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Asus Maximus VI Extreme- Gaming Build
by ILLUS101086
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Description

Hello and thanks for taking the time to check out my build. First let me start off by saying this is my second build ever, first one was actually just a couple of month back. After my first build was completed i did some overclocking and was getting a decent 4.4 Ghz but felt that my z77 sabertooth didn't fulfill my needs. So I started looking for a board that would and evenually came across an ad on craigslist for a new Maximus VI Extreme, so after I took all the necessary precautions I ended up with this board for only $180.

So from there I knew i needed a new chip and picked up the i7-4770K. Some of the parts are from my first build. Such as the video cards, psu, cooler, sound card and case. And just bought those parts for the previous build that were a bit more budget orientated.Bought both SSD after a couple of weeks as felt like the system was missing in performance with just average hdd but they can put quite a dent in your wallet. Also bought the two WD hdd for storage and put them in raid 0. I make sure to have the proper back ups so i wouldn't have to worry so much about the raid 0. The ram seemed like it would be just right and also read good reviews on them went with two 8gb so i can add to more sticks in the future. For my video cards when i first bought them i original was planning on buying one and unsure wither to buy the 770 or 780 and the 780 was abit out of my budget and at the time so i went with the EVGA 4gb 770 classy. But after I installed the 770 I wanted more and more lol. So i picked up a second one a couple of weeks later. And about a month after i had both cards I decided to do the Step Up program and just waiting for my turn in queue so i can get the 780 instead, which is reference and see how the overclocking turns out. Also not to fond of the acx cooling I think blower is more of a better option when running multiple cards and running on air. I plan to some day turn it into a water cooled system but I have to do my research and hardware selection which will probably take about a little over a year. Sorry about the description earlier just strapped on time earlier and was on my phone. I will be updating things abit more later as well. And hopefully when i can afford it buy a 120hz monitor or a 4k. SO if anyone has any recommendations on some monitors let me know. And always appreciate everyone thought, opinions and advice.

Details
Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle28.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load45.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.15Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle31.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load70.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Extreme Preset ScoreX6609
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l13199l [1 Build] 10 points 11 months ago

please go to 1440p gaming and love yourself for having this build even more, it would only make it better

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Plan on it just need to stack some cash before i can.

 
 
hanss [1 Build] 5 points 11 months ago

all of this for 1 1080 monitor!!!

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Nah gotta upgrade my display but not sure which one to go with. Any suggestions?

 
 
Artimaeus 3 points 10 months ago
 
 
skemble [17 Builds] 4 points 11 months ago

You might add a description for certain parts choices. This is a beast, I would just hate to see this get some unneeded downvotes.

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

My apologize for the weak description earlier was strapped on time earlier and thanks for checking my build out.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 4 points 11 months ago

I think that you could have SLIed 780s for this price and it would have been a much better build overall

However this is a great build and will perform well for a long time, I too have SLI 770 4gb cards in my build but wish I would've gotten 780s. I missed the step up date cut off from EVGA is the only reason I didn't go SLI 780

Again Like I said you could've spent a bit better but all in all this is an awesome build, +1 for me

 
 
fsma92 [2 Builds] 4 points 11 months ago

yea something like this..

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $339.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $97.25 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $192.98 @ Outlet PC
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $125.74 @ NCIX US
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $119.99 @ Mac Mall
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $177.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) $648.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) $648.99 @ SuperBiiz
Sound Card Asus Xonar Phoebus 24-bit 96 KHz Sound Card $195.98 @ SuperBiiz
Case Cooler Master HAF X ATX Full Tower Case $169.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply XFX ProSeries 1250W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply $207.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) $94.99 @ Amazon
Monitor Samsung S27A550H 27.0" Monitor -
Keyboard Razer Blackwidow Ultimate 2013 Wired Gaming Keyboard $114.99 @ Amazon
Mouse Razer DeathAdder 2013 Wired Optical Mouse $52.99 @ Amazon
Headphones Sennheiser PC 363D 7.1 Channel Headset $299.95 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $3583.78
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-14 11:15 EDT-0400
 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

I picked out the 840 pro because of its longer life span and reliability and the same with the WD HDD, the seagate kinda worried me reading some of the customer reviews. Some of the other parts ive actually got lower prices then that were posted. And im just waiting for my turn for the 780 sli.

 
 
ageedb [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Step up program only allows for reference cards unfortunately. I have a 770 acx sc and want to step up to a 780 but I'm not sure about having a reference card.

 
 
187mobstaz 1 point 11 months ago

Doesn't matter, put them in water.

lol it rhymes XD

 
 
ageedb [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

HAha what about us who can't putting it in water?!

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Nothing wrong with the reference it actually has a titan cooler and should be fine but doesnt have dual bios and if your overclocking its just about how lucky you are. Plus I kinda welcome the blower design cause it means less heat in my case which means cooler temps for just about everything else. And with haswell the cooler the better.

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Thank you and I'm just waiting for my turn in queue for my step up to to the 780 sli. Just wish it had double bios only thing i don't like about it. And your most defiantly right there are things i could have spend better on like my psu but that was actually the first part i had ever bought quite some time ago and was not so knowledgeable of such matters back then but have learned quite abit from my two builds.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Good and thank you for not being offended by my advice just trying to be helpful

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Sorry to hear about you missing the date for the step up but just checked out your build and it looks so clean. Really like you cable management.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

haha which build? eye candy part one or two?

