Another BitFenix Prodigy Build(minus the graphics)

I'm helping my roommate put together a 'Steam Box' for the living room. Graphics and hard-drives aren't needed at the moment, salvaging from the last system, but I have hopes to upgrade to a better gpu down the road. I'd like to do some mild overclocking, maybe more depending on how much he lets me push it.

This is it so far

CPU: i5-3570K
CPU Cooler: Xigmatek GAIA SD1283
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe
Memory: Corsair Vengenance 8GB DDR3-1866
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (orange) *this is the one unchangeable factor*
PSU: Antec Basiq Plus 550W

I'd like to have modular or semi modular cabling for the PSU. Good cooling for some overclocking but has to be air cooled. I want to keep the price below $750 at max, maybe closer to $600 or less if possible. I'm trying to talk him into a SSD too :wahoo:
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  1. There's a cheaper motherboard as good as the asus, see here for review :
    And the rosewill hive is better than the old antec model, my suggestion, this includes a good ssd with 128GB :
  2. I was looking at that board too, I just wasn't sure about the lack of voltage control. I do like the PSU you listed more, I'm just worried about the depth size and being modular makes it a tight fit in the Prodigy.
  3. It fits in the case, the rosewill is modular, the gigabyte board is good, there're other reviews saying it's a good board, don't expect to overclock the cpu to high levels with an itx board or with that cooler.
  4. Thanks for the help.
  5. Then should I be even getting the 3570k?
  6. You can oc the cpu to 4.2 ghz easily, but i'm saying for high levels, like 4.5 and above.
  7. On the other hand, a Core i5-3570 can get to 4.2 GHz too, though only with single-threaded work. So I don't think the 3570k is necessarily worth the premium in that situation.
  8. The i5-3570 is just 10$ more, but it was just an e.g, the i5-3570k could reach a bit more than 4.2 ghz, with that board and cooler, like ~4.3/4.4.
    If to downgrade for a locked cpu, it's better to go with the i5-3470 and a h77 motherboard.
    Like this :

    You won't be needing the cooler, the stock is fine for it.
  9. do u need to overclock? do u need sli? country of origin? and do u need windows thanks
  10. I want to overclock, but I don't think I have to. No sli, USA, and windows would be needed, but the price is outside the limits set.
  11. Did you check the other list ?
    The one without overclocking :

    This one with overclocking :

    Here's the review of the psu :
    It fits the case.
  12. herres my take:

    PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Vortex Plus 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.98 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($119.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109.00 @ Adorama)
    Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Orange) Mini ITX Tower Case ($104.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($67.04 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $677.94
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-01 10:27 EST-0500)
  13. I think this gives me a lot to work with, thanks again.
  14. shur anytime bro :)
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