Description

Started out with a plan to just get a video card for running games at 60 frames, I soon realized i would need a whole new system and purchased the following. The stock cooler that came with the CPU gets the job done, silent and usually doesn't hit 40C+. Using the stock graphics gets the job done, ~120 frames in a normal game on near max settings. The case has tempered glass sides and looks amazing all lit up. The Gigabyte HD3P gets the job done, plenty of options for overclocking and general control of the system. The GTX 1080 runs amazing.

Part Reviews

CPU

Fast and cheap, stays around 3.6Ghz with normal settings. With a stock speed of 3.2 and it being locked, its surprises me that it goes half a gigahertz faster. 5/5

CPU Cooler

CPU doesn't hit above 50C

Motherboard

Lots of options for OC'ing. Fans are a little confusing to set up and it includes a 3.1 Type-C USB along with a M.2 bay. 4/5

Memory

Cheapest ram out there, fast and afforrdable. 5/5

Storage

Not the fastest SSD out there and it doesn't have an option for SATA Express, but it's lightweight and blends in. 3/5

Storage

It's big but it's slow 4/5

Case

Tempered glass, huge interior, space for cables. Not much more to say. 5/5

Power Supply

Power is power. No crashes yet. 5/5

Wireless Network Adapter

Compact, cheap, and fast. 5/5

Case Fan

If only the lights in it were brighter. 3/5

Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah that CPUs Turbo is 3.6GHz, if you bought a Z170 from MSI, ASROCK, or ASUS you would have been able to overclock it, but that being said your system is definitely not looking to do that lol. Anyways, nice build I would get a separate cooler for the CPU though, using stock is fine but, it can damage the lifespan of the CPU itself if it does an inadequate job.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Correct. The i5-6500 runs at 3.2Ghz stock speed, 3.6Ghz is the turbo frequency. The turbo frequency will apply for single-core operations, and in the BIOS you will get that speed. This CPU has four cores though and when you starting doing multi-core work it will run at 3.2Ghz.

The stock cooler does an adequate job keeping the i5-6500 cool under load, probably because the chip is so energy-efficient. I would love a Noctua cooler myself though, and as you mentioned cooler temps result in a longer lifespan.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a pretty good build for the money. Some nice selections in your build.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't you mean skylake?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Curious why you needed an 850w psu?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Future-proofing!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

ayy

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi im getting a i5 6500 an was wondering to get this or a gtx 970? They are the same price and basically the same performance. The gtx 1060 seems as if it will a bit more expensive so was wondering what you would recommend?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

nvidia is way too overpriced for what it is imo. 2 of these in crossfire is comparable to a gtx 1080

  • 43 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice one! I ended up using the same CPU for a "budget" build ;) Sounds like the integrated graphics work surprisingly well at 1080p. I like how you used a nice case in a budget build, because you can keep it from build to build. The same goes for the power supply, although 850W is a tad overkill for your current build. One thing to consider is that your power supply will be most efficient when it is running at about 50% load.

Do you plan to add a graphics card later?

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