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i7-4770k Z87 Gryphon build for Video Editing and light gaming

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September 8, 2013 1:40:19 PM

Hi guys,

I have all the components below, but before I open up the boxes, I need to know if you guys have ANY tips for building the system. Stuff like Bios updates, etc., and any other pointers...I have never used an SSD so I want to make sure I do things correctly.

CPU = i7-4770k
MOBO = Asus Z87 Gryphon
CPU Fan = CM Hyper 212 Evo
CASE = Fractal Design Define Mini
PSU = Seasonic 550W Gold Cert. Modular
SSD = Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD
RAM = 16 GB (2x8GB) Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP
OS = Win 7 Pro 64-bit




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September 8, 2013 8:27:47 PM

Thank you so much for this detailed and very useful guide. I will build my PC tomorrow!
I am excited to get this going! Thanks again.

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September 8, 2013 8:36:32 PM

i posted some links some time ago for someone else that i found for when i was building, may want to take a look at them as some if not many will possibly be useful:

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http://assets.overclock.net.s3.amazonaws.com/f/fb/fbeec... - thermal paste pea method..could probably use less than this even. the idea is to get it to cover the cores. Covering the heat spreader is also good but the cores are where it gets hot so you will want to make sure that is covered. Don't use too much or it will actually raise temps, or even spill onto the processor. Get just enough to make a nice thin layer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyXLu1Ms-q4 - good video to see how things actually spread.. in the end you usually want to use whatever method has been recommended by the maker

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRRWbQUqW1Y - yet another thermal compound video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuGwPnWrpow - cpu installation (its for an older one but works with all of them)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrnWVHdhGJ0 - hyper 212 evo installation.. the manual (by that i mean bad foldout poster) is (insert whatever nasty word you like here). This movie was a much better guide for me. Be warned, putting on the back bracket is a bit of a pain, see if you can recruit a trustworthy helper to hold it if you need to
make sure you A) put on thermal compound first of course and B) remove that plastic from the bottom of the heatsink!! (do not want melted plastic in your cpu) C) polish the bottom of heatsink with some isopropyl alcohol (90%+ i believe) and a cloth that won't shed

http://www.youtube.com/user/asusrog?feature=watch -- This is ASUS North America's youtube channel, it's pretty great in walking you through stuff; specific videos i will list below


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Seu7O6IbATU&list=PL91E32... - key mobo components installation (pretty standard for a lot of boards, you can ignore stuff like the WIFI GO module that your board doesnt have obviously)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZ9QHOHhGCg - installation inside the case..dont forget the motherboard standoffs! i believe it's usually 9 for atx and i want to say 6 for miniatx..it should come with the case i think (if not that then the board)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xKIiAu4rio - cable management and connecting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2kcJH8ASN8 hard drive installation..obviously the exact method depends on your case, but for the most part it's all similar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB5a3mSElSw - antistatic wrist strap application..if you choose to use. im not really a fan of the idea some people have to clip it on the psu and plug that into the wall, but otherwise that's the general method. For my fractal r4 i used one of the holes the case secured into. Whether or not it was doing anything, something must have gone right since im typing this from that computer right now

psu is pretty basic to install.. however, keep in mind that the power cables can be annoying to get in..i defnitely saw the chip in my optical drive flex around a bit when jamming it in there (it went in eventually, but i was scared of breaking it, even though i knew that was the only way to get it in). the board power was even more annoying. The cpu power wasnt that bad, but when doing it in the case it is a bit annoying so if modular you may want to consider connecting that end out of the case.
As a reminder, don't forget the i/o sheild that comes with the board


**Other good things I found were: 1) specific installation guide for my products (such as that hyper 212 evo video i showed) and 2) specific product reviews and guides, these helped me when i couldnt find or wasnt sure about what/where certain parts were on the board like a fan header or the usb 3.0 header or where all the case controls like the power button went
ASUS North America and LinusTechTips youtube channels were both great channels for various help videos and reviews
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September 10, 2013 1:42:57 AM

So far I have put all the components together. Below is what I did

1. Grounded myself with ESD wrist band.
2. Took the mobo out of the box and installed the CPU
3. Installed the 212 EVO back plate
4. Applied thermal paste and installed the heat sink, used the crisscross latch to screw onto the mounting bolts - great instructions online
5. Installed the 212 EVO fan (blows air into the heat sink and the rear exhaust fans sucks it out of the case
6. Installed two sticks of very low profile crucial ram 2x8GB (slots A2, B2 per instructions the came with Asus Z87 Gryphon)
6. Installed the I/O shield on the back of the case
7. Installed the mobo mounting screws, placed the mobo inside the case, and screwed onto the mounting screws
8. Wired all the components (power to mobo, CPU, SSD, and DVD drive), case fans, SSD + DVD drive SATA, etc.
---Took extra care to match the power, reset, LED +/-, digital audio, front USB 3 & 2, to the right connectors on the mobo

Now, should I get the latest BIOS and update it using the BIOS flashback method, or can I just power up the system, and see what it does, and try to install the OS first? I'm sure once the I install the OS, I should be able to update to the latest BIOS and get all the drivers.
Any recommendations?

