Originally Posted by ihtc
I just got this board for my new setup. I haven't had luck with builds lately (last summer built a machine with the z77 pro thunderbolt board, had freezing issues and corsair h100 issues), Anyhow let me list my specs.
Corsair 500R Carbide case
Corsair AX850 PSU
GSkill DDR3 1600 16GB Ram kit (f3-12800cl9q-16gbxl100% from the QVL)
Asus Z77 Sabertooth Motherboard
EVGA GeForce GT 640 2GB PCI Express video card (dual dvi outputs for my 2 LCDS)
LITE-ON Bluray Player/Burner
Samsung 840 Series 250GB SSD
Intel i7-3770K CPU 3.5Ghz
Corsair H100i Cooler
Now, my needs are a reliable fast computer for work, heavy database, financial models, and some fun stuff like photoshop lightroom, etc. No gaming. Im not sure if i should have gotten a different setup or not. I will NOT overclock and was sure i picked compatible parts here.
Issue 1) Corsair PSU had to be RMAed, ok got that done - FIXED.
Issue 2) Corsair H100i the fan pushes hard on the ATX 8pin connector, cant even screw in one screw. Thought this case was designed for this cooler, might just be this board size and placement of atx 8. - not so sure its a problem yet
Issue 3) Sabertooth USB 3 header and this case is no good (some one showed pics last year in this thread) - Pending fix of me dremeling the metal down a bit
MAIN ISSUE: I get the CPU RED light . I tried clearing CMOS, Ive swaped PSUs , reseated the CPU. One or two times i got video out and saw it goto insert bootable media. Ok thought it was a fluke but nope turn it off and back on, same issues. I will try a bios update tonight and booting the board outside the case otherwise RMA time
Maybe i can go for a different setup. I need reliable, reliable, reliable. So not asking for much ehre. Building using good parts and stock specs and Windows 7 PRo, has to be a way to get a reliable fast machine.. I thought i picked good quality parts and paid a good penny but frustration is all i got so far. I will be running windows 7 Pro as my OS. This board seemed like a good fit for reliable but not so sure now.
Any suggestions for a different build ill return this to newegg or should i just get one RMA board and hope for the best. I have heard some people got 3-4 RMAs .. Thanks for listening and for advice!