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A-Unit MK1

by AnthonyTaylor1555


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Date Published

May 24, 2016

Date Built

May 9, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.08 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.1 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


This is my first build ever, although I've wanted to do one for a long time. I'm a college student, and I secured a summer internship, so I figured that now would be the time to go for it with a reasonable $1500 budget. I'm going to use this machine for gaming (Kerbal Space Program (100+ FPS 1080p Max Settings), Fallout 4 (~60FPS 1080p Ultra Preset), and Diablo III (way too many FPS)), and any simulations/data processing I need to run for college (I'm a Physics and Astrophysics double major).

My first PC ever was a hand-me-down 2000 HP tower running Windows XP. I forced it to stay alive until 2011, when I got a 15" MacBook Pro. I love my Mac for schoolwork and astronomy work (Lots of UNIX programs), but Mac's just don't have the guts to game well.

I'm very happy with how it came out, and I haven't had any issues so far.

Lighting: I'm using CableMod's WideBeam Magnetic RGB strips and controller. They also work directly with ASUS AURA motherboards, but the IR controller is fine. It's SATA powered with a pass through port (Yes! No MOLEX!) and they are VERY BRIGHT (and dim-able).

I went a little overboard with documenting the entire build process in pictures, but the good ones are at the end.

I'd like to thank all of you at PCPartPicker for inspiring me to make this build. Here's to the first of many!

Part Reviews


The 6700k was an easy choice, I considered the 6600k, but ultimately I knew I'd be kicking myself down the road if I didn't get the i7. I'm currently at a rock solid stable 4.60GHz overclock, and I'm going to stay here. 4.70GHz wanted a bit more voltage than I was willing to give it (near 1.435V). I didn't win the silicon lottery, but I'm very happy with the power.

CPU Cooler

The H100i V2 is a good AIO, and it keeps my 4.60GHz CPU at a nice 65 C at full load (benched over 12 hours on RealBench) on the "Quiet" setting. I can't make it any hotter, so it's doing it's job. Changing the glowing color of the Corsair logo is pretty sweet too, even if it eats up one of you USB2 headers.


The MSI M5 is a sweet board. Easy to build on, sturdy, and plenty of peripheral ports. The onboard audio sounds nice, and it looks sharp.


I like Crucial and have had good luck with their RAM before. These sticks XMP'ed to 2400MHz with one click as advertised. They look decent, and they don't get very hot.


The Samsung 850 EVO is perfect for it's price point. It does it's job, and it does it well.

Video Card

I know that Pascal and Polaris are coming out as I write this, but I am very happy with the R9 390X. I got a great price on the card on Newegg, and it's plenty powerful for my needs. I bought it back in early April, when Pascal was still un-announced, so I pulled the trigger. I don't regret it, and it's a great card.


The Define S from Fractal Design is a joy to build in. It's spacious, has plenty of radiator space for my AIO, and has ample airflow. I love that the drives mount in the back, and it leaves plenty of space to expand my system in the future. The construction is sturdy and high quality, and the dust filters are a life-saver.

Power Supply

No, it's not a Seagate, Corsair, EVGA, or Seasonic. Please don't crucify me; I did my homework, and this PSU from Rosewill got good customer reviews on multiple sites, and was semi-modular. I know 1kW is a bit overkill for my rig, but I wanted the ability to SLI/CrossFire in the future.

Wireless Network Adapter

The PCI Express card I got from Gigabyte is working well. The connection is strong and stable. I have yet to test the Bluetooth module, but it eats up your second USB2 header, which for me, isn't a bit deal. I can always get a PCI card for more headers/ports.

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PolarGhostex 2 points 30 months ago

That monitor looks sexy. What is the name of it?

fourwheeler2000 1 Build 2 points 30 months ago


AnthonyTaylor1555 submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

It's a Dell S2415H. It's a 24", thin bezels, glossy screen (I personally am a glossy screen fan, and this one is not overly reflective), at 1080p, 60Hz. I'm not sure if it's a VERSA mount or not, it might be, but the stock stand is solid.

It's actually my brother's monitor that I'm borrowing (my 19" 1440x900 is unworthy of the new build) until I pull the trigger on a new monitor for myself.

kingawesome7 1 point 29 months ago

did you try overclocking using the baseclock or just the multiplier??? If so try using baseclock, etc to bump it up..... I mean you many not have won thje silicone lottery you still have the IPC of skylake to make up for it...

AnthonyTaylor1555 submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

My chip really doesn't like base-clock changes. Even at around 102MHz and a multiplier of 45 I have nowhere near the stability of 100Mhz X 46 at the same voltage. Excellent idea nonetheless. I agree, Skylake is a lovely platform and I'm very happy with it.

arda1907 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

good build. do not go above 1.400 V with your cpu . shortening the lifespan.

kingawesome7 1 point 29 months ago

While that is good, to note and i agree... At the same time skylake needs more voltage to get where haswells lowest overclocking cpus were at i mean haswell cpus were the first to reach 5ghz on liquid and watercooling, where as skylake hasnt/isnt even got/getting close. Also You have technologies like c1e and SpeedStep that clockdown and reduce voltage of the processor when not in use... I mean gaming at most tends to use maybe 75-80 and im being generous. Video editing tends to use 100 percent but then again who as a regular consumer video edits all day and keeps thier cpu at 100 percent??? If they do that then they need the x99 platform anyway...

arda1907 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I have the same cpu over clocked to 4.5 hz 1.280 V idle going up to 1.33 during load . High voltages always making me nervous that's all Temps are super low tho 30 idle 50,60 c load

kingawesome7 1 point 29 months ago

Either you are living in Antarctica, or you are living in a normal place but using a frost-driven cooler, or subzero cooling-----wait never mind youd get even LOWER temps but its too much work to use subzero cooling.

arda1907 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I either hit the cpu lottery or cpu cooler lottery one or another I'll post temp pics when I get chance

kingawesome7 1 point 29 months ago

I think you hit both lol....XD

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AnthonyTaylor1555 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Just a typo. Now fixed.

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