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The Bitfenix Prodigy has finally started trickling into the US, and after traveling across the country, mine will finally be getting here today!

My last machine was a monster. E-ATX motherboard, two GTX 580s, and five waterblocks, packaged inside a Mountain Mods U2-UFO case. This time around, I wanted to build the smallest system possible that would still rival, if not surpass, the specs of the last build, and the Prodigy looks like it made that job a lot easier smile.gif

Parts List:
  • CPU: i7 3770k
  • Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe
  • Memory: 8 GB (2x4GB) G Skill Trident 2400MHz DDR3
  • Graphics Card: EVGA GTX 690
  • PSU: Corsair HX-650

Water cooling Parts:
  • Koolance 370 CPU block
  • Koolance 690 Full cover
  • Swiftech MCP355 with mounted XSPC Acrylic reservoir
  • Phobya 200mm radiator
  • Swiftech 240mm radiator
  • Tube dimensions: 7/16" ID 5/8" OD

I've done the measurements, and all this stuff SHOULD fit tongue.gif I've also had all the parts for several weeks, so I've had plenty of time to test everything to make sure it works before I start taking heatsinks off.

Going to go pick the case up from UPS after work, pictures will follow!
 
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Alright, just got home with the case, going to begin work shortly! Apologies for quality of this first one, once the sun goes down I'll be able to get some better lighting going on smile.gif Stay tuned for more pics!

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Welp, back to the drawing board! a GTX 690 does NOT fit with the Phobya 200mm radiator and a 25mm thick fan... just throwing that out there. It doesn't help that the Bitfenix Spectre Pro 200mm fans use some proprietary spacing that doesn't quite fit on the Phobya mounting holes....

So, what would you guys like to see me do? The easy way out would be to just get another 2x120mm rad, which would clear the card without issue. But I think I'd be able to mount this 200mm radiator on the OUTSIDE of the case, perhaps paint it white or something, and cover up the drive blank....

What do you think?

edit: pics...

EDIT EDIT:Just took the brackets off the radiator, and if I can flatten out the abscessed mountpoints on the case, and shave a bit off the side of the fan housing, it might JUST fit.... But then I need to figure out how to mount the rad to the case (actually pretty easy, just drill new holes), and also how to mount the fan to the rad (not as easy, i see some ghetto-rigging involving plastic cable-ties in my future hehe).

Pain in the butt, I tell ya! tongue.gif

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post #7 of 44
If the fan you're holding is really 25mm thick, I wonder if any of these would work:
http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g36/c15/s1391/list/p1/Fans-12_Volt_Fans-200mm_x_20mm_Fans-Page1.html
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Originally Posted by csm725 View Post

If the fan you're holding is really 25mm thick, I wonder if any of these would work:
http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g36/c15/s1391/list/p1/Fans-12_Volt_Fans-200mm_x_20mm_Fans-Page1.html

Most likely. I did hand-measure the Spectre-Pro and it is indeed 25mm dead. I might just pick one of those up instead of re-engineering the whole case!
 
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You should. An external radiator would look clumsy at best, IMO.
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You should. An external radiator would look clumsy at best, IMO.

Done. Next day air shipping cost me $3 more than the fan itself, oh well! I'm going to carry on with the rest of the build in the meantime...
 
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