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"Orange Sky" October 2015 Skylake Build (First Time Builder)

by Zlamour

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Date Published

Oct. 2, 2015

Date Built

Oct. 1, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.279 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

Description

NOTE: This is my first time ever building a PC, so please go easy on me lol

So my goal was to create a budget gaming PC that looked great and performed even better. Having reviewed many PC builds on this website, I notice many builders go with the default black/red build. I wanted to create something that was different than most other builds. After many hours of research and watching videos, I decided to create this orange themed beauty. P.S. It's also October, so why not orange?

CPU/Motherboard: NOTE I actually purchased the ASRock Z170 Extreme 6, The website only let me select the 6+. I went with this selection because of a few things. 1) The most obvious, its a skylake build :) 2) The motherboard not only has great reviews and is loaded with features, it really fits in well with my orange build 3) Newegg offered a decent combo deal on the new i5 and ASRock mobo

Memory: This is something that I can slowly upgrade, 8GB DDR4 is enough for right now.

Storage: Double SSD for a total of 480GB is plenty enough for me. I do not store a crazy amount of files and these will work great in terms of performance. Great reviews and these look freaking awesome with the orange flaming cat.

Video Card: I went with the GTX960 because I'm already over budget and this card will do enough for my purposes. I will definitely be upgrading this down the road.

Case: The NZXT H440 shouldn't need any explanation. What a great looking case!

Power: 650W is plenty enough for this build and EVGA is good PC component company.

Accessories: x2 Orange 140mm Fans add more to the orange theme. NZXT White LED strip, I purchased this because the orange strip is no where to be found (actually had to order one from United Kingdom) and this will work for right now adding a little more flare to the build.

Lastly, I purchased the Artic Silver thermal compound & the thermal paste remover kit for the stock paste put on the Corsair Liquid cooler. I actually ended up testing out the stock paste on my cpu and it has worked just fine. My idle temp is very low. I will save these for later upgrades.

As a final note, I wanted to mention as a first time builder the experience was great! However, the hardest part by far was try to figure out all of the wiring. Most plugs are only fit to work with their respective counterpart, but some of the items were a pain!

Please leave a comment below with any comments, concerns, tips, advice, praise or feedback that you may have. Again, go easy on me lol

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amila_banks 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

Woow ....nice build bro ....

unicornh 2 points 42 months ago

well that is a beautiful looking motherboard man..

travislefebvre 2 Builds 2 points 39 months ago

Love the look of that motherboard. Nice build, I also have the same case and SSDs configured like that.

sponix 6 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Orange.. This Build Makes Orange Look VERY Good..

Thanks for Sharing !!

Zlamour submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Thank you Sponix!

johngerges582 1 point 42 months ago

I was waiting for an orange/black build using the ASROCK mobos.

Zlamour submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Yes, I am very impressed with ASROCK. The mobo looks and performs great!

Vergere 7 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Really nice build! I do love orange builds...

Zlamour submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks Vergere! I was very pleased with how this turned out, orange is such a great color, especially since it is fall and all..

PCIntake 1 point 42 months ago

Awesome to see a color other than the generic red, blue, and green color schemes

Zlamour submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Exactly my thoughts when I first started this build. I had to go out and be different from the rest!

HTTPRO 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Where's the ZOTAC GPU? Nice build tho would've swapped out the SSDs for a HDD and then a better GPU.

Zlamour submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks HTTPRO. I'm not too familiar with ZOTAC, what's the reason you mentioned that GPU?

snowfire676 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

One of there brands' have orange color schemes which would look ever more of a BOSS. +1

HTTPRO 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

yep

Zlamour submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Ok thanks, I may have to look into that for future additions to this build

ThisIsEduardo 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

gorgeous build, makes me want to play Half life...lol

why 2 ssd's though? I actually got the 960gb version of that ssd in my build on sale for $269.

Personally I would have also gone with a cheaper MB and instead upgraded to the i7.

but thats probably nitpicking, i like the build.

Zlamour submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks ThisIsEduardo! Half life 3 confirmed? lol I went with 2 SSD's for the performance and appeal (I don't use large amounts of storage). I didn't go with the i7 because I tried to stay somewhat on a budget and felt the extra performance wasn't needed.

Zveir 9 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I will not go easy on someone who stretched the CPU Power Cable over the entire motherboard

Zlamour submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

I had to do it, there was no way it would reach otherwise. I definitely did not want to do it

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XxlomataxX-PcGaming 1 point 42 months ago

muy buena maquina amigo¡¡¡

nlmaster 1 point 41 months ago

Nice build, but as a rule of thumb you generally want to spend more on your gpu than your motherboard.

Sandilini 1 point 41 months ago

Nice. Do you have your h60 set up as intake or exhaust?

Zlamour submitter 1 Build 2 points 41 months ago

I have it set up as intake, air is exhausted through the back of the PC since the top is mostly covered

InfamousMEE 1 point 41 months ago

XMP with the memory worked out fine right? Or did you have problems with it?

Zlamour submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

I encountered some issues. My CPU OC is 4.2 GHz and I just left it at that. The memory is not overclocked

alufud 1 point 37 months ago

Hi. I have almost the same specs and I see you have overclocked the 6600k to 4.2 ghz. What is your Vcore? Gonna do it as well.

Zlamour submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Hey my Vcor Volt is around 1.000

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Zlamour submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks for the kind words Rolfejc!

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Zlamour submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Yes, I would like to SLI the video card with another or just upgrade to a 980 altogether. I do plan on adding a WD black hard drive for the extra storage. Lastly, I was thinking of adding more LED's.

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