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My Intel Skylake Build - High Budget

by Draetor24



Date Published

Oct. 18, 2015

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Just put this together today. The only missing part is the Asus Strix 980 Ti, which is still 'slowly' making it's way to me.

This build includes everything from all peripherals, monitor, and speakers. I also purchased an Atlantic Gaming Computer Desk to go along with this build, as my space is limited, but I want to maximize the setup. I even have a black/red leather massage chair to add to the experience.

I could have kept to the Asus ROG black/red color theme, but I really wanted the Corsair 780T case. White with blue accents is a nice change.

This build is intended for gaming, hence the Asus ROG Swift coupled with the 980 Ti Strix. Those 2 components alone pressed any budget I could ever have, so I just let the dollars fly!

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aricwright 1 Build 2 points 28 months ago

oh im sorry its 2k. my monitor is to.

Draetor24 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Hah, I responded above before seeing this!

OnilEssallal 1 point 28 months ago

Very nice build, great keyboard selection I love it!!! Obviously a +1

Draetor24 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

I went with Logitech as my choice for speakers/keyboard/mouse. I had to start from scratch since I've been using a laptop for the past 7 years, so I decided to go all out and get good rated and reviewed peripherals.

overco 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

No cable management :(

Vergere 7 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

There is, it's just not as good as the case looks.

Draetor24 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Cable cleanup is my pitfall. I didn't take a final picture using Velcro straps, but on the one with the SSDs, you can see all the cable management is done on the side of the case that's hidden. I did enough to keep them organized, but not perfect, then just covered them up.

Bor3alis 1 point 28 months ago

Love the peripherals. How's the ROG Swift?

Draetor24 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

ROG Swift is beautiful, and it's very customizable in regards to the height and swivel adjustments. I haven't had a chance to test it with games yet, cause I'm still waiting for the graphics card.

Bor3alis 1 point 28 months ago


Draetor24 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

So after using it more, the ROG Swift is amazing, especially with that 144Hz refresh. You can move windows around the desktop with your mouse and still read text, because it refreshes so fast. No blurry or choppy motion. Its TN panel is something I'm used to using the ROG series laptops; meaning it has the matte anti-glare screen with good colors for a TN panel. The only downside is that because it's not an IPS panel, one can't advantage of the multitude of positioning and angles the physical monitor allows, without losing visual acuity.

Bor3alis 1 point 28 months ago

Yeah, I heard the ROG swift has surprisingly good colors for TN. Too bad I''ll have to save up for two years to buy one :(

Draetor24 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Don't feel bad. I used a laptop for the last 7 yrs for college and moving around the province.

Vergere 7 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

This is what happens when you buy new: a sweet build, for 3/4 the cost of a used car.

noap7 1 point 28 months ago

Wow nice build man! My build's about 2,500 but wow you made yours look beatiful with the extra $$$. Great peripherals! You've got my +1, it's a beauty.

Vela17 1 point 28 months ago

where did you get that stand for your controller/dvds

Draetor24 submitter 1 Build 2 points 28 months ago

It came with the desk. Google "Atlantic Computer Gaming Desk" and take a look. It's a small clean cut desk. If I had the space, I'd still prefer I large L shaped wooden desk, but this desk is cool looking and intended for a setup like this.

unicornh 1 point 28 months ago

excellant build man table and screen positions are great..!

Brynner 1 point 28 months ago

Great build! The parts you picked are great and the computer itself is very well put together, hope u have an amazing time using it.

th3legitbeast 1 point 28 months ago

I have that same desk

JokerHD 1 point 28 months ago

what stand is that for your xbox one controller, big fan

Draetor24 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Came with the desk. See my comment below about the desk.

aricwright 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Very nice build we have a lot of the same components. How do you like it so far. I'm sorry for all the question but i just built a similar rig but with a 2k monitor. I wanted to know if it really was worth it to get a 4k.

Draetor24 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

The ROG Swift PG278Q is 2k (1440p). I wouldn't dare go to a 4k monitor for gaming unless I had a SLI setup of 980 Ti's (which would be $2k CAD right there).

giocarlo 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

I'm planning to buy the same motherboard and same GPU, any issues with GPU Sagging?

Edit: i just read your description that you still don't have the GPU, my bad. How's the monitor, though? I'm also planning to get the same one. Nice build by the way!

Draetor24 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

I have the GPU now and been running for a week. I notice a very slight amount of sag, but it seems to be normal with any modern day cards from what I've read. I feel like the Strix backplate is preventing any extreme sag with this card, as it's pretty beefy. I could imagine the sag without a backplate.

So the fans run at 0dB until the GPU temp reaches 60C. The problem I find is that even while idle, the GPU runs in the range of 50-60C (depending if you just turn the PC on or it's been idling after a game for a while). I've looked it up and others claim the same with their cards. When gaming/benchmarking, I've noticed the card getting as hot as 75-80C, and this is when the noise picks up a bit from the fans.

Using MSI Afterburner, and turning the fans on at 100%, it sounds like a jet taking off. Considering the fans can be ramped that much, I'm not too concerned, considering even at 80C, they don't even get that loud. I also commented on the monitor above.

