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Bitfenix Prodigy Build (Green Machine)

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May 25, 2014 1:13:10 AM

Can anyone help me with deciding if these are the best parts for the price. I want this build to be the best it can be for the budget i am on. any help would be greatly appreciated. (:

http://au.pcpartpicker.com/p/3Quu5
May 25, 2014 3:57:15 PM

I presume you already checked the length of the PSU to be sure it fits. The Prodigy has a small enclosure for the PSU. Fortunately they re-designed their case to make it less of a problem. Now most of the front of the PSU bay is open and the sides are cut away to provide better access.
I just sold a PC build with that case. I first tried my old i5-2500K and the H60 cooler. The temps never got to where I was satisfied. I finally sold it with an i3 in it instead. (stock cooler)

The long card will require removing the middle drive cage as you are probably already aware. Everything will be a tight squeeze in that case. And with the cables permanently attached to the side panel, cable maintenance will be a chore. But if you want a SFF build, it is do-able.

I don't see anything I'd change in your selection. The Enermax PSU is one I'm not familiar with. But for what it costs, it should be good. It has good specs, anyway. I have used that wifi adapter and sold it with several builds. It is an excellent USB adapter. The 8' cable allows you to position it for best signal strength. The Evga card is one I recently bought for my grandson for a gamer I built for him. Nice!

I really can't find anything I'd change. Is the final cost too high?
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May 25, 2014 10:47:14 PM

Hi, thanks for the quick reply. I checked to make sure the psu would fit as well as all the components. The final price is affordable but if i could save some money without affecting performance to much. i would be able to afford a better monitor. Im not to sure about the psu i might bump up the price and get corsair because of their reputation.
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May 26, 2014 8:59:25 AM

I don't see a HDD on your list. The lone 120GB SSD is not going to allow much storage space. I have a lone 120GB SSD in my test machine. I can only keep about 2 games on it at a time due to its size and the other stuff I want to have on the drive.
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May 26, 2014 3:19:10 PM

I have a 1tb HDD with most of my files from my current pc i will just put it in the build.
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May 26, 2014 3:24:14 PM

Kobe Mooney said:
I have a 1tb HDD with most of my files from my current pc i will just put it in the build.

Ah. Better. If you play a lot of Steam and Origin games, do yourself a favor and install them to the HDD right off the bat.
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May 26, 2014 4:05:49 PM

Will do thanks.
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May 26, 2014 5:29:56 PM

What I meant to say, was install Steam and Origin to the HDD. The games will then go where the client pgm is.
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June 9, 2014 12:40:21 PM

I don't see anything wrong with your choices. I'm glad to see the mini ITX board has a USB3.0 header for your Prodigy's FP USB ports. Many small ITX boards leave that off due to room restraints. Since you aren't getting a "k" processor, I presume you won't be doing any OC'ing. The stock cooler should be fine, then. And quiet.

Here are a couple pics of the build I sold with the white case:




I ended up selling it w/i3 and GTX 750Ti SC, and kept the i5 and the R9-290X for the rig in my sig.
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June 9, 2014 12:50:21 PM

Looks good.. for the same price you might want to consider low profile ram with a blue led bonus and a GPU with a beefier cooler:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($255.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Motherboard: ASRock B85M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($95.00 @ CPL Online)
Memory: Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.00 @ PLE Computers)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.00 @ CPL Online)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card ($309.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.00 @ CPL Online)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($115.00 @ CPL Online)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN722N 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($13.99 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1111.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-10 05:48 EST+1000)
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June 9, 2014 10:35:31 PM

How was cable management in the prodigy?


as for the blue ram i'm on a green themed build but i found some low profile ram for the same price.
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June 10, 2014 3:16:11 PM

Kobe Mooney said:
How was cable management in the prodigy?


as for the blue ram i'm on a green themed build but i found some low profile ram for the same price.


Plenty of room, but hard to make it look like anything. The attached wiring to the side panel makes it difficult to deal with. I ended up just wire tying them in a bundle/harness and letting them hang. Since you'll be removing the middle/top drive cage, you will have plenty of room for experimenting with the best method of management. But like all small cases, it isn't really designed to hide wiring.
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