So, give me your opinions?

ive put this on linus tech forums and got some good opinions but, just hoping you guys on teksyndicate can give some good advice too :) and yes this is my very first post on this forum :D
so, prices in new zealand are a bit out of wack, i dont exactly have a budget but just trying to keep it under 2500 nzd.

so here goes-

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($279.95 @ Computer Lounge)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($66.00 @ Paradigm PCs)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($235.00 @ Paradigm PCs)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($154.00 @ Paradigm PCs)

GPU: r9 290 ($679.00)

Storage: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($136.84 @ PB Technologies)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($84.55 @ PC Force)

Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 750W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($245.14 @ Ascent Technology)

Case: corsair 750D ($299.95)

Other: corsair raptor k50 ($189.00)

Other: asus rog GX950(mouse) ($89.00)

Total: $2458.43.

I see no problems with any of this except for that massively expensive power supply. But hey, it's your build, go for what you think is important.

ah yeah, it was the cheapest modular power supply that i thought could happen the r9 290 :L fortunately, im thinking about ordering one from the us for about 125 usd (about 160 nzd) excluding shipping.. hoping shipping isnt to much. and nz doesnt really have an import tax either so :p

Everything looks good.  I would try to get this motherboard if you could, as it has better VRMs and cooling:

Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0

US Link, find it in the NZ ^

And TBH, the TDP for the R9 290 is 200w.  I wouldn't be surprised if that system ran fine on a decent 550w-600w PSU.  I'm thinking about picking one up for my own computer(which needs a gfx card), and pcpartpicker's wattage estimation is well under 550w(I have a XFX PRO550W PSU)

Here's a NZ link for the mobo that Tech Noob posted...

didnt know that about the m5a99fx pro, may take a look into it, but i mainly picked the ud3 for the aesthetics :L


The Asus m5a99fx PRO has better VRMs.  VRMs are digital compared to the Gigabyte's analog ones.  And this is coming from a person who likes Gigabyte.

does it really make  difference ? what do digital vrms help for?

Better voltage control for overclocking. You'd be foolish to get an 8350 and not overclock it at least some.

i will be overclocking it but i thought it wouldnt matter that much? only going for like 4.5ghz?

Unfortunately the extent of my knowledge ends here.  I just know that the digital VRMs allow for more precise voltage control and are better than non-digital VRMs.  I hope someone else can pitch in with more information.

Also, your case is going to be pretty big.  Mid-Towers are usually sufficient for most builds, and a full tower is only really needed when you're doing some custom water cooling.  If you don't mind the price and size, then go ahead and buy it.  Just a warning: it'll be pretty big xP.

yeah i know :P im wanting to go the custom water cooling route except, its going to add atleast 600 dollars to the cost.. thisl include a gpu block as well (180).. i can get a full kit for the cpu inc d5 pump and 240mm rad (336). ill also be adding another 360mm rad in the top(70-100). extra tubing(for aesthetics) and some compression fittings :S