Description

Hello PCPP. With Ryzen just about to hit shelves and the fate of the AM3+ platform hanging in the balance I see it only fit to go out with a bang and introduce The Unryzen. Fill in your own fitting description for name chosen;)

This build was made March 2015 and a little over a year and a half later received it's final major upgrade; two Gigabyte 980Ti Extreme cards replacing some Gigabyte G1 980Ti gaming cards that replaced some XFX R9 380X's. Some other updates were performed including RGB Lighting and a Corsair Mini Commander. Friends and family hated the original name (Overkill) and so did I. It certainly was overkill for AMD but not for a pc in general. I have included pictures of its past and present showing its transformation along the years.

Let us start at the beginning of PC building time for me with the AMD 939 chip. At this time of my life I was heavy into building PC's and was playing with overclocking and such. I embraced Crossfire and all of its growing pains. I built three, at the time high end builds beginning with a HIS digital HD 3850 AGP (yes you heard right) then the PCI version and my first Crossfire setup. These were paired with two FX 60 processors another with an FX 57 and yet another with an Opteron 185. My history and love hate relationship even goes back further than that but all were starting with the 939 socket.

Over the years the builds progressed and kept me going until the next build was an absolute necessity due to the inability to overclock further or a push from an O.S. that would kill older tech ( I am speaking to you Microsoft with your compare exchange 128). For those of you who know what that mean then you know how I felt. Goodbye 939, hello AM3+. This all happened almost 3 years ago as I was a tester for win 10. So I kept the love/hate going and rocked another AMD setup. At the time I wanted to go all out and chose the FX9590 and the best board I could get at the time that would not literally 'melt', a Gigabyte 990 fxa-ud3 board. In December of 2015 Gigabyte released the G1 gaming 990fx board for the AM3+ with m.2 and USB 3.1 support so you can bet I picked one up. This board is amazing and is still. My love for AMD even extended to their GPUs but here comes the beginning of the hate side of the relationship. Hate is a strong word so for that sake I will use dislike. The drivers for AMD, especially in a Crossfire scenario where buggy at best and when they worked they would always cause some other bug on the next update and so on and so on with a continual fixed/known list of concerns that was always getting bigger on the known concern side. The hardware was amazing, I blame drivers. Due to that I decided to move over to NVidia and could not have been happier even in SLI which is all that I run on all my machines now. No more driver concerns and PhysX is just amazing! Enough said!

So Fast forward and here we are on the eve of Ryzen and another post for a ridiculous AMD build that will undoubtedly get some crossed eyes. The truth of it is that this is running as my main gaming pc and is pushing 3840 x 2160 at 60 frames on a 65 inch 4k tv. It gets hot and is loud but it is just so visceral that I don't want to go efficient or quiet or cool or stealthy. I came from the days of PC building and overclocking that required an extra fan sometimes pointed at your case from the outside just to keep things cool and even opening a window too. If there wasn't noise coming from your fans then it just wasn't up to par. Two chamber Flow Masters vs three chamber for you car buffs. Because of this visceral connection to pc builds this pc was built to emulate and be the most ridiculous heat/noise monster I could imagine on purpose. Mission accomplished. I pretty much duplicated this build on another Sublime just due to how well it worked and again the visceral quality of it.

Oneflygtiguy

Part Reviews

CPU

AMD's crowning AM3+ achievement. Kills any game I throw at it as well as my electric bill. Make sure to keep this thing properly cooled (high end air or water) and an ultra durable and capable mother board. Do some homework and make sure it will work and not melt the VRM chips.

CPU Cooler

This is one of the best all in one coolers on the market. Easily tames a 220w TDP chip and has room to spare. Has an excellent warranty. Only 4 stars due to the fans not being the best of quality and somewhat noisy. Had to RMA both of them and the replacements are much quieter now.

Motherboard

This board is the best AM3+ board I have used with its ambient lighting and reinforced PCI slots as well as and M.2 slot. The VRM chips are more than capable of taming 220w TDP chips and the black PCB with red accents is choice!

Memory

Beauty, brawn and speed. Its high quality memory at a premium but in the end its memory, they all do the same thing. You pay for the complete industrial quality of these as well as their amazing cooling and overclocking ability.

Storage

Samsung 950 Pro M.2. Faster than a speeding bullet and just about as small as one too. They do get very hot though so don't be alarmed if you find it idling at 49c.

Storage

Best platter drives I have ever owned. They rip through data with ease and as a bonus they sound like coffee brewing when they do. Another visceral element to a full senses build.

Video Card

The beast of the beast. These Gigabyte 980ti's are so beastly that they have and extra 6 pin power plug on the back of the card end with a bios switch just for overclocking beyond sane levels!. The RGB and fan off settings for under 50 c is amazing. These boost out of the box to over 1600mhz in gaming mode (not OC mode) and can push 4k at 60 frames when in SLI.

