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i7 6700K Skylake Build

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Hi Guys,


Here's my Skylake build with the hopes of a stable O.C. to 4.7(Air)-4.8GHZ(Liquid) being my aim.


CPU - Intel Core i7 6700K $525.00
MB - Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 Motherboard $369.00

MB - ASUS Maximus VIII Hero Motherboard $389.00
RAM - Corsair Vengeance LPX CMK16GX4M2A2400C14 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 Black $199.00

RAM - Corsair Vengeance LPX CMK16GX4M2B3200C16 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 Black $269.00

GPU - Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1 Gaming 4GB $549.00
SSD - Samsung 500GB 850 EVO (Bought in June for current system < Price :()
PSU - Corsair AX860i Platinum Power Supply $3 25.00
CASE - Use Current PC A20 Lian - Li
CPU COOL- Noctua NH-D15 CPU Air Cooler $129.00


Corsair Hydro H80iGT 120mm Liquid Cool $149


With the help of some respectable reveiws, from mags of the likes of PC Tech Authority and other sources online, I have been caught between two mo-bos and interested inn opinions. I have been a Gigabyte user since 2004. But with a little promting and confirmation I would try a new brand ! I was disapointed that Gigabyte offer 1 fewer rear USB 2.0 /3.0, and in my game you need all the USb ports on offer !! But 1 less isn't do sad.

My other concern was the choice of memory and timmings, taking into account correct and confirmed compatibility. As raised in Tech Authorities current issue and taking their good advice, I checked the Corsair websites where I have only been able to confirm compatibility for the ASUS Hero III MOBO





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whats it for?

you could probably save a bit on the mb unless there is some extra features you really need


some middle ground on the ram

16GB DDR4 G.Skill F4-3000C15D-16GVR (2x8G) 3000Mhz Ripjaws V $229

dont worry about the compatibility lists unless they show that its not compatible just assume that it is and 99.9% of the time you will be fine


you only need a 450-550w psu

that one is suitable for two 980ti


the nh-d15 will be quieter and probably perform better asuming case airflow is adequate

if you want to go water look at swiftech aio but being larger you may need to get a bit creative in its install maybe placing the rad down the bottom

Edited by Dasa

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Thanks Dasa,


This build, just like the last one 6 years back, is for FSX-SE / P3D, which pretty much require as good a stable O.C. as you can get. Alot of people using 3rd party software the likes of PMDG / ActiveSky Weather / ATC / Scenery & Other 3rd party add onns all takes a chunk.


Why and how I came to choose these two mobo's is by having checked some PC builds from companies which advertise themselves as Flight Sim / FSX specialists, and then noticing other forum users employing the same AUSUS ROG Mobos such as the Hero. I have also been curious as to why this company may just offer ASUS. I guess their drawn inn by the BIOS Overclock software/hardware being used.


Being a user of Gigabyte for 6 years and then seeing the review for the Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 Motherboard, I guess has brought me back to the centreline. I kind of now envy all the Core i7-4790 Haswell users out there with stable OC's


Can you suggest a preference and reason why betwern these two mobo's? Is it easier to OC between one brand and the other? Or am I just another consumer to be had? .....lol

Edited by Splash1

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only somebody that owns both could answer that but overclocking isnt exactly hard these days and other than fine tuning how far you get mostly comes down to cooling and your luck with the cpu provided the mb is half decent

there both good mb as far as i can tell

the Hero is probably more aimed at overclocking but both are very capable


im wondering if they are worth the extra over one of these mb
Gigabyte GA-Z170-D3H $235
Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI $259

ASUS Z170 PRO Gaming $269


you may also find there is no performance difference between 6600k and 6700k

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Thanks Dasa.


I really think the Jury is out on this one until we get more Mo-Bo reviews. In the meantime I've been reading up on Sky-lake to understand as much as I can, and keeping up with on line reviews is kind of doing my head in ....so much for retail therapy?

Like the rest of us, pretty curious about the next range of boards PC & tech Authority will test and release too their kit log. Long live Mo-Bo retail therapy !

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