I've been delaying building a real computer for a long time. My gaming history started on console and then moved to a cheap toshiba laptop and then most recently a Lenovo Y500 with SLI which is pretty nice but as time drags on my laptop is having a harder time keeping up with new games. So i forked out the cash to build my own computer.
The Processor: I chose the AMD FX-9590 . It has the fastest base speed of any processor out there. Also it has 8 cores, which is definitely sweet and helluva lot cheaper than any intel 8-core CPU, but of course it doesnt run as well as an intel but does a super good job. Ive ran comparisons with CPU-Z and the fx-9590 barely lags behind an i7-6700k. The comparisons showed that the AMD certainly wasnt the best CPU ever but it wasnt far behind intel either. For being a 2 year old CPU it was only marginally behind the brand new 6700k and when overclocked there were times it even did better. The reason i didnt go with an Intel 4790k or 6700k is because of the shear price and all my buddies game with intel. I like being the black sheep with something a little different. I know alot of people call this CPU an overpriced heater but when i did the research to see why they say that its because they didnt have proper cooling for it like using a single CPU fan and not liquid cooling like AMD says is required. the only problem i have with this processor is its low tolerance to heat. in my endeavors to overclock this beast i just cant get much out of it because its tolerance is about 65 degrees and then the system starts crashing. newer AMD chips have higher tolerances up to 80 so i was a little disappointed with this one since its the top of the FX series line. but nonetheless 4.7GHz is awesome and i can bump it up to 5.0GHz with no problem.
Cooling: since i was talking about cooling on the CPU i figured this was a good place to start. AMD says The FX-9590 should only be run with liquid cooling. I picked up the Corsair H110i GT. It's supposed to be about as simple as a heatsink or CPU fan to install. And it was! i just clipped it in and screwed the radiator to the top of the case and plugged in the wires and it was good to go. It has a 280mm radiator which is no problem for my giant case which i will get to next. I thought i was gonna have to fiddle with tubing and adding water and a pump. None of that is needed. Its all self contained. The case also comes with 2 fans. a Big intake fan in the Front and a smaller exhaust in the rear. my room seriously gets colder with this setup. no more need for my ceiling fan lol.
Case: The Thermaltake Core X9 Snow Edition is a huge case and its very pretty. I picked the case up with the motherboard from a friend was going to build a computer but decided against it. So his loss was my gain. I got a huge case that can do anything and a motherboard for super cheap. The case comes with 2 fans already installed. One large one in the front and another in the back. I think in the manual it says it can support up to 32 120mm fans. Thats just overkill. But ill be adding more fans as i need more. But with the room in this case airflow shouldnt ever have a problem. the case has so much room. it comes with 6 hot swap hard drive bays plus one to slap under the motherboard. as you can tell in my picture with horrible cable management on my part there is so much room left for activities! the only issue ive found with the case is that the side panels sometimes dont like to get back into place with their thumbscrews but besides that its great.
Motherboard: so i got the motherboard from the guy who i got the case from. Its not the motherboard i would have chosen but it does support the FX-9590 and thats what really matters. It was a steal at 120$ and on newegg its almost always sold out. The only complaints i have about the motherboard is that it only has 1 USB 3.0 header which only enables half of the USB ports on the front of my case. So 2 ports will sadly only be decoration. Also one of the PCIe x16 slots is directly above the HD audio header, power switch header, and motherboard speaker header so if you put a graphics card there some of those connections might get a little tight. Other than that its god a good red and black color scheme if thats what youre going for(sadly my case is white so theres some clash going on). the UEFI BIOS is nice and has tools for overclocking to make it super easy.
RAM: 8GB should be good. Im not too worried about the clock speed of my RAM. When i get a couple extra bucks ill upgrade to 16GB. Specific brand wasnt really a big push for me because its just memory and it will do its job. I havent seen any complaints about Kingston so i figured i was gonna be alright. so far in my build i did encounter a ram leak where it would slowly get consumed when downloading alot like from steam or origin. the fix for this had nothing to do with the ram it was just the wrong network driver that came with the mobo. went to the killer website and got the right one.
Storage: ive never heard of Mushkin before but they have the cheapest 512GB SSD out there and anytime someone has had an issue with a part their customer service is right there to get it resolved so i feel like im covered when it comes to that. Also its got some pretty fantastic read and write speeds. Ive also got a 500GB seagate 5400rpm hard drive out of my buddies laptop when he upgraded to an SSD. Got that for free so thats nice to have some free storage. and i stole the 1TB HHD out of my own laptop as well and it has a hidden partition with windows 8 so i can always plop it back into my laptop anytime i want.
Graphics card: XFX Radeon R9 390. This card is just one of the best cards out there. It sits right between an Nvidia GTX 970 and 980. And its good value for the price. Also it shouldn't be too hard to overclock a bit since XFX sells overclocked versions of the exact same card. And when i get a nice chunk of change ill buy another one and go crossfire.
Power supply: EVGA 1000W 80+ Gold certified. Yea its a little overkill but its fully modular and when i upgrade to more graphics cards itll definitely come in handy. I never have to worry about not having enough power.
Temps: i used CPUID HWmonitor for all temps. and did stress tests for the numbers provided. i used prime95 for CPU and furmark for GPU. The GPU idles around 30 and under 100% load for a few minutes reached 75 and stayed there.