Description

I recently rediscovered PC gaming and was getting frustrated by the performance limitations of my previous PC (a 4 year old off the shelf PC with various upgrades), so I decided to build myself a new gaming PC that could handle pretty much anything current and for the near-ish future at 1920x1200 at highest settings.

It was a different world working with high quality components - my previous PCs have all had serious cost compromises (I was the guy who bought a Cyrix and a PowerVR GPU).

It took a little under two hours in total to put it together and the system booted first time (once I'd flicked the switch on the PSU - doh!). An hour later and I had Windows and Steam installed. I have forgotten to connect the SATA cable from the ODD but that can wait.

I'd expected this case to be harder to work with - even the PSU (150mm long) wasn't too much of a tight fit and hopefully my cable management isn't too horrible.

One thing that is definitely clear - I couldn't have done it this well first time around without the advice and information on here - just being able to see pictures of the case/GPU combination and know it would fit fine was a massive reassurance.

Edit: Adjusted temperatures. A CPU idle temp of 3 degrees over ambient can't be bad. Also I thought I'd give a bit more detail about my choice of motherboard. Yep, it's got a yellow colour scheme but it's inside a non-windowed case so that doesn't matter. However when searching I couldn't see any other Z87 mITX boards with more than one system fan header - this has three, plus 6 USB3 ports compared to 4 on many other boards.

The parts marked with a price of £0 were in my previous PC - I saw no need to upgrade them to newer hardware.

Edit 2, May 2014: Since completing this build I have upgraded the SSD to a Samsung 840 EVO 240Gb, the 120Gb drive is going into my wife's PC.

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

nice and compact looks cool

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

This is one of the few builds that looks good with a noctua fan in it

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely. Never understood why they only offer them in those colors but it matches the rest of this build well.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

They're kinda like audio technica with their audiophile headphones. You want the highest quality product? Gotta deal with the ugly aesthetics.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

I think you should throw another noctua in the back of the case in place of that black fan to complete the look!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

nicely done sir!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm surprised that you were able to fit in everything. Looking very nice inside.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

It's really not that bad - while compact, it's well thought out. I wouldn't want to wrestle with a larger PSU, though.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Bitfenix Prodigy FTW!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

How close is the 120mm fan on your Noctua CPU cooler to the VRM heatsink? I have this same motherboard, but I'm looking at the Cryorig H7 because of height restrictions in my case. The Cryorig would need to squeeze in next to the VRM heatsink to work.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry - missed this as I've not been on for a while.

There isn't a whole load of clearance - the fan is close, but far away enough that it's not an issue. About 3-4mm maybe at closest. You can see in a couple of the pictures how close it is.

  • 71 months ago
  • 0 points

The Bitfenix Prodigy is beautiful but you could of waited a little while to consider the Corsair 250d

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I was definitely aware of the Corsair case, but very slightly prefer the look of the Prodigy.

  • 71 months ago
  • -1 points

Nice call buddy! I'm getting myself the 250D, be tuned to my account soon :)

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have an example that you think is different to mine? I thought that mine matched the images in the reviews I saw and other builds on here.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, very true. Yes, there definitely appears to have been a change then. The manual also shows both holes.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

If anything, the extra metal might have got in the way of routing the main power to the motherboard. I don't feel that I missed out there. Having one there was a great help though (you might spot if you look closely the cable tie)