I will bet you dollars to donuts the ram is causing your issues. I got the flarex after the team extreme stuff sucked and never looked back...never had an issue on the baymax with the 1800x at 4gig and 3200 and as for overclocking these things are a little different than intel so no they will not overclock that much but if you grab a 1700 and get 4 gig out of it that's a BIG overclock so simply get that instead of a 1800x...those chips are really for those folks that want the better4 chip than runs fastest out of the box. as for power usage it isn't that bad even overclocked. it is not as good as the intel but it is not all that worse and if you look at the hedt chips the intels use insane amounts overclocked. http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/intel-coffee-lake-i7-8700k-cpu,review-34037-12.html case in point a 1800x at 4g vs a 8700k with less cores... tsk tsk intel and the temps....ewww so yeah oh and the msi boards not a fan so many people had so many little issues with them I wrote them off day one.