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Project Sulfuras

I remember the first time I ever saw Ragnaros. It was around 2007 when a friend of mine introduced me to WoW via YouTube. The massive scale and player immersion sucked me in immediately.

As a kid, I played Diablo and Diablo II for hours on end. I dabbled in Warcraft II, but RTS was never really my thing. In high school, I stopped playing games altogether and that lasted throughout my college years.

After seeing that video and finding out some of the other people I worked with were playing WoW, I knew I had to jump in. I had gotten a brand new Dell laptop the year before for as a graduation present and I was sure I was going to be able to play it without issue based on my experience with previous Blizzard games. I couldn't have been more wrong. Thus, I began my adventure into computer building and I've built a computer every year and a half or so since then.

Although I no longer play WoW, the last progression raid I completed before my guild split up/quit was Firelands in Cataclysm. Because Ragnaros and his hammer brought me into and out of a game I played for the better part of 5 years, it seemed fitting to theme a build in homage to one of the coolest raid bosses and weapons I have ever encountered.

Methodology:

After playing on a system I built in a Corsair 600T with a 1035T and Crossfired 4890s, I'm ready for something smaller, quieter, cooler, and more efficient. Since AMD hasn't produced an impressive CPU since the AM3 Phenoms and because they killed driver support for my 4890's, I've decided to shake up my loyalty a bit.

I have three main goals for this build:
  • No more than 25db under normal load
  • Able to sit on my desk
  • Capable of playing MMOs at 1080p

Parts Summary:
  • Case: Bitfenix Prodigy (Red)
  • CPU: Intel i5-3330
  • Motherboard: ASRock B75M-ITX
  • RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 (Black)
  • GPU: ASUS GTX 660 2GB OC with Direct CU II
  • Fans: Thermalright TY-143
  • PSU: Corsair CX430M
  • CPU Cooler: Corsair H50
  • Primary HDD: Seagate Momentus XT 500GB (2.5")
  • Secondary HDD: Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB (2.5")
  • Keyboard: Logitech G105 (MW3 Edition)
  • Mouse: Logitech G9X (MW3 Edition)
  • DVD-R/W: Samsung 24X

I will be adding additional parts and modifications as I build such as sleeving, sound dampening, etc. I will post information about each as I go.

Thanks for checking it out -- pictures are coming soon!


Edited by justinmt - 6/16/13 at 4:22pm
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Group shot:


Edited by justinmt - 6/16/13 at 6:10am
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I'm a sucker for prodigy builds, subbed thumb.gif
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Aright, I got her together and running. I don't have a test bench and I'm not a fan of setting them up on cardboard. Be forewarned: it's ugly as it stands now. I'm waiting on some parts to button her up. All of the pictures were taken with my iPhone 5. If the quality is lacking, I apologize.

Either way, without further ado...

CASE

I'll spare you the overload on Prodigy case pics. We've all seen enough. However, for anyone looking at the red version, I hope these suffice.

Untouched:



Stripped:



With DVD-R/W Installed:



It really is a nice shade of red. In some pictures I've seen it looked a little on the pink side. My assumption now is that the flat paint was washed out. It is a true red color.
Edited by justinmt - 6/16/13 at 4:25pm
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FANS

I'm only using 2 case fans for this build. They are Thermalright TY-143's. They move a massive amount of air at full load, however they're both PWM controlled and running at 600 RPM until the CPU hits 48*. They're 140mm fans with 120mm mounts. The front fan is hooked up to a 120/140mm to 200mm Bitspower adapter.

Box:



Specs:



Raw:



Adapter:



Rear Fan:



Front Fan:



Both fans are mounted to exhaust air.
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HARD DRIVES

I'm using two HDDs that I got great deals on. Originally I wanted to add an SSD, but I suppose the Momentus XT is a happy medium. I got it for $50 and the Samsung Spinpoint for $30 as an external Seagate Expandsion drive. $80 ain't bad!

Momentus XT Raw:



Seagate Expansion Box:



Box Contents:



Opening/Destroying External Enclosure:



Samsung Spinpoint Raw:



Mounted:

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MOBO/CPU/RAM

Since I'm using the i5-3330 and am not interested in Raid, I chose the B75 chipset. It supports all that I need. I don't think the RAM's height will be an issue going forward, but for those of you looking at the Vengeance line, it's TALL.

Set Up:



CPU:



Installed (w/ H50 Ring):



Placed:

post #8 of 20
Looks really good

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That yellow orange and red paracord....That is what i spy...

Sweet
Though
Subbed to this puppy...
More pictures for me to be jealous at while im working
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CPU COOLER

The CPU I got (if you haven't figured it out by now) is an OEM. I would have swapped out the stock cooler for something else anyway, though. My initial thought was to use a tower cooler in passive -- I have an NZXT T40 in the box that you'll see in a week or so in another build. But, the height of the RAM and the limited space of the motherboard around the PCI-E slot changed my mind. I was looking for an AIO water cooling unit and came across the older Corsair H50 for $25 new. Since I'm using the same cooler in my current build and am happy with its performance, I figured it was a steal.

Box:



Contents:



Backplate (1156):



Mounted:



Logo:



I decided to mount it to the front fan and adapter for aesthetics, mostly. A radiator mounted above or behind the mobo makes the Prodigy look extremely crowded. Since I won't be using the HDD trays and there seems to be minimal stress on the lines, I figured it would be fine. It is set up in pull.

I prefer the way it looks and the fact that it's filling up some of that empty space. It seems to balance it out a little better. I would assume the air flow is greater there as well. What do you all think?
Edited by justinmt - 6/16/13 at 4:52pm
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