I came here before buying my components and found this to be an incredibly helpful community. Now, I've finished successfully building my first gaming pc. I've installed windows, updated drivers, and basically it's ready to go.
Having put the time and energy into doing this thing right, I want to make sure that I get the most out of the parts I have. Basically, I'm looking for ideas how to optimize what I have built in BIOS or however else.
So, I fiddled around in BIOS a bit and got the memory up to 1600mhz where it should be. But I was wondering what other BIOS settings I should look at, and importantly how to get the most out of the 120hz monitor and 7870 gpu. Perhaps a gentle overclocking, etc.
not really sure what bios changes(if any) will provide a notable performance gain. Obviously pushing i5 3570K past 4ghz can make an observable difference, but relatively minor changes to ram(25% more clock speed) won't make much difference to games when you are using a discrete graphics card. maybe if you were using intel hd graphics or the gpu inside an amd apu, but not in this case. making sure you are running at pcie 3.0 speed won't make a tangible difference at this time, either. tweaks to the base clock will throw other clocks like sata out of spec and cause problems. You could mess with ram timing and voltage, but that will make as little difference as changing ram clocks. just crank up the cpu mulitplier and test for stability. Overclock the gpu on your video card and test. overclock the ram on you video card and test. Those are the main performance tweaks you will likely notice while gaming.