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Hello. I am not only a newcomer to these forums but a newcomer to enthusiast gaming.

I just recently got my new computer, which is oriented around an AMD-FX processor and a dual GPU-card.

This is my first time having a PC that can supposedly max all currently released games, and I simply do not know where to start to get all of the hardware to its optimal state.

Here is the damage:
Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX
AMD FX-9370 8-Core ~4.4 GHz
Asetek 570LX Liquid Cooling system w/ 240MM Radiator and Dual Fans
8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866
Sapphire Raddeon HD 7990 6GB
2TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD
1,000 Watts Cooler Master Silent Pro 80 Plus Gold
Corsair Obsidian 750D full tower case

What I have done so far:
  • Obviously, set up and customized Windows 8.1, including installing all updates from Windows Update and udjusting power settings to High Performance
  • Installed the latest drivers for everything, including CCC 13.11 (beta), and updating the BIOS on my MB
  • With a lack of any real understanding, tinkered with OverDrive within CCC on both the CPU and GPU, as well as set the fans to "User Define" in MSI Afterburner
  • Also without understanding, installed Raddeon Pro and AMD Overdrive

While I am often peaking at 60 fps (with v-sync) in my games at ultra settings, I still do experience drops in FPS to the 40-45 range and even as low as 30 in games during situations that do not seem to be particularly demanding, and usually feel as if my system is not being used to its potential. Examples include Batman:Arkham Origins multiplayer - I find myself in the 40s range, and Battlefield 4, on any graphical settings, I will experience horrible stutters, even after applying the supposed DirectX fix. Call of Duty: Ghosts is unplayable due to these same issues.

Now, I realize that Windows 8.1 is not in its prime yet, and that AMD still needs to work out some kinks on this Crossfire card and release new drivers that will fix stuttering and FPS drops. What I need to know is what I can do to get the most out of what I have now and what will help me always get the most out of this kind of PC build.

Please recommend to me various software like MSI afterburner that will let me overclock, modify, and monitor my system. What will and will not conflict with CCC, Afterburner, and programs like AMD Overdrive and RP?
How can I overclock my system without damaging it, and how do I know when the game is getting the most out of these speeds? Information on Voltage, monitoring software, and 8-core CPU usage in general will be very helpful here.
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You have a lot of reading ahead of you.

http://www.overclock.net/t/902756/amd-overclock-guide-for-newbs/0_20

Get started here and report back to us. Also, I would stay away from CPU overclocking software, they are bad news.
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First off, NICE RIG! thumb.gif

You shouldn't have to overclock anything to get decent frame rates with that setup. What resolution are you playing at? What are the temps of your CPU and GPU(s)? If you install OpenHardwareMonitor, it's possible to monitor your temps, speeds and more from another computer via the built in web server while you play games. You'd notice if throttling occurs, or temps are getting too high when the stutters occur.
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First off, NICE RIG! thumb.gif

You shouldn't have to overclock anything to get decent frame rates with that setup. What resolution are you playing at? What are the temps of your CPU and GPU(s)? If you install OpenHardwareMonitor, it's possible to monitor your temps, speeds and more from another computer via the built in web server while you play games. You'd notice if throttling occurs, or temps are getting too high when the stutters occur.

Agreed that you shouldn't NEED to overclock anything to get decent framerates. Do you run GPU-z? Have you run any benchmarks for your GPU like Heaven or Valley or 3DMark?

Overclocking:
Like wizard said, do some reading so that you have a basic understanding of why you are told to change certain settings during overclocking. It will certainly help you to understand stability. I've not had any problems from my 7870XT and 8350 running games, so your rig should handle most games with ease out of the box. Overclocking is a good choice though. thumb.gif
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