So this was my first AMD build (sorry about the nvidia graphics card :/ just what i prefered at the time of buying the parts.), it has been quite the thrill to build this computer, starting with my god awful Toshiba Satellite laptop, I have always dreamed of having an actual gaming build, I hope I didn't bottleneck anything and if so let me know, also thanks to my friend Harrison White (iOS App Developer) He donated the Rosewill Hercules 1600W. Couldnt ask for anything more. I love this build even though the case is quite massive, but please drop a comment to any concerns. Thanks.
CPU: AMD FX-9590 4.7GHz 8-Core Pros: Handles anything I throw at it quite nicely. The thing is a powerhouse, quite literally. Cons: Runs hot. Other Notes: This is just an overclocked AMD FX-8350, Nothing too special except the price.
CPU Cooler: Corsair H110i GTX Pros: a relatively quiet cooler, on quiet mode that is, the pump is virtually silent. Even on performance mode. Cons: very big. Didn't really fit in my case, had to find room Other Notes: check compatibilities before buying parts.
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme9 ATX AM3+ Pros: Great for overclocking, The BIOS layout is really clean and easy to use. Cons: None. I love this mobo. Other Notes: What can I say? It has extreme in the name!
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Pros: Very fast and works for any game I play. Cons: Price. Other Notes: Dont Buy 16gb of RAM if you plan on buying any operating system under a Pro edition of windows. Learned that in this build.
SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" SSD Pros: Great for the price I purchased it at. 100$ Also very fast. Cons: Does not fit in any of the trays in my Case. it just lays in the tray loose. Other Notes: I use this to boot my OS and my favorite games.
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Pros: Great value for the price. Cons: None. Other Notes: None.
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB FTW ACX 2.0 Pros: This thing is amazing, it can handle all the next-gen games with a stable 30+ fps. And you dont pay the extra 100$ for the 980. Great GPU. Cons: Once the temperature hits around 80°C the fans run at full rpm. gets loud. Other Notes: Going to get a Dual-Sli for this build, would be nice for the extra power.
Case: NZXT Phantom ATX Full Tower Pros: Cable management made easy, alot of space, comes with fans (2 140mm Side fans, 1 200mm Exhaust fan (Top) and one rear 120mm Fan). Cons: There was barely enough space for my CPU Cooler. Also the case takes up alot of space, it stands to my waist sitting on the ground, very heavy. Other Notes: The color scheme is really odd, its red and black and then the led fans it comes with is blue, which doesnt match.
Power Supply: Rosewill 1600W ATX12V / EPS12V Pros: This thing is a powerhouse, supplies power for any need i will ever have. Multiple spare cables. Cons: This thing will kill your power bill. Very large, Semi-Module. Other Notes: I had to take out one of the drive racks to fit this in my case, also a nice metal box. ALSO for you who were too lazy to read the WHOLE description (you know who you are) This was gifted to me, i did not purchase this.
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer Pros: Does its job Cons: Loud bootup and shakes the bracket it is in. Makes a little bit of noise. Other Notes: Does its job, i really dont use it alot. it sits unplugged in my case unless i need to use it.
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32/64-bit) Pros: ehh Cons: multi screen support is awful, especially with two different resolutions Other Notes: I would have purchased windows 7 if it was at staples. This is just what they had on hand at the time.
Thanks guys for checking out my build and please leave your comments below, it will help out when i decide to do my next build. I have yet to take new measurements of speed and heat. Bear with me. Specific questions about any of these parts? Contact me on Skype at: live:colinmasters00
Edit: Sorry about the ram being slightly different, this is the closest thing i could find to the ram I have. Sorry for any inconveniences that have been made.
Edit #2: More detailed Notes for the PSU
Edit #3: ALSO if you did not notice that the back screw was missing of the cpu mount, (Shown in the pictures above) i ordered a new one and it made a world of difference.
Edit #4: Cleaned up the wiring, build looks much more clean. Also moved the GPU to PCI1 for more a better cable layout. And added two rear USB 3.0 ports (i just had some spare ones on hand and thought, what the heck, might as well use them)
Edit #5 Purchased new montiors, new CPU cooler, adding information about the monitors later. I've only had them for a week.