This build is all over the board. For 2400 you could get a way better build.
Why do people spend a lot of money on a MOBO? I never understand it
Especially, when you couple it with other extremely priced hardware.
Because it is the core component of a machine other than the CPU, if your motherboard sucks or is too cheaply built you risk damaging other components. If something goes wrong with your motherboard it can also take out all of your other components with it! Which is why a good amount of money spent on a machine will be necessary to go toward a quality motherboard.
It doesn't have to be expensive to be good. I purchased a 990FXA UD3 board for my AMD build, the board seems to be pretty well praised and I payed $109 before rebate.
Like any component, it's possible it will fail, but so will a $280 board, or a $350 board, or so on.
Only reason I could see paying up for a board is extras like more PCIe slots for bigger SLI/CrossfireX builds, more/higher RAM capacity, more crucial slots (like USB 3.0) and so on.
Regardless, looks like a solid build, I'd like to see more pictures. Only criticism is the keyboard, I have the same one, mirror and all, and it gets so dirty, so gunked up, and is loud. I replaced mine with a logitech 920 basic illuminated keyboard and i feel it's miles better, check it out if you can.
The thing is, there are many motherboards around a $100 price point that are just as reliable as a $300 mobo.
Great CPU for overclocking, Motherboard is designed for overclocking and SLI / Crossfire. But yet 650w would need to be upgraded to 750w to SLI the 660 Ti which given its memory bandwidth limitations wouldn't be recommended. No after market cooler for overclocking? EDITED* This cooler you have picked here looks like a touch better compared to stock cooler O.o Hope it works well.
A realocation of resources could have easily upgraded the GPU and PSU and still been under the given budget as well would have added a great CPU cooler for overclocking. I'm sure this setup works great just doesn't seem well planned out, sorry :(
I will have to say though this is the first build I've seen in a long time that actually has a Audio Card that will be used and with noticiable difference because of the Logitech speakers paird with it.
Many thanks for your comments Apropo. i do agree that this build was not well planned. just rushed to get all the components as soon as possible.
I am planning to bump up the smps to corsair TX750M so that the mobo n smps will be strong base for atlest 2 years :)
I don't understand the reasoning behind the motherboard choice and the overpriced RAM. It's still a very nice build, you spent a lot of unneeded money here.
Mobo is probably part future proofing, part ASUS, part realllly good performance. RAM, well, it's 1866 which bumps up the price and I would go with Gskill or Corsair even though they are still pricier than most, but 1600 8 GB Ram by Corsair or GSkill, even though a bit pricey, are really popular because of their performance and reliability.
I'm seriously considering switching to that MOBO, but it's so pricey and the failure reviews on newegg say the wifi card is bad, have you had any problems, and is it worth the buy?
It's a great mobo, especially if you get a ThunderFX bundle.
so far except the wifi card i didnt had any issue like hardware compatibility, BSOD, random freeze etc
What happened with the wifi card?
Not able to connect to network via wifi
my phone not detecting any wifi network (checked with a router not my phone problem)
not able to configure any settings etc etc
Dont listen to the hate, that mobo is raw.
I don't think its the motherboard that is causing everyone to raise an eyebrow.
It's not the mobo. Everything about this build is just wrong.
Could you please explain what exactly is wrong in using the above components so that if its a high risk matter then i can consider changing the components
You're paying for an Intel CPU cooler instead of a 3rd party one like the Hyper 212 EVO or PLUS that are cheaper and better.
You're paying WAY too much for the motherboard. An ideal motherboard for you would be like the ASRock Extreme4, not a $280 Asus mobo.
You can get a 1TB hard drive for $70 instead of 500GB.
You can easily get 16GB of RAM at 1600 MHz for the same price, look up G.SKILL RipjawsX.
You're getting TWO separate hard drives totalling at 2.5 TB. Is that really necessary?
**** the 660 Ti. If you're willing to drop $2k, you should be looking at a 7970 GHz edition, or if you insist on NVIDIA, something like a 680.
Drop the sound card, it's completely useless.
You're overspending on the CPU and over-predicting how much wattage you'll need. 500W is more than enough for your build.
You're paying $250 for a 24" monitor. Monitors at 24" should cost like $170 at absolute max. Or just get a 23" monitor from Asus, the VH236H, for $140.
You DON'T need Windows 8 Pro. Trust me. Just get regular Win8.
Overall for $2k you could have put something together that is significantly better than this.
well lergic!!! i haven't paid for CPU cooler it came with the CPU.didnt find the boxed cooler
500 GB hdd is from my old computer its not newly purchased
RAM i agree with you
nvidia 660ti is more than enough for my requirements
sound card is also from my old computer
my old computer had a 500W SMPS, already burned 2 8800GT cards due to faulty SMPS
the monitor didn't cost 250$ in India it cost me 160$ if i convert the price
windows 8 i purchased via upgrade offer only 12$ if i convert the price
I thought Asus' RoG boards already provided great onboard sound?
Yep ROG series board have great onboard audio, the xonar i have is from my old system.I didnt want to sell it as its also a good product
Here is why this never happened...
one image if inside does not really show proof that this is your own build
you give no background story on how you built this or any issues you had during.
£200+ ON A MOTHERBOARD IS INSANE!!!! yes cap lock was needed for this.
Overall this never happened and if it did...then may god have mercy on your IT soul lol
FIrst thanks for the comment.
I am not a good story teller n there was no background stories for building my system except that the guy who assembled the system has shorted the front fan controller FET on the board.
i have juz posted some other pics of the system
Nice I'll take a look asap
Hi all many thanks for the comments. Just wanted to tell u guys that i am a residing in a small state called KERALA in INDIA.
Except the mobo ram and SSD all the components were purchased from my place itself. Unlike USA/UK/Canada etc its very difficult to get high performance PC parts here. One of my friend was coming from Canada n he bought me the ram mobo n ssd. He too had limitations in bringing electronic components.
Just picked all the components which i can get within a couple of days as i didnt had the patience to wait after ordering various parts and simply looking at MOBO, SSD n RAM at Home
Way to go brotha!
Did you get the standard Formula MoBo or did you get the ThunderFX combo one??
Just curious, cuz im thinking of a build with the same CPU/MoBo as you