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Well it's been 6 years since I build a computer based on a 2011 configuration from Hardware Revolution and figured it's time to upgrade, especially since I received a Asus Motherboard RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 for Christmas. Been looking at the new configurations and lots of updates! I've pulled together a list of components and wanted some insight/recommendations. I found through my analysis the only parts I might be able to carry over are the power supply, storage and sound card. I could of kept the cooler master case, but that new NZXT case looks awesome! Here's the detailed list - look forward to the responses and confirmations of whether these are all compatible.

- Intel Core i7-6850K LGA2011v3
- Asus Motherboard RAMPAGE V EDITION 10
- Patriot VIPER 4 Series 3000MHz (PC4 24000) 32GB Quad Channel DDR4 Kit - PV432G300C6QK
- ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Turbo Edition 4K & VR Ready Dual HDMI 2.0 DP 1.4 Auto-extreme Graphics Card (Turbo-GTX1070-8G)
- EVGA PRO SLI Bridge HB, 2 Slot Spacing (100-2W-0027-LR)
- Samsung 850 EVO 1TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E1T0B/AM)
- SILVERSTONE ST1000-P 1000W ATX 12V v2.3 & EPS 12V 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
- NZXT H440 Mid TowerComputer Case, Matt Black/Red /w Window (CA-H442W-M1)
- Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler, Black
- Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional 70SB088600002 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

I'm also attaching a spreadsheet with links to the parts, might be easier to read. Looking forward to your responses.

Tony J
Hey Tony,

Talk about a nice Christmas gift! Big Grin

Regarding the build that you're planning:
The only compatibility issue that I see is with the HB SLI Bridge. Considering the motherboard and the spacing between the PCI-express 16x slots, you want the HB SLI Bridge with a 1 slot spacing, such as this one:

Other than that, the build looks good. You can fit the sound card in the bottom PCI-Express 1x slot.

If you haven't yet, get Windows 10, to get optimal performance from your new CPU, from the updates that you can only get on Windows 10.

Also, keep in mind that changing a motherboard and most components means that you'll need to re-install Windows, you can't just swap the OS drive and hope that everything will work Wink So make sure to properly backup everything that you need.

Thanks for the feed back Mathieu! Yeah it was quite a surprise on the gift, excited to get this thing built and try it out. I do have some follow up questions.

I read some of the reviews on this case and noted a couple items:

1) one no room for a CD/DVD drive. Are they becoming obsolete with PC's? I noted last time I upgraded from a 250GB SSD to the 1TB SSD I did the install with a USB stick.

Is this a direction for all software companies - going way of USB or downloaded media?

2) Fan controller - I also had received a NZXT double bay fan controller - Which fits very nicely in my current Cooler Master case.

How do you track temps and fan speeds with this new case?

For both these questions are there other options or are they even necessary any more?

1) Yes, there are less and less uses for a DVD drive. The industry is now using download or streaming for most media. Music and TV/movies can be streamed, games are downloaded.

I bought an external USB DVD drive to go with my laptop nearly two years ago and I rarely use it. I only use it for ripping audio CDs. You can always get an external USB DVD drive, such as this one (, if you feel the need for one.

2) You won't be able to use that fan controller with the NZXT H440 case, seeing as there are no 5.25" drive bays. You can either keep your current case and use the fan controller or I'd argue that it's no longer necessary: modern motherboards, especially an high-end like the one you got, can automatically report and control fan speeds, based on your preferences and report the temperatures that you'd interested in, so you no longer have to think about it once it's set up.
Thanks Mathieu - makes sense. I have some follow up questions after reviewing what was packaged with the mother board.

1) GPU slots - wanted to make sure this was correct. The table in the manual recommends using slot 1 and 3 for a dual card configuration. Am I reading this correctly? attached a picture of table

2) The motherboard comes with a flexible SLI bridge - is the bridge on amazon better? Not sure why I would need to purchase separately - please advise - and if question number 1 is correct would I need the two slot bridge?

3) The motherboard also comes with SupremeFX Hi-FI and a 5.25 device that allows volume control and various output jacks on the front panel. I've always been a Sound Blaster fan, but it looks like ASUS upped the ante on the sounds system. Thoughts? Exclude and keep the Sound Blaster?

4) Depending on your answer to 3 I may stay with the Cooler Master HAF X. It's been a great case but a little difficult to keep clean - I like the removable filter screens that come with the NZXT. Which appears a lot easier to clean. This is the one I've been looking at:

Thanks again for everything you do on this site. Appreciate all the feedback and support.

1) Good catch on the GPU slots, I wasn't aware of that.

2) The flexible cable is the old type, the regular SLI cable. If you play at 1920 x 1080 (aka 1080p or Full HD), those cables are fine. For 2560 x 1440 or 4K, what you want is the HB (High Bandwidth) SLI bridge. The HB bridges are for GTX 10xx series only, provide double the bandwidth over the old bridges and is recommended by Nvidia for gaming at 2560 x 1440 or 4K for higher FPS and smoother gameplay.

Considering the GPU slots, putting GPU in slot 1 and 3, what you want is a 3 slot spacing HB SLI bridge, such as this one:

3)Keep the sound blaster, a dedicated sound card will still sound better than the best integrated sound card. It should fit in the PCIe 8x slot, above the 2nd video card in the PCIe 16x 3 slot.

4) Not much to add here, that's up to you Smile

Regarding item 1 - thanks - kinda caught me by surprise too - trying to go over the manual in detail to see if I find anything else.

On item 2 - Gotcha makes a heck of a lot of sense - I have a Dell U3011 which has a 2560x1600 native display at 75Hz. I read the reviews and ended up buying the bridge directly from Nvidia saving $10-20 instead of Amazon.

Item 3 again makes sense - I've always thought that as well.

Item 4 yeah - and that NZXT does look nice, with the insulation and fan hub couple with fan control on the MB it makes sense to move forward to a next gen case

well tried to put the motherboard in and realized that NZXT H440 doesn't support EATX - DOH! well back to the drawing board and shipping the case back.
DOH indeed! I'm sorry, that detail completely slipped by me.
After my research I ordered the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe Tempered Glass Edition. Will send pics and more detailed feedback but first impressions are very positive!
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