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Intel i7-6700K Editing and Gaming Build

by MysticLive

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33 Comments

Details

Date Published

April 15, 2016

Date Built

Feb. 22, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.95 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

Description

IMPORTANT NOTICE PLEASE READ

First of all, this is a computer for underneath you desk. It fitted perfectly underneath mine. Secondly, the GPU choice is primarily up to you, I do not pick any side. Right now I use a 700-series GPU for mainly CUDA*. I used a 290 for a while, but I really prefer CUDA over OpenGL. I don't run any graphically intensive games on my system so I don't need a lot of power. I will probably buy a consumer grade Pascal GPU when they're on the market.

*GPU acceleration in programs like Vegas Pro, Media Encoder, Premiere.

The Building Experience

I'd say not too shabby. Of course it was fun, but I don't know, there was something to it. Maybe it was the case. Like I said, it fits perfectly, but it not the nicest to work in. I was really excited though about Skylake. And I really love the motherboard. Asus knows how to deliver quality and they have just proven it again. It's not expensive, but it's kicks ***. It has eight power phases which is good enough for Skylake, since it overclocks well on just about any motherboard with an "overclockable chipset". The system boots up so fast it's crazy. Not as fast as a MacBook Air though;) Love you, Apple.

PSU choice might seem a bit weird, but I want to take all precautions against possibly frying my machine. Case got a dust filter in the front panel.

Part Reviews

CPU

I think I received one of the better samples of the 6700K. Overclocks way better than I expected and overall it performs great.

CPU Cooler

Does the job well. Recommended to install Corsair Link 4 and turn the fan profile to quiet.

Motherboard

Rock solid board. No overly done features and it just plain always works. Love the UEFI BIOS. Couldn't get Extreme CPU Overvolting switch to work though. Probably a mistake on my end.

Memory

Works well, not really suited for overclocking.

Storage

Great SSD. Reliable, stable and fast.

Storage

I can't give three stars because it's so much slower than an SSD. I knew what I was getting. Nice mass storage.

Case

Case is not one of my favorites. Had to pick it because it fits under my desk drawers. Not really nice to work in since you have to remove everything to change something in the bottom compartment.

Power Supply

Amazing power supply. 10/10 ~ IGN.

Comments Sorted by:

Jonashansen 2 points 36 months ago

How about the GPU??

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OccamAsylum 15 Builds 3 points 36 months ago

No one reads on here. I learned that pretty quickly. People are quick to have an opinion on what they think you should've done without reading the description that often answers their question.

Jonashansen 2 points 36 months ago

Ok

xDiiThy 3 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Voltage for OC? Passively Cooled GPU!? What is the model!?

MysticLive submitter 1 Build 3 points 36 months ago

It's nothing special, just a 750 from Zotac (Zone Edition). I don't really play graphically intensive games. It's more because I can then use CUDA which doesn't require a 980Ti.

xDiiThy 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

A passive GTX 750 is amazing to include! Nice Choice!

Radox-0 5 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Nice OC, what voltage you putting through it to stabilise that?

MysticLive submitter 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Voltage for OC is 1.43 volts. Not really a big deal on Skylake, but not something you want to run the whole time. This is only the max voltage.

526christian 1 point 36 months ago

OP pls

Radox-0 5 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Does not mention voltage which is what I asked.

526christian 1 point 36 months ago

????

Radox-0 5 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I am confused, I thought you meant it mentioned voltage used in Original Post?

EDIT, wait by OP did you mean Original Poster lol, if so face palm Radox :O

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pwelch234 1 point 36 months ago

Not even 5 ghz psh

MysticLive submitter 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Yeah I know. The thing is, I want to use this system for more than one month;)

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

60C is fine for max load, 80C max load is the highest I will go. You could push it further.

MysticLive submitter 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Yeah but the voltage is a bit too risky IMO

BodaciousBuddha 1 point 30 months ago

1.43v does seem pretty high though...

For Broadwell-E (e.g. i7-68xxK), the professional reviewers kept Vcore around 1.35v max (for AIDA64, RealBench, i.e. testers that have the CPU render and encode video stuff).

I could be wrong, but ya seem a bit nonchalant about your current voltage. :) Yeah, you set it as the max, but still...

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 0 points 36 months ago

As long as your temps are fine, you shouldn't have any problems.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Since you are good on the gpu for now, waiting for the next versions is very wise. If you don't like the new the old will be cheaper

Sweet overclock.

That case is a monster got the older version in my house.

Thumbs up.

MysticLive submitter 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Thanks! I love these kind of comments;)

celloyouvegotabass 1 point 36 months ago

awesome! I'm in the middle of almost the exact same build!! I'm doing video though so went for the gtx 980 and a 2nd SSD. Best of luck!

dditty 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Cool build man! Can't wait to see what you add to it!

MysticLive submitter 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

I'll definitely make an update build on it. With that I'll get my YouTube ad revenue;))

NeonThought 4 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Case filters? Since it'll be under your desk.

Berfs1 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

For the CPU overclock, is it 4950 MHz because you did BCLK OC too? If so, was it stable? I am asking because I know that Skylake is designed differently than previous gen processors, so I want someone that has experience with one to answer this question(hopefully). Just wanted to make sure before I start building my birthday build :)

MysticLive submitter 1 Build 2 points 35 months ago

On Skylake you can tweak with the base clock as much as you want I think. It's definitely stable.

Berfs1 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Yes, that is true because of the design of the architecture.

ShaftyNL 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Hi there!

Nice build, getting that same case soon to move my current build into :)

Coolermaster website says you can only fit 240mm rads exept for the Nepton 280L but it seems you managed to put in the h115i aswell, did you need to do anything strange to make it fit? do you have 140mm fans on it or 120mm fans? And was it possible to orientate it the other way around so the tubes dont go over the GPU?

Please let me know! :)

Nater650 1 point 21 months ago

Pascal has been out for a while

DarkGTX939 1 point 14 months ago

Nice Job. on your build, I Like the case.

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MysticLive submitter 1 Build 2 points 36 months ago

Yeah I think everyone's waiting for it;)

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MysticLive submitter 1 Build 3 points 36 months ago

The HDD(s) I had laying around. That's why I chose them. Always reuse your parts;)

Berfs1 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

I agree!