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Need help with my first pc build!

My PC:

CPU: AMD FX 9590 Black Edition

CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i Extreme Water Cooler

OS: Windows 8.1 (64-bit)

Motherboard: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3

Memory: 8GB Corsair 1866mhz Vengeance (2x4GB)

Hard Drives/Sdd: Samsung 250GB 840 Evo SSD + 1TB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s

Optical Drive: 22x DVD+RW DL S-ATA

GPU: AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB

Case: In Win GROne

PSU: 750W Corsair CS Modular

Is this a good pc setup? Im open to suggestions and tips. Thanks!!
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  1. Short answer: No.

    You don't need that CPU until you want to absolutely fry your build with no performance increase over an OCed FX 8 whatsoever.

    The CS is a low quality PSU and not worth getting for high ends builds. EVGA SuperNova/ Antec HCG/ SeaSonic M12II/S12II/ XFX Pro series are much better.

    Also, I'd rather get RJX over Corsair sticks as they're low profile and cheaper.

    Can you tell the approximate budget and specific use (gaming/ rendering or developing/ general use/ multipurpose/ etc) so I can suggest something better?
  2. AMD FX 9 serie isn't worth the money, you'll get much more performance from a Intel I5 4690.

    Give your preference between AMD and Intel if there is one. Also give your Budget because there is work to do.

    - PSU is too cheap for the build, i would get a Antec HCG or a XFX PSU.

    - Do you really need a Corsair H100i ? It's a very good Cooler, but you need to overclock if you buy this one. Will you overclock ?

    - Of course, if you plan on another CPU, then another motherboard will be to consider.

    Tell us from where you are so we con check for good pricing and tell us your budget !
  3. If you are going to spend that much for a CPU and motherboard then you should look at an intel cpu and motherboard IMO, or just get an AMD FX 8130 and overclock it. It would be the same anyway as the Fx-9590 once it's overclocked. They all hit about the same maximum frequency as well.
  4. Okay, thanks for the swift replies!!

    Firstly, this computer will be primarily for gaming but also surfing the web and some media school work (as I am in school still).

    Secondary, I have never gone with AMD and just wanted to try an 8-core cpu @ 4.7Ghz (turbo 5Ghz).

    This pc was around £1300 from Dino PC. I went on there just cause they should be all compatible and stuff. Im a bit of a rookie with all this so any advice is welcome! I'm considering buying from a company a customized build or just buy the components and build myself, just a bit conscious about the shipping costs.

    The types of games I would play are DayZ, Arma 2-3 and stuff like that. I just want a nice looking decent pc. My budget is around £1200-1300.

    Ohh and with the H100i I thought the CPU would get very hot!

    Thanks for the help! :)
  5. So if I understand, you will not be overclocking. with your price budget, intel is your beest choice.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£65.45 @ More Computers)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£83.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290X 4GB Video Card (£349.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£37.99 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£58.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £788.29
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-25 15:54 BST+0100
  6. I like it, thanks mate! And its £700!! Thanks man! Just being picky here. I was looking at a clear side panelled case with good ventilation and was going to put some aftermarket fans on it. Can I adjust the fan speeds? And no CPU cooler? What RAM would you suggest also?

    So this is what i'm looking at:

    PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Vxqn99
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/Vxqn99/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£155.94 @ Scan.co.uk)
    Motherboard: ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£65.45 @ More Computers)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£83.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290X 4GB Video Card (£349.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£37.99 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: XFX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£58.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£79.75 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £868.04
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-25 16:05 BST+0100

    Still open to suggestions and other peoples builds.

    Thanks!
  7. Best answer
    epcbacn77 said:
    Okay, thanks for the swift replies!!

    Firstly, this computer will be primarily for gaming but also surfing the web and some media school work (as I am in school still).

    Secondary, I have never gone with AMD and just wanted to try an 8-core cpu @ 4.7Ghz (turbo 5Ghz).

