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Skylake Upgrade

by rsvanarnam

Description

I'm in the process of upgrading 3 PCs. My own, our server, and then this one.

So this is my husband's PC. I'm a bit more meticulous with wiring, so he had me take care of it while he was at work. This is replacing an AMD build with an FX8150, Gigabyte UD7, Corsair Dominator DDR3 1600, and an EVGA GTX 770 FTW. Still pretty decent with gaming, but we want our computers to be VR ready, and we've both been wanting to switch back to Intel.

I started out by removing everything from his case to tackle his major build up of dust (augh). By the time I finished, the last package had been delivered. Everything except the cpu, motherboard, ram, and gpu were reused from the previous build or like the Noctuas I actually had in our parts box. They are much quieter than the original fan that came with the Corsair H80i, and so far they are preforming great, as Noctua fans always do.

I used to build computers for profit while I was attending college. I've lost track of how many I've built, I've done a fair few. Anyhow, it was pretty straight forward. The only hiccups were that the I/O shield had its cover bolted on, and that needed to be removed before install, and I always feel like another set of hands would be nice when installing AIO coolers. I ended up removing the top exhaust fans so that I could fit two fans on the H80i. Hopefully that will give his case some positive pressure and cut down on dust. =)

Near the end I pretty much said "good enough" with the cabling. My husband had gotten home and wanted to play with it, and I needed to do some things. I'll tidy it up one of these days.

Part Reviews

CPU

Fast as heck. Haven't really dabbled with overclocking yet. Zero complaints thus far.

CPU Cooler

We both agree an H100i GTX up top would have been nice, but there's not much point in replacing it at this point. Keeps the 6700K cool just fine. Push/Pull Noctua P12's are silent, but the pump is a little noisy.

Motherboard

I always do a red build (I did black this time), so I almost feel like this should have been my board. I like it, our server has an MSI Z97S Krait, and the bios feels very familiar. I like how it tells you what changes have been made when saving in bios. Plasitc I/O shield being bolted and needing to be unbolted before installation made me scratch my head for a second. Really, no complaints, MSI made a great board.

Storage

My first ssd was a 60GB with just the OS on it, now I hate to say it, but this is really too small still, go for at least a 240GB+

Video Card

It hasn't really been used extensively yet, no overclocking, etc. But so far so good. Only 10-15% better than the GTX 770 it replaced....

Case

Very, very open, and as a result definitely not a quiet case. But airflow is great, and that was his primary concern. Can take an EATX like the Gigabyte UD7 no issue (cabling just gets a bit tight). Good case.

Power Supply

Fantastic, fully modular, gold rated efficiency power supplies. I love this series. I have an AX650, also zero issues.

Optical Drive

I don't think he's ever used outside of installing drivers in the six some years he's had it. Hm....

Operating System

Necessary for DX12. Bleh. Windows 7 is better.

Case Fan

Push a lot of air, with very minimal noise. I hate the color, but he likes it. A bit cheaper than four 140mm Noctua fans. I'd have no trouble recommending them if you don't mind the color.

Case Fan

Great fans, hate the color. I love using them in any case that I want to be quiet that doesn't have a window/where they can't be seen.

Fan Controller

This thing is such a pain to wire, simply because there are so many freaking wires. After that's taken care of it seems to do the job well enough.

Keyboard

Washable keyboard. Good for having kids/eating/drinking at your computer. I personally favor mechanical keyboards, but he likes it well enough.

Mouse

Pretty cool looking, can set the leds on the side to be any color. Performs fine, a little bit for my taste (I'm 5'1", I have tiny hands) but again, he likes it.

Comments Sorted by:

Eltech 20 Builds 3 points 36 months ago

Best spouse of the year award goes to you!

I'm certain your hubby is dying to play with it. A great, cable managed PC. +1
marseryy 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Nice upgrade and the cable management! Very Clean +1

CaseyLewis 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Nice work on the cable management, hope you don't let it get that dusty this time around +1

rsvanarnam submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I don't think he ever dusted it. It was awful. I'll definitely be taking care of his too whenever I do mine now.

NeonThought 4 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Wow. Dramatic improvement.

DS4130 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Lovely build, please excuse my ignorance/confusion but what is in the top PCI slot? Thinking maybe sound card, couldn't see a reference on description or list...

rsvanarnam submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Ah. Forgot about that - thanks for pointing that out. It's a sound card. A Sound Blaster Titanium HD, I think?

NitroOG 1 point 36 months ago

Nice build.

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