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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The optical drive was added for disc creation, old games, and any other things of the sort. Luckily the R5 hides it nicely.
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!
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.
Catzilla – 720p – 28,124
- Ave: 125.4 FPS
- Min: 50.31 FPS
- Max: 253 FPS
- 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
- Ave: 115 FPS
- Min: 87.6 FPS
- Max: 139.5 FPS
Hope you enjoy!