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Skylake Build for my budget

by truesmotpoker



Date Published

Oct. 15, 2015

Date Built

Oct. 10, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.279 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C


This is my first time. I did tons of research, and built a plan to fit in my budget now. I just powered through the build, in about 90 minutes, and everything else was super easy. it boots a seconds. It runs games at high settings, stays super cool, its not very loud. I really love this pc. I am going to by two more dimms and hard drive soon but this is what I could afford right this minute.

If you really must know more: Things i learned: pay more attention when taking the photos. they look terrible, i think my camera lens was dirty for at least one of them. and it was way too much work to go back and shoot a staged build photo of all the boxes...

Use Normally i just game or watch tv with my gf, but on sundays: I game, and i watch tv using usb tuners (i actually bought them a year ago for use with my tablet and my laptop, but when at home i actually found the most i have the most use for them) at the same time on sundays, and from 1 to 4 EST I watch 2 NFL games (and record them) and because i think i can multitask i will game at the same time depending on the quality of the match ups, mostly just looking over based on what the announcer says when the game is not very interesting... i digress

the point being i am able to game at high settings and watch tv ( 3 monitors) and the pc does great though occasionally some frames drop (very rarely)

The Plan

The plan is to build a moderate gaming pc, and in a year or so i am going to buy another motherboard, cpu, case, some faster ram and more powerful psu (z chipset and unlocked i am thinking of some sort the amount of time and whats on the market then will decide) and this pc will get a gt730 from my and my GFs shared pc (no longer shared that i built this pc, which has led to much happiness between us) (if it benchmarks better than just the integrated graphics, they get similar marks but i figure that is from the gt730 generally being benchmarked on older pcs, but again i digress) and i will take the 960 out and into the new pc, until i can afford a newer better gpu to make another but better gaming pc and upgrade both of our pcs, as i can afford it. I am looking at about $600 to build a second pc and i will keep swapping out parts from my pc to her pc as i upgrade. to hopfully save some money while giving both of us decent affordable pcs to meet our needs.

UPDATES SINCE INITIAL BUILD (11-15-15) Lamptron FC9 fan controller, and more powerful exhaust fan 110 cfm, and an additional slim side intake fan for the gpu, and moved extra fan to bottom of case. when i am not doing anything demanding i turn all the fans down, nice and quiet, what mostly bothered me was not the constant noise of the fan but the change in volume with the system temp changes, so i bought the fan controller, and i like it quite a bit and my system is doing great!

Update 2 (12-12-15) Many commentators told me to change the psu. I was always planning on it but was waiting for a sale. For my build, i am still positive that the 500w evga (#1 selling PSU on amazon as of this being written) is perfect for my build, but since my plan is to build 2 pcs, and the 750w Supernova bronze was on sale for 56.99, i bought it and installed it. And in the process of re working my wires, broke a sata connector off my mobo. I was able to just slip it back in place with some patience and my dvd drive is working fine. (i could have used the sata express port but i am planning on adding a m.2 SSD or maybe a sata express device in the future so using the original was my goal)

Part Reviews


Great cpu, decent price, runs cool with stock cooler (which was super easy to install), which also is not very loud.


I dont know if i will ever buy another brand of motherboard. i really like everything asus has done here.


if you don't have a motherboard meant for overclocking, this is best ram you can get. suberb performance.


Works like a an ssd should, very cheap, decent specs for an ssd (especially at this price) a little quirky though...

Video Card

run 3 1080p monitors, and n the stock bios in never makes a noise! (not over the sound of my case fans at least) though I changed the fan curve to keep my whole case cooler, since the fans didnt turn on til 60 C. Which the fan are very powerful and when stress testing my system the fans can get loud but i have not gotten my card to its 80 C ceiling yet.


great case. wish i had spent more and gotten a case with a top exhaust but it is working great, i really shouldn't complain.

Comments Sorted by:

PCIntake 5 points 37 months ago

Nice to see a non-K 6th gen Skylake CPU, nice build!

johngerges582 3 points 37 months ago

I fell like it was just a couple months ago that SSD's were around $100 for a 256gb . Man are they getting cheaper.

johngerges582 1 point 37 months ago


truesmotpoker submitter 3 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

it was not really my first choice, but it did not have any worse reviews than the other ones and it was the cheapest, by like 10 bucks, i really want a samsung sm951 or comparable which are almost 3x as expensive than this ssd per gb

vVTyfighterVv 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I remember my excitement last Christmas when I found a deal on a 240gb ssd for $90.

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bayonetta4life 2 points 30 months ago

I decided to settle with the mobo your using. I too am building a non-overclocking, non-sli pc, so I simply needed a decent mobo that works well, I dont need to pay extra for all of the additional features in the "pro gaming" mobos out there.

Im looking forward to building it. thanks for posting your build! It influenced me to get the mobo.

truesmotpoker submitter 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thanks to you. I really like this motherboard. It has been perfect. Since this was my first build, it was nice how easy everything was setting up my boot drives and what not.

