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NZXT Source 220 CA-SO220-01 Black Steel / Aluminum-like finish ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: For the money this is an outstanding value. Thumb screws, lots of cooling, extra fans, easy in/out. As a builder of literally thousands of PCs this is one of my favs.

Cons: Can't think of any

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MSI Z77A-G41 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

2 out of 5 eggs In theory a good board, but... 11/15/2012

This review is from: MSI Z77A-G41 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Has all the bells and whistles for an inexpensive board. Seems perfect for a typical office computer or home machine.

Cons: Unreliable. I'm on my second replacement board and it just died within one week. Could be compatibility issues, but RAM/CPU used are listed by MSI as tested OK.

Other Thoughts: Currently I am working with MSI to solve the 'infinite reboot' problem. I am on my 2nd motherboard now MSI is testing #3 in house and they are going to ship me another one with tested RAM specs. I have over 30 yrs in the business and have only seen something like this one other time, and not with MSI. I have a customer that's ready to sue somebody if I don't resolve this soon, so hopefully we'll figure out what's the real cause of this reboot issue (it's not mechanical - loose RAM) and resolve it once and for all. When I have a working board, assuming I ever do, I will re-post results here. Current setup:

MSI Z77A-G41 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 Motherboard
MSI N610GT MD2/GD3/LP GeForce 2GB Video
Intel Core i7 3770 Ivy Br. 3.4Ghz 77W CPU
Kingston HyperX XMP BluRed Series 8GB 1600 KHX16C9B1RK2/8X RAM
Kingston SSDNOW V+200 KR-S3020-3H SSD Drive
Antec Kuhler H20 Liquid Cooling System
Antec EarthWatts Platinum Series EA-550 550W Power Supply

Let's hope we figure this out soon...

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HyperX XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX16C9B1RK2/8X
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Usual Kingston Quality, Speed, Performance

Cons: Fussy with low voltage

Other Thoughts: Be careful with this or any XMP memory and MSI Intel motherboards. There are memory sticks rated for 1600 XMP that will operate fine at lower settings - and sometimes there are reasons why you might need slightly lower voltage. This memory absolutely requires full 1.67v to operate reliably. It may work - for a time - on lower settings but eventually it will fail. The problem with MSI Mobo's is the way they check for overclocking in POST - which can lead to an infinite reboot loop - so be forewarned.

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Jeffrey M.'s Profile

Display Name: Jeffrey M.

Date Joined: 02/26/05

  • Reviews: 13
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 06/09/08
  • Last Review: 04/02/14
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