Building a new PC and need advice


Just need help before I commit and purchase the following items. I did post a previous thread on here as I purchased a R9 280X and it didn't work with my M3N78 Pro motherboard so I'm thinking what the heck time to build a new machine. Thanks to those who gave me feedback regarding the Mobo and GFX card. I've returned it and now looking to take the plunge and get a new Rig!

Here is a list of components that I intend to purchase this week and get a friend of mine to help me build it.

CPU: AMD FX 8350 Black Edition, Vishera, 8 Core, S AM3+, 4.0GHz, 16MB Total Cache, 125W, Retail

MOTHERBOARD: Asus Sabertooth 990FX Rev 2, AMD 990FX, S AM3+,
DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, PCIe 2.0 (x16), ATX, Rev2

RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance Blue DDR3 PC3-12800(1600), Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.5V

PSU: 860W Corsair AX860 Full Modular, 80 PLUS Platinum, 92% Eff', EPS 12V, SLI/CrossFire, 1 x 120mm Fan, ATX PSU

GFX: 4GB MSI Radeon R9 290X TWIN FROZR IV, 28nm, 5000MHz GDDR5, GPU 1040MHz, 2816 Streams, DPort/DVI/HDMI

CASE: Nanoxia Deep Silence 5 Black Low Noise Big Tower PC Case

HD: 2X 1TB WD WD10EFRX RED 24x7, SATA 6Gb/sec, 64MB Cache, IntelliPower, 8ms NAS/Enterprise

Firstly I need to ask will I have any issues with these components in general, to be honest it's turning out to be rather expensive and I just want to ensure that it goes smoothly.

I'm thinking of installing either the Corsair H100i Hydro Series CPU Water Cooler or even the H110 .. It states that Hydro Series H100i requires a case with dual 120mm fan mounts with 15mm spacing for a 240mm radiator I believe the H110 is a 280mm radiator and better and less noisy despite the software controls. My quesiton is... Will the case take the 280mm as I would need to purchase the H110 from a different supplier.

According to the case spec it will install either a 240 or 280mm rad on the top or front of the case.

Reason I'm posting on here is I've had bad luck with computers and considering I'm just about to spend nearly £1300 on parts I need to be absolulty sure about this hence why I'm posting.

I've searched online in relation to the CPU watercooling and some say get H100i and replace with Noctua NF-F12 fans and I've also read the 280mm rad is bigger fans less speed less noise produced.

Anyway if someone can check the spec generally and let me know your thoughts and if the water cooler will fit I would be seriously thankful.

I've had a nightmare thus far with my current machine not taking a GFX card which is all i wanted in the first place so now it's time to build a new machine and I need some guidance.

Thanks in advance
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  1. All of your components should work together just fine. The case you selected is a full tower case so it's huge. The H100i can fit some mid tower cases like my Corsair 600T, so you've got plenty of room to spare! Sorry you've had bad luck. To help change that, put together your same components here: and it has a compatiblity checker built in. When there are red flags it tells you what they are so it's pretty thorough. Nothing is 100% bulletproof but just from what I can see you don't have any issues.
    The stock fans on either the h100i or h110 should be good but if you want more silence the noctua's have a great rep but I don't use them.
    The only thing I didn't see that I really recommend is getting an SSD and just put your OS on there, so a small 128GB should be fine (I'm getting a 240GB soon but I'm using a 120GB right now) and you'll appreciate the performance! I like the Corsair GS 240GB btw.
    Have fun with your new build!


    Justin S.
  2. I wouldn't use ROG/Sabertooth boards. They tend to be thoroughly overpriced and overkill.

    RED drives are pricey for little benefits over Blue (same goes for Black), and IntelliPower is a marketing way of avoiding saying 5400RPM (I believe). Get cheap Blue/Barracuda 7200 drives. Also, look at just getting one big drive and an SSD for the OS/programs.

    Platinum PSUs are something of a waste of money currently. If you're not going to CF/SLI get a 600W+ one from the second list in my sig, if you do want to run two cards get ~850W.

    You may want to consider switching to an i5-4670K.

    All AMD's high-end cards are currently overpriced due to high demand from LiteCoin mining. Consider a 780Ti.

    I'd recommend a Noctua NH-D14. CLLCs tend to be overpriced and not perform much better than a good air cooler.
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