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PLEASE NOTE - These prices are all AUD!!!

So my gaming PC was nearly 4 years old, was starting to show it's age, so I made a new one. It's compact, green, fast and quiet.

Some notes:

  • Ended up building it three times, as the first time the motherboard blew up after 10mins, and the second time I found the CPU was also stuffed (probably taken out by the motherboard the first time around). All replaced under warranty so no worries in the end.

  • Fans: 1 x 240mm intake on the front, 2 x 120mm exhaust in the top, and the Corsair H90 fan sucking in fresh air through the rad on the rear. All red LED's in those three fans which give it a nice red backlight to the otherwise green case. Sort of like a watermelon. Magnetic fan filter on front and rear to keep dust out.

  • Power supply is pretty small for it's wattage, however is still a bit of a squeeze fitting into the case.

And I think that's it! All-in-all loving the compactness of the build and the performance is awesome. I'll grab 3DMark 11 and some more photos in a bit. With regards to the temps, please be aware that I'm not running in aircon, and the ambient temp is between 27-30 degrees C, and around 80% humidity at the moment.

Note - here is the actual case I used: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=25_1171&products_id=23551

UPDATE:

Quick update after running this for around 6 months: Temperatures have not really changed from when I originally built it. I don't see any dust building up inside, so the filters are doing their job. The only negative thing is probably the case. The green soft-touch stuff Bitfenix used doesnt' appear to like heat and humidity, and is beginning to get sticky, especially on the front. Considering swapping it out for a different front fascia (maybe a mesh one).

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 5 points

+1 Awesome build, but I don't think those red LED fans look too good with a green case.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

It's a matter of opinion I guess - the fan controller lets me turn the fan LEDs off if I ever change my mind.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

how did you get a green case?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the red fans look nice!

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

Up voted, nice build mate! Funny how everyone thinks you over paid for everything!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah don't think they are grasping part prices here in Aus. Cheers!

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude, that's freakin awesome! I didn't realize they offered a Prodigy with a window just for the GPU like that! It's sweet!

Really like it! Such a sick build too.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

I believe these are australian prices

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey man, beautiful build.

I actually just build one very similar to this for my girlfriend... Same case (color too) and mother board.

I have a question regarding the airflow/fans. I have a Bitfenix 230mm fan on the front for intake similar to yours, but since the vents surrounding the front panel are so small do you think enough air is getting in through the front? I feel like the airflow in mine isn't that great... but then again my own gaming rig is a much larger case that's a lot more open, so I'm used to having great airflow.

Also, Dust was a concern of mine, what magnetic fan filter did you use for the front panel? Does it st nicely inside? I am tying to find a good filter to put in the front.

But anywho, nice build. I went with getting all green LED fans to go with the color of the case =)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers man.

I shared the same reservations regarding the air flow through the front, however after doing some testing with and without the front fascia attached, I found it made virtually no difference in temps under gaming load. It seems to draw enough air through those small vents to work OK.

I used this filter kit - http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=22650&cPath=1475. However it's not great - the front filter doesn't really fit unless you customise it (ie - cut out holes where the front fascia clips to the front). I've got it in now and it does work, but the fascia doesn't sit perfectly over it.

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Quick update after running this for around 6 months:

  • Temperatures have not really changed from when I originally built it.
  • I don't see any dust building up inside, so the filters are doing their job.
  • The only negative thing is probably the case. The green soft-touch stuff Bitfenix used doesnt' appear to like heat and humidity, and is beginning to get sticky, especially on the front. Considering swapping it out for a different front fascia (maybe a mesh one).
  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Any pics of the internals?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Nothing interesting, but I might take some of the inside a bit later. Just gotta take the video card out to be able to see anything.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

im suprised the graphics card fits lol

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

does the bitfenix prodigy come with the glass in the side?

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

You can also buy separate windowed panels just FYI

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah actually could have fitted a bigger card. Lots of room in there.

