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December 14, 2013 10:13:08 AM

http://fr.pcpartpicker.com/p/2kaCh

Hi!
I've been working on this for a week, reading all I could, checking compatibilities... Still, I have a few doubts :
- I don't want to overclock, so I guess I don't need top notch cooler and alim. A silent system would be nice, with the cooler fitting in the box, of course. Are those 2 ok?
- Do I need a wifi pci card, or is it included in the motherboard.
- About the mobo, what's the difference between the HD3 and the D3H.

Thanks a lot for your answers,
P.

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a b K Overclocking
December 14, 2013 10:49:41 AM
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You can comfortably ditch the CPU cooler, as the Intel stock cooler will work absolutely fine if you aren't overclocking.

That motherboard does not have Wifi, you will need an addtional card, or to go for the Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI.

There are usually lots of little differences across motherboard ranges. The obvious difference between the HD3 and D3H is that the D3H has four DIMM slots and can take double the maximum memory (32Gb). There are also some changes to the slot layout (would would mean that theoretically you could crossfire on the D3H - though not in this instance), and a few other tweaks.

Also, not a fan of the Prodigy M. If you really want a Prodigy you are better off with the ITX version, and if you want a mATX system then I think there are better options. Things like having the PSU at the front restrict airflow in high end systems and increase noise levels for most people. In my opinion, it's a compromised layout.
December 14, 2013 12:04:34 PM

Rammy said:
You can comfortably ditch the CPU cooler, as the Intel stock cooler will work absolutely fine if you aren't overclocking.

That motherboard does not have Wifi, you will need an addtional card, or to go for the Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI.

There are usually lots of little differences across motherboard ranges. The obvious difference between the HD3 and D3H is that the D3H has four DIMM slots and can take double the maximum memory (32Gb). There are also some changes to the slot layout (would would mean that theoretically you could crossfire on the D3H - though not in this instance), and a few other tweaks.

Also, not a fan of the Prodigy M. If you really want a Prodigy you are better off with the ITX version, and if you want a mATX system then I think there are better options. Things like having the PSU at the front restrict airflow in high end systems and increase noise levels for most people. In my opinion, it's a compromised layout.


Thanks, you've been very helpful.
Which micro-atx case would you recommend then?
Cheers,
P
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a b K Overclocking
December 14, 2013 12:15:31 PM

Well if you like the Prodigy then and you don't need mATX for any particular reason, you could change to ITX.
I own two ITX Prodigys so I get the appeal :) 

If you want a compact and cheap case then the Fractal Design Core 1000 (USB3) is fantastic value. The Fractal Design Arc Mini would also be another very nice mATX case.

If you want a slightly more expensive conventional tower, then the Corsair 350D is a very popular mATX case.

I wouldn't advise it, but if you want to keep Prodigy-esque proportions but with a better internal layout than the Prodigy M. then the Aerocool Deep Silence is worth a look.

And finally, if you aren't desperately keen on sticking to mATX, it's worth considering that a compact mid-tower might only be a little bigger than something like the Arc Mini or 350D, and give you a bit more flexibility. Both have bigger brothers in the Arc Midi and 550D which aren't dissimilar in footprint and give you more options.


Hope that all helps anyway, there's a lot of options.
December 14, 2013 2:17:16 PM

Rammy said:
Well if you like the Prodigy then and you don't need mATX for any particular reason, you could change to ITX.
I own two ITX Prodigys so I get the appeal :) 

If you want a compact and cheap case then the Fractal Design Core 1000 (USB3) is fantastic value. The Fractal Design Arc Mini would also be another very nice mATX case.

If you want a slightly more expensive conventional tower, then the Corsair 350D is a very popular mATX case.

I wouldn't advise it, but if you want to keep Prodigy-esque proportions but with a better internal layout than the Prodigy M. then the Aerocool Deep Silence is worth a look.

And finally, if you aren't desperately keen on sticking to mATX, it's worth considering that a compact mid-tower might only be a little bigger than something like the Arc Mini or 350D, and give you a bit more flexibility. Both have bigger brothers in the Arc Midi and 550D which aren't dissimilar in footprint and give you more options.


Hope that all helps anyway, there's a lot of options.


Perfect, I'll go for an ITX, they have a great design.
Thanks a lot!
a b K Overclocking
December 14, 2013 2:20:07 PM

You might want to have a glance at this guide I'm working on for ITX builds.
Building an ITX system. Information and FAQ
ITX Builds There have been an ever increasing number of questions regarding ITX builds, and given my interest in the topic I have been answering quite a lot of them. My aim with this guide is to type less, and hopefully cover more ground. I aim for... See full content
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