Hello, this is my very first PC build and I am so excited for this. I did based my build around the Bitfenix Prodigy M due to the fact that I absolutely hate cheap cases with crazy edges and never having a clean look. By no means is this going to be an over the top water cooled build with custom everything design but it will be sufficient for my needs, modern and most of all clean. This is obviously a gaming rig but I will peruse to buy more ram and upgrade for more heavy task, such as 3D work and AutoCAD when I get out of college and start working. At first this will be a simple build but when Christmas comes around I do plan on modding (more on that later). I am switching from an Xbox 360 and I played over 600 hours on battlefield with it, so this is mainly for BF4 (thus the R9 280x). The color scheme will be White and Red, which has an effect on my choices of parts but barely. Let's get started with the components.
CPU: This is obviously a no brainer, ideal spot for gaming. I could of gone with an AMD CPU (and probably would of preferred to when on a budget) but the Micro-ATX motherboards for socket FM3+ are atrocious. This CPU is also favorable for future applications I plan on using. For the time being i will not be overclocking just yet (But i will buy an after party heat sink for it later).
MOBO: This is motherboard has all my requirements, SLI or Crossfire, simple levels of RAID support and the latest socket for a reasonable price. My only inconveniences with this board would be the ram speed but 1866 is enough for my needs and the future so its not too bad. The best part bout the board is the kit you can buy separately which i will paint white (to match the upcoming modding color scheme) using Vinyl Dye.
RAM: These ram sticks are good looking but I would of liked having the 1866 version when they were on sale but I missed them so these will do fine for now. They are good looking heat sink but I might end up ripping the stickers off them for the cleaner look I am seeking. I will be upgrading buy purchasing the same ones or the 16GB versions later on.
Storage: Originally I planned on getting an Samsung EVO drive but they were a bit too much. This SSD is my first EVER! so I am not used to extremes speeds yet. I will probably end up buying a second one when they come on sale again to set up a RAID 0 config. The two other 320GB drives are salvage from old computers. The Western Digital will be the main storage drive and the other one (which I assume is less reliable) will be coming in and out of my case for monthly backups.
GPU: As mentioned before I will be playing a lot of of BF4 meaning a AMD card is favorable for this game and for my price range the R9 280x is perfect. I am looking forward to Mantle. On the Nvidia side I would of settled for a 770 or more but the prices are over 300$ and i'm looking at just that price point or less. I will also paint the cover for the after market cooler of the card to match the red and white look.
Case: I fell in love with the original prodigy but I was also considering a Fractal Define R4 White and the Corsair 350D. Sadly the Fractal was to big for my accommodation and the corsair was black. The design and look of this case is clean and modern and just plain out simple. I have a grudge against most computer cases out there, you can have crappy internal components but a case is always visible no matter what, so please people invest a bit more in a decent and functional case.
PSU: This power supply is the sweet spot for every thing I needed except 80+ Gold would of been the cherry on top. I needed a semi or fully modular psu for the case and a short enough one too. The cable inserts are also conveniently positioned to not interfere with the GPU which I know has been a problem in these Bitfenix cases. It is a 750W psu which I know is a little overkill for just my simple set up but it does mean it will stay cool and quiet. I do plan on getting sleeved cable when modding comes around. (I will replace the PSU because on idle it has a rattling sound, it's quieter will on heavy use!)
OS: The windows 8 version is weird but it is good for gaming and up to date with security so I don't mind it. I do plan on having Classic Shell so I'm to worried about finding my way around the OS.
I do not recommend this case for first time builders but I was willing to pay the price for looks and cable management was not that bad, I used ventilation holes to attach zip ties.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the pictures. Feel free to comment and recommend things.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core||$199.99 USD|
|Motherboard||Asus GRYPHON Z87 Micro ATX LGA1150||$157.99 USD|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$46.99 USD|
|Storage||Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD||$59.99 USD|
|Video Card||PowerColor Radeon R9 280X 3GB||$278.48 USD|
|Case||BitFenix Prodigy M Arctic White MicroATX Mini Tower||$91.98 USD|
|Power Supply||EVGA 750W ATX12V / EPS12V||$49.99 USD|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit)||$79.99 USD|
|Custom||320 GB WD Blue|
|320 GB Hitachi|
|Total (United States):||$965.40 USD|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.4GHz|
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|GPU Core Clock Rate||850MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||1500MHz|
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