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Mother War - A Black Parade Themed Build From PCPP's Official Emo Kid

by JCMsergox


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Date Published

March 14, 2018

Date Built

March 9, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

41.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


Well everyone, this is it. My teenage life's work. My magnum opus, if you will. After over a year of research, question topics, and useless posts about Tea in the Off Topic thread to the point Philip shot me a message telling me to tone it down. Oopsie daisies. After all that, I now have A Gaming PC and Setup that I will be eternally proud of. How did this all come to be? Sit back, it's a hell of a long story. Not really "long", but I just like going into detail and writing novels about my adventures in the Master Race. As Green Ham Gaming (If you haven't heard of him, go look him up. Great channel) would say, "Grab yourself a cuppa tea or a beer if that's more your thing, and come along for the ride".

January-March, 2017

New semester at my high school, Freshman Year. Imagine me; Angsty, offensive, and extremely edgy. But still happy. My average school day is four classes, each an hour and a half. Given these long classes and that I was an honors student in both English and Science. I spent a good majority of spare class time dicking around on this website. I was coming up with draft lists for absolutely beautiful builds, for ***** and giggles of course. No way I was going to build a White-Themed build with full RGB accents with a (at the time) fresh, new i7 7700k and SLI STRIX 1080s.

It was at this time I started to take my Youtube and twitch channels more seriously than I had before. I was drafting up all these part lists to the extent that it got me thinking that I could probably use an upgrade to my current build, SideWinder. (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/f4pG3C) The i5 chip and the amount of Ram were great for gaming, but I had found out the rather hard way that Streaming and Video Editing brought the hardware to it's knees. I didn't have trouble streaming lighter games like Minecraft, Unturned, and Roblox. (Yes, seriously.) But when it came to streaming games I wanted to play on Twitch, such as Battlefield, the CPU would absolutely ravage itself to the point where it and the Ram bottlenecked the whole system. Laggy game, and crappy stream quality, even when only streaming at 720p30 at a 2500 bitrate on OBS.

This got me thinking. " Okay... Maybe it's upgrade time. " My initial plan was to buy another set of Ram and a 7700k, throw it in, and call it good.


I remember when it happened. First period, AP Science. Probably about 9:00 AM on March 2, 2017. I saw the performance benchmarks for the AMD Ryzen 7 1800x. A $500 CPU could match the multicore performance of a ~$750 6900k. I was in shock. I needed it.

I decided then and there that a summer work position was in order. I was going to build something amazing. But, of course, right when you have your plans figured out is when **** hits the fan.

April 2017

There were three major incidents in April, May, and June. I don't like delving into this kind of stuff, since I'm still tired out from it all.

  • April: Got kicked out of school for really stupid school-shooting related memes. administration didn't appreciate that.
  • May: Got dumped, and cheated. Abandoned by everyone and attempted suicide.
  • June: Loss of my brother. Assault which left him brain-dead.

These times were extremely difficult for me. More so as I didn't have a good coping mechanism up until my brothers death, which was video games. To attempt to cope, i turned to music. Listening, learning, writing, everything. That's how I learned about several of the bands I listen to today. I had listened to a lot of Green Day the last summer, so I was kind of on the punk scene for a while. But the new bands I discovered cement my fascination and newfound passion for music. Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy, Twenty One Pilots, Pierce The Veil, Black Veil Brides, and most importantly for me, My Chemical Romance. In a time when self-hate and self-destructive thoughts were plaguing my head, one album really jumped out at me in it's lyrical sense; The Black Parade. It's uplifting lyrics helped me to Carry On through these very difficult times. (Anyone who knows the album saw what i did there.)

So, after the literal shitstorm that was my Summer Vacation of 2017, I landed at a new school. It wasn't very climactic. it was nice to get away from everyone that had ever picked on me, into a school where people didn't know me and I could blend in. I actually got to work on my new PC Project, which I had called, at that time, disenchanted.

Now Lets Actually Talk About Building My PC

It wasn't until Coffee Lake dropped that I was like " Woah, I have to get my *** in gear on this thing. "I compared streaming and gaming performance with the new i7 8700k and the Ryzen 7 1700.

I started drafting up a viable build for the money I could make by selling a load of useless junk I didn't need. In the Autumn, I had acquired a few Dell Optiplex PCs from my dad's office, who were upgrading to new desktops. The first two he brought home weren't anything special. A pair of Optiplex 760 Units with Core 2 Duo chips inside. The next load, though, was something truly special. There was a third 760, but there was also an Optiplex 990. the 990 sported 4GB Ram, a Radeon HD 6350, and the cream of the crop, a Core i5 2500. This desktop would make a useful replacement for my laptop. I listed the laptop up for sale, as I now had 2 desktops for each of my divorce-separated houses, and my iPad could handle all the mobile workloads I needed it to. I eventually sold the laptop for $300 this last February.

