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Everything went pretty smooth with the build. Only problem I ran into is that I don't have enough money for a GPU right now XD. The 400R is a dream to work with, Corsair really knows how to put a case together. Gigabyte's UEFI is awesome too. I really have no complaints, this hardware was easy to put together and self explanatory. Went with 16GB of RAM because the sticks were DIRT cheap, and they had great reviews; they're not listed as LP but I'd definitely say they are. $1,004.85 for this build. CPU, and MOBO bought at MicroCenter for $308.49. SSD, RAM, PSU, CPU cooler, 120mm fans and case for $339.94 at NewEgg. Went with Newegg specifically because they don't charge me tax to ship here in Texas and their track record with me is flawless. MicroCenter was 2 hours away but I couldn't beat the $50 off MOBO+CPU combo and I had to visit my dad anyways. $10 Rebate on Corsair 400R case and $5 rebate on COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Case Fan 4 in 1 pack. Total = $969.65 with tax and discounts/rebates. Already had the extra HDD, optical drive and copy of Win7. *Edited to add the newly bought GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 7950 3GB @ NewEgg for $339.99 with $20 rebate and Win8 Pro for $16.23.

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  • 85 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice attention to detail on the cable management. Corsair definitely makes our lives easier in the department but it's obvious you spent some time on it.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Corsair really does, I don't know if I'll buy another brand of case again.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh god... your RAM choice is Hillaryious

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

I am more interested in where he put them. As in not in the dual channel slots

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

As far as I could tell from the MOBO manual (which is not very clear), the dual channel slots are setup this way. Obviously they are not color coordianted and the way Gigabyte has them setup, they are correct for dual channel currently. Looking into the BIOS, it lists them as in Channel A so I assumed everything was good. I saw you have the board in your build also so correct me if I'm wrong.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

on my manual the slots are numbered in this order 4231 and i have them on 1 n 2 but you're right it isn't very clear

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

on my manual the slots are numbered in this order 4231 and i have them on 1 n 2 but you're right it isn't very clear

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm gonna move them when I get home tonight and see if there are any changes in the BIOS. Might shoot an email to Gigabyte too, I'll let you know.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Which GPU you planning on???

  • 85 months ago
  • 5 points

Most likely MSI Twin Frozr 7950.

  • 85 months ago
  • 3 points

Solid choice.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

When did this card become discontinued? I've been only able to find 1 at Amazon that is overpriced.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

Hmmm. Odd. Yeah, I didn’t notice that until you said that.

The HIS 7950 is a good option too. The cooler is top notch and it has a pretty good boost clock.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161420&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

That's actually one I'm considering in my list right now, I had never even heard of them before I started researching recently. Their cards have good reviews on Newegg and since you suggested it, gives me more reason to give them a shot. Thanks.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

really cool build with that Corsair! I'm still debating whether to get this motherboard or the Asrock Extreme4, it's only $10 difference at MicroCenter.

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points

the asrock board isnt as quality as the gigabyte board. its rather thin and flimsy compared to the gigabyte

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

oh yeah I heard that, but the thing is they say it's best bang for the buck! what features the Asrock has over the Gigabyte doesnt

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

the difference is thin, cheaply made, and short board over higher quality with slightly less feature? The ASrock board doesn't mean all stand offs so it hangs on the right side which everything is plugged into during install also its thinner so since its hanging over and will tend to bend it will flex more than normal ATX boards because its thinner. Also the build quality... Just put a decent Gigabyte or Asus board $10-$20 more expensive in your hands compared to the ASrock and you'll know instantly which is cheap and which is quality. Sorry I'd rather spend $10-$20 for peace of mind and quality over flexible cheap made and thin but full of features.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, if you get the chance try to see the difference in person. It is obvious both visually and physically which is more of quality.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

The $50 off CPU+MOBO combo at MC really persuaded me to spend the extra $10. Worth it in my eyes, I love this board. Only gripe is that the SATA connections are placed in a very annoying angle.

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

oh yeah I see what you mean there haha you ran each one from a different hole. It depends on the case though

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

awesome choices you made, especially with the purchases. do update with the graphics card when you get it