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Geek's Skylake PC

by geek39

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101 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 15, 2015

Date Built

Oct. 30, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

22.3° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.75GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

50.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

Description

This is my 3rd PC at home and currently my primary gaming PC. All brand-new parts except the video card which is a refurb gtx770. mouse and kb weren't new as well.

thanks for your comments.

Part Reviews

CPU

Probably the best dual-channel gaming cpu in the market today

CPU Cooler

love the aesthetics and the cooling performance of this wc from corsair. one of the popular choice among enthusiasts.

Motherboard

this motherboard has everything you could ask for.. feature per feature wise, you can't go wrong with this. it has plenty of OC features plus good looks that matches with the cases you are planning to put up with makes this board bestseller.

Memory

this module really caught my attention with it's looks and has leds with it. but modest performance. definitely upgrade to 16gb soon or going for corsair dominators.

Storage

what more can i say, this is one of the best performing ssd in the market and has lower it's price making it the best price for performance ssd.

Video Card

plays decent to high or max settings at 1080p resolutions. can't complain about it. the only thing that is holding up is the amount of ram it has. was planning to upgrade to 980 non ti or ti. in the coming months.

Case

my personal choice. absolutely gorgeous!

Power Supply

a lot of people saying this would be bad for gaming pc.. upgrade is on it's way.. replacing this with EVGA Supernova 850 G2

Operating System

DX12-ready OS.. for games of course.

Monitor

once you go 144hz, you will never go back to 60hz. love this monitor!

Comments Sorted by:

Eltech 19 Builds 9 points 31 months ago

Why use the CX 850w in such a lovely, gaming rig? Those are not intended for high end gaming purposes. I would recommend one of the following PSUs for gaming. When one has the available spare cash.

  • XFX's TS, XTR, or Pro Series

  • Seasonic's S12-II/M12-II or G Series.

  • Antec's High Current Gaming

  • EVGA's B2, G2, GS, or P2.

  • Corsair's RMx/RMi, AX/AXi, or HX/HXi

Otherwise, good work with the build! It appears clean, from what I can see. :)

Growliff1234 2 points 31 months ago

Anyone else think eltech is becoming the skemble replacement ? Lots of builds, very helpful.

Eltech 19 Builds 2 points 31 months ago
Well, I didn't think this PSU is junk. I never saw the CX this way. I just think there are better options out there. Usually I understand if budget dictates, that's OK. And knowing the wattage is not even close to its cap limit, it's fine.
I just see the default prices from my view which is around 1.8k. When I see a build close to $1k~1.2k and over, something else is preferable over a CX. Again, this is just me and does not mean it's going to pop. I should have probably clarified this better so my apology. It does not mean OP's PC is going down in flames, because it will be OK.
No need to rush for a brand new PSU. I just think there are other PSUs available and are better for this spectrum too but again, OP should be OK. Plus I like the build, I just would like more internal photos... :)
Growliff1234 3 points 31 months ago

No, I agree with you completely. I would not be risking these expensive components with this PC.

geek39 submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

yeah thanks for the heads up. i skimmped on the psu this time but i will replace it with a AX model. thanks for the compliment.

Eltech 19 Builds 3 points 31 months ago

No worries, your build is still great. And AX is great PSU. I know I love mine. :)

  • Also, thank you for the update with internal photos. It looks gorgeous~
Persicuta 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

I needed a break from saying this on every build that had one haha. Dont get why people jump on the CX bandwagon. Their corsairs budget line not gaming line.

geek39 submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

ok how bout,

EVGA SuperNOVA 850 G2 Power Supply?

it was on sale @ evga store B-Stock item. the reason why i wanted to buy this because i have some evga bucks to spend with so that i won't have to spare some cash.

Eltech 19 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

It is a great PSU. If you have ways to save some cash along with it then that is a bonus.

geek39 submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

thanks. ordering it now.. gotta return the cx850 while it's still valid.

Eltech 19 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Awesome! And I hope you get it returned without much hassle.

geek39 submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

thanks. it's still within 30-day return policy so no worries.

