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EDIT 1: - More cable management changes. - Changed to Corsair SP120 High Performance fans. - Asus monitor acquired.

<OVERVIEW>

This is going to be my personal progressive project, so I'll be making many changes as time goes on. The things I plan to change are listed bellow. I've been far from the tech world for so long that I've forgotten how much fun it was to build a PC. I've been building this thing for over a month, buying parts as cash becomes available, and I have to admit that the most fun I've had was cable management... sounds strange but I love the challenge and always get inspired to make it look cleaner whenever I get home from work.

I've been using a Dell Studio 1735 for the past five years as my "desktop" (mainly because if I move it anywhere, it freezes and bugs out on me, not to mention the screen is cracked) and thought that it was about time for an upgrade and to have a good computer to use for my major. It'll be used mainly for programming, 2D/3D digital art, games, and maybe some video/sound editing.

OVERCLOCK: I decided to finally overclock the build after becoming more comfortable with the settings. I have to admit, this thing overclocked beautifully, I'm getting almost the same temps as I was at 3.5ghz, just slightly higher at idle/low load.

</OVERVIEW>

<PARTS>

CPU: I wanted this to be as high-end as my budget could get so I went with the latest CPU (I don't plan to upgrade to the extreme that's coming out soon, the price is just too high and I doubt I'll need it) and, while very minor, the upgraded integrated graphics is nice while I wait for the GTX 780.

Motherboard: I did as much research as I could and it came down to either Asus or Asrock, and I know Asus would probably have been the better choice, but the blue slots just didn't work for me aesthetically.

RAM: I opted to go with the Dominator Platinums because they fit the black/white theme very nicely. 16gbs for large digital art editing. 1866 over 1600 mainly because the difference in price that I had available to me was very small.

Case: I fell in love with the Prodigy the first time I saw it in a PC magazine a year ago and I couldn't settle for anything else despite looking at a ton of other cases.

Left-Side Panel w/ Window: The acrylic came in a

GPU: I'm going with the GTX 780 (maybe Classified) for the price/performance. The Titan would be great, but the extra $$$ really doesn't justify the small upgrade in performance for what I want.

CPU Cooler: The H60 seemed like the best option for future overclocking and cleaner look.

PSU: 650w is a bit overkill for now, I know, but it's more for insurance for when I intend to overclock.

HDD: Much faster in (R)AID 0 and the drives are backed up every week with a 2T external drive.

SSD: Boot times are incredibly fast and the size is great for storing my most important files.

Fan Controller: Not very useful but the look fits so well with the case, and I use an external optical drive.

Monitors: Asus monitor with my old Dell in portrait mode. The resolution, refresh rate and colors are great on the Asus.

120mm Fans: The Corsair SP120s are quite loud at max but cool better at low RPM than the Aerocools did at similar speed.

230mm Fan: I couldn't find a white Spectre Pro with LEDs so the black one with white LED worked fine.

Mods: Cut out a hole in the right panel in order to see the insides once I get the GTX 780 which will block out the left panel window completely.

</PARTS>

<FUTURE PLANS>

  • Braided Motherboard power extension cable to route beside the drive bay.
  • GTX 780Ti
  • Custom water-cooling (CPU and GPU)
  • Custom paint job that I'm really excited about!
  • Alchemy cables
  • Alchemy LED strips
  • Possibly some more case mutila...modification :D

</FUTURE PLANS>

Comments

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

All this in a mini ITX...insane! Nice build.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't used a mini-ITX case yet, but wouldn't a GTX 780 be a bit long for one? Just curious.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

I've seen pics with them fitting in the Prodigy. I think the 7970 is longer and I've seen even that fit inside.

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

That's impressive.

  • 76 months ago
  • 2 points

The case is quite a bit bigger than your average ITX cases though :/

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you fit the 2.5 slot card in without choking the fans on it?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

The reference card and the SC/FTW/Classified I've seen fit enough, though reference cards blow out of the back of the case and not out of the side of the card itself, which is always better in this case. But something like a Galaxy HOF (which I currently have listed), I just learned takes up 3 slots, which can't fit unless I don't want to ever close my side panel :/

  • 76 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Are you RAIDing the HDDs at all?

  • 76 months ago
  • 3 points

I do not know if he just changed the discription (after you replied) but he says:

HDD: I've just heard so many great things about the Barracuda drives that I had to give em a try. So far, running two in (R)AID 0 is giving me great read/write times, and I'll be backing it up with an external 2TB drive weekly.

@OP

Great build!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Edit 1 completed

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build!

I am building a similar setup (Prodigy, H60, same mobo, 230mm fan + 2 or 3 smaller fans) and I'm trying to decide how to wire up the case fans & pump. (Since this mobo only has 2 fan headers.) Did you use splitters from the mobo headers, or just power fans from the PSU? I'd like the 230mm and radiator fans to be PWM controlled, but I could not find any current ratings for this mobo's fan headers.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I only used the CPU Fan header for the H60 and the rest of the fans are powered through the Recon fan controller. Cable-managing all those fans is a bit of a pain though, but I found that there's more than enough room around the top and sides of the case so that none of them show through the window.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build ! Which OS are you using ?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :). I'm currently using Windows 7 from my old laptop that replaced it.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

You should consider getting the GTX 780TI. Its $200 extra but performs better than the Titan.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I just switched it out. Now just to save the money :D!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I am using this as a template for my build. sweet job. I hope mine looks as good

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Sure, thanks! Cable management can be tricky, but you can find spots around the sides of the case and on the roof to hide most of them. If you get the right motherboard (I wouldn't recommend the one I have, maybe the Asus Maximus Impact) you'll see even less cables and have the ram show nicely. Good Luck!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I will post pics after I am done. ThX!!!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Why didn't you get the bitfenix prodigy m?

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

It didn't exist back when I bought this. To be honest, I like having the motherboard sitting horizaontally, the 780 looks beautiful with the cooler visible in the window. Also, having two windows on both sides looks awesome imo :D

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW..

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get both panels I've seen the left ones but not the right one.

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