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