BitFenix Prodigy First Time Build; Second Time Layout(opinion)

So knowing enough to get me buy, I wanted to build my first desktop with the intentions of it being a gaming computer; curious to see how you all think of the components I've chosen and whether or not they work or if there is a better option out there.

Here's the build:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 69W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Motherboard: ASRock H77M-ITX LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

Storage: Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Video Card: ZOTAC ZT-60901-10M GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Case: BitFenix Prodigy Midnight Black / Black Steel / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case

Power Supply: SeaSonic G Series SSR-550RM 550W

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG DVD Burner SATA Model SH-224BB - OEM

Operating System: Windows 7 (64-bit)

So whats the verdict? Anything worth changing? Am I missing anything?
Should also mention that my budget was $850 and this cost around $830.
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($60.97 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($60.59 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Sandisk 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($234.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $802.48
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-28 19:53 EDT-0400)

    I forget how much the Prodigy is. I can't seem to get to the link you gave and I can't find it on part picker.
  2. You might want to add an SSD for a boot drive. Your spec build is nearly what mine is except I bought a 7870 and a 3570k. Also, ASRock has a great RAMDISK utility. I put 16gb of ram in and have 6 dedicated to page filing/temp files/internet caching. Give some serious thought about this especially if you don't get the SSD.
  3. bak0n said:
    You might want to add an SSD for a boot drive. Your spec build is nearly what mine is except I bought a 7870 and a 3570k. Also, ASRock has a great RAMDISK utility. I put 16gb of ram in and have 6 dedicated to page filing/temp files/internet caching. Give some serious thought about this especially if you don't get the SSD.


    Was planning on adding a SSD later on, but all in all would you say that this is a sufficient build for todays gaming criteria?
  4. You should really just take your build and put a 7870XT in there... Everything else in your build is perfectly fine and will last you a very long period of time, this is more than sufficient for the time being and years to come.
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