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To gain some perspective, the last PC I built was an AMD Athlon x64 with 4GB of ram. So in essence this was a MASSIVE upgrade.

I went with the z170 platform over x99 in hopes that it will be a longer lasting setup, as socket 1151 is on its first chip (fingers crossed). However, as long as I keep systems, I doubt it matters much.

The build went remarkably smooth with one exception. I was having an issue with the RAM only reading in the two slots furthest away from the CPU, so it wasn't in dual channel. I tried every single RAM configuration possible - even with only one chip in the board those two slots closest to the CPU would fail to post - hanging on error code 55.

I ripped everything out and pulled the processor to find ONE BENT PIN in the socket, so I had a decision to make. It was either play the RMA waiting game or see if I could tackle it myself. I chose the latter.

Luckily the pin that was bent was very close to the edge of the socket. I used one smartphone as a flashlight, put the other on video record, and zoomed in so i could see what on earth I was doing. Using a needle and very careful gentle prying i was able to get it VERY close to the original position. All in all only took about 10 minutes once i got the motherboard out.

Once it was all reassembled, The RAM was detected and runs flawlessly!

I DID have to move the fans on my CPU cooler in order to fit the video card in the top PciE x16 slot.

In my eyes the only thing I skimped on was the video card, but I haven't gamed in YEARS. So it is sufficient to me. From my understanding it should have the capability to run just about any game at 1080p with max settings if I do decide to get back into gaming. Also, I can upgrade once prices come down a little if I choose.

One thing I would consider more carefully if I was building again is how MASSIVE this case is. I mean, don't get me wrong, all of the expansion space is GREAT! Just be aware of the dimensions.

I love the integrated HUE lighting that allows you to change the led colors at the turn of a dial on the front of the case. That combined with the LED control in my BIOS that lets me change the colors of the on board LEDs is pretty sweet.

Any comments, questions, or suggestions bring them on!

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you able to rotate the cooler to have the fans blowing from right to left instead?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I could have, but I ended up moving the bottom fan to the top of the heatsink. Do you think it would be more beneficial to have them blowing towards the back?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It could, considering it would be pulling cold air in from the front intake fans. Right now, I think it's just pulling the hot air given off by your gpu. Best thing to do is test the temps and run a few stress tests to see how hot/cool it stays under pressure.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback. I haven't stress tested the cpu at all yet, but under moderate use I checked temps with hwmonitor and it was around 26°C.

The only real reason the cooler is mounted that way was for access to the RAM while I was sorting out what my problem was. I may very well pull it apart and re mount it blowing out the back. Thanks for your suggestion.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Happy to help. :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a really nice build for the price! Wait, is that a 960? Why did you go this route? I mean the mobo costs more than the gpu!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really a gamer, plus the GPU will handle just about anything at 1080p with ultra settings should I decide to get into it again. More of a power junkie lol. Thanks for the comment

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