Purpose: A decent gaming machine that will also be great for regular home user tasks.
I have gaming build in a Define R4 and wanted to go for something smaller this time around. Betty is not for me. Budget was set to $900, legit copy of Windows, DVD-RW, and a minimum 240GB SSD were other requirements. That left ~$630 for the usual stuff. All prices in Canadian, which also meant worse deals than are available in the USA.
MIRs: $30 on GPU, $20 on PSU
Thoughts on the build: - Building in the Prodigy was great! I love the smaller size and portability (relative to my personal rig). It is great quality with lots of options for expansion or openness (better airflow). It comes with dust filters for most of the intakes (see note at the bottom about this). It is a bit on the expensive side but mITX options aren't numerous.
It was shocking to see how expensive RAM has become. Went with 1x4GB RAM so it is easily upgradable in the future (mobo only has 2 slots).
For the price point it was either an AMD CPU + 7790 (or worse), or an i3 + 7850.
The build went smoothly. None of the parts were defective.
The most interesting talking point is probably the cooling dilemmas I faced. I realize that with these parts cooling isn't much of an issue, but it still made me think.
The case comes with 2x 3-pin 120mm fans.
A 140mm would be great. It could be rear or front mounted. The front can fit all kinds of combinations (radiators), but for this simple a setup a big 230mm front fan would also be awesome.
The mobo only has 1 system fan header (4 pin). The PSU didn't come with any molex-3pin adapters. Therefore I could only power one of the two fans with what I had. I chose the front one to maintain positive air pressure in the case.
The case has dust filters for the front, PSU, and top. With positive air pressure the back and side should be fine. However, the GPU blower fan is at one half of the side fan opening, and so it sucking in unfiltered air (while the other half of the side is pushing out slightly due to the positive pressure).