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    MotherboardAsus MAXIMUS VIII RANGER ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
    ProcessorIntel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
    Memory (part number)Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory
    Graphics Card #1Asus GeForce GTX 980 4GB STRIX Video Card
    MonitorBenQ XL2430T 144Hz 24.0" Monitor
    Storage #1Samsung 950 PRO 512GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
    Storage #2Seagate 4TB 3.5" 5900RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive
    CPU CoolerCorsair H90 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler
    CaseCorsair 780T ATX Full Tower Case
    Power SupplyCorsair RM 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
    OS Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 OEM (64-bit)

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    A few things I'm wondering about:

    1. While I realize the usefulness of testing components before putting them in your case, is it really such a good idea? How easily can you damage stuff if you're not extra careful that parts don't touch each other that shouldn't? Is it even safe to install parts like RAM modules or a graphics card on a mobo that isn't properly installed in a case? You need to apply some pressure, and what can you reliably rest your mobo on so that you don't damage stuff on the backside?
    2. Surely you don't mean to put together all parts on the mobo and then insert the entire assembly as a whole into the case? At the very least you should remove the Graphics adapter, and any wiring that you attached.
    3. Regarding the advice to ground yourself: I recently watched a very well made PC build video (IIRC from Newegg), and the guy stressed the point that, in fact, you should _not_ ground yourself while putting together the components. His reasoning was sound: to prevent current flowing from you to the PC parts, you should be at the same electrical level - if the PC is not at 0, grounding yourself will cause current to flow, with the potential to damage components. His advice was to simply touch the PSU in order to get you to the same electrical level. Of course, once you attach a power cable, that grounds the PSU, and then it's the same as grounding yourself. But only then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KPRage View Post
    Hey guys,

    Thought of writing this message to help you all out in figuring out few very important aspects when you are building a system and, what you need to do immediately after you get your components.

    One more reason for writing this is to remind myself a few important things which I forget myself at times.. :P

    DISCLAIMER

    Please consider this to be a suggestion, which may help you make a better choice, rather than a guide! Everything mentioned below is from my learning so far. Some of the contents may have already been mentioned in other threads. Please excuse for any repetition. The components mentioned below may vary in future. Some of the topics are highly subjective. No offense meant to anyone living or dead..


    The build


    Power supply


    When you are planning to buy a new system or, planning to upgrade your current system the one most important component you need to invest your money on would be the PSU, a.k.a. Power supply. A crappy power supply will destroy almost all your components!

    When buying a power supply, one thing you need to keep in mind is, how much Watts is really required! Here are two links which I found to be up-to-date:
    http://support.asus.com/powersupply.aspx
    http://www.extreme.outervision.com/p...ulatorlite.jsp

    Make sure you take into consideration the PSU's efficiency. Required PSU = Calculated watt + (25% of Calculated watt) for better future proofing.

    MOBO/CPU


    Here is the current status of the way CPUs and mobo's are coming out.. ALMOST EVERY YEAR! Yeah, it s!@#s.. But, here is a small thing I use for upgrading my system.. I want my system to run for at least three years! However, since the updation is happening almost every year, I would suggest to go for every alternate year.. E.g.: For those who bought SB, Haswell is the time for upgradation; For those who bought IB, go for the next processor family release (don't buy immediately. Buy after 6 months of release. For, the new ones may have bugs which may be fixed by then!).

    RAM

    RAM is probably as crucial in the build as a PSU.. Wondering why?

    COURTESY HiVizMan

    Choosing RAM is indeed more difficult than I had initially thought! Thanks to some of the masters, Zka17, Chino and, Viz, learnt an important aspect while choosing RAM:

    Purpose!. You will be surprised that, each Benchmarks need different types of RAMs. Read http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread...untry=&status= for better understanding.

    Hard Disk/ Solid state drives A.K.A Storage

    When buying storage, SSDs are a must due to their awesome performance compared to the traditional hard disk. However, they do come with a few cons.

    - Cost. This may not be an important factor for some of you. It may be for some of us.

    - Limited capacity.. SSDs with higher storage capacities do indeed exists. However, they cost a bomb! The common ones used by many of them goes to max 512 Gb. For some of us who store lot of movies, games, software etc, this will be a con.. For others, this isn't a con.

    This makes the traditional HDD kind of a necessity.. This, I will leave for you to decide..

    GPU/ Graphics card

    From the time of the first processor, there has been a war between two Giants on who is the best! Current in the Green team (a.k.a nVidia) the 700 series and, titan are the champs.. In the Red team (a.k.a AMD) 7k series (8k under way?) are the champs.. This topic is highly subjective on whom to choose.. So, will leave this too, for you to decide! :P

    Case and, Monitor

    Another matter left for you to decide.

    What next?


    Now you have all the components and, you are very excited to put it together. Before you do that, read on.

