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Looking for expert advice on a new mini-atx build!

Processor: Intel Core i5-3350P $179.99
Mobo: ASUS P8H77-I $99.99
RAM: Corsair Venegeance 8GB DDR3 1600 $61.17
Graphics: Sapphire Dual-X Radeon HD 7950 3GB $299.99
Case: BitFenix Prodigy Midnight Black $79.99
Boot Drive: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB SSD $129.99
PSU: Corsair TX650 V2 $79.99
Disc Drive: Asus Internal Blu-Ray Drive $56.03
Wireless Adaptor: Intel Ultimate N 6300 $36.59

Does anyone know or have firsthand experience with fitting a card like the Dual-X in the BitFenix? Any advice on areas to cut the price without sacrificing too much performance? I am looking to use the system for games and website creation with no plans to ever overclock.

Thanks!
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  1. What website are you buying from? What's your budget?
  2. The prices quoted above are from Amazon which are similar if not identical to Newegg. The budget is $1k with some minor flexibility.

    Thanks,

    Michael
  3. Looks good to me, but from having built a couple rigs in that case, which I love, here are some tips:

    1) You only need a 550w power supply.

    2) Bigger is NOT better for the power supply, because whatever you get you want to make sure it's modular / semi modular, and that it's 120-140mm long. The 160mm power supplies like that one will NOT give you enough room to route cables.
  4. Great points, DarkSable. I know the case can accommodate up to 160mm but that likely won't leave much room for cabling. Would a 550w provide enough power for a potential i5-3570 or 7970 upgrade in the future?
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    mhung said:
    Great points, DarkSable. I know the case can accommodate up to 160mm but that likely won't leave much room for cabling. Would a 550w provide enough power for a potential i5-3570 or 7970 upgrade in the future?


    Yeah, my first experience with the prodigy was moving from a mid-atx case to mini-itx, and my CX750 didn't even come CLOSE to fitting with cabling attached. It sat basically flush with the power supply cage. :P

    I've got an overclocked i5-3570k and a heavily overclocked GTX 670 running on a 550w seasonic power supply with more than enough room to spare. You really don't need that much - the reason graphics cards recommend it is because they're accounting for the bad brands that can't even output anywhere close to what they claim.

    EDIT: One other thing to look at is buying HIS for the graphics card - they have the best blower coolers out there, to my knowledge, and that's what you want. In the prodigy, because of how airflow is designed, a blower / reference cooler is actually going to keep everything a bit cooler than an aftermarket cooler that dumps everything back into the case and creates pockets of hot air.

    PPS: Does that motherboard have room for a wireless card? Might be a safer option to buy a motherboard with built-in wifi if you really need it. Just remember that gaming on wifi is going to be hell - it's slow and it's unreliable.
  6. Any good power unit recommendations then? This SeaSonic G Series that I was looking at is 550 and modular but doesn't save on any length.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151119

    Looks like there isn't any space for the wireless PCI connection so I will have to scrap that altogether. All around great recommendations.
  7. Will probably go with the below as it is only 140mm and modular.

    PSU XFX Core Edition Pro550W $54.59
  8. The XFX 550w is not modular~ Just saying. Nevertheless, it's a very good psu for its price. A good quality modular psu will cost like $80+ depending on the watts.
  9. Stand corrected. Will still probably go with it as it is the length that I need and 80+ efficiency. Thanks for pointing that out.
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