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Both but like the look of part two more. And by the wsy you being an owner of the 770 classy you know how much room they take up in a case which makes thibg a lot ittle more complicated and how do you like your monitors? I was thinking about getting the asus vg248qe.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

I've heard great things about that monitor (some consider it the best 144Hz monitor you can get)

I'm actually returning my dell monitor (I think something might be wrong with it but unsure) but I'm going to get the ASUS PB278Q

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Your probably better off with the asus anyways but idk weither to go for the 1080p with 144 hz or go with a 1440p with 60 hz. Ive read that some of the korean 14440p monitors can overclock to 120 hz and are arond 300-400 dollars so Ill have to take my time and decide

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Ya take some times to research it, if you're one that cares about fps and seeing the frame difference then I'd suggest the 144hz monitor

However I feel that 1080p is almost a thing of the past as even youtube has started to display some videos at 1440p

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Well its a trade off of one or the other which im sure you know already but have been reading about some of these korean monitors that can be overclock to 120hz.but would go for the 1440 over the 120hz any day also time is your best friend when it comes to new tech.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Very true. I ordered my ASUS PB278Q last night so I'll let you know how it is when it gets here. Read a bunch of reviews on it last night and the biggest complaint were cheap buttons however this doesn't matter to me as once I get the settings to where I want them I won't change it

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Thats the model I'm most likely going to get as well seems like it is well rounded at a decent price. And as far as the buttons being an issue, nothing is ever built perfect but your spot on once you find those settings that are perfect for yourself why ever fiddle with settings again. Definatly would like to know what you think of it when youve had a chance to enjoy it.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Ya np I'll let you know when I get it, ordered it last night and it said 5-8 days so I'm hoping it will be here by Monday

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Looking forward to it just wish they had some of the displays in store so I could compare them in person.

 
 
xSachira 1 point 11 months ago

A bit overkill for gaming, but if you are happy with it then kudos to you.

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Use for abit of music production but also wanted to make sure it could handle multi-tasking situations which is why i choose i7-4770k instead of the i5-4670k. And thank you.

 
 
theonelonewolf [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

The features offered extra on that motherboard over say the Hero are Extreme all right... extremely over-priced! I had planned on the same board until I really dug into it and compared it. I'm curious though, how do you like the extras?

Oh and it's a nice build (although a bit on the expensive side). +1

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Got the board for $180 new and your right it is over priced which is why i wouldn't of got it if i paid full price. The formula is what i would have gone with if I paid retail. I feel like the Maximus VI series doesn't live up to its predecessors. And the feature set of the boards are just completely ridiculous.

 
 
LookTopHats [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Great build! Looks sexy +1

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

thank you

 
 
tylerste85 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

I'm jealous!!! damn good job with cable management. You inadvertently installed two gtx770s. Please respond and I will provide address to send it.

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Thanks I'm pretty picky about my cable management and takes me hours to do my cable management once i have everything installed.

 
 
Firecrackers [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Sorry, I'm going to have to downvote this. Not only is cheap and outdated but-

HAHA! I love this! It's plain beautiful! But I'd completely recommend getting a 1440p monitor to see things better than real life. Just don't jump in your monitor and break it like I did.

Only thing that would be even more awesome if you put a 3930k in there, I'm just OCD about processors being cheaper than the motherboard. Haha but this is so great, +1

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

do you mean 4930k? Cause i would have gotten that but just outta my budget but might upgrade some day. hahaha and thanks for checking out the build.

 
 
Firecrackers [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Haha yes! That would be even better. But yeah this build will do everything you need, so no need to upgrade at this moment :).

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Was actually checking out the specs of the 4930k and they aren't really that far apart from the 4770k probably best to put they money into a different component like another video card or a custom water cooling set up instead. But yeah this thing can handle just about everything. You guys have been tempting me to get a 1440p display and its kinda working hahahaha. Buty thanks for the post and comments appreciate it.

 
 
Artimaeus 1 point 10 months ago
 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

LOL one step ahead of you man, won a auction last week for a ASUS PB278Q that is only ten month old and is in perfect condition functionality and cosmetically for $320

 
 
rdo197 [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Hate to break it to ya, but thats not the Maximus VI Extreme

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

lol oh really then please enlighten me oooh wise one with you keen eagle like eye sight.oh wise one

 
 
rdo197 [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

The extreme is a full ATX board, this on doesn't look like a full ATX build

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 0 points 11 months ago

Wow! You can max out any game on your single 1080p monitor?? So can I with a build that cost half as much! :D

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 11 months ago

What can your build do on a 1440p?

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] -2 points 11 months ago

Not a whole lot, but that's not the point here, as neither of us has a 1440p monitor.

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

No you dont have a 1440p monitor, I dont have a 1440p monitor yet. Hahahahaha

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] -1 points 11 months ago

Yea, that what I said.

[...]neither of us has a 1440p monitor.

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 11 months ago

Well in a couple of month ill give you a review on which ever display I end up getting and help you out;}

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] -1 points 11 months ago

A couple of months? Jeez, I don't know if I can wait that long.

 
 
ILLUS101086 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Well whats the point of you even getting a 1440p when your hardware cant even handle the resolution?

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

My hardware can handle a 1440p monitor just fine. Maybe not gaming-wise, but I'd like the extra screen real estate for productivity purposes.