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First build, need some advice before buying

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July 7, 2013 3:22:19 PM

This is my first time building a computer and this is what I'm planning to buy this week:

CPU: Intel Core i5 4570 (185.90€)
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54570

CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO (26.63€)
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-rr212e20pkr1

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI (109.50€)
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4601#ov

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 (71.95€)
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f312800cl7d8gbxm

Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (118.27€)
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz7pd128bw

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (78.46€)
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st2000dm001

Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB (248.90€)
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn760oc2gd

Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case (68.24€)
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/bitfenix-case-bfcpro300kkxskrp

Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (112.50€)
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ssr550rm

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B5ST (17.08€)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) (83.95€)

Monitor: Asus VS229HR (137.00€)
http://www.asus.com/Monitors_Projectors/VS229HR/

Mouse: Logitech G400s Wired Optical Mouse (49.45€)

Keyboard: Cherry G80-3000LPC MX Black (54.95€)

(Total: €1362.78)

I want a gaming PC and I was looking for a case smaller than 45 x 30 x 37 cm (HxWxD) that would fit all the parts, that's why I chose the BitFenix Prodigy (40.4x25x35.9).
I won't be overclocking.

A few questions:

1. What do you think of this build?

2. Will everything fit in the case?

3. I think the Prodigy includes 2 120mm fans, but the GA-H87N-WIFI specifies only 1 system fan header. Is this correct? Do I need a fan splitter?

4. Does it need more cooling? (Room temperature >35ºC some summer days)

5. Is there anything else I should buy?

Thank you for your help!

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July 7, 2013 3:48:55 PM

I haven`t done much homework on this case. I found others who have that hyper 212 fan installed, so it looks like that will fit, but I`m worried about the GPU. According to the case homepage:

Q: What is the maximum clearance for VGA cards on Prodigy?
Length, PCI-Slot to front panel: 335mm
PCI-Slots to HDD-Cage (effective maximum VGA card length): 180mm

And your card is either 295mm or 275mm depending on which revision you have. So it looks like that HDD cage will have to come out. Have you done any research on this already?
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July 7, 2013 4:12:00 PM

jimthenagual said:
According to the case homepage:

Q: What is the maximum clearance for VGA cards on Prodigy?
Length, PCI-Slot to front panel: 335mm
PCI-Slots to HDD-Cage (effective maximum VGA card length): 180mm

And your card is either 295mm or 275mm depending on which revision you have. So it looks like that HDD cage will have to come out. Have you done any research on this already?


I've seen builds where they fit it and read that this can be solved removing the top HDD cage.
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