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October 27, 2013 2:29:07 PM

Hey guys,

Have around $2,000 Dollars to spend on a build, would like to stay around that budget.
I'm a gamer and well be playing BF4 on it, watch T.V and search things on the web that is about it. I do have the Case,PSU,Hard drive,Cpu Cooler. Plz try to use what i have in the build. Would like the computer to be air cooled. Thank you for your help I really need it...

Case: BitFenix Prodigy Midnight Black Steel / Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
Power Supply: Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-750 750W
HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
Cpu Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO





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October 27, 2013 2:52:47 PM

Without knowing what your budget has to include exactly, it's a bit hard to know what to suggest (ie, does it need to include OS/Monitor/peripherals) and does the $2000 include the items you already have?

Regardless of these things, $2000 is a huge budget. You can chose more or less any graphics card you like, and the rest has a huge amount of flexibility as well.
I'm not suggesting this is the best system in the world, it isn't, but as an example of how far your money can go (and I wanted to sneak a GTX Titan into it for no apparent reason) it might give you some food for thought.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX Titan 6GB Video Card ($995.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($65.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-208DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($57.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($96.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $2021.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-27 17:44 EDT-0400)

I went for Z77 platform, but you can just as easily swap it for a Z87 and a 4670K. Equally you can change it out for an i7 of either platform if that interests you. You can increase the speed of the ram, or change to 8Gb, neither has a massive bearing on performance.
I stuck in a Bluray writer, again it's not at all essential.
One thing I didn't include in this build but I did include in my own (I have a Prodigy too) is a replacement fan for the front intake. It'll take a 230mm Spectre fan but I went for a 200mm as it gives a bit more clearance.
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October 27, 2013 3:17:43 PM

Sorry new to this, I do have monitor/Keyboard and mouse. The $2000 Dollars could be with or with out the parts I have. Just trying to get most for my money and keep the computer cool running at the same time. I was going to buy the 230mm fan for the Front and 140mm fan for the back for better air flow. I would think it might run hot if you but a Titan card in there. If I can save money here or there that would be nice...lol It does say around $2000 Dollars..
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October 27, 2013 3:29:24 PM

Well that build is total overkill for a single monitor setup unless you are running some enormous resolution. I really just wanted an excuse to sneak a $1000 graphics card into a build, and succeeded, so my work here is done.
The one particularly good thing about the Titan cooler is that it exhausts quite well rather than firing hot air inside your case.

One thing to remember with fans is that if you have an optical drive (Dvd/bluray) then you can't fit a standard fan controller. As I barely use a dvd drive these days, I have an external one and have a fan controller in the odd bay.
Also, the Spectre Pro 200 and Spectre Pro 230 are actually very similar sized fans, but the shroud is designed to fit a larger sized aperture.

$2000 is a lot of money though. If you are using a single 1080P monitor, you can spend half that and you won't notice a lot of difference.
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October 27, 2013 3:42:09 PM

Ok thank you for your help and i'll keep on looking for builds that well work for me that are not over kill:) 
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October 27, 2013 4:26:02 PM

Ok how about this build.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z87N-WIFI LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI
SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

Memory:Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Storage: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD128BW 2.5" 128GB SATA III

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)

Video Card: GTX 780

Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case

Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply

Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-208DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit)
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October 28, 2013 4:46:16 AM

I'd say you should either go for the 4670K or a 4440/4570(or whichever is cheapest). Despite the differences in clock speeds, pretty much all i5s from the last 3 generations (2***, 3****, 4***) are all pretty much even out of the box. If you aren't going to overclock, then pick whichever is the best deal, and if you want to get the best you can, get the 4670K.
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October 28, 2013 5:22:17 AM

This cpu is 4th gen right?

Intel Core i5-4670 Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics
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October 28, 2013 5:25:01 AM

Yeah, but with the exception of the 4670K, they are very similar, just gaining 0.1Ghz increments. Given how close in price the 4670 is to the 4670K, then you are better off with the K series as it gives you the option down the line. If you never want to hear the word "overclocking" just pick whatever is best value.
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October 28, 2013 7:49:10 AM

Did not know that thank you, I well get the one with the K then thank you.
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October 28, 2013 10:47:23 AM

The BitFenix Prodigy is large enough to fit a mATX, but they only restricted to a ITX. There is a new case BitFenix Prodigy M, it's exactly the same as the Prodigy, but this will let you install ITX or MATX boards.

