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on 5 December 2013
Installed my new CPU and memory into it and turned it on. Fans whirred up, it didn't POST, and 10 seconds later it powered down. Double checked all of my connections and tried it again, with no joy.
MSI support said it must be bad memory or a bad PSU. So I replaced both still with no joy. MSI then asked me what LEDs were lighting up, except the board doesn't have any diagnostic LEDs. After that they no longer replied to my e-mails.
So, it's being returned.
Sure, occasionally electronics items are faulty, so I can't draw any conclusions about generally whether the MSI motherboards have bad quality control. But my issue here is that the board has precious little diagnostic capability built into it to diagnose problems when it won't POST. There's nothing at all in the supplied manual or online to troubleshoot it.
If you boot without memory installed at all it does give three beeps if the speaker is connected (which is the only diagnostic information I could get out of it), but AFAIK, if it doesn't POST it should be giving some signal as to what it thinks the problem is. So, it's being sent back to Amazon (who, as usual, are fantastic with handling returns) and I'm buying an ASUS board instead with the same chipset which comes with diagnostic LEDs which light up to tell you if why it can't POST.