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Hey guys I know from my first post I have probably embarrassed myself by buying a pre-build. OH my god that was such a MISTAKE. It comes with so much issues that I rather pay the re-stocking fee and return it.

So my new build is about $1400

Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Gene
CPU: i7 2600k Quad Core Processor
GPU: Asus DC Top 550 Ti Sli (2)
PSU: Antec GS 800 (because it lights 3 different colors! biggrin.gif)
Case: CoolerMaster Haf X (I know I'll get a bunch of *&^&* for this; putting a mATX in a full tower case, however I like to argue that since I'm building another pc for my parents soon, I might just use it for a full size ATX motherboard later on and buy myself another full size but slightly smaller such as the new MC Storm Trooper)
RAM: Corsair Rampage 1866 mhz 8GB (2x4)

So I have a few questions.

First, If I do plan to overclock my ram just a bit to lets say 2000 mhz. Do I really need a Rampage ram fan?

Secondly, I see that each fan has it's own molex adapter consisting of male and female. I was wondering If I can group all the fan molex together (via Male + Female) and plug all through ONE molex to power cord?

Thanks.
post #2 of 128
Your build is a bit all over the place...

Drop the 2600k to a 2500k, get an Asus Z77 Pro or comparable Asrock. Instead of SLI 550TI's get a HD7850 and OC it (or a comparable nvidia single card.) And drop the 1866mhz RAM to 1600mhz G-Skills or the Samsung Low Profile RAM. The RAM fan is not needed. Also I dont know what that PSU is like but 800w is overkill. You only need a decent 550w at most.
Edited by Cyph3r - 8/14/12 at 7:57am
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Well, I wish I could say you nailed your 2nd crack at it, but I can't. I do not like your choice of gpu at all. 550ti's are weak cards, weaker even than 460's which are of course 2 gens old by now. It's always much better to go with the single, more powerful card. For the price you paid you could have scored a 7870 that would mop the floor with those 550's. I think most here will agree with me. I can understand the allure of sli, especially being that you're new to all this. It's a mistake lots of people make. I'd return them if you can. I'm not crazy about that power supply either. It's a decent unit, but there are much better options in your price range. A solid 550w unit would power that rig with no issues.
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Hey man

Well, I'm sorry to say i'm going to have to have a few things to say about this.

1. Why you going with last gen processors? Also, are you going to be using multi-threaded applications? If not then go with an i5, a 3570k and getting your PCI-E 3.0
2. again, old tech, you'd be better off getting a single gtx670 with the money you saved from the i7 - i5 change and a single card solution
3. Why the m-ATX board? You're limiting your upgrade options.
4. PSU is miles overspec, go with something around the 600w - 650w mark. 800w will be very inefficient

If it were me, i'd go back get an i5, a full size MB, go with Ivybridge and change the GPU to a single GTX670. Also you still don't need an 800w PSU.

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uh.......I'm sorry what did you say? I was distracted by your avatar. biggrin.gif
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Hey thank you all for the replies.

Regarding the GPUs, after doing some research, I am definitely a nVidia enthusiast. So the next upgrade card I can get would cost me over $300. I found the 550 ti on sale on Amazon. And they are the special Asus DC Top edition! for $135 each. So I got 3 of them (2 for me and 1 for my parents).

I did the power supply checkers on newegg and thermaltake site, I know 550W would be minimum and 650w was recommended. Since I plan to overclock a bit, I believe I would need around 700-750W to be safe. Plus, the GS 800 is not only about bells and whistles, it is a quiet psu. (got that on Amazon for $114). A quality 750W cost about $100, so why not make that jump right.

Now for the CPU, I want hyper threading, because I do a lot of multitasking--being a college student, I have to write a lot of essays, while I get distracted like crazy with websites, youtube, facebook, and maybe some music. However I will be getting the i5 2500k for my parents. It is a great cpu.

I am very sketchy on the motherboard. Note: I have just about build everything already, and waiting on the cpu to arrive this afternoon to complete the build. So I am very unlikely so to return the motherboard at this point. I wanted an affordable motherboard, the Asus P8 Pro series is not bad at all, in fact I am getting that for my parents build.

But I found some expert test on the Maximus V Gene, and apparently it has very good voltage handling, which is the case for all Maximus motherboards. It can hold 1.3 V at 4.8 ghz overclock! --Now I have used Gigabyte z68 before, and at mere 4.6 requires 1.39-1.42 V.
However I know I am limiting myself to upgrades, but I'll never really want to spent so much money on 4 way SLI anyway. But just out of curiosity, Are there adapters I can plug in to expand pci express slots on this mATX board?
Edited by Overclock2day - 8/14/12 at 8:15am
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uh.......I'm sorry what did you say? I was distracted by your avatar. biggrin.gif

Compuman's distracts me even more. More of a creeping-me-out kind of distraction, but a distraction nonetheless.
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Hey thanks for the first reply.
Regarding the GPUs, after doing some research, I am definitely a nVidia enthusiast. So the next upgrade card I can get would cost me over $300. I found the 550 ti on sale on Amazon. And they are the special Asus DC Top edition! for $135 each. So I got 3 of them (2 for me and 1 for my parents).
I did the power supply checkers on newegg and thermaltake site, I know 550W would be minimum and 650w was recommended. Since I plan to overclock a bit, I believe I would need around 700-750W to be safe. Plus, the GS 800 is not only about bells and whistles, it is a quiet psu. (got that on Amazon for $114). A quality 750W cost about $100, so why not make that jump right.

No, just, no. The cards are underpowered budget models at best. Something much more powerful and future proof could have been had for that price. There is nothing special about it being an asus dc top edition.

As far as the power supply goes, it's an average unit at best and is massive overkill for you needs. Why would you take advice from someone trying to sell you something ? (Newegg/Thermaltake) They will ALWAYS way overestimate your needs to take advantage of you. That's just common sense.

Take it from people who have been where you are and are not looking to sell you anything. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by Overclock2day View Post

Hey thanks for the first reply.
Regarding the GPUs, after doing some research, I am definitely a nVidia enthusiast. So the next upgrade card I can get would cost me over $300. I found the 550 ti on sale on Amazon. And they are the special Asus DC Top edition! for $135 each. So I got 3 of them (2 for me and 1 for my parents).
I did the power supply checkers on newegg and thermaltake site, I know 550W would be minimum and 650w was recommended. Since I plan to overclock a bit, I believe I would need around 700-750W to be safe. Plus, the GS 800 is not only about bells and whistles, it is a quiet psu. (got that on Amazon for $114). A quality 750W cost about $100, so why not make that jump right.

I only have a 630w and I have a good overclock on my cpu and sometimes on my gpu folding on both for hours. Overclocking does not increase your watts by 150-200 700-750w would be way overdoing it even if you had a 670 or 7950


For that budget you could have a killer rig if you take these guys advice. The build you listed is last gen, and not really that great for that price. If your shelling out that cash go current gen, and listen to the guys on here. I have been building systems for years and still come here for advice on my builds.
Edited by Dimaggio1103 - 8/14/12 at 8:17am
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post #10 of 128
I would ask for a complete new rig here and buy it. SLI GTS 550 wasn't even a plan when they launched, let alone now 2 years later, they won't cut anything.
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