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ASRock Z170A-X1/3.1 LGA 1151 Intel Z170 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I've been building systems for decades and snapping in the processor, ram and attaching cables was very easy.

- Plenty SATA 6 gb slots
- CPU Fan header in good location
- Price / Performance ratio is on point

Cons: What you NEED to know

- If you're using Windows 7 you're going to find that your mouse + keyboard work in UEFI Bios but not in the OS. This can cause some major issues, so I'll outline how I went around it below.
- While it has multiple PCI Express lots, I can't install my PCI sound card (SB Audigy 2) that I've been using for a long time. It works and still has drivers for updated OS's but without the right slot, I'm stuck using USB sound or buying a new card for the reduced size slots. I knew what I was getting into though, so this is only a con if you need the slot.

Other Thoughts: Okay, so you remove your hard drive from your old system, plug it in to the SATA 0a slot and boot up your OS with new hardware only to find that your USB slot's aren't detected! You go into the UEFI Bios by smashing delete on your keyboard before the system starts up and everything is working just fine. So what can you do?

The easy route is that you have a CD-Rom, the hard route would be not having the CD-Rom. So here's how you fix this:
- Go into bios and activate the Advanced mode
> Go to USB to see available options.
> Enable legacy USB AND Enable simulated USB but leave the last option disabled.

You're half-way done. Boot up the OS after saving changes and your keyboard and mouse should work. However, since all ports on the motherboard are USB 3.0 and use a specific driver from ASRock, you'll need to put the CD in and install the drivers for USB, including the internet (which won't be working either since those drivers aren't installed).

If you don't have a CD-Rom. You'll have to do what I did. I used a Universal Hard Drive Adapter that has IDE, SATA options and has 2 USB plugs. This device will allow you to plug in your hard drive via USB to another computer. So, take out your hard drive, or leave it in and connect this device to another computer or laptop. Download the USB and LAN drivers, saving them to an easy to reach folder on that hard drive. Shut down the 2nd computer, turn off your USB Hard Drive adapter and then put that Hard Drive back in the new computer.

At this point you can boot up and install those drivers. Meaning you can now GO back into your UEFI bios and turn off ALL of the USB options from the advanced menu. If you don't your keyboard and/or mouse may light up despite the computer being completely turned off. So turn off that Legacy support and turn off the simulated PS/2 / USB.

Save and boot the computer as normal and everything should work accordingly. JUST REMEMBER, every USB port WILL be supplying 5 volts of power regardless of whether or not the computer is turned on! This is for people to charge their devices and as far as I know there's no option for you to turn that off. Just make sure if you have something plugged in that you're giving it power. It's useful for people who want to charge their vape pen, phone or other devices, but I happen to have headphones that light up when mute is turned on (a typical visual cue) so I have to turn my mic on to disable that light.

I hope this was informative, normally this wouldn't be so hard, but without USB 2.0 ports, you're bound to run into some weird situations. You most likely don't have the adapter I have, but they are usually $15-25 and I've been using mine for about 8 years, so do yourself a favor and buy one. If you don't use it for yourself, you better believe you'll use it to save a friend one day.

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ASRock Z170A-X1/3.1 LGA 1151 Intel Z170 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I've been building systems for decades and snapping in the processor, ram and attaching cables was very easy.

- Plenty SATA 6 gb slots
- CPU Fan header in good location
- Price / Performance ratio is on point

Cons: What you NEED to know

- If you're using Windows 7 you're going to find that your mouse + keyboard work in UEFI Bios but not in the OS. This can cause some major issues, so I'll outline how I went around it below.
- While it has multiple PCI Express lots, I can't install my PCI sound card (SB Audigy 2) that I've been using for a long time. It works and still has drivers for updated OS's but without the right slot, I'm stuck using USB sound or buying a new card for the reduced size slots. I knew what I was getting into though, so this is only a con if you need the slot.

Other Thoughts: Okay, so you remove your hard drive from your old system, plug it in to the SATA 0a slot and boot up your OS with new hardware only to find that your USB slot's aren't detected! You go into the UEFI Bios by smashing delete on your keyboard before the system starts up and everything is working just fine. So what can you do?

The easy route is that you have a CD-Rom, the hard route would be not having the CD-Rom. So here's how you fix this:
- Go into bios and activate the Advanced mode
> Go to USB to see available options.
> Enable legacy USB AND Enable simulated USB but leave the last option disabled.

You're half-way done. Boot up the OS after saving changes and your keyboard and mouse should work. However, since all ports on the motherboard are USB 3.0 and use a specific driver from ASRock, you'll need to put the CD in and install the drivers for USB, including the internet (which won't be working either since those drivers aren't installed).

If you don't have a CD-Rom. You'll have to do what I did. I used a Universal Hard Drive Adapter that has IDE, SATA options and has 2 USB plugs. This device will allow you to plug in your hard drive via USB to another computer. So, take out your hard drive, or leave it in and connect this device to another computer or laptop. Download the USB and LAN drivers, saving them to an easy to reach folder on that hard drive. Shut down the 2nd computer, turn off your USB Hard Drive adapter and then put that Hard Drive back in the new computer.

At this point you can boot up and install those drivers. Meaning you can now GO back into your UEFI bios and turn off ALL of the USB options from the advanced menu. If you don't your keyboard and/or mouse may light up despite the computer being completely turned off. So turn off that Legacy support and turn off the simulated PS/2 / USB.

Save and boot the computer as normal and everything should work accordingly. JUST REMEMBER, every USB port WILL be supplying 5 volts of power regardless of whether or not the computer is turned on! This is for people to charge their devices and as far as I know there's no option for you to turn that off. Just make sure if you have something plugged in that you're giving it power. It's useful for people who want to charge their vape pen, phone or other devices, but I happen to have headphones that light up when mute is turned on (a typical visual cue) so I have to turn my mic on to disable that light.

I hope this was informative, normally this wouldn't be so hard, but without USB 2.0 ports, you're bound to run into some weird situations. You most likely don't have the adapter I have, but they are usually $15-25 and I've been using mine for about 8 years, so do yourself a favor and buy one. If you don't use it for yourself, you better believe you'll use it to save a friend one day.

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Intel 330 Series Maple Crest 2.5
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Extremely fast
- Good amount of space

Cons: None so far after 4 months active.

Other Thoughts: Only used to house games for faster load time.

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Date Joined: 09/17/08

  • Reviews: 9
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  • First Review: 07/13/12
  • Last Review: 12/19/16
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