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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 month to 1 year

Pros: The board is definitely durable to still work(except for USB 3.0) after catching fire.

Cons: Extreme fire hazard (described in other thoughts)
USB 3.0 stopped working due to fire

Other Thoughts: Earlier this year(in may) I bought this board along with all new parts. The board worked great until August when it caught fire. The computer was off and I had just turned it on when smoke billowed out of all of the fans. I quickly turned it back off and found that the fire started next to the USB 3.0 component on the board. The fire also melted my ram just from proximity.

The RMA process wasn't that bad, although they made me send them a picture of the damage before even sending it in.

Once I got the new board(almost a month later), it again worked great for about 2 months and then caught fire under the same conditions. This time the board (and every other component) is miraculously still functional, except all of the USB 3.0 ports do not work due to fire damage.

I'm still using the board (Which I guess speaks to its durability) although I can't leave it alone while it's on for fear of spontaneous combustion, which is insane.

Luckily Christmas is just around the corner and my girlfriend may buy me a new board so I can feel safe again. I will definitely not buy another MSI, though. Probably ASUS this time.

MSI Z77A-G41 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The board seems to work well despite being scortched.

Cons: I bought this board back in may with all new parts to build a new machine. In August the board caught fire around the USB 3.0 and burned up my ram. There was nothing plugged into the USB 3.0 ports and the fire started as I was turning on the computer, so it wasn't from being overheated.

The computer was rendered unusable. The MSI RMA process wasn't too hard, although I did have to take a picture of the origin of the fire before they replaced it.

I got my new board around September and in November I turned on my computer and started smelling burning. I quickly turned it off and found that the same components on the board were burnt and none of my USB 3.0 ports worked (however the computer still runs)

Other Thoughts: I've always been a fan of MSI and I've purchased a lot of MSI products but this is insane and I can't leave my powered on computer alone for fear of spontaneous combustion. Luckily Christmas is just around the corner and my girlfriend may buy me a new DIFFERENT board. I'm asking for ASUS though, I'm not using another MSI board.

NZXT Phantom PHAN-002OR Newegg Exclusive Black Finish w/Orange Trim Steel / Plastic Enthusiast ATX Full Tower Computer Case
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This case is beautiful. The fans are numerous and quiet. I love the fan controls too. When I first set it all up, my fan LEDs didn't come on, so I assumed the fan LEDs were just fan control LEDs, but eventually (for no reason whatsoever) the fan LEDs started working when I powered it on one day. I love them too.

The case is extremely easy to take apart and seems really sturdy.

Cons: It's definitely a full size case


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Display Name: Stephen M.

Date Joined: 08/26/10

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 05/28/13
  • Last Review: 12/16/13
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