First off, I just want to say thank you to the people here on the forums who helped me make decisions on the CPU and GPU to go with. I was working with a very tight budget and got some pieces overtime as they went on sale.

This was my first time building from the ground up. I always had a prebuilt pc and would upgrade a part here and there. The case was a gift from my dad, so i didn't include that in the price. The 1Tb hdd was from my previous pc, I did manage to install windows on the ssd and format the hdd for games and anything else. The PSU was also from my previous pc so I left that out of the price too.

Overall everything went well. I was hoping nothing got shipped to me DOA (I've read a lot of reviews where that's happened) because some of the parts I've had sitting for almost 2 months before I got to put it all together. I had no problem getting the RAM to the rated speed of 3200.

Edit - I ran some temps on it for a while over the weekend to see how it performed. It stays around 40 degrees at idle and 70-71 under load. Performance wise its been great. I dont play a ton of graphically demanding games so it'll be just fine for what I use it for.

I benchmarked it with UserBenchmark - Scored in the 80th percentile. The GPU was a llittle low but i expected that. Hind sight i should have spent an extra $50 and went with a 1660 super, but whatever. This does what i need it to do and it does it very well.

Overwatch on Epic settings 80 fps, ultra settings 90-100 fps Monster hunter world - 90-100 fps More games to be listed as i havent downloaded everything yet...

Part Reviews


What can I say? Best all around value CPU. 41 degrees at idle and 70-71 degrees under load. I'm glad I went with this CPU.

CPU Cooler

Putting it together was a little bit of a pain in the butt. But, other than that its working great and keeps my CPU frosty. RGB was a bit of a pain... But i also blame ASRock Polychrome Sync for that issue. Overall, I recommend this cooler.


Great MoBo, got it at a great price on black friday. The only thing I dont like is that when i put my pc to sleep or shut down the IO cover and PCH Heatsink cover stays lit up. But thats nothing major. Also, Polychrome sync is a pain in the butt...


Good RAM, had no issues getting it to go to 3200 as rated. I even got this on a black friday sale for under $60.


Used this to store windows on. super fast load times! Great buy!


Gets the job done, Has served me well for almost 4 years now.

Video Card

Well, this card is about one of the best 5500's on the market. With that said, you might as well pay a little extra for a 5600 or even a 1660 super if you're not just going to jump to a 2060 or higher end card. It does what i need it to, and its great. But for just a few more $$ you could get a lot better. I'm happy with it though.


Overall this case isnt the best. I got it as a gift so i cant complain. It can be a little tight working in this case. and the top and front glass panels are a real pain to get off. Aesthetically it matches my mouse and keyboard, so i ended up turning all the RGB to the same color green to keep the theme going.

Power Supply

I got this PSU about 2 -3 years ago. Great price point and great performance. Highly recommend.

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  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! Congrats on the cherry. I'd suggest rotating your exhaust fan and cpu fan clockwise. That will move the power cables for them to the top of your case, making it easier to tuck up over your cpu cooler and ram and then back through cable hole. Also, see that little rectangular hole right in the middle of your psu shroud on the bottom? Maybe run your GPU power cable up through that and plug in. It'll look much cleaner. Congrats on the build

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'll give that a shot.

The only thing I'm having an issue with is the ASRock polychrome sync. I cant get it to detect my IO cover, PCH heatsink or the hyper 212 Evo. It just stays on rainbow. The RAM and GPU i can get to sync up but not the rest. I've tried multiple RGB headers on the motherboard and googled to see if there were any other solutions, but nothing as of yet.

Anyways, thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you needed to update bios on steel. Legend yo use 3600?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thankfully not. Mine was shipped with version 2.7 installed and 2.9 came out like a month prior. Everything was ready to go when i received it.