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MSI B150M MORTAR ARCTIC LGA 1151 Intel B150 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Micro ATX Motherboards - Intel
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5 out of 5 eggs Looks great in my old white In-Win case (UPDATED descriptions +2 on the rating) Now sporting the i7-7700K, the 1.3 BIOS upgrade, and 64GB RAM 01/12/2017

This review is from: MSI B150M MORTAR ARCTIC LGA 1151 Intel B150 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Micro ATX Motherboards - Intel

Pros: It has numerous newer features for newer hardware - Samsung 950 Pro M.2 256 NVMe (MZ-V5P256BW), flawless and screams right along. 1.3 BIOS upgraded and the i7-7700K with 64GB of RAM is just disgusting with speed.

Sound is very nice - no popping or wavering sound.

Runs very well with the 6300T and the video I finally configured (see below), downright snappy

With Intel stock fan and cooler never more than 36 degrees Celsius.

UPDATE:

Used better lubrication on fan and the CPU fan is now very quiet.

Cons: Video kept flashing on screen making constant adjustments. I had an EVGA GTX 970, ended-up having to put in an "older" Radeon R9 285 I have from a build I did almost 2 years ago, by trading the 970 back to the fella I sold it to; for the R9 285 (yeah I lost out big on that deal; and the issues went away.

Had to remove two memory modules that worked together on a similar competitor's board.

Not MSI's fault, intel stock fan is the only thing that makes any noise on the machine.

UPDATE:

My apologies to MSI, the power source was dying and caused all of the issues with my video card. It has been replaced and now the machine runs well.

The memory modules had been damaged in the same surge that hurt the power source; I am replacing them later.

Friend bought a Titan video card and "gave" me my 970 back, put it on the board with new power source, flawless and almost runs as fast as the old i7 I had [for what I do which is not gaming].

Other Thoughts: I did their (Q14 - 14 question) registration at the MSI site and was supposed to get three months extended warranty instead I received an error 404 and lost the information. Basically wasted my time, and then was not able to bring the registration back.

Overall disappointed with the purchase - a combination of having to trade a perfectly good GTX 970 for my older card due to the endless flashing and problems <here on newegg> which had me emailing Newegg Tech Support about an Adobe update, the "cannot find this page" after 10 minutes of filling out their registration, and the memory chip issues means I will not be buying another product from MSI - heck, you can't even find the wireless module's mounting kit they indicate in the manual anywhere online (at least when I looked you couldn't) - I will look again later.

MSI B150M MORTAR ARCTIC LGA 1151 Intel B150

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2133 (PC4 17000) Intel Z170 Platform / Intel X99 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-2133C15D-16GVR

SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 256GB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-V5P256BW

be quiet! PURE POWER 9-CM 500W ATX 12V 80 Plus Silver Power Supply Exclusive 120mm Fan

Intel 330 Series 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SSDSC2CT240A3K5 (use for swap and data/backups)

Hardware Updates:

Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake Quad-Core 4.2 GHz LGA 1151 91W BX80677I77700K Desktop Processor

G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 64GB (4 x 16GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Intel Z170 Platform / Intel X99 Platform Desktop Memory Model F4-2400C15Q-64GVR

be quiet! DARK ROCK 3 SilentWings CPU Cooler 190W TDP

This thing SCREAMS now, I mean Jeezum Crow!!! I will say this much, putting the cooler on, which is HUGE was difficult but it was worth it.



UPDATE:

I didn't need the extended warranty after all, when I looked a few days ago, the extended warranty had been added.

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be quiet! STRAIGHT POWER 10 700W ATX 12V 80 Plus Gold Modular SLI/CrossFireX Power Supply SilentWings 3 Fan Ultra Silent
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Well packaged, quiet, auto voltage selection.

Cons: A little more pricey than I believe it should be but not a minus

Other Thoughts: I would recommend for a silent and steady build. Never falters with voltages/wattages.

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4 out of 5 eggs Good basic case 08/07/2016

This review is from: Fractal Design Core 2300 Black Compact ATX Midtower Computer Case

Pros: Nice appearance
Parts fit and are not "too" flimsy
Excellent air flow

Cons: The USB 3 mainboard blue-connector came apart
Orientation of drives not convenient (not really a con if you don't mess with your cabling too often)
Pulls in a lot of dust on both sides of the faceplate where the fans pull in air.

Other Thoughts: I did not get it on Newegg but have been a Newegg customer over 13 years. I do not use water cooling but a gamer friend does and his case with the combined air keeps everything cool enough to run his games and do it quietly.

4 stars because I set the internal USB 3.0 connector and when opening the rig a few months I noticed it had come apart, this was the source of USB issues which caused me to lose homework which I had to retype. Luckily my mobile phone has a camera.

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Display Name: Michael L.

Date Joined: 02/24/05

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  • First Review: 08/04/08
  • Last Review: 01/12/17
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