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Modded Bitfenix Progidy mATX budget AMD gaming build.

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Well this is my first ever build log and first thread so forgive me if it's in the wrong place. I have built tons of computers in my years but this is my second case mod. Hope you like it. Sorry for the bad pics, my camera's focus sucks, it's super cheap.

Specs:
Black Bitfenix Prodigy $70 Microcenter
Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3 and AMD Phenom x6 1045t (basic OC to 3.6ghz) $90 Microcenter
4gb G Skill Ram had some lying around
MSI 560ti 2gb $110 OCN Marketplace (Thanks bootywarrior for a great card)
Asus Xonar DG sound card $25 forgot where I bought it
Scythe Mugen 2 $20 ebay
Corsair CX 430W $20 Newegg
Sandisk Extreme 120gb SSD $90 Tigerdirect
Bronze Acrylic Sheet $25
White Paint have some extra lying around.

Total Build cost: $450

Well to begin the story I have noticed myself playing games less and less so I sold off my 600t i5 2500k gtx 480 rig to a friend and decided I wanted something that would be okay for gaming and cost me a lot less. So I built this rig. Enjoy.

First step is the tools of the trade, pretty much all you really need to get started modding.


Few Pics of the case before it goes under the knife



In order for the MATX board to fit in the case you need to cut a bit off the sides in order for the motherboard to slide in.


Finished Cut came out pretty clean IMO


Motherboard fits in like a glove.


Now we have to cut a little out of the backplate in order for the motherboard to slide all the way back.


My tools were a bit lacking so I used a protractor as a straight edge to draw my lines, pretty ghetto but it works.


Lines ready for the cut.


After the cut the motherboard slides all the way back biggrin.gif Getting excited haha.




You want to be careful not to cut all the way through to your other cut here. It'll cause the case to lose a lot of structural rigidity. Sorry for the blurry pics but I think you guys get the point haha.




Now I need to cut some room for the DVI ports on my new 560ti


You will need to cut out either a bigger gap here or cut of part of the pci plate that slides in here. I think I was diligently at work here at forgot to take pics of how I solved this problem. Sorry folks tongue.gif But basically I tried to use the dremel to cut the gap bigger and it worked for the video card bracket but I couldn't get it close enough to the left edge for my sound card so I just cut off my sound card bracket a bit. It was a worth sacrifice.


Here are the bronze acrylic windows I'm getting ready to cut took me forever to find some but I was surprised to find a giant piece at Home Depot for $25 and it just so happened my Discover card gets me 5% back at home improvement stores. Saving that $cash$ 5% at a time. hehe


I usually cut plexiglass with a jigsaw but decided to try my luck with a table saw. Unfortunately my table saw guild was 1/4" to short so I had to free hand it, which didn't turn out that great


The cuts look okay in the picture but they are somewhat jagged. Luckily I bought a lot of acrylic and will come back and redo the side window. I was to excited to wait so I decided to come back to it later and pressed on. I also picked up an acrylic cutting tool for $5 at Home Depot and hope that it will give me some perfect cuts smile.gif




Having both side pannels now acrylic windows I needed a place to put the on off/reset switch. My original plan was to cut out an area in the 5.25" bay but I got lazy and just decided to plug it in and just lay it next to the computer. Looks kind of bad but I don't really need the front I/O just the power/reset buttons. I'll probably just find a way to mount them at the bottom on another date.


This is where I hit a major problem, I was dry fitting my PC in and turned it on and the sata ports wouldn't register my SSD, after some fiddling around with it I figured out the sata ports were shorted because of the metal motherboard standoffs. Grrr. mad.gif Luckily I was able to get a new one from microcenter, and this time I bought the warranty. Extra $1.50 due to the mobo/cpu deal so the mobo was essentially free and thus lowered the cost to insure a "free item" from $20 for 2 years to $1.50 for two years. Since it cost roughly $10 to ship something through RMA and it takes 3 weeks to get it back. I thought it was a pretty good deal.


After looking around I found a quick solution, some rubber bands for my braces (i'm 20 years old getting them off in a couple months thumb.gif in all honesty if you have bad teeth try and get them fixed in your younger days, don't be like me a college freshmen/sophomore now with braces lol) anyways, they just happened to be the perfect sized rubber insulator, so I super glued some on, and it's working great.





