Prodigy-3

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Prodigy-3

My first computer build and only so far. I wanted something small and powerful. I believe Prodigy's progress reflects mine.

This guy started off in a Bitfenix Prodigy case and a GTX 770. I really loved that case back in 2013. It was, in my opinion, a very interesting form factor. It had a custom, stealthy black on black front panel and RGB lighting inside. I went for custom water cooling. I was so proud of my custom water cooling work. I started with just a CPU loop and 240 rad but quickly added my 770 to it with another 120 rad in the front. If its wasn't such a money and time pit I would have continued using it in every iteration of this build.

The first upgrade was a GTX 980 and I moved everything to an InWin D-Frame Mini. I wanted my build to feel more premium. The new case had better build quality and was very solid. I was also into the open air design. I again was able to get a custom black on black themed case to go with the spirit of the build. We moved onto a AIO cooler for convenience.

The last revision of this build gets a GTX 1080 and the Define Nano S. At this point in my life I wanted something cleaner and subtle. It stays hidden under my desk and is super quiet. A stealthy ninja. I like the fact that it looks like a boring black box on the outside but inside it is still my Prodigy.

I am so surprised this build has lasted me so long with only GPU upgrades. When I decide to do a new build I will heavily consider the same manufacturers because I Have had no issues with the core components.

Looking back, I wish I did not sell the old cases because of the sentimental value. I did really enjoy every iteration of this build and they remind me of different parts of my life.
Color(s): Black Gold Silver
RGB Lighting? No
Theme: Color
Cooling: AIO Cooling
Size: Mini-ITX
Type: General Build

Hardware

CPU
$ 100.00
Intel - Core i7 4770K
Socket: LGA 1150
Cores: 4
Motherboard
ASUS - Z87I-Pro ITX
Chipset: Z87
CPU Socket: LGA 1150
Size: Mini-ITX
Memory
Crucial - Ballistix Tactical
Type: DDR3
Capacity: 16 GB
Graphics
$ 299.00
NVIDIA - Founders Edition
Chip Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip: GTX 1080
Storage
$ 49.99
PNY - CS1131
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 240 GB
Storage
Samsung - 850 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 250 GB
Storage
Samsung - 850 EVO
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 250 GB
PSU
Seasonic - SS-650KM3 (discontinued)
Wattage: 650
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Gold
Case
$ 119.12
Fractal Design - Define Nano S, Black
Type: Mini-Tower
Side Panel: Solid
Cooling
$ 241.54
Corsair - Hydro H100i v2
Type: AIO
Monitor
$ 600.00
Acer - Predator X34
Size: 34 Inch
Panel: IPS
Refresh Rate: 100 Hz
Mouse
$ 39.88
Logitech - G305
Interface: Wireless
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