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The Great Pumpkin
by Blkshrt22
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I had been using a six year old Dell laptop with a broken screen as my primary computer. For games I had a hand me down Xbox 360 that my friend and I brought back from the red rings of death twice before it completely broke down. So I was in the market for a laptop and I was planning to get one of the new consoles coming out until I stumbled onto the idea of building a PC. Here is what I came up with after giving myself an $1,100 budget (the same as I was planning to spend on a high end laptop).

CPU: I wasn't interested in overclocking and from what I read this won't bottleneck my GPU at all. At that price you cant really beat it. Motherboard: Went with Z87 for the bluetooth and wifi Memory: Seemed like a good price for 8GB. SSD: Good reviews and good price HDD: I don"t have a huge library of files so 1TB should be enough for me. Video Card: Its factory overclocked and with my budget the 770 fit. I kind of fell in love with the way it looks so that is why I paid a little more for this particular one. Case: I really like the case because its small yet roomy which made it a little easier since it is my first build. I also like the way you can see the whole GPU in the window. Case Fan: I got them on a whim at microcenter and seem pretty quiet. I might add a top 120mm with an LED because i think it would look cool. Power Supply: I got a good deal and I heard good things about XFX. I was a little worried but it fit just fine in the case. Optical Drive: Also from Microcenter OS: Had a free copy from MSDNAA Other: GPU came with Splinter Cell Blacklist and a free back plate (its in the mail). I was able to get some games from the steam summer sale right before it ended. I am using an Xbox 360 controller and steam big picture which so far works great. Future: I need to get a monitor and/or a better TV to play games on. I want to get a bluetooth keyboard and mouse. Also a larger SSD would be nice as my game library grows.

Overall it was a really fun project I have been learning a lot about how computers work.

EDIT: I added a mesh grill and Spectre Pro LED rear fan. Air flow is much better now my GPU doesn't get over 55C when playing games.

Part List
Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.2GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle38.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load-
EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.08Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle29.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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Radicult [2 Builds] 4 points 18 months ago

Dat name though...lol I pulled up the pictures and was like "230mm fan?? Where on earth are you gonna...OH MY GOD"

Blkshrt22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Lol thanks

Radicult [2 Builds] 2 points 18 months ago

I love these mini itx builds!

AustinTheTimelord 1 point 13 months ago

What's the difference between ITX and ATX?

Radicult [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

mini ITX is super small

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Goku671 [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

how does tha fan get any air. there is no vent in the front..

Blkshrt22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

There are intake holes in the black trim all around the front panel.

Goku671 [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

ok, i see. Nice build. Enjoi

Blkshrt22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago


fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

nice awesome build!

Blkshrt22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

thank you!

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Possumjones 1 point 18 months ago

This is a cool build, I want to do a prodigy when the new RoG mini itx comes out. I cant believe that fan fits. What are your temps like in there? Great job! and maybe time for a new desk.

Blkshrt22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks! Yeah I definitely need a new desk too lol. I haven't done any benchmarks but when playing Tomb Raider the CPU is around 45C and the GPU is around 65C.

fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Somebody had the same idea as you lol..


Blkshrt22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Lol nice! It looks like he spent a lot less time reading manuals and watching videos than me during his build though.

fsma92 [2 Builds] 2 points 18 months ago

ye he seemed like an experience builder.. the way he put the h100i... WOW.. would of taken me 6 hands at LEAST.. lol

Blkshrt22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Lol yeah no doubt!

xx116xx [3 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Anyone wanna give me $1200? I NEED THIS. Also, nice name choice lol

Blkshrt22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago


xCloudyHorizon 1 point 18 months ago

I was waiting for someone to use a reference 770. Nice build.

