|"I had a guy pick out the parts and assemble it"|
Apparently he did a piss-poor job at both. Why get a high end FX CPU & a Solid State Drive, then connect them to a crappy motherboard with slow RAM?
"I went with what I could afford"
Then you should have skipped the $160 SSD & gotten a 1TB standard hard drive for about $60. The $100 you would have saved could have gone toward a decent motherboard & RAM. Heck, the AMD 970 boards I linked to in response #1 are practically the same price as the one you ended up with so there's really no excuse for going with the board you have. It was simply a poor choice. The RAM choice was plain out wrong! There's absolutely no excuse for getting DDR3-1333 to go with a CPU that supports DDR3-1866. And it should have been 2 x 8GB, not 4 x 4GB.
See the following discussion about the chipset your board is based on:
I suggest you print out this thread & show it to whoever built this system for you. I doubt any of the hardware will be switched out but he should fix whatever the problem is. My guess is improper thermal paste application (should have used the middle dot method). The power supply is another possibility; the +12v split design should have been avoided. Also, the BIOS settings should be manually configured & the RAM should be tested with memtest86.
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