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Originally Posted by fnyk View Post

ther is only one thing with that build that i dont like (its not bitspower cristal link)

new im going to steal that system
my dream gpu's and even more dream psu
the evga super nova 1500w gold+

watch Ebay someone who is more insane than me sold me one for 159 dollars including shipping brand new in box. does not look like it had ever been opened.
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watch Ebay someone who is more insane than me sold me one for 159 dollars including shipping brand new in box. does not look like it had ever been opened.

thats 159 dollars more then what i have right new
post #973 of 1735
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Originally Posted by subyman View Post

But when the S5 ends up costing $400 with options you will say if it is over $400 it needs to be atx or larger smile.gifsmile.gif

That's why I won't ever regret my M8... not likely to go XL-ATX any time soon... and for everything else I'm good - at least until they do away with the ATX form factor and I don't see that happening any time soon. biggrin.gif
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What's in my sig, but I had to send the mobo back. I may go back to 1155 and get the Maximus V Gene.
No watercooling. That will come when I can get a pair of Titans
Nope, because I've never used more than two video cards. I'll have to resell the S3 when it's time to expand to a sound card, Ivy-E or SLI.
Hopefully it starts around $239-249. Limiting options to what I actually need, I can keep it under $350 with shipping.

TBH if you care very much about sound at all, you won't want a card (as some have already stated USB options) - and you won't need it. Even the cheapest AVR/Micro Systems as well as many studio monitors and some headphones come with TOSLINK connectivity, and every decent ITX motherboard as well as nearly every mATX motherboard I've seen recently has optical output... so just buy a $5 cable and a good AVR/Mini and you're good to go.
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Even audiophiles sometimes use USB, although if they're serious they'll buy a specific low jitter USB card rolleyes.gif

I have my Essence One which is nice because I can plug the optical input into the onboard sound card of my linux workstation and the USB goes into my gaming rig so that I can run quad SLI, you know, if quad Titans were within my budget. I wouldn't consider it audiophile but it's decent biggrin.gif

I've read some good things about the Essence One and it looks solid as far as the specs, etc. are concerned, but unless the normal version is cheaper than the 'Muse' edition... it's pretty expensive for what it is, IMO at least. $900 will buy you one hell of a nice DAC - maybe not a top-of-the-line model... but that's almost Benchmark territory! The TEAC UDH01 seems superior in almost every way and is less than half the price. I currently use a DacMagic but even that is a little too much for what it delivers. If you're just going to monitors or headphones the SCHIIT Modi+Magni combo has pretty great price/feature value. Though in your case they wouldn't work because you require an optical/coax and USB connection like I have on my DacOne too.. (optical is for the CD transport I still use when I'm nostalgic for physical media). biggrin.gif
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TBH if you care very much about sound at all, you won't want a card (as some have already stated USB options) - and you won't need it. Even the cheapest AVR/Micro Systems as well as many studio monitors and some headphones come with TOSLINK connectivity, and every decent ITX motherboard as well as nearly every mATX motherboard I've seen recently has optical output... so just buy a $5 cable and a good AVR/Mini and you're good to go.

Also the possibility of Ivy/Haswell-E going to 8-core cpus is the main reason why I want the mATX version.
I'm starting to render/compose video and mix audio, so cpu and compute power are very important needs in my next build.

Getting an S3 will require me to have two separate PC cases. I could by an M8 and mount an ITX board in the opposite compartment and still only have one case.
Edited by WorldExclusive - 4/4/13 at 10:53pm
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No, I don't really like the Prodigy, now that I've had it for a while (I have my reasons). But that's beside the point. I was considering using the Prodigy for a home server and building another gaming mITX in the S3. But now I'm considering doing an SLI build if I'm going to pay this much for a case (taking into account all the options I'd want to add on). So I'm thinking of waiting for the S5 or doing something bigger like an M8 if and when I can justify the expense.

Do you mind listing the reasons as to why you don't like the Prodigy anymore?
I am torn between this case and the prodigy.
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Also the possibility of Ivy/Haswell-E going to 8-core cpus is the main reason why I want the mATX version.
I starting to render/compose video and mix audio, so cpu and compute power are very important needs in my next build.

Getting an S3 will require me to have two separate PC cases. I could by an M8 and mount an ITX board in the opposite compartment and still only have one case.

Funny you mention that... I've been knocking around the idea buying a pedestal for my M8 and putting it on reversed (2x 140mm fans in front as intakes) and fabricating an IO backplate that lines up with the bottom flexbay. The bottom PSU slot would leave plenty of room for passing through all the power down to that MB. smile.gif Either that or mount it normally and just fabricate a replacement piece for the back that deletes the two fan holes and replaces them with backplate and 3 slots.

HMMM... hey Jim... now that you've designed the S3 - something like that should be 5 mins of CAD and an upcharge, right?!? devil.gif
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Do you mind listing the reasons as to why you don't like the Prodigy anymore?
I am torn between this case and the prodigy.

At a guess, expandability? If you put much watercooling gear in a Prodigy... you're pretty much left with just that. I don't see how you could add 4 hard drives and still have an optical bay or other bay device with the Prodigy. It's a really cute little case, and people have done some amazing builds around them, but for the most part they can only consist of 1-2 SSD, MB, GPU, and cooling.. anything else is too cramped.
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Funny you mention that... I've been knocking around the idea buying a pedestal for my M8 and putting it on reversed (2x 140mm fans in front as intakes) and fabricating an IO backplate that lines up with the bottom flexbay. The bottom PSU slot would leave plenty of room for passing through all the power down to that MB. smile.gif Either that or mount it normally and just fabricate a replacement piece for the back that deletes the two fan holes and replaces them with backplate and 3 slots.

I still have my Cosmos Pure 1000, and I'm not having a good local response for it. I may keep it as a render/audio box since it can fit dual CPU motherboards.
If I do, the S3 becomes a option. I could buy a 690 or 7990 and game like a boss.
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If I do, the S3 becomes a option. I could buy a 690 or 7990 and game like a boss.

Game? And here I was thinking we pour over tiny details to make awesome computers just because they look cool. smile.gif But seriously, I've probably spent more time researching and tinkering with my comp over the years than gaming haha although my steam list is huge...
 
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Game? And here I was thinking we pour over tiny details to make awesome computers just because they look cool. smile.gif But seriously, I've probably spent more time researching and tinkering with my comp over the years than gaming haha although my steam list is huge...

Yeah, I'm hoping to be able to play something one of these years... haven't seriously played anything in about 3 years now. frown.gif Sucks getting old and having responsibilities... rolleyes.gif
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Do you mind listing the reasons as to why you don't like the Prodigy anymore?
I am torn between this case and the prodigy.

I also switched from a prodigy to this and the real reason I did it was because the prodigy slides like crazy on any smooth surface and to be honest I didn't like the look of it IRL. Then when it came to putting it together the inside is just so horribly optimized that there is a ton of wasted space and it's cramp trying to jam everything in there. I like this case more because more thought was put into it, a full size psu, tucked away storage locations for an ssd and a 3.5" drive, the outside is much more appealing...

Edit: and it had a cheap plastic feeling that drove me crazy. The case just did not feel sturdy imo.
    
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