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  GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 & 2600k first thoughts on new build. 
 
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micro Jul 10, 2011, 09:27pm EDT Report Abuse
I finally updated my pc.
After reading the threads on this forum and reading reviews, i decided to go with
GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
Corsair vengeance 1600 memory
2600k

INSTALLATION WOES:
After i got all the stock parts installed i went to boot the pc with my current HDD with win 7 already installed.
The pc would not boot. Windows would look like it was starting with a splash screen, then i got a quick flash of a bsod then the pc would restart.
After multiple tries and a second HDD with windows already installed on it, i decided to format and start fresh. I didn't want to start with a fresh install as i had quite a few games installed and updated, plus my adobe products.

Windows installed quickly as expected.
When the pc booted neither my Razer Deathadder,lan, nor my G15 would worked.
I tried multiple reboots.
The mouse/kb both worked while installing windows.
After i installed the drivers from the mobo disk, everything worked fine from that point. I hope that a bios update will fix this problem at a later date.

CPU COOLER:
The stock cooler is around half the height of a stock 775 cooler but the same diameter.
I have a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus Heat sink on order ($30), but decided to try my old sunbeam/tuniq 120 from my 775 to see if i could get it to fit.
I found that without a new bracket, it would not fit.
Stock cooler with no OC gives me temps of 86,91,88,85 using prime 95 torture test.
I decided to wait before OCing until i get the new cooler.
Update: I found that with a new $5 Zalman adapter (from Newegg/Ebay), the 775 cooler would fit.

RAM:
The Corsair Vengeance is extremely tall (the tallest ram i have seen so far). This can be a limiting factor in what cpu cooler is installed as the 1155 socket is very close to the memory slots.

BLOCK SANDING CHIP SETS:
I decided to remove the NB/Z68 cooler (Roughly 2.5"X3.5"). I checked it with a straight edge.It was very level.
I also checked what i think is the mosfet cooler. It was also almost perfectly level. (my older gigabyte board was out of level by quite a bit.
I went ahead and sanded off the paint for a better contact.
I didn't bother tracking the temps since the coolers were so level the cooling difference will be small if any.
The paste on the nb/z68 was very dry and flaked off, i replaced it with AS5.

3D MARK 06:
Everything at stock.
Total score 17936
Cpu score 6699

This is as far as i have gotten thus far. I notice programs load faster and react faster (Photoshop etc) But i have yet to do any gaming with this new build.

TEMPS:
Stock cooler idle: 32,37,30,31
Stock cooler prime 95: 86,91,88,85

Cooler master 212 plus Idle: 29,34,27,28
Cooler master 212 plus prime 95: 53,60,56,53
@4.0 prime 95: 60,68,63,60

PICS of the cooler master and placement:
http://micro5797.deviantart.com/art/cooler-master-on-Gigabyto-...7&qo=0
http://micro5797.deviantart.com/art/Gigabyte-with-cooler-maste...7&qo=1


GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3, 2600k @ 4.0
16 gig Corsair Vengeance
Evga gtx 260 216, samsung 2253lw"
Baracuda 7,200.12 CoolerMaster 212 +
Win 7 64, fsp fx700-gln, Razer DA,G15
Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid
Silence in the face of evil is it's self Ev
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mothow Jul 11, 2011, 08:31pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 & 2600k first thoughts on new build.
Nice going Micro.

On my Asus P8Z68.Cancled the gigabyte board and went with Asus(i just like Asus better)now i have the same problem with tall ram and my Venomous Black X.With a fan installed it blocks one ram slot.But i was able to sit the fan up and 3 notches higher and it works fine.But i had to use the plastic fan holder not the wire holders.I was not giving up 8 gigs of ram because of my heatsink.If you have to you can get a corsair H50 for around $40 now

Corsair H50 $40 @ Best Buy
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micro Jul 12, 2011, 01:50am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 & 2600k first thoughts on new build.
I considered getting the water cooling, but if i am not home and my furnace goes out in the winter it could get well below freezing. All it takes is one time and i would lose the cooler and who knows what else. (Montana is cold). I have not found any info on what temperature the fluid in a water cooler freezes, it appears so much like water i would assume 32F. I wondered if you could use antifreeze in the lines?

As far as the tall cooling fins on the ram, if worse came to worse i was going to remove the Corsair vengeance cooling and replace it with the heat sinks from my old ocz or corsair ram. I see you can buy low profile heat sinks on eBay or Newegg for anyone else having this problem.

Good to know you are getting a replacement board (i have been keeping up on the other thread).

GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3, 2600k @ 4.0
16 gig Corsair Vengeance
Evga gtx 260 216, samsung 2253lw"
Baracuda 7,200.12 CoolerMaster 212 +
Win 7 64, fsp fx700-gln, Razer DA,G15
Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid
Silence in the face of evil is it's self Ev
john albrich Jul 12, 2011, 04:31am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 & 2600k first thoughts on new build.
duplicate post

john albrich Jul 12, 2011, 04:32am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 & 2600k first thoughts on new build.

Posts I've read say the fluid smells like anti-freeze.

I would expect them to use some type of anti-freeze mix to at the least obtain a higher boiling-point/heat-capacity and corrosion reduction properties. I would hope they use an child/animal-safe fluid but there's no guarantee of that.

Also look for a fluid ID number somewhere on the package or at the website. It should have an EPA and/or poison-control ID.

micro Jul 13, 2011, 09:52pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 & 2600k first thoughts on new build.
I decided to go with the cooler master 212 plus.
Temps are posted at bottom of first post.

GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3, 2600k @ 4.0
16 gig Corsair Vengeance
Evga gtx 260 216, samsung 2253lw"
Baracuda 7,200.12 CoolerMaster 212 +
Win 7 64, fsp fx700-gln, Razer DA,G15
Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid
Silence in the face of evil is it's self Ev


 

    
 
 

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