Sometimes it is the little things in life that make all the difference, like receiving a letter from a friend you have not heard from in a long time. Maybe the little thing is getting a few minutes to not worry about anything but yourself or your hobby. For me, upgrading my computer systems is a pleasure and I take every chance I can to boost the power in my system. But what happens when you upgrade your systems and a piece of legacy equipment no longer is compatible. This happens in all industries when a major shift occurs, for example, when HDMI started to take hold it, was impossible to find certain peripheral devices that had coax connections on them anymore. For the computer industry, it usually revolves around upgraded ports and motherboard slots.

MSI Z87-G43 Motherboard and Box


What if you are a business owner who desires to upgrade your systems but has some proprietary technology? One example might be a music studio that needs connectivity with some older equipment utilizing an outdated standard. Luckily, there usually is an option with computers that provides a nice mix of modern connectivity and legacy connections. USB 3.0 is a good example, in that USB 3.0 devices can be used on USB 2.0 ports at slower speeds and USB 2.0 devices can use USB 3.0 ports. However, what about PCI, seeing as most of the world has moved on to using PCIe cards but some still require PCI slots.

MSI Z87-G43 Motherboard


The MSI Z87-G43 motherboard is motherboard targeted at budget conscious individuals looking for a quality system board. The Z87-G43 comes with a wealth of features that are often pegged as being for mainstream or enthusiast level boards. These features include the UEFI Click BIOS 4, Military Class 4 components, 4K Display support, and multiple display outputs. While the MSI Z87-G43 board is considered a budget board, the Military Class 4 components that the board is built with offer EMI, ESD, Humidity, and High temperatures protection. These components include super ferrite chokes and solid caps. There is one PCI-e 3.0 x16 slot to provide the fastest PCI-e interface currently available. There is also the Command Center, which allows tweaking of system settings without entering the BIOS for RAID, and RAMDisk capability.