The first wave of parts came a little after Christmas. I was lucky enough that holiday to receive a $100 Newegg gift card. Promptly decided to put it towards parts. With this first batch of cash, I snagged the H100i V2 on sale for $85, the thermal paste, and the LED strip.

This is where things got lucky. I pooled birthday and Christmas money all together on January 6, and nabbed the Graphics card. A week later, every midrange GPU, including the D5 6G 1060 I had bought, was sold out or inflated due to crypto. I am one lucky boi.

The rest of the part money came from selling off my Blue and White Beauty, Sidewinder, to a local buyer. They had offered $$650 for it, which i considered fair, as that was exactly the amount I needed to buy the rest of my parts for this Ryzen build. I sold off my laptop as well, and most of that money went into buying some nice setup gear. Acoustic foams, a wall shelf, a guitar hanger, etc.

My Thoughts On The Build

I can't sugarcoat it, this thing is utter perfection. it looks absolutely stunning, and runs just as well. Livestreaming all my games at 720p30 at 2500 Bitrate while the games are running at Ultra settings barely causes the CPU to break a sweat. Speaking of, she overclocks like a champ. ~30C idle at 1.4v and a core clock of 4.0Ghz. The white-on-black really does it for me. It contrasts in an appealing way with my desk, and really cements the Black parade theme I was going for.

My future plans include adding a second VS228 to eat up the extra space on the desk.

Also, tell me picture #10 isn't the best thing you've ever seen.

(ToughNerfguy101 Was Here)

Part Reviews


In awe at the power of this lad. Absolute f***ing unit. 1.4v, overclocked to 4.0 without an issue. Shreds through any game or application you could ever put it through.

CPU Cooler

Worth every penny. Keeps my OC'd Ryzen 1700 ~60 on load.


BIOS are finnicky, and RGB Fusion is a pain to figure out. Other than that, this board supports overclocking, and has RGB. Very good value.


Ram is Ram, really. This set has a good clock speed, and looks absolutely stellar. Includes it's own tuning program.


Classic tale of a PC user who went from a 7200RPM to an SSD. Never going back. Boots Windows and all applications in ~10 seconds.


Carried over from my last build for Steam and origin Library purposes. Works great. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Video Card

Beast. Simply a beast. Shreds through games at 1080P maxed out. Absolutely ginormous heatsink kills the need for the fans to rev up to the point of making a sound above a whisper. Also, RGB is cool too.


Beautiful case. Tempered glass is fingerprint-prone, but that's to be expected. Looks absolutely stellar and top-notch. Cannot fit a front-mounted radiator without removing the 3.5 Inch drive bays, however. Had to mount my HDD in the back cable room. Looks gorgeous, and definitely worth the upkeep cost in the form of Windex.

Power Supply

Quiet, fully modular, and always on Rebate for some reason. I could have easily done with a 430W but this was on sale for a good price. great buy!

Operating System

Again, carried over from my last build. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Case Fan

Moves a lot of air out of my system and look pretty while doing it. Extra points for the low-noise cable, as I have to really move in close to hear them running.


Run of the mill 1080p60 monitor. Great when you're on a budget.


Excellent mid-range mouse. 6200DPI and full RGB.


"Tastes like gaming," -Boogie2988


They are extensions, so cable management will be a bit more difficult. But otherwise, these are an awesome alternative to expensive cablemod kits and look exactly the same.


Certainly doesn't have as much horsepower as the beauty it sits beside, but games like Halo and Gears of War make up for it. Yet to set up this box, still waiting on some more cable loops.


Went from a membrane Cooler Master Devastator keyboard to this. Love the Kailh Reds, certainly an improvement.

Comments Sorted by:

Jamesonpnw 6 points 13 months ago

Well done.

Lol @ the food reviews.

JCMsergox submitter 4 Builds 3 points 13 months ago

Lmao yeah

Caminon 1 Build 4 points 13 months ago


Jokes aside, nice build! Sorry to hear about your rough spring.

JCMsergox submitter 4 Builds 3 points 13 months ago

Thank you! I tried to make it as edgy as possible, lmao

ImperiousBattlestar 3 points 13 months ago

Nice work, that's all I can say! +1 :)

JCMsergox submitter 4 Builds 3 points 13 months ago

Much appreciated!

willmaa 3 points 13 months ago

you should probably change the rgb color to black

+1 for sense of humor

JCMsergox submitter 4 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I changed them to all white, since black and silver are the main colors for the Black Parade. I think it works better like this.

OccamAsylum 15 Builds 3 points 13 months ago

Life can hit you hard all at once, glad to see you made it through. What a setup!!! Awesome job.

Those albums gave me middle school flashbacks lol.

JCMsergox submitter 4 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I know right!

Im 16 now. I got into Green Day at 14 when I was in 8th grade, and I've been in the punk rock scene ever since. I wish I'd gotten into it sooner, there are so many great albums and artists out there. The three featured here are just my very favorites.

