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MSI MBOX G31M3-F Intel Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Duo Intel Socket T(LGA775) Intel G31 Intel GMA 3100 Barebone

  • Intel Socket T(LGA775)
  • Intel G31 ICH7
  • 2 x 240Pin
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General

Brand
MSI
Model
MBOX G31M3-F
Color
Black

CPU Supported

CPU Type
Intel Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Duo
CPU Socket
Intel Socket T(LGA775)
FSB
1333/1066/800/MHz

Chipset

North Bridge
Intel G31
South Bridge
ICH7

Memory Supported

Memory slot
2 x 240Pin
Memory Type Supported
DDR2 800/667
Max Memory Supported
4GB

Expansion Slots

PCI Express
1 x PCI Express x16 + 1 x PCI Express x1
PCI
2

Storage

IDE ATA
1 x ATA 100
Serial ATA
4 x SATA 3.0Gb/s

Graphics

Onboard Video
Intel GMA 3100

Audio

Onboard Audio
Realtek ALC888
Channel
8-CH

Communications

Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Extension Bays

3.5" Internal bays
4
3.5" External bays
2
5.25" External bays
4

Front Panel Ports

Front USB
2
Front Audio Ports
2 jacks

Back Panel Ports

PS/2
2
COM
1
LPT
1
VGA
1 x D-Sub
Rear USB
4
RJ45
1

Power Supply

Power Supply
ATX12V V.2.01 400W w/ 12cm fan

Packaging

Package Contents
MBOX G31M3-F
Driver Disk
User Manual
IDE/PATA Cable
SATA Cable
4-pin to SATA Power Cable
Power Cord

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  • Paul A.
  • 4/29/2009 8:32:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsMoBo Died after 2 days of use

Pros: Seemed like a nice unit for the money, Loade the system up with an Pentium D 945 1.5 gigs of DDR2-667 loaded operating system and software. All was fine.

Cons: Put on the shelf back in the box to resell and 8 months later went to start it up and no post, no nothing except fans running. Motherboard went bad. Replaced the MoBo with a MSI P4M900M2 and back in business, but lost any chance of making a profit. Hope replacement MoBo lasts longer than the first.

Other Thoughts: I have 4 of these units. Afraid to sell them. reliability doesn't seem there strong point. Power supply seems OK!

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  • Matt D.
  • 2/23/2009 5:20:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsamazing for price

Pros: up and running in >30 mins drivers installed fast everything already connected already

Cons: very flimsy metal
i can seem to get the front headphone jack to work idk prolly just me not taking of any eggs for that as its prolly somthing on my part

Other Thoughts: 2gig kingston value ram
2.5 wolfdale oc'ed to 2.889ghz
250g sata hdd
xfx geforce 9800gt 512mg 256bit ( gonna get another along with a new power supply for sli )

cost >400 great for playing cod4 at great frame rates

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  • John L.
  • 1/17/2009 7:32:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTrumendous Value

Pros: I bought this to make into a Windows Home Server. I was looking for the smallest case which would take 4 hard drives. I also wanted it to be silent. The power supply fan is very quiet, so only the case fan required a Zalman controller to temper. A Molex to SATA convert is included so you can power 3 SATA devices out of the box.

Cons: As the other reviewers have noted, the case is thin metal, and the motherboard flexes quite a bit. Take this into account when you select and install components. No big heavy heat sinks, and I would stick to low power CPUs. If you intend to put in 4 hard drives, note that the last 3.5" drive bay is blocked by the sata cables, so put all the drives in first. Using low-vibration hard drives will minimize cabinet resonance.

Other Thoughts: Celeron 430, 2GB Corsair CAS4, Cooler Master TX2 without fan (using the case fan to cool the CPU), and 4 WD WD10EACS 1TB SATA 5400 RPM drives. To support 4 drives, pick up an extra Molex to SATA converter - NewEgg has 'em.

