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GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Pros: - i70 chipset
- LGA 1151 socket for 6th gen cpu
- DDR4 memory Support
- usb type c
- usb 3.1
- sli and 3-way crossfire compatible
- ATX form factor
- Sound blaster x-fi MB3+ 115dB SNR integrated sound card
- amp-up audio technology
- usb DAC0up Ports
- lan and killer lan NIC
- gold plated hdmi, audio opticals
- solid black capacitors
- dual pcie gen3 x4 m.2
- shielding on pcie slots
- includes g connector for easier header plug in
- sticker
- 4 sata cables (2-straight, 2-90degrees)
- io plates
- sli cable
-manual

Cons: -No WIFI built in
-Priced moderately high at $170

Other Thoughts: Installation is simple and uses an ATX form factor. The board has a candy cane theme going with red/ white/ black/silver color accents. The board requires DDR4 memory and a 1151 intel LGA Socket cpu (6th gen). I have a GTX 660, 850 Evo SSD, G.Skill DDR4 2400 and i5-6500 for a 1080p game build reusing my old Graphics card, and SSD that I pulled from my old AMD build. The Bios is very easy to use and supports mouse input. Here you can adjust your cpu settings for overclocking and save 8 different profiles. Memory supports XMP which have to be manually set in the bios, this optimizes the memory timings and speed for that particular set of ram. Clear CMOS button is a great feature and there is a physical button on the top right corner that is easily accessible in case you run into some bios issues. For this build I am using the stock cooler and am not overclocking. The computer so far is stable and does not have any bsod or freezing issues. All the drivers are available on the gigabyte website and support windows 10. One of the great features of this mobo is the integrated sound card that sounds surprising well. It sound great without needing to buy a dedicated sound card- this saves you some money in the long run. Overall this is a solid working and great looking mobo. It has great future proof and new features like M.2 SSD, Killer NIC, SLI/crossfire support, USB 3.1, USB-C, upgraded retention slots for pci slots. The only con I have is there is no WIRELESS NIC built in so expect to shell out some extra money for a wireless AC card or just simply use an ethernet cable for internet/LAN access. Definitely recommend this mobo if you're looking for a future proof mid-high level build. I would like to see the price drop in the $130 range but at $170 it still a great price considering the extra features it has.

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G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown Switches
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4 out of 5 eggs Solid Construction; Great Keyboard 12/06/2015

This review is from: G.SKILL RIPJAWS KM780 MX Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown Switches

Pros: -Solid Construction no twist in keyboard; no flex in center when using
-Black anodized aluminum looks great and has an industrial look/feel
-Keystrokes are tactile and have an audible click
-Volume roller with led indicator
-Wrist Rest is detachable and soft
-Mouse cord holder prevents cord from tangling
-Macro G1-G6 Keys on left side of keyboard
-LEDs evenly backlit RED only and brightness can be adjusted on keyboard
-Slant height adjustable
-Extra QWERCASDFG in case with key removal tool
-Braided Cord is Thick

Cons: -USB input is 2.0 version
-Extra keys are painted red and feel cheap, uncomfortable slant with slits
-Loud key strokes
-Software is not user friendly but manageable requires updating/save settings in specific settings/profiles.

Other Thoughts: Overall, this is a solid looking and performing keyboard. Despite the high price >100 I am not quite sold that it is worth that much. Afterall, it is a KEYBOARD and every other gaming keyboard functions nearly identical. I would only suggest purchasing if you are a DIE-HARD G.Skill fan and want it to match your red/black computer theme. The CONS I would say are the high price, loud clicking sounds (to be expected), USB 2.0 input, extra red keys (feels cheap), and non-user friendly software. Other than that it is a VERY NICE looking and solid gaming keyboard.

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NETGEAR WNR2020v2 Wireless N300 Wi-Fi Router with External Antennas
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4 out of 5 eggs Works great for small house/ low speeds 10/04/2015

This review is from: NETGEAR WNR2020v2 Wireless N300 Wi-Fi Router with External Antennas

Pros: -Simple to use web browser GUI setting
-No disconnects or freezes
-Able to manually select wifi channel
-Reached internet speeds that I paid for (30/6Mbps) through wifi
-Parental Settings can block specified websites
-Automatic firmware update
-Remote configuration

Cons: -Single Band 2.4Ghz b/g/n is outdated technology
-For small house
-It may not be able to push 50+Mbps wifi internet speeds
-100Mbps lan ports

Other Thoughts: I’m quite impressed with the simplicity and ease of setting up this router. It uses a webpage to access the router settings. It didn’t initially detect the modem ip at first but there is an option in the settings to automatically detect the modem when first initializing the modem. After detecting the modem and getting wifi to work changing the settings are a breeze thanks to the easy to navigate menu. Since this is used in an apartment with about 20 other wifi signals detected I scanned for the wifi channel that is used and selected the channel that is least used to avoid interference. I manually changed the channel in the router setting. I have 30/6Mbps internet and this achieved 28.44/5.79Mbps from about 15 feet in the bedroom. So it is not bad at all for wifi internet. My concern with a low end router is reliability and I’m glad to say that this has not disconnected or froze with 6 wifi devices connected to it. Another feature I like is the automatic firmware update settings. I did upgrade to the latest firmware and all I had to do is click the “check for new version” and it will automatically check and update the router. Other features include parental settings to block website and remote access to configure through an ip address. Overall, for the price and performance I give this a recommendation if you’re in a small house/ apartment and your internet speed is less than <50Mbps download.

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