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The Blue Beast

by alexrok


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Date Published

March 28, 2014

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


Use this build for some 1080p gaming, browsing the web and for school.

Part Choice Notes:

CPU: I purchased this CPU and PSU in early 2013 for around $425 with tax (15% where I am) because I could pick it up in store. The difference between this and the 3570k was around $60 (with shipping, taxes, etc.) so I splurged so I didn't have to wait or fear UPS leaving my stuff on my doorstep again.

CPU Cooler: I purchased this cooler mainly because of teksyndicate's review, and the fact that it competes with a H100. I bought another for my other build because of how nice it looks, and the neat LED fan. I bought the thermal compound because it came with a free noctua case badge <3

Motherboard: This is pretty much the best Z77 ITX overclocking motherboard, and it was blue, so it matched the case! If I didn't already own the 3770k I would have bought the z87 impact or z87 stinger.

Memory: This kit was on sale september of 2012 for $85. The cheapest 8gb kit was selling for $65, so I bought this one.

Storage: I got the OCZ SSD from a friend who bought it a while back (near launch). My Seagate 1.5TB drive has been in 3 builds so far and has served well.

GPU: I bought this GPU a few weeks after launch, perfect for 1080p gaming and I plan on refreshing it when i get a new monitor.

Chassis: The prodigy is the best chassis I've ever built in, it's very versatile and is just smart.

Fans: Bought the Spectre LED for $8 when I bought the chassis.

PSU: Bought this for around $85 when I got my CPU. Very nice PSU although I wish I got one with a higher efficiency.

ODD: I got this ODD hoping to watch some blu-rays on my computer in 2011. Never got around to it but it's nice to know it's there.

Case: Prodigy was a bit of a challenge to build in but i made it work. The layout really isn't geared towards either air or water cooling and any GPU that isn't a blower will throttle. The plastic isn't extremely cheap looking and the handles are nicely solid but cut into your flesh after holding for 5ish minutes. The prodigy also has huge issues with crappy vibration dapening for HDDs and somehow makes fans louder with it's very restricting intakes. I would recommend anyone looking at this case to turn away unless it's >$50.

Keyboard/Mouse: I got the razer blackwidow for $85 last year and although it's loud, it's a pleasure to use. I got the mouse after using a razer ouroboros for 2 weeks. The Nagas are OK mice and are some of the only razer peripherals I've used that work.

Headset: Bought this headset when i was still playing PS3. Bestbuy pricematched it to a Sony store's closing sale so it is probably nicer than anything else I would have got for the price at the time. It's actually a nice headset and the battery lasts long, but it's a shame it dosen't support 7.1 on PC.

imgur gallery (higher res pics): http://imgur.com/a/ME8Ms

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Moops 3 points 47 months ago

Definitely looked like a challenge to build in that case +1 for making it look easy!

FlimFlamPhlegm 1 point 47 months ago


RyneSmith 7 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Awesome build +1

treyman484 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Another Prodigy build! +1 since I just ordered one :D

Zeus 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Did an amazing job managing those cables! +1

I personally would have put more money into the GPU before CPU

alexrok submitter 7 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

I purchased the 3770k for more $ because i could buy from Comtronic OEM supplier. Allowed for me to get my build up and running quickly and tax was included. Came out to $50 more than 3570k, and was more convenient.

Zeus 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Oh okay, should list that in the description

bilsterbee 1 point 47 months ago

How do you like that cooler? I was thinking about getting it. I want to be able to moderately overclocking a 4770k. +1 for parts choice and final build

alexrok submitter 7 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

Keeps things cool, bought it because it's a great size for an air cooler. If i were to build this again i'd go for something like a Swiftech 220, H100i or H60i.

opd8 1 point 43 months ago

Is it wireless or not

alexrok submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

I use a powerline adaptor because my computer is extremely far away from my router, but it is wireless and I have used the wireless at LAN parties etc.

opd8 1 point 43 months ago

I have a Q does the led stop went you turn off you pc? pls reply

alexrok submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

The side LEDs and fan LEDs stop when the pc is turned off. The mobo power LED stays on but is very dim.