UPDATE
I hooked up my monitor without a keyboard or mouse and simply powered up the system. The case fans and the CPU fan started spinning, which is good, then I got the ASUS logo, and a nice black screen showing the details of my system: it showed I have i7-4770k, with 16288MB of Crucial RAM, and checking the sata connections, it displayed the Samsung 840 Pro, and the LG DVD burner! It also showed the BIOS version to be 1007.

I assume this was a successful P.O.S.T. So now, should I hook up the keyboard and mouse and proceed to install Win 7 Pro 64 bit, or should I first update the BIOS using the flashback method?


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September 10, 2013 7:40:13 AM

Thanks. I agree with you about not worrying about updating the BIOS.
Actually, from version 1007 to version 1206 (which is the latest), the only change is fixing a bug in "WAKE-ON-LAN" which is a feature I will never use. This feature wakes up the computer when there is command sent to it via a network from another computer (at least how I understood it as I Googled it). I'll go ahead and install the OS. Will update later.

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September 10, 2013 8:06:34 AM

I did the usb flashback option, it works fine if you want to try it. All you need is the usb with the .cap named bios file on a usb and press the button, keeping the power up while it flashes (until the button stops blinking).
Also, about the bios update, it looks like it says "Fixed Intel Lan can't disable Wake On Lan function". Wouldnt that mean that you might not be able to disable wake-on lan due to the bug?
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September 10, 2013 8:08:24 AM

Got my first problem...haven't installed Windows yet. Just booted the system with mouse and keyboard, got to the BIOS EZ Mode, and...
In the BIO, CPU is showing at 87 degrees!! No not this could be normal. I noticed the CPU fan (I am using CM 212 Hyper Evo) was at 600 RPM, and the fan is rated at 600 - 2000 RPM.
I am trying to figure out how to increase the RPM in the Advanced mode, I can't see how the CPU temp can drop by 50-60 degrees even with RPM at 2000.
Should I uninstall the fan, clean, reapply thermal paste and re-install?

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September 10, 2013 3:58:53 PM

Just making sure, you were reading 87 degrees Celsius? Farenheit wouldnt be as much of an issue as I think that is around 30 degrees C, not quite ideal but not dangerous either, mine was the same temp ( a little higher actually) until it recently started getting cooler outside. Although obviously if it was 87 degrees C that would be an issue.
If it was 87 degrees C then you might want to reapply the paste, making sure you don't put too much on this time and that you don't lift it up afterward, as well as making sure that you hand tighten each screw, one opposite from the other.

If it was 87 degrees F then 600 rpm is fairly normal in my experience, I think the only time it went above that was when I was doing the AI suite thermal tuning. Right now my fan is only at 661 rpm according to ai suite and my cpu temp is 27 degrees C (although it's a bit colder than it was when I first put the pc together, temps were about 5-6 degrees higher then)
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September 10, 2013 6:01:53 PM

mc962 said:
Just making sure, you were reading 87 degrees Celsius? Farenheit wouldnt be as much of an issue as I think that is around 30 degrees C, not quite ideal but not dangerous either, mine was the same temp ( a little higher actually) until it recently started getting cooler outside. Although obviously if it was 87 degrees C that would be an issue.
If it was 87 degrees C then you might want to reapply the paste, making sure you don't put too much on this time and that you don't lift it up afterward, as well as making sure that you hand tighten each screw, one opposite from the other.

If it was 87 degrees F then 600 rpm is fairly normal in my experience, I think the only time it went above that was when I was doing the AI suite thermal tuning. Right now my fan is only at 661 rpm according to ai suite and my cpu temp is 27 degrees C (although it's a bit colder than it was when I first put the pc together, temps were about 5-6 degrees higher then)


It was silly of me to not notice it, but it was in Farenheit, which makes it normal !
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September 10, 2013 8:25:42 PM

Always nice to realize that before you take off the heatsink to reapply :) 

Still might want to test it out to see how it performs under stress, but that's an after-windows thing
-one thing, if you havent installed windows yet, from my personal experience; i didnt have a wired keyboard at the time, just an old wired dell mouse, and so couldnt type with my keyboard because there were no drivers installed yet. However, you can still input the activation key when it prompts you during installation by using a "touch" keyboard thing that you can access and hitting the buttons on the screen with your mouse. Although if you were smart unlike me and thought ahead then you of course shouldnt have a problem
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September 10, 2013 8:38:24 PM

murchak said:
Hi guys,

I have all the components below, but before I open up the boxes, I need to know if you guys have ANY tips for building the system. Stuff like Bios updates, etc., and any other pointers...I have never used an SSD so I want to make sure I do things correctly.

CPU = i7-4770k
MOBO = Asus Z87 Gryphon
CPU Fan = CM Hyper 212 Evo
CASE = Fractal Design Define Mini
PSU = Seasonic 550W Gold Cert. Modular
SSD = Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD
RAM = 16 GB (2x8GB) Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP
OS = Win 7 Pro 64-bit






Same shoes as you, I will be building mine this weekend, so I appreciate the question and answers on this thread. There is only so much you can read and watch :) 

Have fun with your build and I'd be interested to hear about your thoughts and experiences.

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