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After looking into a X99 board from Asus and comparing the price of the 5820K vs a 6700K, I decided to swap the Asus Ranger Z170 for the Asus X99-S and the i7-6700K for the i7-5820K, from quad-core to 6-core for ~€110 more thumb.gif with similar OC capabilities while having slightly worse performance per clock.
+REP to 100cotton for the suggestion smile.gif
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ASRock Z170 OC is a better design / layout. Asus probably doesn't do that so you have a reason to buy their 500.00 mobos.
See my comment above, for the same price increase instead of buying an ASRock Z170 OC Formula board I have a 6-core cpu smile.gif
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Hmm... After looking more in-depth into ATX X99 boards it seems to have the same issue as with the Z170 boards. When installing the MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning in the bottom slot or the second last slot it still overlaps the sound/usb/front panel connectors.. like so: PCIe slot 1 and 4 (Click to show)

This leaves me the only option of buying an E-ATX board, this solves my main problem. But the €200 extra for an Asus Rampage V Extreme (compared to an Asus X99-S) is not worth it for 'just better' spacing. I'm looking towards Gigabyte for cheaper options but have no experience with them, anyone can recommend something?
Edited by n2k3 - 10/17/15 at 5:21pm
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Or just put that money towards some watercooling for the cards and be done with this issue. tongue.gif
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That x99 looks ok to me. There should be room. The fans on that card are not 3 slots wide. And they narrow towards the bottom. You will end up with wires in front of your fans. I would say worst case you would need some 90 degree extensions for the USB. Or if it was me, knowing how hot those will get at that clock, I would water cool em.
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Or just put that money towards some watercooling for the cards and be done with this issue. tongue.gif

Hmm, I guess that is a possibility as well. But my experience with water cooling is non-existent, not even closed loop AIO's for CPU's. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think an closed loop AIO available for this GPUs. This would mean I would need to get a pump, a radiator, tubing, fittings and two water blocks for my GPU. And my estimate would that this would cost more money (I think +€400? rolleyes.gif)
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That x99 looks ok to me. There should be room. The fans on that card are not 3 slots wide. And they narrow towards the bottom. You will end up with wires in front of your fans. I would say worst case you would need some 90 degree extensions for the USB. Or if it was me, knowing how hot those will get at that clock, I would water cool em.
Based on this video I checked the position of where the cooler would end (in the video it's mounted on a Asus Z170 Deluxe motherboard into the first PCIe 16x slot). You can see it's really 2.5 slots wide when you see where the cooler ends in the video (just above the center of the CMOS battery), and laid out in this picture: 980 Ti Lightning in PCIe x16 slot 1 on Asus Z170 (Click to show)

I think the audio and front panel and cables will be fine, as these are small and flexible cables. But the USB 3.0 and 2.0 probably won't fit, they are big and bulky. As can be deducted by the picture below. 980 Ti Lightning low angle (Click to show)

Meh I'll just buy an Asus Rampage V Extreme board an be done with it redface.gif
Edited by n2k3 - 10/18/15 at 2:23am
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