So my gf needed a computer without the absolutely ridiculous price tag of the Battle Toaster, but one that is crunchy, expandable in the future, and can finally retire her six y/o Toshiba lappy. I picked out the parts and built it, and it was an adventure like any other.
Build went very smoothly, everything snapped into place happily and easily, the Prodigy is great to work with internally despite the small form factor and compact silhouette. Only three unexpected problems arose - I seated the push-pin cooler wrong first try, ended up with only half the lid covered, thermals really really suffered that one. Caught it early, reseated, happy with it now. Shame that Scythe doesn't ship with more than about two applications of thermal paste. The other issue is the PSU not being prepared for two six-pin power cables for the graphics card, so I had to make a hackjob out of it and repurposed a surplus cord from my own power supply. It should hold just fine, or at least the Internet tells me so. Final slight prob is that the motherboard only has one case fan header, so I have to get ahold of a splitter at some point. All were my oversights for the relatively hasty and in-budget purchases, but none ended up as fatal.
Anyway, the components:
CPU - Should be good. Feels zippy, even without an SSD behind the OS.
Cooler - cheapish, but does its job. I just wanted something more efficient than the stock fan.
Mobo - H97 chipset, LGA 1150, does its part. Shame about the case fan header.
Memory - is memory. Good price, works out of the box.
HDD - Hopefully will last a while.
Case - Oh boy. Well, let's list what I love about it. It looks gorgeous, feels solid, soft to the touch. A joy to work in, despite the size, lots of room to expand. It's all lovely to look at. The bad: the floor HDD mounts are hard to use, bends the SATA power cable in unfun ways. Scratches easily, and you do have to roll it about to reach every nook and cranny. Legs have to be removed to reach the bottom screws, and damn, it's wobbly and skids around a lot on the floor. Still, it's a funky happy little case, good complementary to my DS Cube.
PSU - The single six-pin is a serious problem. But it's tiny and semi-modular. Said to be well-made too, we'll see.
Keyboard - terrible membrane kb, but she could care less, being a two-finger typist.
Screen - hand-me-down to save money, good enough for now. Still a huge jump from the only ×768.
Mouse - inherited from me. Good little mouse, I liked it, but it was time to upgrade on my end.
GPU - Cheap, very well priced compared to its cousins. Hopefully it will crunch hard enough to be fun, and will last despite the off-brand. And here's hoping it doesn't actually use full power from the cables.
Mic - terrible. Cheap. Enough for VOIP.
CAT5 - IT'S BLUE OKAY 11/10!!
Headphones - her old headphones, still absolutely amazing, despite the ear-foam slowly flaking away.
I'm just crunching Prime now, seems to be holding well, even in this crazy summer. I'm happy with the results and the deal I got on this (keep in mind that I'm in eastern EU). Bonus cookie for whoever knows what the name is reference to.