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Well, being a newbie, I hope I'm following the proper format here. Please advise me if I misstep.

I've built about 5 rigs in the past but this rig, in an mitx Prodigy case, is going to be a real challenge. Probably not a good idea for one's first build. Hybrid because, while I enjoy overclocking ,modestly, besides photo editing I don;t run anything that requires a beast., so I overclock, bench, watch my temps and then go back to default settings. I will most often usually use this rig as an HTPC, with my TVs as monitors and moving it between rooms. My modding is almost strictly functionally driven. This is where I will need the most advise for you all. Ohall my past cases names were variations of "Screamer."

Parts bought::

video card: MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16

psu: Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC

memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 PC3 14900 (with Blue Light) Model BLT2KIT4G3D1869DT2TXOB

cooling: CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i Water Cooler

storage: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500gb 2.5“

case Bitfenix Prodigy Ying and Yang mitx

os: Win8 Pro

Parts scavenged

psu Corsair tx750w

This is one of the best cases I ever worked on. As many have noted the materials, workmanship and design are, with some exceptions, outstanding. Oddly, there was no manual in the box and I had to rely on some videos to help get the case apart. Everything came off very easy, I just hope I will remember how to put it all back together!
My first task was to mount the H80i bracket on the underside of the board. I had a lot of unnecessary trouble with this as I failed to read the directions correctly. Should have titled this log “pc building for idiots” because, if there’s any way to f*** it up the first time, I will. If I can eventually get through this build—almost anyone can.
With the pump mounted, I installed the memory and then tried to figure out the best place to mount the radiator. This now became a win some, lose some proposition. If I mount it on the top, I loose the fan (no biggie) and the optical drive. For some that’s not an issue, but for me, it is irksome. I mounted it this way initially. All the while, by the way, I’m reading posts in the Bitfenix owners club, hoping to get useful tips. With that out of the way I installed an Antec Neo Eco 620w PSU. You don’t see it on my list because I read that my msi 7700 needed more power and I had an old Corsair 750w that actually fits. Uninstalled the Antec and installed the Corsair. At this point I really don’t know what is the better way to go.
Edited by techchef - 2/7/13 at 5:59pm
Badleroy
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miniscream
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 DO Asus Rampage III Formula Sapphire Radeon 5850 Patriot Viper DDR3 3X2 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Kingston SV100S2N-Series  WD 640GB Caviar Black  Sony Optaric Corsair H-70  
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 Home 64bit Corsair CMPSU-750HX 750W CM Storm Sniper 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 3570K  Asus P8Z77-I DELUXE LGA 1155 Z77 mITX MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC Radeon HD 7770 Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer  
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series Seagate Momentus 7200.4  Samsung CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i  
OSKeyboardPowerCase
Windows 8 Pro 64 bit upgrade Logitech MK700 ANTEC NEO ECO 620C 620W RT BitFenix Prodigy Performance Mini-ITX Computer ... 
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Logitech MK700 
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Badleroy
(11 items)
 
miniscream
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 DO Asus Rampage III Formula Sapphire Radeon 5850 Patriot Viper DDR3 3X2 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Kingston SV100S2N-Series  WD 640GB Caviar Black  Sony Optaric Corsair H-70  
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 Home 64bit Corsair CMPSU-750HX 750W CM Storm Sniper 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 3570K  Asus P8Z77-I DELUXE LGA 1155 Z77 mITX MSI R7770-2PMD1GD5/OC Radeon HD 7770 Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer  
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series Seagate Momentus 7200.4  Samsung CORSAIR Hydro Series H80i  
OSKeyboardPowerCase
Windows 8 Pro 64 bit upgrade Logitech MK700 ANTEC NEO ECO 620C 620W RT BitFenix Prodigy Performance Mini-ITX Computer ... 
Mouse
Logitech MK700 
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