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Mini-ITX rig - first build ever!

by lbasok



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First time ever building a PC and decided to go for a gaming rig; mini-itx no less. Parts were chosen piece by piece and I scoured the newegg daily deals/microcenter catalogs/tigerdirect ads for the absolute lowest prices I could find. Due to credit card rewards I was able to get the keyboard for free off of Amazon and am using a Logitech anywhere mouse I had from before. I tried to order the photos as I built the machine, starting with the POST and through completion. One thing to note is that the optical drive I selected is a touch over 170mm and in order to fit a top-mounted fan in the case, I had to leave the drive jutting out of the front of the case (it's in one of the pictures). Also, I bought a molex to sata power adapter for the optical drive as well as a fan splitter as the motherboard only had 2 fan connections. I love the way this beast runs so far and can't wait to push it some more.

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canders 7 Builds 2 points 51 months ago

Good looking build. Bummer about the optical drive.

lbasok submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks! It's only a minor inconvenience as far as looks, but the drive still fits and works like a champ. Now I have to find some software for it...

GamingPC69 2 points 51 months ago

Hey i'd like to hear how well it runs your games. Maybe you can tell us if what settings you got from your epic build.

lbasok submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

I haven't been able to run much yet as I have a terribly slow internet connection and downloading is a lengthy process. I have been running dolphin emulator however and Skyward Sword at 4x upconversion, 2xAA, 4x filtering runs at standard 30fps during cutscenes and a smooth 60 in-game

dwade111 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

nice build

RyneSmith 7 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

How is the H60 workin out for you? I was considering it for my build but decided to go air cooler to keep it simple

lbasok submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

So far so good. It's relatively quiet, but I haven't overclocked anything (other than factory overclocked GPU) yet. I'd give you temperature numbers, but as I'm new to this, I'm not sure exactly how to pull that data.

RyneSmith 7 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Cool thanks for the feedback, I'm pretty new as well so can't help you there haha

cam313 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Nice looking build my friend. You have some quality parts, with nice upgrade potential if you ever want/need to. Enjoy!

pavleap 1 point 51 months ago

Awesome build, man. I really like it!

lt-smith 2 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

nice vga monitor

lbasok submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

I knew I left out something! But seriously, I did forget to mention this; The rig is being incorporated into a entertainment center and is hooked up to an older 40" 1080p TV.

Catharist 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Lol, dude. http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/Catharist/saved/1X9M

I got that as a theoretical build once I sell this one and move to the other side of the country. I'm looking at it like.... i5 4670k. Check

Liquid Cooler. Check. Not the same mind you, what made you choose the one you have over the H80i?

120 gb SSD. Check.

I was going to add the GTX 760 most likely, but I wanted to assess where my budget was at the time when I was in serious mode.

Case. Big o' Check

Hilarious coincidence, or maybe not because the Prodigy is awesome. How are you liking it so far? I was speculating that the Optical Drive would fix with the CPU Fan mounted that way, so this gives me confirmation that there'll be problems in that regard. :(

lbasok submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

I like the similarities!

I went with the H60 over the H80i for several reasons. I'll get it out of the way that the H80i performs MUCH better than the H60 (from what I researched/heard) due to double fans and a thicker radiator, but the prodigy case runs out of room VERY quickly and I felt better about fitting an H60 in there. Second, I am not currently overclocking anything other than the graphics card and if I did I wouldn't push the cpu past 4 GHz so I don't need the power of the H80i. Also, for me, the H60 was like $30 cheaper and once my build started to balloon over $1000 I wanted to price cut like mad.

For graphics cards, I am neither a Nvidia nor Radeon fanboy so I had no preference. From my research the GTX 760 is fantastic for maxing the latest games at 1080p.

The prodigy is a sweet case and I actually designed the build around it. If you plan on using an optical drive the only place to put the radiator for a closed loop cooler is on the back as mounting it on top provides some clearance issues. I also elected to put a case fan on the inside-top to exhaust air out the top. Even putting a fan there is up to you and if you do, I suggest you look into an optical drive that is shorter than 170mm or else you will have to have it stick out the front case like mine

Catharist 3 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks for the info, yeah I began thinking about a shorter optical drive after I posted.

How did you find cable management? I know it's cluttered as it is because of space constraints. I'm a bit of a neat freak when it comes to that sort of stuff.

Pretty much the only consideration I have is the ability for upgradability on this rig. Also how do you feel about the MOBO? I noticed that there is a ASUS ROG ITX Mobo apparently slated for July/August, and it's kind of monikered as the first official gaming ITX board for the Haswell series. Which in and of itself I've questions about, mainly price/performance and heat vs. the tried and true i5-3570k. All a debacle!

lbasok submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

For me, cable management was not as difficult, but my least favorite aspect of the motherboard/case combination was the layout of the front panel connections/HD audio I think the cable lengths are a little too long and routed awkwardly.

As far as why I got this motherboards: again, several factors. AsRock has a fantastic reputation, and had a better feature set than either the MSI or Gigabyte Z87-itx boards. Also, I got sick and tired of waiting for the Asus, Asus ROG, and the EVGA Z87-itx boards to be released

I think the term "gaming" is an overused hype term used to sell a more expensive product with diminishing returns as far as price/performance. That said, I think the choice in motherboard comes down to you plans with overclocking. I think the MSI and Gigabyte are absolutely fine for no overclock (memory speeds up to 1600 mhz), the AsRock is more than enough for no overclock to slight overclock, and the Asus and EVGA boards for a heavy overclock

As far as removing the motherboard, it seems to me that as opposed to other itx cases, it is VERY easy to remove the motherboard from the prodigy, provided that you remove the radiator for your H80i along with it.

Celtcry 1 point 51 months ago

AH! Just for the K750, you're a pro my man ;)!

hkhan194 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

how is the graphics card? temp, noise level, fps?

danielino 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Hi I have a question:

is it possible to fit a 3.5 Hard drive in the side panel bays?

it would be awesome to remove all the drive bays and still go with the ssd+hdd combo.

I see the psu fits with no problems :P

good job mate btw!

NRPostma 1 point 39 months ago

How do you like the keyboard and mouse? I am thinking of getting those.

domzlol 9 Builds 0 points 51 months ago

LOOK ITS YOUR TWIN BROTHER!! http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Dzt

Nice build! i like!:)

lbasok submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks! Truth be told, I saw your green machine #1 and used that as a reference for the H60 location

domzlol 9 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Hell yea! Glad everything worked for you.