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GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: - Extensive overclocking tools
- Works well for the most part
- Installation went quite well and I was even able to reuse my CPU heat sink from my LGA 1156 build

Cons: - Constant sound issues (described below)
- Boot settings in the BIOS keep getting scrambled. If I choose to boot from a CD, it defaults my boot order so that it always boots from the CD (even when I choose using F12 which should be temporary). Also, it often scrambles my boot order by selecting a hard drive without Windows on it to be the booting drive.

EDIT - Here is a list of intermittent sound issues I've encountered (I'll update later):
- Distorted sound
- Sound channels get mixed up (thinks left is the subwoofer)
- "What You Hear" gets played in addition to my microphone as a recording device
- Windows was unable to control the volume of my speakers

Other Thoughts: The sound issues with this motherboard have been frequent and annoying:

First, the board doesn't seem to like the front panel audio on my Coolermaster Storm Sniper case. When I plug in my headphones, it will either play nothing through the headphones or play sound through both the headphones and my speakers simultaneously.

Second, the Creative Sound Blaster software recognizes when I switch to headphones and correspondingly changes the sound configuration from 5.1 to stereo, but when the headphones are unplugged, it refuses to switch back.

Third, Windows 10 constantly has two High Definition Audio Devices listed in the device manager with one disabled. Now this isn't a problem in of itself, but it may be symptomatic of poor driver support.

Fourth, it appears my sound has finally bit the dust. When I just started up my PC my sound and Ethernet adapters had missing drivers and when I reinstall the drivers, they claim the hardware is no longer on the system. I'm going to try defaulting the BIOS and then flashing it to see if that helps but this is seriously annoying.

Gigabyte, I really wanted to like you after using ASUS motherboards for my last two builds and I was pleasantly surprised when my memory worked out of the box (as opposed to on my ASUS builds where it always seems that my memory is unsupported). It seems like quality mobos are hard to come by these days.

ONKYO HT-RC360 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Failed just after warranty expired 01/26/2014

This review is from: ONKYO HT-RC360 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver

Pros: Good sound
Lots of features
Large number of ports for various inputs

Cons: Automatic calibration didn't with for me
Zone 2 speakers only take analog inputs
Sounds stopped working just after 2-year warrantee expired

Other Thoughts: This receiver worked great until it just recently stopped stress having intermittent sound problems. You would have to restart it to reinitialize the sound to get it working. Finally that stopped working and you had to do a factory reset to get it too work. That just recently stopped working.

Also the net feature would often freeze and then wouldn't work for a long while after restarting the receiver.

WD WD RE4 WD1003FBYX-FR 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Cheap
- Drive series is excellent

Cons: I tried two of these drives in a RAID 0 configuration for games and after a couple months of use one of them failed on me and I was forced to buy two of the retail versions instead. I used the remaining drive in a RAID 5 and now it seems to be causing some faults there too.

Other Thoughts: If you're doing a RAID, go for the retail versions and save yourself the grief.


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Display Name: Jeff P.

Date Joined: 02/12/05

  • Reviews: 15
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  • First Review: 08/14/06
  • Last Review: 12/27/15
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