Description

My 1st gaming RIG build. I have built many RIGs for business use and some HTPCs but never any gaming PCs. It Started off as a budget build that got away from me. I started buying parts whenever I saw something I figured was a good deal. I want to game 1440 and 4k without having to dial down the graphics settings.

CPU The i5 6600K is my choice for the CPU best bang for my buck when it comes to gaming and overall performance. It won't bottle neck any of the games out right now I don't think and if I wan't to OC it can OC pretty dang good. Though I won't be testing out to see if I hit the silicon lottery.

Motherboard I chose the Gigabyte Z170M motherboard because I won't be doing any heavy overclocking and won't need all the extra features of a higher end motherboard. It was an open box which I usually don't buy because in my experience almost 75% of the time they have bent CPU pins when the price is that low. I checked it over and didn't see any bent pins but found that there was a broken off USB dongle stuck inside 1 of the usb 3 ports. Got some needle nose pliers and removed it with no problem. If it does give out after a week then I could exchange it.

Memory I ordered some Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB ram but it "Got lost in the Mail" so I ran down to my local MicroCenter and got the Crucial 16GB Kit 2133. It does what it does, nothing special. Currently waiting for GeIL SUPER LUCE 16GB (2 x 8GB) 3000 Black with Red led.

Storage I got a 240GB Msata SSD from a laptop that was destroyed so I bought a 2.5 SSD case adapter for that and it works like a charm. The install and boot of windows 8.1 was so fast I didn't know it completed. Upgraded to win10 and the same, just fast. About 5 or 6 seconds boot time. I also have a 3TB HDD for all my daily files and games.

Cooler Once again no heavy overclocking so I got the Silverstone TD02-Lite which actually performs better than i expected. Combined with the case fans it's just cooooooooooooool.

GPU I originally was going to get a GTX 980 ti or Fury X but when I seen PowerColor Devil 13 390 x2 for $599.99 with $100 mail rebate I couldn't resist. My curiosity got the best of me and I went for it. As I stated before I want to play games in 1440 and also do a little 4k gaming so the 16GBs of DDR5 is nice and will be even better when DX12 is released. So far I have playED Assassins Creed Syndicate and I'm able to play at 1440 with everything on Ultra with no issues. I have also tested NBA 2k116 in 4k with all the settings cranked without any issues. At 4k I had to lower the settings down to medium to play without any stuttering aroud 30-40fps.

PSU The minimum requirement for the 390x2 is a 1000 watt PSU so I went with the LEPA 1375 Watt. I would rather have more than the minimum specified requirement and also I may try and OC the GPU a bit. I hear it can only be OC'd a bit anyway.

Case I love the look of this case and the Aluminum feels great. Phanteks did a great job building this bad boy. To bad I cant say the same for UPS delivery service. The Microphone Jack input was broken of the case and I didn't notice until I finished building my computer. I called Amazon and they will not be getting anymore in until 2 or 3 months....... WTF right? Well I told them I would keep it if they refunded me $30 so they did. I won't be using the mic jack port, heee hee. Get it? Anyway this case was very easy to build in. I love the modular design though I do feel there is wasted space that could be used for SSDs or even an optical drive without having to sacrifice removing a fan or radiator.

GPU finally installed more updates to come. After a driver update the card performs even better than I thought.

Part Reviews

CPU

Best bang for your buck CPU for a quad core. It can handle pretty much anything you through at it. It can also overclock to be just as fast as the i7 6700K when it's overclocked and is just a beast of a processor.

CPU Cooler

My 1st time using a liquid cooler and was surprised by the TD-02. It performs just as good as the mid tier coolers for not as much $$$.

Motherboard

I love how easy the UEFI BIOS is to navigate. Very nice mATX motherboard that I got for a steal at MicroCenter because someone broke a USB dongle in one of the USB 3 slots. Has all the I/O connections and features that I need in a mother board and just works.

Memory

The RAM is great, I love the Red LED bar but I wish I knew there was only 1 color for the Black 16GB 3000MHz Kit.

Storage

Currently using this hard drive for dual boot Hackintosh. I may swap it out for an SSD.

Storage

Western digital has been making HDDs for a while now and I haven't had one fail on me YET. Nice big 3TB HDD for the low. It does what it does.

Video Card

I originally was going to go with a GTX 980 ti but when I saw this on sale with $100 mail in rebate I had to get it. So I got the most powerful $500 GPU there is. If you want to game in 4k then you need more RAM. One thing that this GPU doesn't lack is RAM. I have been able to play most games at mid to high settings in 4k without have any issues. I have played Assassins Creed Syndicate, Alien Isolation, and Battlefield 4 on 1440 with all settings on Ultra. Settings vary in each game once I set the resolution to 4k.

Case

Though my case came damaged I really love the look and feel of the case. It's very easy to disassemble and reassemble. I like how they give you option to change the LED light in the front though a small thing it's still nice. It's probably larger than most mATX cases I love how it catered toward water cooling. It's vary modular though I feel there were some wasted opportunities to add more areas in the case for SSDs or 2.5 HDDs.

