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Gustavius99

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I have new computer I built myself. The mobo failed due to ESD supplied by me.
Now I have several new hardware items and an upgraded mobo almost ready to install.
I upgraded the mobo from a Asrock 970 to Asrock 990 because the CPU is 8 core Radeon
8320.
Now my question is, after spending all this $$, I'm looking at my OS which is Windows 8.1 home
64 bit oem. Do I now have to buy a new Windows OS because the copy I have now cannot be reinstalled
due to it's oem gender?
I know the answer but will love to hear some of you comment on this.
If there is some way I could reinstall my Windows like maybe with a phone call to them
this would save me $100 plus shipping, meaning I will have spent upwards of $250 on
operating systems lately, oh I should've got the retail version orginally but I never dreamed
I would be frying the mobo.

Thanks for reading this, sorry for awkward typing, using little tablet due to dead desktop.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 64 bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home build, Case is Corsair Carbide Spec 02
    CPU
    AMD FX 8320 8 core CPU
    Motherboard
    ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0
    Memory
    Team Group Zeus overclockable 16Gb, 4x4Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire Radeon R9 280X x2
    Sound Card
    Several audio adapters
    Monitor(s) Displays
    BenQ 27" x2
    Screen Resolution
    1920x 1080P
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 850 Evo 500Gb,
    WD 1Tb 7200 rpm internal HDD,
    WD My Book Essential 1Tb 7200 external backup drive USB 3.0,
    Pioneer Electronics Blu Ray Combo Drive.
    PSU
    EVGA 850W B2 Modular
    Case
    Corsair Carbide Spec 02
    Cooling
    Stock AMD downblowing heatsink and fan
    Keyboard
    Steelseries mechanical cherry red keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX518
    Internet Speed
    Comcast Xfinity 100- 150Mps
    Browser
    IE 11, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton Security Suite

genet

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo G580
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-3230M
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, standard user account
    Other Info
    UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key.

KYHI

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Unfortunately, OEM Keys are not transferrable..
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 8700
    CPU
    I7
    Memory
    24 GB

genet

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Unfortunately, OEM Keys are not transferrable..

http://www.eightforums.com/general-support/10837-windows-8-eula.html

MICROSOFT SOFTWARE LICENSE AGREEMENT

for

Windows 8 System Builder Product--Personal Use License



Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. To make that transfer, you must transfer the original media, the certificate of authenticity, the product key and the proof of purchase directly to that other person, without retaining any copies of the software. You may use the backup copy we allow you to make or the media that the software came on to transfer the software. Anytime you transfer the software to a new computer, you must remove the software from the prior computer. You may not transfer the software to share licenses between computers. You may transfer Get Genuine Windows software, Pro Pack or Media Center Pack software only together with the licensed Computer.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo G580
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-3230M
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, standard user account
    Other Info
    UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key.

RolandJS

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I thought replacement mobo is not the same as moving to another computer; did I misunderstand?
I understand one has to jump thru some phone hoops to get reActivated, correct?
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    2 Acers & 1 Antec[?]
    CPU
    i7 in 2 Acers, i5 in desktop
    Motherboard
    Desktop w/Gigabyte
    Memory
    Two w/16GB, 1 w/8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Laptops GameWorthy; Desktop maybe GameWorthy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    flatscreens; 2 are BluRay worthy
    Screen Resolution
    1368x768; 1600x900
    Hard Drives
    1TB internals; 2 ext usb WD 1TB HDs
    PSU
    what's PSU?
    Cooling
    Regular plus external fans
    Keyboard
    desktio w/PS2
    Mouse
    desktop w/PS2
    Internet Speed
    DSL middle level [160?]
    Browser
    from Netscape 0.9 to FF 36
    Antivirus
    well-balanced, well-configured mult-layered defense is best
    Other Info
    From MS-DOS 3.3, MS-DOS 6.22, from Windows 3.1 to WFW 3.11 to Windows 95-98SE, now to Windows 7 Pro.
    Security for now: Windows 7 Firewall, Emsisoft AM, MSE [scan-only], SpywareBlaster, Ruiware/BillP combine

popeye

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The motherboard pretty much is the computer.

Was the OEM key on the chip of the motherboard that failed?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer V3 771G-6443
    CPU
    i5-3230m
    Motherboard
    Acer VA70_HC (U3E1)
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 (800 MHz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    HD4000 + GeForce GT 730M
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" Generic PnP Display on Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900 pixels
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250 GB
    ADATA SSD SP900 128GB
    PSU
    90 watt brick
    Mouse
    Bluetooth
    Antivirus
    Comodo
    Other Info
    Asus RT-AC56R dual-band WRT router (Merlin firmware). Intel 7260.HMWWB.R dual-band ac wireless adapter.

