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This build is mostly meant as a CAD 3D design work station but has proven to be a decent gaming rig as well playing anything i throw at it in higher fps than my old monitor can even process. It blows my old first gen i7 build out of the water in every aspect hell it even runs cooler under load than it does idling.

I put way to many hours into research and sale shopping than i should have. Honestly if i had spent that time on working i could have easily ignored cost to performance and just shopped performance. that being said i can now go to my uncle and brag how my 800 usd computer bests his 1500 usd build he did last spring in nearly all aspects.

I had no real problems with this build everything worked out of the box as describe or better. the biggest shock i had was my GPU running at 2007mhz with boost up to 2120mhz after updating the driver when its supposed to run in the 1600-1800mhz range. My cpu was stable at 4.2 overclocked probably could get more out of it but in all honesty i don't need anything more than what stock gave me 3.7-4.2 and didn't feel the added performance justified the added power consumption.

Hindsight... Case- is decent budget but taking off the front panel basically requires a pair or angled needle-noses pliers and the removal of both side panels making cleaning the filter a 30 minute job. PCCooler GI-D66A- dual fan 6 pipe offers great cooling 6c less at idle than the spire but has 6 cords making cable management interesting. RGB- While my lady and kids love it, its best to turn it off when showing designs to perspective clients specially engineers lol

Part Reviews

CPU

No problems, runs cooler than expected. stock boasts up to 4.3 for me. I hit 4.2 stable without a problem overclocking but didnt need the extra performance as stock is plenty fast for all my needs. Kinda think i should have gotten the 3600 hundred but at the time it was soldout but still extremely happy with this cpu.

Motherboard

Nice looking board seems to run cool, nice compatibility. Bios was was way better than i was used to. plenty of fan headers, great rgb compatibility with both 3 pin and 4 pin rgb connections. Sometimes the RBG gets stuck on when powered down oddly i seem to get it to turn off by just turning it off and on again in bios. Overall im happy and would recommend it.

Memory

Paired with a 2700x and b450 steal legend. went straight to 3200mhz after selecting the xmp in bios. tests great does what its supposed to do. If i had the money i would have bought two more sticks and not something else.

Storage

1500mbs read 2000mbs write 4k read 50mbs 4k write 150mbs. Running windows and my cad lighting fast. think most files open faster than my monitor delay. lol

Not sure it needed it but i did add a aftermarket heatsink air cooler that was 11 and seams to keep it below 40c at all time i never tested before adding the heat sink so not sure how much hotter it was getting. Suppose i just wanted to extend life as this tlc ssds 1700000 hrs life expectancy did not seem to be enough at the time of purchase. It did start to slow a bit after about 40% full thus i only keep windows and cad system on it and use a HDD for files, pictures, videos and games now. Kinda wish i bought the 1tb model.

If i had the money i probably would have gotten a 4th gen NVME but for the money this is a great buy thats plenty fast.

Storage

Paid 33 for this HDD 200mbs write speed. I am happy with this purchase however i am all about the ssd operating system though and would only use a HHD for storage now that ive seen the light

Video Card

i was shocked to learn after i updated the driver on this gpu it was bench testing at 2007mhz and turbos up to 2120 mhz rather than the 1600-1800 range i was expecting. I'm also shocked at how cool this mini card is running, i haven't had it go above 70c yet and seems run below 50c during my typical workload. Its doing a fabulous job at rendering and gaming. I have zero complaints however if my system is bottle necking at all this is likely where however for my needs i really dont need anything better.

Case

I really like the super dark tinted glass you cant see into the case unless lighted from the inside but then looks great. plenty of room above the mother board. i was able to do a decent job of cable management its more so designed to be easy rather tight and clean. good filtered airflow.

only one major con. the front of the case is held on with compression snap clips and requires the removal of both side panels and the the us of needle nosed pliers to compress the clips to get the front off making cleaning the filter kinda a pain

Power Supply

On the cheaper side seems to be working well for me, the air coming out rarely is even warm and fan super quite. rarely do i push my power consumption above 50% of rated 500w . I wish it was a modular and in the future i will only be buying modular after dealing with the rats nest this baby was basically designed to create

Case Fan

Quit, cheap, easily programmed and they all hook to each other which is handy . I use as case fans where a filter is utilized as they are designed more so for pressure than just airflow.

Custom

highly recommend putting this on before installing the mother board into the case as mounting in the case was a real pain but my 2700x now idles at 4c over room temp and the rgb isnt to bad either but does use a 3 pin 5 volt connection that a lot of boards dont have. It also comes with a 4 pin converter controller so you can power it with a power supply.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. I have a b450m steel legend as well and i have the same issue with the RGB staying on when its powered down.

I like the purple and green vibe u had in the first pic. gives it almost a joker look. +1

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. It is weird i never had a problem until i downloaded the asrock rgb controller program then it stayed on even after i deleted it. Pretty sure i just went into bio and turned the led controller off then back on and the rgb was off during that next shutdown. I really didnt think i did anything at all but boy was i thankful it went off.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Does it stay off every time u shut down the pc now?? I'll have to give that a shot. I mean its not a big deal, and where my pc sits its not noticeable, but if there's a solution ill probably do it. lol

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It does stay off now when off but unfortunately I'm not exactly sure what did other than delete the rgb from desktop controller app then messed with the led sleep settings in bios but from my memory I didn't actually change anything just flipped stuff around then put them back to default/auto then saved and exited was actually surprised when it was off.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

ok, ill see if i can mess with it and get a good result lol. thanks!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

That cooler is dope

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Im glad i got it, my kids love it and does a great job cooling with less noise and than the wraith spire.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

It surely looks awesome

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Kind of amazing the power you can get out of a $800 build.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

It really is and there is tons of upgrade options. i do however feel like i should have gotten a midgrade 570 motherboard that extra 70-100usd would have gone a long way in providing future upgrade options specially when considering ram speed and nvme 4th gen upgrades.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

How many fps do you gett on fortnite

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Havent played Fortnite before. I do get 90 fps at 1080 on Monster Hunter though and a stable 60 fps (capped) on Civ VI at 1080

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice lookin PC there.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Have you tried a VR headset or Video editing on it?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm able to animation without any issues in my CAD programs but haven't tried VR or any real video editing yet.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

What should I upgrade if i want to get more fps

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I hear you can get a couple more fps by upgrading to a 3600 but really with this build the fps is bottlenecked by the GPU I would look into a 2060 or 5700 xt

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, how cheaper would this be with out rgb ?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Not much really I mean didn't exactly go for rgb in anyway I basically bought the cheapest mid grade vrm motherboard and then a midgrade cooler (only items with rgb) however you could pick a good non rgb cooler for about 30 less but it will only have 4 heat pipes and one fan

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel u I’m also building a cad pc and stuff is expensive