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MSI CSM-H87M-G43 LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Haswell refresh compatible, 4 dual channel DIMMs, and an easy to use UEFI (BIOS).

Cons: None as of yet.

Other Thoughts: Bought this for a budget editing/gaming rig I'm building. Currently, I'm waiting on my i7 4790 to come so I slotted a celeron G1840 in it for the time being. Running Mint Cinnamon 17, the thing out preforms my current i3 2120 build. I've had this MoBo up and running for two weeks and everything seems very stable. I will update if anything changes.

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Intel Celeron G1840 Haswell Dual-Core 2.8GHz LGA 1150 53W BX80646G1840 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Great little processor. Runs cool and fairly quietly (stock cooler isn't the best). Under medium load (playing mincecraft @ 720p) holds steady at about 40C. Great for Web browsing/media use. Great buy for ~$45.

Cons: None beyond a note that the stock cooler seems a bit louder than it could be.

Other Thoughts: Bought this as a placeholder for a i7 4790 to make sure the mobo I bought wasn't doa. If I didn't want to do video editing/gaming on my new PC, this CPU would be perfect. Definitely worth the money.

Test PC Specs:
Celeron G1840 (of course)
8GB 1333 RAM
MSI H87m - G43 (corporate stable) MoBo
GTX 550ti

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Seagate Hybrid Drive ST1000DX001 1TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Fast and quiet.

Cons: Not a straight up SSD

Other Thoughts: I bought this drive because my six year old 750GB WD blue had begun making some alarming noises. Right now, I'm using this drive as a scratch disc for video editing and I notice a marked improvement in playback smoothness over the old WD blue. Had I had the money for a 1TB SSD, I would have bought that, but I found this to be a good compromise given my current financial situation.

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Jacob K.'s Profile

Display Name: Jacob K.

Date Joined: 03/11/14

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 05/22/14
  • Last Review: 09/04/14
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