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CORSAIR CSM Series CS450M 450W ATX12V v2.4 and EPS 2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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5 out of 5 eggs Fantastic value for low-power/budget build needs 06/27/2014

This review is from: CORSAIR CSM Series CS450M 450W ATX12V v2.4 and EPS 2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Pros: An 80+ Gold rated modular power supply that provides adequate and stable power for an AMD A10-7850K based dual graphics build is nothing to sneeze at. Voltages have been very stable and the unit is quiet, partly due to the cooling Corsair elected to use. The modular nature of the PSU enabled an exceptionally clean build in conjunction with routing cables using provisions in the utilized case.

Cons: 8-pin power connection wire is a bit short. If the cable is being routed and the connector resides at the top of a motherboard, it most likely won't reach. This is a minor quibble as I was still able to cleanly establish the connection without impeding airflow.

Other Thoughts: This was my first Corsair power supply, but it definitely won't be my last! Package, presentation, and performance - all very well designed.

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MSI R7 250 2GD3 OC Radeon R7 250 2GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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Pros: Pairing this unit with an AMD A10-7850K for Dual Graphics was a pain-free experience. Crossfire performance justifies the price of this unit. As a stand-alone adapter, it is still well suited for light gaming. Older titles will run well, and newer titles may require either a resolution drop or some setting downgrades in order to achieve an acceptable framerate.

Cons: Not on sale anymore.

Other Thoughts: The system I put together with this card and all other components will cost me $.25/day in electricity to run as per the UPS software. The hours of entertainment and enjoyment far exceed operational expenses. This well-constructed card is definitely worth the price of admission. The inclusion of a free game during the AMD promotional period is the icing on the cake.

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MSI A88XM GAMING FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Everything you could ask for in a mATX form factor! 06/27/2014

This review is from: MSI A88XM GAMING FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: This board offers everything and the kitchen sink at an exceptionally attractive price point for the build quality and feature set. The target gaming audience is well served by Realtek's premium audio chipset in conjunction with MSI inclusions to improve the quality of output. The Killer NIC that is onboard is a big step up from the status-quo Realtek that is baked in to the majority of consumer-minded solutions.

The motherboard also has physical buttons and dip switches that provide the means for "set it and forget it" over clocking. I have opted not to use this, but played with the buttons and switches. The heatsink design for components on the board complements the system, and would encourage installation in a windowed case. All standard headers at the bottom of the case connected easily. Provisions exists for 2 case fans in addition to the CPU fan.

Adjusting the BIOS to read the XMP profile of the G.Skill DDR3-2133 memory was a pain-free endeavor and essentially optimized the stock configuration without having to manually adjust everything. Prior systems I've built in the past using MSI motherboards have been solid and reliable. They did a fantastic job on this motherboard and I'm expecting pain-free operation for years to come!

Cons: The only con I was able to find with this motherboard relates to the location of the 8-pin power connection. While flexibility to establish the connection will be dictated by the case and/or power supply being used, it would have been nice if MSI could have placed it on the side of the board. Very minor con.

Other Thoughts: I can't say enough good things about the product in general. It is, without a doubt, one of the cleaner motherboard layouts I've had the pleasure of building a system around. When paired with a case that contains provisions for cable management, you'll get a clean build with minimal planning due to the design choices. It may cost more than budget alternatives, but MSI did their homework on this one and the price premium for the upgraded components is well justified.

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Display Name: James R.

Date Joined: 12/11/01

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  • First Review: 02/28/04
  • Last Review: 06/27/14
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