A relatively simple Skylake gaming build, intended to replace my aging gaming laptop. It has exceeded my expectations on almost all counts, to the point that I'm really wondering whether I should have gone with a more modest system.
Parts were purchased in late December 2015 and early January 2016. I bought almost everything on sale or cheaply on eBay, which served to cut around $300 off the core build.
I chose several parts (the motherboard, RAM, CPU cooler, and case) with aesthetics in mind. The case's window is very dark, so the internals aren't as visible as I had hoped. This is perhaps a good thing, although I'm considering using an Arduino and some RGB LED strips to rig up DIY case lighting.
The CPU overclocked quite well, currently stable at 4.5GHz with a +190mV VCORE. It peaks around 56C under an x264 16T stress test, and at 61C while gaming. The RAM is using its 2666MHz XMP profile with no other modifications. I haven't seen any instability with these settings, and I'm considering seeing how high I can push the CPU while staying within safe voltages.
The monitor is overclocked to 75Hz, which makes games noticeably smoother. I'll probably try overclocking the GPU at some point, but as it's running slightly hotter than I'd prefer I'm going to put this off until it seems absolutely necessary.
I am not very good at cable management.
It's a fast unlocked CPU. It runs quite cool at stock and has some nice features. What else is there to say?
It's quite, keeps my CPU cool, and looks pretty good.
A good motherboard with reasonable connectivity. Not the cheapest, but I'm okay with paying a bit of a premium for aesthetics.
It's RAM. It does what it says it will do and isn't too expensive.
Great performance for the price, but runs a bit hot. No coil whine or other issues.
It looks great and is easy to build in. It's not quite completely toolless, but a lot of it is. Interchangeable colors for the power LED is a really nice feature.
Good image quality, okay price, easily overclocks to 75Hz. The built-in USB hub is a nice feature.