Description

First Skylake Build aimed for 1080p gaming and some minor video-editing at the price of $1600CAD before taxes.

CPU: i5-6600k, 4.5ghz at 1.328v Wanted to get started into some Overclocking and spent hours reading up on the new Skylakes, figured this was a very popular choice amongst Entry to High-End builds I'd jump on it. Runs real smooth and very cool.

CPU Cooler: Hyper 212 EVO (with AF120 fans in Push/Pull config.) Was torn between whether to start off with a Liquid or Fan cooler. After much research found that temperature differences were very minimal (unless one were to due more intense OCing), For my next future build I'll definitely go for either a 240mm/280mm Liquid Cooling setup (For "better" aesthetics and OCing).

MOBO: ASRock Z170 Pro4s ASRock is well known for great "budget" boards and this one lives up to it. UEFI menus are easy to navigate through and tweak settings. After some tweaking with the VCore able to steadily run 4.5ghz at 1.328v, was able to go up to 4.8ghz at 1.42v.

Memory: Corsair LPX (2x8gb running at 2666mhz) These are really low-profile RAM sticks that worked great with the XMP settings. Slick and Simple.

Storage: Kingston 240gb SSD Simply for booting Windows 10 and storing some minor software/applications.

GPU: Asus STRIX R9 390 8gb This beast (Size and Performance) of a card looks and performs phenomenally. Able to push 1080p and Max setting on every game Ive played with so far (BF4, Overwatch, WoW, Diablo 3, CSGO) while maintaning 60+fps. Minor cons: Fans can get noisy but with some tweaking with the GPU Tweak II app you can manage Fan and Clock speeds. Heavy with a slight bit of sag when installed.

Case: Corsair Spec 02 Got it for a good deal, has room for a 6 fan case setup (Using 5 at the moment), great airflow and moderate space/routing for cable management. Hiding of cables could have been much better on my part.

PSU: EVGA 700B Bronze Ceritfied (parts list didn't have it listed) Perhaps a little over the top but got it for a good deal. Cons are its not a modular PSU.

Next build is going to be a whole lot beefier (price/performance) now that I've been exposed to OCing and the great results of this build.

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Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a cool build, nice to know the Hyper 212 EVO can fit in the SPEC-02

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

* scratches head *

I agree, cool build. However, the CM 212 EVO has been confirmed to fit in the Corsair SPEC-02 many years ago. Even before me when I bought my SPEC-02 from 2014.
  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure does, no fitment or clearance issues whatsoever

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The Canadian government makes everything cost an arm and a leg.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

I bet you can get the CPU up to at least 4.5GHz if you try :).

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Tried tweaking the vcore/multipliers and just can't seem to get it stable. Suspecting either the CPU or the Mobo

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Finally after much trial and error was able to steadily push 4.8GHz at 1.42v but settling for 4.5GHz at 1.328v for now

  • 42 months ago
  • 0 points

why not a gtx 1070???

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Heck might as well get a 1080 haha but the 1070 is nearly twice the price of the r9 that I got, but definitely considering for the next build