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Prodigy - Stormtrooper
by raydyr
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This is my first time building a PC, so any criticism is welcome. I use this primarily for gaming. Building with an mini-ITX case was definitely challenging, but all-in-all not too bad.

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.03Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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DontUSASme 8 points 17 months ago


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


TheCotsman [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

PLEASE REPLY! where did you get the mesh front for the front of your case?? i've been looking for one for forever!


raydyr [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

I ordered mine from NCIX...here is the specific one I ordered. I'v ordered from NCIX several times, and have had no problems thus far.

Ninjadudewhat 1 point 2 months ago

u can also use amazon. they have loads of prodigy accessories

fnapoli [1 Build] 6 points 17 months ago

Besides the motherboard (and maybe video card), this is an excellent build. I love the look of it, and the cables seem pretty clean to me, especially for what little room you had to work with.

iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Took the words out of my mouth/

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

I wanted to buy the 760, but the price was too much at the time. Can you be more specific about the motherboard, and why it wasn't a good choice? I'm curious...

fnapoli [1 Build] 3 points 17 months ago

Well, as far as I understand it, the H77 chipset does not allow for overclocking...and the 3570K is unlocked, and therefore ideal for z77 chipsets. It's not bad, but you just won't be able to OC an unlocked (made for OC) cpu.

Now, your motherboard was also purchased at a great price, as was your CPU (keep in mind i only know CDN prices however) so maybe its all that you wanted...

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

Thanks for the feedback. Honestly, I didn't even know that my CPU was unlocked when purchasing it. I haven't planned on doing any OC'ing, but if I ever do, I'll consider my motherboard as an upgrade opportunity :)

Zequill 3 points 17 months ago

All in all nice build, but why an h77 board with an unlocked processor and a beastly cooler, you could have gotten some really nice overclocks with this. Also, why ivy bridge and a 660 ti? Was this built before haswell and the 760?

TheShadow 1 point 17 months ago

price for 660-ti's need fixed considering what you get on a 760 for basically the same price , and unless you overclock its not a vary out there statment that h77 boards are limited in overclocking you dont see that on guides so dont assume everyone should know for $60 its a good board

Zequill 1 point 17 months ago
  1. He put the price in for the 660 ti himself and you could get something like EVGA ACX cooler 760 for the price it shows him paying
  2. When did I ever say it was a bad board?
  3. Personally if I was looking at motherboards and I saw all these H77 and Z77 motherboards i would have looked at what each meant before I purchased something.
  4. He did great for a first time build and I was just asking about some of his part choices and intentions
austus 3 points 16 months ago

I like it! With that mobo I would have got the i5-3350p though. I didn't have the nerve for water cooling, but you're right that cooling is important enough to warrant the expense. Show us your temps running Prime 95 and Open Hardware Monitor. I wouldn't be surprised if idle temps are 20 something Celsius considering your water cooling AND the 200mm fan.

skemble [19 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

Unlocked CPU with a H77 board :(

DjArtifact 3 points 17 months ago

first time building a PC

iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

So? That doesn't mean that since it's someone's first time building a computer that research shouldn't be done.

DjArtifact 3 points 17 months ago

It's a beginners mistake. Don't act like you never made one.

iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] 1 point 17 months ago

Well when I put my build together I could've done some things wrong but when I actually bought the parts I made no mistakes. Mistakes are all made, I know but then again it's just not the best thing when you actually put something together and find out you lose features because of something you could've easily changed.

DjArtifact 2 points 17 months ago

It was probably just a really good deal. He got the board for half what you would pay for now.

raydyr [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

You are correct...it was a good deal! I bought the CPU at a local Microcenter without even thinking of overclocking. They were having a CPU + RAM combo special at the time, so I just grabbed one.

iiLeGiT101 [1 Build] 3 points 17 months ago

Okay that makes sense. My other comments are getting downvoted and I don't know why. I hope I didn't come off rude, I was just trying to get an idea off. Just wondering, how come you got the 660ti? The 760 is basically the same price, even the 7950 is cheaper, and they offer much better performance. I really like your build though.

raydyr [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

The 660ti was the right price when i was looking to buy. When I was shopping around though, I thought the 760 was noticeable more expensive than the 660 ti, at least it was at my local Microcenter? And no worries, you didn't come off rude, I did ask for criticism after all!

dkevelx 1 point 17 months ago

Microcenters only really good for Mobo+CPU's. For things like video cards, you're better off looking online. They usually aren't cheap at Microcenter and the pricing trend doesn't follow the prices on newegg, NCIX, etc, etc.