Blkshrt22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Thank you!

bilsterbee 1 point 18 months ago
  1. Nice build +1, I'm looking on building a similar Prodigy for lan parties.
  2. Where did u find an orange (my fav color) case with a window in the side? All the websites I looked at the only orange case they had was with a grate on the side.
bilsterbee 2 points 18 months ago

never mind, I found on newegg that you can buy a separate side window in any prodigy color that has a window. again great build

Blkshrt22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks! Yeah I got mine from newegg when they were doing a free window promotion.

st3 [5 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Nice build! Although I would have swapped out for these parts to go with the color scheme:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835553004 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544

But I guess it not like you'd see them anyways...congrats!

Blkshrt22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks that's a good idea I didn't think about the fans too much.

JerkBurton [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

If you ever wanted to get some Orange case fans in the future for it to make it even more orange...y, I know Cougar has some halfway decent ones with orange blades in 120 and 140.

Blkshrt22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks I will check them out. I do really like orange lol

iAmNicklezz 1 point 18 months ago

I'm glad to see someone using this 770. It looks so sexayyy ;)


Relapseespaler 1 point 18 months ago

Nice man. I'd hook up some orange(or black for the headless horseman look) led on each side and get a scary carved pumpkin decal for the windowless side panel. This is the 770 i'll be using because my case is huge and I prefer dual fans: EVGA SuperClocked w/ ACX Cooling 02G-P4-2774-KR GeForce GTX 770 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video card.

As said by others, if you can fit an cpu cooler I'd go for that. Anyways a nice quirky color for a build. I like it.

Blkshrt22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks! I will have to figure what I want to do then put up some more pictures. It could definitely use some LEDs though. I hear the ACX is a really good cooler. Good luck!

Hodgey [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Great build. And even better film being shown there at the end, my personal favourite xD

Kudos man, thats an awesome mini build.

Blkshrt22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks it's my favorite too! I was so excited when I got it on Blu Ray

hoezayftw [2 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

So ill man! It's crazy how close this is to the build I'm planning (first time!) how's the MoBo? I struggled to choose between it, and the ASUS or Gigabyte, but I think I'm making the right choice with this one :)

Check my parts list man, maybe you can give some advice? http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1qhYL

EDIT: btw, does the MoBo have an audio header? For the side panel audio connection.

Blkshrt22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks that looks awesome! The motherboard is great for me since it has all the ports and features I need. If you want to put a large heatink on it then your best bet is probably the ASUS but if you just want a small one or want to go with watercooling then the MSI should be great. It does have a front audio header that I use all the time.

EDIT: If you do want a large heatsink then low profile RAM might be best. I bet the mesh cover with the LED fan will look really nice

jakethemp [2 Builds] 0 points 18 months ago
  1. im upvoting the **** outta this!!!!

  2. if your interested in a new front grill piece bitfenix makes them in mesh for better air flow.

  3. is there an aftermarket cpu cooler? someone mentioned an h100i, I didn't see it.

  4. great parts, price, and build.

  5. bitfenix also makes some GREAT!, 200 mm fans that are LED lit if you wanna throw a wow factor on the case.

  6. phanteks has an epic cpu cooler "air type" that will fit that case with 2 140mm fans. and its orange. check out the pics on google.

all in all I looove this build best one in the " makes sense" price range. epic job man. I just wanted to enlighten you to a few things I found around the net when I was looking at small form factor.

Blkshrt22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago
  1. Thank you!
  2. A mesh grill might be a good idea
  3. No aftermarket cooler since I don't plan on overclocking
  4. Thanks again!
  5. The 230 front fan has an LED but its hard to see since the front panel is solid
  6. I will definitely look it up!

Thanks for the help!

jakethemp [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

yeah the aftermarket cooler is ALOT quieter those stock heat sinks and fans that come with the cpu spin up something fierce.

here is the orange cooler im talking about. im pretty sure it fits, not 100% on that. but it would def be a nice touch and keep your temps down http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835709003

jakethemp [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

obtw its huge but once its in from what I see it looks good from pics online

Blkshrt22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago

Yeah it is! Good thing there is a lot of room in this case. I really like the orange!

SharePoint2013 -2 points 18 months ago

Nice Build, please comment on my build.


Blkshrt22 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 18 months ago