View Full Version : ASUS Maximus V Extreme, Corsair H100, EVGA 770 SC ACX in a Cooler Master COSMOS II

08-10-2013, 03:17 AM
Just thought I'd share some pics of my build.
After much research and forum scanning, I went and bought an ASUS Maximus V Extreme from Amazon.com at a great price. Gotta say this is a great looking motherboard though it wasn't only just the aesthetics, but also the features and positive reviews that led me to purchase. I'm not new to owning ASUS products for I've previously owned a couple of ASUS motherboards (Striker II Formula, P5Q Deluxe) which did not let me down, I also own an ASUS EEE Pad Transformer TF101, also a great investment.
I recently experimented with EVGA models, the X58 SLI Classified (great motherboard in its own right) and the EVGA Z77 FTW, that motherboards problematic BIOS and issues with hardware eventually led me back to the ASUS brand.
The Maximus V Extreme has been running smooth as butter since I installed it, I've not needed to update it's BIOS (currently running v1604) for there's been no issues nor conflicts with any of my installed hardware components.

PC Specs:

Motherboard: ROG ASUS Maximus V Extreme Z77
CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz 4 Core LG 1155
RAM: Corsair 4x Dominator GT CMT16GX3M4X2133C9
Graphics Card: EVGA 2x GTX 770 SC ACX
Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II Tower
Monitor: BenQ M2700HD
Monitor: LG 42" Class Cinema 3D 1080p 120Hz LED TV
CD/Bluray: LG BH14NS40 3D Blu-Ray ReWriter
Cooling: Corsair H100 Liquid Cooler
Fan: Cooler Master 1x Mega Flow 200 Blue LED R4-LUS-07AB-GP
Fan: Corsair 1x Air Series AF140 Quiet Edition
Fan: Corsair 10x Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition
Hard Drive: Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Solid State Hybrid ST750LX003
Hard Drive: Seagate 2x ST4000DM000 4TB
Hard Drive: Hitachi 2x 5K4000 4TB
Hard Drive: Hitachi 2x 7K4000 4TB
Keyboard: Logitech G510
Mouse: Logitech G9x Laser Mouse
Power Supply: Corsair AX1200 Fully Modular
Accessory: Xigmatek 3 in 3 SATA HDD Hot-Swap Cage COA-UGOCBS-U01

Replaced Corsair 800D with Cooler Master Cosmos II tower
Replaced EVGA Z77 FTW mobo with an ROG ASUS Maximus V Extreme
Upgraded x2 EVGA 660Ti's with x2 EVGA 770 SC ACX
Added a Xigmatek 3 In 3 SATA HDD Hot-Swap Cage Case COA-UG0CBS-U01
Added a Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 32 MB Cache 2.5 Inch Solid State Hybrid Drive ST750LX003 (OS)
Replaced x2 Seagate Desktop HDD 1 TB SATA 3Gb/s Internal Drives with x2 Seagate Desktop HDD 4 TB SATA 6Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drives ST4000DM000 (storage)

Transferred my LG BH14NS40 3D Bluray Re-Writer, all Corsair fans, Hitachi HDD's and CPU into my update.

Here's some pics...

Motherboard installed into COSMOS II
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb213/rasta_nz/My%20PC/102_zps400450f4.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/rasta_nz/media/My%20PC/102_zps400450f4.jpg.html)

Installed 2 of the push/pull fans for my Corsair H100 in the top area of my COSMOS II case including a spare 120mm fan for exhaust (removed them hideous stickers from the back of the fans too), testing to see how this will work with an extra intake fan installed directly below it.
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb213/rasta_nz/My%20PC/DSC02736_zps6de88e57.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/rasta_nz/media/My%20PC/DSC02736_zps6de88e57.jpg.html)

Completely removed the COSMOS II Hot Swap Drive Bays and mounted my Xigmatek 3 In 3 SATA HDD Hot-Swap Cage, reason being, I wanted to use the intake fan from the hot swap cage to help cool the CPU area which I thought may add in bringing cool air through to the push/pull H100 radiator. I only intended to mount my Seagate Momentus Solid State Hybrid Drive in there with nothing else so the intake fan wont be drawing excess amounts of heat from any other drives permanently mounted in there, I'll only use them extra hot swap slots if I need to back up on a removable external drive.
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb213/rasta_nz/My%20PC/DSC02739_zpsbd1c43a8.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/rasta_nz/media/My%20PC/DSC02739_zpsbd1c43a8.jpg.html)

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb213/rasta_nz/My%20PC/DSC02738_zpsf6acd1e2.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/rasta_nz/media/My%20PC/DSC02738_zpsf6acd1e2.jpg.html)

