I am just wondering if anyone has any comments about MSI. I've never purchased any hardware from them, I think because I always considered them a 'cheap' brand, but would be interested to hear any comments you guys have about them. More specifically, I am wondering about the Z77A-G45 mobo. In case it makes a difference, the proposed PC build I'm looking at is below...
Cheers for the replies. I'm not necessarily after a cheap brand, just something that I'm not paying through the nose for. I've seen the Z77A-G45 has all the features I'm looking for, namely, dual PCI-E 3.0 slots, but it's a good £40 ($60) cheaper than an equivilant ASUS which was the last Mobo I bought, P8P67-m. If it's just a matter of opinion, then I think it's worth giving them a go, just wanted to make sure there weren't any implicit problems with their manufacturing or build quality.
Basically, I'm changing my GPU from 2x6850s to the 7870, as the performance looks a lot better and it gives me room to expand in the future. To make most use of it, I need PCI-E 3.0, which is only supported on IB CPUs, whereas I have 2500k. Instead of just selling the CPU and GPU, I'm going to sell the whole rig to a friend, so the entire upgrade will only cost me the price of the GPU, but for a newer system. I'm partly doing this because my mate wants a PC, but can't afford a proper gaming platform, so he's getting mine for a discount.
Well if you think for your friend then its different. But a selling a 2500k for new cpu is really a bad idea. Its still high-end gaming cpu. Maybe 4th gen intel cpu or higher can obsolete a 2500k. And 7870 is supported on P67 mobo. It will be fine.
I think for the £120 the upgrade will end up costing me, it is worth it, espcially since the build should be good for another 4 years with a new GPU required in about 2! The fact that I also get another friend to play BF3 with is an added bonus