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MSI Z77A-G43 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Nice board. No frills - just what you need.
i3 3220, 2x8gb Crucial Balistix Sport 1333. Everything works fine. Z77 seems be a good chipset. i3's integrated graphics are fine. High speed SATA is great.

Cons: ClickBios II is a joke. It supposedly lets you enter the BIOS while in Windows. Takes forever to load and it's very slow. It's easier and faster to simply enter the BIOS on boot.

Other Thoughts: Cool little front panel leads doohicky lets you plug front panel pins into it and then just plug the doohicky into the MB. Clever.

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Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT8G3D1339DS1S00
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Works fine. Very stable. MB friendly 1333. Will by another pack soon and bump my computer to 32 gigs.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Over the years of building computers, I've found that keeping RAM one level below the highest non-OC supported RAM keeps everything much more stable. I run music production and stability is much more important to me than speed. Therefore, while my MB supports 1600 without OCing, I drop back to 1333 and never crash.

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Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge Dual-Core 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Desktop Processor                                                                                   Intel HD Graphics 2500 BX80637i33220
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Excellent CPU. I run music production with Windows 7-64 and Sonar 8.5. Anyone who's ever used Arturia's Moog Modular V knows how CPU intensive it is. This CPU doesn't even break a sweat. It's also a very cool CPU which means quiet fan speeds (another plus for music production.)

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Graphics are fine for non-gaming uses. Text is clear and colors true. Don't let the i3 designator fool you, this is a powerful CPU.

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Daniel A.'s Profile

Display Name: Daniel A.

Date Joined: 01/16/04

  • Reviews: 12
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 01/13/10
  • Last Review: 05/03/13
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