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 3 points 31 months ago

That power supply is shite and overpriced. You could get a decent 750 watt unit for the exact same price.

geek39 submitter 1 Build 0 points 31 months ago

hmm not really crap.. it can handle this setup with ease, but if i have 3 or more hard drives and a more powerful graphics card.. then that's another story.

cpenland 1 Build -1 points 31 months ago

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=427

Its an average PSU. Dont bandwagon others opinions.

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 0 points 31 months ago

My bad, I read CX750.

johngerges582 3 points 31 months ago

CX750 and 850 are based on the same platform.

philphaser 12 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

PSU suuuucks! Replace it! That combination of mobo and RAM is ooooff the hook! And if i were you i'd get another used 770 for SLI; prices (at least in germany) are way too good right now.
+1

geek39 submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

not that bad at all.. but i am still open for upgrades in the coming months. going to replace the psu with AX series and replacing gpu with 980 non ti the least. not a fan of SLI so i will place this 770 to my other rigs once i got a new one.

philphaser 12 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Sounds good! : )

tiny_voices 2 Builds 3 points 31 months ago

Remember that Johnny get's all his Corsair units sent from Corsair directly and they are definitely cherry picked. PSU reviews should be from people who BUY the unit form the market, not people who are sent a better than average example.

Here is a proper cx750 review of a unit bought right off Newegg.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2015/01/21/corsair_cx750_750w_power_supply_review/9#.VkkUSGuM6pB

cpenland 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

I thought he addressed this saying they werent? Also if this is the case, wouldn't the reviewer always be considered bias in some way? Because if he doesnt give there product a good review no more freebies. But yeah generally you wanna go with the community rating of a product i agree.

tiny_voices 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Yes, basically every review of every product is biased in some way. This is just how life works, and it sucks.

Community rating? Do you mean like Newegg reviews? I hope not.

cpenland 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

No, everyone who has purchased it or has had experience with the product and selective benchmarks.

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Interesting read. However, no test at 230V, what's used here in the UK.

So I'll have to ignore these results as efficiency takes a hit with lower input voltage*

What end users should adhere to is the PSU constraints when building.

Btw, I didn't seem to notice any ambient temperature in that article but he mentions exhaust temp in the table created.

*just as an example(nothing to do with PSU's). In an ideal situation, let's say we wanted 50W. From a 230V line it'll draw 0.21A, on a 100V line it'll draw 0.5A. More current drawn creates more heat which is lost energy.

philphaser 12 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Alright, alright...it's not a very good PSU and not suitable for a heavy gaming rig like the build in question...there! Better? : )

EdInk 11 Builds -2 points 31 months ago

Why does it suck? Give logical reasons not what people think...what tests have you carried out to conclude it sucks. Can you back up your claim with figures?

Look at the components he has installed..do you thnk they'll make the PSU sweat ot run at max power limits?

Starman4308 3 points 31 months ago

While it doesn't suuuuuuck like suggested... it's not up to scratch for a build like this. The CX series isn't rated to high temperature*, and many units may be sensitive to high temperatures. The voltage regulation and ripple suppression are nothing spectacular on the CX850M unit, and I like to see better on something plugged into a $1500 rig.

*One thing which may not come out in a reviewer's tests is lifespan; it may degrade fairly quickly past rated temperatures and fail long before spec. The MTBF is tested at its rated temperature; past that, there are no guarantees. Fortunately, with the AIO watercooler and blower-style GPU, his case is unlikely to get very hot; most of the heat is being exhausted directly out of the case.

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Finally someone making sense when it comes to PSU's.. I hadn't considered temperature..that was the missing link. Based on Corsair website the continuous output rated temp for the CX series' 30o C compared to the AX Series at 50o C.... but I'd take that as a guideline.

tbh I get really concerned when comments regarding PSU's are left with no logical/factual explanation why they've been left.

With regards to voltage regulation and ripple suppression, the frequency range isn't significantly wider than the AX series which I believe it tied in the the frequency response of each unit.

Thanks for sharing this information.

philphaser 12 Builds 3 points 31 months ago

We are not talking office build. We are talking i7 and 230W TDP GPU. Combined with a tier 4 PSU. That being clarified i feel save to say: this PSU sucks!

