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I'd like to pull the trigger on buying this all tomorrow, I just wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions/input for this build before I do? I was hoping to keep it ~$1000. Less is always nice, but I'm always for using quality components. If you have any constructive comments or changes you'd suggest, I'd sincerely appreciate your input!

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CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($94.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($128.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($71.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix BFC-PRO-300-BBWKB-RP Mini ITX Tower Case ($99.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $935.91
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dump the prodigy and the power supply and get an SG08 instead, or the node 304.
also dump the gigabyte mobo and get an srock z87e-itx
Edited by ghostrider85 - 8/21/13 at 8:19pm
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dump the prodigy and the power supply and get an SG08 instead, or the node 304.
also dump the gigabyte mobo and get an srock z87e-itx

Why do you suggest dumping the Prodigy? You didn't mention any reasons why.

I do like Silverstone products in general, but the SG08 and Node 304 couldn't accommodate an H100i (or similiar) AIO Cooler, which I would like to have. Also, looking at this review here it seems that the SG08 has considerably higher GPU Temps than the Prodigy.

Also, why do you suggest getting the ASRock board instead of the Gigabyte? You didn't mention any reason why the additional $30 would be best spent.
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Why do you suggest dumping the Prodigy? You didn't mention any reasons why.

I do like Silverstone products in general, but the SG08 and Node 304 couldn't accommodate an H100i (or similiar) AIO Cooler, which I would like to have. Also, looking at this review here it seems that the SG08 has considerably higher GPU Temps than the Prodigy.

Also, why do you suggest getting the ASRock board instead of the Gigabyte? You didn't mention any reason why the additional $30 would be best spent.

because the prodigy is huge for mini-itx, you might as well go with micro-atx.
h80i fits in the sg08, and with a little bit of modding you can fit an h100i into it. h100i isn't much better than h80i anyway, maybe 5C at best.
considerably higher GPU temps? where did you get that? maybe a bit but not much.
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because the prodigy is huge for mini-itx, you might as well go with micro-atx.
h80i fits in the sg08, and with a little bit of modding you can fit an h100i into it. h100i isn't much better than h80i anyway, maybe 5C at best.
considerably higher GPU temps? where did you get that? maybe a bit but not much.

Sorry, forgot to put the link in. It's a 10 degree Celsius higher delta. Pretty significant.



Also, regarding the size of the case, while the over all volume of the Prodigy is quite a bit higher, it only takes up an additional 18 sq/in of desktop real estate. It's not like I'll be "missing out" on the space above it.

SG08 = 8.75 x 13.82 = ~ 121 Square Inches
Prodigy = 9.84 x 14.18 = ~139 Square Inches

the Prodigy also appears to be much more versatile and even cheaper when combined with the Corsair PSU. No need to mod anything to fix 240mm rads, etc. Also, this rig will ALWAYS be single GPU and never need to go CFX/SLI so anything larger than an ITX board is completely unnecessary. So, that was my logic there.

I would, however, really like to hear your thoughts on suggesting the ASRock over the Gigabyte board though.
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Sorry, forgot to put the link in. It's a 10 degree Celsius higher delta. Pretty significant.



Also, regarding the size of the case, while the over all volume of the Prodigy is quite a bit higher, it only takes up an additional 18 sq/in of desktop real estate. It's not like I'll be "missing out" on the space above it.

SG08 = 8.75 x 13.82 = ~ 121 Square Inches
Prodigy = 9.84 x 14.18 = ~139 Square Inches

the Prodigy also appears to be much more versatile and even cheaper when combined with the Corsair PSU. No need to mod anything to fix 240mm rads, etc. Also, this rig will ALWAYS be single GPU and never need to go CFX/SLI so anything larger than an ITX board is completely unnecessary. So, that was my logic there.

I would, however, really like to hear your thoughts on suggesting the ASRock over the Gigabyte board though.

the sg08 is best to be used with blower style gpu cooler, the gpu will be essentially outside, intaking and exhausting air directly from/to outside.
I just think that the asrock board is better,
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The low profile G skill Ares are less hassle to build with as the ripjaws fins tend to get in the way alot.
You could get a SG09 for cheaper and switch to M ATX or wait for the Prodigy M for similar pricetag,it's up on official site.
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