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sKYLAKE-A newborn.

by adeelshahid

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35 Comments

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Date Published

Dec. 15, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

Description

A build that is inspired by the online community namely Linustechtips, JayzTwoCents, Waj @ MW Technology all youtubers. The passion that was so contagious that it got me back in the game of building pcs.

This is an attempt, a first step into the world of customizing, overclocking, liquid cooling.

This is going to be an all in one pc, used for gaming, video editing, media center, streaming and data storage. One CRITICAL component missing the GPU. I wanted to invest in a 980ti but just going to wait for pascal line of gpus from nvidia expected to arrice mid next year (2016). For now this will have to suffice.

For my external display I have it connected to my 50" 4K Vizio LED.

Some of the problems/snags encountered during this build:

1.I/O shield finicky to say the least: To land the board in the case and aligning it with the shield was not easy. 2.Used the Motherboard fan header's to leverage asus's QFan control ability: This caused a few challenges during cable management. 3.The biggest challenge that took the most time was the onboard boot device LED staying on during the startup. It didn't seem normal that the VRAM, VGA lights will turn off in 1 second but boot device LED would stay on. If I let the system boot to windows it would eventually turn off. But during startup and when in BIOS it would stay on. After researching for an entire day and speaking to resources I figured this is normal for ASUS Z170A board. I was able to boot just fine, my Hard drives showed up just fine, everything seemed normal. One explanation I got was that the SATA controllers only load after the BIOS and so the board keeps the light on until it finds it.

Some learnings:

  1. It took me a while to understand the different partition formats. I am new to the whole UEFI so I was initially using legacy mode. I had to go into the BIOS and turn off the CSM. Also I was not happy to see that there was another partition being created called windows boot manager, but I learnt it was actually very useful.
  2. In what order to put the parts together: This worked the best for me: Outside the case: motherboard,cpu, ram,cooler. Put the motherboard in the case, start working the cable management, then psu.

Upgrades to come in the coming days/weeks.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Please Asus with a high end board like this one please include a better I/O shield. Its the little things that matter!

Memory

Loove this RAM. Looks amazing with my black and white build

Case

Great case to work with, lots of room, easy cable management, fan included are good and quite, they do the job. Filters will allow for easy cleaning. The only gripe is that the case can get realllly heavy and there are not handles to move it around. Never grip it from the top as the cover will come off and you be end up dropping the entire thing.

Power Supply

cant go wrong with this psu, cables included are well sleeved. This is strong, durable psu, Will keep the components safe and running.

Wireless Network Adapter

Do use the antenna that comes with the card. My wifi connected without it but i noticed a significant drop in speed without the antenna, when antenna plugged it the speeds improved significantly.

Keyboard

TBH I would never use 2.4 GHZ wireless connection for these two peripherals. The experience just drops on his head. The mouse and keyboard are very laggy and doesnt work for me. I will try a bluetooth option if that doesnt work I dont mind running a longer USB cable to my TV for couch use.

Comments Sorted by:

IwannaPC 9 Builds 3 points 19 months ago

4K on integrated graphics????? Are you from the future where they don't actually suck?!!

No seriously, get some kind of cheap GPU at least.

CaptainMurica 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

I got Minecraft to run maxed out at 20-30 FPS on a laptop's HD 5500 at 4K, so it's not completely impossible.

IwannaPC 9 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Minecraft is CPU bound, I'm referring to games that are more GPU intensive, I'm sure Minecraft runs OK @ 4K.

blakeganiere 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

he should at least get an EVGA NVIDIA GT 610 2gb for around $40, this handles photoshop paired with a core 2 duo e7500 at school, so Im guessing that he might be able to play some games, very low-medium settings at that, but able to actually know whats going on in the game!

IwannaPC 9 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

He actually shouldn't, since Skylake is on DDR4, and the 610 is on DDR3, so it's actually a downgrade.

blakeganiere 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

sorry, I was thinking of the GT 730 1gb gddr5

adeelshahid submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

yeaa I hear you! I am going to add one soon....not utilizing even half of the potential available.. Thanks for the suggestion!

blakeganiere 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Almost all skylakes can handle 4k youtube videos, and im pretty sure he can manually lower the quality to 1080/1440

IwannaPC 9 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Almost all skylakes can handle 4K youtube videos,

Yeah, emphasizing youtube videos. He will definitely have to turn down settings on games to 1080p until he gets the GPU.

blakeganiere 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

yes, that is exactly what i meant, that is why i said it. lol

adeelshahid submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

That's why I am okay without the GPU as it plays 4k video np. Will have to see how it handles premium video editing.

dns637 2 points 19 months ago

"1.I/O shield finicky to say the least: To land the board in the case and aligning it with the shield was not easy."

TELL ME ABOUT IT!!! I HATED THIS PART!!!

Love the black and white theme! Gratz on the build

adeelshahid submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

thanks for the encouragement, really is my first build for a while. I wanted to make it unique (which I think still can be accomplished) but also not go crazy. Will take it one step at a time...

floridaboz 4 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

nice looking build

Arkwoman1990 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Might want to swap the cooler that is listed in your parts list to this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-cpu-cooler-cw9060021ww as this is what you have

adeelshahid submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

wow, didn't even notice that! thanks. I've updated the list.

Arkwoman1990 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

anytime

hashim9455 1 point 19 months ago

graphics card

blakeganiere 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Sorry for not posting this in the forums but, does anyone know if the g3258 will run fallout 4, paired with a 750 ti?

IwannaPC 9 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

No, Fallout 4 requires 4 cores, might I point you in the direction of this video for an idea, then downgrade/upgrade the parts as wanted.

blakeganiere 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I was thinking an a10-7870k but i have no idea how good it actually is

blakeganiere 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Will this cut costs and still be able to run it? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zD4k23

IwannaPC 9 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Yeah, I have a 7700K, that should run it fine.

blakeganiere 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

thx

blakeganiere 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

k thanks

blakeganiere 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

a8 or a10, If i get an a10, I wont have any money left for steam games

blakeganiere 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Do you think I would make any money building the rig with an a6-6400k and selling it on craigslist?

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Corbindalllas 0 points 19 months ago

Buy a GPU

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

He said he is going to wait for pascal. Read the description before making an unnecessary comment.

gospy 1 point 19 months ago

It's not unnecessary in the slightest. Above, OP mentioned not having considered the possibility of buying a GPU then selling it when NVIDIAs new line is released. Corbindalllas might have (likely was) suggesting the same thing, which I personally believe is good advice.

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adeelshahid submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

you mean sell the entire rig? Do people even buy custom builds. I never gave that a thought, I will look into this options.

Cheers!

maribor 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Get a cheaper gpu and then sell the gpu on ebay when you upgrade. It'll cost you <$100 to have a working computer for the next 6mo while you wait.

adeelshahid submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

oh I see what you are seeing, that makes sense. I appreciate the suggestion! Thanks!

blakeganiere 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

get an Evga gtx 750 ti FTW ACX and then sell the rig for like 100-200 profit on craigslist or ebay, preferrably craigslist because I heard that ebay takes 12% of what you sell items for now

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