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

Pros: Amazing layout (see cons for the not-so-amazing) for what I wanted to do. It still kind of boots. It's awesome when it works. The colors on the board are great and look sort of Star Wars storm trooper-ish. Plethora of USB 3 slots in the back.

Cons: Layout cons - As others have mentioned, the SATA ports not being 90 degrees and their location makes absolutely no sense. There is only one USB 3 header. It would be great to have 2 on here since reaching around my case to plug in a thumb drive is a chore (maybe I need a mirror back there) due to the size of the thing and where it's located. Had to get an add-on card for front USB ports because the USB 3 header stopped functioning (I checked the cable, unplugged, replugged, etc. Works fine when plugged into the add-on card though). Having MAJOR issues with it rebooting. When I click reboot, it shuts completely off, then turns on and off repeatedly. I have to unplug it or turn the power switch off on the PSU for it to stop, otherwise it's in an endless loop.

Other Thoughts: I've been building PCs for 19 years now and I've never had a lemon motherboard. I've owned this board for about 3 months now. I refused to acknowledge that the motherboard was the issue (even though I had a gut feeling it was) and I've replaced everything in the case (including the PSU. I needed to upgrade it anyway) and I'm still having these issues. Turned off HPET (this helped with the instability while it's running but it still crashes randomly, just not as much). Today I rebooted. It went into endless reboot mode and took out my RAID array, which totally peed in my Cheerios

Honestly, MSI needs to release a new revision and cross ship the not FU-BAR version to everyone who has bought this board and put up with the nonsense involved with it. I'm sure I'll get some broken Engrish response from MSI (to which I have already tried all those suggestions, so save us both time and don't bother), but honestly I believe this is the last MSI product I'll buy. I would not buy this board again unless it had some major revisions.

I'm leaving this at 2 stars because when it works, it's great. When it doesn't, it's easily the worst experience trying to troubleshoot and track down the issue. I think it seriously needs some BIOS work and it may actually fix some of the gripes in regards to the crashing and other assorted fun stuff we've all been experiencing. However, I'm done putting band-aids on MSI's problem child with my own dime. Unless it's fixed, MSI can keep their garbage from this day forward.

TekNmotion TM-YB100P Yapster Plus Headset for PC, MAC, Tablets and Smartphones, Black
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great sound quality. Cheap. Does the job. Quick disconnect feature is a GODSEND. Good job here guys! I can actually use this as a headset for my phones (at home. I'm not wearing this in public. I'm not a complete goober)and it sounds amazing!

Cons: Ear cups are on the small side. I haven't really found any that are large, though so I suppose this isn't a deal breaker. The material on the ear cups is leathery, so don't expect great sweat dissipation like you'd find in higher quality headsets. In comparison to the Turtle Beach X12 (since TekNMotion uses many of TB's designs), the "arms" of the headset are on the flimsy side. I keep waiting for someone to make a quality METAL headset so these things don't snap on people with bigger heads. On the other hand, the TBX12 is also flimsy and they generally run 15 bucks more so you be the judge. The adjustable mic feels a little flimsy, but it hasn't broken off yet and the mic still works great even after a month of abuse.

Other Thoughts: Overall this is an excellent headset. It's a decent buy at 30 bucks. I've been a fan of TekNMotion since the original Yapster, which lasted me a record 10 months and only cost 20 bucks. Compared to the TBX12 which lasted me around 8 months and various Logitech products which tend to last about 2 months and I'd say TekNMotion is the winner. Only time will tell if this headset lasts that long, but I will say if it does, TNM has a repeat customer on their hands.

WD BLACK SERIES WD5000BPKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Excellent drive. Low noise. Installation was a snap into an old Acer that had one of the thousands of WD Blue drives that FAIL miserably in it. Black series is rock solid though. Would buy again.

Cons: Price per gigabyte. This should be going down as SSD prices are going down. Either way, it's still a good drive and a decent deal, but these should be $50.00, not $80.00

Other Thoughts: The price per gigabyte is fluctuating so wildly on traditional hard drives yet the price per gig of an SSD seems to be going down drastically. It might be worth it to wait another year to upgrade to an SSD unless you have a worthless WD Blue drive in your laptop and NEED a drive right now.


Matthew W.'s Profile

Display Name: Matthew W.

Date Joined: 07/28/04

  • Reviews: 14
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 09/13/11
  • Last Review: 12/18/15
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