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GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD5 WIFI LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs Good Board after the BIOS Update 02/24/2015

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD5 WIFI LGA 2011-v3 Intel X99 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: This motherboard had all of the features I was looking for. Easily overclocked my 5960X to 4.0Ghz on air. Two USB 3.0 internal headers are nice. There is good room between the CPU socket and ram sockets so my cooler does not interfere with the ram.

The Board has two NIC cards built in that I was successfully able to team in Win 7 to create a 2Gbps link.

I really dig the lighted back panel. I have a silverstone case where the motherboard is rotated 90 degrees so the back panel is actually on the top of my case, so I can really appreciate the lighting.

Cons: This Motherboard was almost useless with default F4 BIOS. I saw all the issues people were complaining about in previous comments. Problems with USB ports not working, the Lighting on the motherboard stopped working, and I could not get Win 7 64bit to load.

I tried updating the BIOS several times and it failed saying the BIOS file was invalid. I was only on my fourth USB stick that I was able to get it to read the file and update to version F9.

After it was updated to F9 my problems went away. USB started working fine, the Lights on the Motherboard came back on, and windows loaded with no issues.

Other Thoughts: It is a good board once you update the bios. if you don't have another PC you can download the file from I would stay away from the board because the default BIOS (F4) is unstable.

EVGA 03G-P4-3888-KR G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 780 Ti Classified K|NGP|N Edition 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This card is the fastest card I have owned to date. The factory overclock makes this card much faster than the more expensive Titan Black. Running Catzilliz with his card at stock speeds put me in the 120 results in the country.

The card is put together very well, and the backplate gives it a feeling of very high quality.

Cons: This is one Power hungry card. I did not look to far into the power requirements until I thought about getting another one for SLI. Well my 1000W power supply is not good enough to run two of these things.

I will have to hook up a second power supply when I buy a second card for SLI.

Other Thoughts: There is no lighting bling on the card. A stock GTX 780 TI cooler will have Geforce GTX light up in green. This card does not have anything like that in the custom heat sink.

Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 Two-Piece Mod-Tower Computer Case with Top Compartment for Extra Storage Space, Water Cooling Support, or Mini-ITX System
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This case is the ultimate case for anyone that has a lot of components they need to fit for one PC. I needed two power supplies and room for a closed loop cooler, and this case has plenty of room to fit everything.

The cutouts from the top piece to the main piece are very big allowing for good cable management.

Cons: I had a problem with the top piece locking in place after it was assembled. When I went to move the case into it's final position after building the PC it came loose.

Other Thoughts: This case is huge. I knew that, and it is no problem for me because I am not storing it under a desk. But you should make sure there are no hight limitations when you want to keep this beast.


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Display Name: Kevin S.

Date Joined: 02/23/07

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  • First Review: 04/16/11
  • Last Review: 02/24/15
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