Also, to the guys saying that he should have gotten a 760, certain Microcenters don't have much stock to choose from outside of CPU's (they really don't carry enough motherboards at my local Microcenter). Of course, he SHOULD have ordered the video card online, but that's not always an option.

fnapoli [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

a z77 board with that chip+cooler could be magic...maybe a future upgrade/fix?

skemble [19 Builds] 3 points 17 months ago

Right? I'm not sure why I'm getting downvoted. "any criticism is welcome"

raydyr [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 17 months ago

I have no problems with your statements. I'll keep yours (and everyone elses), comments in mind on my next build/upgrade. Thanks!

fnapoli [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

Yeah it's an awesome build, but there's even greater potential in it had you bought a z77 and overclocked it. The thing about that H80i is that it's not really needed (considering its expense) if you aren't going to overclock...

skemble [19 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

I think you did a really good job on this build. Yeah I would have gotten a Z77, but for those prices you did a good job. Really cool theme too!

Sabotage 2 points 17 months ago

Lookin good!

canders [7 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

Nice build. Like the theme.

YourLocalPCNoob [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

Is that stormtrooper a decal?

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

No, it is sharpied on :)

YourLocalPCNoob [1 Build] 3 points 17 months ago

Some people do have the sharpie skills to do that :/

LevelXAbstract 1 point 11 months ago

Nice Build! The stormtrooper is a great touch too! Looks fantastic :D

fnapoli [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

Whoa really? GREAT JOB!

TerraPosse [1 Build] 2 points 17 months ago

A spiffingly well put together little number. Chapeau.

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


Valley_05 2 points 17 months ago

How does this run on games?

raydyr [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

So far so good! The only games I've been able to play since building is Tomb Raider and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. I can't give you any specific measurements, but I do know that each game was run on Ultra settings.

malcar11 [3 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

Wonderful!!! the theme is beautiful, the enviroment perfect. The machine... a sexy toy. Good job! Congrats.

Gooberdad [3 Builds] 2 points 14 months ago

Sharpe FTW+1

tony55544 2 points 12 months ago

that decal makes the whole build!

RagingCuppcakes 2 points 12 months ago

I'm working on a stormtrooper bitfenix built myself. Very nice job. Did you use a stencil for the stormtrooper?

raydyr [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

No, I found the graphic on DeviantArt at the time, and free handed it. If you are looking for ideas, I highly suggest taking a look at DeviantArt. Lots of cool stuff there!

TheInfamousR [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Looks fantastic for a first build especially, I wouldn't have gone with the 660ti though, here's why. It's only a 10-13% increase in performance, maybe a few frames give or take. Would have gone with a 650ti or a 660 SC with similar cuda cores count and overclocked it.

(Looking for a stronger board that doesn't break the bank that I will edit here) I know choices are limited for itx boards, so tough call but do a little more research pre-build. All in all good choice with everything else, looks excellent!

Chuk 1 point 17 months ago

Nice but... Y U NO USE PRODIGY M?

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

The prodigy M wasn't released when I started my build, but the size of it looks like it would be much easier to work with.

awilzman [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Didn't read the comments so I don't really know if this has been said but there's NO reason why you should've bought an unlocked processor with a locked motherboard. Do you research before you spend up to $1000 on something.

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

I never intended to overclock my CPU...I bought the processor on special from Microcenter, and purchased the motherboard on the same day. Before purchasing that motherboard, I intended to buy an Asus P8277-I Deluxe, but pulled the trigger on my current motherboard because A) it was much cheaper and B) it was available in store. It's been suggested several times to buy a better motherboard, so it's definitely an upgrade path :)

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samBme 1 point 5 months ago

how do you like the ram im thinking of getting it for my pc just wondering if it good or not?

raydyr [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

hi...sorry for not replying sooner. I've had the RAM since day 1, and it hasn't failed me yet. Great product for the price

Reconmidget [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

How did you paint the case? Would an air compressor and the a nozzle to spray the paint on work?(Dad has the nozzle and compressor. He uses it for his military models)

raydyr [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 3 months ago

I'm sure you could use the air compressor/nozzle, but this was actually put on with a permanent marker. I found the template online, printed it out to scale, and free-handed it onto the side panel.

While permanent marker doesn't yield the best quality, it worked out well for me in the end.

Reconmidget [1 Build] 1 point 3 months ago

oh! surprise, surprise