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The Green Thing!
by shabe
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This has been my first build in quite some time. The last PC that I built was a AMD Athlon XP, and boy, it's been quite a change. I'll say that the most intimidating part of the build was placing the processor in its socket. I rather have a CPU with pins than the other way around.

The only minor inconvenience that I had with this build was with my motherboard. Had to send it back to Amazon for a refund because they didn't have in stock. One of the fan headers was damaged and the fan connected to it would only run at a fixed speed of about 700 RPM. I got the new mobo from Microcenter. No problems from there.

Some notes about the case: It is not so hard to work as some people seem to think. Also, it seems that they revised the power supply cage and removed the two SSD mounts that were available there against the HDD removable cages (check out Linus review). I installed my SSD right below the HDD cages so that I had two spaces for 3.5" HDD. The Fans on top are feeding air inside the case, same thing for the frontal fan. All the air is then blown via the radiator or the GPU card.

On the GPU Card: This card is a OEM reference GPU that best buy sells. The quality is superb, after all it is build by nVidia and comes with some pretty cool stickers and some free games. Sadly, I already had the games.

It's been a good experience so far. I know that my display is crappy, but is going to have make do for now. LOL, I know that I am going to get some heat about Windows 8, but it was a free licence!!


Updates (06/17/2014):

The plastic front is too restrictive, I changed it for the black mesh with the silver trim. I painted the silver trim using the Liquidtex Vivid Lime Green spray. The results are amazing, the pain matches the case color very closely. I also painted the Corsair fans rims, the hard drive bay top and the hard drive caddys.

I also changed the previous Cooler Master Seidon 120M cpu cooler for a H100i. Also, replaced the fans on the H100i with SP120's. The radiator have the Bitfenix Spectre Pro's on top, and the SP120's after the radiator. All fans are being controlled by the motherboard.

Also added some illumination using the Bitfenix Alchemy LED strips. Two on the bottom at the PSU cage and HDD cage. One on top on the left and another on top on the right of the case.

I am really happy with the result of using the front mesh, instead of the solid plastic front. Also, it matches the same style of the top vents.

Let me know what you guys think!

Thanks to all the PCPartPicker community and to /r/buildapc for all the support!


Updates (07/07/2014):

Sold the 4770k and replaced it with a 4790k. Motherboard compatibility was good. No issues so far, system has been running since Friday non-stop.

In the case of the Maximus Impact VI, you need to update the BIOS with the Windows update tool included in BIOS package 1504 (1504 BIOS Download Link) (The one marked as Beta Version). If you update using the BIOS EZ Update software, it will not recognize the processor. Then you can update to the latest BIOS, as of now, the 1505).

Remember, you need to update your BIOS before installing the new processor. If you don't update, you will get a CPU_FAIL error.


Updates (August, 2014)

I sleeved the power supply cables. I used paracord that I bought from Hobby Lobby.

It was a pretty painstaking process but at the end I got the results that I wanted. I didn't have to use heatshrink for the connectors. When melting the paracord (if done correctly) it will fuse with the connector pin and with the wire insulation, ensuring a good tension on the paracord. Measuring correctly is paramount! I ended up wasting at good chunk at the beginning. However, it was so cheap that it didn't matter.

I used the short wire set that I bought for the power supply and separated each of the cables that needed to be sleeved. I didn't do the SATA cables because these will be out of sight. The method that I used for extracting the pins from the connectors was to use two staples together for each side.

Let me know what you think!

Part List
Details
Date BuiltFeb. 23, 2014
Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.6GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle33.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load78.0° C
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.05Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate-
GPU Temperature While Idle35.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load80.0° C
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8gxe [1 Build] 3 points 9 months ago

I'll... I'll take the games...!

Very nice build and well thought out management!

 
 
Horse 2 points 9 months ago

But.. but I wanted the games :(

 
 
multi-iostream [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

i personally like windows 8 +1

 
 
shabe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks! Me too, and it was free, so I like it way more.

 
 
Rakirs [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

This.. (sniffle) this is beautiful.. (sniffle)

 
 
Zlatin [1 Build] 2 points 2 months ago

I stumbled upon this beauty when looking for a custom front panel for my prodigy. This is pretty much exactly what I wanted my build to look like :D.

 
 
shabe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks!

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xx116xx [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

I take it you like the color green... nice build +1

 
 
shabe [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

Needs more green!

