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Sup guys,
Figured I would finally start up a build log for my newest creation. It's been done for a while, I just didn't make an official build log for it, or mention that I should be added to the thread for my particular case. I also thought that I could use this thread to give you guys some background on myself, and my adventure with this newest build.
I built my first computer back about 6 years ago. I had quite a bit of fun doing it, and it was pretty damn good for the time and overall price (I spent about $1,300 on parts alone). I did however, slowly start to get bored of it, and wanted an improvement. I began shopping for something new...
At first I figured I would go with a typical ATX build, since that's what I had before, and it would offer the most options. However, I also wanted something completely different than before, and slightly smaller. I absolutely had to have a case with handles on it. Even though I don't move the case around too much, I still wanted to be able to do so easily.
After browsing the internet for some time, I finally came across the BitFenix Prodigy. I instantly fell in love with it. The overall small size of it, the style, and the fact that it had so much packed into one small form factor, instantly drew me in. I've been a fan of minimalist designs on things for a while now. Even in paintball I tend to play light and tight... meaning small guns, light set-ups, and fast pace. So, obviously the Prodigy helped me achieve this, with the small and light body.
I started adding things to my Newegg shopping cart (shameless plug... whatever lol), and after a month or two, I finally decided on a set up.

Case
- BitFenix Prodigy (Black)

CPU
- AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHZ (4.2GHZ Turbo)

MoBo
- MSI FM2-A75IA-E53

RAM
- Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000)

GPU
- MSI R6670-MD1GD5 Radeon HD6670

HD
- Western Digital 500GB IDE (reused from old build)
- Vantec IDE to SATA Converter

Cooling
- Corsair H100 up top with two Corsair fans on the bottom
- BitFenix Spectre Pro 230mm fan up front
- BitFenix Spectre Pro 120mm fan in back

PSU
- 550w (I forget the brand, but it was reused from my old build)

I started off by ordering the case and motherboard, to get things ready for the new build. I ended up having to get the motherboard through Amazon, but came to find out though that it was on back order, with an ETA of a month and a half. It is currently the only AMD mini-itx board that doesn't catch fire randomly (according to Newegg reviews), and fits the CPU that I wanted. After it came though, I ordered the rest of the parts, and got started on putting it all together!
Since I had been stalking the BitFenix Prodigy Owner's Club thread for quite some time before I officially got my case, I had seen some pretty nice set-ups and had all sorts of idea's for the case once I finally got it. I decided to modify the internal structure of it, but flipping the front panel, and making the PSU cage modular (just in case).
I started off using a fan controller, but quickly got rid of that, since all of my fans are connected to the water pump of the H100. I'll try to upload some pictures as soon as I take them. I only have ones from when I first got the case.
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Pictures! We demand pictures! poke.gif
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Finally got the case, and opened it all up.


Once I flipped the front panel, and moved the optical cage to the bottom.


This is what I ended up doing to the optical cage to get it a bit more stable. You could press on it, and it wouldn't flex, since it was touching the bottom of the case. I ended up taking it out though, and putting the lower hard drive cage back in.


Oh damn, I broke it lol.


Got the panel flipped, and the fan controller installed.




I'll take some newer pics soon. I have everything installed, and set up. I ended up switching from XP to Windows 7 recently, and had to reload some drivers, and do some work to get everything to mesh without crashing, but it's finally done.
Edited by Pestilaence - 3/26/13 at 10:27am
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10 seconds after my post for pics. Niceeeee! Talk about fast response!

Subbed btw. I like a good story.
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10 seconds after my post for pics. Niceeeee! Talk about fast response!

Subbed btw. I like a good story.

Lol, I'm surprised I got a reply to this so soon. I already have a bunch of pics, but none with everything installed. I'll take some of those tonight, once I get home from work. And yes, I'm doing this all at work lol.
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Lol, I'm surprised I got a reply to this so soon. I already have a bunch of pics, but none with everything installed. I'll take some of those tonight, once I get home from work. And yes, I'm doing this all at work lol.

I understand, that's where I'm at as well. biggrin.gif During slow times, I prowl the build logs to see what people are doing! I especially like the "damn I broke it" line! I've had that feeling before for sure. thumb.gif Looking like it's going to be an interesting thread.
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I understand, that's where I'm at as well. biggrin.gif During slow times, I prowl the build logs to see what people are doing! I especially like the "damn I broke it" line! I've had that feeling before for sure. thumb.gif Looking like it's going to be an interesting thread.

I actually didn't "break" it at all lol... I had drilled out the rivets in order to flip the front panel around. hahaha
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I actually didn't "break" it at all lol... I had drilled out the rivets in order to flip the front panel around. hahaha

Gotcha! thumb.gif Still a funny quote though.
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i5 2500k 670 FTW G Skill Sniper Corsair GT 128GB 
CoolingCoolingPowerCase
XSPC RS 240 XSPC EX 240 Silverstone Stider 500W  Bitfenix Prodigy 
Mouse
R.A.T 7  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k Asus Maximus V Gene EVGA 67-SC Kingston 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Corsair Force GT 120GB N/A Eheim 1046, XSPC Raystorm, 240mm Radiator Windows 7, VM- Mac OS, Ubuntu, Android, Windows... 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Asus 24"  OCZ ZX850W NZXT Vulcan R.A.T 7 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 920 Asus P6X58d Premium HIS ATI 5870 Corsair Dominator 6 gigs 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2xIntel 40g SSD,1xWD Black 500gb, 1xWD Green 2tb LITE-ON Corsair H-100 Windows 7 Ultimate 64b 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Asus 24" Corsair HX 750 Coolermaster HAF 922(Sniper Window) RAT 7 
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i5 2500k 670 FTW G Skill Sniper Corsair GT 128GB 
CoolingCoolingPowerCase
XSPC RS 240 XSPC EX 240 Silverstone Stider 500W  Bitfenix Prodigy 
Mouse
R.A.T 7  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k Asus Maximus V Gene EVGA 67-SC Kingston 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Corsair Force GT 120GB N/A Eheim 1046, XSPC Raystorm, 240mm Radiator Windows 7, VM- Mac OS, Ubuntu, Android, Windows... 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Asus 24"  OCZ ZX850W NZXT Vulcan R.A.T 7 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 920 Asus P6X58d Premium HIS ATI 5870 Corsair Dominator 6 gigs 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2xIntel 40g SSD,1xWD Black 500gb, 1xWD Green 2tb LITE-ON Corsair H-100 Windows 7 Ultimate 64b 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Asus 24" Corsair HX 750 Coolermaster HAF 922(Sniper Window) RAT 7 
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