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Frostbite's Blood

by Lost2Frostbite



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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.

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Moops 6 points 46 months ago

Nice Build +1!

Lucky you got that 280x before the price jump.

Lost2Frostbite submitter 3 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

Yeah! 350-400$ I almost missed the slot due to the fact that I was looking for a deal.

iThoughtSheWas16 3 points 46 months ago

Great build! Can you fit an after market CPU cooler? You can overclock the i5 then and get better performance. Nice deal on the RAM and SSD by the way. A word of warning though. The Hitachi HDDs are known to break sometimes.

Lost2Frostbite submitter 3 Builds 3 points 46 months ago

I will get a aftermarket cooler soon (budget constraint at the time) and as for the hitachi hard drive I plan on using it only for backups and not as a secondary drive.

mzimmerman23 2 points 46 months ago

Nice case, nice build. I would also recommend looking at Start Menu 8 for W8, I've had that and classic shell, but like Start Menu 8 better.

Lost2Frostbite submitter 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

I have classic shell and works fine for me but thanks ;)

tylerv 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

It looks as though you do not have power going to the card? I don't see any cables. Was that just for the picture?

Lost2Frostbite submitter 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Yeah, I connected it don't worry

tylerv 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Alright, sweet! +1

RustyBaker 5 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

+1 for a fellow fan of low-key appearance in their case. And everything else too. But primarily for simplicity.

sogden24 2 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

Great build!

Maxime2013 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Nice build! +1

Would have liked to get that card for that price !

Lost2Frostbite submitter 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Good luck getting any 280x right now ;)

chowsownsomepizza 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Showed us how a small build could be a beast on the inside. +1

Lost2Frostbite submitter 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Thank you ;)

Oldking 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

That is an incredible price for a 280x, the 3gb should last you years.

I would recommend an aftermarket CPU cooler, might be a challenge to find one to fit in that case though. Overclocking would help show it's true colors in 3D and editing when that puppy hits 4GHz.

Enjoy your rig, happy holidays.

Lost2Frostbite submitter 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

I do plan on getting a cooler but until I'm not overclocking I'll be good and as for the card goes, I hope to have it run on it's own for 4 years (hopefully) and then upgrade or possibly crossfire (probably upgrade, I want to avoid to much air congestion is such a small case already. )

Oldking 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

In my opinion, CFX would only give you issues. If you aren't running 3+ 1080p or 1 or 2 1440p monitors, CFXing would only give you extreme heat, micro-stuttering, and noise.

Lost2Frostbite submitter 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Thats what I thought and I might run a second screen but not 3 displays with 1440 res. So I'll be good.

canders 7 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

Nice job. Enjoyed looking through your build. +1

TheP90 2 points 45 months ago

The price looked great and then I noticed all your great deals before the price increases lol

Lost2Frostbite submitter 3 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Not the best deal on the GPU but if I waited longer I would of paid 400$ haha

edd677 1 point 46 months ago

Did you have any size troubles with the case? I was going to go for the MATX version but was put off by reviews stating the original M-ITX version was better if you werent intending on using dual GPU's?

Lexar992 1 point 46 months ago

The Prodigy medium has a strange airflow. The PSU is in the middle of the case and i guess some people dont like that. I have the M-ITX and it can fit a full size video card (if you remove the upper drive bay). the M-ITX also has the motherboard horizontal. A large power supply was my only issue (besides cable management).

Lost2Frostbite submitter 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

I would go with the 350D from corsair if you want dual GPU, this case supports it and would work fine but you have to remember the from panel I/O and other fan cables connect on that side of the MOBO.

edd677 2 points 46 months ago

Thank you buddy, very helpful indeed!

KingOfKhazmidan 1 point 46 months ago

How is the gpu's cooler working out. Powercolor is always so cheap so i was wondering if they had bad cooling solutions.

Lost2Frostbite submitter 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

I dont have a GPU temp tool right now but the airflow is good, the noise is not bad at all and it does have a backplate (helps a bit for cooling and rigidity).

leftyrojas430 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

What desk is that?

Lost2Frostbite submitter 3 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Ikea, I recommend the white/beige one for cleaning.

TheSe7enSages 1 point 35 months ago

might be stupid to ask saying this is pictures of your rig but what kind of desk do you have and where did you get it?

Lost2Frostbite submitter 3 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Craigslist :D its an ikea desk i believe, I would not know the model but check on their website. Also, I would recommend the white version. I am generally a clean person and the dust drives me nuts.