Description

After trying out an Alienware 17 R3 gaming laptop (liked it for the most part but wanted more power for less $$) I decided to put together a proper ITX gaming pc. The Alienware is great for someone who absolutely needs mobility but I found myself wanting more power than the GTX 970M could give me. I have a 1440p monitor that I use with my Mac for video editing and I really wanted a gaming pc that could take advantage of the higher resolution. I sold the Alienware on ebay and put this build together (with money to spare). For now I am going with just the M.2 SSD but will add additional storage as needed. Because of this the cable management was a breeze and I was able to remove the drive cages for now thus really opening up the front of the case for cable management and increased air flow.

I have completed several builds using the BitFenix Prodigy and I highly recommend it. My only annoyance with it is that it requires a smaller PSU. I would prefer to go with an EVGA Supernova G2 but it will not fit. I had an older Corsair PSU from a previous build that I am using for now but will eventually upgrade to a nice SeaSonic PSU. Because I am going to be gaming at 1440p I opted to go with a GTX 980 although a 970 would probably do the job for most games.

I apologize for the photo quality but my wife and I just had a new baby so I had to put this together fairly quickly and did not have time to take better pictures.

UPDATE: I just upgraded my PSU to a SeaSonic G Series SSR-550RM 550W

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  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

didn't want to wait on pascal?

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

nope. when building a gaming pc there will always be "the next great GPU" and I figured why wait? I want to game now; life is too short haha. Plus I picked this 980 up on ebay for under $300

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

good deal!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

absolutely! I was planning on getting a 970 but could not pass up on a 980 at that price

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. And...congratulations on your new baby!

+1 for that alone!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

haha, thanks! now if only I can find some time to game!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 Prodigy versatile case with plenty room.

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

agreed, as stated in my description it was a hold-over from a previous build. It is the 80+ Gold Corsair budget PSU (at least it is better than the 80+ Bronze version). I will be looking to pickup a SeaSonic PSU soon

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

for the Prodigy this is about as good as it gets for someone, like myself, who frequently changes out components. The airflow is unrestricted and unlike your build I will need to add another SATA drive; not everyone can afford a $300 SSD... plus with an air cooler I can't really route the front cables any other way

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I did. If I opted for liquid cooling and only planned on running a single m.2 SSD then I could have done similar but I just mounted an additional SSD in the SSD cage on the side panel where you have cables running. With the Hyper 212 EVO I could not run the cables the way you did. Congrats on nice cable management but realize that different setups don't allow for such tight cabling work. I have done 5 builds now in the Prodigy and the only completely "clean" cabling job was when I used an h100i

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  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

agreed. really becomes a pain if you use a 3.5in drive and need to leave the cages in