Log Finally found a case/SKTC A09 3.8L for my Mini-ITX APU-Builds/no graphics card!

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All Done, works like a charm. Gigabyte gave me a new serial number/new motherboard.

Maybe I did something stupid to smash the cpu-socket pins? I recall back when I had to keep doing steps over and over and switching CPUs was one of those steps. While waiting for the replacement CPU, I wanted to put the CPU socket cover back on the mobo, and I recall not being clear about how to get that cover back on. So I searched the internet and the advice was that it just snaps on??? Snaps on to what? I dunno. Could be that I smashed the pins at that point?? I dunno. 😡

The square CPU clamp is installed. The Noctua NH-L12 Ghost S1 Edition cooler is installed and it fills up the case except for maybe 1mm leftover space. I think that I will be happy with the Core i5-12500 6/12 cores/threads 65 W TDP, instead of the beefier Core i5 12600K 10 core CPU 125 W TDP. I don't need that much power.

It's the black computer on your right in this picture. Thank you all very much for the help with this!!

 

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On second thought, I sent the CPU back after it wouldn't post. So I don't know how/when the pins were bent.
 

BaK

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Nice to see the build is up and running, that was quite a tricky journey!

Case looks great, seems to be a bigger brother of the (Goodisory brand?) B01 (3l) I'm familiar with.
Panels are obviously better thought for cooling on this A09!

The grinding of the front PCB seems a bit drastic, audio ports could have stayed from what I see, but now you have a clean cable management I guess!
 
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Okay, I think I know what caused the CPU Socket pin damage to my GIGABYTE Z690I AORUS ULTRA LITE DDR4 motherboard.
Maybe it was the previous owner!!

This model motherboard had problems with Pcie5
See this link; PCIe 4 Errors Prompt Gigabyte Z690I Motherboard Exchange, Refund Program

Correct me if I am wrong but what happened to all the returned motherboards? Did they get thrown in the e-waste bin? Or, did they get resold as New/"LITE" versions (GIGABYTE Z690I AORUS Ultra LITE). I think maybe they got resold as New/"LITE" versions.

Now, back to the CPU Socket pin damage. Through the GIGABYTE RMA process, they sent me a new GIGABYTE Z690I AORUS Ultra PLUS DDR4 to replace the LITE version. I did inspect the CPU socket pins when I first got the ULTRA LITE mobo, and also when I got the ULTRA PLUS mobo. My eyesight isn't the greatest but I saw blemishes on the LITE while the PLUS pins looked like a perfectly smooth wheat field. Being new to LGA1700, I dismissed the non-smooth looks of the LITE CPU socket.

Furthermore, when inserting the CPU into the PLUS with pin-1 alignment it feels cradled by the socket. I can wiggle the CPU from side-to-side and it fits snugly with very little play/looseness. Well the first LITE mobo didn't have that tightness. It had extra movement. Again, I dismissed this warning too.

To summarize, the GIGABYTE RMA process (cost me $100) but they sent me a new GIGABYTE Z690I AORUS Ultra PLUS DDR4 so even with the $100 extra cost I still have good value for what I paid. Though I went through much trouble/pain/anguish during this build.
 
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Here's some more Pics;

I don't custom-cut-my-power-supply-cables to the correct length so the 24-pin cable had to go in the high-part of the case right up against the front PCB. The only other route would be in the lower-part of the case. But this is where the memory sticks are located and there is not enough room for both. Oh, I never/ever use front audio ports, so no big audio loss for me.










 
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btw: I fixed that bent CPU Cooler fin in the last picture. 😉
 

judokamak

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Love this case. Nice & simple and it has everything, front IO and CPU cooler space. Would the new HDplex gan PSU fit in this?

Next year should be a great year for APU builds.
 
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