Skylake upgrade replacing my AMD 860K build. All parts marked as $0.00 are carried over from the previous build here https://pcpartpicker.com/b/FZ7hP6 .
Also sorry about the grainy pics. I'm still rocking a Nexus 5 and it has a horrible camera.
IPC is king when it comes to CPU intensive games. I was very happy with my 860K, but it struggles like crazy in games like Arma 3, Skyrim (modded), Borderlands 2 and Total War games. I decided to make the switch and my CPU bottleneck issues went away. I overclocked it to 4.6GHz on 1.36v. Very safe for Skylake CPUs as long as your temps are under control. Very stable with max temps during gaming around 61 degrees.
Old reliable still getting the job done. Upgrading to the Corsair fans allowed this unit to stretch it's legs. Gonna rock this thing until it fails.
Great thermal paste, but I can't give it a 5 star because the stuff gets very hard once applied. I suggest running a stress text on your PC right before you attempt a reapply or a CPU change. It performs as well as anything on the market in it's price range, but Arctic Silver is easier to deal with and just as cheap.
This is an amazing budget Z170 board. It lacks the bells and gimmicks like gaming LAN and bundled software that I find useless, but it overclocks RAM and CPU like a champ. Read the reviews on this if you don't believe me. This thing is a steal especially if you catch it on sale. If you need a ton of USB ports I would avoid, other than that save some dough and put it towards other parts.
Overclocked my kit to 3000 MHz with some voltage adjustments. Very good RAM and got Rainbow Six Siege free!
Fast and the Pro version is faster only in benchmarks. In real time you won't see much difference. Highly recommend the EVO.
Great 1080p card and I can play most current AAA games on a mix of High settings around 60fps. Older games are easy to max out. Upgrade is in the pipeline however.
Great case, but there are copycats out there now that offer more flexibility with AIO coolers. Have a look at those if you have a 240mm rad. This case is unrivaled in price to build quality.
Good power supply with decent power on the 12v rail. I wouldn't run SLI with this though.
It's good once you disable the spy crap. Check Tech Yes City video on YouTube for a full walk through on how to do that.
Loud! Buy the Quiet version of these. I had to use the voltage adapter to get some peace. The cooling was not negatively effected either, but once again get the Quiet versions.
Great fans and as usual with 140mm fans quiet.
had this on my radiator for awhile, but it won't do the job if you need to overclock. I now use this fan as a top exhaust.
Amazing 144 Hz monitor! Many of my games are a couple of years old and I can take full advantage of the extra FPS. Great if you don't need Gsync or Freesync.
This is my productivity monitor. I don't like the fact that I can't raise the height of it. i'm purchasing a monitor arm soon, so it will be a non issue.
Amazing fingertip grip mouse for 18-20 cm hands! 3310 sensor in the Kone Pure Military versions. Avoid the laser version and the regular optical version that uses the inferior optical sensor.
Very good mouse but not as nice on my fingers as my Kone Pure. It has the same sensor as the Death Adder (3988). Good mouse and a new version of this is available with the traditional Corsair logo. I hear it has a better sensor, but I'm not sure.
Heavy, but good for palm grip for medium to large hands. Laser sensor. I use it as a browser and would not game competitively with this.
The sides are removable so that you can add buttons on either side. Really nice mouse with a decent sensor. The weight distribution is way off, too heavy in the back.
very good for the price. I'm buying some nice open back cans soon.