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Feedback welcome! I wanted something more portable than my Corsair 800D, so I built this primarily as a gaming machine that could handle anything else I needed. My focus was on quiet operation and power efficiency as well as being as "future proof" as possible. I wanted a machine that will last me 4-5 years with as little upgrading as possible. Also my first build including an SSD, it's been a great experience. Installation in the Prodigy was incredibly intricate. It took me about two days to get it to boot. I originally ordered the Corsair HX series 750W power supply, but it didn't fit in the case. I returned it to Newegg and picked up the CX600M from BestBuy (Couldn't wait for shipping). The 750 was a little overkill, but it was a free upgrade from the 650 on Newegg. So far, I'm pretty happy with the CX600, but I ran into some problems during my initial build. Every time I would connect a drive to a specific modular connector on the PS, it wouldn't boot. It took me a long time to figure out the problem. Also, my Archgon external drive (cheap on NE) would boot into the windows installer, but told me it needed a driver to continue the installation (driver disk not included or possibly lost in the unpacking). I had to hook up an internal drive to get Windows 8 installed (second attached pic) . After that, my external worked fine.

The bottom line for my experience with mITX Haswell is that it's a real pain to set up, but once you get everything wired, it runs like a dream. So far it's not running noticeably hotter than Sandy or Ivy Bridge systems, but I haven't had the chance to load test it yet. I'll post my CPU and GPU temps soon.

Motherboard link (not listed on PCPP): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188132

Comments

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Any reason to buy a GTX 670 where is GTX 760 is close to the same specs and a GTX 770 is $50 more?

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

I pulled the 670 from my other system, so I didn't actually purchase it for this build. If I had I would have definitely gone with the 700 series.

*edit: I didn't actually know the price difference was so small... I'll probably look into upgrading if the power consumption isn't ridiculously high on the 770. Thanks for the reply.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Ahh that make sense!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Last picture: I'm kind of perplexed. Why do you have the PC in the kitchen?

Was the Prodigy feeling a little peckish?

BTW, nice build.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Coffee break? This was actually just a picture I took to send to a friend before it was finished when I was having the power supply issues (the recon isn't installed in the drive bay either).

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it! I am actually going to be building out of a prodigy pretty soon. What do you think of the build quality of the case?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

For the most part, I love it. The only thing I would recommend is to tighten the screws underneath the side panels once you get it (the screws underneath the side panels that secure the rubber mounts). Mine were a bit loose and made it difficult to get the panels on right, but now it's great. The placement of the power button/usb side panel connectors also makes it a little more difficult to get into/out of the case, but I think that just comes with the mITX form factor. All in all, I love the case and the aesthetics. The cooling is surprisingly good as well, I would recommend liquid cooling because it's gotten really cheap. Let me know if you have any questions when you are planning your build!

*edit: the drive cages do seem a little cheap, but they work really well once you actaully get drives in them. The plastic is just really flexible.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

What about the handles and feet? I have heard rumors that they deteriorate over time.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

I can say that two years later, the handles look and feel the same as the day I bought them, so no worries there ;)

The build is still functioning well, the only thing I've actually upgraded is swapping out the GTX 670 for an R9 290X. I love the performance of the 290X but I HATE how hot it runs. I really wish I had not switched to Radeon but I got a killer deal on the card.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't heard about that, but they seem to have solid construction. There are no feet per se, just the rubber handles on the bottom. I've heard complaints that it's 'unstable' or that it rocks too much on the handles, but it's plenty stable, IMO. It's sitting on your floor or your desk, it's not like you're using it on top of your car or something. You can even (optionally) remove the bottom handles ( http://cdn.overclock.net/d/d4/d4f9a054_Prodigy.jpeg ) but I imagine it would adversely affect your PSU cooling unless mount your power supply upside down so it draws from inside the case. The case construction and handles seem to be well contructed, but my rig has been built for a total of two days, haha.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that you should wait about a month. Bitfenix is releasing a M- ATX Version of this case and same dimensions.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about doing that, but I am wanting an ASUS ROG motherboard, and the miniITX Impact has built in AC wifi.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

The corsair cx is a lower quality PSU with cheaper chinese caps that can't handle temperatures well. I would have gone for a higher quality power supply in a build this expensive, especially inside a cramped mITX case that might get hotter. Besides that it's a good build.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

That's mostly my own fault for getting impatient. I may very well return it to best buy and just order something on Newegg. The only constraint is the size, do you have any suggestion?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

ATX PSUs are mostly the same size. You would have to check the size to be absolutely sure, but seasonic, xfx, PCPC, or a higher quality corsair like a HX/AX would be better.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Silverstone is another great option.