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Prodigy (2015)

by BrendonButler



Date Published

July 3, 2015

Date Built

June 19, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

44.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.14 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C


I use this build for gaming, application and web development as well as video editing.

I get above 100 FPS in just about every game at or near max settings at 1080p. The only games that I have had trouble with were COD: AW and older titles such as Rome: Total War. Advanced Warfare because it runs out of memory. And Rome: Total War seems to just not be optimized for newer hardware (searching for a fix)

I have the GTX 970 set so when the GPU temperature reaches 46°C, it will then spin up the fans and gradually spin faster as the temperature increases.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

I'm giving this 5 stars, not because it's the best cooler, but because it's the best closed-loop liquid cooler for the money. With only about a 10-20 degree increase in temperature under load, this keeps my Core i7-4790 nice and cool to run at peak performance.

Yes, you could get a cooler with a bigger radiator, multiple fans, or build your own and get even better cooling, but I feel that this is perfect for the money. I would highly recommend it.

Some people, including me were worried about the pump noise, but honestly, you can't hear it over any case fans you may have.

Video Card

Amazing graphics card for the price. I am able to run about 90+% of the games I own and enjoy at max or even near max settings without the card getting loud (or audible at all since I have such a small case and 3 120mm fans plus the one in the psu).

It runs nice and cool, fast enough to keep all my games running at above 100 and sometimes even above 300 FPS.

I gave it 3 stars instead of 4 because I don't feel like I'm safe enough with it. That being that I don't feel that I have equipped my computer to be future-proof enough. 3.5 GB seems to be plenty enough for most games, but sometimes that 512 MB is crucial to keep the card from crashing in some games.


Very compact and beautiful case.

There are a few downsides, but that's all due to the size, so I didn't feel they should effect the rating very much. I decided to put a full size ATX power supply in this case without even thinking of the room I need. It was a tight fit, but lucky enough for me, it worked! Cables are sort of jammed in, but I worked with what I had.

I'm sure amazon would let me return it and purchase a better fitting one, but I've already got it all setup, and don't plan to do much to the computer for at least another couple years.

Comments Sorted by:

Revosok 1 point 44 months ago

Why did you watercool your cpu if you can't even overclock it?

dabless 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

Low noise maybe ? I will do the same, but only for the noise.

BrendonButler submitter 3 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

I'm able to run the fans slower, and with my old computer I had crazy overheating problems. I wasn't sure if it was due to ambient temperature in the summer or if it was the junk stock cooler on the AMD processor.

It was the cooler, but whatever. Liquid cooled looks nicer anyways in my opinion.

dabless 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

How is the heat in this build ? I am planning to go for something really close to that. Do you think you could remove one top fan to add an optical drive ? And do you have the place for two HDD on that?

I want something really really close, I am glad that I can see it :)

Nice build !

BrendonButler submitter 3 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

When it's running at idle the GPU fan doesn't spin (I have it set that way), and the air coming from the radiator is about the same or even a bit cooler than ambient temperature, which I don't currently have a way to test. (Probably around 20-25 degrees Celsius depending on the day)

One of the top fans could be removed to fit an optical drive. And if I were to re-do or give recommendations on this build, I would say that you should use a smaller PSU. 6.5 inches is too big for this build, if you went half size (or smaller if possible) you could potentially mount a fan in the front for extra cooling.

You should be able to fit 4 full size HDDs if you use the included HDD bracket, the only downside is that it might get in the way of the radiator + fan. or you could move the radiator to the bottom and replace one of the hard drive slots. SSDs should be easy to mount anywhere. Just make sure that if you Jerry Rig them in spots they're not supposed to go naturally, you should get straight sata and power cables instead of the L-shaped ones.

Sorry for the long response, just thought I would give some insight in the build! Happy building! :D

dabless 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Thank for the long response ! :D Do you think just a full modular PSU would do the trick ? I was planning to go for this one https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-rm550

BrendonButler submitter 3 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

Sorry for the wait, long day at work. D: I have a fully modular PSU in mine, and that's probably the only way I got mine to fit. I would just try to play it safe and go with a shorter PSU. Unless you're not going to have as long as a graphics card as me. My GTX 970 is about half an inch (if that) from the PSU. It's also long enough to be sitting right above the second row of ports. Every power supply is different, so instead of having to do returns if they don't fit, I would just look for a shorter one :p Sorry for all the redundancies.

EDIT: There's also no room behind the motherboard tray for cable management, so that doesn't help either.

dabless 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Oh ok ! I will take a look on that, thanks for the tip !

I will use a evga gtx 960 FTW

noap7 1 point 43 months ago

Nice build! How well does that cpu cooler perform? Would you recommend it? Been looking for a budget watercooler.

BrendonButler submitter 3 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Terribly sorry that I didn't see this sooner... The cpu cooler keeps the i7-4790 at around 30 degrees at idle, and maybe 50 degrees max under full load.

I would recommend getting 2 PWM (4-pin fan) static pressure optimized fans to replace the one it comes with, and maybe a PWM splitter. Plug the fans into the CPU Fan port on the motherboard and the pump into another fan spot. This will keep the fan speed down, increase the pressure, keeping the cpu cooler.

Also, the reason I said to do PWM fans plus the fan splitter is so that your motherboard can control the speed of the fans based on the temperature of the CPU.

noap7 1 point 42 months ago

Oh you are fine dude no problem. Thnx!

peppaz 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

What size fans? 120 or 140?

and thanks for the info, using this case for a build

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TheScaryBear123 1 point 44 months ago

Agreed tho I prefer the case in the green.

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TheScaryBear123 1 point 44 months ago

nah just fits the style better personally i prefer white cases

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