Bitfenix Prodigy or CM MasterBox Q300L

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I'm looking for a small M-ATX case and I've always had a soft spot for the Bitfenix Prodigy and to me it was one of the first "interesting" looking compact cases (that I noticed). It's now 8 years old and the pictures of the insides looks... outdated or something. e.g I can't see a mount for 2.5" SSDs, it seems to rely on a cage (that I definitely don't want to use!) Are they easy to build with? Good airflow? Is this case past it now?

The other option is the comparatively new CM MasterBox Q300L that has all sorts of mounting points for SSDs and you can remove and relocate the font panel etc...

I want the option to put a 240 rad, 2x120 (or 140) up front and 1x 120/140 at the rear.
 
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In the Prodigy there are 2 (3 but the top one isn't as secure) mounts for SSDs on the side panel. It's a bit awkward for cable routing as If you want to take the panel off the cables come with.

Take a look at the phenom too. It's essentially the same case just without the 'handles' so It takes up less room.
 
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I'm looking for a small M-ATX case and I've always had a soft spot for the Bitfenix Prodigy and to me it was one of the first "interesting" looking compact cases (that I noticed). It's now 8 years old and the pictures of the insides looks... outdated or something. e.g I can't see a mount for 2.5" SSDs, it seems to rely on a cage (that I definitely don't want to use!) Are they easy to build with? Good airflow? Is this case past it now?

The other option is the comparatively new CM MasterBox Q300L that has all sorts of mounting points for SSDs and you can remove and relocate the font panel etc...

I want the option to put a 240 rad, 2x120 (or 140) up front and 1x 120/140 at the rear.

I believe the prodigy shares the same chassis design as the Phenom MATX version, they are a total pain in the bum to buid in, very cramped.
 
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Stay clear of the prodigy they used very cheap plastics which after year or so starts to degrade.

The other issue is it's not that small of a case but the internal design make it feel like it is very poor design.
 
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I'm looking for a small M-ATX case and I've always had a soft spot for the Bitfenix Prodigy and to me it was one of the first "interesting" looking compact cases (that I noticed). It's now 8 years old and the pictures of the insides looks... outdated or something. e.g I can't see a mount for 2.5" SSDs, it seems to rely on a cage (that I definitely don't want to use!) Are they easy to build with? Good airflow? Is this case past it now?

The other option is the comparatively new CM MasterBox Q300L that has all sorts of mounting points for SSDs and you can remove and relocate the font panel etc...

I want the option to put a 240 rad, 2x120 (or 140) up front and 1x 120/140 at the rear.


Ive got the non-rgb version of this case, which can be found for about £45 in black and £49 in white. its still quite cramped though, i would use a short modular PSU, ITX length GPU if you want AIO in the front. downside i think it needs a molex connector for the silverstone logo at front which is a bit outdated and adds another cable


My basket at Overclockers UK:
Total: £70.49 (includes shipping: £10.50)​
 
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