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[Build Log] - First Build Ever - Asus Maximus VI Extreme - 2014

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Hey all, this is my first post on here after a few months of lurking, I've just finished the first stages of my build after quite some research and saving (I'm a student living in Australia, so parts are expensive and time not abundant)

After deliberation I decided to go with a Haswell processor and Mobo for this Build, initially planning on 4770k on a z87 Sabertooth, but eventually upgraded to the Maximus VI Extreme for the extra PCIe Slots and sexy ROG style!

I knew from the start that I wanted to run a ROG RAIDR Express as my SSD and so that assisted in the Mobo decision too.

Processor: Intel i7 4770K

Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Extreme

RAM: 32 GB (4 x 8GB) Corsair Vengeance 1866MHz (Couldn't justify the dosh for Dominator Platinum just for heatsink and looks... Maybe one day)

GPU 1: GIGABYTE Geforce GTX Titan Black 6GB. The rig was always planned around a Titan and a later upgrade to a second, but the week I finally could afford to buy one, they were suddenly not on shelves. I saw that the Titan Black was in a very select amount of stores in AUS (as they had a soft launch here I believe) and found that the only vendor that had not sold out and was accepting backorders, was CPL. Rather than risk online, I drove down 45 from where I had been in classes at Uni, handed over my cash and walked out with the last one they had in stock! It was an awesome feeling!! Now waiting for the money for a second!!

GPU 2: GIGABYTE Geforce GTX 650 2GB. This card was purchased as an upgrade to my old rig (5-6 years old, previously running a Radeon HD 4890) and I decided that it would not be a terrible idea to have it thrown in as a dedicated Phys-X card (not that they are used hugely often) but it was there so why not use it?!

SSD: ASUS RAIDR Express 240GB This card looks mad, and has wicked speed, I'm a little in love!

HDD: 2x WD 1TB VelociRaptor in RAID 0 Setup
1x WD 2TB Caviar Green as Backup
1x WD 2TB Caviar Green as Media Storage until it goes back in my old box to be a Media Center
2x WD 1TB Caviar Green as file storage from old rigs, one ripped from inside a My Book which had started to disagree with its USB plugs

PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower 850W was ordered by mistake, even after I upgraded the order to a Corsair AX1200i, so I paid the extra 180 and kept it to get my rig online and to practise sleeving.

Peripherals:
Viewsonic 2770 SMH (Screen had flickers and tearing that were neither cable nor hardware nor driver related so refund that, hoping to upgrade to 3 Dell U2412M to surround and change between portrait and landscape)
Bluray Combo Drive (non functioning, being returned)
Existing ASUS VK266H (love this monitor, worked beautifully for years)
Saitek Madcatz R.A.T. 9 Mouse
Saitek S.T.R.I.K.E Keyboard

Case: HAF X, gorgeous and functional case for decent sized air builds, but its easy to see how a WC'd build would struggle in it. When I decide to put this machine underwater (after the second Titan Black is purchased probably) I will likely go for a 900D

Cooling: Stock fans, NZXT X40 Kraken, 2 XSPC 140mm fans (they were cheap and a lovely and quite for push/pull setup)

Pictures from throughout the build will be coming, I have also started doing sleeving of my current cables with Modsmart Kobra HD sleeving, and I like how it looks, but think I will upgrade to paracord sleeving when my new PSU arrives.

The Boys at my local Super Billing Computers (i-love-pc.com) let me use their antistatic mat and range of screwdrivers etc to put the ***** together, and I realized I'd have no trouble playing with it at home.
The first pieces arrive!! (Click to show)

Republic of Gamer - Maximus VI Extreme yeah baby!

See, it says so!!

RAIDR... Blisteringly fast!!

One of my VelociRaptors... These things are cool! The heatsinks look rad!
Unboxing the TITAN!!! (Black Edition) (Click to show)

Walked into store tired and straight out of lecture, walk out with a shiny new entirely spontaneously purchased Titan Black


Components! Assemble! (Click to show)

Opened up my case as the other components were placed on my bench... getting excited at this point! (This PC is now the most amount of money I've spent on a single purchase... It's double the value of my Car and a few grand more than my Home entertainment system)

Threw my Titan in with the parts that had arrived instore and it was go time!

