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First Build: Skylake "Blue"

by Multiracial



Date Published

April 5, 2016

Date Built

March 23, 2016

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C


(sorry about most of the photos, used my old manual lens for them as I didn't want to drag my others out of the closet)

I got a Fallout edition GTX 970 for Christmas but quickly found that my processor, an i3-2100 was severely bottlenecking performance. I'd still get at best 4-15 FPS (even on low settings) in Fallout 4, so I decided it was finally time for an upgrade.

I wanted to upgrade as little as possible but I eventually ended up needing to replace the entire motherboard and basically everything else, so everything except the GPU was bought for the new PC. Being held back for so long, trying to edit videos and photos with my old 5200 RPM HDD and the i3, I did not skimp out on a new CPU or HDD. I didn't consider anything besides the i7-6700k due to the sizes of the files I end up editing. The WD Black is excellent, and my OS & all my games are on the SSD (given to me as a gift so it added nothing to my cost) so everything is blazing fast! It's like day and night comparing my old PC to this one.

I chose everything here & at Microcenter based on price; the part list originally totaled $650ish for everything, I think I eventually spent just under $790 (the HDD was the last addition) including mail-in rebates and sale prices.

When I first upgraded to Win10, it took me about 5-7 minutes each time I rebooted to start up and get logged in. Now, it takes me about 3 seconds. It's like magic bruh.. and I can finally play Fallout 4 on ultra settings with 60 FPS! It's unbelievable how much easier it is to play when I can actually see what's going on :')

Actually the hardest part about building this, besides it being my first build (and cable management, which after hours I still gave up and left a nest of wires) was picking a case. There are NO good blue cases that would also fit an optical drive & another large bay item (I have an SD card reader not included on the list) that would either ship to me in a timely manner or at all. This week I saw a really cool blue one that was almost exactly what I needed but it was only available in the UK.

That said, I love the Zalman ZM-Z9 Neo. It's super sleek, hides most of my cable mess, has a window and came with 5 built-in case fans, two of which had blue LEDs! The only way any case would be any better for me is if it was a ZM-Z9 Neo.... painted in a nice blue. ';~) I wish I could take better photos of it but I don't have the time/decent lighting!

Anyway, it was really a lot of fun putting together a parts list and building the PC and seeing all of it come together, and of course being able to use it and not have to wait 5 minutes for a game to load or an hour for a video to process. The Das Keyboard 4 is listed here but I'm on the fence about and haven't purchased yet. The mouse was just an extra mouse my brother had lying around last year that he gave me when mine died.

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kusanagiklan 2 Builds 3 points 31 months ago

Fallout 3.5

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

That's a good one :D

But that's the alternate name for New Vegas.

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NickDim 1 point 31 months ago

Nice profile pic, I recognize it from a box of ram.

Xizt 1 Build 3 points 31 months ago

Dammit! I need one of those fallout 4 backplates :(


Multiracial submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Do they sell them separately at all? The only bonus besides the backplate this version has is the poster that comes in the box. But I've put that up on my wall anyway..

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Nope, they're a special edition gpu only available at Best Buy. You'd think that a promotion like this would've offered a copy of the game along with it :(

Multiracial submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Right?! I already had the game by the time i got the card but I was a little disappointed. It's not as if it would be a difficult deal to make..

ShutYourTrap 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I want one too +1

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Check your local Best Buys. If you're lucky, you still might be able to locate one.

TBNRBEST 2 points 31 months ago

Great Build


Kerden 2 points 31 months ago

Wow, Beautiful build

Multiracial submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you!

ABattleScarredTeddyBear 2 points 31 months ago

Not bad, I really like it

NickDim 2 points 31 months ago

Holy **** I love that graphics card!!!!!!!

Multiracial submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

It's my favorite thing about the whole build still, tbh :)

mb67 5 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

As other's have stated, that GPU is awesome looking. +1 :-)

Muhkyle 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

I have almost this exact build, though with another case, and a Haswell chip. This looks great! PSU maybe makes me a little nervous, but it's probably fine. Dig that graphics card, wish mine had that backplate (or any backplate...).

TechnologyOverhaul 1 point 31 months ago

Nice use of building your pc around your gpu. +1

TacosNachosNarcos 1 point 30 months ago

Is that mobo brown?

Multiracial submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

It's a somewhat darkish orange color. Not brown, but I didn't take better pictures. I would have loved something blue but I wasn't looking much at color when picking a mobo. Orange is at least my 2nd fave color, so I was fine with it :)

TacosNachosNarcos 1 point 30 months ago

Sry i was talking about the pcb, i knew the mobo color thx anyway

Bexy 5 Builds 0 points 31 months ago

Yeah not liking the PSU But it gets vote for the Fallout 4 970 :)

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SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Not THAT bad, but still not great. OP could have done much better for the money.

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Multiracial submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

I knew I'd get comments about the PSU, but not because it's necessarily bad; I've read reviews everywhere and looked for similar priced (& wattage) PSUs and I stuck with this one because it's modular, inexpensive, and had good reviews. Strangely the only place I've seen these get negative response is here on PCPP. I'll just say that it's a lot better than the no-brand (no label on it, really) PSU I had been using for 7 years.

But if somehow it sets my house on fire, I'll be sure to pull up my phone and let you all know ;)

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

If it sets your house on fire, tweet about it first.

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