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This review is from: MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Great layout. Nothing is blocking any of my other parts at the moment. Running one GPU. Labels for pins and ports and etc are easy to find (using the manual) and read. Attached with ease to my case. Plenty of SATA connections.
Cons: Instruction booklet was somewhat vague when discussing basic BIOS set-up. But no physical cons.
Other Thoughts: It is important to note that this was my first rig, so there was a learning curve to putting things together. My only complaint really is that the instructions for BIOS set-up is inaccurate. For the first boot, after the POST, it is supposed to display "Press DEL for BIOS setup."
Well it doesn't. In fact, it boots to a blank screen with a hanging cursor. For a noob like myself, I didn't know what to do next. Found tech support online (which was amazing btw), and tried a few things. Kept getting the same issue. Well, the problem was that my processor was so fast that I couldn't even see it POST and it was booting to that screen b/c Windows wasn't installed yet.
Once Windows 7 installed - no issues. Great board, great customer service.
Pros: Haven't hit any snags yet. My rig is fast. Don't have any experience with other new processors. I think that this processor is great. Processor itself installed easily.
Cons: The fan that came with the processor did not install as easily. The clips were almost too short for the receptor clips on the mobo. I had to use a little extra force (which I was almost uncomfortable doing) to get it on. CPU, fan, and mobo survived. And yes, mobo was the correct form for the processor.
Other Thoughts: Fan did come with thermal paste already on it. Fan runs quietly.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: APEVIA X-TELSTAR-BL Blue/ Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer CaseNo Power Supply
Pros: Plenty of room. Blue LED background lights are NOT obnoxious. This case comes with 2 temp sensors for the inside of the case so you can monitor your CPU, HDD, and/or ambient temp. Very much room. PSU slot on the top. My rig is not cramped for space at all. Comes with four fans that keep it running really cool.
Other Thoughts: Not really a con, but it seems that the instructions are a bit vague. Had to do a little guess work for a bit. However, I must say, this was my FIRST TIME putting a rig together. And I only had the internet to help me. So I used some common sense, the instruction booklet, and the internet. And now I am using the components inside and out the this very case to type this review. Love the space inside. Lots of expansion slots.READ FULL REVIEW