Description

This build is a revision of my previous build: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/49BPxr

This is mainly for 1080 - 1440 resolution gaming at "Very High" - "Ultra" settings. Later in the future, I will had two more screens which should take advantage of the R9 390's 8GBs of VRAM. I'm not really interested into the higher resolutions because I do not notice much difference with image quality up close with a monitor (unless I use a huge TV).

NOTE - I'm using the XFX R9 390 (R9-390A-8DFR) that I bought from a retail store. They offer a lifetime warranty which sold me over an EVGA GTX 970 (04G-P4-3979-KB) and so far I am satisfied.

PROs: - Very attractive case that offers a ton of space and customization for most parts. - The Corsair fans are amazingly silent obviously when they're running at low RPMs. - The XFX R9 390 can surprisingly keep up with a GTX 970 even though it's technically a "refreshed" R9 290. - Any SSD with Windows 8/8.1 = godly fast boot times IMO. - The FX-8350 is amazing for its price and with the H100i cooling it, I can safely overclock to 4.5GHz if not more.

CONs: - Occasional crashes due to the R9 390. Waiting for drivers that could, hopefully, fix these issues. - A warmer room.

Conclusion: I'm really happy so far with what I got. I do think that my CPU will be the bottleneck most of the time (I might be wrong). I have been playing Far Cry 4 on Ultra settings for a week now and it's been persistently smooth. I'm definitely going to get more games to try and max out on all settings later on (since I'm broke). I would really like some feedback from the community and hopefully learn some potential upgrades/revisions for the future.

Thanks for your time!

Part Reviews

CPU

Gets the job done! My first CPU to get and so far I have had no problems with it. I'm running it on an ASUS motherboard with a stable overclock to 4.3GHz. Only issue is the heat this guy outputs.

CPU Cooler

Really cool AIO liquid cooler. Really helps my FX-8350 stay under 50 degrees while gaming. Another plus is the software to customize the lighting on the cooler. My only con is the fans and how loud they can get.

Motherboard

Great motherboard with a ton of useful features (even though I haven't used them). Very straight-forward and user friendly BIOS settings.

Storage

Combine this with how fast Windows 8/8.1 boots up = godly fast boot-up speeds.

Video Card

Can surprisingly keep up with a GTX 970 even though it's technically a "refreshed" R9 290. A few minor crashes so far but overall it's a great card for the price. Compared to the GTX 970, 4GBs more VRAM really does help for multi-screen setups and that's what I was mainly going for.

Case

Awesome and sexy case!

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Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 5 points

I'd get a 390 instead of a 970 so then you wont hit that 3.5gb ram limit.

  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

Pretty good build, I like who choose AMD stuff versus Intel. :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Klipsch Pro Media's ftw

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

We have the same motherboard, processor, gpu, thermal compound, mouse, and the same kind of cooler (mine is a Silverstone 240mm radiator). Weird! I'll be uploading pics of my build and all that stuff soon. I'm currently waiting for my gpu to arrive. (:

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Let me know when you get it finished! I haven't ran into any problems with mine yet and I'm sure yours will work out great.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

finished! check it out --- https://pcpartpicker.com/b/Y2D8TW

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

this a nice build im about to do something similar and seeing it all together is nice

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet build, thanks for sharing!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

+1! Really cool build man. The fans looks amazing with this case. Really cool setup overall, too. Great cable management, as well, from what I can see. I actually had trouble deciding between this same monitor and another, which I ended up getting instead. How's that 390 treating you? I plan to upgrade to one soon :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Sorry for the late reply... I haven't had any issues with the 390 since it was first released due to the weird driver software issue. I've played FarCry 4, BF4, MGS:V and a few other high-end games on High/Ultra settings with no issues as long as you have anti-aliasing low or off. Other games like CSGO, LoL, etc. will run smoothly on high FPS. I did OC slightly but did not notice any difference in performance but I honestly haven't had the time to test and benchmark a good setting for it so I ended up putting it back to factory settings. Hope this helps!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Put the GPU in the first full size 16x slot.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha, yeah. My OCD is picking up just by looking at it like that. Will do soon once I have some free time.

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  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

yeah, he has his wireless card there so it's most likely being powered as a 16x even though the card is 1x

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm wanting to use the r9 390 in my pc build but I think it would be really cool if I was able to paint the backplate of the card white. Given that there is no white r9 390... How difficult is it to remove the backplate on this card so I would be able to paint it?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't tried removing it yet. I'm sure it's not too difficult because I can only see 4 screws attached. May want to check other posts for it.

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