About: I wanted something big and powerful; what better to shoot for than an over-the-top mostly extreme build? So I got home just as X99 released in September of 2014; ordered these parts and waited for the 980s to get in stock, then assembled the master piece.
Problems: So I attempted an overclock of 3.6GHz on the 5960x and tried setting XMP to match the factory G. Skill settings; I was able to boot a few times, but it would occasionally hang with Memory Initialization POST errors, so I dropped XMP to "Auto" and it worked, for the most part. Unfortunately, either the H100i that I bought or the thermal compound (which I left on it) isn't able to cool the 5960X properly for a 3.6GHz overclock. To make an unhappy camper even worse, I'm getting issues booting (cold or warm); POST codes are able to give me a general direction to go but I'm either getting Boot Device Initialization errors or USB Initialization errors, and sometimes Display Device Initialization errors; oh, and this is with all UEFI settings to "Optimized".
Partial Solution: Figuring it was a BIOS issue, I flashed the latest version, and it worked! - Kind of. I figured out that my Logitech G930 headset was giving me some boot issues, powered off but connected; weird but whatever.
More Problems: BIOS would still hang with devices (G19s & G602) connected, so I switched to BIOS #2, and the issues went away... for a week; then it all returned. Some USB devices are detected and some are not, switching USB ports on the back seem to help, so now I believe I'm working with a failing motherboard... but how?
Current status: My job has taken me away from my house and Thor for the next year or so; but I plan on getting to the bottom of the issues and upgrading & beautifying Thor, complete with 900D mods & full on liquid cooling.
Expected Update Date: June 2017