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Built 12/11/16

So this was a build I planned for and built with my friend, to act as a portable PC for lan parties, something that he can easily move to the next room over for VR, something he can bring to uni, and of course something he can use every day. The Companion Cube was a name I suggested and he loved it. Even though it's not a cube.

We originally looked at the Node 304 and the Corsair 380T, but when I showed him the Bitfenix Prodigy M he fell in love with it. It's also mATX instead of mITX, so that's pretty nice for upgradability. The handles are wonderful, but needs a certain grip to stop the handles digging into your palms. Unfortunately the version with the side panel was out of stock everywhere, so we had to buy it separately. An extra £27 for a window really sucks, but he really likes it and it was within budget anyway.

His old PC tower had a 3570k with a stock cooler, and he didn't particularly like the noise from it. Given we were moving down a form factor, we decided a cheap aftermarket cooler would be worth it. And it definitely was, the TX3 evo keeps the 6500 well cooled under load, while staying whisper quiet which is rather impressive for such a small cooler.

This was designed to be a purely gaming machine, so we stuck with a speedy 275GB M.2 SSD. The M.2 form factor was a godsend when cable managing, as it completely eliminated a power and data connector from the process. All in all the MX300 is nice and speedy, and 275GB is plenty for his games. He's considering going SSD only if he needs more storage, and there are two slots for SSDs/HDDs at the bottom of the case. We were briefly considering putting a large fan at the bottom of the case, but decided not to to keep this option open for storage.

He ordered a 550W GS, but ended up getting a 650W version. So thanks Amazon, we sure ain't complaining.

The wifi adaptor is tiny, and does its job fine. When the PC is at its home base on top of his desk, he uses ethernet, so the wifi adaptor is only really for convenience when he's moving around.

The 1060 was an easy choice within the price range. We originally looked at mini single fan cards since the GPU clearance isn't great. Eventually we saw the Xtreme Gaming and he absolutely fell in love with it. Against my better judgement, he convinced me to run the numbers and I figured out it would fit fine, but would overhang the PSU which would make cable management a bit difficult. His response to that was "Well I have a bag with a *** ton of zip ties so we'll be fine" and it turned out we were. The cable management looked great until we added the PCIe power cables, which made it look a little bit messier in the end than I would have liked. But fitting such a huge 2.5 slot card in the Prodigy was incredibly satisfying.

Finally the lighting. Since the name was the companion cube, we added blue and orange fans to replace the stock fans that came with the prodigy m. The Blue lighting looks great, but unfortunately the orange comes out as a weak yellow.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Great motherboard, all the features we needed for a good price and a good aesthetic.

Case Fan

Airflow is good, PWM works fine, but the lighting is quite weak and much closer to yellow than orange.

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Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Gotta love this build, it's beautiful. +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you <3

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I also just built a white Prodigy M for my dad.

I have a question. Since your video card is so long; are you still able to put in a DVD-ROM drive? I have a DVD-ROM drive installed in my dad's Prodigy M, but I haven't put in a graphics card yet. Wondering if I can get him a normal size graphics card or if it needs to be a small-form factor. Here's the build. https://pcpartpicker.com/b/x9WD4D

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

We removed both the 5.25" bay and the vertical bracket so we had space for the graphics card. A short GPU could fit, but I believe you would still need to remove the vertical bracket and move your SSD down to the bottom if you wanted to install a graphics card. I recommend measuring how much clearance you have vertically - you still have plenty of length horizontally, but I can't remember how the 5.25" is relative to the PCI Slots. Also you'll need a few zipties to deal with the cables.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I'll take your advice to remove the vertical bracket and then do the measurements for a graphics card before buying one. I've been using Velcro straps to deal with the cables.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

We used a mix of velcro and zip ties, but there were several hooks in the back behind the PSU which we found the velco straps were a bit to thick to fit through.

Good luck!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good except the orange fan,imo.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, that was the main disappointment in the build.

Still pushes plenty of air pretty silently, so I'm proud of the little guy.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

You should get a vinyl "companion cube" logo to stick on the non-window side panel

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

We were looking at a generic "Aperture Science" logo sticker, but that's a good idea too

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

The Prodigy M is a nice little case. I eventually had to turn it upside down so the MB sat right-side up. It began to bother me reading everything upside down - lol. Great job!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I'm looking to build my own PC (Completely new to this) and so far yours is my favourite for my price range. Can you confirm if this handles 4K gaming?

Thank you.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Sent you a PM

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