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02/07/2013 (Build log - still in progress)

Hey guys.

I just finished the first step of my build. Everything is working but I'm still waiting on my 230mm front fan, my 140mm exhaust fan (back) and some alchemy white LED that were back order on Ncix.

Once I have everything I will post more pictures and finalize my cable work.

This build proves that it's possible to fit an H100i AND a Bitfenix Recon fan Controller ! Right now my H100i is only pulling air from 2 fans mounted on the bottom of the radiator but I will add 2 others to make it in a push/pull configuration soon (I lacked the screws to do it). The radiator is pushed to the back so it is only holding by 2 screws to the case but the tubing is so compact that it prevents it from being wobbly. It doesn't move at all !

The GTX 780 is a beast. I had ordered the EVGA SC ACX but in small case like this one I prefered a blower type GPU so I went with MSI. I haven't OC it yet but I threw at her Shogun 2 : Total war, everything MAXED, 4X AA, Ultra unit size 6 factions, max units and it never slow down. It's temperature went up to 82 C which I find a little bit high (even it's still safe) but with my two other fans coming it should stay cooler ! I'm using a X-Star 1440p monitor btw ! (For those who've seen my other posts about Korean monitors - yeah I still dig them :P)

Btw, friendly tip, the CPU fits perfectly the MOBO even though you feel some resistance while pulling down the CPU bracket. The resistance wears off once you push it down an inch.

Except for that I had no particular problems while building it. The Corsair 650M fits the case well if you don't route all your cables the same way. People hate windows 8 but I find it pretty cool right now ! So much more beautiful and once you learn some shortcuts and tweak it a little bit you can navigate even faster then before. My computer boots in 3 seconds...

My SSD and my Seagate Momentus XT are mounted on the side panel of the prodigy. I plan on adding another SSD for my main games.

I ran a quick 10 minute stress test with PRIME95 before getting to bed yesterday and there were 0 errors. My CPU went up to 70C max and my fans were not running at their max. I cranked them up and it's temperature went down to 62 at 100% load ! Then it quickly stabilize around 50C while still at 100% load. So far so good !

Next steps are installing my other fans once I received them, optimizing cable work, OC the GPU, push the CPU a little more and then I'll run Benchmarks and post my results for all of you guys !

PS : I had some coupons and deals so I saved around 300$ on all the pieces. Already had the Alienware TactX keyboard and mouse. The thermalpaste is not required as the H100i comes with some pre-apply but after stresstesting it I will remove the old paste, put the new one and install the other fans on it for push/pull.

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  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Get a mechanical keyboard! Really, really nice build.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx ! I'm often on my computer while my girlfriend sleeps... and a mechanical keyboard is loud lol :P When activating gaming mode on the TactX the performance and responsiveness of the keyboard is really not bad !

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Get a cherry black or brown keyboard with switch dampeners. The Logitech G710+ comes with switch dampeners built in.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Cherry Mx Brown keyswitches aren't loud.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Does that LED fan illuminate the front of the case/ the internals well the dark?

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Still waiting on my 230mm and 140mm LED fans (for now I have the two 120mm stock fan). But yes they will illuminate the front and the back (white). And I'll add an alchemy white LED stripe to illuminate the top of the case ! It will glow white with a little bit of green coming from the GTX 780 !

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

That's going to be sweet! I'm a huge fan of the Prodigy. All the color combos available make it a match for just about anyone! :)

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

What did you use to connect all the fans?

as in what adapter?

kinda in need of one meself :P

since the mobo only has 2 headers.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

The Bitfenix Recon Controller can connect up to 5 fans ! Then the sixth one can go in the MOBO !The fan controller use an USB Header to connect to the motherboard.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

perfect. im buying one XD. thanks so much

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build. Does everything stay cool at load?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes ! The GPU exhaust at the back of the case so that helps a lot in an ITX build !

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Mind if I ask what the tie around the gpu is for?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

There is no tie around the GPU... Are you talking about the left part of the GPU on the second picture ? This is just how the GPU is build. It's the metal case that is shaped like that, maybe with the flash of my camera (which sucks) the light accentuated the relief.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

How exactly did you get the recon to fit?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I had to pull out the Optical cage from the case. I then installed my H100i and everything. Last thing I did was, with some help from my GF, put in the Recon and I used 6 tie wrap to secure to the case. With the right angle it doesnt move at all and it's as stable as it would be with screws ! Took me maybe 4 try before I had 0 gaps in the optical slot space but I got it right in the end !

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Any chance at a picture? It's cool if your busy but just stuck on wether I can pull that off.

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  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll still test them ! I honnestly think I can gain an extra 2-3°C going push/pull. Will keep you posted with the results :)

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I think 2C is the maximum lower it will get, I would indeed like to know the results =P With before/after screenshots.

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  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx :)