Description

Primarily a silence optimized gaming build based on Haswell. The i5 4670K processor is over clocked to 4.6 GHz and idles at 29°C and under load 77°C.

CPU cooler I have the Noctua NH-U14S in push pull, it does a great job and is almost completely silent. Keeping with the Noctua theme I got the NF-A14 PWM fan for exhaust and moved the Fractal design R2 140mm fan to the front for stronger intake.

The Motherboard is the ASUS Maximus VI Hero which I would definitely not recommend. I had a lot of problems with the on board audio crackling and popping which was fixed by just using the generic windows audio driver which also fixed the issue with the microphone being too quiet. I also had an issue with ASUS's AI Suite 3 specificity the DIGI+ Power Control which caused my computer to crash so I just uninstalled everything ASUS and it runs perfectly.

The RAM I got in red to match the mother board and is set to the XMP profile and runs fine.

For Storage The Two Samsung EVO 256GB SSDs are in RAID0 and the WD Black 2TB for general storage.

Graphics Gigabyte GTX 760 2GB edition for quiet 1080p gaming. cheap and basic I got this card because I'll be upgrading to a Nivida 800 Series Maxwell GPU when they're released.

For the Case I wanted something easy to clean and basic. Nothing too fancy, the very popular Fractal R4 does the job and the extra width behind the motherboard is good for cable management.

The Power Supply I wanted something modular and with a zero RPM fan. The Corsair RM 750 80 plus gold optimized for silence seemed like good fit and the excessive wattage might come in handy when upgrading.

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Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, what didn't you like about the i5?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably just the price. Being an Australian it was $270, other than that it over clocked well and runs great.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Great parts list, and I love your cable management. +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

In your description you state that the Asus Digi+ Power control caused your pc to crash. From what i have seen in this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoaAT5TkXc4? , Ai Suite 3 is designed to push the Cpu up to the point where it runs into instability (==> Crash). After the pc reboots it will resume the auto-overclocking at a clock speed where the instability is non-existent.

This is just to clear it up for you, but since you manually overclocked your Cpu, you may have even gotten better performance than the Auto-Overclocker would have gotten you.

Overall, nice build

Ps: Why did you go with 2 250gb SSD's in Raid 0? If you wanted a speedy OS, why didn't you go with 2 smaller, higher performance SSD's?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback. The AI Suite 3 on the ROG series boards doesn't feature the auto tunning for the cpu. Only preset clock speeds. It was not until after I uninstalled AI Suite 3 that I manually overclocked the cpu that every was running fine and in regards to the SSD's in Raid0 I had one from a previous build and I was originally going to just use it by it's self but in a last minute decision I got another one for Raid0

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

After giving the Asus website another look, i see that your motherboard does in fact have the Dual Intelligent Processors. They are needed for the auto-overclocking as far as I can recall.

Personally i don't have an ROG board yet, but i'm planning on getting one for my first build. Therefor i'm interested in the auto-overclocking since i want to improve performance and maintain power efficiency.

Ok, manual overclocking would get me more on the CPU, but also a bigger electricity bill at the end of the month (since you have to set a specific voltage, in order to maintain stability).

Thank you for your response, and enjoy the computer!

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Check out these links in regards to the Auto overclock feature. The ROG boards don't have it but ASUS don't tell you that.

http://www.anushand.com/2013/09/article-asus-misleading-marketing-about.html

https://teksyndicate.com/forum/inboxexe/remember-video-asus-4-way-optimization/152816

http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?8178-First-time-overclocker-how-do-you-use-the-Auto-Overclock-features-on-Rog-boards

I would definitely stay away from the ROG serious boards they are completely over hyped and over priced. Also with the preset cpu overclock levels the voltage was way too and if you spend a bit of time dialling in the voltage it can but much more power efficient.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

After rereading the Asus website, I now see that in fact they mention it in their product advertisement. However, that doesn't really put me off off buying a ROG maximus Formula. There is still the better sound implementation (of which you also had complaints; Please explain them) + the mPcie 2.0 combo card, which i'm somewhat interested in. I would like to have the Bluetooth, so i could interact with my phone, maybe a speakerset.

Wouldn't it be possible to let the board go to 4,6 gHz, and then ill dial back the voltage, and perhaps up the frequency somewhat?

If I let the board go up to 4,6 gHz, is the voltage a set number or will it vary as advertised in the promotionial video of the 4 way optimization?

Is there still the fan controlling, or is that too a complete No-GO?

Ps: Would it be possible for you to summarize everything you can do with the AISuite 3 on your Asus board? (Including the broken features: Eg Digi+ Power control problems)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

When you activate the 4 way optimization for AISuite 3 for ROG it basicly asks you to select a preset level for the CPU 4.2, 4.4 or 4.6 than you still have the full tuning of the fans with Fan Xpert 2 which didn't actually change the rpms of any of my fans but you can manually tune them from the software and the choice of performance, normal and energy saving for the Digi+ Power control and the EPU. Than it resets your computer and sets the pre set CPU level and tunes the fans which takes the longest as well as the Digi+ Power controller and EPU. Yes you can than go into the Bios and and adjust the voltage but its easier to just adjust the frequency and voltage from the bios.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7zPu9255ZI

As for the Audio I found it to be a nightmare. The sound would crackly and make popping noises and the the microphone was too quiet even with it boosted in the realtek software. I tried different headsets, speakers, I updated the driver and still the same problem. After reading up online about it I tried uninstalling the driver and letting windows install the generic driver which solved the crackling and popping and the microphone issue. As for the quality I was very disappointed. I would highly recommend you check out the ASUS Z87 Expert. It actually has the CPU tuning promised by ASUS and Bluetooth also it's much cheaper

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131992