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Papa Smurf
by TruthlessHero
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Put this together for a friend who wanted a high-performance, small form factor PC for schoolwork and gaming. They wanted it to "just work" so overclocking was out of the question.

Thoughts: -Went with the Xeon over an i5 because they regularly use heavily threaded applications (3D rendering, etc) and they were almost the same price. -The Prodigy is a dream to work with. Way more room than I expected,and the fact that every part of it was modular is delightful. (Wish I could say the same about my Storm Scout 2) Fitting the GPU in was tight, but it did indeed fit. -WEI is 7.7, 7.7, followed by solid 7.9s. HyperPi 32M average time was 16m 34s, with temps maxing out at 69c. -Could've gotten a quieter, bigger cooler, but ultimately it was their money and they deemed it unnecessary.

This is my first build posted on PCPartpicker, hope you all enjoy.

Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.3GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
HIS Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate850MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.25Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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skemble [18 Builds] 17 points 15 months ago

I like the Xeon choice. Basically an i7 without integrated.

LeMonarque [3 Builds] 9 points 15 months ago

Nice job on the Xeon. It's a sleeper of a CPU!

Sabotage 5 points 15 months ago

Great build name!

dschutt84 [3 Builds] 3 points 15 months ago

Love the Xeon!!! I have the exact same CPU in one of my builds and i got negative reviews for it. Seriously this performs like a i7-3770 without the integrated GPU. Plus Xeons are built better hence why they are made for servers. You will have to overclock a 3570k to 4.4 to match the exact same multi threaded speeds of a E3-1230 V2. People forget how fast these newer CPU's are...you dont need to overclock a i5 to get any extra FPS out of gaming. But the Xeon will walk all over video rendering and any other program that uses hyper threading.

ITneto 1 point 8 months ago

Hi, I want to get that CPU too, for my gaming/light work rig, I really liked it but I am not sure because it was released in 2012 and I think it is a little bit old, do you think I should still get it? or go for a 4670k or maybe 8350

dschutt84 [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Have you looked at the E3-1230 V3? Thats the Haswell version.

ITneto 1 point 8 months ago

Will I get the same performance?

dschutt84 [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

about 10% faster.

ITneto 2 points 8 months ago
thesupergeek [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

great parts! epic win for this build! how is that puny power supply handling the 7950 though?

TruthlessHero [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

It was fine through every stress test I ran it through, and considering no overclocking is involved I don't foresee any problems with it. The system should only be drawing ~300W.

TheInfamousR [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Very nice choice with the prodigy. Love the look.

ReDnAx1991 [6 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

People downvoting on Xeons have no idea at all about parts, great choice on the CPU you chose. +1 on the build, looks very nice.

Holysony [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Ha, I love it! Looks professional :)

MrMOABy [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

How are the monitors? I am looking at these to replace the ones I bought at the Good Will store for 70 bucks (I bought two, one was 40 other was 30)

TruthlessHero [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

I only used them briefly to set up the computer, but they seemed great. Tons of adjustment, and the colors really popped.

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SangeetKhatri [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I like is because of the Xeon, really I hate it when guys are like bashing in the forums like.. Nah.. the i7 is better and all..

But the i7 is better just at overclocking.

If overclocking is not the thing, then the Xeon is always better in terms of price/performance.

surv-1 1 point 12 months ago

Looking to build a similar machine. Could you advise if this particular video card will fit in the mobo? NIVIDA K600 PCI Express 2.0 x16. The physical form factor is 2.713"H x 6.3"L single slot, low profile.

TruthlessHero [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

The HD 7950 I put in this build is huge and fit (albeit snugly) so I don't see any reason why that card wouldn't. You may need a full sized bracket for it though, as I don't recall the Prodigy being compatible with LP brackets.

surv-1 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks, I just got it a couple of days ago and it is quite small. Fortunately, it came with a full size bracket. I will start tomorrow on the build. One thing does concern me though and that is the two 3 pin system fans that came with the case - the motherboard only has one 4 pin connection. The 2nd fan is there so I would like to hook it up if that is feasible. Any suggestions?

TruthlessHero [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

I'd suggest hooking one of the fans, probably the front, directly to the PSU using a 3pin to 4pin Molex adapter.

surv-1 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks. I did see a Y-splitter that would connect both fans to the 4 pin connection on the motherboard but have recently read post stating that it probably is not the best solution. I don't mind having the front fan run all the time.

LaputaCake [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

I'm thinking of this CPU instead of i5 as I'm building android, but I was wondering if this is a good process for things and gaming.

Thanks alot

TruthlessHero [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

It's essentially an i7 without integrated graphics. It works great, just make sure you have a video card.

LaputaCake [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks im getting an r9 270x with BF4

ITneto 1 point 9 months ago

I was going to take the r9270x aswell by ASUS but since the 760 gtx ASUS aswell is just 10$ more I'd go with the 760

LaputaCake [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

760 is around $70 ish or 40 quid plus amd comes with bf4 what can you do.

ITneto 1 point 9 months ago

wow .. hmm

LeonidousII 1 point 6 months ago

How are the monitors, looking to buy them but i want a real users opiion

TruthlessHero [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

As I said to another commenter, I only used them briefly to set up the computer, but they seemed great. Tons of adjustment, and the colors really popped.

JustAnotherGamer 1 point 6 months ago

How are those monitors?