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What combo of RAM/MOBO will go with my Intel i5-2400?

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October 15, 2012 9:42:30 PM

How's it going,guys?

So, I bought a whole bunch of parts off newegg to build a new computer the other day. I threw it all together and when I turned it on, the computer wouldn't boot up to the motherboard starting screen or anything--just a black screen. It didn't even beep. I took the computer apart and put it back together a million times and tried unplugging and plugging in a million things to see if one of my parts were shorting the MOBO. Nothing worked. I assumed it was the CPU or MOBO. I returned the CPU and MOBO for a replacement (cant get a refund) and I am still waiting on the new ones to come in. When I called intel, the guy said that the CPU I had wouldn't work with the RAM I had (Or maybe he said it was the MOBO.. cant remember). Anyways, I just want someone to verify if the parts I have will work together and give me some answers as to what could be wrong/solutions, like what RAM would be best for me?

Here are the parts I have:

RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-2133C11D-8GAO

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400

MOtherBOard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Graphics Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

PLEASE HELP ME! I'm just a poor little boy who wants to play WoW and Call of Duty! :'( 
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October 16, 2012 4:43:30 AM

At a glance, I see nothing wrong with those parts. I think I may have even used that motherboard in a build at home and never had problems with it.

After doing a search on Gigabyte's website I cannot find the RAM you have on their compatibility list. My bet is that you have compatibility issues with the RAM.

I recommend returning the RAM if you can and getting 8GB (2x4GB) of DDR3 1600mhz RAM. There is no need to spend the money on 2133mhz RAM.

I would suggest picking up this G.Skill 8GB (2x4GB) kit:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I have used them with multiple Gigabyte boards and never had problems. Plus, these ones are actually on Gigabyte's compatibility list, so they should be a safe bet.
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