Description

This is my third computer I've built in my life so far.This machine is designed to play games. Period. I have a Macbook Pro which I do my work on. First time working with a mini tower and was impressed with my results. Cabling was a fun challenge but thank goodness the PSU is modular.

I'm going to run more benchmarks and clock temps. I bumped up the CPU to 4.0 GHz and will be OCing the GPU as well.

One thing I'd like to point out is that the PSU does touch the GPU and the card, if measured, is slightly slanted but after testing it for hours, does not affect performance. I do plan to SLI in the future and if it was bothersome I could move the GPU to the next PCI slot.

CPU: What can I say? Haswell chips apparently are said to run warmer than previous gen chips, but so far my temps have not shown any significant difference.

GPU: It crunches any game I throw at it with solid 60+ FPS. It's great being able to play games with 4x or 8x AA now. Performance is great! I know the 290x is coming out soon and the 780 ti was just announcement but I knew what I was getting and am happy with my purchase.

PSU: My only gripe is the handle bar behind the the unit is bothersome when your moving the case around and want to lay it on that side. Probably could have gotten a shorter PSU, but it was good for the price. I will be replacing it when I decide to SLI, but that won't be till way later on.

Case: I know Prodigy's are the cookie cutter builds when it comes to small PC's but this new M series does work well and is great for SLI or any future upgrades! My only complaint is the handles on both sides seem a little "flimsy" and one of the holes which the screw goes in to hold it in place was broken out of the box. Not going to stress about getting it replaced since I just swapped the bottom piece with the top (they are interchangeable!) Also noted this case can be modded with out modding. You could take it apart and invert the sides so the board is right side up.

I plan on purchasing a 27' 1440p monitor and an SSD later on so I will be editing this post as time goes by.

Some of the games I'm usually playing/going to play. BF3 and 4, FFXIV, Borderlands 2, Natural Selection 2, Saints Row 3 + 4, GTA IV, Crysis 3, Metro:Last Light, Bioshock Infinite, Watch Dogs, Far Cry 3, and Garrys Mod.

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 4 points

Parts list looks solid, you did your homework and a build looks great!

I think you should have went ahead an gotten this PSU to save you the trouble of upgrading later/having to redo cables however it's not a big deal

Nice build, +1 in my book anyday

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I probably should have sucked up the extra $30-40 and gotten something like this PSU you recommended. Lesson learned. I'll probably get something like this when I decide to SLI since I WILL need an 850w PSU.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha it's not a big deal, computers are always upgradable and that's the beauty of it!

Why didn't you choose to go with ASUS's 780 as it's a black/red themed and would match a bit better? (I'm a sucker for color/schemes matching)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Well if I had a see thru window on the case, I would've put more concern on colors. My last machine was HAF Coolermaster and inside it was all grey and black. I nicknamed it "The Dark Knight".

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha true, can you not buy a side panel window for that case yet?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Not yet since the panel has the USB,Audio, and Power buttons on it.

  • 74 months ago
  • 4 points

Good to finally see a prodigy M build!

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

LIKE LIKE LIKE! I am so jealous. With Prodigy M

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

+1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

what OS are you running? Definitely get an ssd. so worth it. Awesome build though.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

I slapped Win 8 on this one since I heard it had a slight improvement in games. I will be getting a 128 GB Samsung EVO 840 around the holiday. :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

windows 8 is my favorite OS I have ever used. It is so smooth, especially with 8.1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

How's 8.1? Haven't made the move yet. Just concerned about any issues that may occur.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

i have had it since the preview came out. It is awesome. it fixed a lot of the little things that people didn't like with 8. they have a boot to desktop option which they didn't before. I like the metro so I don't do it but it is cool to at least have the option.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build, and nice selection of games! :D +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build looks great.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Uhm really bad question, but where is your hard drive mounted i'm considering the M-ATX Prodigy instead of the ITX Prodigy

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going to upload more pictures soon as I did adjust somethings. The Prodigy M comes with a bracket you can mount HDD/SDD on, but my HDD couldn't fit cause it would touch the radiator. I ended up switching the fans to the top of the case and screwing my HDD on the bottom.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going to upload more pictures soon as I did adjust somethings. The Prodigy M comes with a bracket you can mount HDD/SDD on, but my HDD couldn't fit cause it would touch the radiator. I ended up switching the fans to the top of the case and screwing my HDD on the bottom.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

How is it like building in there? Like cable management, airflow, and being able to work in it? Not many people have good reviews of actually BUILDING something in it. Thanks in ahead of time :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a tough challenge. Especially using the stock cables. I plan to buy some that are sleeved though so I'll post pics later on.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

what wifi card did you use?

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points
  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

thats weird because in the manual it says the combo module only works with half mini-pcie cards and I think the one you put in was just a mini pcie one. Also does it come with the antennae

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

The Mobo only came with the adapter. I had to purchase that wifi/bt card AND I had to buy the antenna (which I ordered from Asus) AND the cables took them both up. The Asus Impact came with the combo of wificard+antenna, but that's mini ITX and I want to SLI later on.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the WiFi card is built onto the mobo :)

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Sadly it was not. I had to end up buying the antenna and wifi card separately. The Asus Impact does come with it bundled in.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I was wondering, what do you think about the PSU? EVGA is reuptable, but they are new to the power supply market. Does it work fine?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Voltage and everything works fine. I got this PSU because of the price at the time. My only gripe was that I did not consider the dimensions.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build dude, it's got me thinking that I might have to do something similar! Quick question about the mobo, did the wifi come included or do you have to get it desperately? If separate which one did you get?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I did have to get it separate, the only mobo in the series I saw that had it included was the Impact. I bought this card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833106190 , I bought the plugs off amazon for $5 and bought the Asus Antenna from their part site.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I have a question for you about that power supply.(I now I'm a little bit late). I was just wondering: Can you please measure how long it is excluding the handle? I'm thinking about buying this for my build, but it has to be less than 170mm deep. Thank you, and what a great build!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello! I just read this message and am at work. I will take measurements and post them later. At the moment I can tell you it does no affect the way the computer sits because the 2 legs in the front and back have more height than the handle. Big warning though. It does not even up with the PCI port on a motherboard. Meaning your graphics card will be resting on the PSU and be slanted just a tiny bit.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Edit: On newegg it says that the PSU is 180mm long, but I don't know if it's with the handle or not. That's basically what I'm wondering.

It's not that it sticks out in the back, it's just that the Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 can have a fan at the bottom, but it says it has the PSU has to be less than 170mm when using it, which I'm planning to do. And can you explain that last part? I didn't quite understand. Do you mean the PSU kind off 'slopes down', and is not parallel to the PCI slot? Or what? Whatever, Thanks, I really appreciate it!