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January 4, 2013 11:01:35 PM

Looking to build this system

Bitfenix Prodigy mITX MINI-ITX Tower Case Arctic White 1X5.25EXT 5X3.5INT No PS Top USB3.0 HD Audio

ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe mITX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 1PCI-E16 SATA3 DVI HDMI DisplayPort USB3.0 Motherboard

Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 OC 975MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card

Intel Core i5 3570 Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail

Thermaltake TR2 500W Power Supply Cable Management ATX12V V2.3 24PIN With 120mm Fan

Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5in SATA3 MDX Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD

Western Digital Red 2TB SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5in Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD

Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H80 CPU Cooler System *Refurbished - 90 Days Warranty*

Corsair XMS3 CMX16GX3M2A1600C11 16GB 2X8GB DDR3-1600 CL11-11-11-30 1.5V Dual Channel Memory Kit

TOTAL $1,118.90

It will be my first system, so any feedback from the community would be greatly appreciated! Esp the power supply? Not so sure on that one. Also, is 16 gig ram overkill? Leaning towards 8.

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January 4, 2013 11:12:36 PM

For gaming 16gb of ram is overkill, but at the same time if its good price 16gb of ram will do no harm to your gaming

I would change the PSU for a better brand one like a Seasonic or Corsair model

I wouldn't bother with a H80 liquid cooler the Bitfenix prodigy can fit a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ EVO in it and it works well (I have one in mine can be a bit tight to fit and works greast)
a b B Homebuilt system
January 4, 2013 11:20:19 PM

Here mine i would recommend i5-3570k and 8gb ram and a different power supply also a GTX 660







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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
January 5, 2013 12:00:28 AM

As already mentioned the psu is not a quality unit
Use only 80+ bronze or better rated units . In that small case I'd want a modular psu
a b B Homebuilt system
January 5, 2013 12:04:05 AM

Outlander_04 said:
do you ever wake up and feel like painting the case black so it matches the rest of the system ?
Nah i like how it looks white matches with any color besides i did not buy the case it was a gift ;) 
a c 136 B Homebuilt system
January 5, 2013 12:43:43 AM

Ive just noticed in the original build there is a RED WD hard drive

its designed for use in a NAS , no a desktop PC

Use a BLUE
January 5, 2013 1:14:42 AM

haha stupid mistake.. was shopping based on price, not capability apparently.
January 5, 2013 1:21:12 AM

Outlander_04 said:
As already mentioned the psu is not a quality unit
Use only 80+ bronze or better rated units . In that small case I'd want a modular psu



Good call

as for the GTX 660... i'd rather get a 7870.. still cheaper, and from everything i've read in terms of performance... pretty similar.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 5, 2013 1:25:58 AM

jexxed said:
Good call

as for the GTX 660... i'd rather get a 7870.. still cheaper, and from everything i've read in terms of performance... pretty similar.

Basically to break it down:


7770 < 650 Ti < 7850 < GTX 660 < 7870 < GTX 660 Ti < 7950 < 670 < 7970 < 680 < 7970GHz


So take that into consideration along with price. :) 
January 5, 2013 3:06:56 AM

Would this be a better power supply?

Corsair Enthusiast Series TX550M 550W ATX Modular Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan
January 5, 2013 3:20:53 AM

Im Canadian eh? Cant pull up your link XD
January 5, 2013 4:13:53 PM

kitsunestarwind said:
For gaming 16gb of ram is overkill, but at the same time if its good price 16gb of ram will do no harm to your gaming

I would change the PSU for a better brand one like a Seasonic or Corsair model

I wouldn't bother with a H80 liquid cooler the Bitfenix prodigy can fit a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ EVO in it and it works well (I have one in mine can be a bit tight to fit and works greast)


After some thought.. my new set up is..

1 x Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Quad Core Processor LGA1155 3.4GHZ Ivy Bridge 6MB Retail
1 x Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366/1155/1156/2011 120mm
1 x ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe mITX LGA1155 Z77 DDR3 1PCI-E16 SATA3 DVI HDMI DisplayPort USB3.0 Motherboard
1 x Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1600 XMP Dual Channel Memory Kit
1 x MSI Radeon HD 7870 Hawk 1100MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2XMINIDP PCI-E Video Card
1 x Bitfenix Prodigy mITX MINI-ITX Tower Case Arctic White 1X5.25EXT 5X3.5INT No PS Top USB3.0 HD Audio
1 x Seasonic S12II 520W EPS12V 20/24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80+ Bronze 6+8PIN PCI-E W/ 120MM Fan
1 x Toshiba HDKPC09 2TB SATA3 7200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5in Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD *IR-$10.00*
1 x Kingston SVP200S37A/120G 120GB SSDNow V+200 SATA3 2.5 7MM Solid State Drive

I went with the cooler master 212 however I was wondering if you are using the same mobo as I plan to.. from what I read, the cooler master 212 series will not fit.

"Basically, this is the ONLY viable Z77 ITX board if you want to have any hope of using a massive air cooled heatsink. All other Z77 boards have a terrible layout and don't allow you to use the larger heatsinks. You can use a noctua NH-D14, phanteks or thermalright archon, and still fit a full sized video card, so there's really no need to use gimmicky closed loop "water" coolers. One catch is, you can't use coolermaster hyper 212 series of heatsinks, because of the cheap and unpadded backplate it uses."

http://www.ncix.com/products/productdetail2.php?noheade...
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