So what is the final build? Specifically, what kind of PSU did you use?
Well it ended up as. . .
Case - Antec ISK 110 with the standard fitted PSU
CPU - Core i7-3770K
Motherboard - Asus P8Z77-I DELUXE
CPU Cooler - Stock
Thermal Paste - Arctic MX-4
Memory - Crucial 16GB kit (8GBx2), Ballistix 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-12800, Low Profile
SSD - Samsung 840 Pro 256GB
OS - Windows 7 64bit Home
I put it together last night. It took ages because a) I'm, by my own admission, still a relative novice, b) It was a hot day c) The case is ridiculously tight.
I fitted the CPU/Cooler and RAM on the board prior to install due to the lack of space, but then I really struggled to get the motherboard in. Part of the problem was Asus' riser that takes up most of one side, that meant the PSU board couldn't be removed to help fit the m/b (as I found out). Secondly, you had to really pull the front connector wires back tight as they completely get in the way as you try to manoeuvre the board in. The third issue was the clip of the PCI Express slot which kept sticking out against the side of the case. You had to push it in while you squeezed the board into place. The case could definitely do with being even just half an inch wider square.
Anyway I eventually got it all in and connected, powered on first time and got into the bios with no problems (power draw never got close to the level quoted from that review). Installed Windows 7 this morning, again no issues. In fact the first problem appeared when I installed Asus' AI Suite II. Somehow, I presume, during installation the TPU switch had been flicked to the enabled position and the system then overclocked itself and as a result shut down.
After some trial and error in both the bios and AI Suite I settled on an undervolt offset of -0.110. I performed a standard run of the IntelBurnTest and a short 15 min burst of Prime95 to confirm initial stability.
So stats wise at idle I've got the following, in CPU-Z the core voltage was just below 0.900, the power draw on my Belkin meter was around 25W and temps were just over 40C with an ambient room temp of 26-27C. In quick stress testing the draw hovered around 85W and Real Temp recorded max of 79C in a couple of cores, Asus's sensor seeing 59C for CPU.
I'm a bit concerned that both the idle temp and the stress test power draw are too high even with this undervolt, which has yet to be fully tested. True it was another hot day today but I was hoping for something a little better. Perhaps going for the K suffix CPU was just plain overkill? You guys are the experts, so any thoughts?