Description

My first 100% from scratch build and I decided to go down the MSI/Skylake route for some reasonable budget performance. This build will be mostly used for gaming, photo editing, video editing, and everyday web browsing and entertainment.

The only hiccup I had was on first boot up. I couldn't get to post, or a video signal even though it looked like everything was powering up. The digital readout on the motherboard was telling me that the CPU was failing to/late to start. This turned out to be the connector on the PSU wasn't seating properly. It actually dawned on me when I remembered watching a video commenting how a shorted out Corsair PSU set someone's rig on fire.

After sorting that out by reseating the cable connectors, there's been smooth running so far.

I can't believe I haven't switched to an SSD boot drive before now, well ok I can because of the price of them, but for the speed...!

Update 29-01-2016:
Just added a custom PSU cable set from Icemodz (Brick Red/Black), and sleeved SATA III Data Cables (Red).

Update 04-02-2016: NZXT HUE+ RGB LED lighting kit arrived today, so I've installed and tested it out.

Update 29-03-2016: Removed the Sound Blaster Omni Surround USB Soundcard and fitted a Sound Blaster Zx internal Soundcard.

Update 21-12-2017: Replaced the Graphics Card with an MSI GTX1080 Gaming X 8G

Update 31-10-2018: Replaced the M.2 drive with a Samsung 860 Evo 1TB M.2-2280. The OS and Data was cloned using Samsung Data Management software, and went smoothly and easily.

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

corsair ram, corsair PSU, corsair cooler.... fractal case = wise decision there! :) +1

you have the wrong PSU on your part's list. This is the correct one which is better than the one on the list.

https://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cp9020091na

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for that, the list should be fixed now.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing build!!

Now just some sleeved cables to complete that black/red color scheme.

Is there a reason why you went with 3 single 1TB HDD instead of a single 3TB HDD?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking into some cables, but not sure where to go. I'm not sure there's much of a selection here in the UK. I hear good things about Sanctum Sleeving though.

It's purely for compartmentalisation. One for Software, one for Games, one for Local Data. Maybe not the most straightforward set up, but it seemed like a good idea at the time ;)

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Bout those cables you should check out IceModz

As for HDD's well little pricey I guess but I see what your getting at

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I see your point. But might as well just format a 3TB drive into three volumes.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

legit

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Welcome to MSI and Skylake, very nice clean build you have there, good job.

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! +1

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I really love how clean this build is, Great ^ ^

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, stupid question but are those 3 140mm fans in the front? I thought it was limited to 2 140s or 3 120s. Thanks

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, 3 140s can be fitted on the front at a little squeeze. The slots give you plenty of play for mounting, you just need to watch where your wires are running.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have any cool whine or noise from PSU in any way?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

All I hear is a slight hum from the fans due to having the top vents open. The case is ridiculously quiet.