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First AMDish Build, been quite the project.

by TheRedstoneDev



Date Published

Jan. 29, 2015

Date Built

Dec. 27, 2014

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



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.

Comments Sorted by:

dragoon20005 4 Builds 9 points 45 months ago

+1 for using the FX9590

+1 for taming the beast CPU using Air cooling

Smk54 3 Builds 3 points 45 months ago

Overall nice build! The Asus wifi is great. I just used it in a new build, and it works really well. Cable management could be tighter.

TheRedstoneDev submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

i fixed the cable management today, it looks much cleaner in the picture i just posted.

Smk54 3 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Looks much better. I can sleep now, LOL!

TheRedstoneDev submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks! lol

TheRedstoneDev submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

For all of you who were wondering about my current oc then here it is, http://prntscr.com/5ys8s1

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. So reseating the heatsink did me wonders, (27-29C idle and 56-59C under load!) So i wonder how cool it is not overclocked >_> anyway guys, wish me luck!

staxs 2 points 45 months ago

Get custom water cooling for both CPU and GPU. They scream for it. Awesome build.

TheRedstoneDev submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Just recently i purchased the Corsair H110i GTX for the CPU. Doing alot better, but a custom loop is possible in the near future

staxs 1 point 35 months ago

Can you post temps after installing H110i?

welshdiesel 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

nice +1 whats your voltage on your cpu under load?

TheRedstoneDev submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

i will check when i get home, thanks for the feed back @ all of you

TheRedstoneDev submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

http://prntscr.com/5ys8s1 i bet this will help you, here :P

welshdiesel 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

can you check with cpu under load? jw if these 9590's actually have any headroom for overclocking. and thank you.

coolguy562 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

What Toshiba Satellite laptop did you have, I had a Satellite before I built my computer. Had to get my computer after the laptop shutdown and wouldn't turn on again due to overheating but I got it fixed.

TheRedstoneDev submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I have a toshiba c855d-s5340 it has started failing on me lately, i had to downgrade back to windows 7 after my CPU fan failed, i was quite disappointed that the CPU fan died after 3 years. But i guess it could be worse

coolguy562 2 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Ya, I have the c855d-s5359, I've never had the fan die but I had downloaded NZXT cam and it reported every so often the mobile APU reaching 90C and sometimes over....

TheRedstoneDev submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Mine stayed between 23.1C and 76.5C, i tried to use it for gaming (big mistake)

coolguy562 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Same here, and at the time I didn't own any resource demanding games.

jacobs4525 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

True. I own an S855 something-or-other with an A10, and it idles at 50-60c. Really bad cooling for a 15.6" notebook.

coolguy562 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

You're lucky you had an A10 mine had an E1-1200.

Eschaton 6 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Dude, those temps are actually freaking awesome for that processor. That you did this using an air cooler, AND overclocked it to the standard maximum, is even more impressive. I'm going to remember the Dark Rock Pro 3 now for sure. Holy cow.

Also, nice build I guess :D

TheRedstoneDev submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks! Its a little too warm for my preference, but i guess it isnt all the cpu cooler's fault, originally i thought those temps were really high for an idle but after further research it is just an overclocked 8350. The Dark Rock Pro Serves its purpose quite well.

Eschaton 6 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

If you ever plan on OCing your GPU like you did for your CPU, bust out some custom water cooling on it. The ACX cooler is faulty, and supposedly even the 2.0 version retains the heatpipe offset of the original.

TheRedstoneDev submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks for the heads up, i planned on a watercooling but a custom loop looks optimistic.

jacobs4525 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

The FTW edition is a different heatsink than the SSC, which was the flawed one. It has an aluminum plate that is welded to the heatpipes and covers the CPU, memory, and VRMs.

Eschaton 6 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Not the best solution, but at least it's a solution. What are temps like on it comparatively?

jacobs4525 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

60-65c-ish gaming, 73c in a closed case after an hour of furmark. It does its job well.

