So I had a ton of fun pushing the i3 as far as it would go, but unfortunatelty I did not hit the silicone jackpot with it. Max I went was 4.7 GHZ w/ 1.4 volts, definitely a number I didn't care about. So I ended up just saying screw it and went with the Kabylake i7 7700K, and right out of the box hit that 5ghz OC that everyone wants...I have to say it was too easy and I definitelty do not have that sense of accomplishment so...I moved this set up into my home office desktop and will be using this PC with the i7 to get 60 fps on excel
So while my FX-8350 Build was happening I listed my GTX 970 for sale. I ended up working a trade that ended up with me getting an i3-6100 and a cheapy h110 board and some cash for the gtx 970. I still need a CPU to help convert my DVD's and Bluerays into MKV's So i figure ok lets go with an i7, in the mean time I will use the i3-6100 as a stop gap while i wait for RYZEN to come out (which is today at the time of writing this).
I bought the Z170 board specifically because it can be flashed with an old BIOS that allows Overclocking non k CPUs. Well it worked on the first time and I am ecstatic with the results!
After 4 hours of using Prime 95 to test for instability and CPU temps I am happy with the modest overclock.
4.5GHZ@1.30 volts with a CPU temp of 54c on max loads.
Alot of that is attributed to the Dark rock 3 cpu cooler I had on my old i5 build, and also can be attributed to the low TDP of the chip!.
I also purchased a gtx1060 since I use a 1440p ultrawide for my desk, and I occasionally do widescreen game. Overkill maybe but I am happy and thats what matters.
Prices with $0.00 are parts that I had on hand.
Hope you enjoy and leave some comments. I still need to work on and finish up my 4k gaming build so look for that in a week or so.
Got mine to 5ghz no sweat! It does run a little hot, so I am contemplating de-lidding the processor but I am afraid of messing up a $300.00 chip. I will probably buy a g4400 to practice
I love how good it looks and how quiet it runs! It is also massive so check those ram clearances
I bought it for its ability to unlock SKY-OC functions on Non K CPUS. Very nice bios gui and is a neutral color scheme!
Plays most of my games at 60fps at high and ultra settings on my 1440p Ultrawide monitor
What can I say about ole faithful. I love this case as much today as I did way back when I started building PC's