Description

The Red Dragon is a beast at almost everything and looks the part. Video editing/rendering is a breeze and this PC can max-out almost any game at 1080p and 60fps.

The only changes I would suggest would be to spend a little more on a better motherboard and to get a AMD R9 390 instead of the GTX 970 (the 390 was out of stock everywhere when I was building my pc otherwise I would have gotten it). Note: I only got the AMD branded SSD because of a great combo deal on Newegg but you can usually find a 120 gig Sandisk for $20 less.

All in all, I love my new PC and the NZXT s340 and LED strip make the Red Dragon look amazing.

Part Reviews

CPU

An amazingly Powerful CPU that can do just about everything from rendering to gaming!

CPU Cooler

Great cooler that ships with the FX-9590. Temps with 9590: <30c idle and <50c load.

Motherboard

A good motherboard with a very nice bios. Only downside is that it doesn't have very many fan headers.

Memory

Great, super fast ram. Not much else to say.

Storage

This AMD re-branded OCZ SSD is super fast and works great.

Storage

A little on the slow side this HDD is good for the price.

Video Card

One of the best GTX 970s out there and if you can get it on sale this is a great card though not quite as good as the R9 390.

Case

Amazing case with great cable management; I have no complaints about this case! 11/10!

Power Supply

The best 850W PSU for the price. Works great.

Operating System

Windows 10 is just a direct upgrade from windows 7 or 8.

Case Fan

Its a fan... It spins... Not much to say.

Monitor

Great monitor for the price: amazing color and the 1ms response time makes it great for gaming.

Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 4 points

If you would have a 390 this would be the best space heater on pcpartpicker. But for reals great build and parts choice. Dont listen to what they say the 9590 is great with the right cooling. +1 !

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually if you had the 290x/390x it would be a space heater because the 390 has less shader units, clocked lower and uses less power than the 290x/390x.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I said a 390 because of how closely priced it was with the 970 wich he currently owns. But yes the X models would be much hotter.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that getting a 970 is pointless becuase it costs the same as the 390 which performs better and has grossly more amounts of vram.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree the 390 is much better.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

And don't you just find it amusing when someone says that theres a big difference between r9 390 and 390x??? Look at these benchmarks this guy did!!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZqkid-z40s

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Y Ddraig Goch, The Red Dragon.

Great build. +1. And is that an AMD SSD? Well that's a first for me.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Its just an OCZ SSD rebranded as an AMD. I got it because of a combo deal with the FX-9590.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh rebranded, eh. Typical AMD lol.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Rebranded or ReFreshed??? That is the real question.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

It saves money on electricity in winter time +1 !

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

excuse my curiosity I just want to know what is taking the first pci slot?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like a fan

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, its a fan for cooling the VRM/northbridge

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

BE careful of your motherboard temps. An AIO water coolers doesn't cool the board at all like how an air cooler would. Monitor the VRM temps closely. I have seen ASUS deny a motherboard claim from fried VRMs because the user said they were using an AIO water cooler and ASUS states "Special thermal required*" Which apparently means air cooler required.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I was having some problems with that so I bought a PCI slot fan and that solved the overheating.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi, Nice Build by the way!!! I like the red theme!! I was also wondering if you are having any problems with this board??? Any flaws or gripes???

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

The one annoying thing about the Gigabyte board is that you cannot overclock the 9590 on it. Its a great board in all other aspects (especially the bios) but it just can't handle the huge power draw of an overclocked 9590.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh ok i was think about overclocking an fx 8320 on it. Do you think that is would at least get me to 4.8ghz???

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

If you have the right cooling you could probably overclock the 8320 to 4.7ghz. The FX 9590 is basically a factory overclocked 8320 and I run my 9590 at 4.7

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Having you tried setting LLC to Medium or extreme???

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

What are your VRM temps under load?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Idle is about 15C while load is about 50C

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

For the VRMs? Nice. What about the northbridge?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

About the same

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Was expecting MSi due to name

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What network adapter did you use? Or did I miss it in the list?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I just used a wired connection and didn't bother buying a network adapter.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Huh, are those not antennae coming out of the back?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, sorry. Yes, those are antennae but I was just using them while setting up the PC. I borrowed them from a friend and I do not know the model.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Why is that CPU box so big?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, this is so old xD. To answer your question though, the box contains both the 9590 and the water cooler.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok lol

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

How are you able to keep the CPU and GPU so cool?

What voltages do you use?

Great build!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

How much was your motherboard?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It's been a while, don't remember. Please don't do this build anymore though, get a ryzen cpu/board.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol ok I saw this thing had a high Ghz count and 8 cores for $100 so I thought it was a steal. Is it not worth it cuz its old or what?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It's important to remember that core count and clock speed aren't everything. Take a look at this: 9590 vs 2600

  • 52 months ago
  • -3 points

---999999

really a 9590??

  • 52 months ago
  • 0 points

Whats wrong with a 9590

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

known to create black holes/rip space-time fabric when under load, usually resulting in damage to the surrounding area

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  • 52 months ago
  • 10 points

Space heaters? NASA uses them as emergency heat! How do you think the Apollo 13 astronauts didn't freeze to death in space?

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

+1

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol, thanks!

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

:D

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  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

π2

  • 52 months ago
  • 3 points

this is the winner obviously.

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