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Red Assassin: My First Gaming Build (AMD FX-8350 / MSI R9 390)

by amadord903


I call this PC build the Red Assassin for three reasons:

  • It has an awesome red theme in most of the parts, case LED, and mouse/keyboard.
  • It is deadly powerful with an overclocked octacore AMD FX-8350 CPU (4.2ghz) and an MSI Radeon R9 390 with 8gb vram!
  • It is stealthy silent, while staying ice cold with the CM Hyper 212 Evo cooler.

I built this PC primarily for gaming and some work on programming/data analysis projects, but who am I kidding this thing is going to be primarily for game time! I've been using it for about a week now, it was easy to build with the help of my brother. The Corsair case had enough space for everything with good space for cable management. The FX-8350 was the best performance for dollar processor and it is performing beautifully. I've played with the MSI 970's OC Genie feature, which let's me overclock it with one click and so far it is stable running at 4.2ghz.

Gaming performance has been amazing! I am using an LG 2560x1080 Ultra Wide monitor, which is the most immersive and all around best gaming experience I've had in my entire life! With my R9 390, which I overclocked with MSI's gaming app, Fallout 4 runs at a solid 60 fps on Ultra at the 2k resolution (with some view distance lowered and godrays on medium).

The last thing I will say is an SSD is the way to go! The Samsung 850 Evo 500gb SSD I used for this case was a luxury, but the performance is incredible! It boots up in seconds and games load up lightning fast! I highly recommend this over a standard HDD.

Now time to play some more Fallout 4!

Part Reviews


I love this motherboard! It was easy to install and had all the features that I needed. The MSI support apps are also very cool, making it really easy to OC and control everything! And it supports Crossfire for future upgrading. It also looks cool and matches my build!


Fast, looks good, no issues, G.Skill has always been my favorite!


My god SSD powa' is amazing! Say goodbye to waiting for load times! A must for a true gamer.

Video Card

The crown jewel of my build! The MSI R9 390 performs extremely well. 60fps or more on everything I throw at it in 2k resolution. Can't wait to add another one for some Crossfire action. Don't believe all the naysayers that say it heats up, this thing is quiet and stays cool enough even under heavy gaming (and with some overclocking)!


Love the looks of this case, but it is a little tight. It barely fit my CM Hyper 212 Evo cooler. Other than that it has everything that I needed with good space for cable management. The build material feels solid and the side window let's you admire your creation!

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Amadorl608 3 points 34 months ago

Gratz bro, now add more pics ;)

amadord903 submitter 1 Build 3 points 34 months ago

We've come so far from our early PC gaming days playing Diablo I on our Dad's Pentium III Compaq Presario. Now we're 30 and we're still gaming, wahaha!

Amadorl608 2 points 30 months ago

update your build with better pics now that you got your galaxy s7 edge

amadord903 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Ok i will tonight

firespitter2917 2 points 34 months ago

+1 for using a r9 390 - my favourite card and also that is a clean first build personaly i would have cone with a low end i5 for gaming but you might have a different workload

amadord903 submitter 1 Build 3 points 34 months ago

Yes, the R9 390 is imo the best card in it's price range and better than the GTX 970. As for the CPU, I initially was going for the intel build, but then I looked at the price for the FX8350 ($98 on Jet.com) and I couldn't pass up on the performance for dollar! This let me put more cash into other places like my SSD.

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amadord903 submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

No, the price went back up to $154 :(

PhillipWeaver 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

What @Amadorl608 said, more pictures please, I definitely want to see what the inside looks like. +1

amadord903 submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Yes, I will add more pictures in crystal quality HD later tonight!

PhillipWeaver 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Thank you, I'm looking forward to it!

PhillipWeaver 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

The pictures look fantastic, and good cable management with the build.

amadord903 submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Thanks, the lighting was kind of bad so I used a flash, it's the best I could do for now.

detechtive 1 point 34 months ago

I was so confused for a moment. I thought that you had bought both a GTX 970 and an R9 390, I was questioning your judgement very hard.

amadord903 submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Would that even work???!

detechtive 1 point 34 months ago

I honestly don't think it would, but I'm not 100% sure so don't quote me on it.

PhillipWeaver 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

No, that wouldn't work. You could put another R9 390 in there and crossfire it, or you could put two 970's and SLI them, but you can't mix and match AMD/NVIDIA, or card models i.e. 380 and 390 or 970 and 960.

FJBucketts 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Do you need all 750W because I have a similar build I plan on building (minus the case fan and SSD) with a 600W power supply?

amadord903 submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

If you're going with the R9 390 the minimum power supply is 750W - it says it right on the box, so I wouldn't get anything lower than that. You might be able to get away with 600W, but I wouldn't risk it.

Panda02 1 point 32 months ago

Hi, I am building a pc very similar to yours. Btw nice build :) Anyways , fallout 4 runs very well, but I wanted to know how well this pc performs in other games like gta v , witcher 3, and other triple "a" titles. If of course you've tried them.


amadord903 submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Haven't tried gta v, but witcher 3 runs 60 fps on high-ultra without all the nvidia crap on, dying light 60+ fps ultra, tomb raider 60+ fps ultra, alien isolation 60+ fps ultra, shadow of mordor 60+ fps. I am playing these games on a 1440p resolution, and they all run great on ultra. The r9 390 is overkill for 1080p gaming and just perfect for 1440p/60fps gaming...if i wanted to go higher frames than that or 4k i would either need to crossfire or go for a fury card. The other thing however is i've overclocked my card using MSI Afterburner to 1100 gpu clock/1650 memory clock and this really makes a difference in performance. I could go even higher with overclock by tweaking the card voltage, but i have no need as i am already happy with the performance.

Panda02 1 point 32 months ago

Alright thanks! Glad to hear I didn't waste my money since I already bought the r9 390 , the ram and the msi 970 board. 2 questions and im done :) 1. Did you have to flash the bios like the site warned us? and 2. Do you think with an oc of 4.5 on the cpu and and a little overclock on the gpu could run gta 5 1080p 60fps on mostly ultra? I mean i see videos about it but I rather ask someone that I actually know owns the pc itself. Thanks for the reply :)

Panda02 1 point 32 months ago

And have you noticed any bottleneck with the gpu at 4.2 ghz? And if it would make a difference if it was at a 4.5 ghz? thanks

amadord903 submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

You don't have to worry about 1080p, this will probably run any game on ultra 60fps+ at 1080. I am playing Dying Light right now on ultra at 75fps in 1440p and the witcher 3 on High/Ultra at around 60fps in 1440p. It's only when you want to game at 1440p that you'll need to overclock a bit to hit 60fps+ on the more graphically intensive games.

TylerCooper 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

+1! Really awesome setup man! The colors look amazing in there. How do you like the 390? I plan to upgrade to one for myself pretty soon :)

amadord903 submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

After having my PC for a while now I have to admit that even though I love the R390, for 1440p gaming I think i would have rather gone with the R9 Fury, especially now that you can get the Nano for about 400-450. R390 is great and it handles all the games i've tried on ultra/60fps, but I think it's worth getting that extra power and getting even more frame rates for 1440p gaming. If you are just doing 1080p gaming then the r9 390 would be all that you need.

Malviya_divy 1 point 31 months ago

Hey, im looking forward to build same system (8350 + 390) , what is your experience with this build?

What fps you get in csgo?

amadord903 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Haven't tried csgo but i play star wars battlefront and it gives 75fps constant