Show Us Your Rig [4]


  1. Posts : 9,615
    Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
       #1341

    linnemeyerhere said:
    Thanks,
    Is it wrong to love your rig? lol...
    Nope! You did the work and it went well, so why not love it?
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  2. Posts : 9,615
    Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
       #1342

    After I got my parts in, I carefully opened up the CPU socket on the MOBO to check the pins. Nothing looked bent but there were some little black holes that looked like missing pins so I snapped a photo of it and check with both ASUS and their user forum to make sure it was alright. It was. I tried dropping the CPU into the socket while wearing antistatic gloves (mental note: don't EVER do THAT again!) and it didn't line up quite right so I pulled it out and noticed what looked like might be a bent pin. When I took a lighted magnifying glass to it, it was slightly bent. After muttering some sweet nothings under my breath (something on the order of, "Oh, excrement!") and feeling sick at my stomach, I carefully pushed it over with a jewelers' screwdriver; it was a bit loose but it seemed to want to stay put. I went ahead and dropped the CPU back in (without the stupid gloves) and prayed it would stay put long enough for the CPU to clamp it into place. It must have because when I set it up temporararily on my desk using a spare PSU, it posted. I was showing a CPU fan error on the screen which was odd since the CPU cooler fan was spinning. I'm hoping that is just a settings problem.

    I tested it the first time with only six of the 4GB RAM sticks installed since that was what ASUS recommended and the MOBO racognized all of them. I had bought the equivalent eight stick kit so I went ahead and and installed the last two sticks and, again, it posted, recognizing all 32 GB (I don't know if I'll need all that but since I plan on doing some video editing plus multitasking on the machine, I figured it couldn't hurt). Besides the CPU fan error showing on the post screen, the only error code showig on the LED displays were related to HDDs, not surprising since there were no HDDs hooked up.

    After testing, I pulled the CPU cooler off to check the TIM. I had a tad too much (although not enough to have been a problem, especially since it's non-conductive) so I cleaned it off with 91% isopropyl alcohol and reinstalled the cooler, using a bit less TIM.

    I can't install it in the case until after tomorrow since the MOBO didn't come with any mounting screws and, out of the dozens of 6/32 screws I have knocking about, not a one was the right length (mutter, mutter, mumble, mumble).
    Last edited by Lady Fitzgerald; 02 Mar 2013 at 19:16. Reason: Speling.
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  3. Posts : 26,448
    Windows 11 Pro
       #1343

    Well done, Lady Fitzgerald, very well done indeed. I know how you were feeling at the bent pin. Been there, done that. Didn't get a T shirt.
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  4. Posts : 9,615
    Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
       #1344

    essenbe said:
    Well done, Lady Fitzgerald, very well done indeed. I know how you were feeling at the bent pin. Been there, done that. Didn't get a T shirt.
    That was the really bad part. At the very least, I should have gotten a T-shirt.
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  5. Posts : 11,425
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64
    Thread Starter
       #1345

    Nice work Lady Fitzgerald,
    Sorry about the mobo mounting screws. But sometimes slow and steady wins the race. Any picture you can post for us hungry for visuals?
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  6. Posts : 120
    7 home premium 64bit
       #1346

    Cheers guys , much appreciated comments , after 4 long busy weeks ,it has paid off , I'm looking forward to actually getting some use out of it before the next bunch of upgrades . I was thinking of going under full water once I upgrade my gpu , but with the temps I'm seeing I am rethinking that option . I'm looking into 3rd party gpu coolers namely the arctic cooling acceleros1+ , I have heard good things especially when 2 120mm fans are added .

    . The cpu cooler is the Thermalright silver arrow , it's a beast of a cooler . At idle temps are between 23 and 27 and under full load prime for 45 mins it never reached above 55 . In my opinion it puts the H100i to shame . I've been so busy getting my rig back up to speed cos of parts failing , I haven't got round to changing my specs . I will sort it later
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  7. Posts : 9,615
    Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
       #1347

    linnemeyerhere said:
    Nice work Lady Fitzgerald,
    Sorry about the mobo mounting screws. But sometimes slow and steady wins the race. Any picture you can post for us hungry for visuals?
    Oh, you just had to ask.

    The obligatory pre-unboxing shot:



    These are shots of the MOBO with the CPU, RAM, and cooler installed.







    The CPU cooler is one weird looking thing but it was the only one I could find for the LGA 2011 that would cool adequately (I hope) and not be too tall for the case. I've got a 140mm fan with white blades that will match the case fans on order. The cooler fan can be easily swapped out without removing the cooler.

    I got impatient and put the MOBO in the case and held it in place temporarily with a couple of case side thumb screws so I could foll with some of the wiring. I can't install the GPU card until I get and permanently install the MOBO screws. I snapped a couple of shots and will upload them in a bit.
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  8. Posts : 26,448
    Windows 11 Pro
       #1348

    Lady Fitzgerald, I must say that is the neatest bench testing I have ever seen. Also, mobo screws usually come with the case. I'm amazed at how neat everything is. In fact, everything you do is very neat and organized. When I do that, there are parts, pieces and tools all over the place. Have you discussed this issue with your psychiatrist?
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  9. Posts : 11,425
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64
    Thread Starter
       #1349

    Steve it appears everything stays so clean because the Lady has a secret........she builds her rig on the washer !
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  10. Posts : 9,615
    Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
       #1350

    essenbe said:
    Lady Fitzgerald, I must say that is the neatest bench testing I have ever seen. Also, mobo screws usually come with the case. I'm amazed at how neat everything is. In fact, everything you do is very neat and organized. When I do that, there are parts, pieces and tools all over the place. Have you discussed this issue with your psychiatrist?
    Would you believe I have a B.S. in Psychology? (Seriously, I do, abeit a bit moldy.) Mayhap it's girl thing?

    Actually, the bench testing took place on my desk (that's where the monitor is) and was anything but neat looking. I detest cleaning up at the end of a project so when I work, I clean up as I go so I don't have a huge, intimidating mess to deal with by the time I finish. It took only a #2 Phillips head screwdriver and a 2.5mm Allen wrench to put the cooler on; the other stuff didn't need tools.

    I have no idea why the screws weren't in the box with the MOBO; everything else was. Oh well.

    Edit: I checked the manual and screws weren't in the package contents list.
    Last edited by Lady Fitzgerald; 02 Mar 2013 at 19:19. Reason: After thought. It happens a lot at my age.
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