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SHiBBY's 8350/390X Build

by SHIBBY927

Description

Finished this build back in 2016. Still running strong for me. It's definitely a 1080p gaming setup. Anything over that and it starts to struggle a little bit. If I could've done anything differently I would've bought a better case. It was a learning experience for me as this was my first build. I started off with a budget around $800 and spent about twice as much when it was all said and done, but that includes all of the peripherals I had to buy as well.

I would've also gone a different route than the M5A78L mobo. It's done it's job, but it's definitely something you have to work around. It does not come with any heatsink on the VRMs. This can lead to throttling the processor when the VRMs get too hot. I ended up buying some individual VRM heatsinks after doing my research on the board and have never ran into any kind of throttling as a result.

The FX8350 was a budgetary choice at the time, though it was getting long in the tooth then, and it's definitely past it's prime now. My R9 390X GPU has held up surprisingly well. It'd say it's comparable to the performance of the 970/980 Nvidia cards of the time. You can definitely do 1080p gaming with it, and play some games at 1440p as well. I would definitely stay away from 4K.

All in all this was my first ever personal build and I definitely learned a lot from it. It was kind of nice having some challenges to face with the build because I learned how to work around things instead of having everything simple and plug-n-play for me.

It's nothing fancy, but my next planned build is going to be the beast that I've always wanted to build. I'm going to spend a fair bit more money, and take my time to properly hide cables and get it looking clean.

Part Reviews

CPU

Loving this processor so far. Fast right out of the box with the capability to overclock if that's what you want to do. Lot of bang for your buck at the $160-$170 price point. Only detractor to me is that the stock cooler is complete garbage, unless you like your computer sounding about as loud as a box fan set on High. Other than that no issues with this processor. Very user friendly, and handles the latest games I've thrown at it so far without issues.

CPU Cooler

This thing is a godsend. The stock cooler that came with my FX8350 was LOUD. To the point that it was extremely annoying. After installing the Hyper 212 EVO not only is it much quieter, I'm experiencing much lower temperatures overall. For $30, this is one of the best bang-for-your-buck upgrades you can make.

Motherboard

Not a bad motherboard for the price. Wish it had more fan headers, it only has one, and it's kind of ridiculous that it doesn't come with a heatsink over the mosfets. Other than that it gets the job done for a single GPU build. Haven't had an issue with it so far. Came out of the box with the latest updated BIOS.

Memory

For the price, I have zero complaints. Friends suggested I go with 16GB instead of 8GB of RAM with my current build and I'm glad that I did.

Storage

I have Windows 10 Pro installed on this drive along with a few of the games I frequently play. I never owned an SSD in the past but I'm glad I spent the little bit of extra money. Windows boots up in mere seconds, and loading times are phenomenal. I was originally going to run with only the Seagate Mechanical Drive on my build, but some friends with build experience said I absolutely had to get an SSD at least for my operating system and I'm glad I listened. Really pleased with this product overall.

Storage

Gets the job done as far as storage and I do have a couple of games installed on it. Load times aren't unbearable by any means. Great HDD at the $49.99 price point.

Video Card

This card is a monster. Both at playing games, and also as far as how big it is. Easily the largest card I've ever seen. This is the Tri-X, factory OC'd version of the Sapphire Radeon R9 390X GPU. I'm extremely pleased with the performance overall, but if you're considering this for your own build then you need to check and make sure that your case will allow you to fit a card that's 14" in length. It has three fans for cooling mounted in the shroud which adds length to the card overall. Most other companies run with two fans on this GPU. I'm glad I went with the Sapphire though, performance is great, it keeps itself cool, and I got it on sale through Amazon Prime for less than what the competitors are asking for their own cards which aren't factory overclocked.

In my situation I had to dremel a section of my HDD bay (no biggie, cheap case) to make this card fit. So keep that in mind.

Power Supply

Excellent PSU for the money. Build quality seems very good overall just taking it out of the packaging. Comes with an ample amount of extra cables in addition to all the hard wired cables. This PSU has done everything I've needed. Easily powers everything in my build without issue. Can't really ask for much more.

Operating System

Friend had an extra key sitting around for Windows 10 that he hadn't used so that's why I got this for free. Really loving Windows 10 overall so far. Haven't had an issues with it so far running any of my games. Love the layout and functionality much more than I did Windows 8. Windows 8 was an awful operating system, so 10 feels like a breathe of fresh air. Nothing bad to say about this really. (Yet)

Case Fan

Actually bought a dual pack of these fans. Very impressed with the airflow, they are pretty quiet overall but not whisper quiet by any means but they move a lot more air than my stock case fans did. Good product. Buy them in the dual packs to save money.

Case Fan

Love this fan, not only does it look awesome, it moves air very well, and it's quiet. I'd even argue that it's actually more quiet than my Corsairs. I use this fan as the exhaust fan on the back of my case and I'm actually considering adding two more of these fans to my Coolermaster Hyper 212 Evo Heatsink.

Monitor

Decent monitor for the price. Bought this as it was suggested on the PC Budget Builder website. I'll likely upgrade to a bigger monitor in the future, and one that has a better refresh rate but I'm impressed with the quality of this monitor overall when you consider the fact that it costs $109 brand new out of the box. No issues with it so far.

Keyboard

Absolutely love this keyboard. Stumbled into it for $40 a couple of years ago. It had a minor nick on the corner of the keyboard which is why it was discounted. Couldn't be happier with it. It's immensely satisfying to type on with the cherry switches. It's awesome for gaming. The only thing I would change about it would be that I wish it was RGB so I could play around with the lighting on it. That's a very minor gripe though, this keyboard is perfect outside of that. I am planning a new build in the nearer future and I think I'll probably still use this keyboard because I love it so much.

