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Bitfenix Prodigy first time builder! Need someone to look over build

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December 28, 2013 2:10:26 PM

Hey there! Like it says in the title this is going to be my first time fully assembling a computer. The focus of this rig is mainly for gaming and some graphic design work (mainly CAD).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.00)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($279.00)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($54.99)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($89.99)
Total: $857.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-28 17:10 EST-0500)

The parts are all being bought from my local Canada Computers.
After watching the Bitfenix Prodigy Build Guide I'm unsure if my parts will be compatible with the case. I'd appreciate if someone could help me verify! I'll later be adding the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO once it comes back in stock.
Will also be adding a 200m bitfenix spectre fan for the front of the case.
December 28, 2013 2:14:28 PM

well it would be ok and it will fit, but check if you can find a modular power supply, it will just be easier to fit the wires in. Also are you planning to overclock, if so get the k series i5
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December 28, 2013 2:17:21 PM

Are you sure that a modular power supply would make it fit better? I remember reading that the plastic connectors can get in the way. I'm not planning on overclocking. Thanks for answering so quick
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December 28, 2013 2:34:28 PM

youll have less wires hanging in the case which makes everything easier to fit
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December 28, 2013 11:33:45 PM

ultrawakawaka said:
well it would be ok and it will fit, but check if you can find a modular power supply, it will just be easier to fit the wires in. Also are you planning to overclock, if so get the k series i5


Modular power supplies don't always mean that it will be "easier to fit the wires in". It will mean less wires which will be overall better for an mITX rig.
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December 29, 2013 1:50:07 AM

Overall build is decent.

I'd probably go for a different processor, as the 4670 is arguably the worst value for money in the i5 range. You'll never notice the difference between it and say a 4570, and the 4430/4440 offer even better value. Worth a think.

For a non OC Intel procesor in a case with famously good airflow, you really don't need a cooler, and the H87N has a slightly awkward CPU socket placement which can limit compatibility too. I'd see how the stock cooler gets on.

If you plan on expanding the memory then 1 DIMM makes sense. For most people, 8Gb is loads though, especially for gaming and basic CAD. High end CAD can be a memory hog, but we are talking pretty advanced industry level stuff. If 8gb is all you need (probably is) then 2*4Gb is a better solution.

As for PSUs, it's pretty academic in the Prodigy. There's huge amounts of space to tuck cables down the sides and in the PSU 'box', and with a small number of drives, there really aren't going to be a lot of cables anyway. I'd personally go for something like an XFX Core 550 (not a modular PSU) as it's going to give you better value.
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December 29, 2013 10:10:59 AM

Surprisingly enough the 4670 is the cheapest i5 I can find near me, the next cheapest ones being lower versions ~$5 cheaper. I'm thinking of dropping the 4670 for a i3-4330 at $114.99.
Regarding the PSU I wanted to invest in something that I'd be able to use in future builds as well and I felt the TX650W would be alright at that price. I will try looking for a cheaper PSU for now though.
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December 29, 2013 10:14:03 AM

Some of those parts are cheaper on NCIX.ca and they have a $5 flat shipping rate canada wide this week. I'll help you find them if you want to order from that site instead.
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December 29, 2013 10:26:30 AM

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Some of those parts are cheaper on NCIX.ca and they have a $5 flat shipping rate canada wide this week. I'll help you find them if you want to order from that site instead.

I'd love it if you could help me with that! I tried comparing the part prices through pcpartpicker but I noticed it doesn't catch all of the discounts, and for some reason I have a lot of trouble browsing ncix. I'll begin looking right now
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December 29, 2013 10:41:27 AM

I would suggest price matching what I told you too or just ordering those parts from canada computers, its your choice. But that power supply is better quality and semi modular.
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December 29, 2013 11:13:29 AM

Wow, thanks! That was really fast, just finished submitting price match. If everything goes through then that will have saved me an extra 100 off the build, thanks again!
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December 29, 2013 11:21:21 AM

Haha Np, I can show you a really neat mod you could do to that case. I did it for one of my friend's and he loves it.
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December 29, 2013 6:26:07 PM

What materials do you need for it and about how much does the whole mod cost?
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December 29, 2013 8:56:10 PM

You need to have glass cut to exact measurements I believe those are in the video, order one way mirror window tint from amazon along with the magnets. I think it only cost me around $55? It's a very slick mod for so cheap. First get your pc built and then try making this mod. Best thing is even if you screw up you could just reattach the panels again and your only out on the $55 spent
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December 30, 2013 7:00:44 AM

I ended up upgrading the video card to a 680 which was on sale for $299 and a 2 TB Barracuda

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.00)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($94.99)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card ($299.99)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($54.99)
Power Supply: Antec High Current Gamer 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99)
Total: $868.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-30 10:00 EST-0500)
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December 30, 2013 10:43:41 AM

Oh good find and call, never noticed the 680 was on sale, it's performance is only slightly lower than a 770 so you will benefit from that, everything else looks solid. Can't wait to see this build put together
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