MSI Gaming Intel B250 LGA 1151 DDR4 HDMI mini-ITX Motherboard (B250I GAMING PRO AC)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Decent Budget Board for Kaby Lake Build
Rebuilt the in-laws computer with this. Upgrading from a build made years ago using the A4-3300, 8GB DDR3 1600mhz ram and a 2.5 inch HDD I had laying around. Surfice it to say their old system was SLOW. The use it for really basic stuff, basically email and internet, but I wanted to make something snappy enough for them to last many years and that would age well.
I chose to build using:
-Intel i5 7500
-MSI B250M PRO-VDH
-Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (8GB x2) 3200mhz DDR4 RAM
-Samsung 960 EVO 250GB SSD
I reused their 430 watt Antec PSU, Rosewill mATX case, an LG sata DVD drive and a card reader.
The install was quick and easy. Everything worked without a hitch from first boot to upgrading BIOS to installing Win 10 Pro and copying their data over and running updates. I doubt they will even come close to pegging this CPU but wanted to give them room to grow and figured the breathing room this would give over a dual core (even with hyper-threading) would be worth it long term.
I have used many MSI motherboards over the years and generally like them all. I wasnt expecting much from this board being a low cost option and I got essentially what I expected. No bells and whistles in the BIOS. Overall easy to use. Updated to newest version via USB stick without issue. It recognized all the components and didnt present any issues.
I was hoping that despite the clearly stated 2400Mhz limit on the RAM that it would load higher speed RAM using XMP profiles. While this recognized my RAM/XMP as being capable of 3200Mhz it would not set itself higher then 2400Mhz. Likely could have saved a few bux getting 2400Mhz RAM instead, live and learn. Didnt dock a star for this.
Took a star off due to motherboard layout. Specifically the sata and USB/audio headers. I knew this going in but it was in my opinion the best mATX board in this price range despite the odd placements. Made working with it a little hard.
Win 10 installed all but I think 1 driver for the board but many of them were old (Windows update fault, not board maker). Got newest drivers from MSI support site which is decently laid out and easy to find stuff.
Overall happy with it. For the basics it is fine, but you may want a nicer albeit costlier option if you plan to use it for anything beyond standard tasks, need other features, etc.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Foundation for a Low-cost Business Build
By Kristin Young
I bought this as a component for my first ever build: an attempt to make a computer for my office that would have the robust, up-to-date components needed to run our programs without paying the premium the big computer companies charge for upgraded features. I chose this on the recommendation of Tech Buyer's Guru's $500 Home Office PC Build, and I'm finding it was a great suggestion for the balance between price and up-to-date features that I was looking for. The M.2 slot, in particular, is a great feature that both allows the most up-to-date SSD connection and makes the build easier by saving space and cutting out the cords and processes involved in attaching a SATA drive.
I've had no troubles with the motherboard, and I was easily able to update the BIOS with tools from MSI's website once I had the computer up and running. I'm not experienced enough to speak to the layout or any very technical details, but I can say that it works for a beginner and makes the foundation for a solid business build. The only thing I dislike about it is the flimsy I/O shield, but that's pretty much cosmetic.
Here's the build. With some judicious shopping, I put it together for about $525.
CPU: Intel i5-7500
HSF: Stock with CPU
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB (2x4GB)
SSD: Crucial MX300 M.2 275GB
PSU: EVGA 450B Bronze
Case: Zalman T4
OS: Windows 10 Pro
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Fantastic midrange motherboard!
By M. Saxon
Just built an i5-7500/Win 10 system and I have to say the MSI B250 Mortar motherboard is a solid choice. The complete listing of parts are shown below. Everything fired up the moment I turned on the power. I'm usually a fan of Gigabyte motherboards but after using MSI on another budget build for my parents, I decided to give this midrange board a shot. Couldn't be happier with the performance and options. Granted, I'm not a gamer so I don't use the PCI-E slots but I'm sure they will work for those who do game. I wanted to use a motherboard with a M.2 slot for my OS drive. The Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB M.2 was immediately recognized by the mobo and OS. It's a snappy 20 sec boot up once the OS was installed. I like the MSI Control Center and Live Update software it comes with. It just makes it easy to keep the drivers up to date. The Control Center has a ton of info on your system (temps, CPU core speeds, fan control, etc). I don't overclock so I don't need to tweak anything but the software has the ability to do so. The system has been running for 3 weeks now and so far so good. I will update my review if I run into any snags. If you are looking for higher performance, then I suggest going with the 270 chipset. Cheers!
Windows 10 Home 64 bit
MSI Gaming Intel B250 MORTAR LGA 1151 mATX Motherboard
Intel i5-7500 CPU 3.4GHz
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2 SATA III Internal SSD
Seagate 2TB BarraCuda SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch
(2) Ballistix Sport 8GB Single DDR4 2400
ASUS Blu-Ray Writer BW-16D1HT
ANEWKODI USB WiFi Adapter AC600Mbps
Thermaltake Versa H21 Mid-tower Case
EVGA 500 W1, 80+ WHITE 500W Power Supply
Cooler Master Hyper T4 CPU Cooler
Arctic Silver Ceramique Thermal Compound