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!
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.
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.
Great motherboard with a ton of useful features (even though I haven't used them). Very straight-forward and user friendly BIOS settings.
Combine this with how fast Windows 8/8.1 boots up = godly fast boot-up speeds.
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.
Awesome and sexy case!