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January 13, 2013 2:07:30 PM

So I finally got everything put together.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Intel 330 Series 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (CrossFire) ($379.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case ($101.60 @ Mac Connection)
Power Supply: XFX 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.25 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $1692.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-13 11:12 EST-0500)

Fire it up and no post. Memory error. Got messing around with it and I can only put memory in slots B1 and/or B2. If I put any memory in A1 and/or A2, then no post and beeps for memory error.

So I move on.....it won't recognize either GPU. Tried swapping and just installing one. No good. Tried throwing a older 560 ti in it. Same thing. Check all bios settings. OK. So I use the onboard video and move on.

Updated all drivers and tried updating the bios. Same thing.

Now have the board out with a know good PSU, one ram stick(in B2), and one video card in PCIE 2. Still not recognizing GPU.

So I pull the processor. Looks like a few of the pins are bent. Took a magnify glass and inspected processor, it looks like all the pins hit and on center.

So I conclude a bad motherboard. But with the bent pins, I think I'm going to have issues RMAing it. So do I just pony up for a new motherboard? I'm leaning this way......do the fact that the Pro4 is really not the best for CrossFireX and my memory is not officially supported.

Any advise?

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January 13, 2013 2:24:57 PM

I did go through that trouble shooting post and concluded a issue with the motherboard.

I believe I'm going to have to eat the motherboard, due to the bent pins. Do I go for the Asrock Extreme 4? It doesn't list my exact memory, but it does list Corsair CML16GX3M4A1600C9. I would assume it's the same thing, but just 4 pieces of 4g, instead of my 2.
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