Berton

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Yep, my experience is that a new motherboard usually is identified as a different computer from what the OEM version was installed on, maybe even the CPU is involved. Generally changing the ODD, RAM and Power Supply doesn't cause the need for re-activation. Changing the HDD may cause an issue if any hidden identification pointers are lost. The Retail version usually can be installed upon a Replacement computer but can't be on both at the same time.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    WinXP, WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Linux Mint 20
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    2 Customs and 12 OEM/Brands
    CPU
    AMD and Intel

Gustavius99

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motherboard pretty is the computer.

Was the OEM key on the chip of the motherboard that failed?

I purchased windows oem from amazon and installed myself, disc and key.
System was running fine.
Several months later I installed new psu, ssd, ram and graphics card onto the asrock 970
board. When I powered on... nothing. No flicker of life at all. I tested all parts, no power
coming from mobo.
I'm assuming I esd shorted out the mobo considering I was handling everything with
no esd protection.
I think if I was to install exact same model, make mobo windows would fire up right where
I left off. Of course all the new hardware would be fighting for internet access for their
drivers.
The cpu is amd fx 8320 and it was pushing the 970 board. I dont oc or game on pc's but
anyway, if I buy another asrock 970 I should be okay with windows already installed on
hdd?
Or I could install new mobo, all new hardware I mentioned earlier, disconect hdd (where c
partion, os, is located) and then clean install new windows oem on brand new ssd get
everything running then connect hdd and wipe it.
So much work and expense and time compared to just buying replacement asrock 970
board.
Any comments on this?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 64 bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home build, Case is Corsair Carbide Spec 02
    CPU
    AMD FX 8320 8 core CPU
    Motherboard
    ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0
    Memory
    Team Group Zeus overclockable 16Gb, 4x4Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire Radeon R9 280X x2
    Sound Card
    Several audio adapters
    Monitor(s) Displays
    BenQ 27" x2
    Screen Resolution
    1920x 1080P
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 850 Evo 500Gb,
    WD 1Tb 7200 rpm internal HDD,
    WD My Book Essential 1Tb 7200 external backup drive USB 3.0,
    Pioneer Electronics Blu Ray Combo Drive.
    PSU
    EVGA 850W B2 Modular
    Case
    Corsair Carbide Spec 02
    Cooling
    Stock AMD downblowing heatsink and fan
    Keyboard
    Steelseries mechanical cherry red keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX518
    Internet Speed
    Comcast Xfinity 100- 150Mps
    Browser
    IE 11, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton Security Suite

Superfly

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You shouldn't worry about transferring the System Builder licence... replacing the same make mobo makes no difference as it will have a new hardware ID and is not related to the previous installation/activation- you can thus add any new hardware.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    PC-DOS v1.0
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    IBM
    CPU
    Intel 8088, 4.77MHz
    Memory
    16K, 640K max
    Graphics Card(s)
    What's that?
    Sound Card
    Not quite
    Screen Resolution
    80 X 24 text
    Hard Drives
    dual 160KB 5.25-inch disk drives

popeye

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Since you have disc and key, shouldn't be a problem.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer V3 771G-6443
    CPU
    i5-3230m
    Motherboard
    Acer VA70_HC (U3E1)
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 (800 MHz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    HD4000 + GeForce GT 730M
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" Generic PnP Display on Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900 pixels
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250 GB
    ADATA SSD SP900 128GB
    PSU
    90 watt brick
    Mouse
    Bluetooth
    Antivirus
    Comodo
    Other Info
    Asus RT-AC56R dual-band WRT router (Merlin firmware). Intel 7260.HMWWB.R dual-band ac wireless adapter.

Gustavius99

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I have disc in cardboard sleeve with coa sticker and product key. (Windows 8.1 64 bit OEM version).
After reading all above information, can someone tell me what will happen if install all
new parts and power on computer?
Remember, I have (or had, I should say), a full running system with many apps and personal
settings running before I installed new psu, ssd, ram and graphics then fried mobo before
new hardware was integrated into system.
Now when I simply install new mobo, which basically gives me a copletely new, upgraded
system except original hdd with all previous partitions and data is still there.
So..... When I turn computer on.... What will it do?
Looking for any comments you all may have.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 64 bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home build, Case is Corsair Carbide Spec 02
    CPU
    AMD FX 8320 8 core CPU
    Motherboard
    ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0
    Memory
    Team Group Zeus overclockable 16Gb, 4x4Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire Radeon R9 280X x2
    Sound Card
    Several audio adapters
    Monitor(s) Displays
    BenQ 27" x2
    Screen Resolution
    1920x 1080P
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 850 Evo 500Gb,
    WD 1Tb 7200 rpm internal HDD,
    WD My Book Essential 1Tb 7200 external backup drive USB 3.0,
    Pioneer Electronics Blu Ray Combo Drive.
    PSU
    EVGA 850W B2 Modular
    Case
    Corsair Carbide Spec 02
    Cooling
    Stock AMD downblowing heatsink and fan
    Keyboard
    Steelseries mechanical cherry red keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX518
    Internet Speed
    Comcast Xfinity 100- 150Mps
    Browser
    IE 11, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton Security Suite

