Complx Design and Game Station: Asus Sabertooth Z77 - Core i7 2600K - 16 GB RAM - Dual EVGA GTX 660T

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  1. Complx

    Complx

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    Mobo:
    Asus Sabertooth Z77
    CPU:
    i7 2600K @ 4.3 Ghz
    Graphics:
    2x GTX 660Ti
    Mac:
    MacBook Air
    Mobile Phone:
    Android
    Dec 29, 2012 #1
    Complx

    Complx

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    Mobo:
    Asus Sabertooth Z77
    CPU:
    i7 2600K @ 4.3 Ghz
    Graphics:
    2x GTX 660Ti
    Mac:
    MacBook Air
    Mobile Phone:
    Android
    [Success] Complx's Designers Work Station: Asus Sabertooth Z77 - Core i7 2600K - 16 GB RAM - Dual EVGA GTX 660TIs

    Complx's Designers Work Station: Asus Sabertooth Z77 - Core i7 2600K - Dual EVGA GTX 660TI's

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    Components

    CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 Ghz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115070

    Motherboard:ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131821

    GPUs: 2 EVGAGeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 02G-P4-3660-KR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130809

    RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600Mhz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233239

    SSDs: 3 Total
    - Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191]

    - Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233206

    - OCZ Vertex Plus R2 VTXPLR2-25SAT2-60GB 2.5" 60GB SATA II

    [/SIZE]http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Vertex-Series-2-5-inch-VTXPLR2-25SAT2-60GB/dp/B0085U6TBQ

    HDDs: 4 Total
    - Western Digital WD Black 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236345

    - Western Digital WD Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

    - Two Seagate Pipeline HD ST3500312CS 500GB 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148539

    PSU:CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011

    Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139001

    Optical Drive: LG Electronics GH22NS70B 22X SATA Super Multi DVD+/-RW Internal Drive
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004U65QQ8

    Mac OSX 10.8.2 Mt Lion:
    https://itunes.apple.com/es/app/os-x-mountain-lion/id537386512


    Comments

    This is not my first build, but rather an update to one I have had. It has not been the easiest to get running smoothly, but I have ironed out most of the issues that have popped up.

    The first thing thing to make the process a lot easier is to update the BIOS to a patched one supplied by samisnake: Asus 1155 Patched Repository

    The nice thing about this motherboard is its ability to flash the BIOS via USB on the rear of the motherboard. Follow the procedure for updating the BIOS via USB in your user manual.I found the appropriate Sabertooth Z77 BIOS and download it and place it onto an extra USB drive I had sitting around.

    TIP: I cleared off the USB thumb drives and placed only the modded BIOS on the drive.

    I'm going to break this install guide down into a few steps, since there is a lot going on to get things running smoothly.

    Step 1 BIOS Configuration:

    There are a few settings that needed to be changed within the BIOS to get the system to boot properly for the install process. I have taken screenshots of all the key areas of the BIOS.

    Obviously do the basic BIOS or UEFI setup described in Step 3 of the UniBeast Guide..

    Starting at the Advanced Tab:

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    CPU Configuration:

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    CPU Power Management Configuration:

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    PCH Configuration:

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    NOTE:
    Both Intel Rapid Start Tech and Intel Smart Connect Tech are DISABLED

    USB Configuration:

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    On Board Devices Configuration:

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    APM

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    Step 2 Pre-Installation:
    Installation was fairly simple. After loading the USB, I used the string GraphicsEnabler=No to get to the installation screen.

    Step 3 Post Installation:
    Using the latest version of MultiBeast, I used these settings:

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    Step 4 Updates:
    After getting the basics installed, I restarted the computer and went and applied some of the other things I needed, like TRIM support , and FakeSMC Plugins.

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    NOTE: I realize that step 3 and 4 could be condensed into 1 step, but I just like to break it up.

    Step 5 Over Clocking
    :
    I wanted some extra power out of my CPU, so I made sure to choose the Sandy Bridge i5/i7 Overclocked SSDT in MultiBeast. I pushed it to 4.2 GHz and still have speed stepping working. Though I needed to mess with the BIOS settings again. Here are the screen shots of the BIOS.

