Description

My first build. Love the aesthetics of the Prodigy case and the convenient form factor. The EVGA 460 2Win @ $169.99 was another pillar in the components decision. Props to Linus @ NCIX for inspiration, especially the Corsair H100.

RAID0 boot drive gives amazing throughput, close to DOUBLE the already sweet SATAIII SSDs, 823MB/s read AS SSD Benchmark.

  • The case is difficult to work with
  • The system runs medium cool in the restricted case
  • The side-panel audio mobo connector is almost inaccessible under the the EVGA 2Win
  • The H100 fans are needlessly loud

I'm awaiting the G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) , using CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1333, have them overclocked to 2000MHz 11-11-11-28 1.6V. I'm looking forward to learning if the Ripjaws Z 1866MHz 9-9-9-24 can beat this. EDIT: I have the Ripjaws Z's at 2115MHz 9-9-10-21-1T 1.55V.

Comments

  • 86 months ago
  • 3 points

Why the 460X2? Could have gotten a single higher end card such as a 670 for the price. Other than that I like the build, but what do you use it for?

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed, the 460X2 weren't your best choice, but hey, like I always say, their build not mine XD. Am also curious to know what the uses will be of this system.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

Is this build for gaming? You did a pretty poor job if it is. Is it also recent? Even poorer job if you built this within the last few months. The 460 is ancient and the 7850 will stomp it for the same price.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

Wrong, it's a dual GPU. This video card actually performs very well, although from what I here it has terrible driver support.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, that's a dual GPU. Missed that. Thought he paid that much for single GPUs. Still could've stomped that with a 7970 or 670.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

True, but remember he got it for $200. That's a steal for a card like that.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Right... I confused myself. At first I looked at the price in the description and thought it was a single GPU. Then I looked at the price on the list after I had realized that it was mult gpu. That should explain the confusion, lol.

  • 85 months ago
  • 0 points

"You did a pretty poor job if it is." Ha ha ha

  • 85 months ago
  • 2 points
  • Radeon HD 7970 - $400 - 9990
  • GTX 670 - $350 - 9450
  • GTX 570 - $240 - 5880
  • Radeon HD 7870 - $200 - 6910
  • GTX 560 Ti - $189 - 5290

  • EVGA GTX 460 2WIN - $169 - 3DMark11 score 7901

So, yes I'd like to spend twice as much. But I didn't, and I got a pretty good bang for my buck on the gfx card.

It boots with the RAID0, cold to desktop in 11 seconds

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

might as well get the ocz revodrive. good job tho!

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the first Vertex3 on sale for $75. I've had no issues, so I picked up another for the RAID0.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Some odd choices here, but I guess if you like it it's fine. Don't have a clue what you're using this for though seems really unbalanced.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

i'm surprised you can fit a h100 inside the case! I really like the white. I wish the bitfenix case would fit an matx motherboard. That asus mobo is the same price as the asus rog Maximus gene V.... Overall solid build. How fast do u boot in RAID O with 2 ssd??

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I've seen someone who's case-modded 2 240mm rads into a prodigy case, the layout inside them is very good, well thought out, you can get a full ATX PSSU and big graphics card (as you can see) in it

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Cold boot to desktop in about 11 seconds (+ BIOS wait and + RAID config wait and + OS menu wait, so usually 20sec for me). I'm pleasantly surprised to surmise SATA has 2 channels, because 2x 500MB/s drives in RAID0 surpass 1000MB/s in synthetic tests.

Regarding the case, it's a bit tight--not for the impatient or young. The long gfx card obscures the mobo from the left and on the right the VRM riser on the mobo with the push/pull/radiator ceiling makes hitting the panic button on the mobo tricky when memory o/c timings won't POST. I bought an audio cable extension, otherwise you can't take off the right side panel.

The white case makes the 230mm front fan kinda pointless because there's not much air vents, whereas the black case has a mesh front with MUCH better intake for the 230mm fan. The temps in the case get a bit high when the two gfx cores and the 4 cpu cores are all pegged. Even so, I have filters on all the intake and after 30min of full stress the hot 460s don't pass 90C and the i7 cores hang between 93-100C. When I remove the sides/filters/top/front/etc, those temps are 83C gfx and 85-95C i7 @ 4.5GHz. No throttling, probably not even worrisome, but if you plan to sustain this sort of stress you probably want a different solution.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

does the h100 have a snug fit? Cool build by the way!