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January 28, 2013 5:23:37 AM

Been reading these forums for a while but never signed up. First post, so hey! xD

So I just want to start off by saying that my previous 3 systems, dating back to about 2004, have been built out of Shuttle computers. I built my first one when I was 15 and enjoyed the small foot print, so I stuck with them. Now, do to the ITX systems being more flexible, I've decided to build one.

That being said, I have no idea where to start with a case. I was looking at the Bit Fenix Prodigy, but it appears the black version is all but sold out in America. I've seen a lot of positive reviews on the Cooler Master Elite 120 as well, but am hesitant to use a case where I will need a lower profile heat sink.

Anyways, I'm posting here to try and get some other options. I'm trying not to spend too much, but am also willing to pay for a quality case. If I were reading this, I would be asking for as much information as possible, so here you go. While this is not set in stone, it'll give you an idea :

- Needs to support long cards. Will most likely be using a 7850 or 7870.

- Needs multiple drive options. I plan on at least 1x SSD, and 2x HDD. I download a lot and will also be using this for a media pc.

- Prefer something that can house a decent heat sink. Will most likely be putting an i5 in this system.

Sooo, what other options do I have for a decent ITX case?

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a b ) Power supply
January 28, 2013 2:03:47 PM

Id just wait and get the Bitfenix Prodigy. Try buying it from a different site like or instead of just checking out

If you take of the first drive cage, you will have plenty of room for long graphics cards, even a GTX 690.

It has really good airflow aswell.

If you take out that first drive cage to fit the graphics card, you will have space for 2 HDD's and you can mount an SSD on top of the cage. so its just right for you.

It has a width of 9.84'' which is 249mm so it should fit most tower coolers aswell like the Hyper 212 EVO. But you can also go for a low profile cooler like the Noctua NH-C14. If you do do for a low profile cooler, then make sure that you have low profile RAM.
January 29, 2013 4:51:20 PM

I did locate a site with the white prodigy that also has a clear side panel window, which I like, and includes the 200mm fan as well for $129.00. Since the fan is $20.00 anyways I figured I would pick that up.

Now I'm just having trouble finding a motherboard that doesn't cost $150+ that will support the 212 EVO that I already have.

I remember shopping stuff like this used to be fun for me. lol -,-
a b ) Power supply
January 30, 2013 8:34:17 AM

Im assuming that you have an Intel CPU.

The best one out there is The Asus P8Z77-I-Deluxe. Good you overclocking and a solid board overall. It has a better I/O and better Wifi.

Its $30 over your price range, but if you do overclock id buy that if i were you.

If you want to go to the $150 and lower, there are 2 options.
1. Asrock Z77-E-ITX. It has a wifi module but its basic and the lack of USB 3.0 ports may be an issue... I think this is $150 or a but higher.

2.MSI Z77IA-E53. Its a more basic motherboard so you may not get that great of an overclock but it will do the job. This too has only 2 USB 3.0 port. This too has Wifi aswell.

Request: It would be better if you could tell me your full computer specs...