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August 16, 2013 8:37:31 PM

I just ordered all of my parts to build my first computer. I am very excited but nervous at the same time. This is my first build and I don't want to screw it up!

I have a few questions to start here is a list of my parts.

ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


CORSAIR AX860 860W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS PLATINUM Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready


Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I74770K


Kingston HyperX Beast 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX16C9T3K2/8X


IN WIN GRone Gray 0.8mm SECC Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case


250gb samsung ssd



2 Radeon HD 7850's


I bought a static wrist strap to ground myself. What other ways are effective for grounding?

When installing the intel cpu. I know that you line up the arrows and the notches. Does the Intel CPU just install into place?


What should I expect for my first boot?


thank-you everyone!

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August 16, 2013 9:01:30 PM

No point in the ROG boards. Go for something like a GA-Z87X-D3H, Asus Z87-A, or ASRock Z87 Extreme4.

If you want to run two GPUs in SLI/CF, go for about a 750W. If one, about 500W. If you plan on using the iGPU, 300W+. Go for one of the brands in my sig. Ignore efficiency; if it's Bronze or above you're fine.

Depending on what you want to do with this build, I'd probably recommend an i5. There's little advantage to more than four threads unless you're encoding lots of video, or other heavily threaded tasks.

Make sure your RAM is 1.5V or less. Higher DRAM voltages shorten the life of the IMC.

You'd be better off getting a single 7970. Crossfire is to be avoided if possible.

There will be instructions with the MB as to how to install the CPU etc, or you can find one of many videos.

You'll need to install Windows on it.
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August 16, 2013 9:06:57 PM

Someone Somewhere said:
No point in the ROG boards. Go for something like a GA-Z87X-D3H, Asus Z87-A, or ASRock Z87 Extreme4.

If you want to run two GPUs in SLI/CF, go for about a 750W. If one, about 500W. If you plan on using the iGPU, 300W+. Go for one of the brands in my sig. Ignore efficiency; if it's Bronze or above you're fine.

Depending on what you want to do with this build, I'd probably recommend an i5. There's little advantage to more than four threads unless you're encoding lots of video, or other heavily threaded tasks.

Make sure your RAM is 1.5V or less. Higher DRAM voltages shorten the life of the IMC.

You'd be better off getting a single 7970. Crossfire is to be avoided if possible.

There will be instructions with the MB as to how to install the CPU etc, or you can find one of many videos.

You'll need to install Windows on it.


The board he picked has onboard audio that's equivalent to a Xonar IIRC, crossfire's been fixed up since that update a while back, but I agree, and that's about it.
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August 16, 2013 9:11:36 PM

Improved, but not to the point of being equal to one faster card. Any multi-GPU system is still not a good idea, because not all games scale well, and you still see an increase it variance.

For the most part, onboard audio is fine. Soundcards are somewhat overrated.
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August 16, 2013 9:11:58 PM

someone somewhere, gave you alot of good input if you were still picking your parts. but since you already placed your order i dont think it will help now.. as for your questions, the wrist band will help but.
before you start your build touch something metal to remove any static you have built up,
dont be standing on carpet while building.
touch your parts as little as possible
while putting your motherboard together place it ontop of the box the motherboard came in.

for cpu installation, just line it up and drop it in...dont wiggle it or mess with it to much. the pins are very very fragile and can bend or snap easily.

for your first boot you might get a little confused but if at anypoint you need help you can look it up online, or ask here on toms. you usually get quick responses from this site.

anymore questions? feel free to ask
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August 16, 2013 9:12:25 PM

Should I return the ram and get 1.5v instead?

Am I going to have to do a bios update for the motherboard?
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August 16, 2013 9:13:13 PM

Return the RAM, the mobo should work fine out of the box.
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August 16, 2013 9:14:32 PM

Yeah, just read the first sentence. Oops.

You build is mostly fine, you just spent a little more than necessary.

Return the RAM if possible, everything else is great.
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August 16, 2013 9:28:11 PM

what ram should I get instead? What do you suggest for 1.5v?
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August 16, 2013 10:20:50 PM

Thank-you for being so helpful! I am really nervous about building this computer lol. I looked up on how to install the cpu and all I have to do is line up the notches and it fits into place with no gaps?
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August 16, 2013 10:28:05 PM

and dont be nervous just have patience its really not as hard as you think and it will probably be done with alot faster then you think
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August 17, 2013 9:53:21 PM

Thank-you for your encourgament it means so much!

I have a few more questions. I am getting the Asus Maximus Hero. It looks like it has power switches on the oustide so I don't have to do my first post with my case?

When i do my first post should I stick one piece of ram in the first socket?

I am looking for a good usb 3.0 pci card. I would like to add a few more ports to mu build what do you suggest?

When I install my ram 8gb I should install it in Dimm A1 and Dimm B1?

here is pdf guide Asus maximus hero

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My parts haven't even arrived and I am asking questions,
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August 18, 2013 10:29:49 PM

The Asus guy in this video says if i align the notches it should fit in perfectly. if I don't align the notches the retention plate will not close. It seems like its not hard to screw up. The Cpu just falls into place ? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-016HNcE1Jk


is the CPU intel heatsink hard to install?
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August 18, 2013 11:17:05 PM

No, and you can find a huge number of videos showing you how to.
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