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i5-6600K R9Fury CoreV21 Build

by eaglehide



Date Published

Oct. 1, 2016

Date Built

Sept. 22, 2016

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C


My third build and one I have been waiting for since a long time. I didn't hold back myself much when it came to parts and tried to extend where I could to get better and long term performance. I went from 6500 to 6600K, Rx480 to R9 Fury. Wanted that beautiful EVGA 1070 but it was just little too expensive for me. Someday maybe. and obviously from an H170 board to a z170 one.

I had pretty much fixated myself on Core v21. It offers something very few cases offer i.e. Horizontal motherboard installation. And what that means is your GPU is 'right side up' with that beautiful heat-sink and fan assembly that you love so dearly visible all the time.

The prices that you see are all sale or rebate prices that I waited for and grabbed as soon an item went down. The CPU, Motherboard, RAM and Toshiba drive are from Microcenter. I got the RAM open box hence so cheap. GPU And Monitor are from Jet, thanks to their wonderful discount codes and what not. I admit I did make two different accounts to make use of them. Sorry Jet. PSU, Cooler and Case are from Newegg. Got $20 rebate on the case. While got the PSU on sale. Mouse and Mouse pad from Amazon. Items marked $0.0 are from my previous build.

The Build went fine overall, despite taking some time. Having built before in more conventional tower cases, it took a little while to adjust the new orientation. I think most time was spent on installing the PSU. Core v21 comes with this PSU bracket but its a pain to install and you can honestly do without it.

I also messed up installing the cooler in first attempt as I overdid thermal paste and when I went to place the cooler on CPU it kind of oozed out between the cooler/CPU joint. I had to painstakingly clean the CPU top, cooler base, reapply the thermal paste and reinstall the cooler. H7 is VERY easy to install, however it can get a little tricky if you haven't got someone to help you as you need to tighten the screws from the bottom of the board while holding the cooler from the top.

The build booted on first attempt. Coming from an 860K, lets just say I'm blown away by 6600K. Its just amazing how good these chips are from Intel and how cool they run. I'm running 4.3GHz @ 1.2V. I barely touch 50'C while gaming.

Late Edit: The PSU is not 750Watt. It 620Watt. PcPP does not list the fully modular version of 620Watt M12II, only the 750watt, so that is what I went with in the list.

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Farer 3 points 21 months ago

Graphic card looks gorgeous.

eaglehide submitter 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Its my favorite along with the current generation of EVGA cards. They make go weak in my knees.

RasputinOP 3 points 21 months ago

Heheh, currently doing a build with a EVGA GTX 1070, will be a BEAUT when I'm done. Same core as well, skylakes are awesome.

eaglehide submitter 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Awesome. Do post it once you are done. I will probably go with Fury till Vega comes out then depending on their price/performance/looks either go with them or pick up a 1070. They are already coming down to 350's.

RasputinOP 0 points 21 months ago

Also, is that RAM low voltage? I believe Skylakes require low voltage no? And another question you may or may not know the answer to.. The motherboard I bought has 4 RAM slots, but 2 channels, so would it be better or the same to use 2x8gb RAM card or 4x4gb ram cards? Because I know dual channel is better, but since its only 2 channels I'm maxing out channel usage in each situation.

eaglehide submitter 1 Build 3 points 21 months ago

Skylake requires low voltage when compared to DDR3, which used to run at 1.5V.

DDR4 sticks start from 1.2v which is the most common voltage and reach around 1.35V for DDR4 3000 and 3200's etc.

Maxing out channel usage? but that's what you should be doing!! That is why people run 2 stick of ram to make use of dual channel speeds. You have dual channel MB so you will be ok with 2x8GB sticks which will make it run in dual channel mode. Going 4x4 is also fine but it kind of limits you to 16GB max ram if and when you decide to upgrade.

Jbock 1 Build 3 points 21 months ago

Love the V21 - I rotated the window and button to the top since mine doesn't sit one desk- also a cool look!

eaglehide submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

The the best thing aboout Core v21. Its so customizable.

Awesomlego 1 Build 3 points 21 months ago

Nice build! You should've done something crazy with the Core V21. How did you get such good prices on everything?! +1

eaglehide submitter 1 Build 3 points 21 months ago

Thanks man.

I'm planning on adding the case lights and what not. I will be going with a the blue theme. Probably will add a couple of Blue 140mm LED fans and a LED strip to go around the case and the front fan.

I kind of waited and grabbed the deals as soon as they came up.I frequent reddit.com/r/buildapcsales a lot. I couldn't afford to buy stuff at full prices. Also Jet was pretty helpful due their number redeem codes for first time buyers. I have given more detail in the description.

Cam84 2 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Man that's a good price on the fury man! That will be destroying 1080p for awhile! Nice build!

eaglehide submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

It has started to retail around this price pretty regularly now. And Thanks.

Enrico411 2 points 21 months ago

Great build!

eaglehide submitter 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Thanks !!

RhettRO55 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

I love the build but have a question / favor to ask. I am thinking of getting an UltraWide myself but the Dell Ultrasharp version of this. My issue is going to be that I am still using GTX 580s in SLI and Ive heard that since the HDMI Mini ports on them wont support 2560x1080 I will have to use other means. Would you be able to tell me if you can successfully use a DVI-D cable from GPU to monitor that will actually provide signal of 2560x1080 without stretching or fuzziness of the picture? Would greatly appreciate the input!

eaglehide submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Hey RhettRO55, I would gladly do it except I don't have a DVI-D cable. My previous build I was using VGA cable for R9 270x with with a DVI adapter.

RhettRO55 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Id gladly send you a DVI-D cable!! All my coworkers and friends have similar more modern setups to yours and are using DisplayPort cables but everyone is using dual 16:9 monitors instead an UltraWide. But my GTX 580s only have DVI-I & Mini HDMI ports, and I have yet to find any documentation/researching saying DVI-I/D will work at that resolution, or using an adapter to DisplayPort would work either.

eaglehide submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Really? PM me if you want to send it then. I'm in Detroit area fwiw.

relco 6 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

I love seeing people still use that SeaSonic PSU. I've had it running in different systems for several years now and it has never caused me any issues. Good choice! +1

eaglehide submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks. I couldn't afford to miss it as soon as it dropped to $50.

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eaglehide submitter 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago