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Another BitFenix Prodigy Build(minus the graphics)

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January 31, 2013 8:05:48 PM

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

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/wXyN

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: 
February 1, 2013 1:36:53 AM

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.
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February 1, 2013 1:43:20 AM

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.
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February 1, 2013 2:09:30 AM

Then should I be even getting the 3570k?
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February 1, 2013 2:17:26 AM

You can oc the cpu to 4.2 ghz easily, but i'm saying for high levels, like 4.5 and above.
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February 1, 2013 2:21:07 AM

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.
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February 1, 2013 2:28:17 AM

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 : http://pcpartpicker.com/p/AMiK

You won't be needing the cooler, the stock is fine for it.
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February 1, 2013 2:29:08 AM

do u need to overclock? do u need sli? country of origin? and do u need windows thanks
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February 1, 2013 4:30:21 AM

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.
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February 1, 2013 1:27:39 PM

herres my take:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/API8
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/API8/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/API8/benchmarks/

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)

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February 1, 2013 8:57:01 PM

I think this gives me a lot to work with, thanks again.
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February 1, 2013 10:23:59 PM

shur anytime bro :) 

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