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by Yarfink



Date Published

March 1, 2017

Date Built

Feb. 28, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C


Generally a practicality machine. Thought about Ryzen but I was not in the budget for 6+ cores and needed a PC for work so I went with Kabylake. Took a 1TB drive and my old GTX660 out of my dead X51. Runs CSGO fine so I can decide on a GPU later down the line :)

Some things I discovered along the way:

  • MSI decided to put a water pump header but not run it at full speed at default, resulting in my AIO gargling at first boot giving me a heart attack lol.

  • SSD screws in a HDD tray are a pain in the a**

That's pretty much it. The case is excellent: compact, great cable management, small footprint for a ATX midtower.

Part Reviews


Unlocked i5 Kabylake. Overclocked to 5Ghz fairly easily.

CPU Cooler

Nice price for perfomance and quiet fans. Mounting was a little fiddly though.


Excellent looks and functionality for a very reasonable price. UEFI BIOS is nice and clean and the MSI utility software is not to bloatware-ish once you actually install the ones which will be useful, such as Command Center and Fast Boot.


Nice drive with a nice capacity. May not be the ultimate bang for buck but still a nice SSD. 500MB reads and 500MB writes on first Crystal test.


Excellent value. Small footprint and still and plenty of flexibility in terms of cooling configuration. Top notch value, nice one Fractal.

Power Supply

Small footprint, gold rated. Decent stock cables.

Comments Sorted by:

KingWalrus.8th 1 point 26 months ago

i5-7600K "Skylake" Wait what?

Yarfink submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Ahha ha. Typo xD

KingWalrus.8th 1 point 26 months ago

ohh mans

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KingWalrus.8th 1 point 26 months ago

Like boi..... the more i look the more it hurts

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 25 months ago


oh god

v01ded 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

did the water cooling system come with a reservoir?

Yarfink submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

No, it's an all-in-one liquid cooler. The pump is integrated with the CPU block and the loop is pre-filled.

lacrossekid916@gmail.com 1 point 13 months ago

Hi Yarfink I am hoping to build a PC and want to get the Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240 AIO Liquid Cooler. I noticed that you have purchased this cooler before and was wondering if it came pre-applied with thermal paste. Thanks

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Yarfink submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

A little late now? Prices were higher back in spring. I built this before Ryzen 5 came out.

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