Description

Hello everyone! I know it has been a while and I promise I have missed you all. My day job has been consuming my life lately, but I hope to make a bit of a comeback. I promise I have been looking at all of your posted builds, totally not while I was at work. Shhhh…. I have still been building computers; I just haven’t had the time to post them.

Anyways, I have another build for you. This one is similar to my last in quite a few ways. I had a budget of around $1500 to build a gaming/audio creation PC. The specific software that will be in use is Audacity and FL studio. Recommended specs are quite low for these, so this really ends up being a solid gaming PC that can handle audio creation with ease.

Goals for this build:

  • Game at 1080p and beyond, across all titles
  • Keep a mostly black theme
  • Quiet operation for an audio creating environment

PARTS:

  • CPU:

The i5-6600K is just about the same as the 4690K. There really isn’t much to say here. This CPU will handle any games and all of his audio creating needs with ease. This is my second Skylake build, though it’s not like it’s much different from Haswell.

  • CPU COOLER:

I have always wanted to get my hands on a Be Quiet! product. The black polished aluminum look of the Dark Rock 3 has always caught my eye. Since we were looking for something mostly on the black side, I saw this as an excellent addition. We didn’t just choose it for its looks. We expect performance and solid temperature numbers. This cooler performed on both fronts. I took the CPU up to 4.5 GHz and I didn’t see above 60C.

  • MOTHERBOARD:

What a feature loaded board! I’ve always been a big Gigabyte fan; especially of their higher end boards. The Z170X-UD5 comes loaded with an impressive audio chipset, robust heatsinks, two way SLI, several SATA additions (including M.2), USB 3.1, and dual NICs. There really isn’t anything you don’t have with this board. With its current price tag, I don’t see a better option.

  • MEMORY:

If you hadn’t noticed I’m a fan of G.Skill. This was a higher frequency with solid timings at a nice price. I started the build with 8 GB, but there will be another 8 GB added when the new owner gets it. Nothing special here, just some XMP enable memory that works as labeled.

Update: The new owner has added the second 8 GB kit and everything is working as it should.

  • STORAGE:

With the prices of SSDs currently, there is almost no reason to not get one. My first SSD was a 120 GB for about $120. The Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB at ~$80 is awesome. These drives are excellently fast and reliable. We went with the usual 1 TB WD Blue for storage purposes. I have done this combo, too many times to count.

  • GPU:

The G1 Gaming 980 was chosen mostly for its looks, but also for the solid price it was purchased for. This particular 980 is quite fast at stock speeds and stays nicely cool under the three fans. The backplate is a nice addition, though I’m personally not a fan of the blue LED. I would like to see them all become RGB, especially for a $500 card. Overall this card is impressive. Performance numbers can be seen below. It’s right in line with other 980s.

  • CASE:

This was my fourth time building in the Fractal R5. This is the Blackout edition, which is exactly the same, minus the white bits. I don’t think I need to say anything about this case by now. There are countless reviews for it and not much bad to say about it. It was chosen for its all black appearance, plain Jane design, and sound dampening for an audio creating environment. I added a second front case fan, the same as the other two, to achieve positive pressure.

  • PSU:

I have been using a lot of EVGA PSUs lately. They seem to have very solid performance and reliability, while pricing is very competitive. The G2 series is very highly rated and a Tier 1 unit. With Gold efficiency, full modularity, and the silent ECO switch, there isn’t much that compares in its price range.

  • EXTRAS:

The optical drive was added for disc creation, old games, and any other things of the sort. Luckily the R5 hides it nicely.


CONCLUSION:

This build went really well. The overall performance is exceptional and can easily play anything at1080p or 1440p. As an audio creating machine, it will handle the new owner’s needs without strain. This PC is very quiet, looks classy, and does what it needs to do. It is nice to be back in building/posting mode. This was a great build to jump back in. I hope you all enjoy it, it was a joy to assemble.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Post them below, in a PM, or on my Facebook page. I’m never far away from a computer and always respond!


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High Res Pictures


BENCHMARKS: using latest driver

Tests ran at clocks posted above. Settings were set to the maximum settings (1080p) unless noted differently. I test only tasking segments: firefights, lots of units on screen, explosions etc.


3DMark Firstrike Ultra

3DMark Firestrike Extreme

3DMark Firestrike

3DMark Skydiver


Catzilla – 720p – 28,124

Cinebench


Unigine Valley

Unigine Heaven


Bioshock Infinite

  • Ave: 125.4 FPS
  • Min: 50.31 FPS
  • Max: 253 FPS

Hitman Absolution

  • Ave: 59.13FPS
  • Min: 47.4 FPS
  • Max: 96 FPS

Metro Last Light

  • Ave: 59.33 FPS
  • Min: 26.21 FPS
  • Max: 102.98 FPS

Tomb Raider

  • Ave: 115 FPS
  • Min: 87.6 FPS
  • Max: 139.5 FPS

Hope you enjoy!

Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points

11/10, would recommend to a friend. Seriously, gorgeous build. The description was just as great!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I was hoping for a 5/7, but I'll take 11/10 ;)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

love this build. Good job

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you Sawdog!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Your welcome

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey skemble can you please look at this build ?https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/ksscCJ/gaming-machinei-am-new-so-help

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Not bad at all. Personal opinion would be to drop the $15 fans and see if you can make a 950/960 fit in the budget.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your thoughts

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job, Sam! Lovely, as always. Nice to see you back building.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Norm, you're the best! :D

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

He's back! Stellar build brother, amazing pictures and a great description to boot! Keep it up man, looking forward to your big comeback! +1 as always lol

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks Brandon! Nice to hear from you. Hope all is well! :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Can this run minecraft? i need minecraft to run at least 60fps

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

This will run Minecraft into the ground my friend.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

wow thx

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You definitely don't need this much to play Minecraft. This would put you well over 100 FPS at 1080p.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Well i have gtx 950 and i run Minecraft over 150 fps.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotta love the awesome pictures! +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks MrMoose!!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm considering a similar (sort of) build with the R5 (blackout). Going to house a sapphire R9 390, and I want it to be quiet. Also will be using a Noctua NH-D14 cooler.

Curious about the stock fans. Was also going to go with stock, plus one more GP-14 mounted in the front of the case.

Wanted to know two things: 1) is this still very quiet, and 2) Does it provide sufficient air flow/cooling for your components.

Looks awesome, BTW.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

It is still very quiet. With the fan control set to low, it's basically inaudible. Air flow is good. Your components are not going to be starved for air.

Thanks for the compliments!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Question re the frame rate on Metro Last Light (definitely getting this title).

Was intending to play it on a 1440P monitor (also new acquisition). Now wondering whether the R9 390 I was contemplating getting will be good enough (you have an average FPS of just under 60 with a GTX 980, which I understand is a little faster than the R9 390). How does it look/play with this frame rate?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

You will probably be averaging around 45-50 FPS with a 390 at 1440p. This would definitely be playable, though you may want to turn tessellation and/or filtering down slightly to achieve 60 FPS. This is a really fun game. Definitely recommended.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice simple build, always wanted to build in a Fractal R5

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It's a great case, that's for sure.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Jipster already said it about the Pictures, they look outstanding,. But also you did some great work with the wiring as well, and the build looks great. Parts are also good

+2

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you sir. I appreciate all the compliments!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Now that is just...breathtaking!

Skemble...Bruh ....no more breaks young man. You keep your hindparts parked on PCPP and keep the camera handy for those builds we been missing out on.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

skemble's camera performs better than my eyes.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Pic 38. Ooh.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the booting time on this thing? Because from what I saw on a review, it has a relatively long boot up time. And how's the on board sound? Is it good quality? Reason I'm asking is because I'm planning on using this mobo in a build, with that exact CPU. I would appreciate it if you answered my questions. =)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

The boot time is as it should be. I've had very quick boot times with all the 850 EVOs that I've used. The on-board audio is going to be a bit higher than your average, unfortunately I have no way of testing as this isn't my system.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, I see. Thanks for the reply. =)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build and nice pictures :) Damn that gold motherboard is nice ! And cost around 160$ xD Meanwhile here in Europe it's 220€ ...

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I really like that board too. It was such a steal here in the US.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a question. Did you have any problems with your x99 ready ram and you z170 motherboard? Nice build +1 from me.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The only issue I had was that I could not get the XMP clock settings to go all the way to the claimed settings on this kit of RAM. It works fine, I just couldn't get it to 3000 Mhz.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you very much

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  • 46 months ago
  • 3 points
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  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

I did not! Congrats man! When do you build it, or have you done that already?

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you kindly!

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