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Seriously.... I caught the building bug once I got on this site.
This was my first build here: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/PCQV3C
I've been wanting to jump up to DDR4 for awhile but it wasn't possible under my budget to go with any i7 on the 2011-v3. Once skylake came out along with the z170 m7 motherboard, my fate was decided.
I believe that this is the first overclocked i5-6600k on this site so I'll be glad to help out with any questions. My motherboard has a very easy OC tuner that made the process go very fast.
I've also overclocked both of my 760's to 1321MHz (Core) and 3404MHz (Memory) and it has boosted my frames by 10
On the Heaven benchmark, my results are as follows
Average 56.5
Score 1424
Minimum 26
Maximum 132
And on Shadows of Mordor it goes:
Average 102
Minimum 52.6
Maximum 237
I am VERY satisfied with this build and I don't believe I'll have to touch it for a long time :)
The only variable that stopped my overclock was the high voltages. The CPU would just not stay stable when I went to 4.7GHz so I stuck with 4.6. I was amazed at how the temps stayed SO LOW. Well, I guess not super low, but considering I increased the speed by ~30% and it stayed at 56*C was crazy. I guess it does help that I've got the Noctua cooler on it.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Amazing CPU cooler! It came with rpm reducers which made it dead silent, even at load.

Motherboard

Easily the best overclocking experience I've had on a mobo. Increased 30% speeds within 20 minutes.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

Ahh, I remember your first build... And to think that this all started with finding some money on the floor. +1 for good luck to find more money :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, i would like to know, i am new to overclocking ( i cant overclock right now) but i know i will be overclocking around new years when i get the money for a new pc, i know you have to have a aftermarket cpu cooler and i would be using the Corsair H100i GTX but how do you know when the cpu is unstable and what would be the highest temp before it would be to hot for the cpu? as i dont know much about overclocking i could use all the help i can get :) thank you

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I can definitely help out. Which cpu/motherboard are you planning on going with? That will determine a lot.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

The i5-4690k with the MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition mother board

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Great choice in water cooling by the way!
1: To know that you're cpu is unstable you first need to install various softwares to look at your cpu. I download speccy (to see temperatures), cpu-z (to see my clock speed and voltage) and prime95 (to run my cpu at 100% usage). If you run the torture test and your cpu fails it within a couple hours (prime95 will tell you) you need to lower your overclock.
2: My safe zone temperatures is nothing above 75° C. I know that technically you can run it much hotter with no problems but it's not worth it to me and I'd rather keep it cool. You can see that my high overclock only hits 56° maximum.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thanks :D

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Let me know if you have more questions in the future.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I am going to get a 6700K, but I am too scared to try overclocking xD I don't understand the voltages!

  • 58 months ago
  • 0 points

That's okay! With the MSI z170 m7, there's just a knob on the board that you turn up to overclock. It's super simple.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice overclock! Pretty early in the game to see if its an excellent one, but I would say anything over 4.5ghz on any intel CPU is impressive!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure! I've officially been converted from AMD. The i7-6700k apparently can get up to 4.9GHz

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Someone managed to get a overclock by cancelling all threads and cores but 1 on each and overclocked the i7 6700k to slightly lower then 7 GHZ

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I had read that article before I had bought the ssd so I knew what I was getting into. What convinced me to buy it was that it was on sale for $60 so it was worth it for me. I'll definitely not buy another kingston ssd after what they did.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! Great build! +1

How are you liking the i5-6600k? And how well does it go with that board? I'm ordering hardware and these 2 guys are on my list, all tho I'm not sure if going Gaming 7 or just go with the Gaming 5, This will pair up with 4x4GB 3000MHz and 1 GTX 980ti.

(I will sure be asking about the overclocking guide once it is ready to go!)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I went with the m7 for ease of overclocking on the 6600k and that's exactly what I got. You'll have a dream PC if you stick it with the 980ti.
I guess I've got to work on this overclocking guide :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes you do!!! If I get the extra lettuce I will get the M7.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Been looking at memory choices for DDR4, making a totally new building with the upcoming 6700K. How do you feel about your memory? CAS 16 seemed a little high to me, but I have very little experience in this area! Newegg has the same memory in red for cheaper currently, and I was thinking of jumping on that.

Also, how's the motherboard treating you? I was leaning towards a cheaper MSI Gaming M5 or equivalent ASUS mobo. Your M7 looks impressive. I'm not sure how much overclocking I will do since this is my very first build.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel that my memory is well up to par. I would say that the high speed makes up for the latency if CAS 16, but how the heck and am I going to know lol.
The red was out of stock when I ordered and I would prefer the red for sure.
This motherboard works like a dream. I love that it have m.2 slots for when they inevitably get cheaper and I love the overclocking ease. My board opinion is to get the m7 for that feature alone.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the m-2 slots as well, but I'm not sure I'd use both, maybe one. Thanks for the reply!

As for the memory, at what clock speed did the mobo set it at initially? If you bumped it up, was it easy to do so?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! What voltage did you set your cpu?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

My motherboard set it to 1.4V on the automatic overclock.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I could be wrong, but isn't that a tad high?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it is! I've brought it back down now!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent build man. Glad you like that MSI Z170 Gaming M7. I'm buying it for my next build. Probably just going to pull the trigger on the i5 6600K. Can't find any i7 6700K anywhere. And the i5 6600K kicks *** man.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there, i'm new to PC building so wanna know how much fps will i get on CS:Go with that PC?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

I was getting constantly higher than 300 fps with this rig.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

sounds cool man, what im trying to get is i7-4770, MSI GeForce GTX 770, any decent motherboard not that great as yours but still should work, kingston ssd, 8GB RAM, 1tb HDD, some cool power supply, didnt search the web for case and cpu fans yet but will probably get your stuff. Sounds like a plan?

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Something that I believe is worth some research would be getting an ITX case. They're much smaller and portable. Just look for an ITX motherboard with the 1150 socket for that 4770. That does sound good though!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

what are your temps for the with that cooler

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

never mind just saw it

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build how are the gtx 760s in sli? i was thinking about getting 2 760s in sli or 1 r9 380

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I would say to get the best single card you can. The 380 should do well.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi bond22. I am building my first computer. I want to know why do you choose the mobo m7 and not the m5? Iam planning buy the m5. Can you give me an advise ? Thanks

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest, I just really liked the look of the m7. The m5 should work just fine!

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

rejoicing claps

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Coming from the fx-6300, this was a serious upgrade for me. The skylake keeps really cool while dishing out performance and there's nothing more I could ask for. The motherboard is even better. There's a knob on the board that overclocks at 100MHz increments and automatically does the voltage upscale.
Yes I have read the article and since I am only using it as a boot drive it didn't bother me much.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't done a lot of overclocks and this board makes me seen like a pro lol

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