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My First PC ( AMD Gaming/CAD/Multitasking PC Build)

by ItalianStallion1024



Date Published

June 25, 2015

Date Built

June 21, 2015

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

76.0° C


My name is Kyle and I recently decided to begin building what would be my first PC after months of researching and deal hunting. I bought the components for this pc over about a month’s span and was able to get some surprisingly good deals from sites like Newegg. My advice for anyone looking to build their first pc is to spend time looking (and waiting if your patient) for good deals. I created a new email and made accounts on Superbiz, Newegg, Amazon and Ncixus, which gave me weekly emails for deals and ended up saving me a lot of money. Watch out for those rebates because I had problems with all 3 of my rebate items! As for the computer itself, I'll mostly be using it to game, but also wanted to be able to easily run SolidWorks CAD and Matlab at home for my college classes. As far as gaming, I play mostly League and Minecraft at the moment, but I’m definitely looking at some much bigger games to run (Battlefield, Batman AK, Farcry & Skyrim). If I wanted to purely game on this pc I would have gone with an I5-4690 and a couple 960s or 970s with a stronger psu.

Part Reviews


At first I was somewhat skeptical wither AMD could compete with Intel on a performance basis, but the 8350 is just what I needed. It offers 8 cores and 4 GHz for extremely fast multitasking and can tackle everything I will likely throw at it with ease. The best part is the price, $165 is insanely cheap for a processer like this; the same price for an Intel CPU won’t get you nearly as much performance. If I had the money I would have gone with a similar spec Intel chip as there is no denying that Intel outperforms AMD at the same spec levels, but for a price…

CPU Cooler

The H100i is an amazing water cooler; make sure you get it on sale though. For $90 it does a hell of a job keeping my CPU cool, as amd does run hotter than most Intel chips.


I love the look of this motherboard! Easy setup and lots of nerdy features included...exactly the kind of mid level motherboard I wanted.


Got this for an amazing price. My pc boots up extremely fast thanks to this little guy.

Video Card

I was looking for a mid level gpu that could run flawlessly in 1090p and I found it. Went with the 4gb not 2gb for an extra $40. This thing is a monster for its price though. I’ll upload some performance specs running a couple common games for a reference.


It’s huge. Loads of space, great cable organization, battery shroud is nice and the whole case has a very appealing look (especially with led’s). I love everything about this rig but its size, but eh it’s a full ATX so eh no big deal.

Power Supply

It’s kept my pc powered and hasn’t blown up. Is there much more I can ask for?

Case Fan

They do the job and add a nice glow to the top of my case!


for some very high rated monitors, definitely did not disappoint for the price tag of only $125 a piece. Would DEFINATELY recommend for a low price dual monitor setup.


This keyboard is amazing. Definitely has the mechanical keyboard feel and takes time to get used to, but otherwise the performance is amazing. The best part is the customization too, Logitech does an amazing job with 9 programmable keys and controllable led setup. The indented key structure is interesting but really does help your finger placement after you get used to the keyboard itself.

Comments Sorted by:

graystang01 6 points 40 months ago

Just a forewarning, you're probably going to get some comments saying you should have went with an i5 instead. I've got several friends with i5 4690Ks and my FX-9590 outperforms them. You have a really good CPU cooler so you should definitely try overclocking your CPU. Good build.

cilvre 6 Builds 3 points 40 months ago

welcome to the site and nice build! technically its not a full amd build :P if you have more photos with the pc turned off, we would love to see those!

ItalianStallion1024 submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

I don't know what I was thinking writing full...anyways changed it! More pictures to come!

Charmin 2 points 40 months ago

Like jipster said, welcome to PCPP Kyle, and great looking build! Like you said, for the price the 8350 is amazing, and my friend has it himself. I personally don't like the 93(or 5)xx series because for the price their insane heat monster unless you cool it correctly, but it kind of gets ruled out when for a lot less money you can the same processor, watercool it, and overclock the hell out of it. I would go ahead and save up for a EVGA G2 or even an EVGA B2, but the CX powers your build. The only real disagreement I have with this build is the 960, it shows negligible performance gains over the 2gb version at -080p, and the main selling point is for it to be SLI'd so it can have 4GB like a 980 and give good performance. For that price I would get a 280x as it outperforms the 960 2GB and 4GB, and is perfect for 1080p gaming. Anyways I'm gonna give it my +1! Have fun with the PC!

ItalianStallion1024 submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

I definitely agree. For an extra $40 I figured why not get the 4gb over the 2gb ya know? Another 960 in the future does sound tempting though...

jambii420 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

I hear most gaming video cards have trouble running programs like solidworks. Can you confirm this for me?

ItalianStallion1024 submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

SolidWorks and most other cad programs do just fine with Nvidia video cards. Not sure about other brands though, but overall i'd say the cpu has a bigger effect on the programs speed (i.e running simulations or rendering which my 8-cores is optimal for).

RubyJunk 1 point 40 months ago

Hello, everybody, Intel fanboy time! I think you should have gone with the i5-XXXX because I'm obsessed with Intel, and will not listen to any logic. If you say that the 8350 is better, your just wrong because YOU are talking about AMD and that is NO match for the almighty Intel.

Sorry, I couldn't resist. The FX-8350 is probably much better than those i5s and whatnot. Nice build :)

I couldn't help noticing, you gave every part you bought a 5 star review :)

ItalianStallion1024 submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

I guess the almighty Intel is always better...Haha thank you!

Painzler 1 point 40 months ago

How did you get the inside to light up blue?

ItalianStallion1024 submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Blue LED fans help with the top lighting. I spent an extra $15 not long after I built and got some Deep Cool LED strips that are not included in the build list.

hellios007 1 point 39 months ago

all these components compatible ?

ItalianStallion1024 submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago


glich610 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Hows the 960 keeping up with Solidworks and Matlab? Are you running RealView on your solidworks? Im thinking of getting the exact one that you have.

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ItalianStallion1024 submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Highest I've seen was 550 fps. Steady 300-400 on highest settings.

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ItalianStallion1024 submitter 1 Build 3 points 40 months ago

Thanks man! Technically"Intel Fanboys" are right. If I would have had a larger budget for the pc (w/o peripherals) an I5/7 would have been better. I like both brands a lot but for my budget( excluding peripherals) the 8350 just seemed to stand out. That being said there's nothing stopping be from upgrading to I5/7 in the future!