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The Mothership (My First PC build)

by JakeEmerson


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Date Published

Feb. 10, 2017

Date Built

Feb. 7, 2017

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

64.0° C


This is my first build. I've been using it for about 2 days now and nothing seems to be having issues. I ended up using the stock cooler instead of the aftermarket cooler I have listed because I'm not interested in Overclocking at this moment, and the Spirit had a weird mounting system that I couldn't figure out, even with the instructions.

The RAM has red LEDs in it and I didn't notice that when I bought the RAM, so that was a VERY pleasant surprise.

My CPU/GPU temps aren't done with any sort of proper benchmarking software, just what I've found during the games I've tested on. Framerates have been 60fps. maxed out on all games I've tested on, except ARK: Survival Evolved, which was on high settings, but that game is poorly optimized so whatever.

Games tested:

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (No Expansion), Just Cause 3, ARK: Survival Evolved (Only on ARK map), Fallout 4, Grand Theft Auto V (MSAA x 2, No TXAA, all other settings maxed out).

Edit: The Case is over 100 bucks because I included Newegg extra shipping in the cost. Edit: I won't be overclocking for right now, but I will when the CPU starts to seem inadequate for my use.

Part Reviews


Awesome even at base clock speeds, game performance is superb. Although probably not worth an upgrade if you already have a 6600k, I've heard that Kaby lake isn't a huge jump.

Video Card

This thing's gaming performance is superb. I have yet to pull out a game that it can't handle at Max settings at 1080p, well, except ARK: Survival evolved, but that games dumb when it comes to optimization so whatever.


The case looks great, has lots of space, LOTS of room for expansion, and came with 2 case fans, which I appreciate. Only 2 downsides, and one of them is personal. First off, this case is pretty big for a Mid-tower case in terms of height. I like that, but I can see some people finding that as an issue. Second, the front panel USB ports and audio ports are in pretty bad place, and if you plug stuff into them it looks REALLY dumb, although there's really nowhere else they could have put it so not really their fault.

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Dawsoncody 3 points 15 months ago

Why is the case soo expensive, I can get it in canada for 60 bucks, which is like 40 usd? Otherwise, its a awesome build

JakeEmerson submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

The case is expensive because I added in the Newegg 2 day shipping.

Dawsoncody 1 point 15 months ago

Thats still hella expensive though, shipping should be that much. Shipping across canada for my current case was only like 23$ CAD, so like 17 USD

JakeEmerson submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Case 65, shipping was a 50 bucks. It was a LOT of money, but I had that much put away for shipping anyways.

shadowbyte918 4 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

pls overclock that CPU. pls.

JakeEmerson submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

I'll be overclocking in the future when I feel like the base clock isn't enough, for right now, it's running everything how I want it.

aidanray1928 1 point 15 months ago

This is just gorgeous. Great build

JakeEmerson submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Arigato gozaimasu

syg101 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago


JakeEmerson submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

I know. I have no cable management talent whatsoever.

syg101 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Ok this is how you do it: Run the cables from the power supply to the back of the case, then up and around to wherever the cable ports are on the cards/motherboard.

TacoNinja 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

I have that same case and would like to recommend routing your CPU power cable in the back compartment and have it come out right under the upper left fan; there's a small section cut out there you can fit it through. Otherwise awesome build!

ChemicalSmart 1 point 14 months ago

Why do you wan a 600 w power supply if the system only requieres about 400 w?

JakeEmerson submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Didn't want to worry about upgrading power supply in the future, plus I'd rather of extra wattage and not just barely enough wattage.

ChemicalSmart 1 point 14 months ago

Just a question , why did you pick that motherboard? Is there other any special reason for that?There are other msi boards that give more than enaugh for this system and do cost a lot less?Just wondering....

JakeEmerson submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

The Mobo at the time was the cheapest Z270 chipset one with on board USB headers I could find, and whenever I would throw on something from an older chipset, the part picker told me I would need a bios update and I didn't wanna deal with that hassle for my first build.

ChemicalSmart 1 point 14 months ago

I want to use a Msi B250 board wich i am not sure that has the z270 chipset(because even in the official page it doesnt say anything)with an i5-7600k , everyone says is compatible... but being compatible doesnt mean it actually has that chipset and what i have read is that if the mobo chipset doesnt match with the cpus chipset you loose functionality , but i don`t know what type of funcitonality.Anything you know about that?Any experiences with your build that could help me to choose?Thanks in advance

JakeEmerson submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

My knowledge of computers is very limited to none, sorry but I'm no help.

Nater650 1 point 27 days ago

You can’t overclock with the B250 chipset

Nater650 1 point 13 months ago

Um I'm pretty sure K series CPUs don't come with a stock cooler

JakeEmerson submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

It didn't, I had an extra one lying around.

Kevinkwiz 1 point 9 months ago

Awesome build! Looks so good. I am looking to build my first PC, and will most likely be getting this case.

This may be a dumb question, but how user friendly are the RBG strips to set up? Do you have to position them in a way to get the maximum color effect? Thanks!

SolairePraisedTheSun 1 point 3 months ago

Im a year late, lol, but nice looking build! Do you know the RGB strip you used? (If you could send a link, that'd be awesome!)

JakeEmerson submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Im about a month late, lol, but sorry dude I just went into Fry's Electronics and grabbed one they had in the components section, didn't get the brand, it was some cheap like $500 one.

Nater650 1 point 27 days ago

I know this might be out of your budget, but maybe consider adding an SSD. Completed builds with no SSD make me sad

JakeEmerson submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 days ago

I need an SSD REALLY badly. I've been spending my money in other ventures lately, but after summer I'll definitely be adding one, hopefully the volta GPU's are out by then too.

Drokovian 0 points 15 months ago

It's a bloody waste to get an unlocked CPU and Z motherboard if you don't plan to immediately OC to 5 GHz. That's like the main thing about KabyLake that Skylake couldn't achieve - Getting to a 5 GHz overclock....

JakeEmerson submitter 1 Build 3 points 15 months ago

The 7600k had a higher base clock than the non k model, and I do plan on Overclocking in the future, just not now, I should have mentioned that in the original post.

Drokovian 1 point 15 months ago

Okay, makes sense thank you.

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Drokovian 0 points 15 months ago

It's lie that's it's waste not to overclock a CPU immediately? It's not a lie saying it's waste when you can get that much more performance out of it. OC'ing a brand new processor is almost never necessary? I mean like that's your opinion, but it doesn't change the fact that a "getting to a 5 GHz overclock" is the main aspect of Kabylake K CPU's...would like to argue that the iGraphics 630 is the main aspect? It's not like the nm changed from 14nm....

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JakeEmerson submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

I think it was just that scene in particular, Im in gameplay in Witcher 3 now and it's at 78-80 percent

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JakeEmerson submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Im not sure, I have the framerate uncapped in Witcher 3, but my refresh rate for my display in control panel are set to 60hz, which is the highest I can have it. Other than that I don't know where to look.