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Bill...

While this is too late for your build, I came across an interesting website dedicated to PC building that aids in properly combining parts. This looks like a great resource for future builds:

PCPartPicker.com

While I didn't spend much time on the site, I noticed the "System Build" section identifies potential issues when mixing/matching parts. For example, when I combined a Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 SSD with my ASUS Z97 Pro Wi-Fi  mobo I got the following compatibility note:

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The motherboard M.2 slot #1 shares bandwidth with a SATA Express port. When the M.2 slot is populated, one SATA Express port is disabled.

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I confess, my reaction to the PartsPicker revelation was: well yeah, we knew that.  I have known of the site but never actually used it.  I think, and I might be a bit jaded, that it is more for novice builders.  It does however have a feature that allows one to share your selection of parts with others for  "expert" opinions.
One of the tech sites I visit regularly refers folks there for suggestions for "what video card should I buy?"

Certainly worth keeping in the tool bag.
Fractal Design R5 | Asus  Z170 Pro | Intel i5 6600k | 16 GB G.Skill Ripjaws  DDR4 2133 | Seasonic 650w PSU | eVGA GTX 550 TI | Samsung 960 M2 500 GB | Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB | ASUS Burner | Windows 7 64-bit

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Either of us is fully capable of building awesome computers, as we've proven that time and time again. Regardless, I still find sites like this helpful. Partly because I sometimes have my head so far up my caboose that I miss the obvious.  ;D

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ROFLMAO
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The other thing I wanted to mention is I found a way to tell if the M-2 is using SATA or PCIe.  Looking at the BIOS, my SATA 1 shows as empty.  I'm fairly certain that if the M-2 was running SATA, the #1 port would be occupied.
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I hope so, maybe the next generation of everything will remember that win 7 still exists, and is still popular :)
Fractal Design R5 | Asus  Z170 Pro | Intel i5 6600k | 16 GB G.Skill Ripjaws  DDR4 2133 | Seasonic 650w PSU | eVGA GTX 550 TI | Samsung 960 M2 500 GB | Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB | ASUS Burner | Windows 7 64-bit