Description

After many years of being a bit of an AMD fanboy I have finally decided to take the jump up to Intel this year! So let's begin.

CPU - Ever since I started planning my build many months ago I always wanted to build with Skylake. Well it certainly paid off. For the work loads I put on this package of joy it is perfect and a bit more for me. I'm mainly going to be using things like AutoDesk and PSpice etc for my college work. So far it has handled them beautifully. I have got it over clocked up to 4.4ghz at the moment. I do have intentions to put it up higher as soon as I get a more suited cooler.

CPU Cooler - It's the Hyper 212.. 'nuff said. Keeps CPU at 70c max whilst running OCCT.

Motherboard - With its stylish looks and great feature/price ratio I believe this is a steal! It has great over clocking potential. Supports gigabit internet, m.2 PCI-E x4, 3 way sli/xfire, as well as USB type C and 3.1. I really can't think of a single thing I personally don't like about it. The AI Suit 3 works like a charm too, with great features for customizing and monitoring the entire system. A* board for it's price.

Memory - It's memory, it's from Kingston, it works. I went with 16GB because it was cheap, looks great with all the slots in the motherboard filled up. With the applications I use it does come in handy to know I do have that extra bit of memory if it ever needed it.

Storage - Great performance from this SSD. It looks amazing and really fits with the black and white colour scheme I have gone for. Windows 10 boots up in less than 7 seconds and it's performance is comparable to much more expensive drives.

Case - Ever since this got released I just had to have it. It's minimalist ways paired up with great engineering of the design is a winner for me every time. The simplicity of how it gets around things like cable management is wonderful. With a PSU cover in there too it makes a great case for non modular PSUs too. With ample room to store even the largest PSU cables in the bottom.

Power Supply - It's 80+ Bronze, quite and 600W. Ticks all the boxes for me. Leaves me enough room for a graphics card later down the road too :)

Wireless Networking - Great USB adapter, duel channel which is a must for me. Great range and easily allows me to get full speeds to my computer. Warning it is quite bulky! If you can try and keep it away from you or anything moving to avoid snapping the connector off. TP-Link obviously knew that and they bundled in a free USB 3.0 extension.

Case Fans - I have always loved the colours of the Noctua fans, and their performance. So I thought i'd treat my self with 5 of them. They push s*** tonnes of air and are very very quiet on my fan curve. They even stop when the CPU is below 45 degrees celsius.

Mouse - In my old rig I had the Corsair M40 and fell in love with it. I was almost about to get it again for this build. Then I saw this for a steal! Which was lucky as it is I would say one of if not the best mouse on the market. Full RGB custom lighting effects. 8200DPI sensor in there is more than enough for anyone.

Now I bet most of you have seen the words "Gaming Rig" in the title, have read through the description to not find a single thing about gaming graphics power. I have purposely left out a dedicated GPU as I am as much of a gamer as the next person and to be honest I have to give it up a lot of the time to focus on my college work. So by limiting my graphics power I am limiting the temptation to play games all day every day.

In the future I do hope to get something along the lines of a 970 or even a 980 if prices come down enough etc.

Thank you for reading this. I have probably left out loads of info and replaced it with waffle lol.

Thanks Matthew

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

So much noctua! I love it. Bit of advice on the gpu. If you want it now, and were going for a 970, grab the r9 390. With that much cooling the thermals should be okay, and it is better than the 970 for the price. You could also wait until pascal this summer, which would be much better price to performance than anything out right now.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah that's true, i'm trying to move away from the whole team red and be greener. I know where you're coming from though. The R9 390 is a far superior card for the money. It probably won't be for a good year or so until I finish with the college work I need this for. So i'll have to see whats around then lol

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Honestly, the 970 isn't bad at all, I have it, I'm in the middle of OCing it, it's running fine, with good fans and stuff, you'll be all good.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Over clocking is free performance so why not xD What sort of temps do you get?

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Very pretty, nice work!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

How dafuq you dont have a GPU?! omfg

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

There's always one ;)

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful setup. What LEDs did you use? Also, how did you run them. I love the way the lighting is setup in the case.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :) I have these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251486725045?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&var=550959949278&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT.

I have them soldered straight up to a 12V Molex, they're quite a lot brighter in real life not too bright tho.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :) I'm not sure. It seemed like it just went up instantly to my guess :/

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha it took a lot of will power to do so lol thanks :)