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MSI X79A-GD45 Plus LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: Good overclocking capabilities. If you have awesome RAM, this is the best MB I have used in a long time. MSI BIOS options make it real easy.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: ships with H4 bios but that did not deter me from installation with my i7-4930k. note, that windows 8 installs are a bit tricky on these higher end systems. I recommend setting your ram speed down a few notches to 1600 Mhz or less depending on your RAM and don't do anything tricky overclocking off the bat. keep in mind also that windows 8 install is very particular about needing stability as a priority for the file xfer to be successful. windows 8 also seems to be particular about certain optical drives. I had difficulty with the file xfer with a Blu-ray player and had to use an older known windows 8 install working Memorex dvd-rw multi drive that I have used in the past. other alternative methods of windows 8 install would be to use a external usb hd, or a good usb memory stick (use usb2 port, really for stability purposes.. sometimes during initial install usb3 port doesn't xfer well until you have it all up and running) as alternative options for installation. once you make it by the initial file copy and it boots into the final phase of windows 8 install, you should be on the home stretch. get it all setup right and then go all out for your system. keep in mind as well that you should load the intel rst driver from the cd as well BEFORE you specify and format your drives. if you are using ssd's in a raid array also leave about 10ish% of your drive partition unformatted. this will help with ssd longevity and gives your ssds space for additional allocations. another helpful tip if you are using ssd's in an array, after the install, create a custom power profile that NEVER turns off the HDDs. if windows power cycles your SSD array, you will BSOD for sure, but that should eliminate that issue. I have extensive experience with several high end builds recently and am a computer scientist by education and have been doing PC stuff for over 25 years.... I could right a book on it, but this should cover most of the primary issues. Good luck and enjoy.

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Display Name: Christopher R.

Date Joined: 01/17/12

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