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iDuplex- Prodigy on the Rampage, with Roids coursing through its veins

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As some of you may remember, a while ago I started a project worklog, named iProdigy. This was going to serve as a small, yet powerful gaming/everyday monster for my iWife smile.gif

That system is doing really well, I gave it a few weeks burn-in on the online racing simulator, iRacing, where it performed exceptionally well, driving the 30" display at full game settings, with a single GTX 670. You can see more from the link in my signature.

Well, the PC has finally found its berth on her Desk in the study, so I need a new iRacing monster.

Thus starts project iDuplex.

What should it be capable of?
A monster gaming rig, running 8-12 hour iRacing sessions, while driving triple 30" at 2560x1600 res, full graphics settings.
Needs to perform this in the finicky climes of Melbourne Australia, where summer temps can sometimes approach/exceed 43-45 deg C.

Platform
Micro-ATX, all watercooled (oh noes, not another one :lol:)

Hardware- already in my hands
Asus Rampage Gene IV MATX motherboard
Intel 3930k Processor
4x 4GB Samsung Slimline low-voltage Dimms (yes, them ones!)
2x MSI 680GTX Lightning cards

1x Corsair AX1200 (overkill, I know, but noone local wanted to swop me for a Seasonic 860 Platinum)
2x 256GB SSD Drives

1x Alphacool 280mm UT60 Rad
1x ApogeeDrive II for Socket 2011
1x Aquacomputer 680 GTX Waterblock (need a 2nd one, ordered)
1x Aquaero 5 Pro, temp and flow sensors

1x Red Prodigy mini-ITX case (wth, Beano, you have a micro-ATX motherboard, idiot, case is mini-ITX?)

1x Dangerden micro-ATX rear port plate (ah, I see what you did just then)

Hardware - on order
1x Aquacomputer 680 GTX Lightning Waterblock - ETA 13 Feb 2013)
Edited by mrbean - 2/5/13 at 1:23am
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Reserved for final pics
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The Prodigy being a mini-ITX case, could have complicated matters, but, due to the rather volumous capacity of it, being similar in volume to many micro-ATX cases, I thought it might be pretty simple to convert it for MATX use.

edit: For the Boyz over at Bitfenix - this ain't red, it's a mix between red and pink, fwiw. The handles are closer to red than the side panels.

The standard required photos of the victim in it's pure, unaltered innocence - never will it be the same.





and the back, where the biggest changes will happen

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Of course, for what I am planning, nothing on the inside will remain, it will be totally custom - so out with it!







All handled by my trusty old Makita 18V cordless...



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Usually with my build logs, I would do a step-by-step of the process, from measurements to final product, but this takes to much time, and effort, so I will skip those mundane steps.

Here is a shot with the backplate in early stage of completion, with the AX1200 PSU fitted to see how it will sit and if any modifications are needed - generally I wouldn't expect any issues, as I plan things pretty thoroughly in my head beforehand, and I do take a few measurements, and go from there.



In the next pic, you can also see the Dangerden IO plate I ordered from Greig at Gammmods - I am sure this was the last one, and with DD having closed down, well, the next best would be a Lian-Li unit, with integrated motherboard tray - which I did not want for various reasons, which will become clear later on.



and the back side, not to shabby. All this done with a jig-saw, and a variety of hand files - no milling, no CNC. Did basic handtools as part of my Instrumentation Certification back in the mid 80's....so, pretty old school, hehe....

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We cannot have the motherboard tray dangle loose inside the case, so I fabbed a few brackets for it, which provide a very sturdy anchor - Adamski might want to do something similar?



upon closer inspection, I need to trim the vertical one down, even though it would hardly be visible, sitting behind a monstrous 1200W PSU, well, this bothers me, see circled area...



Also here you can see what I've done to clear the one mounting point for the priginal HD cage....pardon the finish, pretty rough, and will get the treatment...



and a couple more from different angles...here I have taken some sandpaper to them, and also trimmed the excess 'overhang' down....





A close-up of the vertical trimmed down, no 'overhang' here....

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Here is a shot from the bottom, with the rail being secured by 3x 3mm screws- both the bottom and vertical motherboard retention rails have been drilled and tapped for 3mm screws, makes life easy should you want to do future work/mods.



I hate poprivets with a passion!







and, a top-view, pretty much smack bang in the center smile.gif This allows enough space for the motherboard and cards, as well as giving ample room at the reverse side for the PSU, with room to spare..







and a view from the motherboard side - please note how close the motherboard tray is to the bottom, it was done for a very good reason, which will become clear a bit later in the exercise.



This was also why I opted for the DD IO-port plate, as opposed to the Lian-Li one, which came with a mounted tray - I fabbed this one from 1mm aluminium, and is down to the exact mm to give clearance above...which is needed...for...something...special....







and for now, a final 2 shots from behind, with the backplate drilled and countersunked - came out pretty neat, all done by hand/manual labour....blah...







and







Enjoy, next steps would be to tap the motherboard plate to accept 6.5mm stand-offs - fortunately I have exactly 8 of them, what a relief... Motherboard tray is drilled already, just need to tap. More progress by the coming weekend, enjoy.
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subbed after your first awesome prodigy build, expecting super awesomeness tongue.gif
 
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Cheers Mate, will try not to disappoint!

Going to be a handful fitting dual 680 cards, watercooling, and potentially 8 harddrives in here tongue.gifFor that though, I need a slightly shorter PSU, so I guess I will have to pack the AX1200 away for a future project, and just fork out the cash for a new Seasonic 860 Watt Platinum.

Or, perhaps the Corsair AX860 Gold....let's see what the Wife 'allows' me to buy....blah....after 21 years of marriage, I am no longer in control of my own destiny...or monies....
Edited by mrbean - 2/5/13 at 1:19am
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Cheers Mate, will try not to disappoint!

Going to be a handful fitting dual 680 cards, watercooling, and potentially 8 harddrives in here tongue.gifFor that though, I need a slightly shorter PSU, so I guess I will have to pack the AX1200 away for a future project, and just fork out the cash for a new Seasonic 860 Watt Platinum.

Or, perhaps the Corsair AX860 Gold....let's see what the Wife 'allows' me to buy....blah....after 21 years of marriage, I am no longer in control of my own destiny...or monies....

Superb craftmanship, truly outstanding!!

I am eager to see how you're gonna fit all of that hardware inside the case! thumb.gif
   
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