so an update for anyone interested.
the missing RAM issue was that a couple of the sticks weren't seated properly.
i am blaming my mate that was helping me with the build for that as he put them in.
I just unseated them and clicked them back in turned it on and they were there. so i have a full 128Gb of ram now. not had to process any more huge jobs since this one, and didn't think to monitor the system when doing the 40-60 scan jobs since, but that is looking like it will change next week hopefully, so will keep you posted.
i have been doing some renders out of 3DS Max the last couple of days, (hence the strange programs running as mentioned above and now being on here
) and they are the one thing i have found that can "kill" the machine. that said i am still writing this from said machine and i have been working fine on it the last few days catching up on all sorts of other things. It just has a moment every now and again where it stops working for about 30secs or so. it is interesting to note that while rendering alone, the CPU sits somewhere between 95 and 100% and ram at about 50-70%. i was a bit surprised by that because everyone says the graphics card does all the work, but apparently not. i would almost say that this machine is slower at processing the renders that i am doing, but i haven't done enough of them to know for sure, and i haven't timed them previously. But i know a graphics card(s) upgrade is coming as soon as i have the cash!
I have been doing a shite load of work on this thing and cleared a huge back log of stuff in the last few weeks! some interesting finds, transferring 50Gb between SSDs (saved and export to the wrong place
) 9mins 30sec.
transferring stuff to USB 3.0 sticks and external drives is lightning fast. this mother board came with a PCIe USB mounted thingy and it is called USB 3.1, i tried it a couple of times, but couldn't see a noticeable difference between it and the USB 3 so ditched it for a PCIe mounted sound card. the sound card i had to get as the on board sound card wasn't working with my mic. that is a saga in itself, but suffice to say if anyone is having low volume mic issues on windows 7, just go and get a sound card! Mine cost about $50 from memory and the difference in sound is astounding. i had always heard they make little to no difference, but that is a LIE!
I got the sound card because i want the mic to work for some video tutorials i wanted to do. i do screen recordings with a video capture card (was in the PC when i brought it off my mate) and then chop it all up add sound etc in adobe premier elements then render it out. a 20min video takes about 30minutes or less to render (long enough that i can't be arsed to sit and watch it render, but not all that long, usually done within the time it takes to watch one TV show on netflix.
). a 10min video i can comfortably sit and watch the status bar (about 5mins maybe), a 5 minute video i can do in a few seconds (at least it feels that fast).
i can't begin to express the difference this machine has made to my workflows and the speed at which i can get work done across the board now. i have a high end gaming laptop for field work and it is pretty quick by all standards. now it is like using a rock by comparison. if anyone reading this because they are thinking about upgrading their machine, i say don't mess around, go the biggest and fastest machine you can afford to buy! If you can't afford all the high end bits you want now, get a good motherboard, a power supply that will power it with max components and the best CPU you can afford and upgrade it as you can. RAM, while there are advantages to getting matched sets, don't have to be, so you can upgrade a couple of sticks at a time. mine aren't matched as they weren't available in time for my build and i had to do something. Mine are all the same brand/type though. i am still way more than happy. CPU you can upgrade later, just get a motherboard with the higher end socket. you will never regret it for one minute.