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MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate?

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Doing a budget build for my friend and the microcenter his brother lives by has plenty of these and a 4670k instock. I just can't find any reviews on this motherboard. So i'm wondering if it's okay to go with?

There is also another question i have. I have a EVGA 750B new that i'm going to give him for a discounted price, will this power supply be compatible with haswell?

He'll be using this for gaming, no OCing.
Edited by Blackops_2 - 6/22/13 at 5:25pm
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post #2 of 9
The G41 is a very poor board in my honest opinion.

If he is not overclocking, save some money and get him a locked 4670 and a h87 board
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No combo deals on the h87 frown.gif

The next one up is the Asus Z87-A and is 40$ more.You don't think the MSI will work for a strict budget build?

http://www.microcenter.com/site/brands/intel-processor-bundles.aspx
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G41's VRM actually looks decent enough, but MSI is known to block OC features on G41/G43, so I'm not exactly sure if they did that this time around.
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Here are his build specs, We got lucky on the GPU i was going to give him my 470 and a friend of mine offered his 580. We're kind of topped out on his bugdet right at 490. I'm selling him the 750B at whatever price keeps it within his budget and giving him a disk drive and hard drive. We're not really looking to OC as i'm sure a 4670k isn't going to bottleneck a single GPU solution. Even then i'm sure if he ever needed to he could eek out 3.8-4.0 i imagine with OC Genie. For the budget we're talking here do you think it's a bad board?

4670k
MSI z87 G41
8Gb DDR3 1866
Asus GTX 580 DCII
Coolermaster HAF 912
EVGA 750B
Edited by Blackops_2 - 6/24/13 at 1:22pm
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post #6 of 9
It's a very basic board. Even audio is only stereo, but it should be okay to build and forget usage. Nobody has any info on reliability of new Haswell boards, so it's hit or miss.
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post #7 of 9
i have the board just got the 4670k from micro here in tx so im happy one down side is the cf featture is 16x x4 so im i had the sabertooth 990fx that had nice sli cf features but im really happy still learning how to clcok it the way i like it but right now i have it stock and oveclocking my mem to 2133 no go at 1866 weird
post #8 of 9
also i will be overclcoking it to over four ghz tonight i did but did not like temp i hat to put it at 1.26 i think to boot any less and crash im cooling with h20 620
post #9 of 9
I found 1.19 on core and 4.3 is a safe overclock stable prime 95 for 6 in half hours no crash max temps in the 60s 70 for a sec
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