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MSI Z97S SLI Plus LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI 8 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Looks amazing
Has large heatsinks over every power phase mosfet for overclocking
support haswell out of the box
Supports sli and crossfire
Easy to use bios
better than the MSI Z97 U3+

Cons: Odd front panel pin placement on board (read other thoughts)

Other Thoughts: I love this board but what caught me by surprise was the strange placement of the front panel connection pins, they were on the bottom left of the motherboard causing me to have to stretch the front panel wiring over top the motherboard causing my windowed case pc to look ugly. Also something else thats is odd is that this motherboard is better than the more expensive MSI Z97 U3+ which doesnt even support sli and has less features.

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RAIDMAX Vortex ATX-403WB Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Light
fits a 160mm cooler easily
compact
good features for the price

Cons: too small!
front panel hookup wires are too short
Zero cable management! (read Other thoughts)
faulty door hinge

Other Thoughts: OK so i bought this case thinking it was going to work great for my second gaming PC build, but the case is much much smaller in person, i would not recommend this motherboard if you are installing a full atx motherboard and here's why, Reason #1: The front panel wiring is so short that it was nearly impossible to connect them to the motherboard. Reason#2: The power supply is such a tight fit that the top of it was blocking half the row of pins on the motherboard, including the usb 3.0 which cannot be plugged in. so if you have a bottom plug usb 3.0 header i would not recommend this case, Reason #3: There is literally no cable management whatsoever because even though the back-plate is designed for cable management, i could not even get the back panel on the case with even the most tidy cable management i could do. i was forced to put the bundle of cables underneath the hard drive in the bottom cage.

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GIGABYTE GV-N970WF3OC-4GD GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready G-SYNC Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Maxes out every game easily
Larger cooler allows for higher overclocking
uses half the power my old 7870 used
quiet

Cons: Its very large!
sags a little in my case

Other Thoughts: This is an absolute beast of a GPU, i can max out every single game with no sweat. The GPU is dead silent even when running crysis 3 on max settings. But i would recommend you put some kind of support under the gpu to prevent it from sagging and potentially breaking the gpu. I also read that other reviewers are having the same issue. This GPU is huge! i had to remove my center hard drive cage just for it to fit, so be sure you measure your case before buying!

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Samuel W.'s Profile

Display Name: Samuel W.

Date Joined: 06/22/13

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 10/18/13
  • Last Review: 01/08/15
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