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How to Do a Clean Install of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1


This tutorial will show you how to do a clean install of Windows 8 (ex: System Builder copy) or Windows 8.1 on your PC.


Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 System Requirements
Windows 8 works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7.

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster

RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)

Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)

Graphics card: MicrosoftDirectX 9 graphics device or higher

Additional requirements to use certain features:

  • To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch.
  • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768.
  • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768.

warning   Warning
If you want to install Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 using UEFI instead of BIOS, then see this below first.

How to Install Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 using "Unified Extensible Firmware Interface" (UEFI)

If you wanted to do a clean install with Windows 8 upgrade media, then see the tutorial below first.

How to Do a Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade





Here's How:

1. Boot the computer from your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 installation DVD or USB flash drive.



2. Select your language preferences, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)


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3. Click/tap on the Install Now button to start the installation. (see screenshot below)


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4. Enter your product key that matches the installed edition of Windows, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

Note   Note
The product key you enter must match what you are installing, or it will not work.

If this is an OEM computer that came with Windows 8 or 8.1 preinstalled, then your product key is stored in the UEFI/BIOS firmware chip and will be automatically detected instead.


You will not be able to enter a Window Media Center Pack or Windows 8 Pro Pack product key. These are considered to be an upgrade key and can't be used to install Windows 8/8.1. These can only be added after Windows 8/8.1 is installed, then use Add Features to upgrade to the Window Media Center Pack or Windows 8 Pro Pack.

If you have a retail Windows 8 product key and want to clean install Windows 8, then see How to Do a Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade instead.

If you have a retail Windows 8 product key and want to clean install Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Update, then you would need to enter a generic key below to install unactivated with, and change the product key later on in step 22 below to activate with your Windows 8 key.

If you have a retail Windows 8.1 product key and want to clean install Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Update, then you are good.

If you have an OEM Windows 8 product key and want to clean install Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Update, then you would need to enter a generic key below to install unactivated with, and change the product key later on in step 22 below to activate with your OEM Windows 8 COA product key.

If you want to clean install Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, or Windows 8.1 Update Enterprise, then you would need to change the product key later on in step 22 below to activate since Enterprise editions do not ask to enter a key at this step.

Generic keys to install with:

  • Windows 8 (core): FB4WR-32NVD-4RW79-XQFWH-CYQG3
  • Windows 8 Pro: XKY4K-2NRWR-8F6P2-448RF-CRYQH
  • Windows 8 Pro with Media Center: RR3BN-3YY9P-9D7FC-7J4YF-QGJXW
  • Windows 8.1 (core): 334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT
  • Windows 8.1 (core single language): Y9NXP-XT8MV-PT9TG-97CT3-9D6TC
  • Windows 8.1 Pro: XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB
  • Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center: GBFNG-2X3TC-8R27F-RMKYB-JK7QT
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise: MNDGV-M6PKV-DV4DR-CYY8X-2YRXH OR FHQNR-XYXYC-8PMHT-TV4PH-DRQ3H

KMS setup keys (8/8.1): Appendix A: KMS Client Setup Keys



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5. Check the I accept the license terms box, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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6. Click/tap on the Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) option. (see screenshot below)


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7. Select the hard drive or partition that you want to install Windows 8 on, and click/tap on the Drive Options (advanced) link. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If the hard drive or partition that you have selected is shown as unallocated, then you can just click on the Next button instead and go to step 8 since it is already empty.



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8. Select a hard drive or partiton that you want to do a clean install of Windows 8 on, do one of the options for how you want to install Windows 8 to that drive or partition in the yellow TIP box below, then click/tap on the Next button when finished. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If your hard drive is not displayed and it's either a SATA drive or in a RAID setup, then you need to connect a USB key or DVD disc with the RAID or SATA drivers on it, click on Load Driver, select the folder on the USB key or DVD that contains the RAID or SATA drivers to install them. Afterwards, your RAID drives will be available to select from to install Windows 8 on.

