Description

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!

Part Reviews

CPU

Does the job, if you're not interested in spending time overclocking the last ounce of performance out of the CPU.

CPU Cooler

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.

Motherboard

Has all you need for a top build with the new Skylake CPUs.

Case

Awesome case. Dream to work with, and keep tidy. Looks great in a grown-up study setting and really quiet too.

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Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 6 points

Nice "Family" PC ( ; I would like to see your version of a "Gaming" rig. +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

lol, thats funny

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll take the Wi-Fi adapter off your hands :P Mine sucks. Nice "family" build. +1

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Try to repurpose ur i5 760, it's pretty old but it can work as a good home theatre PC capable of playing some older games with a decent GPU like the 750 ti inside

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Good idea, and something I'd given some thought to. The idea I had was to put it onto a smaller form motherboard and case, so it'll go under the living room TV for older games etc. The problem I found is that there are very few LGA1156 motherboards available any more...

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Even on sites like eBay? Kijiji? Craigslist?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

black with a bit of red highlighting, i really like it. The backlighting is nice as well. good job on this build

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I seen a build similar to this on youtube and was thinking of building it, there is some changes in here but i think altogether this is a very nice build 8/10

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan on building a gaming desktop later this month with Windows 10. I had a nice part list set, but then I noticed that the Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter does not work with Win 10 (as confirmed by the manufacturer). I read that your adapter doesn't work either. Would you know of a good working one I could buy? I suppose I could use a powerline adapter instead, at least for now.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi Turbo83,

I'm afraid I've taken to using a Powerline adapter just now - I was lucky enough to have a couple of Netgear AV500s lying around so I'm getting great speeds from the router which is just next door.

Good luck with the build!

Alex.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable management is the only thing

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build +1!!! Anyway I like to ask you a question about the PSU and the Case, I brought both of them and i'm worry about the 8 pin cable cause of it's short length the PSU I got since yesterday and the Case either coming today or tomorrow, I wanna know how long is the 8 pin cable with that case?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I am going to buy the GTX 960 4gb of vram and I just wanted to know if it is capable of running games like GTA, Battlefield 4, and Dyinglight on full graphics with more than 50 fps???

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

should be compatible with win 7 drivers on your win 10 pc, win 10 should be able to emulate the wind 7 environment and run the drivers, just saying, but not for sure on this, would have to look it up. anyways very nice family build.

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

16gb of ram is way to much! i mean its not going to really change much from 8gb! is this a family pc or a gaming pc? because dude id downgrade the cooling for the money! Windows 10 is good i guess but knowing its a family pc windows 8 or windows vista could probably benefit more for you!

A lot of money wasted but its still a decent build!