The idea was to replace a five-year-old custom built PC (i5-760, 4GB RAM) with a new family PC, capable of running office apps, photography studio apps and games to a decent standard.
Post build, I tend not to get too involved in the whole overclocking thing - personally I quickly loose interest, and prefer to just use the PC for what I built it for rather than spend ages trying to squeeze every last ounce of performance out of it. Hence, I went for the non-overclocking version of the i7 Skylake processor while saving £70 on the overclockable version. In practice, AI Suite III does seem to offer some modest overclocking with this processor anyway.
As for the building of the PC itself, the only things I found a little puzzling were:
:How best to wire up the Kraken x41 to the motherboard. In the end, I attached the pump cable to the W_PUMP header, and the associated refrigerator fan separately to the CPU_FAN header, rather than to the extension plug on the pump cable.
:Believe it or not, I took a while working out exactly how to attach the case front panel leads to the appropriate pins. There seemed to be two options for most things... I got there in the end, although the reset switch didn't work at first as I had it attached to the 3v pin rather than ground.
Other comments - the case is an absolute dream. So easy to work with keep tidy. So quiet too.
A few post-build issues: The Asus PCE-AC68 doesn't seem to be Windows 10 compatible as yet. I'm using a wired ethernet connection (via Homeplug av500) for the time being.
I've had a few Windows 10 crashes. Today it seemed to be due to an Xbox 360 controller together with the ASUS AI Charger+ software enabled. The PC hangs after booting.
Of course our old PC was so stable (until the HDDs started to go), so it'll take a little getting used to the new WIndows 10 OS, but we'll get there!
Thanks for reading, and if there's anything you'd like more info or comment on, please let me know!
Does the job, if you're not interested in spending time overclocking the last ounce of performance out of the CPU.
Great piece of kit. If the mobo supports it, attach the pump to the W_PUMP header, and the refrigeration unit fan to the CPU_FAN header rather than to the extension plug on the pump power lead.
Has all you need for a top build with the new Skylake CPUs.
Awesome case. Dream to work with, and keep tidy. Looks great in a grown-up study setting and really quiet too.