Budget build - $1400 Max AUD

Hi guys.

I am looking at downsizing my current rig and going back to an AMD setup which will run cooler (R9 is hot as being reference) and more quiet than my i7 3770k, Corsair AIR 540D & AMD R9 290.

I don't mind losing some performance (obviously by down grading from the 290).

Can I please get some feedback on this part list? The total cost is $1380.00 AUD 

- AMD FX-8350 Eight-Core 4GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Black Edition

- Noctua NH-U9B SE2 Performance Cooler

- ASUS M5A99X-EVO-R2 /990X /Digi VRM 6+2

- G.Skill 16GB [SNIPER] DDR3-1866 F3-1866C10D-16GSR

- Samsung 250GB SSD 840 EVO SATA III 6Gbs 2.5 7mm 540MB/s/520MB/s

- Western Digital Blue 1TB SATA3 HDD 64M Caviar Blue WD10EZEX

- Gigabyte GV-R928XOC-3GD R9 280X 3G DVI-I HDMI 2x MiniDP

- Corsair CXM 750w Modular PSU

- NZXT H230 USB 3.0 White Mid Tower

- BitFenix Sleeved 8-Pin EPS 12V Extension Cable for Motherboard , 45CM, WHITE/BLACK

- BitFenix Sleeved 24-Pin ATX Extension Cable, 30CM, WHITE/BLACK


Any feedback is welcome.

It has to stay under $1400 AUD though.

the eight core really won't run much cooler than the 3770k, if at all

The heat isn't from the CPU - its from the R9 290 reference board.

Ever since going Intel and choosing the Carbide 540 AIR I have wanted to switch back to AMD and down size to a smaller case (personal preference here).

So yeah - the heat I was referring to is from the R9 290 reference.

I changed the GPU from the MSI to the Gigabyte Windforce.

I just read that the MSI has heat issues on the VRM which is the opposite of what I want.

Your current intel board should fit inside that new case (model of board would allow me to know for sure). Throwing the 3770k to the side would be a real waste, as it's a very nice CPU. And, for downsizing, Intel's 1155/1150 sockets really are king, as there are mITX, mATX and ATX options (owner of 3770k/p8z77i-deluxe). If it were me, i'd keep the CPU and go for an nvidia GPU (in the interest of thermals & sound)

I have already sold the i7 machine for nearly twice what this new AMD rig is costing ($2100) and as stated as well AMD is a personal preference for myself.

1) AMD is my preference (said many times now)

2) Total build cost is $1400 or under, leaving me a profit of $700 after selling my i7 rig.

3) Smaller more versatile machine with very similar performance.


I guess me asking for an opinion was more relating to not the hardware components but the variants more than anything.


And before someone says "You don't need 16GB of RAM" I do a lot of visualization so yes, I do.

Sorry, didn't know you didn't have your PC anymore, :P

I still have it, it hasn't been collected yet (not until tomorrow).

You're making me second guess whether I want to sell it now lol...