First Gaming PC Build; Help!

Hey! My first post here at tom's hardware, and I just had a question about compatibility and performance. I bought an Alienware x51 last year, and it ran current gen games at mid to high settings just fine, but looking out into next year with games like star citizen coming out, it just wasn't going to cut it. I decided to go with a fresh start and build my own rig. Here's the list of parts i was going to purchase from newegg, if you guys had any input or suggestions as to compatibility and or how it will handle next-gen games, it would be much, much appreciated:)

Case: CM Storm Stryker - White Full Tower Gaming Computer Case with Handle and External 2.5 inch Drive Dock (

CPU: AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0GHz (

GPU: XFX Black Edition Double Dissipation R9-290A-EDBD Radeon R9 290 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 (

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard (

PSU: Fractal Design Integra R2 750W ATX12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Power Supply (

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (

Hard Drive: WD BLACK SERIES WD1003FZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (

SSD: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (
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    You're PSU is ok but if you want a better one refer to this
    You want dual sticks 2x_ for RAM, here is a good 8gb one
    a good 16 gb
    Everything else is good. You'll be able to run all, if not most games maxed out, including games in the future ( you have a nice GPU ). If you can switch to an i5 CPU, it'd get even better, but they cost a lot more so I'll leave that up to you. If you do switch to an i5 you'll need a different mobo
  2. Thanks a ton for the input! I think I'm gonna take your advice and go with the i5, but if you had any suggestions as to what mobo would work best for my rig, that would be pretty helpful. Thanks!
  3. Do you want to overclock or no? If you want to overclock, I'd recommend an unlocked processor like the 4690k, if you don't plan to overclock then the 4690 will do fine. You'd also need to get a different motherboard if you oc/not oc. Just tell me what you're looking to do and I'll help you out, when I can
  4. Well it's always nice to have the ability to oc, but then i'd have to get an aftermarket fan. Still, it's only like an extra 20$ to have it unlocked, so maybe it's worth it?
  5. Yeah, and you could always buy the fan later in if you're not overclocking right away.
  6. Anyways what's your budget for the whole build. I'll create a build for you and see if it fits you or not. I will keep your case, GPU, etc, will just change a couple things to make it ideally better
  7. 1500$ would be my max budget, thanks for your time and effort!
  8. Ok will try to create a build soon. Gonna eat real quick though
  9. Haha ok:P
  10. PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($35.98 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-G1.SNIPER Z97 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($215.98 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($339.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Storm Stryker (White) ATX Full Tower Case ($119.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($80.00 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($26.97 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit) ($142.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $1506.85
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Here's the build, it does touch your max budget though. However this is including the OS, if you don't need one, then you can cut $142 off, if you do need one but don't need the pro version they sell windows 8.1 64 but for $89 so you'll save $50 through that. This include dual sticks of ram like I said in my first post. They are very fast ran sticks as well and are high quality. Opted for 8gb because really all you need is 4 and the only reason you'd need 16 is if you're doing very heavy graphical editing, etc. I changed your SSD as well. This one is better for value. You get 516gb SSD for $200. Yes it is a bit slower the evo pro, but this SSD is much faster than a hard drive, like any SSD, not to mention you get more space to store programs in it. PSU is tier 2a, it's a very good quality PSU. You can get a cheaper motherboard, but really though, this one is a great motherboard. It's good for overclocking, good upgradability, not to mention nice features specifically pointed at gaming. You could also cut down on the GPU. Really a 280x is enough to max out all games. A 290 is good as well but for 1920x1080 all you need is a 280x, however I kept the 290 in your build. If you decide to go for the 280x instead, you'll save yourself some money. Anyways, this build will have no trouble maxing out any game ( well unless a game like watch_doge where people with titans can max it out because of poor optimization ). You could probably stream/record at the same time and still have no problem maxing out. Just tell me if you have any other questions ( private message or just post in this thread )
  11. Wow, just under the budget nice! Is the 512gb ssd worth it? Or do you think I could get away with a 128gb and put the 100$ towards a better video card?
  12. Well as I stated before the 290 will be good enough to max out all games, assuming your on 1920x1080. What res will you be playing on? Also only you know how big of an SSD needs. Things like OS and games, and most used programs tend to go into SSDs, while others such as files and other programs that are not used as often go into a HDD. Just for reference OS tends to take 20-30 gb itself. Most games also tend to take 20gb
  13. How many gigs will Windows be? Because if it's big, I can see why you went with 512gb, good find for 200$ by the way!
  14. As I said, windows (the OS) tends to take 20-30gb itself
  15. Oh sorry, didn't see your last post:P
  16. Yeah SSDs are all on you. Me for example, I'd be ok with a 256gb. That's because I don't play a lot of games. 20/30gb OS. 20gb SC2 WoL , 20gb SC2 HotS, 20gb WoW, 20gb LoL, 20gb BF3, and probably another 20gb for SC2 LotV when it comes out. I don't use an SSD though, I put everything on a HDD. SSD don't help with multiplayer game sleep in mind. Single player, yes faster loading times, but Thad where it stops, once the game is loaded SSD has had its use. Multiplayer, you usually have to wait for other guys to load, but if you're like me and like to win "loading races" then SSD would be good for you.
  17. My native res is 1900x1200p, and I don't think I'll be needing Windows 8.1 pro, so that can shave 50$, and I was going to go with some other model of the 290, and it was like a hundred dollars more, so good find again! How many stream processors are in this 290?
  18. Ya I personally don't think I'll be needing 512gb of ssd, but I mean I still really new to this
  19. All 290s are the same. Some just come overclocked/with better cooler. This one has a very nice cooler. Will have no problems playing at your current res.
  20. Nice! I'm really liking this build!
  21. Ok. Good luck with this build :D Hope everything goes well for you. Private message me, if you've got anymore questions. Good luck :)
  22. Thanks man, you've made my first forum experience a good one! :)
  23. No problem. Glad I could help :)
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