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My first build - Skylake

by CrayCray_Architect



Date Published

Oct. 4, 2015

Date Built

Oct. 3, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.102 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


This was simply a GO BIG or go home project, and funny enough I ended up doing both. To start with. I am a university/college student studying architecture, and I was looking for an all round powerful PC when gaming and using designs programs. After a couple of years just searching best parts and bits to buy; the time had come for me to build the beast. Before purchasing the parts, I was in a state of thought; wondering which CPU to get, I decided to go with i7 6700 which has a turbo boost of 4ghz without the need of overclocking of such the i6700k only does a 4.2ghz overclockage (max 4.5ghz) which is power I didn't really need mainly because I had a beast of a GPU (EVGA GTX 980ti Superclocked!!!) Because of this, I had received some stick of my friends due to the CPU corsair h100i GTX which is truly not necessary unless if I was overclocking, but I simply just adored the look of having a water-cooled cPU. I was not able to do a step by step photo time-lapse, due to the intensity of the build. I actually bought 1x 256gb SK Hynix SSD. The case is the NZXT H440 - £79

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noap7 2 points 43 months ago

Noice build! So i take it you love that gpu? How well does it perform? Would you recommend it?

CrayCray_Architect submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

So far - I am loving the thing, especially the white LED lights that do not over do it, but are simple and a pleasure to look at due to my white, red and black theme. In terms of performance, I've only played World of Tanks & Warships at Ultra with amazing performance. I will be playing Far Cry 4 soon so I cant wait to see the performance on that bad boy. To be honest its too early to say my opinion on the GPU (sorry). However, I would recommend this GPU if you're looking for a step up above the 980 and a step lower of the Titan X.

MahPCNamedJerry 1 point 42 months ago

The 980 Ti actually in a lot of tests, perform better than the Titan X. For 300 buck cheaper too!

CrayCray_Architect submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

The thing is lovely! Playing fallout 4 on ultra and the gpu fans don't even kick in. To say the least, we are talking about fallout which isn't big on the graphic side but its nice to have a silent pc while playing that game!!

Rexx7564 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

So is the Z series MOBO required for the CPU to boost or is that possible on an H or B?

jtabb1256 1 Build 3 points 42 months ago

Z series is necessary for you to overclock. All series will allow the CPU to automatically boost.

Rexx7564 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

Awesome thanks!

CrayCray_Architect submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Not actually quite sure. Best to have a look on a forum. Sorry.

EDGHD__ 1 point 43 months ago

Why not ad the k to 6700 for $20? But otherwise very clean looking build! +1

CrayCray_Architect submitter 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

You will understand why I went for the 6700 (k-less) if you read my description and other comment replies. Thanks for the +1. It looks better in the dark, but picture doesn't do it justice.

MahPCNamedJerry 1 point 40 months ago

Did the colour of the case just change in the last 2 pictures or am I crazy?

WolfenWings 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Such an overkill motherboard Haha Nice build. I'm also looking at an i7-6700 16 GB ram and 980 ti. Performs well I can imagine.

Sladez 1 point 39 months ago

Nice build but that motherboard really does seem like overkill. You could have saved at least $200 and still got a high-end MB or something like the ASUS Formula around the same price.

Seems like already pretty far into architecture. How is it going?

Grommus 1 point 34 months ago

Awesome build man. +1

How does the 6700 go with gaming?

Atron 1 Build -1 points 42 months ago

Should have bought a 6700k with that mobo since it is designed for overclocking also did you put 2 CPU coolers on by mistake?

CrayCray_Architect submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Haha yep mistake! The i7 6700 does turbo clock of 4.0 GHZ where as the 6700k reaches max of 4.5 which is power I do not need, due to my powerful GPU :)