Hmmm... problem is, where I decided to mount it left an open slot which isn't big enough to fit a standard 5.25 bay cover... luckily the front panel of the COSMOS II will hide it in its closed position, I'll find something to fit in there later.
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb213/rasta_nz/My%20PC/DSC02740_zps8bdc9514.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/rasta_nz/media/My%20PC/DSC02740_zps8bdc9514.jpg.html)

Some cable management, this task actually took the longest time, running cables so they're not blocking the COSMOS II's side panel exhaust grill for the bottom hdd's, plus trying to keep it tidy back there.
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb213/rasta_nz/My%20PC/DSC02733_zps7832688f.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/rasta_nz/media/My%20PC/DSC02733_zps7832688f.jpg.html)

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb213/rasta_nz/My%20PC/DSC02732_zpsb0da056a.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/rasta_nz/media/My%20PC/DSC02732_zpsb0da056a.jpg.html)

Trying to stay with the color scheme of black and red, I removed the original Corsair AX 1200 PSU sticker and printed some modded ones for the sides and the top...
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb213/rasta_nz/My%20PC/1291024x768_zpsfe981803.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/rasta_nz/media/My%20PC/1291024x768_zpsfe981803.jpg.html)

The front intake fan, Cooler Master included a 200mm blue led fan, on it are 2 plugs, there are 2 cable connections to the front panel for this fan, a led cable to control the fans brightness or turn off completely via a button on the front panel and one standard 3 pin power cable, you can control the fan speeds at a simple push of a button also via front panel, I decided not to wire the fan to its led plug... I also completely removed the hdd bays directly behind the front fan so not to block the fans airflow intake...
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb213/rasta_nz/My%20PC/DSC02756_zpscdb73180.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/rasta_nz/media/My%20PC/DSC02756_zpscdb73180.jpg.html)

Mounted/installed my 2 EVGA 770 SC ACX cards...
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb213/rasta_nz/My%20PC/DSC02751_zpse8526dea.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/rasta_nz/media/My%20PC/DSC02751_zpse8526dea.jpg.html)

However, I noticed that the bottom card had a slight sag to the end of it, it seems that particular slot on my Maximus V Extreme wasn't quite supporting the weight (these things are heavy) of the card properly unlike the top one, so a quick little mod with a spare rear bracket by bending it into shape to just the right height to help support the bottom card, using a bit of heat shrink on both ends of the support so not to scratch or damage both the case and the card...
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb213/rasta_nz/My%20PC/DSC02757_zps10a096a2.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/rasta_nz/media/My%20PC/DSC02757_zps10a096a2.jpg.html)

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb213/rasta_nz/My%20PC/DSC02759_zps55f0e9ba.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/rasta_nz/media/My%20PC/DSC02759_zps55f0e9ba.jpg.html)

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb213/rasta_nz/My%20PC/133_zps6acffa28.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/rasta_nz/media/My%20PC/133_zps6acffa28.jpg.html)

COSMOS II is a nice looking case and focus built for lots of airflow but, it does have its issues if you own a Corsair H100 and want to run a push/pull config... firstly, depending on the motherboards positioning of your 8 pin female ATX plug, if at the top of your mobo, then you may have to manipulate your cables slightly, bend the wires (helps if your cables are single sleeved) out of the way for enough clearance for your bottom radiator fans so your H100 can align with the top mounting holes and top fans... secondly, if your mobo has extra ginormous heat pipes/fins around the top then you probably wouldn't be able to do push/pull... push/pull with an H100 mounted on top, to an ASUS Maximus V Extreme, in a Cooler Master COSMOS II tower is doable.
http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb213/rasta_nz/My%20PC/DSC02754_zps3f36906d.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/rasta_nz/media/My%20PC/DSC02754_zps3f36906d.jpg.html)

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb213/rasta_nz/My%20PC/DSC02753_zpsac32fc3a.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/rasta_nz/media/My%20PC/DSC02753_zpsac32fc3a.jpg.html)

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb213/rasta_nz/My%20PC/DSC02752_zpsac53a145.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/rasta_nz/media/My%20PC/DSC02752_zpsac53a145.jpg.html)

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb213/rasta_nz/My%20PC/DSC02750_zps334100a0.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/rasta_nz/media/My%20PC/DSC02750_zps334100a0.jpg.html)

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb213/rasta_nz/My%20PC/DSC02749_zps5cd3b9b5.jpg (http://s205.photobucket.com/user/rasta_nz/media/My%20PC/DSC02749_zps5cd3b9b5.jpg.html)


08-10-2013, 12:22 PM
Cheers mate very tidy build and nice colour combo.

08-15-2013, 03:47 AM
Thanks for your reply HiVizMan... loving the motherboard, haven't had any issues with it, runs like a dream.

05-27-2014, 03:40 PM
Great pics dude would that seup work with a h100i in push/pull config?