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Using this mainly for gaming. I haven't even put Windows on it yet (I got in trouble for yelling at my brother hahaha I'm 13 soo). Tommorow I'll update this with some more information later though. I got this computer in pieces and put it together relatively fast. I was on a budget because, well I'm 13 and dont have that much money. I did jobs around my neighborhood and sold my Xbox and longboard to get the money.

Case: I knew cable management was going to be a problem but I was ready for that. Other than that this case was awesome. I got it because it looked sleek and it reminded me of a mac pro and I liked that. I just came from consoles so I wanted something sleek but not overly expensive. I got it for 30 dollars off at NCIX but it was 13 dollars shipping. Still got a pretty good deal.

CPU: I didnt NEED an i5 and I didnt have it in my budget. They dont make MiniITX mobos for AMD either and I wanted to stick with the prodigy. It'll hold up until I can eventually upgrade to an i5 or i7 so I'll make do.

Memory: Got a reliable brand that 1600 mhz and was pretty inexpensive. I wanted it to match the case too, even if it didnt match the mobo ahhaha.

Storage: An SSD wasnt in my budget but will be the first thing I'll upgrade. I wanted a lot of space without paying a lot, and Caviar blue is reliable so I went with it.

Video Card: Originally I wanted a 7850 but I splurged because I want to play on high setting because I'll be playin on a TV. This had a good cooler and was only 220 so I went with it.

MOBO: Wanted something with wifi and had good reviews. Didnt need a lot of extra features and it was only 100 dollars, so I went with it.

Power Supply: Wanted something pretty reliable that would have good cable management. Didn't need high efficency (heck, I dont have to pay the bills ;) or a 750w or anything. I might upgrade if I wanted to get a more powerful graphics card but not now.

note- I definitely plan on getting a better CPU cooler but didnt yet becuase I'm not over clocking

Needed molex adapters for the fans and I wanted to play with a controller, so I got a receiver

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  • 81 months ago
  • 4 points

This is a very nice looking build for the budget. Perfect case for the location as well, since it sits raised, that will prevent it the PSU from suffocating on the carpet. I WOULD consider getting a board or other solid surface to place underneath it, just to help prevent it from sucking dust straight from the carpet.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going to do that today, I have a board my old desk chair used to sit on, so I'll cut that down

  • 81 months ago
  • 3 points

I shouldn't expect the prodigy to be that much of a problem, it should have plenty of clearance under it..

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

It has plenty of clearance, correct, but it's still sitting directly on the carpet. It won't be starved for air, but it WILL suck in dust from the carpet. That's an inherent trait of carpets; dust.

  • 81 months ago
  • 4 points

Any surface can gather dust, not just carpets..

  • 81 months ago
  • 4 points

But carpets trap dust and hold it more.

  • 81 months ago
  • 3 points

Yes but carpets are producers of dust, as well as mass collectors. Stop telling the OP to not do something that will only help.

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

I'm well aware of that. But I'm guessing you must not have carpet, it pretty much attracts dust and dirt, especially with static electricity involved. Carpet will become much more dusty, much more quickly, but much less noticeably than nearly any other surface because it's thick, fabric, and of course, the static aspect.

  • 81 months ago
  • 4 points

Don't worry about getting a better CPU cooler. You can't overclock with a non 'K' processor and a H77 mobo. The stock cooler will do you just fine. The only benefit a new cooler will give you is possibly making your computer quieter. You may want to consider an SSD when you have the cash. The boot times are ridiculous and the loading time in games decreases quite a bit too. The GPU should be good enough for a while. You may want to consider upgrading in a year or so after the new generation AMD and Nvidia GPUs have been on the market long enough for the price to drop and the drivers to be in a good place. Just depends on how high of settings you are comfortable playing at.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay thanks :D yah I know i cant overclock hahah I'm definetly going for an SSD and I will upgrade my graphics at one point :) thanks for the advice ;)

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

The 7870 is perfectly adequate for gaming, and as long as you still play on a 1080p monitor, It will max things out for a couple more years, not crysis though, no single GPU can max that out, its also very far ahead of its time graphics wise.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

The Titan did it.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

but its 1000$

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

It still did it.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

that card is freaking huge

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Tell me about it haha

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

That looks like a great budget build man, especially for your being 13. You'll still be able to get better-than-console graphics with that. Nice choices.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man :D

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I am planning to buy exact GPU for budget AMD build. Tell me how noisy it is?

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Its completely silent, honestly the only thing I can hear is the Intel cooler.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

That sounds good, badly that card prize is 50 € euro more than Sapphire 7870 here ...

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

By the way, I LOVE your build.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :D

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm 16 and this is my console killer. I had a pretty tight budget but managed to get great deals all around.

The RAM was free with the Motherboard which (along with the PSU) had a $15 rebate that i'm including in the price

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor Purchased For $114.99
Motherboard Biostar TH61 ITX Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard Purchased For $48.98
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Purchased For $0.00
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $58.98
Video Card Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card Purchased For $134.99
Case BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case Purchased For $79.99
Power Supply XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply Purchased For $40.00
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $477.93
Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-10 15:48 EDT-0400
  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

You're really lucky you got that price hahaha We have really similar builds 0_o. The only real difference is my video card haha. Bet that performs a heck of a lot better than the XBox or PS3.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Heck yeah it does

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

1 gig isn't a lot for a GPU. For a tight budget, that's an incredible build right there though.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Most games won't use over a gig for another couple years, when the time comes and I notice a decrease in quality, I'll upgrade. Thanks for the complement!

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

No lie. Seeing that GFX card in there makes me happy :3. It's f***ing huge.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

hahah i know lol It takes up the whole thing

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

pretty nice build. and geese that gpu is huge!

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

This is some very good money managment. Good upgradeable and efficient build. My only question is how it will run on the TV. Let me know how that goes and possibly update with pictures.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Should've gone with the 7870 XT. Same price, WAY better graphics performance. Nice to see a 13 year old with proper grammar :D

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

I knew someone would say that hahah ~At the time I bought the card all the XT's were ALOT more so I went with the Ghz. It performs well enough for me, but later when better graphics games come out I'll regret it ahah. And thanks, what can I say, got an A in english lolol.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

An ssd would be a nice addition.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

I know, thats the first thing I'm going to add.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay good to know!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm doing my first build soon using the bitfenix prodigy gr8 build and I wanted to ask how good was the cable management with the cx500m cz im gonna use it for my build.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Its okay, the case doesn't offer much for cable management but most of the cables can be tucked in with the power supply.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

I dont know if you knew/know this but there is a "M" version of the bitfenix prodigy and it will fit a microATX mobo, so you could have got an AMD CPU (for example the FX 8320) etc and the only difference would have been that the case is slightly bigger

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

great build, great setup in entertaimnt center... :D praps!

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

That cooler is sooo nice.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

for the CPU?! or the GPU?

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

GPU, it looks so good and from what I've seen it performs really well.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

ooohhh hahah thanks that makes ALOT more sense than CPU cooler hahahah

  • 81 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah the CPU cooler is good enough for an i3 though so don't worry about it.

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  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I have to do this:

Okay thanks :D yah I know i cant overclock hahah I'm definetly going for an SSD and I will upgrade my graphics at one point :) thanks for the advice ;)

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Why?

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Because he reposted the same comment (probably hit save twice when it was lagging)

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

oh okay haha

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  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

It's just the back side, I didnt have enough space with the PSU so I put in near the Hard Drive cages. Even if I take the graphics card out you cant see it from the side.

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  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Off of newegg, make sure to get the right driver online or it won't work