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Skylake MATX build

by chocofank



Date Published

Jan. 29, 2016

Date Built

Jan. 2, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

23.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

46.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.114 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


Well since i5 6500 has been unlocked I think it's safe to say it's become one of the best budget skylake CPUs for now. With budget/performance rate in mind, I made this build. Several things to clear up though.

First if you are on a budget or want to somehow save some pennies from the list, use less pricey DDR 4 RAMs like G.Skill ones as there's only a easily neglectable performance difference between different MHz.

Second, avoid the Asus and MSI video cards as they are somehow too big for the chassis I used - the Air 240 won't have its side panel closed up if you insert one of those 970s in unless you modify it a bit like I did.

Third - probably the most important for those with over ( i mean over - overclocking) clocking in mind, get a better PSU instead of mine - i got mine for a special offer so I went. Don't get it if you look to hardcore OC.

Last but might the most important for someone out there - the H60 and 970 I used does not have LEDs on them. There is a pointy tiny white LED on the 970 though, just an indication of power on.

Hope you like it! :D

I'll try to figure out how to insert some pics here later

Part Reviews


Cool and efficient, has a monstrous onboard graphic chip that kills league of legends easily - I lived with it during the week waiting for the 970. Overclocks smoothly with little extra power and voltage, stable performance after OC.

CPU Cooler

Solid build cooler, little noise made since day one. Manually adjusted fan speed to higher ratio so it always make sure the CPU stays below 50 C. There's no LED on the logo but it's silently cool looking. Also one of the least costy liquid cooler I could find during the time I buy.


I thought this is one of those MATX mobos that supports SLI until I realized I probably won't ever need to SLI anything. Solid build, as is known, with all ports functionality working well. Has a vide range of extentions you can later use. A bit pricey though.


Not really much to say but they are great in performance and looking.

Video Card

First off, this is a brilliant card in terms of performance and quality control. It is well balanced in performance and heat control, though the real problem for my build is its size. IT'S SO DAMN BIG. The heatpipe strikes out like a mofo straight on my side panel. 8 pin connection faces right on the panel too, and they all together made a mass before I modified my side panel.

ALSO IT'S A HEAVY CARD. I sincerely do not understand why my video card would be leaning downwards in the chassis but for this one , the PCIE slot isn't enough to hold the whole card so it cannot align itself to the PCIE slot.


Modern, solid, extremely customized and designed to be modifiable, this is why I finally put my mind to build a gaming rig. 10/10 would build again.

Power Supply

Without any OC it's currently running great. I don't quite know how it would work out on OC but let's hope skylake structure put it on mind as well.

Don't get it if you are a heavy OCer.

Wireless Network Adapter

Even better than my old laptop's wifi card, occupies any PCIE slot and easy to install. Problem is it doesn't attach tight on the chassis.

Comments Sorted by:

Vauun 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

Hey, you've got your RAM positioned incorrectly.

If you move the leftmost DIMM over to the left one, you'll be able to run in dual channel, and possible squeeze a bit more performance out of your system. Fantastic looking build, though. +1.

chocofank submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

For real? I tried either and one you described stops me from booting the system, only way I can boost it up is the way as is...I'll def check it out though, thanks!!!!

Vauun 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

That's strange. Check your mobo documentation for instructions on how to run in dual channel, because the way I described is typically the way to do it; with matching color RAM slots.

Good luck!

chocofank submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

I checked out after reading your comments; turns out one of the mobo cpu pins bent out. I fixed it and moved rams into position, now they runs beautifully in dual channel :D

Thanks for the notification man, if not you I wouldn't have realized!

Vauun 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Anytime! Awesome build, dude.

chocofank submitter 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

Thanks for making it better :D

Mariomash 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Looks retry sweet! +1

chocofank submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks a bunch!

49ers 1 point 39 months ago

A lot of nice parts chosen for this price range. There are a lot of things that make sense here.

chocofank submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Hey I'm glad someone found out, thanks!!

TewGudAlex 1 point 39 months ago

Hmu on something i need help oc'ing my 6500

chocofank submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

1.35v CPU core voltage, BCLK 135, CPU multiplier 32, easily 4.3+

remember to turn off onboard video though

Ropota 1 point 39 months ago

I was going to get this case for my build, but then I read all the complaints about the pci bracket and hold you cant screw the gpu. People complained about it not holding tight enough, gpu sag, and it being real bad for sli or heavy cards. I can see why you where frustrated with that aspect lol. I ended up using the corsair 88r. its a really nice matx with awesome window like the air 240. you might wanna check it out.

chocofank submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

I did, and its indeed a splendid case. Congratz bro!

theNeybor 1 point 39 months ago

Hey man, great build. Brilliant component selection. I was planning on going with a 6600K and a GTX 960, but you're combo makes more sense to me.

chocofank submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Hey dude, I considered exactly the same compo, but I decided to reduce could and invest a bit more on gpu. It's a good buy though!! Good luck on your build

theNeybor 1 point 39 months ago

For sure, a GTX 970 is waaayyyy better than a GTX 960. Thanks for the response.

chocofank submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Hey remember the non k CPUs have been unlocked so def consider using one instead the k versions. No problem dude, anytime

JohanTjossen 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Ram should go abab, fyi

+1 for nice build

chocofank submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

I figured out, I did bent the CPU socket and now it's fixed I happily dual channeled ;) thanks!!

quickdrive 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

How did you Modify your Side Panel exactly? It's hard to tell from the Photos.

chocofank submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I gave up on the mod because the adhesive peels off because of the heat from inside the chasis. Really need to get a smaller card.

Sidedrone_1 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

hello, i have built in the air 240 myself and does the asus gtx 970 fit without any problem. at the moment i have the asus gtx 970 turbo and that gpu sounds like ha hurricane when i am gaming. even if i have it set to quiet mode.

chocofank submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Unfortunately no unless you remove the side panel. I modified the side penal to let it sit inside out so that the 970 can fit in with the panel closed. As for the noise I think it's a common problem for strix series as I've heard numerous complaints about it. Hope it helps