may vary with RAM.
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This popular motherboard does not have a rebate very often.

This deal is only available for purchase at physical Micro Center stores, not from their online store. This means you need to go to the store to get the combo and you should check to see if they have it in stock before driving there. Do not rate this deal "unable to replicate" if it's not in stock at your store. You can look at their website for your store to check stock status. I also suggest calling the store to have the manager put your items at the front desk. I went to Micro Center once to buy this board when it said 1 was in stock but when I got there it had sold.

link to motherboard (rebate is linked to from this page):
http://www.microcenter.com/produc...otherboard

link to CPU:
http://www.microcenter.com/produc..._Processor

The processor is a low-wattage model at stock but all 8 core FX chips are soldered and have unlocked multipliers. They are all the same chip. The only difference is binning. I overclocked my 8320E to 4.4 GHz with total Prime95 stability and safe temperatures on my UD3P 2.0 board.

This CPU can be a great value for making a virtual reality box [pcworld.com] as long as you bump up its clockspeed enough.

It is also useful at stock speeds for things like virtual machines, file serving, and general-purpose desktop computing that doesn't require high speeds. However, I still suggest replacing the stock cooler which is small and noisy. The CPU at stock does not use 95 watts. It uses significantly less than that.

The motherboard has a digital VRM system with a doubler for 8 virtual phases plus a RAM phase. It has USB 3.0 but not 3.1. It does not have m.2. It is a better board for overclocking an FX chip than many of its similarly-priced competitors which tend to have inferior MOSFETs and the like.

Unlike 6 core FX processors the 8 core chips have all four floating point units, making for potentially higher performance in workloads that can use all of them.

Deal pricing proof (stock at Cincinnati store as of 9/7/2016 at 3:00 EST):
http://oi67.tinypic.com/2jc7pd5.jpg
http://oi65.tinypic.com/2mpfpsz.jpg

Overclocking tips:

The stock cooler is not meant for overclocking. Overclocking also requires having a fan blowing a significant quantity of air onto the VRM heatsink. You can use the stock CPU cooler fan for that or use a larger fan, depending on how much room you have to mount it. Mounting it on an angle to partially blow out of the back of the case and down onto the heatsink offers the optimal cooling performance.

Disable APM in BIOS when overclocking to avoid the CPU being throttled down to 95 watts. Always use the Medium LLC setting with this board.

The weakest link in your overclocking results with this board, as long as you use the right settings, test properly, and have a good power supply, good RAM, a good CPU cooler, and case cooling -- is the VRM heatsink. This is because the UD3P board is not a true 8 phase board. It is 4 digital phases with a doubler. However, that is good enough to get to 4.4 GHz with a fan on the VRMs, even in the toughest Prime95 testing. Make sure you monitor your VRM temps with HWINFO64 when stress testing your overclock. Overclock.net has an AMD subforum where you can get help and tips.

The board is rated up to 2000 for RAM speed but I was able to run my 2400 RAM at 2133 9-11-10 CR1 with 2400 FSB, 2600 HyperTransport, and 4.4 GHz CPU. Your mileage may vary with RAM.
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Superstition doesn't always post AMD CPU/Motherboard deals on Slickdeals, but when he does, he posts them 3 times.

Eh... not a terrible deal, but this is a Vishera CPU, and Zen is just around the corner. Hopefully, AMD burns away the bad taste many of us have for AMD CPUs with the Zen iteration.

I suspect Vishera chips will be on firesale once the Zen is out in full force.
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Quote from BenJeremy View Post :
Superstition doesn't always post AMD CPU/Motherboard deals on Slickdeals, but when he does, he posts them 3 times.

Eh... not a terrible deal, but this is a Vishera CPU, and Zen is just around the corner. Hopefully, AMD burns away the bad taste many of us have for AMD CPUs with the Zen iteration.

I suspect Vishera chips will be on firesale once the Zen is out in full force.
Your bad attitude is why I almost don't use this site anymore.

I have satellite Internet and the connection isn't reliable.

And, instead of thread-crapping, you need to look at the PC World article I linked to.
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1) Zen isn't going to be out in quantity until Q1 according to AMD

2) Don't expect Zen plus a motherboard to come for around $130 AR any time soon.
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so much time wasted on such a shitty deal...
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ive used these fx processors for gaming and they cant touch an similar aged intel chip. the price may be decent but i just wouldn't recommend these cpus for many people.
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While I can appreciate the effort put into the OP, this is not the way to get a true deal at Micro Center. When getting the combo, always get open box because the $40 discount applies. I have done around 8 builds doing this method.

Using this motherboard, my closest MC (Detroit) has it open box for $53.96. Also, take into consideration there is always a $5 of $30 coupon floating around retailmenot. So, $89.99 for the 8320e + $53.96 for the open box mb. Subtotal is $143.95, minus the $5 takes it to $138.95. Now, minus the $40 for cpu/mb combo and you're at $98.95. Figure you're states tax. My total would be $104.89. Now, minus $20 for the rebate, and yes as long as it's the original box with upc the rebate will get processed. I've done it many times on open box items from Micro Center.

Now, your grand total is $84.89 out the door give or take due to your states tax.
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Quote from Kalmado View Post :
While I can appreciate the effort put into the OP, this is not the way to get a true deal at Micro Center. When getting the combo, always get open box because the $40 discount applies. I have done around 8 builds doing this method.

Using this motherboard, my closest MC (Detroit) has it open box for $53.96. Also, take into consideration there is always a $5 of $30 coupon floating around retailmenot. So, $89.99 for the 8320e + $53.96 for the open box mb. Subtotal is $143.95, minus the $5 takes it to $138.95. Now, minus the $40 for cpu/mb combo and you're at $98.95. Figure you're states tax. My total would be $104.89. Now, minus $20 for the rebate, and yes as long as it's the original box with upc the rebate will get processed. I've done it many times on open box items from Micro Center.

Now, your grand total is $84.89 out the door give or take due to your states tax.
Maybe at your store. When I tried to buy an open box board the discount was not applied. And, if a person has a long drive to get there and back dealing with problems from user abuse of the board (not using a wrist strap/putting the board on a static-prone surface) is a gamble.
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I forgot to list the Deus Ex code. This is a new promotion AMD is doing with the FX CPUs.

The game lists for $60 on Steam.
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Also, be sure you don't grab one of the refurb boards. Micro Center is stocking UD3P 2.0 refurb boards that are actually more expensive than this deal because they don't qualify for the rebate.
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Maybe at your store. When I tried to buy an open box board the discount was not applied. And, if a person has a long drive to get there and back dealing with problems from user abuse of the board (not using a wrist strap/putting the board on a static-prone surface) is a gamble.
Aye. That doesn't fly at my local MC either.

Extra Open Box discount is very YMMV.
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People are taking advantage of this deal, apparently, because EBay is newly flooded with new boxed 8320es.

lol
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seems like a good deal to me...i just find it hard to find enough time to build it properly, the kids and work take all my time
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seems like a good deal to me...i just find it hard to find enough time to build it properly, the kids and work take all my time
They keys are:

Put the fan from the stock cooler on the VRM sink at an angle blowing out -- using the PWM header and setting its speed profile with SpeedFan (free software). Keeping the VRMs cool is important when overclocking.

Get a 140mm tower cooler for a decent overclock. A single tower single fan with be OK but a dual tower dual fan is best for 4.4 Ghz.

Turn off APM in BIOS when overclocking.

Use Medium LLC.
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