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Good Decisions for First Build or Overkill?

Level 7
Thanks everyone for the comments! Based on what everyone has said I tweaked a few things. What do you think? *Also originally I would have liked to change the cooling to the Corsair Hydro H100i but I was afraid it wouldn't fit in the case. The only video I could find showing that it can be put in the case showed them placing it on the inside of a fan that acts as in exhaust? I didn't think they did it right.


"Processor: I7 4770K"

"Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Formula"

"Cooling: Corsair Hydro H80I"

"Hard Drive: WD Black 1TB", SSD 120GB

"Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB)"

"Graphics: ASUS GTX680"

"Disk Drive: LG Blue Ray LG WH14NS40"

"Case: Thermaltake Chaser MK-1"

"Power Supply: AX860"

Operating System: Windows 7 Pro OEM

Mouse: Corsair Vengeance M65

Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K90*Keyboard

Monitor: ASUS VG248QE

Speakers: Cyber Acoustics CA-5402


Processor: I7 4770K

Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Formula"

Cooling: Corsair Hydro H80I

Hard Drive: Seagate ST2000DX001 2TB MLC/8GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 3.5" Desktop Solid State Hybrid Drive, Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/240G 2.5" 240GB SATA

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB)

Graphics: ASUS GeForce GTX 770 2GB

Disk Drive: LG Blue Ray LG WH14NS40

Case: Thermaltake Chaser MK-1

Power Supply: AX860

Operating System: Windows 7 Pro 64-bit OEM

Mouse: Corsair Vengeance M65

Keyboard: Corsair Vengeance K90*Keyboard

Monitor: ASUS VG248QE

Speakers: Corsair Gaming Audio Series SP2500 High-power 2.1 PC Speaker System

Level 15
Nice looking setup, but if you're only gaming, grab the 4670K instead and use the saved cash to get a bigger internal HDD 😉

I'm actually going to buy the 4770k for about 1/3 of the price because I work in retail. You have to love the perks of working part time at Best Buy while in school. haha

Maximua Hero VI is a great motherboard with great value for money and the dollars save go for a 240GB SSD . Also you need a large hard drive

Level 40
That is looking good.

Bigger SSD is good advice especially as the sweet spot price wise is in the 240 - 250 GB range it seems.
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Level 15
Welcome to the ROG forums, notides.

That is such a nice system you put together there for a first build. You're so fortunate to be working in retail and be able to get some nice prices. Just because of that, I will suggest the following.

The H100i cost just a few dollars more than a H80i but performance wise, it's a little better. Besides the H100i fits in the Chaser MK-1 so you have nothing to worry about.

Nowadays, a 120GB is the minimum. But 250GB is definately good to have. See if you can squeeze a Samsung 840 250GB in your budget.

The GTX 770 performs on the same level as a GTX 680. And both have almost the same price tag but with the GTX 770 being newer tech. I'd grab a GTX 770 to be honest. 😉

Level 9
Sounds like a really nice build, just wanted to make sure that your getting Windows 7 Pro 64 bit as 32 bit wont recognise memory that high.

Also definitely look at buying bigger hard drives in my opinion...
Chassis Corsair 900D|MB Rampage IV Formula|CPU i7 3930K @ 4.8GHz
RAM Corsair DominatorGT 16GB 2133MHz C9|GPU 2x ROG Matrix 7970-P in X-Fire @ 1180MHz
PSU Corsair AX1200i|SSD 2x Samsung 840 Pro 256GB|HDD 2x 4TB WD Caviar BLACK
Monitoring Corsair Link|Cooling Custom Loop EKWB/AlphaCool/XSPC/Bitspower
Monitors 3x ASUS 24" VE248H (6036x1080)

Level 12
Build looks good, and of course all of the advice offered is good.

One thought -- if you have any thoughts of adding a second graphics card down the road, you might consider getting a 1K w psu or higher. In my experience, the psu is a good place to buy with overkill in mind as it will save you money replacing it down the road. In other words, spending a little more now to "future-proof" you psu choice will save you hundreds of dollars a year from now when you decide to grab a second 680 for $100.

p.s. yes, I know my psu is only 850w, but I've hit the ceiling of what it can do and now have to seek an upgrade. 😛
Asus RIVBE • i7 4930K @ 4.7ghz • 8gb Corsair Dominator Platinum 2133 CL8
2xSLI EVGA GTX 770 SC • Creative X-Fi Titanium • 2x 840 SSD + 1TB Seagate Hybrid
EVGA Supernova 1300W• Asus VG278H & nVidia 3d Vision
Phanteks Enthoo Primo w/ custom watercooling:
XSPC Raystorm (cpu & gpu), XSPC Photon 170, Swiftech D5 vario
Alphacool Monsta 360mm +6x NB e-loop, XT45 360mm +6x Corsair SP120

I definitely plan on adding a second graphics card in the future and also probably a second monitor.

notides wrote:
I definitely plan on adding a second graphics card in the future and also probably a second monitor.

Adding another GTX 770 in the future will not present a problem for the AX860. Only if adding a third GTX 770 is in your future plans, will you need something in the range of 1000W-1200W.