When I used to LAN regularly, I was at a time in my life when I had multiple systems. I used to have one decent high-end system and a Shuttle system. The Shuttle system was great for portability, but hardware at the time could never compete with a full-ATX system. Those days are over.
My love of building PCs has been somewhat watered down over the years, it feels like there's less and less time to tinker around with them. But then you get the opportunity to build an awesome PC like this, and it all rushes back to you in an instant. We talked to a bunch of our great friends at BitFenix, Corsair and GIGABYTE to provide us with some hardware to build one of the fastest PCs we could in BitFenix's awesome Mini-ITX Prodigy case.
Then came the emails and waiting for the parts to arrive, and a few days ago we received the final parts to begin our build guide on the Prodigy. We're going to turn this into a multi-part adventure. The first of which will be this build guide you're reading now. We'll follow this up every week or so with a new piece on it. This means you should expect another couple of pieces before the month is out, covering many different topics from within the system itself. We'll cover 1080p gaming, triple-screen gaming, benchmarks, some storage benchmarks and throw in some numbers on the latest games - Crysis 3, BioShock Infinite, Sleeping Dogs, Tomb Raider and more.