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Whats up guys!!

im VERY excited about this build, i believe it is that absolute best bang for your buck system you could possibly build without making any major compromises! its all going to be housed in a Bitfenix Prodigy mini ITX form factor case that has W9.8" x T15.9" x L14.1" dimensions. this is going to be a full fledged gaming rig that can comfortably fit on top of your desk. The goal is to have a small, quiet, cool and very powerful little computer. here's the specs:

black Bitfenix Prodigy
AsRock H77m mini itx Motherboard
i5 3750K processor
Corsair Vengeance 8gig 1600 Memory
Corsair 600W powersupply
MSI GTX660TI 2gig Twin frozr IV
1Tb hdd
LG 24x dvd burner

total cost out the door (after Ca. sales tax ) from Microcenter: $947

we are going to be building it on Monday December 17th, so look for updates then!
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If you want to say you are building a great-small-bang for the buck PC, then you have to get rid of the prodigy. It is expensive, and over rated.

The bitfenix outlaw isn't very big. It only takes up 100 cubic inches more room than the prodigy (it would be like gluing two power supplies to the the side of the prodigy), so it is completely desk compatible.

Plus, now that you have the ability to shove an ATX mobo in the PC, you can get the combo deal that comes with the 3570K and get the gigabyte UD3H z77 mobo for the same price as that h77 itx board.

For the GPU you can go with the gigabyte 7950 windforce card http://www.microcenter.com/product/384118/GV-R795WF3-3GD_AMD_Radeon_HD_7950_3072MB_GDDR5_PCIe_30_x16_Video_Card it is 15 bucks cheaper after rebate and it can be overclocked.....a lot.

For the PSU you can go with this http://www.microcenter.com/product/380192/Silencer_Mk_III_Series_600_Watt_ATX_Modular_Power_Supply . After the rebate it is the same price as the corsair PSU. Not only is it VERY reliable, but it is also modular.

As for the hard drive, I hope you are referring to this one http://www.microcenter.com/product/399210/Barracuda_ST1000DM003_1TB_SATA_60Gb-s_35_Internal_Hard_Drive_-_Bare_Drive . It is the absolute best 1TB hard drive for the money.

For the ram, this will do the same job, it is known to overclock better then the vengeance, and it will save 3 bucks. http://www.microcenter.com/product/382101/Ballistix_Sport_8GB_DDR3-1600_(PC3-12800)_CL9_Dual_Channel_Desktop_Memory_Kit_(Two_4GB_Memory_Modules)#

With the money you saved on the case, you can throw this on the CPU and get a decent OC out of your chip. http://www.microcenter.com/product/373900/Hyper_212_EVO_Universal_CPU_Cooler


Side note: I realize a lot of this isn't in stock for the CA store, but I assume the have to resupply eventually.
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my friend likes the prodigy...

660ti beats the 7950 in most applications

that PSU is too expensive

i am referring to that HDD

id rather go with Corsair Ram

my friend doesnt want to overclock ( im insisting on the K series cause i know he will want to overclock eventually, when he does want to OC he wil get a cooler )
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my friend likes the prodigy...
660ti beats the 7950 in most applications
that PSU is too expensive
i am referring to that HDD
id rather go with Corsair Ram
my friend doesnt want to overclock ( im insisting on the K series cause i know he will want to overclock eventually, when he does want to OC he wil get a cooler )

Ok, then that changes the dynamics. I thought you were offering the build list as a template for new builders and that you were doing this as your own project/ build log.

As for the 7950 vs 660ti debate, it really depends. Assuming that your friend would not overclock the GPU, then yes, the 660ti would be the winner. But if you can get a good enough OC on the 7950, it actually can hold it's own against a GTX 670. Now mind you, when I read the reviews and benchmarks that proved that, it was before AMD and Nvidia went all driver crazy, so I don't know where the performance stands, but my guess is that the 7950 can still beat out the 660ti when they are both overclocked to their fullest potential. So keep that in mind.

If you trust corsair vengeance over crucial then more power to you.

If you are planning on having him overclock eventually, then you need a z77 mobo. The H77 mobo will still overclock some, but it won't take advantage of the unlocked CPU. I assume you are already aware of that though.
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Adata SP900  Seagate 2TB hard drive (the power of 1 edition)  Custom WC Loop Linux (various versions) 
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Samsung SyncMaster T240HD Coolermaster XT Green switches XFX 1000w Corsair 800D 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Naga Epic 2014 edition Razer Vespula Stax Lambda Nova Classic Custom DIY DAC 
AudioAudioOther
300b PP monoblocks Snell J3 NZXT Hue 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
8 core xeon E6 @ 3.5ghz 8 core xeon E6 @ 3.5ghz EVGA X99 SR?  AMD 390x 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveCooling
AMD 390x 128 GB ECC DDR4  1TB PCI-e SSD Custom WC Loop 
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