Tip   Tip
Drive options (advanced)


If you only have one partition for a disk # (hard drive) listed that you wanted to install Windows 8 on, then select the disk # and click on the Delete option if not grayed out to make it unallocated space.

If you have more than one partition for a disk # (hard drive) listed and want to install Windows 8 on only one of the partitions and keep the other partitions with that disk #, then only select the partition that you want to install Windows 8 on the Format option.

If you have more than one partition for a disk # (hard drive) listed and want to get rid of all of them to make that disk # one single partition drive again, then select a partition with that disk # and click on the Delete option for each partition with the same disk # until there is only one "unallocated space" with that disk # left as in the screenshot below.

To shrink an existing partition to create another partition to install Windows 8 on instead, select the partition that you want to shrink and click on the Extend option. Type in how much in MB (1 GB = 1024 MB) that you want to shrink it by. Now select the new extended partition.



Note   Note
The 350 MB System Reserved partition is used for the Boot Manager code, BCD (Boot Configuration Database), System Recovery Options (Windows RE), and start up files for BitLocker (if turned on).

If you want to have (recommended) the 350 MB System Reserved partition in addition to the Windows 8 C: partition on a HDD or SSD after installation, then you would need to make sure that all partitions on the drive have been deleted until it is only unallocated space. Next, select the unallocated drive to install Windows 8 on. If there are no partitions on the disk, you will get the 350 MB System Reserved.

If you do not want to have the 350 MB System Reserved partition and only the Windows 8 C: partition on a HDD or SSD after installation, then select a formatted partition or drive to install Windows 8 on. If there are any partitions on the disk, you won't get the 350 MB System Reserved.





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9. The installation of Windows 8 will now begin. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: During the installation process, your screen may flash and computer will restart a few times.


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10. When you get to this point, type in a computer/PC name (ex: Brink-PC) that you want for this PC, then click/tap on the Next button. (see screenshot below)


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11. Select either the Use express settings or Customize button depending on how you want to set these settings. (see screenshot below)

A) If you select Use express settings, then go to step 16 below.

B) If you select Customize, then continue on to step 12 below.


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12. Select the share settings you would like. (see screenshot below)


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13. Select the Windows Update and IE security settings that you want, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)


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Windows_8.1_Updates.jpg

14. Select the settings that you want, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)


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15. Select the settings that you want, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)


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16. Do either step 17 or step 18 below depending on if your would like to sign in to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 with either a local account or Microsoft account. (see screenshots below)

Note   Note
If you are not connected to the internet during installation, you will default to step 18C to set up a local account.

You will still be able to add or switch to a Microsoft account later after Windows is installed if you like when you are connected to the internet.



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17. If you want to Sign in to Windows 8 or 8.1 with a Microsoft Account

Note   Note
Microsoft account:

  • You use your email address and password to sign in to Windows 8.
  • When you sign in with a Microsoft account, your PC is connected to the cloud.
  • Your friends’ contact info and statuses are automatically up to date from your Hotmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other accounts.
  • You can get to and share your photos, documents, and other files from SkyDrive, Facebook, Flickr, and other accounts without signing in to each one.
  • Your personal settings are synced to any PC running Windows 8 that you sign in to, including your themes, language preferences, browser favorites, and apps.
  • You can get apps in the Windows Store and use them on any PC running Windows 8 that you sign in to.
  • Easily reacquire your Metro style apps on multiple Windows 8 PCs. The app’s settings and last-used state persist across all your Windows 8 PCs.
  • You can associate the most commonly used Windows settings to your user account. In this way, the saved settings are available when you sign in to your account on any Windows 8 PC. So your PC will be set up just the way you are used to.
  • You can also save time with sign-in credentials, because now the same credentials are available for the different apps and websites you use and you can easily get back into them without having to enter credentials every time.
  • You can automatically sign in to apps and services that use Windows Live ID for authentication.




A) Type in your email address, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below step 16)
NOTE: If you do not have a Windows Live ID email address and would like to use one, then click/tap on Sign up for a new email address link to get one.

