First ever Build - Advice and suggestions please. No Budget.

Hello there everyone.

This is my first time at building myself a custom system. I already have purchased a few components, namely the processor, 780's and some other smaller things, but I'm still stuck with which motherboard to buy, and if my specs are future-proofed enough, though some of my choices may come across as overkill, I am in a position now, financially, where I can finally treat myself.

All of these components/specs will be going into an Alienware Aurora ALX chassis. I know they aren't the most popular around, but I chose the chassis purely from an aesthetic standpoint.

Could anybody recommend to me the best motherboard for these specifications please and perhaps give your input and advice on the other specs I've listed, I'd really appreciate your help guys. I intend to water cool the system too, will I need it on both the CPU and the two 780's? What about the thermal compound on the GPU's too?

Are all my desired components all compatible?

On with the specs:

Motherboard: ?????
Chassis: Alienware Aurora ALX
Platform: Windows 8.1 Pro
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-4960X Extreme
Graphics Card: Dual NVIDIA® SLI GeForce® GTX 780
Memory: Kingston 32GB DDR3 2400MHz HyperX XMP Beast
Primary SSD: Samsung 840 EVO-Series 1TB
Secondary HDD: Samsung 840 EVO-Series 1TB
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD
Thermal Compound: IC Diamond on CPU
Optical Blu-Ray RW Drive: LG BH10LS38 10x
Wireless Card: TP-Link TL-WDN4800
Chassis LCD Display: Matrix Orbital GX Typhoon

Kindest regards!

- Tony
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    Think I'd change the DRAM to the GSkill Tridents, lower CL 9 vs 11 and much better sticks),

    for a mobo, and a rig like this, I'd have to say the Rampage
  2. Thanks for your input on the motherboard, Tradesman1. It definitely looks the business and something I'll definitely consider for sure.

    Any additional input/suggestions on the remainder are appreciated everyone. :)
  3. Yeah, G.Skill and Corsair both have the best memory. The Asus Rampage IV Extreme, and the Asus X79 Deluxe are two solid motherboards.



    Check out for compatibility on your build. It can also give you pricing, as well as an estimated wattage used by everything together.
  4. The rest looks good, do you have a timeline - I ask as the 780TI is due shortly and nVidia has their Maxwell line due in the 1st quarter next year
  5. I'm looking to begin building this just after the new year, I've already purchased the two 780's and wasn't aware of the ti versions, but they've not been opened and still have the receipt so could exchange if it's worth it, absolutely.

    Anything I can do to improve this build. :)
  6. I don't think you should upgrade to the 780 ti's. After all, two 780's is already a super beast, and by the time the 780 will start to drop off in performance, so will the 780 ti.

    Plus, why bother paying more shipping? :D
  7. Might keep eyes open for Black Friday, pre-Xmas and After Xmas deals on your other components, then bring the New year in with a Bang ! ;)
  8. Thanks for all the suggestions guys, appreciate it.

    Is anyone sure that all my specs along with my chosen chassis, etc are all compatible together, like with PCI and PCI Express slots, etc? Will it all fit in and work accordingly?

  9. Should have no problems, and no bottlenecks
  10. Like I said in an earlier post, check out and It will alert you of any incompatibilities. :)
  11. Tends to miss here and there also
  12. NoL1c said:
    Like I said in an earlier post, check out and It will alert you of any incompatibilities. :)

    Apologies, I didn't see your edited post. I'll check it out.

    Does anyone feel that this system is overkill somewhat? Working out the total roughly, it comes to about £5-6k. Not that that's an issue as I want to splurge on an awesome system.

    I've realised I may be missing a CPU cooler? Can you recommend the best one for my chosen processor please? Hopefully I'm not missing anything else.

    Thanks again for your help gents!
  13. If you have no budget, nothing is overkill :D. Seriously though, it's not overkill, it's just fine. :)

    For a CPU cooler, the Corsair H100i is one of the most popular and well-performing liquid-CPU cooler out there. If you don't plan on overclocking (god knows why you wouldn't), the the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is the best one you can get.
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