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GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5 LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Awesome color scheme.
Worked out of the box.
Easy to use UEFI (running version F4b).
All necessary overclocking settings available (i5-6600K@4.5GHz)
Neat red LED line that matches my overall color scheme.
USB-C/3.1.
USB DAC port.
Solid audio chipset with changeable OP-AMP.
M.2 port that can use PCI express lane.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: There were only a handful of reviews when I bought this board, and I am actually surprised to see all the negative reviews since making the purchase. I have had zero problems with this product.

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Intel Core i5-6600K 6M Skylake Quad-Core 3.5 GHz LGA 1151 91W BX80662I56600K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 530
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Very fast coming from an i5-2400.
Easy to overclock to 4.5GHz.
No stock cooler.
Incredibly cool idle and load temps, even when overclocked on air (Hyper 212 EVO).

Cons: Slight price premium seemingly because of short stock.

Other Thoughts: CPU paired with:
GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170MX-Gaming 5
PNY Anarchy 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400
GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 4GB G1 GAMING OC EDITION

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Corsair Obsidian Series 350D CC-9011029-WW Black Aluminum / Steel MicroATX Case with Window
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Looks great.
Excellent price.
Very easy cable management.
Nice size for a mATX board, large heatsink (Hyper 212 EVO), and long GPUs (Gigabyte 970 G1, 312mm).
SSD cradles and dust filters are a nice touch.
Free additional red LED 120mm included as an add-on for buying the case (just so happened to fit my color scheme).

Cons: If you have an optical drive, it kind of ruins the aesthetics. I actually opted not to put my drive in since I never use it anymore.
Bulky USB 3.0 cables.
Less airflow from the front of the case due to design, easy to work around though.

Other Thoughts: After building a system with the Corsair 250D for a friend, I knew my next case would be from the same line. I can also highly recommend that case if you are looking for mITX and don't nee as much space for a CPU cooler and GPU.

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Charles W.'s Profile

Display Name: Charles W.

Date Joined: 11/26/03

  • Reviews: 33
  • Helpfulness: 12
  • First Review: 01/03/09
  • Last Review: 01/21/16
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