For $2000, these are what I came up with

Option #1
Processor: Intel Core i7 4930K @3.4GHz 6 Cores/12 Threads $579.99 @Newegg.com
Processor Cooling: Corsair Hydro H80i $96.99 @Newegg.com
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Gene $269.99 @Newegg.com
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1866MHz $154.99 @Newegg.com
Graphic Card: Sapphire Radeon R9-280X $299.99 @Newegg.com
Solid State: Samsung Evo 120GB $111.99 @Newegg.com
Hard Drive: Western Digital Blue 1TB $69.99 @Newegg.com
Optical Drive: Lite-ON DVD Writer $17.99 @Newegg.com
Power Supply: Corsair TX750M $99.99 @Newegg.com
Case: BitFenix Prodigy M (White) $99.99 @Newegg.com
$1,801.19
$2,051.19 w/HIS Radeon R9-290X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Option #2
Processor: Intel Core i7 4820K @3.7GHz 4 Cores/8 Threads $324.99 @Newegg.com
Processor Cooling: Corsair Hydro H80i $96.99 @Newegg.com
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Gene $269.99 @Newegg.com
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1866MHz $154.99 @Newegg.com
Graphic Card: HIS Radeon R9-290X $549.99 @Newegg.com
Solid State: Samsung Evo 120GB $111.99 @Newegg.com
Hard Drive: Western Digital Blue 1TB $69.99 @Newegg.com
Optical Drive: Lite-ON DVD Writer $17.99 @Newegg.com
Power Supply: Corsair TX750M $99.99 @Newegg.com
Case: BitFenix Prodigy M (White) $99.99 @Newegg.com
$1,798.90

Option #3
Processor: Intel Core i5 4670K @3.4GHz 4 Cores/4 Threads $239.99 @Newegg.com
Processor Cooling: Corsair Hydro H80i $96.99 @Newegg.com
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Gene $209.99 @Newegg.com
Memory: G.Skill Ares 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1866MHz $130.99 @Newegg.com
Graphic Card: HIS Radeon R9-290X $549.99 @Newegg.com
Solid State: Samsung Evo 120GB $111.99 @Newegg.com
Hard Drive: Western Digital Blue 1TB $69.99 @Newegg.com
Optical Drive: Lite-ON DVD Writer $17.99 @Newegg.com
Power Supply: Corsair TX750M $99.99 @Newegg.com
Case: BitFenix Prodigy M (White) $99.99 @Newegg.com
$1,627.90

Option #4
Processor: Intel Core i7 4770K @3.5GHz 4 Cores/8 Threads $239.99 @Newegg.com
Processor Cooling: Corsair Hydro H80i $96.99 @Newegg.com
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Gene $209.99 @Newegg.com
Memory: G.Skill Ares 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1866MHz $130.99 @Newegg.com
Graphic Card: HIS Radeon R9-290X $549.99 @Newegg.com
Solid State: Samsung Evo 120GB $111.99 @Newegg.com
Hard Drive: Western Digital Blue 1TB $69.99 @Newegg.com
Optical Drive: Lite-ON DVD Writer $17.99 @Newegg.com
Power Supply: Corsair TX750M $99.99 @Newegg.com
Case: BitFenix Prodigy M (White) $99.99 @Newegg.com
$1,727.90

Option #5
Processor: Intel Core i5 4670K @3.4GHz 4 Cores/4 Threads $239.99 @Newegg.com
Processor Cooling: Corsair Hydro H80i $96.99 @Newegg.com
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Impact $224.99 @Newegg.com
Memory: G.Skill Ares 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1866MHz $130.99 @Newegg.com
Graphic Card: HIS Radeon R9-290X $549.99 @Newegg.com
Solid State: Samsung Evo 120GB $111.99 @Newegg.com
Hard Drive: Western Digital Blue 1TB $69.99 @Newegg.com
Optical Drive: Lite-ON DVD Writer $17.99 @Newegg.com
Power Supply: Corsair TX750M $99.99 @Newegg.com
Case: BitFenix Prodigy M (White) $99.99 @Newegg.com
$1,642.90

Option #6
Processor: Intel Core i7 4770K @3.5GHz 4 Cores/8 Threads $239.99 @Newegg.com
Processor Cooling: Corsair Hydro H80i $96.99 @Newegg.com
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Impact $224.99 @Newegg.com
Memory: G.Skill Ares 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1866MHz $130.99 @Newegg.com
Graphic Card: HIS Radeon R9-290X $549.99 @Newegg.com
Solid State: Samsung Evo 120GB $111.99 @Newegg.com
Hard Drive: Western Digital Blue 1TB $69.99 @Newegg.com
Optical Drive: Lite-ON DVD Writer $17.99 @Newegg.com
Power Supply: Corsair TX750M $99.99 @Newegg.com
Case: BitFenix Prodigy M (White) $99.99 @Newegg.com
$1,742.90

