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VOTED PCPARTPICKER BUILD OF THE MONTH

About the Build: At the start of the year I wanted to upgrade my old rig as it was... getting old and could barely run anything. So I ended up selling that and started working on the weekend and all holidays. I planned to get a Z97 motherboard, CPU and Ram, so I did.. until I realised that Skylake was out the next day. I replaced them for Z170 parts and paid a little extra just because I didn't want to buy something that would be considered "old-gen". That completely destroyed my colour-scheme though, since I was going to get the Sabertooth Mark S which has an all white look to go with my blue fans. I plan to use the PC for FSX, games ,video editing and rendering.

I then proceeded to actually build my first PC by myself and i'll be honest, I did not know how to do anything a few months ago. But thanks to this wonderful community here and other forums I was able to know basically everything.The procedure was fairly easy but took me 3 hours until I realised that my powersupply came DOA, got that replaced a week later and now works flawlessly ( :( honestly wanted to be the first to post here with a Z170 board.) After the build was completed I installed windows 10 in exactly 10 minutes which surprised me,I then went on and installed the latest drivers.

Overclocking: I first tried AI SUITES 3 as I've never overclocked before, It was ridiculous it took me to 4.9ghz at 1.52v. So I just went straight to the BIOS took it back to default watched a ton of OC'ing videos and learnt pretty quick. Currently I am on a 4.5ghz on 1.3v 100% stable, kinda disappointing as I wanted to go to 4.7ghz because FSX again is CPU based. I managed to OC to 4.6 @1.344v 12 hour stress test on Prime95. Max temp during test was 83°C and my idle is around 25°C. My temps are really low because its currently winter in AU.

Cable management: "Dont worry I zip-tied it", no I didn't my zip ties have not come in yet but I am planning to work on my cable management

Overall thoughts: I couldn't be happier about my build and I do believe that my work payed off and I was able to award myself with such a high-end build, love the colour-scheme which I thought earlier wont go together. A BIG THANKS to everyone who is still here reading this, my parents for going multiple times to different stores to get me what I want and OF COURSE THANK YOU PCPARTPICKER Staff and Members!

Part Reviews

CPU

The first i7 to be released on the Z170 chipset range works great, managed to overclock to 4.5ghz @1.3v 100% Stable.

CPU Cooler

Looks pretty slick with the braided hoses and love the RGB feature. Also it isn't that loud with the blue SP120'S that I put on.

Motherboard

This motherboard is all I can ask for, Looks awesome with the ROG logo RGB feature and performs well with an i7.

Memory

Very fast ram for a decent price, just remember to enable XMP in the BIOS to get the full 3200mhz.

Storage

9 SECOND BOOT TIME! Really fast SSD, 250GB for OS and frequently used games and programs.

Storage

Got 2TB and partitioned them in half, one for games and media the other for FSX addons. Work's great and it's really quite.

Video Card

Very quite and is probably the best 1080p Nvidia graphics card out, had the money for a 980ti but I honestly don't need it as I will be using FSX most of the time which is a CPU based program. Tested on CS:GO and getting 300 fps on full setting. Will update fps of other games in the future.

Case

The best case in my eyes, very appealing love the window makes me see what I have achieved and worked for throughout the year. Easy to install everything and has very good airflow, just wish It had a dust filter on top.

Power Supply

More than what I need, just got it for the platinum efficiency and because it's from corsair.

Optical Drive

Got it because it was cheap and felt like I needed one. Does what it's meant to do.

Case Fan

Got 2 for the front and 1 for the back. Can run at basically any speed with Asus software. I turn them off when im just browsing or put them very low when I am watching a movie.

Case Fan

Got them cause they are blue, 2 for radiator and 1 for the bottom. Work great, easy to install (may require a little force).

Keyboard

With Cherry MX Brown I find them really good, braided cables are another great feature. 2X USB ports, just would've been better if it was USB 3.0.

Mouse

Chose this because it's RGB and looks great, also has a high DPI.

Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 6 points

'Yo, what's the time?' 'It's time to get ill!'

Well seeing as your fifteen, you may not get this! Sweet build though, you're one lucky kid!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha that gave me a laugh, I think I'll start using that. Anyway yeah i guess people my age might not have the chance to get this. Thanks for the feedback man.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Check this out and it will all make sense! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BnMDXRkMWA

I had this going when checking out your illest build - very fitting!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

YOU SIR MADE MY DAY!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey dude, just a tip you shouldnt use prime95 for stress testing as it is a power virus that can damage your hardware. Use something thats approved to use on skylake like OCCT which has linpack AND OCCT stress test built right in. Also another thing i recommend is RealBench which is free(as is OCCT) and it does real world stress tests on your cpu and stresses different parts of the cpu as well. If you want to continue using prime95 you should try something like InterBurnTest which is a linpack based stress tester but it is faster when it comes to detecting whether your cpu is stable or not. It goes usually like 8 mins of intelburntest linpack= 40hrs of prime95 stress test. So you can also check if your cpu is 100 percent stable at anywhere from 25-50 runs on the maxiumum setting, 50-75 on the very high setting, 75 to 100 runs on the high setting, and finally 100-125 runs on standard. Some people will tell you ALOT more runs than that but its just safe to go by this guideline as its easier and it takes less time..

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

You're 15 and your description was more well written and entertaining to read than those of most adults. I really got a good picture of the kind of computer you were building and what it was like to use it. I'm also glad you too the time to do reviews of each part. Well done.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback, really appreciate it.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

...........I first tried AI SUITES 3 as I've never overclocked before, It was ridiculous it took me to 4.9ghz at 1.52v........ And your system was still stable at 1.52v!!D@Mn..you got the chosen one...

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait is that a good or bad thing? isn't higher voltage bad?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Well generally yes but it seems your cpu doesn't crack under pressure...

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Need better quality/lighted pictures. These do absolutely no justice for your build as that case looks sexy as fuuuark.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, yeh I think I can do better with lighting. I'll try uploading high-res pictures on the weekend. Any other thoughts tho?

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

No sir, i wouldn't even worry about losing out on the color scheme, the LEDs take over. The only thing i suggest, is cleaning up your USB wires on the bottom, but you'll hear that on every build here. I love the zip tie sticker! haha, It's a wicked pretty build +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I bought the sticker for $10 to just give you guys a laugh. Do you know how I can improve the USB's at the bottom? Thanks again.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you know how I can improve the USB's at the bottom?

Zip ties! ;) once they come in of course

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, of course how can I forget XD.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Bruh seriously. All these expensive skylake stuff and you're just 15? How'd you afford all that? Hahaha. Great build though. +1 from me :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Your a huge inspiration to me as when I'm 14 or 15 I want to do something similar +1 for sure. What places do you work?

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  • 52 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks, believe it or not im actually at work right now. Like I said I worked every weekend from the beginning of the year and also worked Full-Time in school holidays. And of course I was able to sell my old rig for about $500. Any other thoughts? Thanks

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I plan to build my own Skylake build too but its expensive building a 6700k and 980 ti combo. I do plan to build it as soon as parts are available in my local store here in Canada.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Cant wait to see how it turn's out.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome looking build man...I am waiting on the parts for my first build right now and I hope mine comes out looking half as good. Congratulations!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool! Tell me when its out, I would love to check it out.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build dude! Im 15 too and looking forward to put a very similar build together. What are your temperatures? Skylake seems to have more of a temperature limit than a voltage limit, so that means as far as your cooler and temperatures are fine, you're going to be able to overclock that processor as far as your cooler supports it. That's actually a very good thing because your motherboard and power supply are excellent choices and they will provide best-in-class OC. Your cooler is also exceptional but I think that is going to be the limiting factor to your OC. Hope you hit me back and happy over clocking man!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

