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Best Low-Profile Heatsink for BitFenix Prodigy && Socket 1150

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July 14, 2013 7:10:53 AM

Hello everybody, my name is Patryk.

I'm quite new to Tom's Hardware. So I try to make sure I am posting in correct order and according to your rules.

Well so I got a question to all of you gaming pc fanatics.

My entire budget for this PC is around £1300

I already have a Monitor so that's not the worry.

For the case I have chosen to get is the BitFenix Prodigy, as the matter of fact is a beautiful Mini-ITX case.

For the Motherboard:

Asus Z87I PROFESSIONAL Intel Z87 (Socket 1150) DDR3 Mini-ITX

And CPU:

Intel Core i7-4770K 3.50GHz (Haswell) Socket LGA1150 Processor

I'm NOT planning to OC this CPU for now as it is 3.5Ghz Haswell

For the RAM:

Corsair Vengeance Red 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C10 1600Mhz Dual Channel Kit

I did some research and I found this to be a great PSU for the build that is Haswell Compatible Product:

Seasonic 660w '80 Plus Platinum' Modular Power Supply

For the Graphics of the build

EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Superclock ACX 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

So overall I already would have £1091

For SSD & HDD:

Adata XPG SX910 128GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache - OEM

So I'm left with overall £44 <- For a heatsink. But That can be inceased a little.

Now for my actual questions, as you currently know what I'm planning to put into this beast.

Since I'm not planning to Overclock this CPU, I'm looking for a quiet heatsink that will fit into this rig (Low-Profile Heatsink) that will cool this i7 Haswell 3.5 Nicely.

Does anyone know what I could put into it?

Thanks a lot in advance.

Best to you all.

Pat
July 14, 2013 7:26:46 AM

The Bitfenix Prodigy doesn't require a low profile cpu cooler - it supports coolers up to 175mm tall, so you can just get a hyper 212 evo.
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July 14, 2013 7:29:24 AM

OK, couple of suggestions:
  • If you're not overclocking (or even if you are), that MB is a little overkill/overpriced. Plus with Intel's screwup over H87 overclocking you don't really need a Z board.
  • Get low-profile RAM, especially in a SFF build.
  • Make sure the PSU is short enough to fit in the case (some SFF cases have a length limit, can't remember about the Prodigy). Also, platinum is usually a waste of money; anything 500W+ from the list in my sig is fine.
  • Ignore WD Black drives, especially if not a boot drive. They're overpriced for a small performance increase.


  • If you're not OCing, the stock cooler is usually tolerable. Try that first before deciding you need something more.
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