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MSI B150M Mortar LGA 1151 Intel B150 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs High Quality "Budget Board" 02/23/2016

This review is from: MSI B150M Mortar LGA 1151 Intel B150 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Reinforced(MSI Armor) PCI slot, some red lighting effects on the back of the Mobo, gaming specific board.

If your looking for a high quality product for a budget gaming build this is it. I bought this because I don't over clock and I didn't need to put multiple drives in a Raid 0 configuration. Only thing that is a let down is not being able to use DDR4 ram faster then 2133 but in my opinion that isn't s worthy of a CON. My main reason in the end for this board was the reinforced pci slot. In my old z87 micro MSI board my 970 started to sag bad after having it in there since its release and I didn't want to have another board that over time gives way to the weight of my gpu.

I'd recommend this for anybody that's looking for a nice budget friendly gaming build.

Cons: Not Enough Fan headers. Two fan headers one CPU, I knew this buying the board so I planned accordingly and got two fan splitters for my case.

Other Thoughts: In the end great price great quality. For it being the b150 chipset you get a lot of features if your not trying to over clock, put drives in raid 0.

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EVGA GeForce GTX 970 04G-P4-3975-KR 4GB SSC GAMING w/ACX 2.0+, Whisper Silent Cooling Graphics Card
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 1. 256 Bit Bus
2. 4GB (3.5gb Really) DDR5 VRAM
3. Tri-SLI Capable

I can not say enough about this card. I bought the EVGA 750 Ti FTW Edition when it came out to see how the new Maxwell chip would be and it was great, I did what I needed for my system and I was planning on getting a 960 when it came out. I got a little impatient at the time waiting on the 960 and not knowing if there would be Ti version of the 960 of maybe a 965 Ti. So I decided to drop the extra 130 to "future proof" my system for a couple of more years. It was worth the extra cash, I have been switching over to more and more PC games as time has gone on and this card will handle it all. The part I like is comparing it to GTX 780 on GPUBoss.com you can see that it only a 1% slower in some test then a 780 and even more power efficient then that beast. In another year I plan on getting a second one of these to SLI.

Cons: The only con that exists with 970 series as a whole is the fact that it is not truly a 4GB card. Yes there are 4GB on the card NO you don't use all of it for gaming. Affectively its a 3.5GB card, 3.5 is used for your gaming and editing etc and the .5GB are a reserve memory usage that runs at a slower speed. There are custom made bios out there for this card that allow access to the .5GB not in use but IT WILL NERF YOUR CARD! Making it slow and brining the gaming performance down so don't go that route. But one does one expect when the 970 card is using the SAME chip as the flagship 980 they have to cut performance somewhere in order for it not to be the same card.

Other Thoughts: In all this car is worth the 300 price tag, NVIDIA has been taking a lot of flak for this card lately so prices have come down and only will some more once AMD launches there next series of GPU's here in the next couple of months. If you looking to jump up and can afford it go for it espically if you don't want change GTX (series #)60 cards every year to two.

MSI Z87-M Gaming Mobo (Bios Updated to handle haswell refresh and new broadwell cpu)
Intel i5-4670 (plan on using new broadwell CPU when release since it will be the same 1150 socket)
16GB (4x4GB) 1866MHz
EVGA 970 SSC GPU
240 SSD
4 TB HHD
750 Watt PSU

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MSI Z87M GAMING LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - UFEI Bios is a breeze to use and operate.
- Terrific for over-clocking
- Able to SLI/CrossFire
- Looks great!

Cons: My only complaint is the MSI live update utility program, after i installed it I could never bring it up to see what was in need of updating even though it was running. This was fixed by uninstalling and re-installing it.

Other Thoughts: On another not I learned the hard way about updating the bios, even the MSI customer rep asked why I would ever do that if it was working fine. Long story short I updated it aka flashed it in windows and got the blue screen of death and locked the bios out. Removing the cmos battery and even shorting it with the jumpers it didn't reset it the original ones.

Called newegg they were glad to either RMA the board or due a refund so i could just buy a new board and get it faster while I waited for the refund. Sending the board out tomorrow and already purchased a new one.

Let me re-iterate that this was not a hardware failure from the board, this was the cause of a stupid user! It's an AMAZING board for the price and looks awesome in my case, I have recommended to several people I work with that are building gaming pieces.

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BRADLEY W.'s Profile

Display Name: BRADLEY W.

Date Joined: 10/01/13

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 11/09/13
  • Last Review: 02/23/16
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