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GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Mouse friendly bios, high quality transistors. Layout is cable management friendly.

Cons: Lost an egg due to disappointing troubleshooting service from Gigabyte when I needed some help setting up the Raid controllers. I have built arrays in all my previous set-up's, so I am familiar with the concept. Customer service took me on the incorrect path for a solution and ultimately asked me to RMA the board. I tinkered with almost every bios setting and eventually got it working, saving 2 weeks of frustration and 2 eggs for gigabyte.

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G.SKILL Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-16GSR
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Operate flawlessly on AMD FX990 chipset at advertised speeds. Low profile and matching color were the two reasons I chose these over the ripjaws.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I have used G.Skill ram in every computer I have built for the last 8 years, and I have never had a failure. They also have a lifetime warranty.

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Cooler Master Glacer 240L – Expandable CPU Liquid Water Cooling System with 240mm Copper Radiator and 2 Fans
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works as advertised - FX8350@4.6ghz is running sub 40c after a 4 hour stress test. Exhaust air is running 29c at 23c ambient.

Cons: I won't knock off an egg for overdesign, but the fans probably put out more CFM than the air handler at my house. It is great to have that option, but even throttling them down to 40% still drowns out the pump and my GFX card fans. I swapped the jet engines for some quiet corsair fans and re-ran my torture test. CPU temps were still sub 40c and exhaust air was 31c at 23c ambient. For 2c delta on the air, save your eardrums.

What I will knock an egg of for is not having a PWM fan splitter, which is a requirement if you are going to run this off your motherboard "cpufan". The fans are independently powered and need this 20 cent cable.

Other Thoughts: This is a dual 120mm that will fit inside the CM HAF922 case.

Don't go bush league and attach one to the PWR_fan and one to CPU_fan. Get a splitter or a fan controller. You can attach the pump to the pwr_fan, or sys_fan as I believe it is just an on/off and powered independently by the sata connector.

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Erik G.'s Profile

Display Name: Erik G.

Date Joined: 09/28/11

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 03/20/14
  • Last Review: 03/20/14
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