Power Supply

I needed a higher watt power supply for my Powercolor Devil 13 Dual Core R9 390 x2 and I wanted more than just the minimum. It's 80 Plus Platinum level rating and is fully modular. It comes with all the cables you could ever need weather wanting to 2,3, or 4 way SLI/Crossfire GPU's. I love the black sleeving of the cables and the red 6+2 pin connectors have red clips that go well with my color scheme.

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Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 10 points

I am SUPER excited to see that GPU! Please please please let me know the performance on that thing!!!!

  • 50 months ago
  • 7 points

I definitely will update. I will be picking it up from FedEx today.

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

Very excited for you!

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Yet your name is Titan XD the ultimate controversy.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha I actually am very much team green but i can't deny this card is going to be amazing

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

Yeah. I am pretty neutral, but have been on AMD's side due to better price/performance

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

Personally I don't mind paying a little of a premium for Nvidia but that card looks like a beast especially for the price.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

The 970?

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Lucked up on a great deal.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

It performs as I expected.

  • 50 months ago
  • 7 points

congrats on being the first build to use the 390x2! +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the 390 Sapphire 8gig Nitro and I love it. That card is gonna pump the fps!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I also have a 390 but if I would have know the 390x2 was going to 500 I would have gotten one!

  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

Enjoy to see a build with the R9 390X2 and sad for u, i have start by look screen and found very strange the side with jack and usb and after read ur text. And seem have a little error, u say u have recuperate samsung ssd but in description u have make PNY SSD

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

That was a place holder I forgot to change, thanks.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Welcome

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

Please leave a comment when you'll put new pictures with the gpu :)

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

New Pics

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

When I saw the 390X2 the first thing that came to mind was the GTX 690 xD

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Titan Z for me. The price to performance actually is really good, except for 500W TDP...

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Don`t have the $$$$ for a Titan Z

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

hahaha I bet. Waiting for the Titan V now.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe I can sell this and add a couple more $$$ and grab a titan V.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah no kidding.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want better performance, the new AMD Pro Dual looks pretty good right now.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

What games you play?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Battlefield 4, Civilization V, GTA V, Assassins Creed, NBA 2k16 and a little Star Wars Battlefront

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

Civ is the life!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Play Rust?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't but the graphics look amazing.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Dat PSU though. LOL

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Love this build!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I got a little worried when the GPU arrived it just barely fit in my case.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, I wanted it, but it would never fit in any of my cases.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I may upgrade to the Evolve ATX case.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

390X4!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Edit: Really, the Evolv ATX is an amazing case, I have one myself, just haven't gotten around to uploading the pics for the build.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I'd love to see a pic of the completed build. Have fun!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Done

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Please post pictures of that GPU! I am sooooo glad someone bought that behemoth of a graphics card!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

More to come

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, that graphics card is HUGE!!! Thankfully your case has enough space to hold it.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Bada$$+1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

wow that is one huge card

is it very heavy?

does it sag as many claims?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

It is indeed heavy. It comes with a many jack like piece so that it will not sag. I forgot to take a pic of it and it's surrounded by PSU cables no so it isn't visible in my rig.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

"Mini" not "many"

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

is it very heavy?

Iirc it weighs around 7 pounds, more than a brick.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

The CPU temps are reversed I think. Looks great and I love the 390X2!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

They were indeed reversed thanks.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm those scores are not what I thought they would be. I wonder if the program worked right. These are lower than a 980ti.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

You were right updated drivers and scores got a bit better.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Good deal

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking at the charts why would you get a 980ti over the R9 390x2?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Though AMD has been updating their drivers, there seems to be constant issues with them. Screen flickering or just black out all together. So now a GTX 1080 or 1070 SLI is what I have my sites on.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

so you gonna sell that 390x2? i'll buy

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I am currently selling it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

where

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I have it listed on Craigslist.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the CPU cooler come with thermal paste?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it did come with thermal paste.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the voltage set at for the cpu overclock? I have the same mobo and cpu, so I would like the same oc that you have. Thanks!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

aaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy wuts the bios like on that board?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean exactly?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

how good is the bios on that motherboard?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Well it has a lot of features for the size and I got it for a fraction the price that it sells for. No bugs with at all yet.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

have you tried the fan control?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn’t know there was a dual GPU version of the R9-390

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  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

why is that? the 295x2 still outperforms the best nvidia card.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

2 980tis will easily outperform it so stop comparing 2 GPUs to 1

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  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

This card rivals a Titan for a fraction of the price.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

2 980tis destroys any card in CF from AMD

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  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

mediocre? wat.

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  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

they use lower settings on the 970 sli to try to matchup with the 390x2 lol

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  • 50 months ago
  • 4 points

I don't know man, 50-60fps at 4k seems pretty above mediocre, lol