opd8 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks so if I get the fan you have will it stop went I ture off my pc srry (noob) want to build a pc too that have LEDs

alexrok submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Yes, it will. That's because when the computer is off, the fans turn off (and the LEDs use the same power as the fans). There is even a jumper on the bitfenix fans if you want the LEDs not to turn on at all or if you want to use a LED controller. If you the 200mm fan, I urge you to purchase the non-pro spectre if you don't have a good fan controller as it is much quieter.

opd8 1 point 43 months ago

thanks what about bitfenix led strip will that ture off went i ture off my pc??

alexrok submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Yes sir.

opd8 1 point 43 months ago

Is the white thing the wireless thing? And does your mothebroad have a sound card ?

alexrok submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

The two circle-like antennas are for wifi and bluetooth. The motherboard has an integrated sound card.

opd8 1 point 43 months ago

Oh thanks where did you buy it

alexrok submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

I bought the motherboard from NCIX.com

opd8 1 point 43 months ago

the wifi and bluetooth thing

alexrok submitter 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

They are included with the motherboard. :)

TheP90 1 point 42 months ago

Now that you added more pictures, I know you were the one who entered the 2014 MKBHD setup tour!

alexrok submitter 7 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I did enter it! It was a shame that I didn't have my DSLR when I submitted it and only a Samsung GS3!

TheP90 1 point 42 months ago

Yeah, that would have been helpful for you haha.

Is that desk the Ikea MALM desk? Also, do you have a YouTube channel? I would definitely subscribe to see some videos from you! www.youtube.com/user/mattputing

alexrok submitter 7 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

It is the IKEA Malm desk. Bought it when I changed my build over to my prodigy. I also have a youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/R0K99

TheP90 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks for your help, subscribed on my channel Matthew K., as well as my gaming channel RuthlessRay.

TheP90 1 point 42 months ago

Also, do you use DVI or HDMI for your monitor? I would use HDMI, but I found a good deal on this monitor, but it only has DVI and VGA. http://www.amazon.com/ViewSonic-VA2446M-LED-24-Inch-LED-Lit-Speakers/dp/B00D601UC8/ref=pd_sim_pc_15?ie=UTF8&refRID=1FJ3MEVXJMX2WAZJ3R18

alexrok submitter 7 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I use DVI-D for my monitor.

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TheP90 1 point 42 months ago

Can you change the LED color of the Razer Naga Epic?

alexrok submitter 7 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

You can :D

TheP90 1 point 42 months ago

Awesome! Do you recommend this mouse?

alexrok submitter 7 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

While love the naga epic, if I were to buy a new mouse I'd grab either a cheaper naga or something from func, mionix or one of the newer G-series logitech. The only reason I bought razer peripherals is the fact that I had a credit for bestbuy and it was set to expire.

slickman130 1 point 42 months ago

Was litteraly just looking at the same case and some same parts! but its wayyyyy past my budget where do you get money like that!

geraltofrivia 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Hi! Wondering how you connected the front panel audio with the gpu install, mine blocks the audio header and I have to discard :(

rb3412 0 points 47 months ago

Nice built however, IMO should have just gone with 8gb ram and somewhat cheap psu and ssd and put that money towards a better gpu.

Daisyahoy 3 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

Whats wrong with that gpu? A better gpu than than one is a large leap in price. There a few but the 760 is newer.

Kbur215 1 point 47 months ago

I agree with you. Nothing wrong with the 760. Also, between the i7 and the 16 gigs of ram its likely something like programming, video editing, or photoshop is also being done.

alexrok submitter 7 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

My ram cost $70 for the kit, bought it last year. 8gb was $10 less. Spend $90 on the PSU with s/h & tax, bought it from a OEM supplier.

RustyBaker 5 Builds -5 points 47 months ago

-1 for gratuitous use of case badges -1 for name +1 for parts choices (760 is a damn good value, don't let anyone tell you any different) Cable management is a push as I know the layout of this case is awkward.

Kbur215 3 points 47 months ago

Really, you are gonna ding him for the stickers when the case is already Neon Blue? Its not like the case was subtle before the stickers. I'm just kidding. I agree with you on the cable management and 760 choice.

alexrok submitter 7 Builds 0 points 43 months ago

I used the case badges because I scratched the case and don't have the means to do a touchup. It's so close to my wall I never see them so it's not a real problem for me :P

iLuker -16 points 47 months ago

Why would you use windows 8.1 for gaming?