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Kaby Lake Gaming Build (The New MC)

by kilgada



Date Published

Feb. 25, 2017

Date Built

Feb. 24, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.531 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C


I was in desperate need of a new rig. I originally built this list of parts so that I could purchase one piece from every paycheck, because nothing was over $200. I ended up going bigger for the GPU though, and I have no regrets.

The case I used was a Sharkoon VG4-W (green). It was cheap - but seems to have good airflow and the colors are just right. Everything fit (a little tight in some spots), but the cable management was a bit tricky in this case and I ended up taking a shortcut or two. There is a "filter" under the PSU, but it's really just a flimsy mesh sheet. Still not too bad for the price.

Hardware installed smoothly - no issues. The power supply is overkill even if I double my RAM and SLI the 1070 - but it was a homie hookup from my bro so I got it cheaper. This is my first time using an M.2 SSD, and I love the damn thing. If I ever grab another, I'll likely run em RAID 0, but for now, the boot and load times are still super quick.

The lights on the motherboard are subtle, and blocked in some spots by the GPU and a case fan. I still think they look good though.

I decided early on that I wasn't going to overclock this rig, which saved me a bit of money on the CPU (since I'm using the stock fan). I definitely wanted to take advantage of a Kaby Lake chip to go with the Z270 board, so the i5 7500 was a solid choice at the perfect price.

Thanks for checking it out, and let me know what you think.

Part Reviews


TL;DR - Solid chip, great price.

Pros: Decent temps with stock cooler, good price, solid performance.

Cons: More powerful options available

Is it the best processor available? No, not even in the i5 line - but this lil guy runs everything I throw at it and doesn't heat up with the stock cooler. This chip is more of a placeholder for me - I wanted to invest in other parts of my build while still getting a Kaby Lake chip, so running the 7500 without overclocking worked like a charm - and I still have the ability to upgrade to a K-series and a better cooler when I feel like making the investment.

Comments Sorted by:

zaplongaming 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

please get a better cooler for your cpu even if your not going to overclock cause when you get on a game or something CPU intensive it can really make that stock cooler get really loud you could get like a hyper 212 evo for around $20 or if you wanted to water cool you could get the Corsair Hydro H80i anyways every other thing looks good nice job

Enrico411 2 points 26 months ago

stock cooler works perfect with a non k cpu. Some people don't really care if its loud and actually i did some testing with the stock cooler couple weeks ago in an open test case and its not that loud really.

Also the H80i is not that great of a cooler price to performance wise since some air coolers will give the same performance for much cheaper.

Falkwulf 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I would have to recommend you get an aftermarket cooler ASAP. And Ask a few questions how many case fans you are running in the case? WHY you went with such a potent overclocking motherboard for non K SKU processor when the non overclocking variant is cheaper with the same specs as its overclocking big brother?

I have to agree with Zap, However my reasoning is that if you look at the case used in this build is a solid top meaning there is no top exhaust fans or even top vents.

Therefore that case is going to hold heat near the top for longer periods as there aren't any fans or even vents to dispel the heat generated by all the parts in the case. The stock intel cooler is a forced air cooling system that would be effected by the ambient temps in the case. The gtx 1070 will heat up the air. As it is cooled by a forced air system as well and tend to run in and around 70c with that blower cooler. Though the air from the GPU cooler will be exhausted outside the case, the PCB will still radiate some heat into the case. Then the MOTHERBOARD, it will heat up a bit as well as north and south bridge chipsets do have a a known history for warming things up a bit.

Another idea I had was to recommend that you invest in a high CFM rear exhaust fan but that would have the potential to increase the overall fan noise.

kilgada submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Yeah, the case does fall short in a few areas, and spots to mount fans is definitely one of them (that's what I get for going cheap). I'm not sure what the included fans are rated as far as CFM, but since those two fans are all I have, it would make sense to be sure they are up to the job.

kilgada submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks! I will upgrade the cooler when I upgrade the CPU. I don't notice the noise at all on the stock cooler, it's no louder than my case fans. I'll have to see how the temps look while its under load, though.

Wolklung 2 points 26 months ago

Nice build. Kicks butt for now... with room to improve down the track if you need.

kilgada submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks! Room to improve was one of the key features I wanted on this build. Essentially starting from scratch is rough on the ol bank account, so it was a balancing act the whole time.

Zachis_K 1 point 26 months ago

If you arent going to overclock why did you pick a oveclockable motherboard??

kilgada submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I will upgrade the CPU/cooler later. I just wanted to get it up and running, and nothing I use on the system currently needs and overclocked CPU.

comanderbham 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Hows the thermals and noise on the MSI Aero? Been debating on that one or the Asus Turbo for a super compact build.

kilgada submitter 2 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

I was watching my temps while playing Overwatch at 1080, and they were mostly mid 70's. I did have one spike to 83, which is still within range for the card. I was using the default fan scaling. I may set up a custom scale and see if I can keep it a bit cooler.

comanderbham 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks for the info that is helpful! I will compare those numbers to some ones for the other card.

kilgada submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Its a lot quieter than I thought it would be - I'll have to get the thermals for you later (not sure at the moment).

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kilgada submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Haha it was my last sticker too. =D Thanks