Use this build for some 1080p gaming, browsing the web and for school.
Prodigy was a bit of a challenge to build in, while also being a pleasure. Would buy another prodigy.
Part Choice Notes:
CPU: I purchased this CPU and PSU in early 2013 for around $425 with tax (15% where I am) because I could pick it up in store. The difference between this and the 3570k was around $60 (with shipping, taxes, etc.) so I splurged so I didn't have to wait or fear UPS leaving my stuff on my doorstep again.
CPU Cooler: I purchased this cooler mainly because of teksyndicate's review, and the fact that it competes with a H100. I bought another for my other build because of how nice it looks, and the neat LED fan. I bought the thermal compound because it came with a free noctua case badge <3
Motherboard: This is pretty much the best Z77 ITX overclocking motherboard, and it was blue, so it matched the case! If I didn't already own the 3770k I would have bought the z87 impact or z87 stinger.
Memory: This kit was on sale september of 2012 for $85. The cheapest 8gb kit was selling for $65, so I bought this one.
Storage: I got the OCZ SSD from a friend who bought it a while back (near launch). My Seagate 1.5TB drive has been in 3 builds so far and has served well.
GPU: I bought this GPU a few weeks after launch, perfect for 1080p gaming and I plan on refreshing it when i get a new monitor.
Chassis: The prodigy is the best chassis I've ever built in, it's very versatile and is just smart.
Fans: Bought the Spectre LED for $8 when I bought the chassis.
PSU: Bought this for around $85 when I got my CPU. Very nice PSU although I wish I got one with a higher efficiency.
ODD: I got this ODD hoping to watch some blu-rays on my computer in 2011. Never got around to it but it's nice to know it's there.
Keyboard/Mouse: I got the razer blackwidow for $85 last year and although it's loud, it's a pleasure to use. I got the mouse after using a razer ouroboros for 2 weeks. The Nagas are beautiful mice and I haven't looked back since.
Headset: Bought this headset when i was still playing PS3. Bestbuy pricematched it to a Sony store's closing sale so it is probably nicer than anything else I would have got for the price at the time. It's actually a nice headset and the battery lasts long, but it's a shame it dosen't support 7.1 on PC.
imgur gallery (higher res pics): http://imgur.com/a/ME8Ms
|CPU||Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core||$329.00|
|CPU Cooler||Xigmatek Dark Knight II SD1283 89.5 CFM||$49.99 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Thermal Compound||Noctua NT-H1 3.5g||$9.99 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Mini ITX LGA1155||$170.02 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600||$85.99 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Storage||OCZ Agility 3 120GB 2.5" SSD||$100.00||(Purchased)|
|Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$52.00 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 760 2GB Superclocked ACX||$269.99 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Case||BitFenix Prodigy (Blue) Mini ITX Tower||$84.99 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||Enermax 750W ATX12V||$89.00 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||LG CH12LS28 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer||$68.00 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit)||$0.00 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Monitor||ViewSonic VA2248m-LED 22.0"||$129.99 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Case Fan||BitFenix Spectre LED 43.5 CFM 120mm||$7.99 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Keyboard||Razer Blackwidow||$86.61 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Mouse||Razer Naga Epic Wireless Laser||$129.99 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Custom||SONY PULSE Wireless Stereo Headset Elite Edition||$71.99 CAD||(Purchased)|
|Total (Canada):||$1306.54 CAD|
|Date Published||March 26, 2014|