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MSI MBOX G31M3-F
5.5 out of 10

MSI MBOX G31M3-F

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Overall 2
2.0

MoBo Died after 2 days of use

Paul A., Newegg
29 April 2009
  • Summary: I have 4 of these units. Afraid to sell them. reliability doesn't seem there strong point. Power supply seems OK!
  • Pros: Seemed like a nice unit for the money, Loade the system up with an Pentium D 945 1.5 gigs of DDR2-667 loaded operating system and software. All was fine.
  • Cons: Put on the shelf back in the box to resell and 8 months later went to start it up and no post, no nothing except fans running. Motherboard went bad. Replaced the MoBo with a MSI P4M900M2 and back in business, but lost any chance of making a profit. Hope replacement MoBo lasts longer than the first.
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Overall 10
10

amazing for price

Matt D., Newegg
23 February 2009
  • Summary: 2gig kingston value ram 2.5 wolfdale oc'ed to 2.889ghz 250g sata hdd xfx geforce 9800gt 512mg 256bit ( gonna get another along with a new power supply for sli ) cost >400 great for playing cod4 at great frame rates
  • Pros: up and running in >30 mins drivers installed fast everything already connected already
  • Cons: very flimsy metal i can seem to get the front headphone jack to work idk prolly just me not taking of any eggs for that as its prolly somthing on my part
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Overall 10
10

Trumendous Value

John L., Newegg
17 January 2009
  • Summary: Celeron 430, 2GB Corsair CAS4, Cooler Master TX2 without fan (using the case fan to cool the CPU), and 4 WD WD10EACS 1TB SATA 5400 RPM drives. To support 4 drives, pick up an extra Molex to SATA converter - NewEgg has 'em.
  • Pros: I bought this to make into a Windows Home Server. I was looking for the smallest case which would take 4 hard drives. I also wanted it to be silent. The power supply fan is very quiet, so only the case fan required a Zalman controller to temper. A Molex to SATA convert is included so you can powe...
  • Cons: As the other reviewers have noted, the case is thin metal, and the motherboard flexes quite a bit. Take this into account when you select and install components. No big heavy heat sinks, and I would stick to low power CPUs. If you intend to put in 4 hard drives, note that the last 3.5" drive bay ...
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Overall 8
8.0

great for the price

ichael e., Newegg
9 January 2009
  • Summary: computer died, could have spent $100 fixing it (old dell optiplex 260), instead transfered my HDD and periphs to this system and spent $250 total building a much better, faster, upgradeable, and future proof machine (realitively speaking) MSI - $110 wolfsdale 2.5 - $83 gskill 2gb stick - $20 not...
  • Pros: very nice feature set, lots of expandability, nice looking case. Very good value for a average system. Also find MSI's overclocking program neat (although probably not worth that much, don't know enough about overclocking to say authoritatively))
  • Cons: case is on the cheap side - be careful removing drive blanks or you could warp or bend the case. would like another pci slot (but cant hold that against them as I knew what it came with)
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Overall 8
8.0

Cheap RAID box

Anonymous, Newegg
5 January 2009
  • Summary: There're 5 internal 3.5 bays not 4 as said in the spec.
  • Pros: Plenty of room. Power supply good enough to run 5 1T hard drives and assorted fans.
  • Cons: Mounting slots on the external 3.5 bays do not line up with hard drives. Only one case fan in the back with no way to mount one in front of hard drive cage.
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Overall 8
8.0

Great Build

Joseph I., Newegg
25 December 2008
  • Summary: Easy build for anyone trying to build their own system. Recommended A+
  • Pros: Box came with all cables attached all i had to do was install CPU, Ram, Drives and go. System fired right up.
  • Cons: Sort of flimsy design. Very light.
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Overall 10
10

Awesome

Jonathan H., Newegg
11 November 2008
  • Pros: I love this MSI barebone system! It came with all cables attached to the motherboard so all I had to do was install the CPU, RAM, drives, and go! The case is simple and lightweight with lots of space for drives and cards. It fired up right away without any issues. It supports 45nm, worked with my...
  • Cons: Motherboard is a bit dated, only supporting 800 Mhz bus instead of 1066 or better, but I knew that when I bought it, and cannot expect the best for only about $100 for the case, PSU, and mobo!
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Overall 10
10

Easy as pie

paul g., Newegg
4 November 2008
  • Summary: Built with Intel Pentium E2220 Allendale 2.4GHz, Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (4 gig total) Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM (love these drives) A lite-on DVD burner, A 7 dollar floppy drive (How do they make money on these things?) and other misc parts.
  • Pros: Assembled in 10 minutes. Everything was there. Fastest build and install I have done to date thanks to my version of XP with SP 2 slipstreamed.
  • Cons: none so far
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Overall 8
8.0

Light, Cheap, Good

Galen S., Newegg
26 October 2008
  • Summary: Other reviewers spoke about available spots for HD/DVD expansion and lack of power - you started with 380 watts (400 quoted), that is enough for 2-3 devices and no video card. If you want to add more buy a bigger PSU 500-1000W.
  • Pros: Price! color and shape. Lots of room for expansion. Instructions are very thorough. All drivers were included and installation was a snap. The stock heat sink and fans included blow nice cold air - even under load.
  • Cons: The blue light on the front of the box is mighty bright. The VGA outlet feels pretty wobbly, be really careful and make sure it is firmly attached. There was only 1 SATA cable included, last I checked it takes more than one SATA cord to build a machine. My heat sink was a bit stubborn and the MB ...
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Overall 8
8.0

teeny psu

Anonymous, Newegg
8 October 2008
  • Pros: Already reviewed this product but wanted to add a con I just identified...
  • Cons: The power supply is small for the number of bays it has. I've tried every combination of on-mobo and add-on PCI SATA cards I can think of, and the most drives that will get powered is one optical and four HDDs. A shame given the case has TEN bays... if you're looking like I was to max out the box...
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