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Student Skylake

by jnknpt


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Date Published

Sept. 9, 2015

Date Built

Sept. 9, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

47.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.102 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


My first build - despite many delays, I finally completed it this morning.

CPU /// The i5 is fantastic; super fast for normal stuff, brilliant in gaming - see the last image for temps - runs around 25 degrees usually - max 50 when intense gaming.

CPU Cooler /// It's good, it seems to keep it cool - no overclock however and it was a * to install, the only mistake I made was slighlty wobbling it too much trying to get the pins to line up - not excessively however.

Motherboard /// Nice! It changed the boot order automatically to my usb for windows installation that way, and auto after removal - very fast, very easy to use. The only thing is I had to go into the BIOS to alter the usb power settings as power was still being supplied to my keyboard/mouse on turn off and obviously with lights this is annoying.

Storage /// The BX100 is fast, transfer is quick, windows is speedy, boot up time is so fast it's waiting for me even before the monitor has turned on! WDCB - Nice amount of storage, use it for everything non-essential plus backup.

Video Card /// Excellent - MGS 5 runs at 60fps 1080p no dips as I've seen so far - only other I've tried is Subnautica which is usually above 110fps 1080p maxed. I know it's overkill - I'm getting a better monitor soon guys don't get mad! 1440p 144hz probably.

Case /// Lovely, solid, heavy! I like that, some won't but I like the obvious build quality - dust filters a plenty, plenty of cable management options and space.

Power Supply /// It's 80plus Gold rated and modular - lovely sleeved cables, easy to work with, looks sexy.

Additional /// Windows 8.1 Pro for student - £50 for anyone in uni, do it! Antistatic wriststrap just in case! The keyboard and mouse are great, as only £20 they do the job until I can get a mechanical Speakers are good, nothing special but I have a razer chroma for gaming.

Overall /// I enjoyed this, my cable management could be better but for a first attempt it's okay, I'll go back and tidy more when my cable ties come in the post. Despite the recent Nvidia "scandal" the card is great, it will continue to be great and honestly, I love that AMD are back in the running.

Part Reviews


Nice and fast - lovely all round - not too hot unlike some reviews have said

CPU Cooler

A pain to install but affordable and keeps it cool


Loved the motherboard - the BIOS was easy to use however the shield though was finicky to fit into the ports of the MOBO.


RAM - what more can you say, looks good too


Fast, fairly priced for it's size, great!


It's HDD storage - so yeah - 930gb format size on mine however, 70gb is a big loss! No big deal though

Video Card

Incredible - every game, maxed out - 60fps guaranteed - if you're at 1080p expect 100fps


Very easy to work with, loved the build quality - immense cable management

Power Supply

Good power supply - not too many reviews out for this on pcpartpicker yet but it's gold 80 plus rated, should last a long time fingers crossed

Comments Sorted by:

piemancoder 2 points 44 months ago

Wow, it looks really nice

jnknpt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I tried! haha

Rylie59 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

Very solid and really nice. Good job

jnknpt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago


noap7 2 points 44 months ago

Really nice build! You've got my +1! Was wondering how well does that gpu perform? Would you recommend it?

jnknpt submitter 2 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

I can't fault it - I haven't got many games just now but I've been playing the heck out of MGS V and it runs beautifully. I uploaded the 3D Mark score so you can see its got some horsepower!

noap7 1 point 44 months ago

Thnx man!

EducatedSquid 1 point 44 months ago

Nvidia scandel? do you mean the DX12 thing because its not a massive deal, just means AMD is going to be a bit more competative :) Overall nice build. 7/8 Gr8 Build M8

jnknpt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Yeah - overblown, despite Nvidia loss in this instant you can bet they have stuff up their sleeve. Thank you!

EducatedSquid 4 points 44 months ago

Yea lets hope its a TITAN xXx_DankSc0p3-XxX with 420GB of DDR69 VRUM

soundreaper 1 Build 3 points 44 months ago

Also, just a note, if you plan on playing any DX9 games (like Skyrim, with ENB and texture mods and whatnot), beware that Windows 10 has this stupid limit on DX9 VRAM usage.

It only lets you use a max of 4 GB of VRAM for any DX9 applications. So, if somehow you managed to get Skyrim to over 4 GB of VRAM usage, it'll stutter like hell or crash on Windows 10. Just a heads up.