B) Enter the password for the email address, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below and below step 16)
NOTE: If you do not have a Windows Live ID email address and would like to use one, then click /tap on Sign up for a Microsoft account link to get one.


Live-1.jpgother-1.jpg


C) For Windows 8, enter security verification info if you like, click/tap on Next, and go to step 17G below. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If you are setting up an email address, then you may have a few additional screens to fill out as well.


Live-2.jpg




D) In Windows 8.1, you can use two-step verification to add this PC as a "trusted device", and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)



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Enter the received security code, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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E) In Windows 8.1, select how to set up your PC, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshots below)



  • [*=1]If you select a listed PC name that you sign in to with the same Microsoft account, then your settings and apps from that PC will be synced (copied) to this PC. Afterwards, go to step 17G below.


  • [*=1]If you selectset this up as a new PC instead, then this PC will be set up as new PC without your settings and apps synced from another PC as above. Afterwards, continue on to step 17F below.
Windows_8.1_clean_install_setup-1.jpg

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F) Select to either "Don't use SkyDrive" or "Use SkyDrive". (see screenshot below)

SkyDrive.jpg



G) Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 will now prepare your PC for your Microsoft account.

H) Go to step 19 below.



18. If you want to Sign in to Windows 8 or 8.1 with a Local Account

Note   Note
Local account:

  • You use a user name (and password if you want one) to sign in to Windows 8 just like it was in Vista and Windows 7.
  • A local user account gives you access to only the PC it's on. You will need a separate user account created on each PC you use.
  • None of your settings will be synced between the PCs you use, and you won't get the benefits of connecting your PC to the cloud.



A) For Windows 8.1, click/tap on the Create a new account link. (see bottom screenshot below and below step 16)


Local_Account_A.png


Click/tap on the Sign in without a Microsoft account link, and go to step 18C below. (see screenshot below)

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B) For Windows 8, click/tap on the Sign in without a Microsoft account link. (see top screenshot below step 16)



Click/tap on the Local account button, and go to step 18C below. (see screenshot below)


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C) Type in user name, password, and password hint for your user account (administrator type), and click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: Your user name must be different than the computer name you entered at step 10 above.




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D) Windows 8 or 8.1 will now prepare your PC for your local administrator user account.


E) Continue on to step 19.



19. When installation is finished, welcome to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. (see screenshot below)



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20. It is highly recommened that you create a password reset disk for your user account just in case you forget it later. You will be able to use it to reset your user account password.

21. Install any needed drivers for your devices, and update your WEI score.

22. If you have an Enterprise edition or needed to use a generic key to install with from step 4 above, then you will now need to change the product key to enter your key and activate it.

Tip   Tip
If you need to first find your OEM product key that is embedded in the UEFI firmware chip, then OPTION FIVE in the tutorial below can help show you what it is to enter in step 22.

How to Find Your Windows 8 and 8.1 Product Key Number





That's it,
Shawn



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Clarence

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Thank Shawn for that information. I am just wondering if the AHCi/SATA/RAId drivers is installed during windows installation, are those drivers resident in the same place that they are when they're installed after windows 8 installation is complete, as in your suggestion? If so, it seems it would be all right to install them during installation and get it over with.
 

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You're welcome Clarence.

Unfortunately, loading drivers at boot during the installation only temporarily loads them into memory for setup to be able to see the drive. It doesn't install them into Windows 8. :(
 

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Clarence

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Hello Shawn, alias Brink I suppose. That is a bit of information I didn't know and it is good to know that. Anyway, I am pretty confident that I'll do a one-time, do it right install as soon as some screws arrive for my cooler.

I think this is about the best windows information site on the entire net, and you're the reason.

With appreciation,

Clarence
 

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You're welcome Jamboo. :)


@Clarence,

I'm sure it'll go well. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. :)
 

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whs

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Hi Shawn, I want to install Win8 on a SSD attached via eSata. I want to make sure that the Win8 BCD does not interfere with my Win7 installation but I do not want to disconnect my HDDs and SSD inside the box (too many gymnastics). What are the chances that the Win8 BCD lands on my Wiin7 OS SSD.
 

