Still finishing up this beast, first off the 750D is amazing to work with, cant recommend it enough. everything else is still under tweak status so no real info or impressions yet, its fast thats for sure... Stay tuned for more. The 32GB of ram was a deal I could not pass up and I was looking at the RAMdisc feature on the motherboard, and wanted to give it a try.. Again more to follow. Finished the lights tonight and they came out pretty awesome, best 20 bucks I ever spent on ebay... The price for the 770 included the 20 dollar back plate. Prices are updated to what I paid. So far the only Issue I ran into is I built this with no optical drive and the Intel lan needs the driver off the disc so that was something and there was a weird glitch with the usb 3 header, two drivers listed on Asus web site installed both and usb 3 didn't work.. but after a couple more install attempts out of the blue it started working... Ehh who knows... I cant say enough good things about the case. Very flexible with hdd cage mounting.. stack them side by side hang from the optical bays whatever... only draw back ssd mounting great idea but my ssd label is upside down, dumb I know but if its going to be showcased at least make it so you can swap to correct label placement.. I also can say I was really amazed by the audio quality of the embedded Supreme FX chip... Just on my speakers I immediately noticed the difference so kudos to Asus for that. The EVGA card is freaking HUGE... and it has 5 bright as the sun white leds on the edge of the card... I have yet to find a way to turn them oof or down at least... Performance wise BF4 beta is too buggy for a good bench mark, for me at least, but BF3 min fps 87 max 157 and average was 112 at Ultra settings and 4xAA enabled. If you have questions I will try to answer them all, thanks for the love the community is showing for this build I do really appreciate it...
CPU: Very fast and power efficient, OC at 4.2 and the temps are not what I would like them to be.. see below...
CPU Cooler: Looks like a toy in this case, but it is quiet and seems to work ok, but user error and I mucked up the thermal paste a bit but installed it anyways, seeing the temps means I will be revisiting the thermal paste soon. Edit: reseated the cooler with fresh thermal paste and temps have dropped about 5 degrees.. not the stock thermal pastes fault, the block was not seated well and it was obvious once I pulled the block off the cpu. So thats something to watch when installing this cooler.
Motherboard: Awesome features, audio is amazing for an integrated audio solution, Ramdisc software included, full year of Kaperskey Anti Virus and full damon tools. And it looks great, what else can I say, SLI ready to boot.
Memory: Its a ton of ram, intended for ramdisc application but to date have yet to set it up.
Storage: OCZ SSD fast fast fast, but if I was doing it all over again nothing smaller then 240gb... 128 is just too small. the HDD great mass storage its quiet and pretty fast.
EDIT: Had a lot of problems with this drive, getting sent back for an RMA, replaced it with Samsung EVO 250gb.. Hard to tell if the OCZ was just slower or its issues held it up but the Samsung has amazing speed in comparison... RMA'ed OCZ came back as a refurbished one, installed in to my FX system and works well, for now...
Video card: This thing is freaking huge, both long and wide... even though that's great some places in a computer case not always the best. Performance wise its a beast after seeing this card perform I don't feel bad that I saved myself 150 bucks by not getting a 780...
Case: Big, beautiful and black, like i like my....uhhh, coffee, yah, thats it... I LOVE this case, as I write this the plastic is still on the front of the case and the side window is still in the box cause I don't want a scratch... I know I have to get over it... More room then you can ever want, radiator support 360/240/280 up top, 240/280 in the front, 120 rear, 120/240 bottom front... A hardcore watercoolers dream, at least one that cant afford a 900D.
Power Supply: 650w is plenty of juice for this build as its only estimated at mid to high 400w... I am really not digging the flat modular cables, really rather have sleeved regular cables tbh, but a great PSU none the less.
Edit Seasonic was pulled for my new HTPC, replaced with an EVGA NEX750G I really like the non flat cables better for cable management, and it has red GPU cables, whats not to like about that? Matches my build very well. Added the last picture with the new PSU installed.
The lights 20 bucks on ebay, cant go wrong... http://www.ebay.com/itm/380459137453?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
Build Video: http://youtu.be/IGXyEdZS-V4
EDIT Finally put side panel on... Just freaking awesome
|CPU||Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core||$327.00|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid||$90.00|
|Motherboard||Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150||$193.00|
|Memory||Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600||$75.00|
|Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600||$75.00|
|Storage||Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" SSD||$148.00|
|Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$50.00|
|Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$70.00|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 770 4GB Dual Classified ACX||$458.00|
|Case||Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower||$130.00|
|Power Supply||EVGA 750W ATX12V / EPS12V||$100.00|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$55.00|
|Case Fan||Corsair Air Series AF120 Performance Edition 63.5 CFM 120mm||$15.00|
|Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition 67.8 CFM 140mm||$19.00|
|Mouse||Razer Naga Molten Wired Laser||$40.00|
|Custom||Plantronics Gamecom 780 headset||$54.79|
|Ebay RGB flexable light kit||$25.00|
|Date Published||March 27, 2014|