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Gateway
    CPU
    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
    Motherboard
    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
    Memory
    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio USB Audio Device
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Name 1950W on AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x76
    Screen Resolution
    Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x768 pixels
    Hard Drives
    AMD K140
    Cores 2
    Threads 2
    Name AMD K140
    Package Socket FT1 BGA
    Technology 40nm
    Specification AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon HD Graphics
    Family F
    Extended Family 14
    Model 2
    Extended Model 2
    Stepping 0
    Revision ON-C0
    Instruction
    Browser
    Opera 24.0
    Antivirus
    Avast Internet Security

genet

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If there is some way I could reinstall my Windows like maybe with a phone call to them

Quote from this post:

If your Windows is activated successfully, you will not see Activate Windows in the PC Settings.

51996d1390504818-windows-8-pro-license-transfer-new-windows-8-1-computer-activate-windows-1.png


The activation page shows the following message (see screenshot below):

This product key is being used on another PC. Please try a different key.

Note: Click on the Call support option (see screenshot below).

Note: The activation robot asks you how many PC's you have installed Windows on. The correct answer is number 1.

 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo G580
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-3230M
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, standard user account
    Other Info
    UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key.

KYHI

Well-Known Member
Pro User
Windows system builder licensing for personal use

“If you are building a system for your personal use or installing an additional operating system in a virtual machine, you will need to purchase Windows 8 software or a Microsoft retail version of Windows 8.1 software. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 system builder software does not permit personal use, and is intended only for preinstallation on customer systems that will be sold to end users.”


View attachment 59582

All MS can say is NO, we will not transfer the Product Key, So it doesn't hurt to try..
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 8700
    CPU
    I7
    Memory
    24 GB

genet

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Amazon.com: Windows 8.1 System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit
Amazon.com: Windows 8.1 Pro System Builder OEM DVD 64-Bit

This is a really fun thing.

Microsoft is Misleading Consumers With Windows 8.1 System Builder Licensing

At the time, Microsoft announced they’d be removing System Builder copies of Windows from typical consumer retail channels — computer stores and online retailers like Amazon and Newegg. In fact, press reported that Microsoft was killing the “System Builder” copies of Windows so everyone could just buy the standard retail copies. In September 2013, TechCrunch reported that:
“Microsoft is shifting gravity away from System Builder builds except for OEM partners and others that buy its operating system in bulk from distribution partners.”
However, it’s now more than a year later and you can still find System Builder copies of Windows 8.1 near the top of Amazon and Newegg when you go to buy a copy of the latest version of Windows for your new PC. People are clearly buying these. In fact, the System Builder copy of Windows 8.1 Pro is $46 cheaper than the standard retail copy of Windows 8.1 Pro on Amazon.com right now. People are clearly buying these system builder licenses for personal use. The licensing information on sites like Amazon and Newegg doesn’t clearly say “YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BUY THIS FOR YOUR OWN PC” — that’s what it should say if Microsoft is serious about enforcing their license agreement.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo G580
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-3230M
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, standard user account
    Other Info
    UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key.

m4v3r1ck

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Call M$ License Support

I had a bootcamped Windows 8 Pro x64 OEM on my (then broken) MP 3.1 (2008). I upgraded to a MP 5.1 (2012) and moved my Windows 8 Pro x64 Samsung 840 EVO 500GB to it. And yes of course the product key was revoked because of all changed hardware, so it killed my licensed product key.

I called M$ and explained my situation and disappointment having to buy another productkey. While on the phone the very kind call centre girl checked my credentials and gave me a new activation key. All went well and after entering the new key my Windows 8 license was activated again.

So, in spite of all written agreements shown in this thread, just take the plunge and call M$ and explain your situation. I'm sure they will help you out!

GL & Cheers
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Apple Mac Pro 5.1 (2012)
    CPU
    DODECA @ 2.66 GHz
    Motherboard
    MP 5.1
    Memory
    24 GB @ 1333 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GTX-670-4GB-FTW-PC & ATI XT 2600 HD Mac
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 840 EVO's 500GB @ Apricorn Velocity DUO x2 PCIe
    Case
    The most beautiful IMHO
    Keyboard
    Wired
    Mouse
    Mighty Mouse
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security Pro

Gustavius99

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Reinstall Windows 8.1 OEM personal experience....

