Intel Core i5-2500k 3.3 GHz
ASUS Sabertooth P67 Mainboard
Cooler Master GeminII S524 Heatsink
G.Skill 16gb (4x4gb) DDR3 1600
Sentey GSP850-SM 850w PSU
Sentey Arvina GS-6400
XFX Radeon HD 5770 1gb
OCZ Solid 2 Solid State Drive 60gb
1.0T (x2) SATA 3.5" drive
2.0T (x1) SATA 3.5” drive
ASUS Wireless NIC
The build went far easier than I had anticipated. I thought there might be some interference due to the Thermal Armor, but with every required connection on the edge, it was never an issue. In the first picture you can see with the case I used, not only did the black look good, but there was plenty of room all around. In the second picture you can see the completed build. With components installed, the board virtually melts into the background, an effect I like. There was also no issue installing the GPU despite the slightly reduced clearance.
Many new board are now coming with a graphical BIOS and the Sabertooth is no exception, sproting ASUS' updated UEFI BIOS Utility. Essentially all of the regular BIOS options are here but just presented in a more user-friendly way. The screenshots above walk you through the different menu options. All told I find it to be an improvement on the old classic style BIOS interfaces.
On the next page we will take a brief look at overclocking.