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[Project Log] Overclockers' SFF / HTPC Build - EVGA Z77 Stinger + BitFenix Prodigy + Stuff!

post #1 of 11
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I already started this log a couple weeks ago but OCN always likes a good log, so I'm putting it here too. I'm going to be writing a couple separate reviews on parts in this build (board & case) for Overclockers and as part of that, an HTPC project was born.

The first part that arrived was an EVGA Z77 Stinger. It is one sweet looking, powerful little board, that's for sure!

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Did I say it was little? Make that tiny.

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Really tiny.

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Edited by hokiealumnus - 12/5/12 at 1:58pm
post #2 of 11
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The next part to arrive was the 1TB Seagate HDD, which will handle storage in conjunction with a Vertex 2 I had lying around (for SSD caching).

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Memory will come courtesy an 8GB kit of G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3-2133.

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The next item to show up was the CPU - an i5 3570K

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post #3 of 11
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I put a temporary cooler on there so it could be benched while waiting on the case. mITX board + VenomousX + Panaflo screamer = just plain silly looking. biggrin.gif

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The GPU for this project will be an EVGA GTX 660. It's not a powerhouse, but should be sufficient if I want to do some moderate gaming in the living room. I threw all of that on the test bench and started playing.

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As expected, the board is a solid little clocker. I wanted to keep temps under 70°C, so 4.6 GHz was the stopping point, just south of 1.3Vcore.

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Edited by hokiealumnus - 12/5/12 at 1:56pm
post #4 of 11
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The most recent item to arrive was the case. It's a beauty too. Honestly, I've wanted to see what one of these was all about (and review it) since they launched way back at CES almost a year ago. They're very unique cases and look great. Unfortunately, I've never had an mITX board before now. Thankfully, that's no longer the, um...case. biggrin.gif

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MmmmmmmmITX.

That's all for now. I'll update as things progress. Thanks for looking; if anyone has any questions, don't hesitate to ask. thumb.gif
Edited by hokiealumnus - 12/5/12 at 1:57pm
post #5 of 11
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Well, I've never been one to be able to let parts sit around, so it's done. biggrin.gif

I'll save full comments for later, but the Prodigy is a great case to work with. All in-progress photos will be in the review as well as all my pontification, so I'll skip to the part where it's mostly done, then totally done.

Full specs:
  • CPU: Intel i5 3570K
  • Cooler: Intel BXRTS2011LC
  • MB: EVGA Z77 Stinger
  • RAM: 8GB G.Skill RipjawsX, DDR3-2133 / 9-11-9-24
  • GPU: EVGA GTX 660
  • SSD Cache Drive: OCZ Vertex 2 120GB
  • Main OS Drive: Seagate 1TB
  • Extra Storage: Western Digital 500GB
  • ODD: LITE-ON 12x BD-ROM + DVD-R/RW
  • PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro 600W
  • Case: BitFenix Prodigy

Mostly done:

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Everything done but the GPU (that extra cable under the HDDs is a second 6/8-pin PCIe cable, in the event of a GPU upgrade):

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Done.

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post #6 of 11
Your build looks excellent and should be an awesome performer.

I have the same motherboard and was wondering what settings you used to get your ram stable at 1833? I have been having problems.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks!

Try VCCIO at 1.25-1.3V. That's the trick on this board to getting much over 1600. Even with newer ICs (i.e. TridentX 2666), it requires more VCCIO than I've seen in other boards; definitely 1.3Vccio for 2133 but it helps at 1866 too. It's not a bad thing and shouldn't have any adverse effects on your CPU, it's just different.
post #8 of 11
Alright I will try that. Thanks for the quick response even though im slow. thumb.gif
post #9 of 11
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You're quite welcome!

If anyone is interested, the case review published today:
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Quote:
Computers are shrinking. Even enthusiast computers are getting smaller & smaller. We’ll look more in-depth at the shrinking ability of the power-user in the coming weeks when we publish a review of EVGA’s mITX Z77 Stinger. However, before that, we’ll have a look at the case in which it will reside – the BitFenix Prodigy.

... Return to article to continue reading.

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post #10 of 11
Has anyone got something like a newegg basket screenshot for a ballpark price list? I'm interested in building something very similar.
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