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G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Stable and inexpensive

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Works great with an MSI H81M-P33 mobo and i5 4460 processor for a very inexpensive home server build. No issues whatsoever.

MSI H81M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Very inexpensive
- Shipped with updated v1.8 BIOS (high enough to boot an i5 4460 without needing an update)
- Tiny footprint
- Easy installation

Cons: None - just make sure the expansion slots, SATA (cables and ports), and other connectivity options are enough to meet your needs. I miscounted my drives and ended up having to leave out my optical drive because the board only has 4 SATA slots and I needed all 4 for my HDs (totally my fault).

Other Thoughts: Booted up immediately with an i5-4460 and 8GB of GSKILL Ripjaw X RAM. Using for a small Microsoft Windows Server 2012R2 build that was on i7/X58, and dreaded having to reinstall OS and did not have a lot of time. I figured I would just move the HD over and try to boot without reinstalling OS, and after installing new drivers the OS works just fine (did have to reactivate OS and Office though). I may reinstall anyway when I have time just to make sure I am not leaving any performance on the table. Seems to be working just fine though. No issues streaming 1080P content, copying large files, etc. over my wired Gigabit LAN.

For under $50, you can't beat this board. It doesn't have all of the bells and whistles of more expensive boards, but so far it has been very reliable and more than adequate for my needs. This is my 2nd MSI board (also own a X79A-GD45 plus) and both boards are working great.

Intel Core i5-4460 Haswell Quad-Core 3.2GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54460 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Runs nice and cool
Not overly expensive

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Debated this vs an G3258 but glad I did this. Runs great with an MSI H81M-P33 mobo with 8GB of RAM for a cheap home server build. Not a gaming machine so integrated graphics with stock cooler work great, and if I ever decide to pop a graphics card in for gaming the speed of the processor should still suffice. I'd probably get an aftermarket cooler at that point too. Very pleased with my purchase.


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Display Name: Michael W.

Date Joined: 08/04/03

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  • First Review: 06/09/05
  • Last Review: 02/17/15
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