Arkwoman1990 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Sweet build, where did you get the chair?

Draetor24 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Amazon.ca has it. Homecom is the brand. Racing chair with massage is a good starting search string.

Draetor24 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

If anyone is interested, I've been running an overclock of 4.7Ghz (from 4.0 stock) with 1.325v as a manual UEFI overclock. I tried using Asus AI Suite III, and while it does a good job, I hated all the extra crap that came with it. I found the interface to really lag as well, so it seemed a little flimsy/buggy and I decided to just keep clear of a software overclock and do it manually. I could probably push beyond 4.7, but I don't really need to and I'd rather remain within a stable/low voltage scale. Please note I also did not touch the GPU in regards to an overclock. The GPU is factory OC'd at 1317Mhz from the 1190Mhz, and even while benchmarking/gaming, it will go up to 1367-1390 depending on how hot the card gets (as it will auto downclock if running too hot).

So the link to my 3DMark Firestrike score - Firestrike

One thing to note - I ran the benchmark with V-sync turned on (by default from Nvidia oddly) and my score was cut by 1/3 (literally 1/3). I was wondering why I was scoring so low, and turned V-sync off and found my answer. I also ran Unigine Heaven benchmark and got around 1650 on 1440p and everything set to max.

According to 3DMark scoring, I'm sitting below a 4K gaming machine (which I assume takes into account a SLI config), so I'm happy with that score with just the 1 GPU.

Tyler118Sturlis 1 point 28 months ago

what is the desk ? i want it

Bighomy 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

I just have one question... Does the graphics card fit well in that case? I was planning on getting the black version of that case and use the graphics card you choose. Thank you.

magishine 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

This build is beautiful! Very similar to the build I want to do. How is the mobo? A lot of people suggest it and I keep debating which mobo to go with. Glad you are enjoying. Can't wait to build mine

taltman 1 point 22 months ago

Did you raid the 850s?

Chootch7097 0 points 28 months ago

nice build i especially like the motherboard +1

asyed862 0 points 28 months ago

The new Asus ROG SWIFT PG279Q is coming out soon. It has an IPS panel, but I don't know if it's worth it though. It suffers from BLB and IPS glow. Just thought I'd let you know.

Draetor24 submitter 1 Build 2 points 28 months ago

Ya, I know it's on the horizon, but I worry about IPS in gaming. It needs fine tuning and it's going to be extremely expensive.

asyed862 1 point 28 months ago

What's there to worry about? It has a good response time. It costs 799$, which was the same as the PG278Q when it came out. But I guess if you don't like it, you don't like it.

Draetor24 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

I was under the impression the new IPS G-Sync monitors were going to run close to $1500 from what I've read. I'll have to look it up and see. IPS would be nice, but I'm not too concerned as I don't mind TN panels.

PS1054205 0 points 28 months ago

i really like the build and i just love this massive case in general XD i was wondering how you like the mouse. is it comfortable for you and about how big is you hands. i want to purchase this mouse but i just dont know the feel for it yet xD

Draetor24 submitter 1 Build 0 points 28 months ago

The mouse takes a bit of getting used to, but only because I've been using an Asus Rog mouse for years. I wouldn't recommend the G502 if you have big hands, because your ring/baby fingers will drag. I have small hands and it's really comfortable. The thumb rest area is extremely comfortable. The weights you can add also increase accuracy, or you can keep it leightweight for speed. I decided to get the G series Logitech cloth pad suited for the mouse to make sure all is good. The pad is similar to a Steelseries QcK cloth pad.

PS1054205 0 points 28 months ago

thanks! :D how is the width tho? i do generally like regular sized mice, not to small but not to big. the width looks kinda small for me but i havent used it yet so i wouldnt know XD

Draetor24 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Width is slightly more than your standard basic wheel mouse. I like it, as I hate bulky mice. This mouse is not bulky at all.

PS1054205 1 point 28 months ago

I have a black and green setup, is the mouse led only blue? oh yea, and i think i found a really good deal on this mouse :) ill tell you if the order actually comes through xD

Draetor24 submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

As far as I remember, it's blue. I didn't install Windows and the mouse software yet to see if it can be changed though, so it's possible. I'd Google it and check for more reliable feedback. It is nice having both the Logitech G series keyboard/mouse/pad all together though. Keeps the branding similar heh.

minh_ltt 0 points 28 months ago

Hi, I like this build. Where can I get a computer table like yours?

Draetor24 submitter 1 Build 2 points 28 months ago

Google, 'Atlantic Gaming Computer Desk' and I believe Amazon has it along with other retailers.

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Draetor24 submitter 1 Build 0 points 28 months ago

I bought the UPS because I moved to a northern Canada community and they have quite a few power brown/black outs. It's just nice to have in general to avoid any harm, especially with those outages. I technically just bought 1 of those SSDs, and took one out of my laptop I bought earlier this year. I'm gonna run them in RAID 0, especially since the Samsung Magician software's RAPID mode still doesn't work in Win10. You can only use RAPID with 1 drive, but I think RAID 0 will be faster still. I'll have to test.