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Right! 230W on a 12V rail means max current that can be drawn by GPU is approx 20A. i7 rated at 91W is 8A... How much can the 12V rail on the CX unit handle?

geek39 submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

this CX850 has a 70A of +12v

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you. I knew that already but would love to hear it from philphaser. Bet he wouldn't say it because he'll have his neck round a noose. Lol.

Didn't mean to 'spam' so sorry for that but I think we learn everyday.

Staying within output ratings is ideal but if one has the extra cash, go for the best on the market.

johngerges582 -1 points 31 months ago

Combined with a tier 4 PSU. That being clarified i feel save to say: this PSU sucks!

Do some reaserch instead of using the tier list as a crutch. The list has some major flaws.

The CX 750/850 aren't even based on the same platform as the 430-600. Infact it is an even better platform.

DS4130 3 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

The 430 is the best of the bunch, I believe the 750 (despite being based on the same platform as the 850) is the worst :)

johngerges582 2 points 31 months ago

The 430 has the best value. It can get pretty low in price sometimes.

Technically the 430w-600w CX's are all the same platform so they should perform similarly.

The 750w/850w are based on a better platform than the 430-600. They should also perform better.

When people spend all this money on a super gaming rig, and put in a power supply that isn't that amazing sometimes blows my mind(not firing shots at OP). Is it going to explode? No. Should you get a better one? Yes. Just don't sell your dog or something because some one said it is going to blow up your house.

philphaser 12 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Well researched. In fact the CX 750 is the worst unit of the line. ; )

johngerges582 1 point 31 months ago

Cool.

Give me some proof, and reasons as to why you say that.

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johngerges582 1 point 31 months ago

Nope, it's a WORSE platform

How? DC-DC for the non primary rails sounds like a better platform to me.

mhiziab 1 Build 3 points 31 months ago

My problem with seeing PSU's like this in a build with high end parts like this one is that there's always a better power supply at a better price.

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Please share if you've found any.

mhiziab 1 Build 4 points 31 months ago

You just missed a $70 XFX Pro 750W after MIR. There's also currently an EVGA G1 750W for $50 after MIR. OP most likely did not pay that listed price for a CX series but if he did there are better options out there.

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Great stuff!

Although XFX have a few specification details TBA'd on their website :P

harr1847 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

While I agree with Edlnk that if this power solution works for him and doesn't go above the rated temperature then it is fine, but there were just good rebate sales on the EVGA G2 series that brought the price down to about $85, making that a cheaper and more reliable unit. I don't think this psu is the kind of thing that immediately needs to be taken care of, but when some of the better units are on sale, they have really good sale prices.

EdInk 11 Builds 0 points 31 months ago

Brilliant!

Arkwoman1990 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

The cx series are already known for not being made for gaming rigs and such.

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

LOL! hearsay??...So you haven't verified that information?

Arkwoman1990 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

I got my information from Tiny_Voices, he knows a lot about psu's and doesn't recommend the cx series for gaming rigs.

They are made of low quality capacitors, these type of psu's are designed for low powered systems such as office pc's

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Interesting... so in what instance would a low powered office PC require 850W PSU?

imo haven established that the output rated temperature is one of the important factors to consider between the CX850 and AX760i for instance, then as long as this build meets corsairs required ratings then it should be OK.

Writing off the CX850 in gaming rigs because of low quality capacitors isn't enough without considering the overall build configuration.

johngerges582 1 point 31 months ago
Persicuta 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

So anyways in other news (besides the whole PSU debate) why don't you do some modding with that GPU? You can actually sand off the green stuff on the nvidia logo and it will light up white! Will go really good with your theme :)

geek39 submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

would love to do that but it's not my cup of tea. and besides, in a couple of weeks or so, i will be replacing that with a 980 non ti

pantsu_bear 1 point 31 months ago

I am actually planning a very similar build! How does the motherboard work? many others have went with asus but i feel that gigabyte did a nice one here. Have you overclocked yet? if so, how's the experience?

geek39 submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

it's stable, plenty of OC features and nice UEFI BIOS interface and in-windows app for EASY TUNE utility. great looking board also. i haven't been to overclocking the cpu as i am contented with the 6700K's 4ghz speed. if i bought the 6600K, then i would've OC'ed it to at least 4.0ghz. otherwise, very stable board so far.

