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Old October 25, 2012, 12:11 PM
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I think that these parts would be a little better choice:

ASUS M5A97 R2.0 - $94.99 - same chipset as the Gigabyte board, but I think a much nicer board
G.SKILL Ripjaws 1600MHZ 2x4GB DDR3 Memory - $34.99

Total: $129.99 - better price, better products.

One key way the M5A97 R2.0 is better than the Gigabyte is the inclusion of an internal USB 3.0 header.

It also has an 8-pin CPU power connector (vs 4-pin on the Gigabyte) and an arguably better VRM heatsink
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