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Andrew L.

Andrew L.

Joined on 11/12/10

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Most Favorable Review

Good motherboard, a few cons

MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Good set of features and a lot of options to play with. The connectors are mostly easy to use and assembled nicely with my wires. All in all a good board and a good purchase.

Cons: Just a few complaints that i had assembling my new build. First and most importantly, The cpu enclosure is too close to the ram slots. It does not allow room for four sticks of ram and an aftermarket heatsink with an attached fan like I have. I tried three different configurations and I could not get them to fit correctly with air moving in a favorable direction. I finally just gave up and used the least obstructive one, which leaves one of my RAM sticks slightly bent and cannot be good for my hardware :( Not sure what other options I have though. It seems like this could have used more foresight. Also the drivers are a pain to get installed because the default is to have the integrated graphics controller turned off. it was a nightmare trying to figure out why my Intel i7-2700k was not eligible for integrated graphics.

Most Critical Review

Simply does not work correctly

D-Link  Wireless N150 USB Adapter (DWA-125)
D-Link  Wireless N150 USB Adapter (DWA-125)

Pros: I'm sure it's fine if it actually works for more than a few minutes.

Cons: My adapter simply does not work. I suppose it's my fault because I bought it on sale and didn't open it for a while until I needed it, but It is now past the warranty period and when I tried to use it to connect my computer to the internet it worked for a little while and then completely died. I then uninstalled and reinstalled the software, which would always work for a little while then stop again, and I would have to do it all over again. I tried this on three computers with the same results so I guess the only conclusion I can draw is the adapter is broken. All three of those computers worked fine with a d-link adapter that I bought instead. Go get one of those. They're cheap and they work right.

Mostly good

MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
MSI Z77A-GD65 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Pros: Good features, simple UEFI with many options

Cons: Hardware faulty. Positioning of many ports is nonsensical, and the back panel connectors are horrible. The DVI connector simply does not work. I don't know what's wrong with it, but it will not take any of my DVI devices into it. I have a monitor I have plugged in my old motherboard without issue, but it will not fit into this connector. It basically is just broken, and it is a huge annoyance for me, but I can't go a few weeks without a motherboard for RMA, so not much I can do about it.

Overall Review: I can use this motherboard, and I am mostly ok with it, but I don't think I will be purchasing another MSI motherboard seeing how little thought they put into making the hardware workable with their good features.

Great case. Huge!

Corsair Graphite Series 600T Arctic White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Corsair Graphite Series 600T Arctic White Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: First and foremost, amazing cable management. It made my most recent build smooth and easy. Also, the case is huge. When I opened it, I couldn't believe it wasn't a full tower case. It dwarfed my old Azza Mid tower and did not even fit on the same table. There's plenty of room for all the components I could ever want to fit in there. Aesthetically, the case is amazing. It has a unique design that sticks out in the room and the iconic white makes it one of the prettiest cases I have seen yet. Air flow options for this case are also incredible. First of all, DUST FILTERS! There are plenty of places on the case to mount extra fans, and the two included 200 mm fans move a ton of air. The nice white LEDs don't hurt either.

Cons: There are a few nitpicky things I had problems with for this case, however. First off, I really wish there were more instructions included. I like the option of putting on the mesh cover in place of the window, but I wasn't sure whether it would be reversible or not. I still don't know. If anyone knows, I'd love to hear about it. Secondly, the thumbscrews for the PCI slots are...screwy *rimshot* It may just be my set being defective, but half of mine are not capable of tightening or untightening effectively without me actually pulling out a screwdriver, which seems to defeat the purpose of thumbscrews. Finally, now that there is a standard 20 pin connector for USB 3.0 on motherboards, I really wish Corsair would put an adapter or something in these cases for their top USB 3.0 port. the only way I know to get it to work is to route it through the back and into my 3.0 slot back there, which is not only unwieldy, but also not aesthetically ideal. Just a few small cons for a great c