Admiralrem 1 point 17 months ago

Where do you get those lights for the extra ram slots?

Chaostiix 0 points 31 months ago

CPU is great, but I personally believe that the i7-4790K is better. Memory confuses me though... if you wanted to go with 8 gigs, why go with 2x 4 gigs? A single 8 gig stick is much better if you are going to be upgrading to 16 gigs, then you'll have every slot full. That, generally, isn't good on the computer. With a single 8 gig stick, you can have two slots full, and then still upgrade to 24 gigs, then 32 gigs. Great SSD, but why not go with a 1 or 2tb HDD or Hybrid as well? Video card is decent, but it's not worth it. A $360 outdated 770 compared to the newest $320 970 is nothing. Case is perfect, nothing to add there. PSU is fine, but you might want to consider buying a 1000W in the future. OS is, well, perfect. Monitor seems great, so nothing to add there. This is a great build, I won't lie. There's just a few things that could've probably been better.

geek39 submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

thanks. this is really not a perfect rig. i just came from P55 platform (lynnfield) setup that had me on service till this time (5 years 875K WC 4ghz OC) without problems. so, looking at Haswell platform doesnt make any sense to me because DDR4 is here and i am looking forward in the future compatibility upgrades. there is so much work to be done like upgrading some components, but that doesn't come that quick because i still have other priorities in life not just building pc's.

geek39 submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

also, the 770 i bought at microcenter i paid 96 dollars less gift cards so that's a huge deal for me.
for upgrades i will surely looking at 980 non ti or wait for pascal gpus.

Chaostiix 0 points 31 months ago

Basic summary, you chose some great parts, but you could've chosen other less expensive parts and gotten more out of them.

hashim9455 -1 points 31 months ago

usa r9 msi 390

Chaostiix 0 points 31 months ago

AMD GPUs are way too expensive. If he wants a real GPU for less he could've chosen a GTX 970.

hashim9455 1 point 31 months ago

they are not check

johngerges582 -1 points 31 months ago

What county are you in? The 390 beats the 970, and is either the same price, or cheaper.

Chaostiix -1 points 31 months ago

The 970s have a better core clock by a lot, EVGA 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card has 1.19Ghz and is only $315. While the 390s may have better VRAM, that doesn't really matter for most games.

johngerges582 4 points 31 months ago

Core clock doesn't determine a whole lot. My GTX 960 FTW which is clocked in at 1.3GHZ is still out done by the R9 380 which is clocked lower.

While the 390s may have better VRAM, that doesn't really matter for most games.

Like what games? More and more games are taking advantage of alot of VRAM. If you staying in 1080p those 8gb obviously aren't going to be useful. Even in 1440p all 8gb isn't going to be used.

Video Card has 1.19Ghz and is only $315

The Sapphire Nitro $304. Comes down to 289.99 with a MIR.

Chaostiix 0 points 31 months ago

Guess I still have some things to learn lol, what 380s do you recommend? I'm making a streaming build and need suggestions.

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johngerges582 1 point 31 months ago

1080p 970, 1440p-1080p 390

in 1080p the 970 and 390 are basically neck and neck. Once we get to 1440p 390 take the lead.

Btw fallout4 390 sucks ***.

I know. Eventually a patch will come out though.

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Growliff1234 1 point 31 months ago

I was like GEEKAZOID POSTED A BUILD ! YES

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geek39 submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

thank you geekazoid LoL we are all geeks too.. if i have time, ill take some shots inside the case.

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geek39 submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

i bought it around 96 dollars at microcenter less gift cards. regular priced for refurb 770 is around 176 dollars so i got a huge deal out of it. i am still open for upgrades in the coming months to replace my psu and gpu as well as adding up m.2 ssds to speed up performance.