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The Dark Side Rises - AMD Gaming Build

by jaijaij



Date Published

Dec. 1, 2015

Date Built

Nov. 25, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.04 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

46.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

73.0° C


Hello Guys,

I'm Jai from Philippines.

This is my 2nd build as PC Gamer, my first one was back in the Pentium 4 days. LOL. I was fascinated when I saw the builds here pcpartpicker.com so I decided a to build one which is up to date. For me PC Building is an art like modding a car which also I do. I've decided with this build because I'm so tired playing with low fps on my MacBook Pro.

So here are my primary objectives for this build:

a. Rig that can play 1080 to 1440 Maxed out settings and playable 4K Resolution Display b. Looks good from inside and outside c. Components that will last 2-3 years from now.

Games currently installed in my Rig are:

  • Dota 2
  • CS Go
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Fallout 3
  • Far Cry 4

I haven't purchased a desk and monitor since I'm living in a condominium with a restricted space, still figuring out where to put my rig. I'm using my TV as my primary display for now (Deviant LED LCD TV 30" 50/60 HZ Refresh Rates)

Any suggestions for a good display for my rig? What is the ideal size for gaming? Thanks.

Apologies for the iPhone pictures. LOL


I didn't realized that I can convert the prices manually. For your preference, I've updated it from PHP to USD Price so the total cost of the build was chopped to $990 USD. I've noticed while converting that some parts here in the Philippines are quite expensive than what is being sold here. :( How I wish its much cheaper here. But still I have no regrets with my build.

Part Reviews


Does the job perfectly. Can be stretched up to 4.7 GHZ as some forums mentioned. Current setup is 4.2 GHZ without any hardware issues, running smooth and very stable.

CPU Cooler

I had a dilemma on which cooling option will a choose for this build. For now I've chose to go with air cooling. I've paired this bad boy with 2 Corsair SF120 with Red Led's for a push-pull config that keeps my rig cool and stable so far.


I stick with my black and red theme and decided to purchase MSI's 970 Gaming board, some guys said this wasn't built for overclocking. I was able to pull-off a stable oc for this board and temperatures seems to be just right.


I love the heat sink design which compliments my overall build, good thing it wasn't blocking my cpu air cooling mod.


I was hesitant to purchase SSD at first since budget is a concern for this build but due some adjustments made in this build a I was able to purchase this baby. Fast boot up times indeed.


Typical storage being used in the builds here in pcpartpicker, no doubt about it.

Video Card

My first choice was the MSI's R9 390 8GB version but trusted pc part store wasn't able to provided date when they can have stock for this part. They offered me a deal that I couldn't resist, which is the MSI R9 290X 4GB OC edition which saved me some few bucks for this build. I can play my current games at high and ultra settings with this gpu. Upgrade is an option for me in the next years to come.


Case was on the components I less concentrate on, but when I saw the AMD Red build that used NZXT 410 Phantom case, I fell in love with but due to budget I've decided to cut it and get the S340 instead. Black and red is the color I'm going for this build and S340 didn't fail to complete my needs. However some corners and edges were poorly painted with matte finish that resulted to paint chip off.

Current setup: 2 Corsair AF120 with Colored Rings - Intake 2 NZXT 120mm Fans - Exhaust

Power Supply

Decent power supply for my build, 80+ Bronze rating and fully modular just what I need.

Operating System

Trying this from Windows 8.1, compatibility issues are still present but still playable for my current games.


Just got this a while ago, looking forward to play with FPS Games with this monitor.

Comments Sorted by:

fn230 9 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

Nice build. I've used the same SSD for laptop upgrades and a Mini-ITX build, and it's pretty great for the price point.

Sticking with the TV is probably the best way to save space and money. I don't really game so I would personally go with a cheap used monitor. Probably 4:3. Don't listen to me, haha.

jaijaij submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

The SSD choice was on budget, planning to upgrade it to higher capacity and a better brand soon. I want to try the SSD experience since its been a long time since my last build and those parts were ancient now. Haha.

shirousaber 1 Build 2 points 41 months ago

I think there's a lot of input lag using a TV for CS:GO. Great build btw!

jaijaij submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Thanks! Yeah I can clearly see it in some cinematics of the game such as Far Cry 4. Thin line emerges in the middle of the screen during cinematics but when it comes to game play no issues found even in Ultra settings.

VGears 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Magandang pc mo. lahat MSi and AMD. I love it . My build will be used on a tv as well as long as you have an hdmi input with high hertz. 60 hertz will be the lowest to go 120 hz would be ideal. Good job and welcome back to the PC master race.

jaijaij submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Thanks Sir! I'm using a Deviant LED TV but the refresh rate I'm getting with it is around 60 hz only. How to achieve the 120 hz refresh rate? Is replacing the cable enough or the TV should be replaced? R9 290X only supports HDMI 1.4 not 2.0 so will that matter too?