Option #7
Processor: Intel Core i5 4670K @3.4GHz 4 Cores/4 Threads $239.99 @Newegg.com
Processor Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo $34.99 @Newegg.com
Motherboard: Asus Z87I Deluxe $189.99 @Newegg.com
Memory: G.Skill Ares 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1866MHz $130.99 @Newegg.com
Graphic Card: HIS Radeon R9-290X $549.99 @Newegg.com
Solid State: Samsung Evo 120GB $111.99 @Newegg.com
Hard Drive: Western Digital Blue 1TB $69.99 @Newegg.com
Optical Drive: Lite-ON DVD Writer $17.99 @Newegg.com
Power Supply: Corsair TX750M $99.99 @Newegg.com
Case: BitFenix Prodigy M (White) $99.99 @Newegg.com
$1,545.90

Option #8
Processor: Intel Core i7 4770K @3.5GHz 4 Cores/8 Threads $239.99 @Newegg.com
Processor Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo $34.99 @Newegg.com
Motherboard: Asus Z87I Deluxe $189.99 @Newegg.com
Memory: G.Skill Ares 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1866MHz $130.99 @Newegg.com
Graphic Card: HIS Radeon R9-290X $549.99 @Newegg.com
Solid State: Samsung Evo 120GB $111.99 @Newegg.com
Hard Drive: Western Digital Blue 1TB $69.99 @Newegg.com
Optical Drive: Lite-ON DVD Writer $17.99 @Newegg.com
Power Supply: Corsair TX750M $99.99 @Newegg.com
Case: BitFenix Prodigy M (White) $99.99 @Newegg.com
1,645.90

Here are 8 configurations, most of the components are consistent, but there are some minor changes so look at each one carefully before taking the plunge.
E.g. Option #3 and Option #5, both have a Core i5, but Option #3 uses a MicroATX board while Option #5 uses a Mini ITX board.
The first 2 configuration are Socket 2011, it runs on Intel X79 chipset. It capable of supporting 6 cores and above processors. Maybe maximum for X79 is 8 cores. The highest is 12 Cores, but we may need a server chipset for that to work.
The case is a BitFenix Prodigy M not BitFenix Prodigy.
It also comes in Black.
You may change the parts here and there to what you like to have.
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October 28, 2013 11:07:18 AM

Wow Thank you very much for the builds..I like #7 and #8 better but would like to know For the same price would the i7 be better? Is Asus Z87I beter then the
GIGABYTE GA-Z87N I do have the case and have to stick with the Mini ITX Intel Motherboard Or is there a better one out there? Do not care how much just want a Motherboard that handle all this stuff:) 
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October 28, 2013 11:31:20 AM

One thing to note about the Prodigy M is that it changes the orientation and layout dramatically. While this might be great (I always thought a mATX Prodigy would be fantastic) it has severe limitations which I personally consider a deal breaker.

The PSU moves to the front of the case, restricting airflow through the case. If you install an optical drive, it blocks part of the motherboard, meaning you can't use the lower PCIe slots (a lot of the reason you would want mATX over ITX. It also loses both of its drive bay cages, gaining additional mounting points on the sides and base, but I think it's a bit awkward when its wired in. It also has a significantly reduced CPU cooler height. It's still a nice case, but I was a bit disappointed with the execution.
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October 28, 2013 12:38:58 PM

Dosborn121 said:
Wow Thank you very much for the builds..I like #7 and #8 better but would like to know For the same price would the i7 be better? Is Asus Z87I beter then the
GIGABYTE GA-Z87N I do have the case and have to stick with the Mini ITX Intel Motherboard Or is there a better one out there? Do not care how much just want a Motherboard that handle all this stuff:) 


Difference between the Asus Z87I Deluxe and Gigabyte GA-Z87N is
1. Asus supports up to 802.11 AC, Gigabyte tops out at 802.11N. If your using wired connection, then this does not matter. Gigabyte has 2x wired Lan, Asus has 1x wired Lan
2. Asus has 6x USB 3.0, Gigabyte has 4x USB 3.0
3. 6x SATA 6Gb/s Ports on Asus vs 4x SATA 6Gb/s Ports on Gigabyte
4. Asus Z87I Deluxe is better designed for overclocking. It has a daughter board that houses the VRMs, which was only available on large boards.
5. Asus also have 4x 4-pin fan connectors. This lets you install more fan than other ITX boards, where it comes with just 2x 4-pin fan connectors.

Core i7 have HT so it's 4 cores / 8 threads, this benefits if your working with editing pictures and videos. For games not so much, the i5 saves about $100 off the build.
If you want to best ITX board than go with the Asus Maximus VI Impact

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