Before I begin I'd like to thank this site for giving me the knowledge and insight on creating my first build. I got a lot of information from this site along the way. Although things changed during the build process. I'm happy with my final product. If I had to do it again I may have gone a different route. So lets get down to why I actually built this Rig. I have been a console gamer for years. I personally enjoy Racing sims and spent a lot of my time on my ps3 with them over the years. I invested in a g27 wheel and built a custom racing wheel set-up recently. I couldn't wait to get my hands on Project Cars and get my wheel set-up and have at it on the new console. Well Logitec decided it was not going to release the drivers to Sony for the PS4 to become compatible with the G27 wheel. While it still works perfect for PS3, it has just become useless piece of nothing with a ps4. In hopes that Sony and Logitec would hash out their differences I waited. Well that never happened. Logitec did end up coming out with a new wheel (G29) that would be compatible with the ps4, BUT the g27 would still be useless. Logitec was pretty much forcing all consumers to purchase the new (G29) for use with the PS4. The two wheels are exactly the same just rebadged and a few fancy new buttons specific to the ps4. So instead of selling my old wheel (which was only a few months old) I said **** SONY and LOGITEC!!! I decided to try my hand at building a PC and become part of the PC gaming community. And boy, do I NOT regret it. Onto the build. First thing I picked out was the motherboard. Although finding out after the fact this is not an optimal overclocking motherboard it had everything I was looking for. And at the time it was msi's newest version of the 990fx chipset having usb 3.1 and looked pretty sweet as well. It also claimed to be crossfire ready having a two 2.0 16x pci express slots for another graphics card later down the road. (more on that later). Next was the CPU. I went with amd's 6 core fx6300. It was the perfect price to performance I needed to get up and running.
Next was PSU. This was a crap shoot for be because I did not know what graphics card I was going to go with yet. I want something that would handle a power hungry AMD card, if I ended up going that route. My buddy has had the same one in his computer for awhile and worked great for him with no issues. A fully modular 600watt PSU for right around 50 bucks after rebate. Price to performance was great so I jumped on it.
Next was storage. I knew I wanted a SSD boot drive with enough storage to get me off and running. The Kingston Hyper x savage was only a few doll hairs more than a Samsung Evo at the time. It also looks 100 times cooler and t is beefy!. Very heavy case and just feels very sturdy.
Next up GPU. This is where I was very conflicted. I knew I was going to be using two moniters. One for daily computing/browsing and emails. I also am used to gaming on my 60inch Samsung 4k tv. I still wanted to use that as a monitor for gaming. Price point here became a big issue. My budget at this point was right at $300 MAX! AMD and Nvidia both had their benefits and drawbacks. The biggest one was AMD 's graphics cards at that price point not having a HDMI 2.0 port. No HDMI 2.0 port meant no 4k output to my 4k TV. Nvidia had this covered. So I was leaning toward Nvidia. So basically my two choices where the gtx970 from Nvidia or the R9380 from AMD to keep me at my $300 max budget. Upon countless days of searching. I was up late one night and I stumbled across and r9 390 for $365. But this post was for $365 Canadian. I had to do a double take. I thought this must be a mistake. But the listing was for a BRAND NEW unopened box. I bought it on the spot and ended up getting it shipped to my door after taxes for about $280 USD!!! Still very happy about that. The company Club3d just also recently released an active adapter that will transport a 4k 60hz signal from displayport 1.2 to hdmi 2.0, solving my 4k issue.
The build went surprisingly easy with the help of a good buddy of mine. I did all the cable management and probably went way overkill with all the fans. But this being my first built I did not know any better. I thought, "Hey there is a spot for a fan here. I better put a fan there!" The case was pretty cheap and for all intents and purposes does its job. I do plan on putting a few more hard drives in for storage but for now she's up and running with a little help from a windows 7 CD key I bought off e bay for $13 . Installed it and immediately updated it to windows 10 and she purrs like a kitten. Check out the pics let me know if you like it or hate it, and feel free to ask any questions.
* Edit real quick on the motherboard. After installing the GPU and seeing the placement of the first card in relation to the second PCI express slot, IMHO there is not way on gods green earth you will be able to stuff another large graphics card in it. The cooler and fan shroud together is just way too big. First off it will be damn near touching the other card. It also def. would not clear my PSU. Even with a larger case I really don't see a second card being fitted onto this board with out running into all the headers on the bottom. Maybe if you water blocked them. MAYBE! Even then it would still be close. Take a look for yourself.