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Skylake i5 'Started as a Budget Build'

by lana.eve



Date Published

March 23, 2016

Date Built

March 23, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.216 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


This computer is my first build although I've had experience with computer hardware before.

I mainly lightly game on this computer and it works perfectly. I get a good 250 FPS in league of legends and CS:GO runs very smoothly, I haven't checked the fps on it yet.

Edit: Computer crashes when I play games such as CSGO and Overwatch. I'm guessing that this a PSU problem as the recommended for the GTX 960 is 400w, and I'm on 430w. More demanding games may draw more power than the PSU has, causing a crash. I'll upgrade to 500w soon. Edit2: Bought a 550w PSU, computer now works flawlessly. No more crashes.

As stated in the build title, this build started out as a budget build, I then realized that I needed more than $500 AUD worth of components otherwise I'd be stuck with a computer that doesn't run what I want it to run, like I've had all of my life.

The only problems I encountered were with the case, the 3.5" tray only fit the hard drive backwards, which did end up working, I routed the cords through cable management.
I also had a bit of trouble with the case fan, it was 3 pin while the motherboard has 4 pin which I googled to find that was normal, so hardly a problem. I did manage to cut myself on the finger somewhere along the line, and on the leg on the case. My goal was to build the computer without breaking a nail, which I accomplished.

I made the money for the computer through lots of hours of making pizza. I was originally going to buy microatx, but changed my mind as I got another weeks worth of money and went for the ATX board which turned out to be a good decision.

I got the case for my birthday, as well as some of the other parts from both my grandparents.

I went for the nice looking case because if I'm going to spend so much on a computer I want it to look nice. I couldn't find any pink components and couldn't be bothered painting them. But I might invest in LED's and pretty case fans later.

All parts were bought from MSY (except for the GPU which I bought from Mwave).

Part Reviews


Works perfectly, ran fine out of it box. CPU cooler isn't too loud. Runs everything I want it to run very smoothly. Good buy!


Great motherboard, no problems with it yet. Ran windows 10 out of the box. Has enough room for upgrades and is exactly what I was looking for in my build after looking at many different motherboards.


Looks good in my build and works perfectly.


Great SSD for the price, boots windows very fast.


Stores everything I need it to store at a reasonable speed.

Video Card

Runs the games I want very smoothly, no problems here. I mainly play League of Legends and CS:GO, does the job perfectly.


Nice looking case, pretty easy install although the 3.5" drive trays are inserted backwards, something I didn't realize until installing my hard drive.

Power Supply

Great power supply, fairly quiet as well. Does the job well.

Wireless Network Adapter

Works fine. PC is pretty far away from router so it picks up 2 bars which is reasonable due to how far away the PC is.

Comments Sorted by:

JoshuaKD 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Im planning on building a pc with that same mobo pretty soon! How do you like it so far?

lana.eve submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Yeah the motherboard is pretty cool, it looks good in my build and it works with no problems. I'd recommend it :))

kylecade2574 1 point 35 months ago

Cable management looks like spaghetti 10/10

lana.eve submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks fam.

12thrabbit 1 point 35 months ago

Nice Build! +1

ItzFibble 1 point 35 months ago

We have the exact same build cept GPU and Case, i chose MSI and Corsair haha! Good Mid-High Range Build! but quite expensive for us Australians :/ http://imgur.com/a/2bTVt

sgoyette430 1 point 35 months ago

I'm interested in buying one of these motherboards for my own rig. Do the heat sinks on it look red or more like orange? I've looked at it on Google, but all of them look slightly different and I can't find someone who says what color it really is. Thanks in advance!

lana.eve submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

They look more red, a dark sort of red.