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First ever build!

So my Lenovo laptop was dying, with boot times anywhere between 20 minutes and an hour. When the inevitable happened and it wouldn't turn on at all I decided I would attempt my first pc build. I have no previous experience but spent what I thought to be sufficient time researching and reading/watching tutorials (discovering LTT came after the build!). I used pc part picker to gather a list of parts which where:

AMD FX9590

Arctic Freezer 7 Pro

ASRock 990FX Extreme 9 ATX

4x Crucial Ballistix Tactical 8gb DDR3

MSI Radeon R9 390

EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 80+ Platinum

Aerocool Strike-X Xtreme Mid Tower

Samsung 850 Evo-series 250GB SSD

Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD


So, at the time I was aware of some poor choices:


The power supply is much more powerful than I need, however I wanted to make it future proof. I now know this is probably more powerful than I will ever need but at least I won't be down on power!


Did I say choices? That's about the only thing I thought was awry but since putting it all together and loving it I have become ever increasingly interested in building rather than just using! So, I now also know:

The AMD FX9590 is not that good for gaming.

The Arctic Freezer 7 Pro was not nearly enough to cool the CPU adequately.


I have already addressed the cooling and switched out the cooler for a Corsair H80i V2 with massive improvements.

A couple of pictures are below before and after the cooler swap. So, I want some input please! This is my 1st build. I want to learn. Let me know all about my stupid decisions and what I should do better in future.


Pre cooler swap



After cooler swap



What I think to be some semi-reasonable cable management


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should have grab a I5 or a xeon

Good luck, Have fun, Build PC, and have a last gen console for use once a year. I should answer most of the time between 9 to 3 PST

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