    NOTE: Please wear an anti-static wrist band or, make sure you touch a grounded metal object near-by (something other than your system :P) every now and, then. You won't believe that, static has been cause for system failures at times.


    I know the excitement of putting the system together. However, here is where most of us make the mistake. Before you start putting everything together, a very important step to do is: TEST EACH COMPONENT INDIVIDUALLY.

    I will try to include some of the ways to test each component. If I am unable to find a way, I request the ones who may be aware of it, to update here.

    PSU

    This may sound very stupid but, before you connect your system to the PSU, connect it to your power outlet and, switch it on. Leave it one for an hour or so and, check if there's no burnt smell. I do not know other ways of testing it. If someone knows any other way, please update. Another way as mentioned by Chino is to check each rail with a multimeter. This needs some electrical knowledge.

    Motherboard

    Before you place your motherboard into your case, keep it on top of the box it came in and, test it by connecting the above tested PSU's 24 pin connector. As soon as you switch on your PSU, for ROG motherboards, you should see the Start and, Reset button light up. This is a very basic test, nevertheless is very important. You can do this with or, without the CPU and, RAM installed.. This test continues once all the components are added. Please do not put the mobo into your case yet!

    Update: "Inspect the CPU socket for bent or missing pins in Intel's case. Or inspect your CPU in AMD's case. Test the clipons for the RAM and PCIe slots just to make sure they snap into place and not too loose or broken. Then proceed to inspecting the motherboard chokes and capacitors if there are any leakage or not soldered on properly." Thanks Chino.

    CPU

    Not sure how to test this without adding RAM too. For now, I would say, this and, mobo testing go further after adding RAM and, other components.

    RAM

    Once you install RAM, connect your still-on-the-box-Mobo to a Monitor.. Fire it up and, press Del/F2 to enter BIOS..

    If the system does not start when you push on the start button, check the QCode and, post back here immediately (via another system if you own one or, do so from your friend's system)

    If your system starts and, if you see the CPU info and, RAM info on your BIOS then congrats! They work so far.

    Start testing you RAMs following the this guide to the dot: http://rog.asus.com/127362012/overcl...-motherboards/

    If you get any errors, post back here and, one of us will help you out in solving it. If you see your RAM running on lesser timings than specified, fear not, it might be because your RAM supports XMP mode and, its not enabled.

    SSD/ HDD

    Congrats! If you have made it till here without an issue you have a good mobo, RAM and, Chipset for now.. :P Connect your SSD/ HDD, see if this gets detected in the BIOS.

    Once it does, connect a DVD ROM or, USB wherever you have the OS's installation image is and, install your OS.. Please note that, it will be good if all this is done while the Mobo is still not installed into your case.

    If everything goes well, Congrats once again. You have a basic system. You can disconnect your DVD ROM and, USB for now.

    GPU
    Its now time to connect your GPU.

    Note: Please make sure you switch off your system before you install any component. Also, make sure the power supply is not connected to the motherboard before you install any of the above components.


    Make all necessary connections and, fire it up.. Go to BIOS and, check if your GPU is detected. If all is well, install the drivers and, check if the GPU works.

    If you have multiple GPUs, connect one at a time in each of the PCIe sockets. This will also be a test of the mobo's PCIe sockets. Do this for all the GPUs and, test each of them.

    Now, start combining 1 GPU at a time. Meaning, 1 is already in a PCIe slot, add 1 more GPU in SLI or, Crossfire and, make sure you enable it via your GPU driver and, test them..


    Case

    So, now that you have tested each component, its now time to put them all into your case. To those who made it so far without an issue, my friend, you have a nice working system.

    Testing the stability..

    Use our very own Noden's RealBench to test stability.

    Other way of testing stability is by installing an anti-virus, running a full system scan, opening firefox with as many add-ons as possible/ necessary installed, open 15 tabs of ROG forum in it and, run a video.

    Best testing will be daily usage!

    A few useful tools you can install are:
    - CPUz;
    - GPUz;
    - HWMonitor or, OCCT or, CoreTemp or, RealTemp;
    - RealBench;
    - MSI afterburn or, EVGA's PrecisionX for GPU overclocking/ fan control;
    - 7 Zip for zipping or, unzipping;

    If I have missed anything, please feel free to add on.. If you feel I have given a wrong info or, am wrong, please update immediately here.

    Hope this helps you guys in some way. Have a safe and, nice experience in building a system. More importantly, have fun doing so.

    Cheers,
    KP
    very good suggestions. I will follow them thank you kindly

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    Thank you for the post. Cheers!:-)

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    What is the point to buy every single ROG part when i can't get a chassis ?
    That is not serious !
    Who care what i have inside my rig when outside is cooler master for example ?
    Is there ppl with true gor soul to gave us 1 rog chassis we can buy ? I do not ask for more just one.
    My rig is full ROG, only CPU and Chassis are not ROG.
    I will be happy to buy any rog chassis !

    Kind Regards

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