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Hello Wolfgang,

Unless you disconnect the HDDs in the case, then there's a good chance that it will be placed on your Windows 7 BCD. :(
 

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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
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whs

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Thanks Shawn, that's what I figured. Hate to crawl under the desk. That's not the kind of exercise for a 75 year old with a bad back. LOL.
 

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That's not good exercise for anyone. I think it's time to put a grand kid to use. ;)
 

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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
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    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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whs

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Yeah, would be nice. But my grandkids are 6000 miles away. I think I will use my Toshiba laptop instead. There it is easy to flip out the SSD. Unfortunately there I do not have eSata, only USB3. But I have been booting from that before with the Win8 to go. And I do have a USB3 open enclosure.
 

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Yeah, would be nice. But my grandkids are 6000 miles away. I think I will use my Toshiba laptop instead. There it is easy to flip out the SSD. Unfortunately there I do not have eSata, only USB3. But I have been booting from that before with the Win8 to go. And I do have a USB3 open enclosure.



There went that idea, but using the laptop is an even better one.
 

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    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
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whs

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Thanks Shawn for your continued support.

USB3 will be a bit slower than eSata, but I think it will still be good enough. I plan to use Win8 only for academic exercises - not as my main production system. I was doing quite well with the prereleases in vBox - it can't be any worse.
 

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PeterAstle

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I want to install Win 8 Pro on my SSD over a Win 7 installation and avoid creating the System Reserved Partition. Can you clarify step 8? Do I:
1. Delete the partition containing Win7 first
2. Format this partition so it's not unallocated
before continuing?

In the very last step, for someone whose not very savvy, what drivers am I likely to need to update? (When I installed Win 7 about 4 years ago I didn't update any drivers and the system seemed to work ok.)

Is there any advice on the forum about managing Win 8 on a small SSD? (Too small to hold all my personal files as well as Windows.)

Many thanks
 

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whs

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If you predefine a primary active partition and install into that, you should not get the seperaste system partition.
 

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Brink

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Hello Peter, and welcome to Eight Forums.

As Wolfgang posted above, since this would be dual booting, the Windows 8 installation will not create a system reserved partition since their is already an "active" Windows 7 partition.

In addition, if this is a Windows 8 upgrade copy, then see this instead.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/13375-clean-install-windows-8-upgrade.html

Hope this helps, :)
Shawn
 

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PeterAstle

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Thanks for your replies, but I don't think I have made my intentions very clear. I was wanting to do away with Win 7 completely and move over to Win 8. Just don't want that annoying System Reserved Partition to appear.
 

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Ah, ok.

In that case, could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) window first? This way we will be sure to give you accurate advice on what should be deleted.

For now, you would delete the Windows 7 partition and the "System Reservered" partition created by Windows 7 if there to leave the Windows 7 disk unallocated. You would then format the unallocated space, and select it to install Windows 8 to. Windows 8 will not create a "System Reservered" partition when installed to an already formatted drive, or a drive that already has partitions on it.
 

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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
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    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
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    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
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PeterAstle

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Here's a screenshot of disk management.
You will see that there is no System Reserved Partition - I followed some tips in Seven Forums to get rid!
C: is my SSD on which I wish to install Win 8.
I've read advice to disconnect all other drives before the installation - is this best?
 

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PeterAstle

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Not sure what happened to that screenshot - trying again!

Can't seem to get the screenshot to appear despite attaching it twice.

Anyway if you assume I have only one drive C: (SSD) as all the others will be disconnected prior to installation of Windows 8, there will be just one partition containing Windows 7 and my programs. There is no System Reserved Partition. To put it in a nutshell this is how I would like things to remain after installing Windows 8.
 

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    Intel Core i7 Haswell
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    Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD4H
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    Corsair Vengeance 16GB
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    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750ti

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