EducatedSquid 2 points 44 months ago

Skyrim uses Direct X 11, I dont know what seafood you have snorted

soundreaper 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

I meant ENB. Whoops.

jnknpt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Not Skyrim, but I plan on playing Fallout 4 - doubt that'll have that issue though - Thank you for heads up though - +1'd so anyone who this applies to can see it!

Russkie69 3 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I really think the 980ti is a solid choice for running microsoft word to write those overnight essays on western civilization history.

jnknpt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Haha - That's the gamer part- I'm actually a chemistry student so I often run several iterations of various quantum chemistry equations and NMR spectra manipulation - so it comes in handy too!

Russkie69 3 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

It's a very nice build, did the evo cover the first ram slot, because I am in the process of buying parts for my skylake build and might want consider getting a cheaper cpu cooler for right now, and later in about a month or two get the x61.

jnknpt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I've just had a look now - it looks like you could JUST fit ram in the first slot - I want 2 extra 4gb's in a while so yeah I hope so!

FLuXX_PwR 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Question. You said that the Hyper 212 was a little difficult to install, in what aspects?

jnknpt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Instructions were a little hard to follow - it wasn't really that difficult I was being picky - of the whole build that was the worst if I had to pick something put it that way

FLuXX_PwR 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

For some unseen reason my 212 shipped with either the incorrect nuts or screws. Case space wasn't an issue by some miracle. It's a bit of a tall cooler but the side of my case bulges out

jnknpt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

It just about fits in the h440 - sorry about the problem though - found myself very fortunate with part health - though I'm never ordering from Ebuyer or Dabs.com again! Delayed massively - see my reddit post for more info

mikeb87 3 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Looks good! I like your part selections too, been thinking about replacing my 980s with 980ti's. And I love the h440. +1

jnknpt submitter 2 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

The 980 Ti is a beast! In SLI config you could handle anything at 4k though you're probably best waiting for Nvidia next gen GPUs next year, if you want value for money

Stuart_Munto 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

A 980ti in a student build?? Man, times have changed! I could bearly afford a pen let alone a word processing PC when I was a student.... But man what a build! Great job +1

jnknpt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I am very good with my money; and I recently got an Ambassador job at uni that pays well - been smashing those holiday hours working my *** off for this- Totally worth it haha

Mariomash 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Great choice on parts in every way possible XD. I do wonder why you decided to cut costs on the SSD and not go for a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB? But its really good XD


jnknpt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Price-performance really - it's usually £30 more expensive and at the time I was buying even more, not worth the difference when speed wise there's not much in it. Thanks!

Mariomash 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

Oh cool, well a SSD is better then no SSD XD

Jimmeh_Jazz 1 point 43 months ago

This is pretty much the exact build that I will be doing, except I have a larger SSD (512GB MX100). Do you have any regrets? In particular - are the case and CPU cooler OK? Do you have any noise issues?

jnknpt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

No regrets - CPU cooler is fine my average temps are like 25 degrees idle, 45 load - maybe pushing 50 certain times - it's decent enough but I'm not overclocking otherwise I would have gotten a better cooler. -------- Case is great, so easy to work in and the stock fans are decent - there are many holes for cable routing which helps - dust filters are a plus too. ----- only thing I perhaps regret is not having the i7 skylake, it is just too overpriced at this time to warrant it - but for my university work it would make a difference. ------ watch the shield for the MOBO though - I had to slightly bend some metal edges to get it to first of all fit outside and then once I was sure, put it in and mounted the MOBO. ------- graphics card temperatures are good on the stock overclock for EVGA - 35 degrees idle (well internet apps etc..) I think it goes down to 30 just doing nothing, in gaming its not gone above 60 degrees under load - and thats having above 1440p resolution loaded and shrinking to my 1080p monitor for slightly better textures. ---- All in all, fantastic build, let me know if you need any help

Jimmeh_Jazz 1 point 43 months ago


Do you have an external disc drive too? I noticed that the case you used, though it's really nice, doesn't have space for an optical drive. I would probably need one to play some old games that I have on disc.

jnknpt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

No i don't - unfortunately I don't think the case can be modified to take one either

acmak666 1 point 39 months ago

Hi, i'm thinking of getting this exact same build but i do have some questions. I see that the PSU is capable of 650W but according to pcpartpicker you only use 456W, wouldnt it be better to go for a 550 and save some money? And is there a cpu cooler you could reccoment that would keep everything just a bit cooler, just so i wont have to worry about that if i decide to upgrade it in the future.

jnknpt submitter 2 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

It would be yeah, but I have now overclocked both the CPU and GPU, which answers the next one, the headroom was necessary for the OC, plus it's always wise to have more than needed by a big margin, the last thing you want is to have to change it, approximations are good and all, but not totally accurate.