    This pc was around £1300 from Dino PC. I went on there just cause they should be all compatible and stuff. Im a bit of a rookie with all this so any advice is welcome! I'm considering buying from a company a customized build or just buy the components and build myself, just a bit conscious about the shipping costs.

    The types of games I would play are DayZ, Arma 2-3 and stuff like that. I just want a nice looking decent pc. My budget is around £1200-1300.

    Ohh and with the H100i I thought the CPU would get very hot!

    Thanks for the help! :)




    You don't need anything more than FX 8 or i5 haswell refresh for gaming. FX 9 is not at all recommendable. It runs hot and while its an octa core, but has less FPU, only 4 modules, more power sharing and less performance than any FX 8 or i5 OCed in terms of gaming. Its just like 8 cores getting resources for 4.

    Do not go with pre built PCs, atleast custom build yours from a good company or the best is to make it yourself. Shipping costs won't really matter considering your budget and the fact that it'll be much more powerful than any pre built.

    Your games are not really the most demanding, but with your budget, you'll be able to play the most demanding ones comfortably on ultra (like BF4, Watch Dogs, FC3, Crysis 3, etc).

    Lol no no need for liquid coolers until you engage in really serious OCing (or we can say enthusiast level).

    Here's a much better build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£164.34 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler (£64.90 @ Amazon UK)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£100.52 @ Ebuyer)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£126.00 @ Kustom PCs)
    Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£83.99 @ Amazon UK)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£35.94 @ Aria PC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB Superclocked ACX Video Card (£496.47 @ Ebuyer)
    Case: Fractal Design Define R4 (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£67.19 @ Aria PC)
    Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply (£74.29 @ CCL Computers)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£10.22 @ CCL Computers)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£79.75 @ Amazon UK)
    Total: £1303.61
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-25 16:06 BST+0100

    You can lower the memory to 8GB (plenty for now) and arrange costs there.
  8. Thanks guys for everyones input in this! It looks like I probably will be going for that one ;)

    So everything compatible and can fit in it? Just want to check as my trust is in you. Also, what is the life expectancy for this pc? Cause my other pc is alive and its 7 years old.

    Thanks!
  9. epcbacn77 said:
    Thanks guys for everyones input in this! It looks like I probably will be going for that one ;)

    So everything compatible and can fit in it? Just want to check as my trust is in you. Also, what is the life expectancy for this pc? Cause my other pc is alive and its 7 years old.

    Thanks!



    I don't know for sure which build are you talking about. My build will give atleast 4 years of Ultra gaming.
  10. Ohhh sorry... It was your one :) And also how easy would you say this build would be? Will the components come with the instructions how to install?

    Thanks!
  11. epcbacn77 said:
    Ohhh sorry... I was your one :) And also how easy would you say this build would be? Will the components come with the instructions how to install?

    Thanks!


    Trust me its a rookie's job. Easy as cake. Everything will come with every single instruction to how to go about installing them. Also, you may just see some PC building tutorials like 'How to build a Computer' series by Newegg TV on youtube. You'll enjoy assembling it, like a big lego castle ;)
  12. MeteorsRaining said:
    epcbacn77 said:
    Ohhh sorry... I was your one :) And also how easy would you say this build would be? Will the components come with the instructions how to install?

    Thanks!


    Trust me its a rookie's job. Easy as cake. Everything will come with every single instruction to how to go about installing them. Also, you may just see some PC building tutorials like 'How to build a Computer' series by Newegg TV on youtube. You'll enjoy assembling it, like a big lego castle ;)


    Thank you dude. I am really really happy I have make this post as I now have an awesome pc to build! Thanks for not making me go with my original, that would have went bad.

    Really thanks man! And thank you everyone for your imput on this :)

    Peace out.
  13. Glad to help!
    PS: Don't mind selecting a best answer :)
  14. How may I ask.. Just made this account today for this topic were on. lol xD
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