Mouse

Really really loving this mouse so far. I was a big fan of the G9X the last time I had a PC, and I'm happy I decided to stick with Logitech. Logitech's software is intuitive, easy to use, and offers a ton of customization features. I chose the Proteus Spectrum over the Core model because of the RGB LEDs so I could better match the blue with my blue/black theme. This mouse really is an excellent all around mouse. I prefer to palm grip my mouse and it fits very comfortably in my hand, though I don't have huge hands, so I could see where someone with larger hands might be a bit perturbed by the somewhat narrower profile of the mouse. Really love the fit, finish, and the feel of everything. The buttons are well place, clicking feels great, and the mouse wheel is nice and clicky. Switching between DPI settings is a cinch as well, and can be fine tuned through their software to fit your preferences.

All in all just another great product from Logitech, a company I've bought a lot of peripherals from over the years. I almost jumped to a Corsair mouse, but I'm glad I chose to stick with Logitech.

Headphones

For the price a very good headset. Sits comfortably on my head and doesn't bother me wearing it for hours at a time. Sound quality could be a bit better, but in this price range I'm not expecting Astro sound quality. The simulated 7.1 Surround Sound is a very nice feature that works very well and is much needed in competitive shooters where hearing footsteps can be a huge advantage. Solid product from Logitech. The Logitech gaming software is compatible with their full line of gaming peripherals and neatly puts all of the customization and controls into one place so you can go in and set everything up to fit your preferences. I currently use the software for my G430s, and more recently my G502 Proteus Spectrum mouse and absolutely love how intuitive their software is, and how easy it is to use.

All in all just another great product from Logitech. I had to sound like a fanboy, but I've been using their products quite a bit over the years and have always found them to be high quality.

Speakers

Not the greatest sound quality but they get the job done and can usually be had for something like $30 so it's hard to complain about them.

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turkey3 3 Builds 3 points 32 months ago

There's nothing wrong with cheaping out on the motherboard. If you're going to cheap out, it's best to do so on the motherboard because most motherboards these days, even the cheaper ones, are quite reliable (it's rare to find aluminum capacitors on them, most I see are all solid caps) and the motherboard does not affect performance at all. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for cheap power supplies, which are unreliable and often dangerously hazardous.

SHIBBY927 submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Interesting, thanks for the input. The motherboard hasn't given me any issues, so I can't complain too much about it, I just wish it had a few more features to it but for the price I paid I got what I paid for and ASUS has always been a reliable brand to me so I'm happy with my purchase.

I definitely didn't cheap out on the PSU, EVGA seems to have a pretty good reputation overall and this PSU has received good reviews across the board for reliability. I think 750w was probably just a hair over what I needed, but I'd rather have too much, than too little.

turkey3 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

EVGA does not make power supplies. Other companies make them, and EVGA slaps on their label. The NEX 750G is okay (certainly better than the 650G, which is terrible), but it could be improved upon a lot. But, it should have good reliability and be perfectly sufficient for your needs.

SHIBBY927 submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Ah I see, I wasn't aware they had a third party making their PSUs. I'll trust in the reviews, I hadn't read anything particularly negative or egregious about it.

turkey3 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

It's not too bad, but sometimes I see people buying them for the same price as an EVGA G2, which are far better. Third parties make almost all PSUs by every brand - Corsair, EVGA, XFX, Sentey, Cooler Master, Inwin, Silverstone, Antec, etc. Seasonic makes their own, and makes lots of quality PSUs for other brands (they make the EVGA GS Series). I think the NEX 750G is made by FSP. EVGA G2 are made by Superflower. HEC Compucase makes a lot of low-end EVGA units. Channel Well Technology actually makes a lot of Corsair low-end units.

Brendenmc11 2 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

Gotta love that steelers, cup holder?

SHIBBY927 submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Oh yeah, wife made me put down a coaster. Desk doesn't look like much but it's got sentimental value, been in the family for a long time so hence the coaster. Go Steelers!

Brendenmc11 2 Builds 2 points 32 months ago

GO STEELERS! Lol

SHIBBY927 submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Black and yellow! Black and yellow!

therevenga 2 points 32 months ago

Finnally a review for this video card! Awesome build man (Wish you went intel) but +1

SHIBBY927 submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Thanks man, I appreciate the kind words! I love the GPU so far. It's a beast in size, and in performance, but I think it was well worth it at the price I paid. It was between the Sapphire Nitro, and the MSI R9 390X and I didn't see the point of paying more for the MSI card which had one less fan to help keep the card cool, no backplate to my knowledge (I may be wrong there), and it was running on the stock R9 390x clocks. The 390x to my understanding is only good for some mild overclocking, so I'd prefer to let the factory do that then try and tackle that myself and so far the card performs great!

As for Intel, they make a great product but I've always been an AMD guy. I just like what they offer as far as bang for your buck, I definitely considered going the Intel route though, and damn near made the switch to Nvidia for the GPU but the pricing was so much better on the AMD stuff, and there wasn't much of a performance difference between the GTX 980, and the R9 390X, at least not to justify the price difference in my opinion.

therevenga 2 points 32 months ago

I'm hoping to get the same parts as you so that's why I vouch so high. Need the Xeon for streaming anyways. Good luck with the rig.

rhymes116 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Nice build. Need more pics.

SHIBBY927 submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

On the way!

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SHIBBY927 submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

But Shibbeh! lol

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