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Budget Skylake Gaming Build

by Teddo



Date Published

Dec. 7, 2015

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


My overall thought process for this build was to have a computer that is enough for my needs which at the moment is a lot of web browsing, youtube videos, CS:GO, and some League of Legends. I also kept the upgrade path a factor as I am planning on either an i5-6600k or an i7-6700k in the future as I will be using it for AutoCAD. I will be recycling the i5-6500 for a itx build that I always wanted to try sometime next year.

I got some rather great deals on parts that you might not be able to replicate, took me a good 3 weeks of parts hunting, so I guess it paid off!

I will list the items as I have bought them and explain how I got the pricing and my thought process behind it.

*I do not have a HDD as I only use about 100-130GB of space, a 240GB SSD is perfect for my needs.

**I was able to activate windows 10 directly by using an old windows 7 key I had from a laptop that is no longer in use. This saved me $100 and caused me absolutely no problems during installation. I installed windows 10 without using a key, updated it to latest updates and applied keys in settings afterwards.

Part Reviews


Very fast i5 and does everything I can ask for, nice and cool with plenty of speed for most gaming needs without the need of overclocking. This saves me money on the cpu cooler as well! I bought this during black friday on tigerdirect with a visa checkout promo which came out to $165 no tax, free shipping. Definitely a steal and I think I got the most bang for my buck.


I was one of the lucky few to snag one of these when Amazon had a flash sale. I thought for $100, it wasn't that much more compared to the cheaper 1151 motherboards. It gives me a great path to upgrade for a K version i5 or i7 in the near future. Had absolutely no trouble installing Windows 10 on it.


Actually using the Ripjaws V but couldn't find it on the parts list. Thought it'd be fun to match the mobo color so I did. Had some ebay promo coupons and deals laying around, so I was able to snag this from the newegg store for a very solid price of $27.


Newegg messed up my previous build's order and sent me 2 SSDs, lucky me! So I threw this one on, one of the best in the market and have had no problems with Samsung EVOs in my previous 3 builds. It was "free" but I listed it as $70 for a more accurate price description.

Video Card

Runs quiet and cool, and absolutely perfect price for my needs. Snagged this a couple months ago at jet.com for $120 shipped, no tax. Used it briefly for a previous build and put it in on this one after I sold it. CSGO with every setting on max runs 250-300fps, 350+ fps on League of Legends. Hard to beat this gpu in the $120 price range.


Worked on this case before and I loved the level of quality on it along with ample room for cable management. Even with using a non modular PSU, I was able to hide every cable behind the backpanel.

Power Supply

Newegg had a rebate/coupon deal on this PSU for $22 and I could not pass up on it as I was going for a budget build. Happy with its performance and it's hard to beat for $20. Non modular, but the case was able to accommodate it very well.

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SomeJoker 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Nice build, man! Super jelly that you got that GTX950 for $120! Mine cost £120 and it's an ASUS Mini model, which means one fan = temperature compromises. Best of luck with future upgrades!

Teddo submitter 2 Builds 3 points 22 months ago

Thanks! Was looking at the single fan gtx 950 models for an itx build, how are the temps/ benchmarks on those things?

SomeJoker 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Ran a 3DMark Fire Strike 1.1 benchmark and got a score of 5290, avg. FPS was mid-twenties most the time I think. Heats up to 70 degrees when gaming. Fine for low intensity games but I will likely need to tamper with some settings and fine tune it.

Teddo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

thanks for your help! Trying to piece together an itx build and the single fan models ar definitely on my radar.

SomeJoker 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

You're welcome! Best of luck!

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fn230 14 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

You got some really great deals on those parts. +1 for sure.

JackAlot 2 points 22 months ago

Insane! What are you're benchmarks? I wish that a few years back I knew NOT to get a laptop, and I'm angry I did. It's a piece of crap, and $34 less than this! Insane budget build, also great job on getting that cheap graphics card.

Teddo submitter 2 Builds 3 points 22 months ago

I didn't really test it for specific benchmarks, but from the games I was playing...

CS:GO every setting cranked to max was pulling 250-300 FPS. LoL was 350-380FPS with all settings to ultra as well.

CPU never hit above 46C after hours of gaming, but it has been fairly cold up in the bay area past couple weeks. Mind you, this is with the stock cooler.

GPU fan starts running after temps reach past 65C, then drops and stays around 40-50C during my gaming session.

That's about all I can tell you in terms of benchmarks, hope it helps!

JackAlot 1 point 22 months ago

One impressive build... The FPS, the price, the temperatures, it's any gamers dream! Bravo on everything you did for this build.

GENERAL_AN 1 point 22 months ago

I MIGHT be doing my FIRST build with a GTX 950 and i5-6500. Great to know what FPS it gets in LoL.

You might be able to OC the 6500: here.

VonButler 1 point 22 months ago

Nice little build for some browsing and LoL. You did a nice job price hunting, too. +1

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ALostSeaTurtle 1 point 21 months ago

I've been building myself a Skylake gaming build for a couple days now, then I came across your build - Almost identical except for the graphics card and ram haha

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