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post #1 of 13
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Hi,

I am a grad student in Florida and this is my first time building a rig with my own money smile.gif I have built a fair number of standard rigs for other people before and a gaming rig for myself 6 years ago but have never dabbled in overclocking or high end stuff. My previous builds have all been mainstream.

I want to dabble with OCing this time and saved up money for a decent rig...hence I would like to know what you guys think and your recommendations/suggestions etc

My primary use case is Gaming+Movies, but I also program in CUDA & OpenCL quite a bit so I will be using this rig for that too. I wanted to go for Single Monitor 3D vision as Multi-Monitor setup is a bit costly for me now.

So here is the build I have in mind:

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula EATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Primary HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Sec. HDD: Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB PE/OC Twin Frozr IV (2-Way SLI)
Sound Card: Asus Xonar Essence STX 24-bit 192 KHz Sound Card
Case: NZXT Phantom 820 (Gun Metal) ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 850W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
Monitor: Asus VG278H 120Hz 27.0" Monitor

So what dyu guys think? Please let me know!!
post #2 of 13
everything looks good here, spotted nothing wrong... so I would like to say good luck with your build there sir, and welcome to OCN thumb.gifthumb.gif
post #3 of 13
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Thanks for the reply and welcome!!! smile.gif

I was wondering what people might have to say about the Maximus V Formula. I was comparing it with GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB and both seem similar to me especially considering that I would be overriding the onboard sound anyways!

I am unsure about their relative performance and OCing ability. What dyu think?
post #4 of 13
Your build looks awesome
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All your choices will work, but some of them are not really the best value for the money.

Pretty much all the Z77 boards are going to overclock the same - unless you really need something one of the high end boards offers (layout or special connectivity), it is best to put that money to use somewhere else. Just pick up an Asus P8Z77-V for $189 instead.
Asus P8Z77-V

Even for SLI, an 850W power supply is more than you need. You could get a quality 750W and be just as well off. The Rosewill Capstone 750-M is a good modular PSU.
Rosewill Capstone 750-M 750W

Likewise, unless you plan to really push for top overclocks, the H100 isn't a very good value for the money. The $30 Coolermaster Hyper 212+ EVO will be fine for overclocks to the 4.4~4.5 range.
CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ EVO

What do you plan to drive with the Essence STX? It's focus is headphones, so I assume that's what you'll be using?
Edited by Forceman - 10/30/12 at 12:41am
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Your build looks awesome

Thanks!! smile.gif
post #7 of 13
I love my Antec Kuhler 620, just some food for thought
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post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Forceman View Post

All your choices will work, but some of them are not really the best value for the money.
Pretty much all the Z77 boards are going to overclock the same - unless you really need something one of the high end boards offers (layout or special connectivity), it is best to put that money to use somewhere else. Just pick up an Asus P8Z77-V for $189 instead.
Asus P8Z77-V
Even for SLI, an 850W power supply is more than you need. You could get a quality 750W and be just as well off. The Rosewill Capstone 750-M is a good modular PSU.
Rosewill Capstone 750-M 750W
Likewise, unless you plan to really push for top overclocks, the H100 isn't a very good value for the money. The $30 Coolermaster Hyper 212+ EVO will be fine for overclocks to the 4.4~4.5 range.
CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ EVO
What do you plan to drive with the Essence STX? It's focus is headphones, so I assume that's what you'll be using?

Thanks!

I do hope to reach 4.8 Ghz on the H100 hopefully. Later on I might consider custom water-kits if I can't go beyond 5.

I considered the P8Z77-V, but I need an e-Sata Port which It seems its lacking? Could not find a mention anywhere. I absolutely need e-Sata and Wifi both, so any suggestions with that constraint in mind?

Yeah as I mention I am doing a 2-Way SLI, which is why I chose the 850 W PSU, However I do notice that the Wattage still comes to no more than 570-600W with peripherals included. 750W does look like a valid alternative! I will look into that!

The Essense STX is for driving the Beyerdynamic Dt990 600Ohm Headphones that I got as a gift recently. I will also use it to drive my current 2.1 Speaker Configuration (Logitech Z2300)
Edited by Bethrezan - 10/30/12 at 1:01am
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Originally Posted by JTHMfreak View Post

I love my Antec Kuhler 620, just some food for thought

Doesn't the 620 have a smaller radiator than the H100? Would it not be an issue for higher overclocks? I was reading around and a lot of OC'ers here seem to be going with even bigger Radiators than the H100 has in their custom water kits....
Edited by Bethrezan - 10/30/12 at 1:00am
post #10 of 13
Sounds like you've done your homework. The Asus P8Z77-V does have built-in WiFi, not sure why it doesn't show on the Newegg page, but the Asus page shows it. No eSATA port though, but you could buy one of those cheap internal to eSATA brackets to use (that's what I do). The P8Z77-V PRO has WiFi and eSATA (via an included bracket).

Asus P8Z77-V Specifications
Asus P8Z77-V PRO
Internal SATA to eSATA bracket

The STX will be great with those headphones, I have the 600 ohm DT880s and a STX and they sound great.

Edit: If you don't mind Gigabyte, the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB has what you need.

GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB
Edited by Forceman - 10/30/12 at 1:06am
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