Okay, there was some interest here in reinstalling Windows 8.1 OEM after upgrading- installing new hardware. I have recently accomplished this and can offer first hand information on what happens and what to expect.
I recently installed new motherboard, graphics card, power supply, RAM, blu-ray combo drive and new Samsung Evo 850 SSD. This basically gave me a new much more powerful system.
And the OS?
Well my new motherboard is a ASUS Sabertooth 990 FX, the CPU is a AMD FX 8320 and I left the old HDD in place with the new SSD installed.
When I powered on the first time it just loaded Windows (with all my apps and settings in place) from the HDD, then started loading drivers. Windows Update had many drivers for the system. After all was finished, I had my previous OS with all the previous apps and settings in place like nothing ever happened.
However, when I checked the OS, it was Not activated.
It showed two phone numbers to call for activation.
I called the first number and five minutes later my OS was activated in my new system, free of charge.
So Windows 8.1 OEM Can be used multiple times even after changing most or all system hardware.
Now I had a new Samsung 850 Evo SSD sitting with no data installed.
Samsung Data Migration to the rescue. I installed this, two mouse clicks and 10 minutes later all data and OS was transferred to the new SSD.
System now boots from cold start in 30 seconds or less.
Reboots in 10 seconds.
Point here being: Yes you can reinstall Windows 8.1 OEM for free after system hardware upgrades.
I had inquired about this in an earlier post and the replies were all over the map.
I reposted my new system specs after writing this post today. May 03, 2015.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 64 bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home build, Case is Corsair Carbide Spec 02
    CPU
    AMD FX 8320 8 core CPU
    Motherboard
    ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0
    Memory
    Team Group Zeus overclockable 16Gb, 4x4Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire Radeon R9 280X x2
    Sound Card
    Several audio adapters
    Monitor(s) Displays
    BenQ 27" x2
    Screen Resolution
    1920x 1080P
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 850 Evo 500Gb,
    WD 1Tb 7200 rpm internal HDD,
    WD My Book Essential 1Tb 7200 external backup drive USB 3.0,
    Pioneer Electronics Blu Ray Combo Drive.
    PSU
    EVGA 850W B2 Modular
    Case
    Corsair Carbide Spec 02
    Cooling
    Stock AMD downblowing heatsink and fan
    Keyboard
    Steelseries mechanical cherry red keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX518
    Internet Speed
    Comcast Xfinity 100- 150Mps
    Browser
    IE 11, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton Security Suite

Anshad Edavana

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Point here being: Yes you can reinstall Windows 8.1 OEM for free after system hardware upgrades.

Actually not. OEM license is bound to motherboard and that's why Windows deactivated itself when it detected that the motherboard is changed. At this point automatic internet activation won't work and you will get an option to use phone activation ( as you received ). Sometimes the phone activation will work and most of the time it won't. It worked for you doesn't means it will work for everyone. MS has no legal obligation to activate an OEM copy if the MoBo is changed.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 7

Gustavius99

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Many things have changed since I first began this post.
I'm in it for the trial and error education.
I love what personal computers have become.
Hardware plus software, bang, you have a system.
Once you have your system the possibilities are endless.
No matter how powerful you think your system is, there is always another hardware device, another piece of software you don't have.
Eventually, your red hot system is yesterdays news.
And you must start all over with a new build.
And yet we all think we have the future proof rig. The final answer to any possible upgrades.
At least for today.
I love this game.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 64 bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home build, Case is Corsair Carbide Spec 02
    CPU
    AMD FX 8320 8 core CPU
    Motherboard
    ASUS SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0
    Memory
    Team Group Zeus overclockable 16Gb, 4x4Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire Radeon R9 280X x2
    Sound Card
    Several audio adapters
    Monitor(s) Displays
    BenQ 27" x2
    Screen Resolution
    1920x 1080P
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 850 Evo 500Gb,
    WD 1Tb 7200 rpm internal HDD,
    WD My Book Essential 1Tb 7200 external backup drive USB 3.0,
    Pioneer Electronics Blu Ray Combo Drive.
    PSU
    EVGA 850W B2 Modular
    Case
    Corsair Carbide Spec 02
    Cooling
    Stock AMD downblowing heatsink and fan
    Keyboard
    Steelseries mechanical cherry red keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX518
    Internet Speed
    Comcast Xfinity 100- 150Mps
    Browser
    IE 11, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Norton Security Suite

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