The Bits come together!
Initial build process (Click to show)






Completed in Store Build (Click to show)


Yeah that Stock Cooler has to go!
Warning: Here there be Kraken! (Click to show)

Kraken installed on the M6E


Not happy with these tube locations.


Rotated the Reservoir so that the Kraken tubes didn't touch my GPU's :S (but didn't rotate the pic tongue.gif)
Poor Quality Semi-Completed Shots (Click to show)

Semi Completed Shots (Click to show)

View from a distance... this baby definitely needs some lighting (Ignore the giggle cap on the ground tongue.gif)


Touch closer... It's clear to see the cable management needs work wink.gif


Close up of Kraken (Love this thing, yet to see my CPU temp go over 30 degrees Celsius

Edited by Drofico - 3/23/14 at 2:27am
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Looks good and looks like you are almost done. rolleyes.gif
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You don't need 1200w for 1 titan :S
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Originally Posted by 2slick4u View Post

You don't need 1200w for 1 titan :S

Haha yeah I know, but for 2 in SLI and one day possibly a 3rd once they're underwater, with the 650 for PhysX, RAIDR plus 6 other HDD's, I'd rather have the room to upgrade.
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Haha yeah I know, but for 2 in SLI and one day possibly a 3rd once they're underwater, with the 650 for PhysX, RAIDR plus 6 other HDD's, I'd rather have the room to upgrade.

Gotcha, btw how does that RaidR perform?
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Just a heads-up.
Looking at the pictures, it seems that your 1st fan on the kraken is facing the wrong way.



Unless you turned the other one around they're mounted as exhaust > rad > intake
Do you want to blow hot air out or suck cold air in ?
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Originally Posted by 2slick4u View Post

Gotcha, btw how does that RaidR perform?

Amazingly, running Windows 8 in UEFI it will get to desktop in like 18 seconds hahaha
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Just a heads-up.
Looking at the pictures, it seems that your 1st fan on the kraken is facing the wrong way.

Unless you turned the other one around they're mounted as exhaust > rad > intake
Do you want to blow hot air out or suck cold air in ?

Just checked, cos that is totally the kinda of stuff up I'd make, but both have the cable/sticker side facing towards the inside of the case... This should be intake yeah? It pretty easily holds a scrap of paper to the back vent
Edited by Drofico - 3/23/14 at 6:12am
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Amazingly, running Windows 8 in UEFI it will get to desktop in like 18 seconds hahaha
Just checked, cos that is totally the kinda of stuff up I'd make, but both have the cable/sticker side facing towards the inside of the case... This should be intake yeah? It pretty easily holds a scrap of paper to the back vent

I have noticed some people configure the 120mm back rad the way you have it. This does put cooler air though the rad but pushes hot air into the case. If you flip the fans around the warm air in the case will be pulled though the rad and in theory you will not get cooler temps. The other way looks better but you lose in performance. wink.gif
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Amazingly, running Windows 8 in UEFI it will get to desktop in like 18 seconds hahaha
Just checked, cos that is totally the kinda of stuff up I'd make, but both have the cable/sticker side facing towards the inside of the case... This should be intake yeah? It pretty easily holds a scrap of paper to the back vent

Given your GPU heat sink (blower style) - I'd reverse them.

It might up your CPU temps a little, but your GPU temps will drop by more
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Given your GPU heat sink (blower style) - I'd reverse them.

It might up your CPU temps a little, but your GPU temps will drop by more

Cheers man, thanks for the advice, I will definitely do that!!

In other news, I've ordered a EVGA SC 750Ti to devote to PhysX so that a. once my 2nd Titan Black is in play, I wont have oodles of PCI-E cables goin everywhere, b. I'm turning my old box into a XBMC Media Center, and the old HD 4890 doesnt have supported drivers, and I dont know my way around Ubuntu well enough to try and fix it.. Plus I think the heatsink on it is well and truly in need of a clean and recompounding, and I just CBFed for a outdated card

So the 650 will run my TV and the Titan Black (and then the 2nd) and the 750Ti will charge my Dell U2412's which are on their way... Still waiting on the AX1200i too, hate waiting for deliveries :S
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