Description

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.

Part Reviews

CPU

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.

CPU Cooler

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.

Thermal Compound

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.

Motherboard

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.

Memory

Overclocked my kit to 3000 MHz with some voltage adjustments. Very good RAM and got Rainbow Six Siege free!

Storage

Fast and the Pro version is faster only in benchmarks. In real time you won't see much difference. Highly recommend the EVO.

Video Card

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.

Case

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.

Power Supply

Good power supply with decent power on the 12v rail. I wouldn't run SLI with this though.

Operating System

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.

Case Fan

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.

Case Fan

Great fans and as usual with 140mm fans quiet.

Case Fan

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.

Monitor

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.

Monitor

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.

Mouse

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.

Mouse

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.

Mouse

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.

Mouse

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.

Headphones

very good for the price. I'm buying some nice open back cans soon.

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 3 points

How much were those sleeved extensions, They look beautiful.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. Can't quite remember but the PCIE 6 pin and the 24 pin were around 30 something from Ensourced.net

They feel and look even better in person. I believe they use the same para cord found in parachutes rope. I remember pricing them against two or three other dealers. I recommend Ensourced.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the looks of your system, you really nailed it.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

TY!

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I got a quick Question regarding the "spy" stuff everyone's talking about, and this might sound ignorant coming from a PC enthusiast, but I don't get "WHY!?" there's no doubt that yea microsoft may be spying, but why are people disabling it. Is it mainly to not get spied on, (cause there are a lot of people who can say, "i got nothing to hide") or is it just being disabled for performance reason?

so that's basically my question, are people disabling it not to get spied on or really just to improve speed because those "spy" applications would take up RAM

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Any applications or background programs that are not needed by the user can negatively effect performance. I paid full price for my Windows 10. I should not have to deal with anything in my OS that i don't want or need. it's a matter of performance and principle.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

oki.. THanks

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

From my perspective, everyone is spying on you. Everyone. The government, your ISP, Google, each website you visit, your os, whatever. Everything is tracked, stored, and maybe parsed to make you into a product to sell to other companies. If you think you have zero presence on the internet you're nuts.

With that in mind, I hate the tracking stuff. I would love to be connected through a fully FOSS minded OS to the internet through a dumb pipe feeding me whatever I want. That's not going to happen, never. So Windows 10 tracking? Not even that big of a deal, there are worse things happening with everyone's information.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

well duh, i'm aware of the being tracked aspect of the whole Interlink, im just being specific about the Windows 10 part of it all.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

NIIICE! Congrats!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

thnks

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

That cpu is a bit overkill if your only using a 960 And btw Why all the mice though :P

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point
  1. GPU upgrade on deck
  2. I love mice
  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Bit of an overkill Cpu with the 960 qnd btw why do you need 4 mice :P

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

thnx and np!