vargis14 wrote:Edit: Also be careful threading everything....lots of people strip mounting bolts/nuts installing coolers. It is good practice to check the threads on your parts before installing them to make sure no bolts or nuts are buggered up and seize on you before they are tight.
SuperSpy wrote:I have, like most experienced builders here I'm sure, a huge assortment of various extra screws from past builds. It's mega annoying grabbing a random case stand-off and screw combo and find out (after attempting to install it, of course) they aren't the correct thread type.
SheridanPC wrote:Generally speaking, does Asus do a good job of providing enough non-defective screws with their motherboards and showing clearly in the manual what is for what? On my previous builds, I am pretty much certain that I did not use the right screws for each and every connection (like hard drive mounting, for instance).
SheridanPC wrote:And let's say I get unlucky. Would I be able to find a replacement screw of the right size/type at my local Microcenter or even Home Depot?
Chrispy_ wrote:The Noctua fan clips are a pig, but that's about their only downside, and yes - they're easier to install when the board is outside the case.
SheridanPC wrote:I'd guess that some of those would be hidden by the gigantic cooler, no?
Terra_Nocuus wrote:SheridanPC wrote:I'd guess that some of those would be hidden by the gigantic cooler, no?
Eyeballing the motherboard photo on the 'egg, possibly the only standoff that might get tricky is between the first PCIe bracket & the RAM slots. You'll have to make that call once you get the parts in-hand.
$165 2x8 GiB PC3-14900 Crucial BLT2KIT8G3D1869DT1TX0 (DDR3-1866, 9-9-9-24, 1.5 V)SheridanPC wrote: Memory: haven't researched specs yet but whatever decent low profile 2x8GB kit I can find for around $150
JustAnEngineer wrote: $133 2x8 GiB PC3-12800 Crucial BLS2K8G3D1609ES2LX0 (DDR3-1600, 9-9-9-24, 1.35 V, low profile) (includes XMP for PC3-14900 with slower timings)
Chrispy_ wrote:1.35V is actually JEDEC spec and as standard as it comes. It's called DDR3L, whilst standard DDR3 is 1.5V
Ths cheap + nasty 1.65V RAM with loose timings that seems to be championed by Kingston/Corsair is actually outside JEDEC spec and that's why I avoid it. The integrated memory controller on Intel processors is designed to work at 1.35V or 1.5V only. JEDEC actually recommends no more than 1.575V for stability reasons.
just brew it! wrote:All of the Kingston DDR3 modules currently listed at Newegg are 1.35V or 1.5V. Other than one DOA stick a couple of years ago (promptly replaced via Newegg RMA), I have never had any problems with Kingston DDR3.