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MSI P67A-GD55 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs This board is not for the newer 3rd generation Ivy Bridge processor, only Sandy Bridge! 10/18/2012

This review is from: MSI P67A-GD55 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Great price.
Lots of features, like easy overclocking.
Full-sized.
Four RAM slots.
Six SATA ports.
Eight rear USB 2.0 ports.
USB 3.0 ports in back and a separate cable for two more in the back of your desktop.
Came with several SATA cables.
Lots of instructions.

Cons: Six of the SATA ports are close together and face the back, which makes it difficulty to loop the excess cable.
Only one internal USB 2.0 connector.
No other complaints.

Other Thoughts: Got a great price since it was an older board. I thought I knew it all but realized too late that this board WILL NOT work with the newer i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge processors, it will ONLY WORK with the older 2nd generation Sandy Bridge processors!

That's why everyone is slamming this board. If you put in a newer processor like the Intel i5 3570K, which is Ivy Bridge, it will not work. It will start, beep 4 times then re-boot. It will do it again and again. There is no easy way around it.

It you get a newer processor, get a Z77 board, which will take advantage of the built in video capabilities of the newer Intel cpu's.

I found out the hard way. Just built a desktop and when I started it up, I would hear the computer start, then 4 beeps, and the computer would re-boot. It would do this over and over again. I checked the web and did research, which told me that this board is for the Sandy Bridge i5 or i7.

I am very happy with what it can do and it's not MSI or Newegg's fault that I got the wrong processor, which I bought after I ordered this processor. It's a lot of bang for the buck.

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LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA BDXL Blu-ray Burner, Bare Drive, 3D Play Back (WH14NS40) - OEM
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Cost. Last week I bought an Asus boxed Blu-ray burner from Fry's, which was $80 minus a $20 rebate. Got it home and realized it didn't come with either a SATA power or data cable. The software was only for burning discs but nothing to view Blu-ray movies. I scoured the web for shareware and low cost software to view Blu-ray discs but no luck.

What's the point of getting this is there is no software to watch Blu-ray discs? But it was a good deal.

A few days later, see this special at Newegg. $60 without rebate hassles plus a 2-year warranty & this can burn the quad capacity Blu-ray discs & play 3D movies!

It arrived & I was impressed. Came with both Sata power and data cables and a whole suite of Blu-ray authoring and viewing software.

Watched Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago concert at the Greek Theatre in Blu-ray. Very happy.

Pros:
1. cost
2. can burn quad capacity Blu-ray discs
3. can play 3D Blu-ray discs
4. Newegg threw in both cables
5. Newegg threw in great sof

Cons: None. It was OEM but who cares since Newegg threw in both cables and complete software. Thanks.

Other Thoughts: Glad I bought it, even if only to watch Blu-ray movies on my desktop.

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OCZ Obsidian 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3OB1600LV4GK
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap; OCZ is a good company

Cons: Will not run anywhere close to 1600. You better run it at 1066 or you will be sorry.

I bought a pair and set my bios memory clock to run 1600. No go. Machine would lock up so I dropped it to 1333. It would run but for whatever reason, the machine would lock up. I took my computer apart, changing video cards, resetting the cpu multiple times with different thermal paste because I thought the cpu was overheating.

I finally dropped the memory to 1066 and all of problems went away. I can have my computer running all sorts of applications and there is no more lock ups or re-starts.

So, do not run it at a higher speed.

I am going to sell my pair on craigslist and buy Corsair memory instead. Don't waste your money unless you have money to burn. Using this stuff for e-mails and web browsing is good. Everything else is a waste of performance.

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Display Name: Jamie K.

Date Joined: 03/12/06

  • Reviews: 6
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  • First Review: 02/26/08
  • Last Review: 10/18/12
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