VGears 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

walang anuman! Yes the Refresh rate is set set in the TV's hardware. You would need to change the tv but a 60hz should be ok. It is in the minimum but playable. Save some money and get a good screen when your budget and space allows. Good build overall.

detechtive 1 point 41 months ago

Hai Jai. (sorry I couldn't resist)

They offered me a deal that I couldn't resist

What deal did you get? The price listed in your list currently is quite insane.

jaijaij submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Price differ here in Philippines, so here's the story. Like what I've said, I was aiming for a MSI R9 390 8GB Version(which is around $390 USD) but the store cannot provide details on when they will have stock for it. Since I can't resist the itch of having my build done, they offered me MSI R9 290X 4GB OC Version (which is around $313 USD and on sale for a limited time) I didn't hesitate to purchase it and save some few bucks that I can spend for other parts. Performance wise, it consumes more power than R9 390 but hell it performs well with AAA Games. No regrets. :)

detechtive 1 point 41 months ago

Patience is a virtue however! If it were me I would have waited until the 390 was in stock. :)

_Non_ 1 point 41 months ago

21" to 24" is a good size for gaming, especially with the space and budget you have. Here's a pretty decent BenQ offering for about 200 bucks: http://www.benq.us/product/monitor/RL2455HM/

I'm fairly sure it only has a 60 hz refresh rate, it does have 1ms response time and is a good price for a monitor that will last for a while. It also matches your color scheme. Its only 1080p, which could be an issue.

Anyways, I like the build. AMD definitely needs more love, and I almost got that motherboard when I did my build because it looks awesome :) Also, that cable management rocks. Super clean rig overall.

jaijaij submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

I've check the BenQ Monitor, its quite tempting but expensive, how about this? http://www.benq.com/product/monitor/VZ2250/ . Thanks for the compliment.

The_Great_Revanchist 1 point 41 months ago

When it comes to the monitor I have 2 questions.... 1, do you care if its Pcpartpicker and 2, whats the budget cause 4k isnt too cheap The cheapest one on Pcpartpicker is $900

mauricearis 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

I would go for the asus VG248QE https://www.asus.com/us/Monitors/VG248QE/ I own this monitor and it is stunning! Has a Great Refresh rate and response time. Also works well with down sampling fro you 2k and 4k needs.

Ezelik91 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

27" Benq HD LED !!!


very recommended

riomist 1 point 41 months ago

Nice build and great rationale! Except for the graphic, I agree with comment before me. I would have wait 390 if I were in your position. But hey, as long as you dont regret it then you're good.

As for monitor, how big your led tv? I'm a fan of ultrawide, and considering you're using AMD GPU, http://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-29UM67-P-ultrawide-led-monitor

Hope it help, oh, and +1 from me....

Edit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO-1RQJvw6k That is a video from techsource for top 5 monitor (gaming/productivity) under $200

Dismember556 1 point 37 months ago

Awesome build. I'm looking to put the Cooler Master Hyper 212X into an S340 case. Does it fit well with some room to spare? Did the second lot of clips to mount the pull fan onto the heatsink come with the cooler? Planning on doing the exact same thing with the Phantek fans.

jaijaij submitter 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

The second clip is included in the CM Hyper 212X. It fits well in the case but you may encounter slight room issues on the RAM Slots (If you fill you all ram slots) if you used Phantek Fans, imho I think Phantek fans are quite big.

chadlstokes 1 point 34 months ago

Nice rig you have there! Thanks for posting it. I have a question regarding your RAM and your CPU cooler. First, does your RAM have high heat spreaders? Secondly, can you fit the RAM closest to the CPU cooler without issue? I have high heat spreaders on my Corsair Vengeance RAM and I want to purchase the same CPU cooler and I want to make sure they fit. I have all my RAM slots occupied. Thanks again.

jaijaij submitter 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Thanks man! First what variant of Corsair Vengeance RAM you have? I think if you're using Vengeance LP that will not be a problem. I didn't use the Slot 1-3 since DIMM Slot on MSI 970 Mobo is in 2-4 Slots. I'm also planning to upgrade my cooler to NZXT Kraken X61 in a few months from now.

chadlstokes 1 point 34 months ago

Thanks for responding. I don't have the LP version, but I ended up getting the Corsair H75, all-in-one liquid cooler with dual fans in push/pull configuration to allow for clearance for even future RAM upgrades. I really wanted to be able to use all my RAM slots.

BoiGeorge 1 point 16 months ago

The Cooler Master - Devastator II Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse would be a etter coice for a keyboard and mouse and im pretty sure its cheaper

ROG2000_PCs 0 points 41 months ago

Besides the HDD, everything here makes sense +1

HDD is overpriced and not very reliable, especially when compared to the likes of Hitachi.

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jaijaij submitter 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Thanks man! I was going for the Corsair CS750M PSU but reviews made change to SeaSonic PSU. I hear some clicking sounds while playing not sure if where it comes from.

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jaijaij submitter 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Yeah you can, that's my current setup 2 Corsair SP120 LED fans. I have a push-pull config with my 212x.