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MSI H61M-P21 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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4 out of 5 eggs Obligatory You Get What You Pay For 02/03/2012

This review is from: MSI H61M-P21 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: The board came as part of a combo shell shocker deal. The price was a deciding factor and certainly you get what you pay for. It was easy to install the processor, memory, and connections. It comes with a PS/2 mouse and keyboard as well as a serial port and parallel printer port for those few people that have something that uses those ports.

Cons: They could have really skipped the parallel, serial and PS/2 ports in order to opt for a Digital Video Out as well as a few more slots for expansion. I understand its a micro ATX board so there's a space constraint. Other than having outdated ports its a good board.

Other Thoughts: Overclocking would have been a bonus as well. Again you get what you pay for. If you want all the bells and whistles opt for an ATX board and something a little more expensive.

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Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52300
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Pros: Maybe my opinion is skewed considering my last computer had an Athlon XP single core processor, but this one is light years faster than it. So far it has been working fast moving files around and even with the integrated graphics shows I recorded in HD with Windows Media Center aren't laggy and look good. The processor had no problems playing Civilization, but in no way were the graphics maxed out, just normal. The plastic pins on the heatsink could be redesigned, but I had no real issue installing them into the motherboard. It's probably half the board and half the cheap pins resulting in difficulty in installing the heatsink that some experience.

Cons: Overall not really any cons. Good value for the money. Could make a sturdier heatsink.

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Rosewill R519-BK Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ 500W Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I got this case as part of a shell shocker deal and I must preface by saying you get what you pay for. It is a good value for the money, nice looking, and roomy inside for whatever kinds of additions I may add in the future to my current build. The fact that it comes with a power supply is an added bonus and I must say that there seem to be an adequate number of connectors for anything I could possibly add.

Cons: The power button on mine is nice and sticky, and by nice and sticky I mean it likes to get stuck in every once and awhile. However, after booting it on a couple of times it seems to be working a little better. Also as of right now I am having some issues with the front audio panel, but since the motherboard has a jack in the back I just ignored the issue. Finally this case really could have used a fan in the front to direct the cooling, its a cheap addition that would go a long way.

Other Thoughts: Overall a good value for what you're paying. If you want something more top of the line and sturdy than maybe this isn't the case for you. It was a big step up from my old bulky yellowing tower from years gone by and I would recommend it to any value seeking builder.

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Display Name: Daniel R.

Date Joined: 02/13/09

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