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MSI H81M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Best Budget Board for LGA1150! 11/01/2015

This review is from: MSI H81M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Great motherboard.

If you don't want to spend much on your motherboard, this is the budget board to get for LGA1150. Runs my 4690K CPU great.

Turn on OC Genie and forget about tinkering with overclocking, let it do the work.

Has 2 SATA3 ports, USB 3.0 ports on the back

Cons: If you put in a double wide graphics card like most graphics cards, it will or almost block the PCI-Express x1 slot. Down side is you cannot put anything there or it will block the GPU fans. Unless you get a blower style GPU.

No USB 3.0 headers for front panel USB 3.0 on your case.

Only 2 SATA3 ports, the rest are SATA2.

Other Thoughts: This card would be perfect if they would have put the x1 PCI-Ex before the x16 slot, and if it had USB 3.0 Header slot for front panel USB 3.0

ASUS GeForce GTX 960 STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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Pros: Fans don't engage until card hits about 60C.
Multiple settings with GPU Tweak: OC, Gamer (more OC), and Silent.
One of the most overclocked GTX 960 cards from the factory.
Only needs one 6 pin Pci-Express connector.
MFAA support for newer games means less FPS loss with AA.
ASUS quality build.

Cons: 128-Bit Bus and 2GB of VRAM, but that's fine as long as you don't plan to go past 1080p.

Other Thoughts: I have a 1080p monitor. I am not planning to upgrade at any in the near future. So this card is perfect for me.

Upgraded from a GTX 660 and I love the FPS boost I get in games now. And the card still only uses one 6 pin connector, so I did not have to change out my PSU. On top of that it runs cooler, and is not constantly throwing hot air into my room, so my room does not turn into a hot box when I close the door.

Card hits about 50C when just browsing the web for me in my mATX case. But I put a 120mm fan at the front bottom of my case to suck in air and blow it on the card. Now its 46C while browsing the web. I don't think the card ever went over 60-65C when I started gaming with it.

Got a nice FPS boost in all my games. I bought this so I could run Evolve at 60FPS when it launches. My GTX 660 was only giving me 45FPS on low settings @1080p.

ECS GTX660A-2GR5-WFM G-SYNC Support GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card
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Pros: Geforce Experience can set "Optimal settings" to get a good balance between performance and quality. Shame it doesn't work on all games, just some that is supports.

50-70 fps in Metro 2033 on Optimal Settings
70-110 fps Bioshock Infinite on Optimal Settings
30-45 fps Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon on Ultra Settings

Standard GPU temp never goes above 73C, GPU limit is 95C, so there is room for overclock.

Cheapest new GTX 660 for $140

Cons: None yet.

Other Thoughts: My System:

Resolution: 1680x1050
AMD Phenom II X4 820 @ 3.0Ghz


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