That’s a badass setup, really like the case. If you plan on moving the OS drive, I would do it now, just less hassle.
Question though: if you are going to go full Jurassic Park on a rig (spared no expense), why not get the best RAM available also? I mean it may not be a noticeable difference, but there is plenty of 3200 MHz kits out there for not much more.
Yeah…the RAM speed was the only real surprise (besides the price)…I’m not sure why they didn’t go with 3200. The Corsair One was nice in size, but used a Z360 mobo I think and it didn’t have the USB-C connection I was looking for. Every system had 80% of what I wanted, but lacked a couple things. That is where a home-builder gets 100% satisfaction whereas someone like me just makes up for the lack of 100% satisfaction with the ability to turn the thing on immediately (and send it back if it breaks).
I’ll have to poke around and see how challenging getting to the RAM would be.
Honestly it probably wouldn’t be worth it now, just seemed out of place. That rig will have no issue annihilating frames for several years. If you do plan on swapping out the ram, it probably isn’t any harder to get to than the M2 drive you plan on switching out.
The only way to keep the it quick is if you can simply migrate your boot drive to the new machine and update drivers for the new hardware. Windows 10 is good for “stock” drivers at least getting Ethernet adapters etc working.
For the change to an M.2, I think a fresh install is worth the hassle. They are awesome, enjoy!
Alright. One panel off and the 2TB m.2 is installed (very easy). Now cloning the 500GB m.2 to the 2TB m.2 to make it bootable. Once it is bootable, the plan is to dig out the 500GB m.2 and replace it with a second 2TB m.2. Now…this looks a bit trickier in that the main m.2 card is under the heat sink on the mobo. From an MSI video…here is a cap. If I take that heat sink off - am I going to have to re-apply thermal paste to the top of that chip?
Let me know how that migration goes. A lot of tools I read up on cannot natively “expand” a partition. So say, when you move the OS from the 500 to the 2TB, you get a 500GB OS partition and 1.5TB free. Windows will let you “extend” it - but it’s not a “natural”/contiguous 2TB partition, which is the result that I want.
All buttoned back up. Said a little prayer, hit the power button…and she booted up! Went into Disk Manager and made the mobo M.2 bootable and will now mirror the secondary m.2 mirror back onto the mobo m.2. I’m not sure that it makes a difference whether the mobo m.2. or the secondary m.2 is the actual boot device, but I figured I’d keep it the way MSI intended it… So just waiting to see if that goes OK.
Yes. I realize I’ve unbuilt and built my new computer. To some degree anyway.
I probably won’t install anything to the Seagate and replace that slot and the one remaining SATA slot with a pair of 2TB regular SSDs. I looked at 2.5" 7200 drives and for the cost you might as well just go with SSDs at this point.