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Hello fellow tech-maniacs! smile.gif
I have built a RIG two weeks ago. I got some experience in building computers (not big, but always something - built 5 computers ;D)

I would like to ask for a review since I am still able to return some of the parts. I decided to make a new thread because I am super worried about compatiblity of my PSU with the motherboard and plans, but more about that on the bottom of that post.

This is my current setup:
CASE: 1x AeroCool Xpredator Evil Black
PSU: 1x Be Quiet! STRAIGHT POWER CM BQT E9-CM-680W, 80PLUS Gold (BN199)
MOBO: 1x MSI Z87 MPower
RAM: 1x Avexir Core GOLD - Yellow LED - DDR3-2400 - CL10 - 8 GB AVD3U24001004G-2CEY
CPU: 1x Intel CORE I7-4770K 3.5GHz LGA1150 BOX HASWELL BX80646I74770K
CPUC: 1x Corsair Hydro Series H100i (CW-9060009-WW)
SSD: 1x Corsair Force Series GT 120GB 2.5'' SATA III TRIM (Read/Write 555MB/515MB/s) (CSSD-F120GBGT-BK)
OS: 1x Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64Bit
CD: 1x ASUS DRW-24F1ST
SND: Asus Xonar DX


Components i want to adopt for now from my old rig:
GPU: 1x XFX Radeon HD 6870 DD
HDD: 1x WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1TB 7200rpm 64mb
HDD: 1x WD800AAJS-00PSA0 80GB - Old drive but does the job biggrin.gif
RAM: Same set as I do currently own (Avexir one)


Planned upgrades within two months:
1x MSI GeForce GTX780 Lightning or something with comparable/better performance within similar price range (suggestions appreciated)
2x Noctua NH-D14 to replace stock H100i fans as they are super loud


I am planning to do some OC, right now I have used the OC Genie button on my motherboard which has bumped the CPU to 4,2GHz and raised the voltage to 1.2V- gonna play more to get more juice with lower voltage if possible (will need some assistance with that later if anyone would like to assist me smile.gif). For now, I have ran PRIME95 stability test for like 2 hours without issues and also used MSI Intel Extreme Tuning software for the same reason.

I have build the PC mainly for gaming (BF4 etc).

Main reason why I decided to make the post was to review the PSU compatibility with rest of the hardware, future upgrades, OC and the fact that it only provides one 12V 8P connector while the motherboard has two connectors:





Just wanted to add that I have followed the recommended PSU sticked thread on the forum smile.gif

I will appreciate any responses. Thank you in advance!

P.S. I would like to thank user nevermixram for his post, I have used it to create my thread.
post #2 of 7
That psu has only one 8 pin gpu power connector. The 780 requires a 6 pin and an 8 pin.
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I'm confused now - actually I see it has two 2x8-6 pin connectors, please see pictures:



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Not that it will make a HUGE difference, but you might want to move that GPU into the slot closest to the CPU. You have it in a x8 slot, and the one closest to the CPU will allow it to run x16.
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I have just checked the manual and it appears that all slots are PCIe 3.0 x16, however I have noticed that MSi suggests to install expansion cards in "E2" slot "First" so I will move it to that slot then. Thank you for heads up!
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I don't recommend using OC Genie, programs that automatically overclock for you usually overshoot the needed voltage to have your CPU stable, so my advice is that you overclock your CPU manually, take a look at some of the Haswell CPU Overclocking guides on this forum, anyway.

Here's some BIOS settings to finetune your overclock.

CPU Voltage: Manual Offset (For starters): 1.2V
BLCK: 100.00
CPU Multiplier: 42x
LLC (Load Line Calibration) High/Medium - 75%/50%
CPU Spread Spectrum: Disabled
PCI-E Spread Spectrum: Enabled
RAM: Use X.M.P Profile if availible, otherwise set RAM clock to rated speed that is displayed on the RAM sticker/box/packaging.
Keep using the program Prime95 for stability testing.
RealTemp for the CPU Temperatures, I'd like to keep it under 70C for 24/7 usage. Don't let the CPU go over 100C.
Also for further stability testing, you can check the Windows Event Logs by typing Event Logs in the start menu search bar and hit enter. Look for the system tab in the windows event logger window, check there for WHEA errors, if you're getting WHEA errors, that mean your overclock isn't stable enough for 24/7 use, usually these errors stop appearing in the logs when you increase the VCore up a notch or enough for the CPU to be stable.
Make sure you turn off OC Genie before doing manual overclocking.
There are a few more options to finetune, but I've never overclocked haswell before.
Edited by benjamen50 - 1/10/14 at 5:08am
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i was looking at the bequiet site. They have only one listed. if you got 2 you got enough then though.
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4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
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