Description

Built this computer for Paul to Play WoW. This is my first complete build. Still got a lot to learn, but build went well. Love all the parts. Quality manufacturers. I like the case it was easy to work in. Mother board is awesome except for the very cheap looking I/O plate which I don't understand cause the Mobo is beautiful. Water Cooler, I liked the rear location but had to put the logo sideways because it kinked the hoses to much trying to put it horizontal. The rest of the build went easy. Love the Fan controller! At idle case temperatures are reading roughly 25 degrees C. and fan speeds are around 1000 RPM on Auto. First boot went well, nice Bios. Windows loaded good, updates and driver updates were no problem. After I deliver it to Paul and he loads WoW I'll get a chance to get the see how it works under a load, not saying WoW is the ultimate load, but you know what I'm saying. I'll add CPU and GPU numbers when I get them.

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you keep that bios that lets you overclock this chip ??? Because Intel is being really stupid right now and trying to lock down the i3's

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Left the AI tweaker on auto. 3.7 ghz will be plenty for what this computer will be doing.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you talking about the original BIOS that allows you to overclock via adjusting the BCLCK?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

interesting to see a skylake i3 paired with a liquid cooler

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

I have one on mine. It lets me push the speed up to 4.4ghz before I lose stability. Not bad for an I3.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah its just usually liquid coolers are paired with i5 and above.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Have one on mine too @ 4.6ghz ..

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It was cheap, it looks good, and if he wants to put an i5 in later the water cooler will already be in it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Water cooling can be used for a number of reasons.

1) A better looking alternative to those giant CPU Air Coolers that block 1/2 of a pretty board

2) Performance is, at worst, the same and, at best, better than 99% of Air Coolers out there.

Not knocking any Air Coolers out there, some of them truly are decent looking. Most of them, however are pretty ugly to look at.

It would be nice if Intel included a fan with their cpu's that didn't make you vomit everytime you looked at it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 0 points

spending 50 more bucks more something prettier is not worth it too me. He is OCing so pls dont even post ur comment.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Paul's Hardware ?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, nice build, but I believe you paid too much for mobo? I have a couple of questions. How's the case? Cable management, space, overall? If I'm not planning overclocking, do I need aftermarket cooler?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello, The mobo is awesome with the exception of two things. 1. The I/O plate is really cheap. 2. The board does not support SLI but it does support Crossfire. The Case is good, easy to work in, not the best for cable management but ok. Yes, you can use the stock cooler that comes with the CPU.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

There are cheaper motherboards that do everything/anything that this computer was designed to do. I just recently went through the process of shopping for a chipset 170 board and I can tell you this:

There are way too many. Since he wasn't going to SLI he could have picked up an H170 or B150, but each of those have different aspects.

I'm one of those guys who likes to spend $$ on motherboards and CPU's. I normally spend $200 minimum on mobo and $300 minimum on CPU's. So maybe I'm biased to think that $120 isn't a lot, I'm not sure.