[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'sComponents
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 Ghz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155
Motherboard:ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GPUs: 2 EVGAGeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 02G-P4-3660-KR
RAM:CORSAIR Vengeance LP 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600Mhz
SSDs: 3 Total
- Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III
- Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III
- OCZ Vertex Plus R2 VTXPLR2-25SAT2-60GB 2.5" 60GB SATA II
HDDs: 4 Total
- Western Digital WD Black 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
- Western Digital WD Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
- Two Seagate Pipeline HD ST3500312CS 500GB 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
PSU:CORSAIR HX Series HX850 850W
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D
Optical Drive: LG Electronics GH22NS70B 22X SATA Super Multi DVD+/-RW Internal Drive
Mac OSX 10.8.2 Mt Lion:
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:
CPU Power Management Configuration:
Both Intel Rapid Start Tech and Intel Smart Connect Tech are DISABLED
On Board Devices Configuration:
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:
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.
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.
CPU Power Management
DIGI+ Power Control
Step 6 Testing:
Unigine Heaven Benchmark:
Disk performance tests:
BlackMagic - SSD Drive