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May 20, 2013 11:48:30 AM

Can i fit a full size motherboard in the Bitfinix prodigy computer case? if not what would be the best AMD motherboard to put in it. And what processor would you recomend? Thanks for anyone who answers this! :D 

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a b V Motherboard
May 20, 2013 12:09:17 PM

It only supports mini-ITX motherboards. Is this a gaming computer? What are your needs, what is your budget?
a c 166 V Motherboard
May 20, 2013 12:37:34 PM

Even if you can fit a full-sized ATX motherboard into a BitFenix Prodigy case, you are not likely to mount it correctly. And even if you can mount it correctly, you will not be able to use the expansion slots correctly. So no, you cannot fit a full-sized ATX motherboard into a BitFenix Prodigy case and use it properly.

Without saying what the build is for and your budget, I cannot properly suggest a motherboard or CPU.
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May 22, 2013 8:17:35 AM

My budget is $750 roughly. Including the operating system. But I'm willing to go to $800 if needed. And I need something that is lightweight and portable. But I mainly will be using the computer for Photoshop and 3D-Modeling. So it needs to have good speed. But I also want to play the occasional games. Thanks for all the help :D 
a b V Motherboard
May 22, 2013 8:27:52 AM

Add a storage drive when you can, you can get a 1 TB Barracuda for ~$60.

8 threads with the XEON CPU, nVidia GPU for CUDA, good mid-range SSD for OS/Apps, and a compact case (the Prodigy is kind of big).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($234.98 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master GeminII M4 58.4 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($34.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8H61-I R2.0 Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($78.63 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1GB Video Card ($118.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $792.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-22 11:26 EDT-0400)

a c 166 V Motherboard
May 22, 2013 9:00:09 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.24 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($51.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill Green 630W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($48.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($90.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $779.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
May 22, 2013 10:02:06 AM

I have the Bitfenix Prodigy and the Coolermaster Elite 120 cases, I will say the Prodigy is a little bigger but SUPERIOR in just about every way.

Unfortantly you won't be able fit any motherboard larger then Mini-ITX and with that said, there are no good mini-ITX motherboards for AMD so that leaves you with an Intel build, which is good because core for core, Intel is hands down the best.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($195.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus P8H61-I R2.0 Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($78.63 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($184.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.94 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $794.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-22 13:00 EDT-0400)
May 23, 2013 8:01:16 AM

Thank you everyone for all of the great answers. This was my first time ever posting to tomshardware and i'm very happy that i did. I will definetly be comming back here again for help! Thanks!

Listed below is the build I have decided to go with :D 

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Storage: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

I'm pre psyched to build this and I hope it turns out successful!
a c 166 V Motherboard
May 23, 2013 8:29:44 AM

For future reference, it would be nice to provide names to your parts instead of direct links. It is a bit annoying having to open 7 links to see your build.

The PSU that you chose is not a good one. Other than that, it looks good. If this is a gaming build, up the GPU a bit.
May 23, 2013 10:18:45 AM

Sorry about that. Thanks for the tip Ksham Also i have decided to up the PCU like you recommended and will most likely be purchasing the Inter Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8 Turbo) Quad Core. Here is a link

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Again Thanks :D 
a c 166 V Motherboard
May 23, 2013 11:01:19 AM

Not a big improvement. I'd stick with the Intel Core i5-3350P for the price.
May 23, 2013 12:54:56 PM

You might as well stick with your original CPU (i5-3350P) or go all the way and get the i5-3750k which allows you to overclock easily to 4 ghz. However, to do that, you will need a new Z77 motherboard and a decent CPU cooler. So really its best (budget wise) to stick with your original build minus the Power Supply, get a decent Corsair PSU for a few bucks more, 500 watts will be just fine. Believe me, you can screw up a whole build over trying to save a few bucks on a power supply
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