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aknives 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Monster of a build but I would've sold that gifted PSU and bought like an 850W-1000W 80+ Gold, that one is way too overkill.

xdenttim 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

it free and the higher the watts the quieter it is

xdenttim 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

great build m8 but what makes you say amdish build?

TheRedstoneDev submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I say AMDish because i had the Nvidia GPU, someone told me that the name "my first AMD build" wasnt suitable because of it.

xdenttim 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

that stupid amd build is something that has a amd cpu my build i will say its full amd tho the cpu the gpu and the ram and i ordering a amd ssd i got of amazon 64gb for 42 dollars

TheRedstoneDev submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Hey guys, i just cleaned up the cables quite alot and posted a new picture! Check it out!

cantrellcomputer 3 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I love the phantom! Probably my favorite full tower case out there.

EpicBro101 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

The **** do you need 1.6kws of power for!?

lonniedittmar 1 point 16 months ago

How many fans can fit?

daltonwg -1 points 45 months ago

AMD Build, Nvidia gpu?

TheRedstoneDev submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

I went from intel to and amd, i just like amd processors. Not nessissarily a complete AMD build in that sense. Thanks for pointing that out.

daltonwg 2 points 45 months ago

Not trying to be a **** or anything, and I liked your build, its worthy! Enjoy the game bro.

Interro-chan 1 Build -1 points 45 months ago

I really dont know why would you buy a 1600w PSU, I think 750w is future proof enough, since the nvidia cards are getting more power efficient every time, there is really no reason to have 1000w+ unless you have like 3 or 4 of them.

APEBuilt 3 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Yes, but his CPU can probably pull 300+ watts with that overclock. Also, Nvidia GTX 970/970s can get relatively high power consumption if you up the voltage.

archit134 1 point 45 months ago

He did not buy it, his friend donated it to him for the build. You might have missed that on top.

He probably stuck with it cuz it would save him money and probably he would SLI the card in the future or upgrade stuff or something..

Pickermatt90 0 points 37 months ago

After a few months the powerbill might make him think differently

pegotico 2 Builds -3 points 45 months ago

honestly I don't understand how you could spend so much money on a tier 3 psu... you could have gone with a EVGA G2 750 or 850 watt (both Tier 1 the best) which were enough and cost much much less and have a 10 year warranty. 1600 watts is overkill for your build....

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

I can understand your anxiety, since when does it matter how a psu looks. lol isn't the important thing the performance base on interior components... SOrry but this is the most updated list and the Hercules 1600 is under tier 3


Eschaton 6 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks for the facile reply; you know I meant look at its guts, not its grating.

Techpowerup, a review site that supposedly feeds that list (do people on that list actually do the reviews justice? how do they average out reviews from multiple sites using different metrics and testing methodologies?), had this to say about this exact PSU: "The Hercules-1600 uses nothing but Japanese caps, has great ripple suppression, high overall efficiency, and is supported by a five-year warranty."

Say what you want, but the OP's results are beyond criticism. 5.4ghz (without increasing the voltage much, I'd warrant, given his temps) on that chip is impressive, and he's having no other issues. Tier three on some list it may be, but it's hardly a PSU not worth having. He's just using it because it was donated to him; free beats "tier 1 lololol" most days, as long as you aren't putting your components in danger.

pegotico 2 Builds 4 points 45 months ago

i agree that nothing beats FREE!! and also agree that the list has errors, for example even though i don't like the CX series from corsair which is listed as tier 3, the 750 watt version should be listed as TIER 2, even jonnyguru has said that is there better of all CX series. There are many others errors.... When i wrote my comment i read through the parts, didn't read the first part when op said it was a gift (usually ppl write the reason for each part next to it, but my fault..... not reading whole description) I still believe the psu is extremely overkill and maybe he could sell it and get a better 750 or 850.

Eschaton 6 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

yeah, he could have included that in the PSU description area to avoid confusion for sure.

gigagoku12 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

read the description

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