 
 
zlogs [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

I sold my games when they had the winter bundle for nvidia cards for about $60 in all on ebay from my 770 so you might want to try that. Nice prodigy build, definitely packing a lot of power! Put that 4770k to good use :'), it really is a beast of a cpu compared to the 4670k if you know how to utilize it. Also, how do you like the speakers? I've been looking for a cheap set with a sub woofer but id like your personal preference of them. Also, I don't know if we think the same way, but I am all for the reference design 770-Titan cards. The metal shroud just looks so good in a windowed case, especially the prodigy.

Edit: Did not mean to come across as your speakers are cheap, they definitely aren't! I ask because i may try and go for the set you have instead of 2 creative labs studio speakers.

 
 
shabe [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 9 months ago

I thought the same thing about the GPU and the reference cooler. Regarding the speakers, I really like mine, specially because they have a variety of inputs including two optical. The bass is loud some times but you can adjust it, the same goes to the surround channels. I know that logitech have another model 2.1 which is also THX certified that runs for about 140$. Creative used to be really good, but I don't know now.

Thanks for the idea on the games!

 
 
Josh_Grundon 1 point 9 months ago

Absolutely love the 770 in the side panel, DAT COOLER THO drools Overall, a very nice, clean build :) +1

 
 
zoinkmen [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

i like how the gpu is in the window cool colors too

 
 
tore.mihror 1 point 9 months ago

Nice color scheme, awsome case! +1

 
 
jdm12983 [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Nice build; and good color scheme.

 
 
MangoMonster [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Nice build man! How's that CPU cooler holding up for you? Have you done any more experimental overclocking? +1 :)

 
 
shabe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

This is the first time that I have worked with watercooling. I must say that it is working pretty good. Right know, I have it clocked at 4.1 GHz and usually is at 30 - 35 under no load, like browsing or iTunes. I used Intel Burn Test and on high stress usually goes to 70 - 75 and then goes down quickly to 40. I would say that is working fine.

Haven't been able to hit nothing more than 4.4 GHz, it is too unstable.

 
 
plgdg [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Why is the 230mm fan crooked?

 
 
shabe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Improved airflow? lol didn't notice that it was crooked. It is fixed now! Thanks.

 
 
plgdg [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Haha good answer ;)

 
 
Randude14 [2 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Nice build. I'm personally a big fan of Windows 8. Some people are just afraid of change. Also I'll take those games off your hands :D

 
 
80Bit 1 point 9 months ago

Love it.

 
 
impulse2010 [2 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

What kind of desk?

 
 
shabe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

It's from ikea. Part no. 298.369.76

 
 
jrizy 1 point 2 months ago

did you have to sand off the silver before painting it?

 
 
shabe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

I didn't do it because I was lazy. They looked good even if I didn't do it.

 
 
jrizy 1 point 1 month ago

so did you have to sand off teh silver or did you just paint right over it? and did you get the brush paint / marker / or actual aresol paint?

 
 
shabe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

Actual aerosol paint, the spray is listed on my build parts. No sanding. I just put like 3 coats on the silver ring. Used some painters tape with some old papers to keep the other areas unpainted. You can also use a transparent coat spray at the end to make it glossy. No issues with the paint chipping out so far, so I would say that it is good.

 
 
jrizy 1 point 1 month ago

ty for the response and when you mean 3 coats spray dry and rinse and repeat or just go over it 3 times

 
 
shabe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

Spray, dry and repeat.

 
 
jrizy 1 point 25 days ago

Thank you very much

 
 
damdam 1 point 1 month ago

Hey, I have almost identical build in the same green prodigy. My evga gtx 770 acx cooler editio gets super hot while gaming cuz of that side window! How did you solve the issue? Did adding more fans help the problem cuz I'm thinking of drilling holes through the window side panel to give airflow to the gpu.

 
 
shabe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 1 month ago

Hey!

No issues with heat here. I guess that must be the blower style cooler. It runs steady at 80 C with almost no fan noise during full gaming load. Your problem must be the type of cooler on your card. How are your case fans configured? exhausting or pushing cold air inside?

 
 
damdam 1 point 1 month ago

I think youre right, the acx cooler doesnt get enough air as it is so close to the window side panel. I have a 230mm intake in the front, a 120mm on top (single), a corsair h60 on top with two 120mm fans push-pull configuration and a last 120mm fan as exhaust. There is plenty of airflow but the window is killing it:) I think Ill have to drill holes in the window