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MSI H87-G43 LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX High Performance CF Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Well laid out, plenty of fan pinouts, sturdy, had everything I was looking for. Paired with a fixed clock i5 and I have no need to overclock because it flies.

Cons: awkward SATA connectors (x4), video problem trying to use integrated graphics through DVI output port. I had to reboot constantly in order to get a video signal to my monitor, even after updating BIOS, video drivers, swapping memory and power supply. Finally resolved by installing a separate graphics card.

Other Thoughts: A nice card for the price, although I am a little disappointed in the integrated graphics performance. I had hoped to use the Intel graphics while setting up the machine, at least, but having to reset after every cold restart was a royal pain.

i5 4670 Haswell
8 GB Patriot G2 @1333
120 GB PNY SSD, 500GB Seagate HDD

ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Got it on sale
Works with the processor graphics
Lots of features on a mATX board

Cons: Could use another fan header or two.
The SATA ports point in an awkward direction for me
Scared me when it didn't boot right away

Other Thoughts: Had to push the MemOK button to get it to recognize my RAM. After getting it to boot and adjusting the memory speed and voltages to what it really needed it was smooth sailing.

Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge Dual-Core 3.3 GHz LGA 1155 65W BX80623I32120 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fast
Integrated graphics
Runs cool
Did I say fast?

Cons: Only two cores, maybe? Not really an issue for me.

Other Thoughts: More horsepower than I probably need for my simple HTPC, but I got it at a good sale price. Married it to a ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM and 8 GB of Kingston RAM. The integrated graphics are fine for HD video and this runs so much cooler than my old rig that I could eliminate a bunch of fans.


Charles B.'s Profile

Display Name: Charles B.

Date Joined: 11/27/07

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 08/09/08
  • Last Review: 04/06/14
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