    AI Tweaker

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    CPU Power Management

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    DIGI+ Power Control

    68RBB.jpg

    Step 6 Testing:

    CPU tests:

    Geekbench:

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    Graphic tests:

    Cinebench:

    Sp0O0.jpg

    Unigine Heaven Benchmark:

    EcAwi.jpg

    Disk performance tests:

    BlackMagic - SSD Drive

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    More Pictures:

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  2. zoltantroll

    zoltantroll

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    Graphics:
    MSI GTX 680 Power Edition
    Mac:
    MacBook Pro
    Mobile Phone:
    iOS
    Dec 30, 2012 #2
    zoltantroll

    zoltantroll

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    MacBook Pro
    Mobile Phone:
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    I'm building a computer within a month here with this board and this will be very helpful thanks dude! :):thumbup::clap::headbang::beachball:
     
  3. Complx

    Complx

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    Graphics:
    2x GTX 660Ti
    Mac:
    MacBook Air
    Mobile Phone:
    Android
    Jan 1, 2013 #3
    Complx

    Complx

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    Mobo:
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    CPU:
    i7 2600K @ 4.3 Ghz
    Graphics:
    2x GTX 660Ti
    Mac:
    MacBook Air
    Mobile Phone:
    Android

    Good luck! Hope to hear about another successful build!
     
  4. ElAwesome

    ElAwesome

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    Mobo:
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    CPU:
    Intel i7 3770k
    Graphics:
    EVGA GTX 680 SC 2048MB
    Mac:
    MacBook Pro
    Mobile Phone:
    iOS
    Jan 19, 2013 #4
    ElAwesome

    ElAwesome

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    Mobo:
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    Graphics:
    EVGA GTX 680 SC 2048MB
    Mac:
    MacBook Pro
    Mobile Phone:
    iOS
    How is your USB working?
    My Intel USB3 ports only work for non-storage devices, the AsMedia ports don't work at all.
    USB2 ports are fine.
     
  5. jibothemaker

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    Graphics:
    geforce 660
    Mac:
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    Mobile Phone:
    Android
    Jan 20, 2013 #5
    jibothemaker

    jibothemaker

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    Mobile Phone:
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    Have you tried these boot flags
    USBBusFix=Yes USBLegacyOff=Yes
     
  6. Gordo74

    Gordo74

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    Mobo:
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    GTX 660 Ti
    Mac:
    iMac, MacBook Pro, Mac mini
    Mobile Phone:
    iOS
    Feb 28, 2013 #6
    Gordo74

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    Mobo:
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    Graphics:
    GTX 660 Ti
    Mac:
    iMac, MacBook Pro, Mac mini
    Mobile Phone:
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    Beautiful build complx, love the individually sleeved cables.

    Question though, why did you go 660Ti's when the 5xx cards are much better at CUDA processing and therefore better for your design work on Adobe?
     
  7. trylobit

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    Feb 28, 2013 #7
    trylobit

    trylobit

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    It's pointless to use 2 GPUs. Adobe is not able to use more than 1. The only software able to use multiple GPUs is DaVinci Resolve. That's why I think I will go for one 680 instead of two 660Ti...
     
  8. dddirtman

    dddirtman

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    Mobo:
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    CPU:
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    Graphics:
    nvidia gtx 460oc(evga),gtx 650
    Classic Mac:
    Performa, Power Mac, SE
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    Mar 1, 2013 #8
    dddirtman

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    Classic Mac:
    Performa, Power Mac, SE
    Mobile Phone:
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    verry nice build,love those corsair cases!
    its a shame that osx doesn't support sli though..:thumbup:
    methinks u should have gone for a gtx680 card instead(unless u plan on using windows as well)
     
  9. monty007

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    Mar 1, 2013 #9
    monty007

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    Complx,

    Awesome build! I love the case and the wiring, along with the SLI config. Do you game in windows? or just for the extra Cuda cores? Your not the same Complx from HomeMadeTurbo are you? I love the work station you have going.

    Quick question for you though on your monitor setup: are you connecting only 2 monitors to each card or are you connecting all 4 to a primary card and then using the extra GPU to accelerate? I'm planning something similar for my OSx vid/pic workstation but plan on adding another 660ti in SLI for gaming in windows with a 3 monitor surround.

    Overall, really nice setup and love the new Wallpaper you have made available to us.
     
  10. Solidww

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    Solidww

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    Very nice build. Love your motherboard and glad to see the set-up isn't too difficult.

    Also, CS6 After Effects can use multiple GPUs. The rest of the suite can only utilize one if any at all. :)
     

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