. To be honest the hyper 212 is a great cooler even though its budget, that's why it's popular, even with a 4.5GHz clock my cpu doesn't go beyond 65 at 1.3v in gaming, it did go to 87 during max Intel burn though. However, if I was to do another, if I had the money I'd definitely custom water cool, because I looked at reviews for the best water coolers and there's just not a good enough consistency for me to risk one. SO, final decision, given a standard budget, I'd go a bit better, get the coolermaster v8/10 which looks awesome and cools slightly better, stick some top quality paste on there and you'll have no trouble. Way I see it. If something goes wrong on air, you'll likely be able to tell in normal situations if you monitor the card, eg a fan dies, sound and sight of the temps. With water, it'll leak everywhere and destroy the other bits, which is why custom water cooling is better apparently, much higher quality.

Definitely wise what you said, totally don't mind the questions. Also, I'm in the process of making a pc building website so check this out if it helps https://buildacomputersite.wordpress.com

acmak666 2 points 39 months ago

Wow thanks for replying so quickly, i definetly will be looking at your website.

acmak666 1 point 38 months ago

Hi, I have nearly all the components i need to get the pc up and running but i noticed the motherboard comes with a dvd to install some drivers( https://youtu.be/b4aGpeqPkgA?t=136 ) (don't know if links are even allowed here but that's the dvd i'm talking about). Do i need to find a way to add an optical drive or can i get those drivers another way? Also did you need to purchase some seperate cables for this build or special screwdrivers or something? And lastly i made some minor changes to your build to fit personal needs a bit more and i would like to hear what you think about it ( http://pcpartpicker.com/p/j49szy ). The cooler should be a minor upgrade to the EVO and it was on sale so that helps. I feel like 240GB SSD would be a bit much for me so saving a bit of money there. And the case was just cheaper :P Really looking forward to putting it all together ^

jnknpt submitter 2 Builds 2 points 38 months ago
  • Download the drivers on your current pc - transfer to USB and done - It's not recommended to use CD drivers ever, they're always out of date.

  • No cables required, the motherboard contain plenty SATA cables - the PSU had all the power cables needed.

  • Screwdrivers were something I did just for me, they looked nice - but you need a decent one, magnetic would be a plus.

  • My thoughts: Good build, not too much different to mine - the SSD will be plenty big enough for the OS and a select few games - WARNING! When installing the OS, disconnect the HDD so that there's no chance it writes to there, sometimes it will, re connect after. The CPU cooler isn't too much different, very minor upgrade if any, the HYPER 212 EVO is amazingly well priced, though do not try a substantial overclock on it.

  • Overall, my rig plays everything incredibly well - though I'm stuck with a 1080p monitor for the moment, I'd suggest like me moving to 1440p to make the most of the hardware

acmak666 1 point 38 months ago

Oh right, USB didn't even cross my mind haha. And yeah the 212X will probably not be noticably better than the EVO but with the sale it was a couple cents cheaper :) And since i don't plan on overclocking until i actually get a new monitor it'll be sufficient for now. Thanks for answering all my questions And linking me to your site earlier, you've been very helpfull, i can honestly say i couldn't have done it without you ^

jnknpt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Haha - The website is just a blog / research guide right now, stick with it and I'm planning to have a full video tutorial and picture walk through - but I'm glad it helped!

custardonmynipps 1 point 33 months ago

Nice PC but I feel like everyone uses that HDD and I just don't know why 1TB use to be good but now if you don't want to get a Hard Drive in 3 months then I would go for a 2TB-4TB as they are still relatively cheap if you know where to buy.

jnknpt submitter 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

I don't see the point, you may feel the need for more, but in the year ish I've had it, I've never used more than 500GB on the HDD.

custardonmynipps 1 point 33 months ago

Well with 1080p textures, game saves etc. I have used 1TB of my 4TB HDD and I only use my SSD for important stuff like OS. Maybe I just play too many games and should do some more studying because exams don't pass themselves :P

custardonmynipps 1 point 33 months ago

What resolution do you play at?

jnknpt submitter 2 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

1080p for now - soon as I can I'll be getting a gsync 1440p widescreen

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