Well It has been nearly a week since my last post and I have to say it has been a busy week indeed.
Firstly after giving my motherboard a bath and a fine clean around the CPU socket and caps, the smell of a smokers home is no more. This is including the manual that was the main smelly culprit that has also lost its smell thanks to a good search ^^
This morning I was happy to get my I7 4960X ES (QF7Z) yes it was not cheap at just under £340 and yes I know Intel owns all non retail chips but I am not paying over £500 for retail. One thing I did not know was that the black edition is the only X79 board I have seen that has the triangle in the top right :S
With 99% of my equipment I decided to give it all a test to see if it will post and get me into the BIOS screen. due to not having a compatible CPU cooler I took apart a stock intel 1150 cooler and rested the fan on top of the heatsink, if it did not work I would be in trouble.
Test setup on motherboard box XD
Rampage IV Black edition (freshly cleaned with new thermal strips applied)
I7 4960X ES @ 3.6GHz
Intel 1150 stock cooler
4GB of ADATA 1866mhz crappy ram
Corsair 1200W PSU (Coil whine)
All lights were on and so I pressed the start button and ....... nothing
TV screen showed nothing I was gutted beyond words to be honest. At that moment I thought I had completely screwed up my board by giving it a bath or the thermal pads I replaced were to thick or something, anything to explain why i saw nothing.
Then like an idiot noticed the HDMI cable was not all the way in -.- Tried it one more time and ..... BOOM Asus logo and right into the BIOS screen ^^
CPU temp was at 61c not to bad giving my Jerry-rigged 1150 cooler on it,
Right now I am waiting on a Swiftech H240 X since I need to be saving up for a decent case... would love to buy a Case labs case but not paying the stupid import charges, right now I may settle on a Corsair 900D and once I have that I will start getting my proper water loops made.Edited by GenesisDM - 6/9/16 at 5:25pm