They sell windowed as well as windowless versions - couldn't find this exact version on this site for some reason however.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Welcome to the Prodigy club ;). Nice build, and I like how that 780Ti sits in there. I've been waiting to get my gfx card for a while, and I might change my motherboard to the Impact as well, it does look sweet. If you're not using the right-side panel's SSD holder, you can make a cutout like I did to show off that motherboard and RAM from the other side. Enjoy!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Im not a fan of lime green, but this build looks awesome anyways, money well spent u_u

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

You could've gotten 16 GBs of RAM for a lot cheaper. Also, the SSD was overpay too. The 780 Ti was overpayed for too. I mean, it's not a bad build but I just feel like you spent more than you had too.

  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

RAM is clocked at 2133 mHz though. SSD is Corsair, which is basically the Apple of computer parts. I agree with you over the price of the 780 though

  • 73 months ago
  • 8 points

Dude, he is in Australia. Parts are overpriced as f@*# over there. He probably actually got that stuff pretty cheap compared to other stores.

PLEASE NOTE - These prices are all AUD!!!

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

um, well for one, right now, 1600-2133 in most games gets you 5 fps extra on average, so i would have went with 1866, and for the SSD, corsair is NOT the apple of computer parts, if you mean by quality, sandisk is the best when it comes to SSD's, because for one, they make their own NAND, so they choose the best for their own SSD's, and unless you are playing over 2560x1440, i would have gone with the 780 with a better cooler, and even the 4770K is overkill, my 3570K is more than enough for Crysis 3 ultra at 1440p...but this is all IMO, so im just saying you could have saved some money and put it into either a bigger SSD, or maybe a better cooler

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Higher clocked RAM has been shown to give little improvement over say a 1600 mHz stick. And it would mean even less when OCing the CPU.

Also, Corsair is not the Apple of computer parts. Maybe their SSDs, but everything else is priced rather competitively. Nevertheless, he could have picked up a faster 840 EVO for like $90.

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  • 73 months ago
  • 3 points

Definitely agree on most of those points, however I'm not planning on upgrading for another 3 to 4 years, so decided to go for some slight overkill on a few things.

Yeah also those are Australian prices, and I'm not able to change them from USD for some reason.

And the SSD was actually not bought new for this build, I ripped it out of my old PC.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude, he is in Australia. Parts are overpriced as f@*# over there. He probably actually got that stuff pretty cheap compared to other stores.

PLEASE NOTE - These prices are all AUD!!!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

admittedly, $200 for 16GB of RAM is a bit obsessive, but there could be many reasons why the OP bought it. for instance, i bought four 4GB sticks of red/green Tactical Tracer memory for a total of $185 because of the aesthetic value; i didn't particularly care that it was an expensive 16GB set of RAM.

the 780 Ti, however, i agree with you.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

11/10 would totally BANG!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice looking build!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Love me the Bitfenix Prodigy!!!

You bought it black but unless i'm colorblind that's green.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah the green windowed version wasn't listed on pcpartpicker

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

green? how? tell me D:

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

is this A gaming rig or what

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh god yes. Actually gaming is the only thing it does.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like someone had a lot of money to spend on a build :D hope you play games with Really good FPS for that price lol

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Well it was a long time coming, so felt it was time to blow some cash.

Since building this I've played tons of Battlefield 4, as well as finishing Farcry 3, Black Flag, Bioshock Infinite, etc. Runs like an absolute dream, never dropping below 60fps. (Well Black Flag did sometimes, but can't have everything)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! I'm considering the same GPU and PSU combination.. How are you finding them? Do they both run ok?

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey mate - yeah runs absolutely fine. No issues at all.

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah, why'd you pay so much for the Ti?

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Because its the best single GPU and great quality.

  • 73 months ago
  • -2 points

It shouldn't cost that much, though. He way overpaid.

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

Case is ugly IMO, but to each his own.

(before people give me a $h!tstorm, I understand OP likes it, and I'm fine with that.)

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

you over payed on everything for this, why ?

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah prices actually in Australian dollars not USD

  • 73 months ago
  • 0 points

Really ? i though stuff like this costs way more in Australia.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

why not.

  • 73 months ago
  • -1 points

epic build but you can find that i7 for around $280 if you had looked around. still get a +1

  • 73 months ago
  • -1 points

smexy case

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