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New build with ROG motherboard

339683032
Level 7
Hello everybody,

I'm fairly new to PC building (and this forum), and I want to get some advice on my new setup before I buy any of these stuff. This will be mainly used for gaming and video editing. Also, I will overclock this CPU. I've decided that money isn't a problem and I'd go all out for this build. It's my first build with an ASUS ROG Motherboard, so please give me any advice you may have.

Thanks in advance 🙂


CPU: http://ark.intel.com/products/65523/Intel-Core-i7-3770K-Processor-8M-Cache-up-to-3_90-GHz

Motherboard: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/Maximus_V_Extreme/

GPU: http://www.evga.com/Products/Product.aspx?pn=04G-P4-2692-KR

RAM: http://www.corsair.com/en/memory-by-product-family/dominator-platinum-ddr3-memory/dominator-platinum...

CPU Cooler: http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/cpu/57/.html

SSD (240GB): http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-vertex-3-max-iops-sata-iii-2-5-ssd.html

Hard Drive (2TB + 1TB): http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=760

Power Supply: http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=3055

Optical Drive: http://ca.asus.com/Optical_Storage/Internal_Bluray_Drive/BW12B1ST/

Case: http://www.nzxt.com/evolve/ OR http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/phantom

Display: http://www.asus.com/Display/LCD_Monitors/VE258Q/


A special note on the case: I would like to have either the NZXT Phantom (second link), or the newer Phantom, which is going to be released in about a week (first link).

I'm unsure about the compatibility of some of these parts, though, but it'll show up eventually. 🙂
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kkn
Level 14
just be shure that you dont get enny problem fitting that cooler, the noctua nd?14 have a real tight fit on the cards, so if i was you i woould do some searching on that arctic cooler about spacing on the ram and the vga card.

X-ROG
Level 15
Personally I would veer towards:

>LLC CPU cooler
>Samsung 840/Crucial M4/Plextor M5/Corsair Pro SSD (Toggle or Sync NAND). I use Corsair, Crucial and Plextor M3 at home/work laptop and they are excellent.
>Drop the 1TB HDD, or buy a 3TB or 2x2TB.
>Get a Seasonic Platinum PSU (750-850W will be plenty). I've not kept up with other brands PSU reviews, but you don't need 1300W by any stretch tbh.
>Look at the VG278H/HE 27" 120/144Hz LCD, or, PB278Q 1440p
>Mechanical keyboard (prefer MX reds personally) and a nice mouse

Maximus V Formula(/ThunderFX) for gaming? If you're only running one GPU a 4-way board seems like a waste. Check the specs of the Extreme versus Formula.

MarshallR@ASUS wrote:
Personally I would veer towards:

>LLC CPU cooler
>Samsung 840/Crucial M4/Plextor M5/Corsair Pro SSD (Toggle or Sync NAND). I use Corsair, Crucial and Plextor M3 at home/work laptop and they are excellent.
>Drop the 1TB HDD, or buy a 3TB or 2x2TB.
>Get a Seasonic Platinum PSU (750-850W will be plenty). I've not kept up with other brands PSU reviews, but you don't need 1300W by any stretch tbh.
>Look at the VG278H/HE 27" 120/144Hz LCD, or, PB278Q 1440p
>Mechanical keyboard (prefer MX reds personally) and a nice mouse

Maximus V Formula(/ThunderFX) for gaming? If you're only running one GPU a 4-way board seems like a waste. Check the specs of the Extreme versus Formula.



Thanks, and I may change the cooler, SSD, and Hard Drive. For the keyboard and mouse, I personally prefer something from Razer, since I used their products before. I would like to add another GTX 690 GPU when it's less expensive. However, I would still consider the Mavimus V Formula/Thunder FX. As for the power, would 850W be enough if I want to over clock the CPU? Also, I'm not sure a 27" display would fit on my desk as it is already very crowded and I would like the display ratio to be kept at 16:9.

Thanks for you other recommendations, I will change the parts accordingly. 🙂

339683032 wrote:
Thanks, and I may change the cooler, SSD, and Hard Drive. For the keyboard and mouse, I personally prefer something from Razer, since I used their products before. I would like to add another GTX 690 GPU when it's less expensive. However, I would still consider the Mavimus V Formula/Thunder FX. As for the power, would 850W be enough if I want to over clock the CPU? Also, I'm not sure a 27" display would fit on my desk as it is already very crowded and I would like the display ratio to be kept at 16:9.