Now I put it all back together and it looked GREAT!




Was pleasantly surprised to find that the video card and audio card screwed in perfectly to the holes that were all ready there for the pci cards. It almost looked stock. smile.gif


These pics are super horrible but take my word for it, it looks great in the dark.

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Here are some pics with the motherboard installed and some other random shots.







Future plans include Spray painting the mesh white to match my desk and spray painting the silver accents black. Along with some RGB leds for some awesome lighting effects.
I was considering water cooling but ultimatley thought it was not worth the price of a cpu/gpu loop to cool such cheap parts. Although I already bought tubing and a ddc pump that will probably go on OCN marketplace sometime soon. Along with a new sealed FX 8320 for probably around $170 shipped if it doesn't sell on ebay first tongue.gif
Overall this mod was pretty easy and looks great.

Special thanks to:
Neilhart on tonymac86.com Not sure if we can link other forums but here was his build log which gave me the idea in the first place
http://www.tonymacx86.com/retail-cases/63866-neilharts-prodigy-white-one-matx-itx-case.html
If I can't link it just let me know and i will take it off.

Thanks you all for checking out my build and for being members of the awesome forum OCN. biggrin.gif
Edited by KoolKoney - 4/21/13 at 4:58pm
    
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CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Scythe Mugen 2 Rev B Windows 8 64 bit Acer 23" and some other lame 19" Logitech g110 
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post #2 of 17
Love uATX Prodigies. Can we get some shots of the board installed?
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Sure thing I'll upload some right now. Glad you like it.
    
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Looks awesome bro... front I/O is an eyesore like that (thank God its temporary lol)

Question for ya... how are you getting the new acrylic side panels to sit in place
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The one on the GPU side is such a tight squeeze it fits in perfect, nice and snug. The one on the cpu side isn't cut as well and is held in with some magnets http://www.amazon.com/Grade-Super-Strong-Neodymium-Magnets/dp/B001ANVAHI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1366590033&sr=8-3&keywords=magnets+100 super strong and small lol. The magnets hold the panel from falling off but it won't hold it in if you're transporting the rig. I'll probably think up something a little more permanent. Thanks for the comment tho. Glad you like it biggrin.gif
    
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If anyone wants to suggest a name lol. Go for it.
    
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Magnets! of course! haha

If you have to transport just, I'd just slap some painters tape on it (wont leave residue) and remove it when it gets to its destination smile.gif
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Originally Posted by KoolKoney View Post

If anyone wants to suggest a name lol. Go for it.

Mission: Incompressible. Even more relevant if you put this thing underwater tongue.gif
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Mission: Incompressible. Even more relevant if you put this thing underwater tongue.gif
Great name haha. I'm going to wait till I paint the mesh white then I think I'm going to consider a name. But i'm up for any suggestions biggrin.gif
    
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Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3 MSI 560ti 2gb 4gb of Gskill ram 120gb Sandisk Extreme 120gb 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Scythe Mugen 2 Rev B Windows 8 64 bit Acer 23" and some other lame 19" Logitech g110 
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Scythe Mugen 2 Rev B Windows 8 64 bit Acer 23" and some other lame 19" Logitech g110 
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Magnets! of course! haha

If you have to transport just, I'd just slap some painters tape on it (wont leave residue) and remove it when it gets to its destination smile.gif

Great idea. I was thinking to drill holes in the acrylic and just screw it in where the handles/feel screw in but I take my side panel off constantly so it'll get annoying having to take off 4 screws on each side to just open it lol.
    
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Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3 MSI 560ti 2gb 4gb of Gskill ram 120gb Sandisk Extreme 120gb 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Scythe Mugen 2 Rev B Windows 8 64 bit Acer 23" and some other lame 19" Logitech g110 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair CX 430W Modded Bitfenix Prodigy Thermaltake Theron Xtrac 
Audio
Sennheiser HD 555 
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Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3 MSI 560ti 2gb 4gb of Gskill ram 120gb Sandisk Extreme 120gb 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Scythe Mugen 2 Rev B Windows 8 64 bit Acer 23" and some other lame 19" Logitech g110 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair CX 430W Modded Bitfenix Prodigy Thermaltake Theron Xtrac 
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