That cooler is more than good for that processor, I'm running one on a 5960 with the fans pulling through it which is the least efficient way and it still keeps mine plenty cool at 4.3 at 1.26 volts. 35ish idle, 44-48 gaming and mid to high 60s when benchmarking.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, I didn't know it does that well. But just krank up the voltage and the cooler is going to be the limiting factor, in talking higher than 1.48 volts. The youtuber Jayz two cents did a video talking about push pull and he says the air resistance is the same and that there's no difference between push and pull. Thanks for the info.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I managed to OC to 4.6 @1.3v 12 hour stress test on Prime95. Max temp during test was 85°C and my idle is around 25°C sometimes 20°C.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Idle temps are great but I would leave it there because under load thats quite hot, especially for a system you want to keep up and running for a long time. Linus tech tips specifies that the latest versions of prime95 could potentially dammage your hardware due to extra power delivery or something related to that.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay i'll keep it in mind, you know which video LTT was talking about?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll report all my temperatures today when I have time, I wont just give you estimates. Thanks man

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. Have you overclocked the graphics card? That windforce cooler is outsanding, you'll have a good time overclocking that beast.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I might overclock but apparently OC'ing GPU is bad for FSX so I guess I will have to create 2 profiles.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I see in your description you are hitting 85 under load in this thing? If that's the case, something is up with the cooler such as its not seated right or maybe the pump and fans are at very low speeds. I'm uploading a picture on my page of a test i just did with my 5960 at 4.4GHZ on 1.3V. Room temp is 26, my processor used quite a bit more power so that h100 should be keeping you much cooler than that. Test and overclock was done with XTU since my mobo is having issues with doing it from the bios.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

85 underload by Prime95 4.5ghz @1.3v.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

what are your pump and fan speeds set at?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I managed to OC to 4.6 @1.3v 12 hour stress test on Prime95. Max temp during test was 83°C and my idle is around 25°C sometimes 20°C. Fan's and pump are set at auto so they spin and work according to the temps.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm 16, still saving up to build a kick-*** Mini-ITX build upon the release of the Asus Maximus VIII Impact. Now THAT will be something to see.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I also plan to make a mini-ITX just for fun. It'll be cool to see the impact being used.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes some else that lives in australia.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Giving us a good rep.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

question. did you already got your i7-6700k? it says pre-order only for now.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes he/she did as they overclocked it to 4.5 ghz. It was probably available where he/she lives at the time.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Just managed to get to 4.6 ghz.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep I got it in my build running .

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

SKYLAKE HYPE

Also are you going to get a 980 ti or sli with the 970 you have?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe yes, I guess time will tell.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm jealous that you were able to get a 6700K. They are nowhere to be found in the US at the moment..

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW, I thought you guys have more than us, Maybe it's because you guys are far away from the manufacturer (Malaysia).

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually for Australia it's the prices that suck. The pc components are so much more expensive and the Aussie dollar is going down the drain. I cri evrytiem 1 like = 1 prayer

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice seeing your build because mine will be almost exactly the same. Just waiting on the 6700k and Trident Z to complete it (I'm only upgrading). Got Maximus VIII Hero, Corsair H100i GTX for my CPU, Corsair H80i GT for GPU, a new HyperX Predator PCI-E 240Gb SSD and ROG Front Base to go along with my current GTX 980, Corsair HX 850W 80+ Gold Modular, ASUS ROG Xonar Phoebus sound card, OCZ Vertex 4 and Vector 150 (both 128Gb) and 4.5Tb total HDDs. Can't wait to try the new CPU and overclock it!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Looking forward to seeing your build, tell me when it's up!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure will!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Just had a question about your part selection. 1.Why water cool your GPU? 2.Razer is OK, but why not go with a better company with that budget.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Well I'm overclocking my GPU and right now I'm kinda limited with only fans on it so can't set the clock as high as I could on watercooling. Plus I'm not a custom loop guy, expensive and need to be maintained but since NZXT and Corsair are getting brackets out for All-In-One kits, then it becomes cheaper, easier and no maintenanceso for the extra 140$ I think its a great idea to watercool my GPU with how much I get out from it. Playing games at 120Hz at max settings so its always at max usage meaning max temp.

