Unfinished because an important piece, the graphics card is missing, guess what with z170 coming and a slight cost overrun on account of cooler will have to wait for a month or so.
Just as was about to commit to buying z97, z170 was announced and I decided to go for the new platform. Surprisingly parts in India were available at about the same time as rest of the world(except for DDR4 memory). One reason of delay on my part was the question of how to migrate to Windows 10. One very surprising thing - - when I was resigned to do a fresh install (since my earlier socket was 775), due to some reason I booted straight into my hard drive and my old (775 based) windows 7 operating system. Of course the display resolution etc was bad but after installation of new (z170 based) drivers everything worked ok. No need for fresh install. The problem happened when migrating to win 10, I was successful only after 3/4 attempts. At one point the installation got stuck for more then half hour you have to be patient and see it through. After all that I had to spend another half hour chatting with Microsoft to activate win 10.
Just added Asus STRIX GTX 960 graphics card.
Just added Samsung 950 pro 256GB. See part review below for more details.
No cooler here so the actual cost of possession is quiet higher compared to let's say 4690k, good standard processor not yet overclocked.
Easy to install back plate and radiator, while putting in the pump have to apply a little force to the pipes. For this particular case (NZXT S340) I did not want hot air blowing over mobo, but this meant the top fan would have to be pushing air in the case and because the case has no filter on the top side I settled the pull push way. The pump whines loudly at 100% speed, even a little less i.e @90% the pump and fans are silent, I have seen to it that 100% kicks in only at 70 degrees.
Nice mobo with led, without any additional tpu epu switches for additional confusion. For the heck of it used the new gizmo processor installation tool, there is no way you can get the processor inside the tool without touching the pins on the back, but was ok, and you get a solid location over the socket. Sadly they are not giving the Q connector.
Good to look, good to overclock, no problem working at the displayed speed.
Historically I was using MBR disk and when windows 10 came the samsung clone software made the 950 pro also into an MBR disk. My boot times were far from satisfactory. However benchmark tests did show that I got almost all the speeds as advertised. Finally decided to clean install windows 10 (and GPT). And what a difference in boot time that made. A few mobo settings needs to be tweaked else everything is auto.
Nice solid case for the price. The side panels feel solid. But there are a few gripes, the plastic window is very easily scratchable. Hard drive installation is possible only one side (screws from the front). Even the SSD mounting is not possible using an L connector as it interferes (at least with my SSD) other then that wire routing, looks etc was superb.