Description

Put this together for a friend who wanted a high-performance, small form factor PC for schoolwork and gaming. They wanted it to "just work" so overclocking was out of the question.

Thoughts: -Went with the Xeon over an i5 because they regularly use heavily threaded applications (3D rendering, etc) and they were almost the same price. -The Prodigy is a dream to work with. Way more room than I expected,and the fact that every part of it was modular is delightful. (Wish I could say the same about my Storm Scout 2) Fitting the GPU in was tight, but it did indeed fit. -WEI is 7.7, 7.7, followed by solid 7.9s. HyperPi 32M average time was 16m 34s, with temps maxing out at 69c. -Could've gotten a quieter, bigger cooler, but ultimately it was their money and they deemed it unnecessary.

This is my first build posted on PCPartpicker, hope you all enjoy.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 17 points

I like the Xeon choice. Basically an i7 without integrated.

  • 71 months ago
  • 9 points

Nice job on the Xeon. It's a sleeper of a CPU!

  • 71 months ago
  • 5 points

Great build name!

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

Love the Xeon!!! I have the exact same CPU in one of my builds and i got negative reviews for it. Seriously this performs like a i7-3770 without the integrated GPU. Plus Xeons are built better hence why they are made for servers. You will have to overclock a 3570k to 4.4 to match the exact same multi threaded speeds of a E3-1230 V2. People forget how fast these newer CPU's are...you dont need to overclock a i5 to get any extra FPS out of gaming. But the Xeon will walk all over video rendering and any other program that uses hyper threading.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I want to get that CPU too, for my gaming/light work rig, I really liked it but I am not sure because it was released in 2012 and I think it is a little bit old, do you think I should still get it? or go for a 4670k or maybe 8350

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you looked at the E3-1230 V3? Thats the Haswell version.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Will I get the same performance?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

about 10% faster.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

:D

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

great parts! epic win for this build! how is that puny power supply handling the 7950 though?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

It was fine through every stress test I ran it through, and considering no overclocking is involved I don't foresee any problems with it. The system should only be drawing ~300W.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice choice with the prodigy. Love the look.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

People downvoting on Xeons have no idea at all about parts, great choice on the CPU you chose. +1 on the build, looks very nice.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha, I love it! Looks professional :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the monitors? I am looking at these to replace the ones I bought at the Good Will store for 70 bucks (I bought two, one was 40 other was 30)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I only used them briefly to set up the computer, but they seemed great. Tons of adjustment, and the colors really popped.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking to build a similar machine. Could you advise if this particular video card will fit in the mobo? NIVIDA K600 PCI Express 2.0 x16. The physical form factor is 2.713"H x 6.3"L single slot, low profile.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

The HD 7950 I put in this build is huge and fit (albeit snugly) so I don't see any reason why that card wouldn't. You may need a full sized bracket for it though, as I don't recall the Prodigy being compatible with LP brackets.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, I just got it a couple of days ago and it is quite small. Fortunately, it came with a full size bracket. I will start tomorrow on the build. One thing does concern me though and that is the two 3 pin system fans that came with the case - the motherboard only has one 4 pin connection. The 2nd fan is there so I would like to hook it up if that is feasible. Any suggestions?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd suggest hooking one of the fans, probably the front, directly to the PSU using a 3pin to 4pin Molex adapter.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I did see a Y-splitter that would connect both fans to the 4 pin connection on the motherboard but have recently read post stating that it probably is not the best solution. I don't mind having the front fan run all the time.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm thinking of this CPU instead of i5 as I'm building android, but I was wondering if this is a good process for things and gaming.

Thanks alot

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

It's essentially an i7 without integrated graphics. It works great, just make sure you have a video card.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks im getting an r9 270x with BF4

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I was going to take the r9270x aswell by ASUS but since the 760 gtx ASUS aswell is just 10$ more I'd go with the 760

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

760 is around $70 ish or 40 quid plus amd comes with bf4 what can you do.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

wow .. hmm

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

How are the monitors, looking to buy them but i want a real users opiion

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

As I said to another commenter, I only used them briefly to set up the computer, but they seemed great. Tons of adjustment, and the colors really popped.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How are those monitors?

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