Well the open box is on its way and covered by warranty here...it was opened at the webshop/warehouse to make sure nothing is missing. Great deal! Then even better, found (AFTER I bought the e5-2620 of course) a couple of china-sourced QA8X for 600 bucks including shipping
Now of course they have to work, not be confiscated by customs etc, and I'll probably have to pay 25% VAT on top....but here they go for 22000 nok/3714 usd a pair, pretty much the cost of my entire build!
Mobo arriving today, don't suppose there's anyway of determining the BIOS version from the cmos chip or the packaging? Will probably pick up some programmed extra chips with various earlier bios versions, can be had for 8-9 euros. Anyone with a stable build and qa8x's? What bios version?
Rest will come in drips and drabs..
Obsidian 900d (need to tap holes, remove some standoffs)
2xWD 3TB Green
2x Samsung 840 250GB ssd in raid 0 for OS and 3d programs
2x el cheapo kingston 64gb ssd for caching
(4x8gb) CORSAIR 32GB DDR3 1866 Q/KIT VENGEANCE
2x corsair h80i
corsair 1200 ax gold (hope this works, some peps have had success, others not)
zotac 770 gtx 4gb (basically a 680/keplar 104, hope it works)
Total build cost will be around 4000 usd iff I can flog/return the xeon 2620 - super stoked!
Oh yeah...what are the chances a customs officer recognizes an ES chip? With 'intel conf...' stamped on it? Haven't heard of a buyer yet being penalized, but you never know. And please no lectures, intel makes enough moola...I don't feel sorry for monopolists..
What a change from a lowly albeit i7 laptop!Edited by squidman - 7/31/13 at 7:07am