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MSI 880GMA-E55 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: The core unlocker works. It took my AMD 555 Black edition CPU to a quad core without a problem. It's a stable board and it works.

Cons: This board has a built in Radeon 4250 graphics board. The HDMI only puts out to my plasma TV a signal of something like 720 X 480. It says that it's in 32 bit mode, but it looks like 8 bit graphics mode. I get like 1080 x 720 from the PS/2 plug to the PC input on the TV. So don't buy it for the built in Radeon 4250 like I did. Get a board without a graphics card and add a card that works.
MSI had a driver on their site to let you get sound through your HDMI cable, but it didn't work for me.
Speaking of drivers. The driver CD was not very good at all. Download all the drivers from the web site.

Other Thoughts: I bought it also for the 6gb SATA and the USB 3.0 ports. Thinking that it will last into the future. I'm sure it's a fine board for all uses except an HTPC. If I had to do it over again, I'd probably try to find the same board without the built in graphics card and use the money I saved to buy a separate graphics card.

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AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto Dual-Core 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Desktop Processor - C3 Revision HDZ555WFGMBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I've been reading about this CPU for a while now and how the extra cores were unlockable. So I bought this CPU and an MSI board that had the core unlocker feature. It worked! The board unlocked the extra cores but as soon as it did, the heatsink fan went from very quiet to very loud.

Cons: Not a big enough heatsink for unlocking and overclocking. AMD should know that people only buy the "Black Edition" CPUs to over power them, so they should know to put a bigger heatsink that can handle the extra loads. I can't use these high power features until I buy a bigger heatsink.

Other Thoughts: I probably shouldn't have bought this CPU in the first place. I was trying to do an inexpensive but nice HTPC and an HTPC really doesn't need a quad core running at 4.0ghz. I think it was just a guy/nerd ego thing to buy this CPU.

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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Put these into my HTPC build and I haven't had a bit of problems out of them. They're fast and cool.

Cons: None

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Display Name: David K.

Date Joined: 08/12/04

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  • First Review: 09/01/08
  • Last Review: 04/17/11
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