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Pros: The past 4 computers I've built have all used MSI boards. I stick with what works and causes me the least headaches. But, I've come to really like a lot of the features of MSI boards too that keep me coming back despite a few hiccups here and there.
I upgraded my system from a 3770K on an MSI Z77A-G45 gaming board. That was a rock solid computer and lasted me forever. This new system has the following stats:
MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon
Intel Core i7-6800K
NZXT Kraken X61
32 GB G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4 3333
SanDisk M.2 512GB SSD
WD Black 2TB 7200 RPM Drive
MSI GeForce GTX 1080
Thermaltake Core V71
This is the first system that I've liquid cooled, and the first system that I've really utilized the overclocking features built into the boards.
What I really like about this board is the physical on-board hardware overclocking feature. It's a little dial that you turn to overclock your computer to various levels. The best part is, MSI does all the work. You want to move it to a setting of 1, it will overclock the CPU, adjust the RAM frequencies for stability, and away you go. Keep turning up that setting for better overclocking. So far, I've had no issues with the overclocking--system is rock solid stable with zero cooling issues.
Cons: Ran into some trouble at first with getting the system to boot. I made certain that everything that I purchased was on the MSI list of compatible hardware, but it wouldn't post. Using past experience with similar issues I removed 3 out of 4 DIMMs and it booted right up. Got Windows 10 installed, then went back into the BIOS to do an upgrade there. Plugged in the remaining DIMM's after flashing the BIOS and had no issues.
Had the system not post once after a week without any issues--the code on the MB had something to do with the CMOS, rechecking checksum and all that. Rebooted fine and haven't had an issue since.
Other Thoughts: Running into one issue, but I'm fairly certain its not the MB that's a problem. On reboot one of my drives disappears. I doesn't disappear when the system is running, but if I reboot its missing when the system comes back. I can shut down and restart and the drive is always there. I've tried everything I can think of--dedicated power line, swapped SATA cable and ports, etc., still an issue. None of my other drives disappear so, I'm fairly certain its not the board.
Would I buy this board again, yes, yes I would.
Pros: *Built-in wireless and bluetooth
*MSI bios allows you to easily flash the bios, overclock, etc.
*All the basics that you'd want in a motherboard--M.2, SLI ready, etc.
*After flashing the BIOS, XMP worked perfectly.
Cons: *The product should have a big warning when you open the box to set up the wifi card first. Why would you have the built-in wifi card holder and bracket screw in from the back?
*Be aware that if you use an M.2, your SATA 5 and 6 are disabled. So, if you, like me, just plugged it into one of those slots because they are out of the way and not covered by your massive graphics card, you'll be scratching your head as to why the drive isn't booting.
Other Thoughts: Firestrike Score 10222:
Intel Core i7-6700 8M Skylake Quad-Core 3.4 GHz LGA 1151 65W
G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200
MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G
Crucial MX200 M.2 Type 2280SS (Single Sided) 250GB SATA 6Gbps
WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s
EVGA 220-G2-0750-XR 80 PLUS GOLD 750W
NZXT S340 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Case
This review is from: NZXT S340 Glossy Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Case
Pros: There isn't too much not to like about this case. It has thoughtful layouts, accommodating extra fans, water cooler, an out of the way spot for your PSU and hard drives, dust filters, cable management, etc.
Cons: *The screws were a pain to unscrew. Make certain you have a screw driver.
*The air filter on the bottom of the case for the PSU could have been implemented better (wrapped in plastic and locked into place with small magnets like the front one, as an example). The thing came out so many times while re-positioning the system and working on my new system.
Other Thoughts: Would buy again. Sleek, and thoughtful design. Easy to work in, nice options.READ FULL REVIEW