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Bitfenix Prodigy Build - Any advice much appreciated!

post #1 of 12
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Hello everyone!

I am new to building computers, and I recently bought a White Bitfenix Prodigy case for my first build. Now, I need some help figuring out what other parts I need and making sure they will be compatible with my case.

This is what I had in mind:
  • Arctic White Bitfenix Prodigy Case
  • Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe
  • Intel Core i5-3570K
  • MSI N660Ti PE 2GD5/OC (GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB GDDR5)
  • Corsair Vengeance 2x8GB
  • Samsung 830 Series MZ - 250GB SSD
  • POWER SUPPLY???
  • DO I NEED A HEAT SINK???

My questions:
  1. What power supply should I get? What kind of difference will a PSU make to the performance of my computer?
  2. I read that the cooler that comes with the Intel i5-3570K isn't really good. WIll I need to buy a heat sink? Which should I buy?
  3. Should I be looking at a different SSD brand or is the Samsung 830 Series MZ - 250GB SSD good?
  4. Does it matter what brand of memory I buy? I think I read somewhere that some RAM aren't compatible with this motherboard.
  5. Is there a cheaper alternative to my graphics card?

Thanks so much!
post #2 of 12
1. get a good quality built PSU with a good 80+ rating, especially if you plan on loading it up and using it for long periods of time. the corsair HX series is great for the silver rating and the AX series is awesome for gold rating. Seasonic also makes great PSUs. just make sure you look at how long the PSU is and what will fit in that case. an AX 650 will probably work great. Do not skimp out on the power supply.

2. yes, get a good after market heat sink. this may be a little tricky as i am not sure how much space there is in that case for one. my suggestion is to look at other builds on here and see what other people have used.

3. Samsung SSDs are great.

4. for a build like yours, you should be looking for ddr3 1600 ram. lower timings being better of course. you shouldn't run in to any compatibility issues between brands

5. im sure there is a cheaper alternative, but thats a great card for the money.
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post #3 of 12
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Okay! Thanks so much!
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post #5 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by kimwooram View Post

Would this be okay for RAM?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186#top

Those are fine

For you, a Rosewill CAPSTONE 550W is plenty for the set up. Since it's a m-ITX build, I'm guessing you're not going multi-gpu in the future.

As for heatsinks, you must get one in order to overclock (Again, assumed because you're buying a 3570k). Something like a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ will be fine. If you want, you could also buy a Corsair H80.

You should just get 8GB of RAM. 16 is unnecessary.
post #6 of 12
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I bought the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, but I'm reading online that there may be some issues with mounting it without damaging the motherboard. Does anyone know what that's all about and if this is going to be a problem?

http://www.overclock.net/t/1274641/arctic-white-bitfenix-prodigy-build/10
post #7 of 12
looks like he just didnt tighten the back plate all the way down. that is a really poor design flaw on the part of asus imo.
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post #8 of 12
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Also, does anyone know if I have to buy separate cables connecting all the computer parts I listed above? Like these Bitfenix alchemy cables? http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/products/premium-modding/alchemy-cables/

Or are these cables just to make cable management easier and look better? I don't know if I want to spend extra on these cables since people can't really see the inside of my pc anyway... if i were to buy these cables to replace some of the cables in my build, which (size/pin?) cables should i get?
post #9 of 12
those are just sleeved extensions. they are for look and for the extension if you need it, which you shouldn't with a small case.
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post #10 of 12
I would look at getting the Seasonic X750... with it being on sale for $99, and being fully modular, and Gold Certified.... cant beat it for the price.
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