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This review is from: MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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.READ FULL REVIEW
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.READ FULL REVIEW
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.READ FULL REVIEW