Thanks for you other recommendations, I will change the parts accordingly. 🙂


I agree with Marshall for most of his recommendations. If you are considering an SLI with 2 690s (4 gpus) then you should be looking at 1000W+ PSUs. I would suggest something like Corsair's AX1200 or AX1200i. Though with only one display you really won't need more than one 690 for most games. The Formula can easily handle to two card SLI, the extreme would be for a 3 card SLI. Though you will want a case that you can have a fan(s) blowing on the cards. I don't know NZXT cases, so I don't know if that will work for that.

For an SSD, I would suggest the Samsung 640. They have a reputation for reliable drives and it seems like the one to beat in benchmarks.

danjw wrote:
I agree with Marshall for most of his recommendations. If you are considering an SLI with 2 690s (4 gpus) then you should be looking at 1000W+ PSUs. I would suggest something like Corsair's AX1200 or AX1200i. Though with only one display you really won't need more than one 690 for most games. The Formula can easily handle to two card SLI, the extreme would be for a 3 card SLI. Though you will want a case that you can have a fan(s) blowing on the cards. I don't know NZXT cases, so I don't know if that will work for that.

For an SSD, I would suggest the Samsung 640. They have a reputation for reliable drives and it seems like the one to beat in benchmarks.


At the max, I would only go for a two card SLI. I have selected the 1300W PSU for this purpose, but I'm looking into other brands as well.

339683032 wrote:
At the max, I would only go for a two card SLI. I have selected the 1300W PSU for this purpose, but I'm looking into other brands as well.


I tend to use cases and PSUs for multiple builds. So I tend to put extra research in on those items when I am planning to replace them.

One mistake that is common for people new to PC building is applying too much thermal interface material to the heatsink. Be sure to find a video or two on youtube to get a good idea of how it is done.

339683032 wrote:
Thanks, and I may change the cooler, SSD, and Hard Drive. For the keyboard and mouse, I personally prefer something from Razer, since I used their products before. I would like to add another GTX 690 GPU when it's less expensive. However, I would still consider the Mavimus V Formula/Thunder FX. As for the power, would 850W be enough if I want to over clock the CPU? Also, I'm not sure a 27" display would fit on my desk as it is already very crowded and I would like the display ratio to be kept at 16:9.

Thanks for you other recommendations, I will change the parts accordingly. 🙂


If you're only running 1080p then 2x690s will be excessive. One will give you ample performance. If you were running 5760x1080 (3 monitor) then I'd see your point 😉

Also agree with others - 3930K + Rampage IV Formula + 2x680s with PCIe 3.0 patch. More bandwidth, more upgrade path, 6 core CPU lasting you a long while 😄

Z77 chipset will still run Sandy Bridge CPUs (if you can find one) - so not 'only' Ivy Bridge 😉 Plus Intel has yet to announce Ivy-E officially 😛

well.. point taken but i mainly mean that it wont run haswell. Anyway buying sandy bridge for z77 is... sorta silly, even though it clocks higher you are stuck with pcie2.0 in that scenario, and clock for clock, ivy beats sandy. In the end i realize if you overclock it to the extreme, sandy can win in gaming over ivy, but you really have to ask if its worth it to run the chips so hot for everyday use. Plus IVY saves more power. I would almost never recommend SB over IB for z77.
Motherboard Asus ROG Rampage IV Formula x79
CPU Intel i7 4820k Ivy Bridge-E @ 4.6ghz
GPU(s) 3 WAY SLI -- EVGA GTX 680 SC Signature (2GB)
Displays 5140x1050 @ 120hz using 3 x Samsung 2233RZ
RAM 16 GB 2133mhz G.Skill RipJaws Z
PSU LEPA G Series G1600-MA
Case Cooler Master Cosmos II Ultra
Storage Vertex 3 256 (Games), Intel 320 Series 128 (OS), + 4TB HDD

Xaanix wrote:
well.. point taken but i mainly mean that it wont run haswell. Anyway buying sandy bridge for z77 is... sorta silly, even though it clocks higher you are stuck with pcie2.0 in that scenario, and clock for clock, ivy beats sandy. In the end i realize if you overclock it to the extreme, sandy can win in gaming over ivy, but you really have to ask if its worth it to run the chips so hot for everyday use. Plus IVY saves more power. I would almost never recommend SB over IB for z77.


Well, I did try both Sandy Bridge (2700k) and Ivy Bridge (3770k)... I did push them as hard as I could (under water cooling)... - and I would just not write down the Sandy Bridge yet... certainly not over the Ivy Bridge! It's true, the PCIe 3.0 is a nice feature, but when the CPU performance matters, Sandy Bridge is still the king between those two!

Ivy actually doesn't really saves power either... as it needs higher voltages for the same frequencies... and at higher voltages, despite it's 22nm design, produces more heat! - at least these are my experiences...

So, I definitely would recommend Sandy Bridge in a Z77 mobo when the budget is a limiting factor...