AwesomeBuilderXE1901 3 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

I got this mobo too in my completed build! Pretty awesome!

wwbt14 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Is the 6500 supposed to be the sky lake equivalent of a 4460?

truesmotpoker submitter 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

evidently... i did not look at the 4460 before i purchased, but they are both the same clock speed but the turbo is higher on the i5 6500 and the benchmarks favor the 6500, (but being the 6500 is newer so yeah.)

pe6600 1 point 35 months ago

its equivalent to the 4590 :)

wwbt14 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago


HelloImAMac 1 point 37 months ago

Can you overclock on an H170?

truesmotpoker submitter 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago


PC_Alex 1 point 37 months ago

Hello. I am planning to build my first PC as well. I'm deciding whether to go for the standard Haswell CPU with H97 mobo, or Skylake CPU with H170 mobo. Do you have any advice for me? I am a noob to computer stuff and don't know much so if you could help enlighten me so it can ease my decision. H97 Haswell build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/BM7NCJ H170 Skylake build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/L3Nmt6

I'm also debating whether to spend more for a gtx 970 for skylake, or just keep with gtx 960

truesmotpoker submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

if you have the money the gtx 970 is probably the answer, i think since the mobo/cpu are approximately the same price i would go with skylake h170 since it should be more uprgradable and slightly higher performance (probably not really noticeable though if you with the h97 build instead) except also faster ram on the h170 for the basically the same price.

aerophoenix1 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Definitely update that SSD and PSU after 1yr and a half, haven't had much luck with those two.

truesmotpoker submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

thank you. that is part of the plan. i really want to spend too much money and get a SM951 or SM950 pro. Do you think the extra cash is worth the difference between them and the 850? and for PSU i actually also like the evga supernova nex 750 80+ bronze for my upgrade?

aerophoenix1 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Go for the Evga route, a lot more reliable

truesmotpoker submitter 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

replaced PSU (though once i put this graphics card in my next pc and this pc becomes my gfs and gets my old GPU then the power supply is going back in, though not for a gaming rig)

DTI466 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Man that looks Purdy. Wait, is that a console controller? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH!!!!!!!

truesmotpoker submitter 3 Builds 0 points 35 months ago

When i emulate (you know only home brew games... nothing pirated... lol) i like having a controller. but most pc gamers would scoff at my mouse i use and the keyboard i use for gaming too... a EZ eyes keyboard (bought at Dollar Tree) and a generic silent bluetooth mouse.

Isaic02 1 point 34 months ago

What did you mean in your comment on the memory? "Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory if you don't have a motherboard meant for overclocking, this is best ram you can get. suberb performance." I'm just starting to put together a build. I'm planning on getting the Z170A-G45 GAMING MB and experimenting with OCing. Should I get different memory? I will post my build on the forums for feedback, after I finish. Thanks!

truesmotpoker submitter 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

TLDR...The Z170 boards can overclock RAM, so for my pc with a z170 i bought ddr4 3000 to fit my budget.

THE LONG The z170 boards (all i really know is mine, but i understand it to be true of all z170 boards) can overclock the RAM, so i bought the Crucial DDR4-2133 for one (with an H170 MB) of the two PCs i built the least few months. It benchmarks great, equal to my Corsair LPX Vengeance DDR4-3000 i put my other pc (with an Asus Z170A) when the MB has overclocking off. When i use the auto overclock on the ram (which i always do, but had to change the setting to overclock it) at which point i get even greater performance in benchmarks (I don't remember the exact increase but it was enough for me to decide to leave the overclock on all the time) I dont think at the price point of the DDR4-2133 you will get any better, (i definitely could be wrong here) but by playing the waiting game i was able to get DDR4 3000 for less than $1 a gig more, and other than benchmarks i dont know if i can tell the difference as everything seems to be very zippy, on both of the PCs.

Someone who actually probably knew what they were talking about once wrote in a tech review article and it really stuck with me concerning price of ram "the faster the better, but capacity can be more impactful for overall system performance." "buy as much, as fast, as you can."

I spent just over 200 on my gpu. so my i spent 110 on ram that i hope will be still be good enough for my next $200 to $250 gpu upgrade in 2 years (maybe less money if going SLI with my current GPU is cheaper and higher performance than a replacement at that price range). If i had more money my MB has auto overclock much faster ram than the 3000, but for the value i thought 3000 was the sweetspot i could afford.

jackbauer24 1 point 33 months ago

On your review of the SP SSD you said it was quirky.... Mine is freezing randomly....was wondering if you experienced this. I'm trying to figure it out. HD light goes solid red, but task manager shows no use for like 30secs to a minute.

truesmotpoker submitter 3 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Unfortunately i am unable to help you, it just wasnt as simple to use as my other ssds, as in i had to do certain set up activities more than once, where as when i used a sandsisk or other bigger name brand i did not have any issues. I will watch out for this issue though, and hopefully you will post your solution for the rest of us when we encounter similar issues.

Firefoxninja1234 0 points 31 months ago

These builds with ugly *** dirty rooms give me tummy aches

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ThoughtA staff 2 points 30 months ago

Do not suggest that subreddit here. Those keys are not legitimately distributed and break MS ToS.

truesmotpoker submitter 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

too sketchy.

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DS4130 3 Builds 4 points 37 months ago

Really? 8.1 on JonnyGURU, low power build? I don't believe you.. Did you take the time to look into this unit before making a comment?

Sorry that may have come across a little rude, no it is not a fantastic PSU, but I don't feel replacement is warranted in this case..

OAcesync 1 Build -1 points 37 months ago

Okay I found the JonnyGuru review it's not really explosive bad but it's still something I would really recommend replacing since it's a dumbed down version of the 500B which is still PSU I would replace and not recommend for gaming builds

truesmotpoker submitter 3 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

the psu is going to be replaced as i upgrade and it is going to be used for a non gaming pc for my gf. i am going for a good one (second tier) one later on as opposed to this third tier one. i dont think i will ever need a 1st tier for any builds i do barring some unexpected technological advance which so dictates

Knockz 2 points 37 months ago

Im building akylane myself and need an os, but have a 600$ budget. Do you think i could afford this stuff if prices go down on cyber monday/black friday? PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

truesmotpoker submitter 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

yes, add a SSD though ($70 240 gb works for me) because you are bottlenecking all this awesome hardware with old tech using only a HDD, i just threw an extra 500gb i had around from old pc but back up since it is old which speaking of be warned about seagate HDD http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/01/hard-disk-reliability-examined-once-more-hgst-rules-seagate-is-alarming/

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