For the point #2, if you talk about the keyboard, well first of all love the look, the backlighting options, and it syncs with my Razer Firefly chroma mouse pad. And also where opinions can diverge, I think the Blackwidow Chroma is in the top 3 of the best keyboard there is, its still a 200$ keyboard with exclusive green switches, I know Razer is known for their lack of durability, but so far no problem so I really don't see what better keyboard I could get. Could go with the Mad Catz S.T.R.I.K.E 7 but its way too expensive because I'm only upgrading my PC on a limited budget this year, only have the money for specific pieces of hardware and I don't think I'd invest 450$ in a keyboard if I could use it on upgrading other hardware =P but I see your point that there are companies that are globally better than Razer, Ill never buy headsets from them and probably no mouse either :)

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get your case for that cheap?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

How you get ur case for that cheap

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Friend purchased one, was too big for him. Its basically brand new as it's 2 months old.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, any reason of choosing motherboard asus hero vrs msi m7? I need to build my pc and stuck between both. Thx

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Mainly because I trust ASUS more than MSI, and it also has less red so it kinda fits in my colour scheme.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build friend.

You can buy dust filters from 3rd party suppliers for the top. Sucks that u shell out a premium to buy these cases and they can't even support a filter. It's obvious people are going to water cool with these high end cases.

+1 man :)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx man, I've had no problems until now with dust. But I might get like mini-magnets to use and put the cover ontop. Atleast that would keep out little bit of dust, anyway I just put the cover on when the pc is not in use.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

great idea :) where abouts in AUS you from? I'm from sydney!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

same mate.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

so the lights on the mobo can be RGB? I really didnt understand the part review about the mobo?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, the heatsink (I think it's called that) like the ROG logo is RGB.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

could you post some pics of the lights please like with different colors?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Like lights on the pc or just better lighting?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

The lights on the mobo with diffrent colors with out the case leds

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

sure thing ill do it asap

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow Spartaramo!Nice build... I am 15 and am about to build my first pc but I just wish I had as much money as you! I too got a job to earn money for my components... I deliver catalogues lol :-). I also want to be a pilot. Airforce or commercial for you? hope your computer keeps beasting lol and nice job again :-)

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh and i'm an Aussie too :-)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice to see another Aussie on PCPartpicker that has a awesome build, P.S nice PC I have an FX Black and 3 Fury Xs

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

What stores did you purchase your items at and where were these stores?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Mwave and IJK mainly in Sydney.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice ill l00king beast you got there.. the Corsair cases are great to build with eh ;)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, heaps of room.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

83 is really hot for less than 1.35v. My 6600k at 4.6GHz 1.32v stays under 60 and 4.9GHz 1.41v stays around 63 degrees when running prime95.

I'm wondering if you were running the new version of prime95. That can be very dangerous on Skylake. Future reference if that is the case, make sure you're using Prime95 ver 26.6.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

i like this pc thats all to be said

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

tyty

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the CPU cooler still after 10 months?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Going great actually no problems at all :)

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great, just add an SSD and upgrade the PSU to a EVGA G2 750.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks heap, any other thoughts about the build?

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

The case is'nt black though...

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah np mate!

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure,first thing to do on the weekend.

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha yes that is probably more appropriate! Have a major soft spot for beastie boys so immediately thought of licensed to ill when I saw the build title! Either way, not a bad day when you have Run DMC and Beastie Boys cranking!

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought you were going for the White Russell Simmons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqSpLyje_IY

Nice to see a 6700. Congrats and enjoy! Looks good!

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

"We so mother* ill" Thanks man!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure, enjoy your new glorious!

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  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I do like me some Jody, he's hilarious. Though yea, like you I grew up in another era. That was good times.

Happy you like this one!

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