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July 15, 2013 6:14:43 PM

Hi.

I'm building my first PC, which is going to be primarily for gaming. The case I'm using is the Bitfenix Prodigy. So far my specs are:
-PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750watt mk III
-EVGA GTX 770 Superclocked
-Corsair Vengeance 8gb DDR3
-ASUS P8Z77-i deluxe
motherboard
-i7-3770k Processor

I also have a 600gb 3.5" HDD that I'll be recycling from my old Dell, and I'll be getting a 65gb SSD to compliment that. I guess my main question is cooling. I'm a little worried that I'll have an overclocked hard in such a small case, and was wondering if I should get more fans, and which kind I should get. Any suggestions?

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July 15, 2013 6:23:25 PM

Woops, didn't mean pro ASUS.
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a c 271 4 Gaming
July 15, 2013 6:39:02 PM

Drop the i7-3770k to the i5-4670k: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80646i54670k

Change the motherboard to the Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz87...

There's no point in getting a 750w psu since you can't SLI on mini-itx boards. A quality 550w can handle your system fine with headroom to overclock. Also as seller417 pointed out, you need a non-modular psu for the prodigy. This is a good one: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb...

Instead of getting more fans, you should get an aftermarket cpu cooler to overclock. If you are willing to sacrifice your optical drive, then you can install a 240mm radiator in there: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-cpu-cooler-h100i (Great for overclocking though it may be a bit pricey).
If you can't spend that much, then this is also a viable option: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/antec-cpu-cooler-kuhlerh2o... (You won't get as good of a cooling compared to the H100i, but its cheaper and it allows for an optical drive).

I would recommend a 120/128gb SSD over a 64gb SSD only because you can double your SSD storage for an extra ~$30-40. However, if cost is an issue, a 64gb is still a good option for the OS and a small handful of games.
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July 15, 2013 6:59:25 PM

Thanks for the replies. I will drop my PSU to 550w and get the one you suggested, but I was wondering is there a way to get the h100i or something equivalent with an optical drive or is there any way to use disks without one? I kind of like having disks. Also, why do you suggest the GA-z87N-WIFI over the ASUS? I do want this PC to last a long time and I plan on upgrading it a bit once that Maxwells come out. Wouldn't the ASUS be better?

Also, I already have the i7. Got a really good deal on it.
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a c 271 4 Gaming
July 15, 2013 7:04:30 PM

You can use an external optical drive. They have those around, and you just connect it to your computer via USB and it will act like an optical drive.

The i5-4670k uses the new socket LGA 1150. The i7-3770k uses the old socket LGA 1155. That being said, you can't put the i6-4670k into the Asus P8Z77-i motherboard because it won't fit. The Gigabyte uses the newer socket LGA 1150 and it is able to overclock and includes wifi, so you should be fine.
Also, what is Maxwell?
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July 15, 2013 7:07:42 PM

The new GTX cards coming out next year. Crap, I already have my i7... I can sell it I suppose.
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a c 271 4 Gaming
July 15, 2013 7:10:18 PM

Wait...you already have the i7?
Are the components you listed above the parts that you already have?
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July 15, 2013 7:11:35 PM

I only have the i7 and the case. Sorry, sould have clarified.
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a c 271 4 Gaming
July 15, 2013 7:14:17 PM

Oh okay. Can you get a refund on the i7? If its too late then I guess it's alright. It's just that the i7 is a waste of money in games because games don't utilize the hyper-threading that the i7 provides.
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July 15, 2013 7:17:38 PM

I may, not sure yet. I got a good deal for it and I kind of want to get my system built as soon as possible. I've posted it on ebay, but if it doesn't sell within the week I'm just going to keep it. Unless I can get better performance and cooling with the i5 build, then I'd probably be willing to wait.
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a c 271 4 Gaming
July 15, 2013 7:29:19 PM

How good of a deal? If it's near the price of an i5, then its better to just keep it.
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July 15, 2013 7:31:27 PM

I got 50 bucks off it. The price difference isn't too much of an issue to me.
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July 15, 2013 7:35:26 PM

Uh on second thought I think I'll sell this and go with the i5...
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a c 271 4 Gaming
July 15, 2013 7:40:11 PM

It's alright then. You can keep it to save you the trouble. Your build looks fine then.
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July 15, 2013 7:43:10 PM

Yeah can't sell it for much more then I bought it anyway... So just all the stuff you suggested?
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a c 271 4 Gaming
July 15, 2013 7:50:50 PM

Get my psu, but keep your motherboard. If you want, you can get the Corsair H100i with an external optical drive.
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July 15, 2013 7:54:32 PM

Ok cool, thanks a ton.
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