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Hi all,

I'm putting together a Prodigy Bitfenix build, and the parts are on their way! Specs below. This is my first "serious" investment build, the rest have mainly been to just keep up with the times, always kinda slip-shod jobs that had problems from the get-go. This time, I'm taking my time.

The idea is that this will sit in the living room next to my desk, but also be connected through the receiver/50" 1080p TV. In that sense, it'll be a gaming/office work/HTPC hybrid. As far as the TV part goes, I plan on using Steam's Big Picture for games (action, RPG, strategy, no hardcore competitive FPS), but also for media and just playing music during parties. At my desk, I'll be using a 22" monitor for games and regular office work. Eventually, I'll be scaling my TV and monitor up to something that can handle higher resolutions, but for now they're both max 1080p. But future-proofing is definitely a desire. I'll be doing some of my gaming from a couch, hence the wireless kb/mouse.

This thing needs to have fairly low noise/heat levels, since it's in the living room. Also needs to look reasonably attractive. Planning on putting some white vinyl on the black faceplate of my optical to stick with the white look...Got a cool Banksy stencil to put on the side...The works.

I do have a couple questions given that this is my first build, and I'd love your input!

1.)Given my needs (living room, low noise, gaming, HTPC), do any parts jump out at you as wrong or ill-advised? Will this thing be really loud?

2.)Also given the noise and heat preferences, what speeds should I be overclocking the CPU and GPU? Should I OC the RAM, too?

2.5)Ummm...How do I OC? Assume I have basic familiarity with the BIOS. Is it just about upping the voltage?

3.)I am using the 750AX PSU from my last build, but am not 100% sure I'll be able to cram it into the bracket. Do you recommend I forego the PSU altogether in favor of something that will give me big gains in the noise/heat department without sacrificing performance?

4.)Wil I have a very hard time with the Logitech MX5500? I was hoping for a wireless solution and thought Bluetooth would be preferable since I've also got my wireless router, xbox/ps3 controllers, and (see below) a potential wireless headset hogging up the RF signals. Should I go for RF, or even figure out some way to use wired, instead? (Any suggestions?) I've always liked the look of the Razer stuff.

5.)I'd like to get a wireless headset, but I want to be able to use it with at least the xbox and PC, if not the PS3 as well. If it could plug into each device and the receiver (1/4" or 3.5mm) too, that'd be great. If it only does receiver/PC or Xbox 360/PC, that works.

Whew. I am stoked! Thanks for all the help.


CPU: Core i5-3570K 3.4 Ghz

Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe

Gigabyte GTX 670 2 GB

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1600

System Drive: Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SATA III SSD

Data Drive: Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s HDD

PSU: Corsair 750AX

Case: BitFenix Prodigy Arctic White


Corsair H80 with Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850 Fan (Mounted as Rear Exhaust)

BitFenix Spectre Pro 200mm White LED Case Fan (Front Intake)

Xigmatek Crystal Series 120mm White LED Case Fan (Top Intake)


Logitech MX5500 Revolution BT Mouse/Keyboard

Xbox 360 Wireless Controller
Edited by ratzofftoya - 9/18/12 at 2:40am
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Self-interested bump?
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1. Looks good, although in future including prices makes it easier for us to suggest alternatives.

You have 2x question 2's.

2.i) 4 - 4.5GHz should be enough, but it depends on the temps you get, do a bit of searching around OCN for benchmarks other people have got. The GPU and RAM don't necessarily need overclocking.

2. ii) http://www.overclock.net/search.php?search=overclock+3570k A simple search on here will give you all the answers you need, and probably more. But yes, it's generally tweaking a few settings and voltages.

3. According to the tech specs of the case and PSU, they should be compatible.

4. The keyboard should be fine assuming you're not using it from very far away. Razer don't offer wireless keyboards, however if you bought a USB extender then you would have a much larger and better value choice of keyboards.

5. Many of the Turtle Beach headsets such as the PX5's (others here ) are cross platform compatible, however I'm not sure if they will work with a reciever.

Hope this helped.

EDIT: You're only meant to bump threads after 24 hours, otherwise you might be pushing other people's threads out of view.
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Thanks so much! And apologies for shirking the rules. Gave my noobness away quicker than you can check my post count.
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Originally Posted by ratzofftoya View Post

Thanks so much! And apologies for shirking the rules. Gave my noobness away quicker than you can check my post count.

Not a problem, if you haven't seen it already there is an entire section of the site with all the information you'll need about OCN:

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