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Bitfenix Prodigy Air Cooled. First Ever Build.

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Hi All,

Decided to join the Prodigy club as I think it is the most awesome ITX box around. I wanted the size to fit a decent sized GPU.

I wanted to keep the build below £1k and did just that.

I was considering Watercooled but decided that would be something for the future smile.gif I stuck with air cooled to not be greedy.

I have been a laptop gamer up to now and never gone near a desktop so it was an interesting experience and I expected more problems but it was actually a breeze and the outcome is certainly what I was looking for to have at home.

The Build.

Bitfenix Prodigy Matte Black Mini ITX Case - £59.99 - Ebuyer.com
Bitfenix Recon Matte Black - £29.99 - Ebay.com
Bitfenix 230mm + 140mm added to 2x120mm fans - £20.00 - Amazon.com

ASRock Z77e Motherboard - £94.99 - Amazon.com
I7 3770k Genuine Intel Quad Core - £230.00 - Ebay.com
Palit Jetstream GTX 670 - £275.00 - Amazon.com
Hyperx 240GB 3k SSD - £129.99 - Amazon.com
Hyperx Genesis 8GB 1600 - £30.00 - Amazon.com

Corsair TX550 watt PSU - £59.99 - Ebay.com
Zalman CNS9900 Max Cooler - £39.99 - Ebay.com
Sprotex 145 piece PC Toolkit - £29.99 - Ebay.com

£999.93

Problem.

I only really found one problem and found the build a lot easier than I thought it would be from something so small. The ASRock Motherboard is very very nice and I wanted it more than the Asus which was £50 more expensive here in the UK. The problem is the MSATA Port being so close to the CPU bracket and you do have to do some modding to either the port or the bracket itself to get it to fit.

Size Issues.

The CPU cooler was a knightmare to fit, the thing ways nearly a kilo and you need to make sure you support the motherboard afterwards.

For the record this is the only hench sized CPU cooler I could find that will fit, and it will fit. Be aware that you must have the thinner side heatsink towards the PCI-e slot and it will lean against any 25mm rear exhaust fan. On the Spectre fans it will not touch the fins so everything was nice and snug.

The GTX 670 Palit is a little overkill but looks the dogs and I wanted it, really there is no need for the 680 as the 670 can do nearly the same job and the difference being the 680 is 57mm depth and the 670 is only 47mm depth with only the 2 fans and as you only have 47mm from the PCI slot to the case you need to go 670. I did and it fits absolutely perfectly, does not touch the case by literally 0.1mm but fits simple.

I won't post any benchmarks here unless needed this is solely the build. Mainly because I was greedy and chose Corsair Dominator RAM to begin with as per the pictures without taking into consideration the CPU cooler tongue.gif so I have now had to return them for HyperX Ram and am only able to run a single channel stick at the moment and it bottlenecks me something rotten. However initial tests with an overclock of 4.4Ghz on the CPU and the GPU running at 1250 CORE and 1750 MEM I get around 10k in 3DMark11. Physics is way too low however.

I also went for the top mounted 120mm fans like some of you. I like the look smile.gif

Wires, so many wires....make sure you have plenty of cable ties to hand thumb.gif












Also I took a movie of the scary moment I hit the power button expecting an explosion and hefty bill. 8)View My Video


Very pleased with my build. Happy to answer any questions. But have to say thank you to a lot of people who posted their builds it helped me so much to decide on what to buy these days etc having no knowledge at all of desktops.

Take Care

Chris
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Looks great, congrats!
 
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EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1300w 80+ Gold Fully Modular  Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Microsoft Sidewinder X5 Allsop Redmond Mouse Pad 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K @ 4.6GHz ASRock Z77E-ITX mITX  Sapphire HD 7990 @ 1090MHz/1600MHz G.SKILL Ripjaws 2X4GB DDR3-1600 @ 1866MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial SSD 128GB mSATA SATA III 6GB  Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA II 32MB 7200RPM LG DVD R/W SATA with LightScribe Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H100 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel i7 4770k @ 4.5GHz Asus Maximus VI Gene Gigabyte R9 290 @ 1160MHz/1350MHz Gigabyte R9 290 @ 1160MHz/1350MHz 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
G.Skill Trident X 2X8GB DDR3 2400MHz Samsung 840 PRO 256GB  Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 3TB SATA III 6Gb/s 64... Pioneer Blu-ray Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Liquid Single Loop Triple Radiators Win 7 SP1 Professional x64bit  Samsung SynchMaster 24" Widescreen 1200p TFT-LC... Logitech G15 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
EVGA SuperNOVA G2 1300w 80+ Gold Fully Modular  Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 Microsoft Sidewinder X5 Allsop Redmond Mouse Pad 
Audio
Cambridge Soundworks 5.1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K @ 4.6GHz ASRock Z77E-ITX mITX  Sapphire HD 7990 @ 1090MHz/1600MHz G.SKILL Ripjaws 2X4GB DDR3-1600 @ 1866MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial SSD 128GB mSATA SATA III 6GB  Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA II 32MB 7200RPM LG DVD R/W SATA with LightScribe Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H100 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win 7 Professional x64bit Samsung 52" 1080p 60Hz LCD Logitech Wireless K330 Corsair AX850 Gold Fully Modular 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
BitFenix Prodigy Mini-ATX Black  Logitech Wireless M215 Corsair Vengeance MM200 Yamaha RX-V681 & PSB/Polk Audio 5.1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II X4 640 ASRock N68C-GS NVIDIA 6600GT G. Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD Caviar Blue 500GB 16MB Cache 7200RPM LG Optical Drive Thermaltake Max Orb Windows 7 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Viewsonic 19” Flatscreen CRT Gigabyte GK-K6800 103  Thermaltake TR2 600W Cigar Boxes 
MouseMouse Pad
Zalman ZM-M300 Corsair Vengeance MM200 
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