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post #1 of 15
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Hey guys, I purchased the components for my new build. If you have any additional input that might make it better, I am happy to hear it.

Here is the list. Price I paid for the components comes after

ASUS Maximus V EXTREME - 379


Intel Core i7-3770K -320


Noctua NH-D14 -79


Cooler Master HAF X -180


SanDisk Extreme SSD 480 GB 350 x 2 = -700
(I purchased two of these for a raid zero config)

Corsair Professional Series HX 750 -110 after rebates


EVGA GeForce GTX680 SuperClocked -480 (came with borderlands 2)


Windows 8 Professional System Builder DVD 64-Bit -110


SAMSUNG 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 31 x 2 = 62
4x4 for total of 16 gb


Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW -23


Cooler Master MegaFlow 200mm Red LED Computer Case Fan -13


Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound 3.5 Grams with ArctiClean 60 ML Kit -10





So, that's basically it. I want to do some overclocking and configuring, but plan on using it mostly for playing games, movies, music, browsing, and maybe some photo/video editing.

I understand that watercooling would be a better option. That might come in the future. I'd like to get the machine up and running first.

If you have any additional ideas or recommendations I'd appreciate it. If you have anything negative to day, I'm really not interested in hearing it.

Thanks,
Adam
Edited by yakaway - 10/27/12 at 2:48pm
post #2 of 15
That motherboard is MAD expensive. Just get the Maximus V Formula which costs $100 less and has zero difference when it comes to performance.

The money you saved from that you can put it towards getting a H100 and some really good after market fans for it.

Save yourself $100 and get a GTX 670. My overclocked 660 ti with my overclocked 3770k @4.6ghz preforms the same if not better then a stock 680.

I would recommend getting dual channel Ram. 8gb of ram should be more then enough even for photo/video editing. I work a lot with with video/photo editing and I've never seen my ram go past 4.5gb even when loading really big spreadsheets. Also, Ivy Bridge works best with dual channel memory.

Lastly, Arctic silver 5 is really old thermal paste. Get PK-1, I guarantee that you will see a 5-10 degrees in difference temperature wise.

Hope this helps and good luck with your build. Update us once you get everything biggrin.gif
Edited by midniteboss - 10/27/12 at 4:16pm
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Hey, thanks for the advice.

A couple of things.

The memory is ddr3 1600mhz dual channel at 1.35 volts. It should oc very well. Feel free to read reviews. Also, it's low profile. Will fit well under the noctua cpu cooler.

I'll likely run a ramdisk or ramcache with 6-8 gb or ram. I pad 62 bucks for the 16 gbs or ram so I'm very happy with that.

I see your point about going with a 670, however I already purchased the 680. I think that's a personal decision. For 480 and borderlands 2, I feel like I got a reasonable deal. I know it's expensive but I have no plans on upgrading anytime soon.

Whether or not it's worth the extra cash is a personal matter I guess. Same goes for the mb. The maximus V formula is certainly a great board as well but I want the ROG connect device, thunderbolt port and a few oc options that are only available on the extreme board.

I will certainly consider the other thermal paste you mentioned. For a few more bucks, it may be a good option.

If you can provide a link for your oc steps, that would be helpful. If not, I can just do a search on here for one. 4.6ghz is a great oc.

Thank You.

Ps. All of the components are ordered. I will start building on the first of Nov. I hope it goes smoothly.
post #4 of 15
Okay I see where you're coming from man. I wouldn't mind having the ROG connect device as well as some of the other small features the board comes with. I didn't notice the price but for $62, 16gb of Samsung ram is a great deal.

Also I usually tell people not to get 680s because I upgrade my system every year. I keep forgetting that most people don't do that. lol

Here is the post I used to overclock my system. Just copy that dudes same exact bios settings, then change your multiplier and voltage. Start off at a high voltage so like 1.30 and work your way down each time. Run prime for 1 hour and if it passes it then subtract 0.005 volts each time until you stop passing prime. Once you think you found your stable voltage, run Prime for 10-12 hours or until it fails. If it fails in less then 10-12 hours then add 0.005 volts.

After you are 100% sure that your system is stable, then just make the manual voltage in your bios an offset one. Take the manual voltage you used so lets just say (1.265) and subtract it by your VID which can be found in a program called CoreTemp and that should get your your offset. Here is an example: Manual Voltage (1.265) - VID (1.2260) = 0.039 (Which is now your offset voltage)

Hope this helps and good luck on your build thumb.gif
post #5 of 15
Pointlessly expensive which will result in a sub-optimal gaming experience for the budget. Essentially, assuming you're a gamer, you should have a 30" 2560x1600 monitor or a multi-monitor eyefinity/surround setup already. Otherwise it would make more sense to cut back on the expense of the tower in order to purchase a superior monitor setup.

If you already have one of those monitor setups, you should probably Crossfire 7950s or 7970s or pursue some other superior graphics solution in order to drive your awesome monitor setup - again, this can easily be afforded by reducing the pointless expenses in your current setup. For instance, RAIDing SSDs is not very beneficial. For one, that interferes with TRIM for some SSDs. Second, RAID only improves sequential write & read speeds, so unless you routinely transfer 1GB+ sized files, you will see no performance benefit for RAIDing SSDs.

Finally, there is no reason to purchase a mid-level unimpressive thermal compound like Arctic Silver 5. The Noctua you're purchasing already comes with superior thermal compound.
    
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Thanks for the reply misterfred. While I don't find it all that CONSTRUCTIVE, I do appreciate it.

You are correct, the noctua does come with thermal compound. I can consider using that vs the artic silver. There may be some improvement in doing so. I'll keep you posted.

It is worth noting that r211 firmware (released last week) for sandisk extreme disks does enable trim. Additionally, windows 8 pro supports it. I do believe there is an improvement in 4k read/write with ssd raid. I'll post the results if it is impressive enough.
Whie I am not using a 30" monitor, I am using a 60 inch panasonic hdtv 1080p and a benq 24" gaming monitor. I may go to 3d eventually and I believe Nvidia has the edge on ATI, however this is mostly opinion.

I've already purchased the gtx 680 and I am very happy with it. While the 7xxx series may offer better price/performance, I cannot go back and change my purchase and I have no desire to. I simply prefer nvidia. I've had both in the past and nvidia has worked well for me.

As I've already said.... the components are already purchased and I am moving forward with the build. If folks have POSITIVE and CONSTRUCTIVE suggestions, please pass them on to me.
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Oh you purchased it already. Well I don't really see why you posted then smile.gif. Comp will run fine.
    
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Thank you misterfred. I was posting to see if there were any additional recommendations that I may not have considered or any items that are apropos for such a build.
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Well, there are the monitor setups I recommended. Those would be apropos.
    
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I am considering the BitFenix Recon Fan Controller.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R2xoAPPQcs


Can anyone comment based on actual experience with this module?

I assume the asus maximus V extreme mobo will have fan control software, so I'm uncertain if this is redundant and a waste of resources.

thanks,
adam
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