OccamAsylum 15 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Here's a few to look into if you aren't already familiar!

System of a Down, Nine Inch Nails, The Pretty Reckless, Flogging Molly..

Something lighter but also very good Spoon and Fleetwood Mac.

And if you feel like taking a trip to the 80s, Foreigner!

(I listen to pretty much everything)

JCMsergox submitter 4 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I listen to System of a Down and I've heard of Nine Inch Nails. My mom really likes Fleetwood Mac though.

Aidenosoarus 3 points 5 months ago

Mountain Dew + Poptarts, 10th of the ten pictures

Dude ten out of ten setup ya got there

WillSingleton 2 points 13 months ago

Nice build man. Pic #10 is sheer beauty.

JCMsergox submitter 4 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks for the comment. indeed it is lol

MannyPCs 2 points 13 months ago

Very nicely done, I love the modding on that case.

+1 good job, and nice setup.

How do you find the speed of that NVME ssd?

JCMsergox submitter 4 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I'm not sure the exact speed. But it's a lot faster than a 7200RPM.

Mtthwmths 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

That's a fitting MCR build for sure! My drawer would be oatmeal and water cause I'm terribly cheap. :P

JCMsergox submitter 4 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Lmao, thanks. Mine is a a decent caffeine rush for sure

Sawdog 2 Builds 2 points 13 months ago

Amazing build. That cable management is fire! Mind if I borrow that food storage idea in the future?

JCMsergox submitter 4 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Thank you! I watched Techsource's video on management, so credit to that goes to him. And yes! Steal the food idea! Im sure if you live with your parents they won't approve, though. (My mother isn't on board with the idea...)

Sawdog 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

They don't have to know about it right? lol

Sawdog 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Oh and whats your twitch?

JCMsergox submitter 4 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

MarfeeWarfee on Twitch.

MadTheSwine 2 points 13 months ago

+1 for the GHG reference, I love his channel!

JCMsergox submitter 4 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Hells yeah

c0ns0le_pesant 2 points 13 months ago

"So long and goodnight" - Gerard Way

JCMsergox submitter 4 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

You just reminded me that these were the last lyrics Gerard and My Chemical Romance ever sang live on stage and it made me cry.

Crackersnapped 2 points 12 months ago

DISCLAIMER reading this might be a waste of time, I thought I'd warn you in advance, (explained later). This is heaven times five to the exponent of dead 8 (infinity). I might even have to get something simi- looks at price only has 600 CAD budget ****. Anyways, amazing build and fantastic storytelling. You should write a novel. Also, not sure if it would be politically correct to say under these circumstances, but I'm sorry for your loss and I hope you're coping well. On a lighter note, love the concept, love MCR and Green Day and ESPECIALLY love Pop Tarts. Oh, by the way, you'd probably like The Fray, they are great. "How to Save a Life" hits- no, destroys the feels. Well, I've ranted long enough, sorry. Also, sorry for wasting your time. In fact I'll add like a disclaimer thing at the top. Wait do people do that? Sorry again for ranting, I'll stop now, sorry Have a good day!

JCMsergox submitter 4 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

No man! Not a waste. I love reading comments, and I also love The Fray! I can play Save A Life on Piano as a matter of fact, although I think most people can.

Crackersnapped 1 point 12 months ago

Oh, wow! I can play 21 Guns and Boulevard of Broken Dreams on Violin. :3 and I'm learning How to Save a Life and Welcome to the Black Parade on my keyboard (piano)

MassiveLegend2 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

Neat build. Nice to know I'm not the only one with a random sub-par asus 1080p monitor. Isn't your profile pic an icon from Halo?

JCMsergox submitter 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Yes, it is.

J0hnnie 2 points 10 months ago

+1 for those mountain dews.

smithivfred 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

This build is sexy!

also what type of figurine is in the 7th picture, I always see that style when people have them

JCMsergox submitter 4 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Its a Funko! POP figure. the one in particular is Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance.

CrazyChief24 5 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

that muchie drawer tho... lol im sorry to hear about your brother and what sounds like a fced up spring/summer. but i feel you, i use gaming and music and my mental and emotiona outlet. GAME ON BROTHER!

Memo1010 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

I once had Pepsi and pop tarts together, cannot recommend, hopefully you did not eat those with the Mountain Dew

PlebeianGoth 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

XD The entrapped Gerard Way made me crack up! Very nice build, both aesthetically and practically. And thanks for the food reviews!

DerplePurp 2 points 6 months ago

You should try to overclock that monitor's refresh rate to around 75 hz. Anything above 60 looks and feels way smoother.

Tank_Blaster -2 points 13 months ago

Replace My Chemical Romance with Thy Art Is Murder and i'll like your build.

JCMsergox submitter 4 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I've listened to a few of their songs. They're not bad.

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JCMsergox submitter 4 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Okay then