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EVGA 04G-P4-2768-KR GeForce GTX 760 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support SC 4GB w/ EVGA ACX Cooler Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Gameplay is smooth, no coil whine, no fan ticking, games look awesome.

Cons: none

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-4GBXM
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month
MSI Z87-G45 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Pro Gaming with Killer Networking & Sound Blaster Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It looks awesome, and has a dragon. They did an excellent job in designing the looks of this board. I also like the layout.

Cons: After having to RMA the first one (went smoothly, thanks NewEgg) because it was DOA, and now battling the replacement board, I honestly gotta say this board isn't very good.

Since receiving the RMA replacement board, I've had problems for two days trying to get it to post; it wouldn't. Swapped out all the new hardware with known working parts (confirmed the brand new parts to be functional by installing them into another computer), MoBo still refused to post. Eventually succeeded by unplugging everything from the board and then putting it all back in, one part at a time & rebooting, until if finally posted. Finally able to post, I set the BIOS adjustments and then booted into Windows.

Upon trying to install the drivers off the Diver CD, it seems the CD is empty. It's got the categories (Drivers, Utilities, Total Installer, etc), but you can't actually access them. They are "greyed out" and non-clickable. So the CD is useless. Using another computer, I downloaded all the drivers and BIOS updates from MSI's website and put them onto a USB 2.0 thumbdrive. Tried to install them onto the new computer via the thumbdrive, but they still wouldn't install (errors or non-responsive to attempts to run/install them). This particular thumbdrive works excellent and reliably, so it's not at fault. So it seems the drivers are also useless, like the CD.

Other Thoughts: I gotta say, I'm highly disappointed. This was supposed to be a birthday present to my fiance. I've never had this much trouble with a motherboard. My own MSI z77a-g45 Thunderbolt board went together with only a single issue, and that was Windows7 refusing to use the installed ethernet driver at first.

Avoid this board. Buy a different one instead. I'm considering cutting my losses and just buying a different board after I try replacing the (known to be good & functional) DVD ROM drive with a brand new one. That's the last thing I haven't tried yet. If that "fixes" things, fine. If not, this board is going in the trash. Either way, I suggest you all avoid this motherboard. Not worth the headache, time, or effort.

Sorry MSI, you guys failed on these Gaming boards. Your dragon and board layout rocks, but the hardware and software fails.


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Date Joined: 02/13/13

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  • First Review: 02/26/13
  • Last Review: 01/14/14
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