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MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Affordable. Lots of great features. Fast, wicked easy set up.

Cons: Used the MSI update tool (from their website) to update my system... then it complained there was no valid driver for the NIC and wouldn't let me install a new one. Removed NIC from device manager, rebooted, redetected card, installed latest driver. Works, but it now has a funky card name (but it did detect it as a generic Qualcomm card during set up).

Other Thoughts: This is my first MSI board. I typically have used EVGA or ASUS boards. However, this board is beautiful and the set up was the easiest I've ever had when building a new rig. Definitely recommend.

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XFX Double D FX-787A-CDFC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: This card replaced two HD 5870's that were beginning to die on me. The card is a slight step up, more memory, faster clock speeds, and I think the best feature... its only 9.5" long so installation is a snap.

Cons: None yet.

Other Thoughts: I think its a good mid-grade card. If I had to do it again I might for one level up and get the 3 GB card instead since its only about another $100 more.

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ASUS G74 Series G74SX-A1 Notebook Intel Core i7 2630QM (2.00GHz) 12GB Memory 1.5TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 17.3
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Simply beautiful. Bright sharp display and very comfortable keyboard.
-Super quiet. Even under full load for hours.
-Not just for gaming, this thing runs multiple VM's with ease.

Cons: -Wow this thing is big. Had to have a custom bag made at Timbuk2 to carry it, and even then it just fits in... Yes it comes with a bag, but its fugly.
-Some bloatware. Took a little while to go through and get rid of all the junk that was installed by default.

Other Thoughts: This is the first laptop I have ever personally owned. It was a toss up between MSI and Asus as a brand choice. Every review on the MSI laptops basically said that there were keyboard issues. Asus made me weary with reviews of horrible support issues. Well, I think I made the right choice, I'm loving this system, and its so nice to have a mobile workstation that can meet my needs.

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Mark D.'s Profile

Display Name: Mark D.

Date Joined: 02/16/10

  • Reviews: 4
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 08/19/10
  • Last Review: 11/18/13
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
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