So another update, and no screenshots so i apologize.
Got a Z170-A with bent pins, fixed it up and it works, everything tests out. (for $55 i might add!)
Started playing around with the ES CPU and I keep hitting stability issues around 4 - 4.1 GHZ. Windows sometimes boots, but it'll randomly freeze up. This is only with a BLCK of around 170 mhz, so I'm a little confused why it's still having problems even with the dedicated clock source.
This is also with a 1.36 vCore and other settings highly tweaked and changed, many many times to no avail.
Also updated it to the latest bios and BLCK Ocing is obviously still available along with everything else. Thought that was kind of strange.
I'm not totally sure what to do now. Keep it and run it at a lower frequency?
I could, it is still an i7 and can kick an i5 out of the water multithreaded wise. Single threaded though it'll be a bit slower, which is important for gaming. Mmm.