I took your advice

on the RAM and swapped those out.

Avoiding problems with the DOA thing was part of why I picked out the gigabyte. It's pretty well rated, at least compared to a lot of others.

Is there any difference in the 900MHz core clock on the GIGABYTE and the 850MHz on the SAPPHIRE below?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202006

I know the gigabyte is voltage locked and can have a little coil whine. I don't plan on over clocking really, but that's the only difference I saw in the two.

I cant really buy local, most places around here would have to special order parts for me.