This is the first version of my Bitfenix Prodigy daily machine for general use, along with vector graphics and video editing.
- Starting with the processor, the i5 6500 was the most powerful I was able to find before the massive price increase of $50+. It has worked out well for me, and I only get lag when editing large graphics or 4K video. I am using the integrated HD 530 graphics, which are more than enough for my monitor and workload.
- I decided on the Gigabyte motherboard mainly for built in Wifi and USB-C. The included antenna is slightly more reflective than I would have liked, but it does the job and rarely loses its connection. Be warned, however, that it only has 1 case fan header, so prepare to buy a fan controller.
- With memory, 16 GB was definitely overkill for what I do. With Windows 10 Pro 1511, I am never using more than 5 or 6 GB, but it's nice to know the space is there in case I ever need to be doing many, many, many...many things at once.
- The Samsung EVO drives are absolutely fantastic as boot drives! They cut my boot speed from 7 minutes with a 5400 rpm HDD to 3 seconds, and are worth every penny. The 250 GB is for Windows, and the 120 GB for Ubuntu Mate, which I'm required to use for certain school software.
- The Cooler Master power supply could be better. Sure, it functions fine as an ATX power supply, but the fan is annoying. The ketchup-and-mustard cabling doesn't bother me, as the case is windowless.
- Personally, I love the Prodigy. It's relatively small, has adequate airflow, and has the Mac style that I've come to appreciate. The included 2x 120mm fans included are okay, but I replaced them with Fractal Design fans, which in my experience are quieter. Also, I recently taped cheap craft foam to the walls of the case, and they have drastically reduced noise without compromising cooling.
- The Dell S2715H is the best monitor I've ever owned! I do wish I would have purchased the 1440p version, but the borderless design is nice.
- The mouse and keyboard are really only used out of necessity. The media center layout on the k410 is annoying for desktop use, and I will be replacing it and the m505 with the k750 and MX Anywhere 2.
- PCMark 8 Home: http://www.3dmark.com/pcm8hm3/173017
- PCMark 8 Creative: http://www.3dmark.com/pcm8cr3/41146
- PCMark 8 Work: http://www.3dmark.com/pcm8wk2/46210
I'm hoping I'll be able to keep upgrading this workstation and using it for some years, so if anyone has ideas for improvements, they would be greatly appreciated!
This is a great mid-range processor. Performance wise, it lies just before Intel's massive price spike, so is good for budget builds. It functions great for complicated vector graphics and 1440p video editing.
A great motherboard with reliable Wifi and USB-C, however that port can only reach USB 3.0 speeds, and the motherboard only supports 1 case fan.
What can I say? This is reliable memory at a great speed for not that expensive.
Fast, reliable SSD with room for 32-bit Windows or Linux.
Fast, reliable SSD with room for 64-bit Windows.
This is a great mini ITX case with room for all your components. Cable management is a bit of a pain, but the Mac look is great.
This power supply works fine, but the internal fan is noisy, especially upon boot.
Good, silent case fan. The white is not yellowish as in many others.
Amazing monitor, although I wish I would have gotten the 1440p version. The borderless design is great for multi-monitor setups.
Reliable Logitech mouse with the unifying receiver, but only supports a single device.