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Skylake

by DarthNada517

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11 Comments

Details

Date Published

July 31, 2017

Date Built

June 16, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.088 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.808 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

Description

It took a while, but I was finally able to get all of the parts together to complete my first build. All things considered, it was a relatively easy process with the total build time, including OS install, being somewhere in the two hour range. Every single piece of equipment I used has been incredible and has performed as advertised, often exceeding expectations. My 6600K is currently slightly overclocked to 4.3 GHz at 1.26 volts, with idle temps in the high 20's (in Celsius) and load temps around the low to mid 50's. The 1070 FTW ACX is fantastic for high refresh (144 Hz) 1080p and 60-120 (Hz) 1440p High-Ultra gaming. With gaming being the rigs current primary use, I am quite pleased with its performance in games such as Rainbow Six Siege, Player Unknown's Battlegrounds, and Arma III; with averages around 120, 80, and 80 respectively at 1440p on high-ultra settings (I usually do a mix of high and ultra to get higher fps, but those are what I typically see displayed by the Geforece Experience Fps Counter). The Noctua NH-D15S is a beast and you should be forewarned if you decide to use it in your own build about its sheer size. When I say it is massive it is not an understatement, this thing is incredibly large and did not fit on my motherboard as indicated on Noctua's comparability guide. Hence the reason why it is turned to accommodate my GPU's placement in the first x16 PCI-e slot. Other than that, the cooler is incredible and is obviously the sole source of my 6600k's cool temps. The RAM performs at its overclocked frequency of 3000 MHz with XMP on and has given me no problems to speak of. The SanDisk 120 Gb is perfect for storing my OS and my games and makes everything feel incredibly responsive while moving about in Windows. The Mini-C was, and remains, a perfect choice of an enclosure for the equipment I put into it. It was painless to work in, even as a first time builder, and had plenty of room for cable management (cut me some slack if it's not up to snuff, it's my first time). I credit the case as a contributing factor to my rigs low temps, due to its amazing airflow. The Hydro G 750 Watt was also a great find that I have very little to critique other than its cable lengths. It could be me being a first time builder, but the cables seemed to be short. Nothing is pulling hard at the connectors on the motherboard or on the PSU itself to cause concern, but they just didn't give me what I would have preferred for slack. Other than that, the PSU is great. One last thing, if you are interested in a UPS and want to know if they are worth it, I whole heatedly believe that they are. My current home has older electrical cabling and I use this to ensure that if something was to go awry (which has already happened in the case of an unexpected power failure) my system doesn't immediately power off. I have tested it with the system on by killing power to the room the rig is in and can happily say that the CyberPower CP1000PFC handled things like a champ by instantly switching to its battery supply and allowing me to shut down the system in plenty of time. That's all I can think to comment on for now. Let me know if you have questions about what I have listed as I am willing to be open about my experiences with all of the equipment I used in the build. Also, thanks to the community for helping by providing all of your knowledge and experience along the way. I asked some stupid questions, but all of them were answered and your responses have always been greatly appreciated.

Part Reviews

CPU

Perfect for my use case of casual gaming. Overclocked to 4.3 GHz at 1.26 volts.

CPU Cooler

Keeps the CPU extremely cool but at the cost of its gargantuan size.

Motherboard

Excellent for overclocking my CPU and the UEFI/BIOS, I felt, was easy to navigate even for a first time builder.

Memory

Works as advertised and makes the system feel insanely responsive along with the SSD.

Storage

It's great for my use case and is practically an indescribable upgrade from an HDD in terms of read and write speeds and also system responsiveness.

Storage

Holds all of the excess. No need to elaborate.

Video Card

Fast, quiet, and powerful.

Case

Great case, with excellent air-flow and a lot of room.

Power Supply

I wanted to get a higher wattage PSU for reuse in more powerful rigs in the future. It is an awesome PSU but just be aware the cables might be a little tight if you're using a larger case.

Wireless Network Adapter

Excellent. I get perfect reception of the 2.4 GHz band and usually get around 50 MB/s download speeds (limited by Xfinity).

Case Fan

Incredible fans. Move serious amounts of air. Going to replace my other two fractal fans with these.

Monitor

1440p, 144 Hz, no dead pixels, superb viewing angels considering. Wouldn't want any other monitor.

Keyboard

I don't blame my lack of ability to find the correct keys during play to be a result of the keyboards layout or spacing, and would more likely attribute my super noobness to years of controller use.

Mouse

It's fast, wireless, and comfortable to use. I have been using the same batteries since I built it and it hasn't slowed down, died, or shown any other degradation in performance in relation to its use of batteries or Bluetooth.

Headphones

I will never buy another pair of headphones besides audio-technica's or Sennheiser's.

UPS

Buy one if you're considering one and you won't regret the purchase.

Comments Sorted by:

StickyStix 1 Build 5 points 20 months ago

That cooler is T H I C C

Issacsweg 3 points 20 months ago

Why is the CPU cooler faced downward?

RollingSushi 1 Build 3 points 20 months ago

Heat travels faster upwards

Issacsweg 2 points 20 months ago

thanks

DarthNada517 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Well, what had happened was, Noctua said that the cooler was compatible with my motherboard in its normal orientation (with the towers facing the front and rear of the case). However, upon installing the massive brick of an amazing air cooler, I discovered quite quickly that my GPU would be pushed to the second PCI-e slot (x8) which would have been fine if not for my network card.

danjessen 1 point 18 months ago

The motherboard has 2 x 16x so moving it down is not an issue.

DarthNada517 submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I'll check into that again. I thought I found something that said it was only wired for x8.

Sparkgames 2 points 20 months ago

Love the setup have a similar one with a 6600K at 4.7ghz and a 1070 asus turbo

mlawcg 2 points 20 months ago

Very nice build. It's crazy how little room you have between the CPU cooler and the GPU. I am mostly impressed with how you did all of this with only $54.99. I clearly need to be a better shopper.

DarthNada517 submitter 1 Build 3 points 20 months ago

Haha. Yeah, I didn't realize that the prices for stuff didn't save the last time I edited the parts list. I'll try to put everything back on there when I get the time.

Issacsweg 1 point 20 months ago

Nice build BTW.