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This review is from: MSI 880GM-E41 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Motherboard went in without issue. Installed a Phenom II 960T and one 4GB stick.. everything is working so smoothly it's scary. I haven't had time to work with the overclocking, but right now, with nothing tweaked, it's very satisfactory.
Cons: The board did not come with the drivers for the onboard sound and network ports. I already had a video card, so I didn't check for onboard video. Downloadable from the site, but, with no usable network port at the time, I had to use my housemate's laptop for that. No real hassle, but an unnecessary extra step. .
Other Thoughts: Like I said, so far so good. I've read other reviews that say it conks out after a few months, so I was wary. However, a good friend who is more familiar with MSI says this board works quite well, especially with the build I had in mind. I'll keep a "hope for the best, but expect the worst" attitude until a few months down the road. Overall, though, I'm very satisfied with the motherboard.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Sunbeam Transformer IC-TR-US-BA-WOPSU Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Pros: I got big hands, I need a big case to work in. This thing is huge! Plenty of room for most major cpu heat sinks. The tool-less constructions makes swapping out components much easier than usual. There is ample room for cables; a plus when it comes to keeping things cool in there. The top-mounted USB ports and headphone jacks make it easier to use such devices. Air flow is above par, keeping hard drives and video card quite cool. The top fan makes it difficult to put stuff on top of it, but then again, it's a computer, not a nightstand.
The window design, with the fan grills, gives it a decent top-gaming-rig feel without the top rig price. The Decepticon-style design on the front gives it that much more of a geek boost. The blue 80mm fans and green cathode light effect are nice touches, and are easy to switch out, of course.
Cons: The only real con I have is, like I said above, plenty of room for *most* major heat sinks. The inside width of about 8 inches is a lot of room, but if you have a cooler more than 175mm, there might be a bit of a squeeze.
There is room for a 120mm fan in the front near the hard drive bay, but the fan is not included. Not a con, really, more of a nitpick.
Other Thoughts: I got one a few years ago for my first attempt at a gaming rig. It has served me faithfully. I just got another one for a living room media center build. Sunbeam always has interesting cases, in my opinion, and the Transformer is simply stellar.READ FULL REVIEW