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MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Great Single Video Card Board 01/21/2014

This review is from: MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Not sure what all the temperature complaints are about. I use HWMonitor to log my temps and they are relatively cool even after hours of gaming. I will give you idle to peak temps in celcius:
CPU FX 4300 - 4 to 46
Vid Card HD 7790 - 29 to 56
MoBo MSI 970A-G43 - 34 to 57

Cons: This board is really only meant for a single video card build since 2nd PCI-E is only 4X. Not really a con since that is what I bought this board for.

Other Thoughts: With below build, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 boot time is less than 10 seconds.

My New Build Cost ($535):
FX-4300 ($90 w Promo Code)
MSI 970A-G43 ($70)
Asus HD 7790 1GB ($110 with Rebate)
Kingston V300 120GB SSD ($80)
GSkill Sniper DDR3 1866 2x4GB ($86)
Corsair CX500M ($40 with Rebate)
Asus Optical Burner ($16)
Rosewill USB WiFi Adapter ($13)
Rosewill Case FB-04 ($30)

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AMD FX-4300 Vishera Quad-Core 3.8GHz (4.0GHz) Socket AM3+ 95W Desktop Processor FD4300WMHKBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Like the title states, you pay $90 and will get a 7.3 rating in Windows Experience Index at stock. With arctic silver and an old heatsink/fan from a Phenom chip, it idles at 6 degrees celcius. When gaming, it never passes 32 degrees celcius. All temps are monitored by HWMonitor.

Cons: The heatsink/fan it comes with seems anemic so I used an old Phenom heatsink/fan.

Other Thoughts: If you do some CPU benchmarking research, you will see that performance gain for gaming after 4 cores are very minimal so I didn't bite the bullet on a 6 core or 8 core. I was also power concious as this is a 95W chip. Boot time for Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit is less than 5 seconds with following setup.

New Build Cost ($535):
FX4300 ($90 w Promo Code)
MSI 970A-43 ($70)
Asus 7790 1GB ($110 with Rebate)
Kingston V300 120GB SSD ($80)
GSkill Sniper DDR3 1866 2x4GB ($86)
Corsair CX500M ($40 with Rebate)
Asus Optical Burner ($16)
Rosewill USB WiFi Adapter ($13)
Rosewill Case FB-04 ($30)

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Rosewill FB-04 Dual Fans ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with 1x Front 120mm Fan, 1x Rear 80mm Fan
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Cannot beat the value for this case. Nice looking stealth case that holds all components happily in place. Read cons...

Cons: OK, so i have built 2 systems with this case the past week. One was a fresh build and everything went smoothly. The second was an old AM2 system migration into this case. Upon power up, i heard a sizzle and the smell of burnt computer parts filled my room. After some diagnoses, my Asus m2n-SLI Deluxe motherboard has shorted and rendered useless because of the case and I hope it didnt affect my other PC components. I have ordered a new mobo and hope all things go well! As for my technical experience, I have built multiple PCs for friends and families since my late teens which is over 14+ years.

Other Thoughts: You should definitely use the gold color nut as the place holder between the motherboard tray and the motherboard. The cage itself has kind of sharp edges so be careful and is made out of just strong enough metal so it should not bend with normal wear and tear. The top and side panels seems to be powder coated metal and the front panel is plastic (even the chrome part). The included fans does not seem to move enough air so I would suggest adding 2 fans to the side panel.

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Display Name: Kai C.

Date Joined: 07/07/07

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  • First Review: 10/22/08
  • Last Review: 01/21/14
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