My first build, feedback is appreciated

Here is the Gaming PC I plan on building in a month. If there is anything you see that can be improved upon without raising the price significantly or that is more compatible please let me know.

  • CPU AMD FX-9370 4.4GHz 8-Core $219.99
  • CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid $99.99
  • Motherboard Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z ATX AM3+ $224.99
  • Memory Mushkin Blackline 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 $155.00
  • Storage Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" SSD $203.29
  • Toshiba 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM $99.99
  • Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 280X 3GB $398.98
  • Case Fractal Design Define XL R2 (Black Pearl) ATX Full Tower $129.99
  • Power Supply XFX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $124.76
  • Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $19.98
  • Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98
  • Total: $1766.94

Here is the updating link to pcpartpicker:

 explain your reason for the 9370FX in a 3 page essay, GO

If you go with the H100i you will need to replace the included fans unless you enjoy noise coming from your rig.  That will add 40.00 to the price tag. I have an H100i and wish that I never bought it.  You will get better performance and cooler temperatures without any noise from the noctua NH-D14 at 1/2 the price.

You may also want to consider windows 8.1 instead of 7.

This build is basically the same, but I changed a few parts and added another SSD as a windows/programs boot drive. Use your big SSD as a dedicated game drive..

This build is:

  1. Cheaper
  2. faster (games and OS are on different dedicated drives for faster operation)
  3. easier to overclock (2 ram modules are more stable than 4)
  4. more reliable for data (less usage per drive)
  5. has windows 8.1 (also faster than 7) you can get start as back to get the windows 7 usabilty

You lose nothing with this build other than maybe more data on the HDD I chose.. but I just seagate drives better than toshiba....  

Anyway, I hope you like this build

**** Edit. get this by far

I need a CPU able to get 120+ FPS in Planetside 2.

What's the difference between the two GPUs?

If this is so then I will definitely make the switch but one question. How can a fan be cooler than a water cooler?

You could just get an 8320 and OC, the 9370 is just an 8320/8350 binned with a higher clock. You can save a lot of money by getting an 8320, a decent cooler and overclocking it to 4.4GHz.The option is up to you though

My plan is to overclock the 9370. I'm kind of going for a clock speed closer to 5GHz.

If that's the case then I guess its alright to get 9370 if your willing to spend the money. Just know that keeping temps low on that chip will be difficult especially when you start overclocking

planetside 2 isent very optimised for AMD cpu's and its a nvidia game you will be better off with a i5 4670K and a GTX 770 or a GTX 780.


The gpu in my build is almost identical. Its just a different manufacturer. Its a little cheaper as a result. The manufacturer is still very good, don't worry.

I'm with cooperman ^

While I agree on the 780, i don't think it will fit into this budget. I would even say to put in an i7if the budget was there too...

Maybe something like this...

I actually surprised myself. I got The i7 4770k and a gtx780 with the 3 drive option, great case and psu for $1600

I think its my new recommendation lol

updated to include an OS and optical drive

that is what I would get for sure. The asrock extreme 4 isn't as fancy as the expensive asus models, but they are still great reliable boards.

Updated the rig:

I read too many bbenchmarks saying the 4670 was better than the 9370. Made the switch.

If you are gaming at 1920x1080, the 2GB version of the card will perform just as well as the 4GB version.  RAM helps with resolution, but not much else.