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  • Paul G.
  • 1/9/2009 8:15:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgreat for the price

Pros: very nice feature set, lots of expandability, nice looking case. Very good value for a average system. Also find MSI's overclocking program neat (although probably not worth that much, don't know enough about overclocking to say authoritatively))

Cons: case is on the cheap side - be careful removing drive blanks or you could warp or bend the case. would like another pci slot (but cant hold that against them as I knew what it came with)

Other Thoughts: computer died, could have spent $100 fixing it (old dell optiplex 260), instead transfered my HDD and periphs to this system and spent $250 total building a much better, faster, upgradeable, and future proof machine (realitively speaking)
MSI - $110
wolfsdale 2.5 - $83
gskill 2gb stick - $20
not bad, only issue I had setting everything up was windows! couldnt activate via internet because myethernet driver wasnt installed yet, couldnt install driver because windowsxp wasnt activated !!!!!!! finally had to activate by phone, and that didnt even work! had to get live rep to correct, ughh!

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/5/2009 9:39:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCheap RAID box

Pros: Plenty of room. Power supply good enough to run 5 1T hard drives and assorted fans.

Cons: Mounting slots on the external 3.5 bays do not line up with hard drives. Only one case fan in the back with no way to mount one in front of hard drive cage.

Other Thoughts: There're 5 internal 3.5 bays not 4 as said in the spec.

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  • Joseph I.
  • 12/25/2008 5:39:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Build

Pros: Box came with all cables attached all i had to do was install CPU, Ram, Drives and go. System fired right up.

Cons: Sort of flimsy design. Very light.

Other Thoughts: Easy build for anyone trying to build their own system. Recommended A+

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  • Jonathan H.
  • 11/11/2008 5:29:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: I love this MSI barebone system! It came with all cables attached to the motherboard so all I had to do was install the CPU, RAM, drives, and go! The case is simple and lightweight with lots of space for drives and cards. It fired up right away without any issues. It supports 45nm, worked with my E5200 CPU without a bios update.

Cons: Motherboard is a bit dated, only supporting 800 Mhz bus instead of 1066 or better, but I knew that when I bought it, and cannot expect the best for only about $100 for the case, PSU, and mobo!

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  • paul g.
  • 11/4/2008 2:11:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy as pie

Pros: Assembled in 10 minutes. Everything was there. Fastest build and install I have done to date thanks to my version of XP with SP 2 slipstreamed.

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: Built with Intel Pentium E2220 Allendale 2.4GHz, Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (4 gig total)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM (love these drives)
A lite-on DVD burner, A 7 dollar floppy drive (How do they make money on these things?) and other misc parts. I bought a long floppy cable because 'stock' ones are usually too short on these boxes.

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  • Galen S.
  • 10/26/2008 11:46:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLight, Cheap, Good

Pros: Price! color and shape. Lots of room for expansion. Instructions are very thorough. All drivers were included and installation was a snap. The stock heat sink and fans included blow nice cold air - even under load.

Cons: The blue light on the front of the box is mighty bright. The VGA outlet feels pretty wobbly, be really careful and make sure it is firmly attached. There was only 1 SATA cable included, last I checked it takes more than one SATA cord to build a machine. My heat sink was a bit stubborn and the MB really flexed. Very thin metal. The Hard drive "enclosures" are a bit snug.

Other Thoughts: Other reviewers spoke about available spots for HD/DVD expansion and lack of power - you started with 380 watts (400 quoted), that is enough for 2-3 devices and no video card. If you want to add more buy a bigger PSU 500-1000W. This is no shuttle, but a very good deal for for the 775 socket and a good looking box! Make sure you slot in your Hard Drives prior to placing the SATA cord on the MB, not a big deal but a bit frustrating.

Q6600
Mushkin 6400 4GB 4-4-4-12
Seagate 640 GB 32MB cache
Samsung DVD/RW
XP - Pro

Passmark - 962.6!

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/8/2008 5:50:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsteeny psu

Pros: Already reviewed this product but wanted to add a con I just identified...

Cons: The power supply is small for the number of bays it has. I've tried every combination of on-mobo and add-on PCI SATA cards I can think of, and the most drives that will get powered is one optical and four HDDs. A shame given the case has TEN bays... if you're looking like I was to max out the box's internal capacity, either keep looking or find a replacement PSU.

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