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MSI A88XM-E45 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Inexpensive
-A88X chipset
-Good performance
-Crossfire capable
-Great BIOS
-MSI Utilities
-Price

Cons: Like others have said there is a lack of voltage adjustment on this board, but for the price I don't think its worth docking an egg. If you really want the voltage adjustment you probably want to look at boards that are $20-$30 more expensive anyway.

Other Thoughts: I have nothing but praise for this board. For the price and what it offers it is pretty much unbeatable. As always MSI's utilities are great!

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AMD 760K Richland Quad-Core 3.8GHz Socket FM2 100W Desktop Processor AD760KWOHLBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Good overall performance
-Price ($90 at time of purchase), and motherboards are inexpensive too
-Unlocked multiplier
-Future upgrade path when using an FM2+ mobo.

Cons: -Stock heatsink is garbage. Its noisy and has my chip hitting 70C easily.
-Power consumption is higher than Intel chips.

Other Thoughts: You can't really argue with a $90 CPU with this much performance. Sure it may not match a Haswell i3 in synthetic benchmarks, but for everyday use it is way more than sufficient and honestly the difference between the two while gaming is not that noticeable (in most cases); especially considering the price.
I paired this chip with an MSI A88XM-E45 motherboard (highly recommend), 8 GB of RAM and I couldn't be happier. I can't comment on its overclockability yet as I plan to get a better HSF before I make this thing run any hotter. But from what Ive read on forums most people are able to hit around 4.5 GHz quite easily.
Its a great little chip and one of the favorites Ive tried recently. If you are on the fence about it dont be dissuaded by the AMD haters out there. For $90 you cant really go wrong, just remember to buy an FM2+ motherboard so that you have an upgrade path in the future for Kaveri or Carrizo.

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Team Elite 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TED38G1600HC1101
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Its RAM, it works, and it gave me no problems. Also fairly low profile so definitely feasible for those of you building in smaller enclosures. It was also quite a bit cheaper than any other option when I was buying.

Cons: None

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Display Name: Marco C.

Date Joined: 12/09/10

  • Reviews: 10
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  • First Review: 12/31/10
  • Last Review: 05/28/14
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