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The Prodigy

by multiplemikes



Date Published

Aug. 27, 2014

Date Built

Aug. 11, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.098 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


This machine was built with mainly gaming in mind but I also decided to up to the new devil's canyon i7 instead of an i5 because I do see some video rendering in my future along with some digital media work and figured it was worth the $100 to extend the life of the machine.

The 200mm fan is still on it's way and will be install in the bottom of the case.

I purchased all the parts from NCIX and since I live in Yellowknife Northwest Territories Canada I got them to build and test the machine. This eliminated the chance of having to return any defective parts. I'm a little sad that I didn't put it together myself but at least this way I know all my parts work and the people at NCIX did a pretty bang up job.

In the bottom right of the picture showing the rear panel you can see that part of the bottom foot is broken (the part that connects to the chassis). this was done sometime during the build or construction. It has already been fixed with a little crazy glue. I have not noticed a difference in the cases stability from before to after fixing it but I just have a little better piece of mind.

As I am posting these photos I am going to take the windows sticker off as it is an eye sore. I also am going to have to clean the case but it also can show you guys how this thing attracts finger prints after a little bit of playing around. I also like that the NCIX guys reversed the panels as it makes the wiring in this case a lot nicer and makes any internal changes easier as well.

I picked the Corsair CX750M power supply as it is shorter and allows for the larger GPU. I was hoping for Gold 80plus but they were out of stock so I got the Bronze. I also know the 750W is a little over kill but at the time I was thinking about future expansions in this system.

I grabbed the TP-link wireless system so I am not restricted to where this system can be moved in my house. My motherboard has a mpcie slot specifically for it's own wifi module but I might pick it up if I want to SLI my 770. which looks like it will fit in this system once I remove the fan and dvd drive.

I picked Windows 8.1 over 7 mainly because everyone I know has 8 and they keep asking for help so I figured if I got it I could help them a little easier.

The bracket holding the SSD and HDD is held in by four screws that make accessing everything pretty easily. I also have a picture of the GPU removed to get a better view of things. The GPU was a little difficult to get back in because of the PSU plugs but I still managed to get it in without really worrying about breaking anything.

The PCIE Tool-less holder seems to hold everything together nicely. I heard a few issues about it not holding graphic cards well but you just got to make sure you tighten it properly.

The PC is currently sitting on my dinning room table but will find it's true home in my office and on occasion hooked up to my main T.V.

Comments Sorted by:

Retroman 2 points 54 months ago
Xivilain 2 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

I like the Prodigy case, but I dislike the fingerprints it seems to attract. Also, the downside of the ODD blocking an extra 120mm fan... that's the sacrifice for a case this size. Overall, very nice.

Nacho159 0 points 53 months ago

Do you like wiping your hands all over it or something? XD

Xivilain 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Yes, haha. Who doesn't enjoy that?

Nacho159 0 points 53 months ago

Ok nevermind i like that too..

actechy 7 Builds 1 point 54 months ago

Good work on keeping it pretty tidy, for it's size!

Toukassay 3 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Nice build ;)