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Pros: PLEASE, when you write a post add the ram you are using.
I have been really disappointed in the qualities of the reviews in NEWEGG. First, we need posting etiquette: If you're going to troll and complain then please add your components! What CPU did you use for this motherboard? add the model number of the CPU because some CPU's are one year and the other another year and that could make a massive difference. Please add what kind of ram you try using, RAM is everything if you have bios that won't accept it! These reviews are so harsh and it is usually user error! Frankly, some of you do not know how to build,
Cons: None until i get more info on the ram. I find the reviews here lacking in information, feels like a bunch of trolls.
Other Thoughts: (My father taught me how to build VCR's, VCR's were the first computers to ever enter homes. When computer courses came out they didn't teach it at a school but rather you had to order the course through the mail. So yeah I know what I am talking about when it comes to computer builds,)
I own my own computer repair private company. People hire me personally. I don't do much these days, I only consult people and business because I am retired.
This review is from: MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Everyone here always crosses there fingers hoping that all their components work together in sync. Well I was lucky and so far I have this monster running with no problems for 2 years, this system has been working flawlessly as a gaming machine.
Cons: none, No heat issues either, No restarts no nothing, 2 years and I feel like I am running a server. I even turn off the flat screen and go to work then come home after 10 hours. My power supply regulates wattage so if the computer is not gaming it is running on a few watts. those old PSUs used to kill my electric bill.
Other Thoughts: Here is what works for me:
Cooler Master HAF 932 Tower (Funny I went to mid tower and was too small and ended up back to this heavy relic but works way better)(There is a newer and better HAF case but I recomend full tower for proper Air Ventilation only if your running a CPU that uses 125 watts and above which will surely be needing water-cooled.)
Thermaltake Toughpower DPS 850W Digital PS-TPG-0850DPCGUS-1 ATX 12V 2.31 & SSI EPS 12V 2.92
80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply
4 x COUGAR CF-V12HB Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan (Black)
1 x Rosewill RDRD-11003 2.5" SSD / HDD Mounting Kit for 3.5" Drive Bay w/60mm Fan
1 x BYTECC U3-225 USB 3.0 Front Hub Bracket for Dual 2.5" HDD/SSD to 3.5" Tray
1 x PowerColor AX7870 2GBD5-2DHV4E/OC Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX
1 x OCZ ARC 100 ARC100-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Extreme Performance Water/Liquid CPU Cooler. 240mm (located inside screw in to the top part of the case works best.)
1 x AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8320FRHKBOX
2 x G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-16GXM
These Ripjaws have been good to me. I first ordered 1 pair and had 16 gigs for 1.5 years until Black Friday in 2014 I decided to buy them again. I am running the full Maximum 32 gigs and really don't see a huge difference in performance. But I have seen a better response rate with the hard drive with my gaming and desktop when I am Alt Tabbing. I think the only thing left to do on this rig is to get a second video card which are no longer available. So I have been looking at the sales at new egg to see if I can get the high ends for around 150 to 200 dollars. At the end I want to prove to my clients that you don't need to spend a whole lot of money to create a monster. It is amazing that this machine is equal to the server room computers back 6 years ago.
Upgrades to be done:
Buy OCZ Fastest SSD drives 2 of them and put them into raid zero
Buy MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4G GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card
Recently added and I don't regret it because I have thrown away lots of keyboards I finally gave in and paid the $300 and worth every single penny. If you can get it at 200 buy it but make sure it has a warranty. This is a computerized keyboard with a brain.
Mad Catz MCB43109N002/02/1 S.T.R.I.K.E. 7 Keyboard
And working on getting the Mad Catz mouse with this but not yet. I still like my Logitech Gaming G500s mouse.
Pros: I plugged it in and it went well. With my water colled system and 8 core AMD CPU I have not had a problem. I believe that people that are having problems dont have the right hardware instaled, either they are trying to add this pumped up video card to thier older motherboard.
You just cant do that people! Not all hardware is compatible because all of it communicates with each other like robots, You don't tell it to communicate it automatically starts to talk with each other so it can work but if they don't get along your going to experience errors.
Cons: I only got one and should of bought the pair before they stoop making these. I bought them for $80 on Black friday in 2013. oh well wait until next Black friday then give this one to my mom.
Other Thoughts: I started with the CPU. (AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core 3.5GHz) It took a week to find the right setup.
(MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 +) and I knew I would need memory that can handle the extreme load so I researched these (G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB)) Then of course every gamer knows that your Hard drive platters are obsolete!!!! Your system is only as fast as your hard drive so I ended up buying a SSD drive Ultra which boosted my speed actually quadrupled my system speed. So if your trying to use an old harddrive then try to buy an SSD drive asap and you will see a huge difference! Oh also if your monitor is not 1ms and doesnt have HDMI ports then forget about buying this card! Upgrade your external hardware and see a huge difference because the artifacts your experiencing could be your monitor that runs at 5ms which is horrible. RESEARCH gaming monitors they all run at 1ms eliminating ghosting.