Hey man nice built, I was wondering if you could tell me whether the Gigabyte GA-Z170X Gaming 5 would fit in the computer case you used for this built, the Cooler Master 690 III ATX Mid Tower Case?
This is a budget built for both high end gaming and good quality CAD workstation. It is a combination of power and flexibility, as it can run most if not all games available in the market on Max settings and it does not shy away from the highly demanding CAD desktop softwares, while it's main purpose is not for CAD, it will do the job for work at home. It's 4K capable, VR Ready, it will be viable for a little more than 1 year and if you want to upgrade it, you won't have to change much at a time.
Observations and recommendations:
No physical interface compatibility issues noted, no major compatibility issues either between the CPU and the Motherboard, see Intel compatibility list on: http://processormatch.intel.com/MotherBoards/CompatibleBoards?componentName=i5-7600K If anything, you might have to update the BIOS if it's not already up-to-date, that is F20. Note that if your motherboard is a (rev 1.1), it is most likely to be already running the F20 BIOS updates. If it's a (rev 1.0) then you will probably have to update your motherboard if you are looking to install a Kaby Lake processor into it, the update(s) should be available on Gigabyte official website, and also instructions along with some video tutorials are available, links below.
Set the CPU towards the RAM, for strategical airflow.(This note does not apply to aircooling dual fans radiators or liquid cooling single or dual fan radiators.)
Recommended upgrades if you have a few more bucks to throw into your built: 250GB or more M.2 NVMe SSD, Cooler Master or Corsair Liquid cooling dual fans for the CPU and 2 extra casing fans for better air flow.
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 5 Downloads page links and Youtube tutorial on how to update the BIOS links:
BIOS updates to support the new generation of Processors can be downloaded from this page:
More information about this change: http://www.gigabyte.us/Press/News/1475
Youtube tutorial on how to update BIOS on the Gigabyte Z170x G1 series:
Official Gigabyte Brazil video Updating a recent version of the Z170x G1 motherboard:
Youtuber updating a Z170x gaming 6 Motherboard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv5J6H4OWg4
Precautions to be taken while updating the BIOS:
Q-Flash Plus is not available on this motherboard from what I found
Watch both videos and understand the steps of the 3 different methods proposed, before attempting anything
Read as much as you can about how to update your BIOS on Gigabyte official website before attempting anything, you might want to watch more videos on Youtube on how to update BIOS for Gigabyte Z170x Gaming motherboards to help understand the procedures better
Do not download the old updates like the F5 updates
Download and install only the most recent updates which is currently the F20, so download and install only the F20 updates
Secure everything tightly without forcing before starting the update process
Use an UPS while installing the new BIOS, to prevent any interruption of power
Ensure that BIOS is not already up-to-date, that is not already running the F20 BIOS, before trying to update it
Quick Install is not recommended?, you want it to be an Intact install
Hard Format your Flash Drive(Pen Drive) before copying the BIOS updates onto it
Do not power off the system while the installation is in process
Do not reset the system while the installation is in process
Do not try to stop the installation once you press"Enter" or if you are doing the Q-Flash method, do not touch or press anything once you have press the power button on the motherboard
Do not touch or move the Motherboard or anything connected to it during the installation, as it may cause it to interrupt the process
This is the final high end gaming budget built for 2017
Swap the Sata interface SSD for a PCIe one and it shall be better, even if it's a 250GB one, you could host the main software(s) on it, like the OS and the software(s) you use the most or that one or two game(s) you play the most. Obviously if you have the money get the 1TB one, you'll be able to host all your softwares, games and many more in that case. Oh btw, the reason I'm recommending PCIe over the Sata one is because the latest Sata interface, Sata 3 is slower than the new, 3rd generation of PCIe interface and even much slower than NVMe interface. And as you should know ,the faster the communications are done, the faster your computer will read and write information, which means loading software and games faster, and download a few bytes much faster from the internet or ethernet