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MSI MSI Gaming Z170A GAMING M3 LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs So far works as advertised for a budget gaming PC but hopeful of no CPU issues 07/14/2016

This review is from: MSI MSI Gaming Z170A GAMING M3 LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Board is packed with some good features and fills my needs as a non over-clocker. Windows 7 install went smoothly and did NOT require the MSI Windows 7 tool as long as you set up the bios correctly. I did install Windows 7 via a DVD drive so you may need the tool if your installing via USB as those ports will need drivers for the install.

Cons: The last two reviews under mine. I was unaware of the CPU throttling issue and did not see this discussed much on the MSI forums so I can only hope I won't see this issue down the road in six months. I did however pay attention to the last review about disabling it and downloaded that tool for future use if need be.

I also deducted 1 egg for bent CPU fan pins and time wasted going over motherboard with a magnifying glass to look for other problems with parts and solder points.

Other Thoughts: CPU fan pins were bent back about 25-30 degrees. It looks like someone on the manufacturing line put a test meter or something on it to check if it was working but yanked it off at an angle. I CAREFULLY bent the pins back and checked the traces on the underside of the board to make sure no solder points broke contact. Everything works great at the moment but I have not installed any games yet to check them out but it passed several benchmark tests and a burn in test with no issues.

I also tried the on-board sound option and while it's ok, if your a true gamer you want an independent sound card to get the best sound. I reverted back and installed my X-Fi Fatal1ty Pro and it really blows the on-board sound away in clarity, highs, low and mid-range as it's DAC is independent of the boards.

MSI Gaming Z170A GAMING M3, 16GB G-Skill memory, MSI GeForce GTX 960 GAMING 100ME 2GB , Intel I3 6100, Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty Pro, SAMSUNG 850 EVO, Rosewill 850watt PSU (8 years old but fine specs from Johnny Guru at the time and was cleaned out and voltages checked and it's still rock solid)

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Cooler Master SickleFlow 120 - Sleeve Bearing 120mm Blue LED Silent Fan for Computer Cases, CPU Coolers, and Radiators
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It lights up blue and looks pretty

Cons: Too bad it's made cheap and is in no way Silent!. The fan squeals like a stuck pig after it heats up.

Other Thoughts: I would not recommend this fan for anyone looking for a quiet system. I purchased this fan to replace a thermaltake fan that was in a 8 year old case and was beginning to make a little noise every so often but ended up with a worse fan. After the install it was pretty quiet for an hour or so then began to have a slight
"whine" to it. After it heated up it turned into an on-off squeal.

I've run it for a few days to see if it goes away but it did not. Always starts silent but after a hour or so the "whine" starts followed by the "squeal" a little later. Remounted it a few times to change orientation but it did not help. The cost of shipping it back to newegg for a replacement and waiting for the return is not worth the price of the fan itself so I'll just consider eating this cost. While others may have had luck with this fan, it's my first purchase from "Cool Master" and I'll have to consider this in any other purchases from them. For now I put the ole Thermaltake fan back in as it's wasn't as bad as this new one until I get a replacement.

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Creative Inspire P7800 90 Watts 7.1 Speaker
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5 out of 5 eggs Still going strong! 06/11/2016

This review is from: Creative Inspire P7800 90 Watts 7.1 Speaker

Pros: Life!! These speakers appeared on the market in 2004 and I bought mine in 2007. Still going strong with no degrade after 9 years!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: The only issue you'll have is if these are paired with an older soundblaster card and it's not a speaker issue but a driver issue with the card as alot have been discontinued. These speakers are the best I've owned and in today's PC world it's hard to find a true 7.1 system setup. That said I'm currently upgrading a PC and intend to use both my X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro 7.1 and these speakers as I've located Windows 10 drivers.

If you have the chance to catch these for sale on a auction site, yard sells etc you should pick them up as you won't be disappointed.

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Display Name: David N.

Date Joined: 07/03/06

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  • First Review: 07/08/16
  • Last Review: 07/14/16
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