Case

Currently my favorite case with so much room and wire tending capabilities that it is just impossible to make a messy build in this case. The extra chamber for wires, SSD's and power supply is great. It comes with a washable filter in the front. Only suggestion is to replace the two 140mm fans in front with 3 120mm fans for a slightly positive pressure setup.

Power Supply

So much power, so much power! Enough power and cabling to light a small city and with the Corsair link system it is amazing. The link software can monitor all you temps and fan speeds as reported by your motherboard as well as GPU and CPU and it also controls the Corsair Mini Commander RGB and Fan hub as well as Corsair AIO coolers. The LINK software is free to download.

Optical Drive

Who doesn't still have some retro game that they need to install on optical? Am I right?

Operating System

MEH! It's and OS and is getting better always. But just like all OS's go once it is perfected they will move on and introduce another.

Case Fan

Quiet, cheap and white, no PWM but great either way.

Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Ooh, that 9590 and SLI 980ti combo... Are you sure the Sli 980ti's are fast enough to not be a bottleneck to the CPU?

Jokes aside, a very nice and interesting build, omega good job!

  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

I like to call it the funnel effect. Sounds a little more classy ;D

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

i also have a 9590 but i have a 1060 i have to ask do you have any cooling problem

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

No cooling concerns. In fact it is quite cool. Lots of air moving around and that H110i really takes care of business.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

nvm the temps werent the problem for mine i had to turn off turbo boost so that it dosent randomly freeze. also i use the deepcool ex 240

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

:0 I have left it on currently and it is not causing concerns. I do have to turn it off when O.C. though as well as all the other automatic AMD stuff. Only managed 5.3 and that was it.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I dig this build so much, I totally get what you mean with the whole "visceral" feeling of having an unorthodox build. Enjoy your awesome rig and I can't wait to see what you build next, +1 from me for sure!

  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you. It has a literal soul and breathes to life as it works harder. I love it.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never been the biggest fan of AM3+ or amd cpus in general(other than my excitement for Ryzen) but you just changed my thoughts quite a bit. +1

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow. Dare I ask in what fashion? And may i add thank you.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

haha same firestrike score as myfx 9590 2 970s the "funnel effect" is real

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah the vortex of restriction as it were. I had one 9590 just like yours running SLI 970 and the other running SLI 980ti. The scores were quite close with all 3 cards but different. The 970's averaged several fps lower at higher resolutions then the 980ti's. The cards are all very similar on clock speeds with the difference being memory size. I know they are not being utilized to their maximum potential but the 970 wouldn't run at 4k like the 980tis do. They will be re used for sure when Ryzen hits and the upper tier stuff starts coming out. I will most likely be on board for that.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this combo, someone who's not afraid to try something different, I like you. Reminds me of my build too :3

You earn my +1!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes and thank you. I have enjoyed your posted builds too. You have some good work there.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait why did you decide to get two 980ti's instead of maybe two 1070's or 1080's?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Well two 1080's would have killed it but also killed the build. As stands these are killing it. Two 1070's would have maybe done the same thing. I like wasting money? No really good answer other then I always wanted these cards and originally settled for the G1 version. I still have them they are just moved on down to my other 9590 build. I plan on doing a new build sometime this year with the soon to be released FX replacement Ryzen version s something. So maybe some more new stuff too. Really wanted to wait for the 1080ti's.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

9590 shouldn't have ryzen :v

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

? :(

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol jk

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

The AMD hate will be strong with this one. At least you got comments though. I built this and can't even get that. Maybe because mine isn't so over-the-top for an AM3+ build? Oh well, go big and all that; nice way to close out the platform. +1

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Super appreciated eopest. I was playing Rise of the Tomb Raider last night maxed out in 4k thinking Will it be better with Ryzen? My immediate answer was yes but then followed up by how? I know it will be better and more efficient and faster and PCIE 3.0 and 16 hyper threads and....But 4k gaming is 4k gaming right? I do get the funnel effect when loading a large scene but it chills and then is ok. My scores graphs show the obvious funnel effect. Then there is the statement from AMD that the lifespan is only 4years for Ryzen. WTF? AM3 was how long? Might just wait another 4 years and see.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought that was 4 years for the socket; I don't think Intel will allow them to get 4 years out of the current Ryzen chips unless neither can get past 10nm with reliable yields.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi your build is awesome i´d like the AMD 9590, your motherboard Gigabyte GA-990FX-Gaming use Samsung 950 PRO without any problem for OS installation?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I recall using an 850 evo first then using Samsung Magician and moving it over. I had to change some bios settings to get the device to show up under the m.2 header in bios. However I then had to do a fresh install and it took. If you want I can get you my bios settings when I get home.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I appreciate the look see.

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  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

It sure is a weird combo. So weird in fact that it works crazy good. Thanks for a +.

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  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

I thank you. I am going with the funnel effect, sounds a little more up to par ;)