Ah, post E3. What a time, right? After all that excitement, what is there left to do? Well, how about build a computer with the new AMD graphics card that was revealed during E3! AMD announced the R9 Fury and Fury X at E3, showing off some interesting stuff for AMD graphics enthusiasts. Today, we’re going to make a build centered around their new flagship, the water cooled R9 Fury X. As usual, prices are in USD from Amazon.com unless otherwise stated. Let’s get started.
CPU: Intel Core i5-4690k
For our CPU, we’re gonna go with the gamer standard, the Intel Core i5-4690k. PC gamers love this chip for enthusiast building. It doesn’t bottleneck graphics cards, performs well with single and multi-threaded applications and doesn’t get super hot. Couple it with a nice cooler and overclock it to 4.0Ghz, and you won’t have a problem running any of the latest applications.
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i
This all-in-one water cooler from Corsair will get the job done and has major acclaim all over the Internet. Another PC gamer favourite, you’ll be able to get your CPU nice and stable during overclocking sessions, and if you want even better cooling, you can slap on some Noctua fans or even try for a push-pull configuration if you have the space. Upgradeability of coolers isn’t spoken about often, and they can be quite versatile.
Motherboard: Asus Z97 Pro Gamer
Unlocked CPU means unlocked motherboard, and Asus makes some great overclocking boards. The Pro Gamer comes with everything you could think of, from M.2 and Sata Express to SLI. While I wish there were more USB ports in the back, it is still a great board with plenty of overclocking features and heatsinks on the MOSFETs and capacitors to keep everything cool.
RAM: PNY XLR8 16GB
We’ve had PNY RAM on these guides before, because they’re cheap and reliable modules. 16GB at 1600Mhz will be more than enough to use in gaming and some light editing. It comes in a two module kit, so you’ll be fine to upgrade whenever you want or need, though it’s not like you will need to.
I wanted to get a decent capacity SSD since a lot of people will want to plop games into them every so often, and with load times increasing exponentially with the size of games, I knew it had to be above 128GB. Around 240GB seems to be a good price to capacity sweetspot, but if you see a 500GB SSD for less than $250, I’d highly suggest buying it if you want something fast to load games on. The SSDNow from Kingston is perfect for OS speeds and gaming.
HDD: Hitachi Deskstar 2TB
For the HDD, I went with something cheap but good. The Hitachi Deskstars are pretty good drives seeing as how they come from the same company that manufactures female … nevermind. At 2TB, you’ll have more than enough space for everything from games to movies to other things that you would hide in many folders. And at less than $60, it’s a steal.
GPU: XFX R9 Fury X
High Bandwidth Memory? Check. Completely new chip? Check. Water cooled? Check. Looks pretty awesome? You bet. The Fury X is AMDs try at the graphics card crown. Touted with High Bandwidth Memory (HBM), the card has 4096 Stream processors (1280 more than a 290X), a 4096-bit memory interface on 1Ghz effect memory, which means this card has a 512 GB/s memory bandwidth, a 176 Gb/s gain over it’s competition. That’s because of HBM, which moves the VRAM closer to the chip and stacks it vertically, giving the chip faster performance because it can contact the VRAM faster. Sadly, for the Memory overclockers out there, you CANNOT overclock HBM memory—as if you would ever have to. In a PCI-e x16 slot, you will have no problem with the amount of HBM and the speed it goes to the GPU. It isn’t kicking the competition’s ass right now, but after driver development optimizes it, Nvidia might have stiff competition on its hands.
Case: Fractal Design Define R5
The Define R5 was chosen because we needed somewhere to put all our water cooling stuff. Thankfully, Fractal knows their audience and made this case very water cooling friendly. Whether it’s AiOs or custom loops, you’ll be able to fit the R9 Fury X as an intake or exhaust and put the Corsair H100i on the roof of the case, giving you a really cool aesthetic if you can pull it off, which you’d be able to see through the side panel window (click link for windowed version).
PSU: Corsair CX750M
We wanted to keep cable management down to a minimum, so we went with a semi-modular PSU. The Corsair CX750M has been used before, and while it meets the minimum for what the R9 Fury X recommends, it will be able to hold the entire system just fine with 250W of overhead. Since it is 80+ Bronze, you’ll be fine to add extra drives, fans, and other peripherals to your machine without too much trouble.
So, there we have it. The R9 Fury X was announced, launched, and was used up in a build on here as fast as you could say High Bandwidth Memory. This machine could be all yours for the low low price of … $1600 USD. But, don’t worry, I’m sure the prices will come down in the coming months, either to undercut Nvidia or to stay competitive with them. Only time will tell.