Some pictures of my previous Black&White before I tore everything out.
When I first received the case, my first thoughts were that it's tiny compared to my Switch 810, but nonetheless looked very pleasing aesthetic. I got excited with it and started working on everything right away, so these pictures are from a couple of days ago (Sorry no unboxing pictures ); )
Before I began, I searched for some previous WCed Prodigy build, and ran across Out of Space
as well as Project Blue Rain
. Once I looked through these, I knew it was possible to fit two slim radiators mounted internally. Instead of making a offset bracket I decided to make two offset rails instead. I opted for this because I woudn't have to cut any semi-circles to fit the fans, and it would've been much easier to make it as rails.
I cut two pieces of 1"x12" 18 gauge steel sheets. For the holes, I marked the holes of one EX240 pushed to the very back of the case, and also marked the holes on the Prodigy its self and drilled them.
Here they are, mounted on the EX240/AP-15's
I went through my assortment of nuts/screws and found 4 nuts that fit some flat HDD screws I found. These were used to secure the rails onto the mounting holes of the Prodigy. I also had a few flat radiator screws laying around, and those were used to secure the fans and radiator to the metal rails. Here they are mounted
I didn't want to flip the front panel of the Prodigy around, so the way I mounted my second EX240 to the front was to secure it using only two screws so that I was able to use higher mounting holes, and making two shims out of electrical tape and applying it to where the two bottom screws would be. I forgot to take a picture of this; so if anyone needs clarification on how this was done I can post some pictures.
After both EX240's were mounted, I was surprised that there was still some room in between the radiators; even after the fans were installed as well.
Now, one thing I wasn't aware of before purchasing my new parts was that the ASRock Z77E-ITX had some chips on the back of the PCB surrounding the CPU. This caused some issue with fitting the backplate of my Raystorm; it would cause the plate to be slanted. Once again, electrical tape to the rescue! I made a shim about the same thickness as one of those chips, and placed it on the corner that was slanting. This resulted in a even backplate, and installing the block onto it just required a little "push" to reach the threads (the mounting holes were a little more recessed since the chips/shim created some distance.
Since the motherboard is so small, after applying the block you can see that it makes the motherboard bow a little bit.
It sat flush to the motherboard tray after screwing in all 4 corners.
Since I was coming from a D5 XSPC Dual bay to the Z-multi, I didn't have a pump top for my D5, and had to fit the tubing over the 1/2" barbs of it. It took a little bit of elbow grease, but after letting the tubing sit in some hot water, it fit over.
The FC-7970 was already applied onto the GPU since I'm just transferring it over from my last build, but I just love how it looks.
After trying a couple of routing options, I came up with one that would work without having to buy new tubing since these were pre-cut to fit my previous build.
I needed a way to mount my reservoir to the side panel securely, but at teh same time it would have to be easily removable. I had some neodymium magnets from a previous project I had, so I tried using those. It worked to an extent, but unfortunately the magnets were not quite strong enough to hold it in place against gravity. I decided to leave the build alone for awhile and go eat something since at this point I've been working on it for 6 or so hours. I then thought of the idea... velcro!
My mom had some velcro strips stored with all her sewing supplies and I cut those into four strips (two hooks, two "furries"), the same size as the mounting brackets that hold the res.
I placed the other two strips onto the side panel; so that the res would be mounted horizontally
The result was actually better then I hoped for. The res mounted firmly onto the side panel, and I was able to remove it with ease.05/10/13 UPDATE!
In case people were wondering, here is how the res is attached. Again; velcro was used so that I could deattach the res with ease.
Spent yesterday night cutting the side panel and adding in some plexi glass! The top right corner isn't perfect, I'll probably file it down when I'm not entirely lazy.
I threw the LED for the res just to test it out. You can kind of see it through the window.. Might make the window a little bigger so you can see it better.
Here's how my PSU and HDD are currently set up. I can't fit the PSU in right now because the wire's are too fat. Will have to wait until my sleeving gets here so I can sleeve the cables. Hopefully they will be able to bend better and I will be able to fit them all inside.10/12/2014 UPDATE!
Not dead yet
For the past year, I didn't make any changes and have been running my build like
It wasn't until 5 days ago that I finally picked up where I left off. There's not many pictures of the process of what I did as I was totally zoned into what I was doing and didn't really stop and think to take any pictures along the way.
So the reason that sparked this project to roll on was the fact that I was able to grab XSPC 45 degree rotary fittings at $2 a piece. I was browsing NCIX's site and ended up stumbling on top of these. They were out of stock at the time of discovery but to my luck, the warehouse relatively close to me received a large shipment of them 2 days after. I was able to pick up 10 pieces (in hindsight, I should have picked up some more.. I have two on order right now but not sure when they'll be shipping since its shipping from the other side of Canada).
From this, I was finally able to make tight angles that I was not able to make with tubing and straight fittings alone. I also re-thought out my loop placements and was actually able to fit my tube reservoir vertically.
I threw a couple of 45 degrees's under the res to make a 90 degree connection towards the pump.
At the moment, the res mounting bracket is secured with a zip tie, as well as the pump. I had to remove the default mounting bracket that came with the D5 since it was too high off the computer's base and couldn't make a connection to the res, using some zip tie's to secure it was pretty much the only way I could secure it. As for the mounting bracket, zip ties were used because I originally didn't think of placing the res there, and didn't want to disassemble everything just to drill some mounting holes.
As for the problem with my AX850 not fitting inside the case, I used a PSU extender scavenged from a Cooler Master Elite 130. The holes didn't align properly, but nothing that a drill couldn't fix. It was designed to be slanted a bit on one side, so the left side is not perfectly flush with the Prodigy (there's about a 2mm gap).
Since I was able to finally fit my AX850 inside the Prodigy, I found out there's actually a lot of room on the side's of the PSU cage. Originally I planned to individually sleeve all of the PSU cables with white and black Paracord, but after bending some cables and a couple of zip ties, I was able to find a nice snug fit for the cables. I was also able to fit my SSD in there as well, also with extra room to be able to use my sleeved extensions (Dazmode sleeved extensions). So the plan now is to just sleeve my extensions with Paracord, as that will be much easier.
I removed the built-in dust filter on the top panel, and also cut away the mesh in the front to give it more air flow, as well as lessen the noise made by the fans.
I also flipped the front face to properly mount my front 240 rad (10 rivets total). Another thing that wasn't pictured was that after adding 45 degree rotaries to my FC7970, the top 240 rad wouldn't fit in the center, so it had to be offset to the side a bit. I just drilled some holes in my previous created brackets to compensate. I also grabbed some 240 fan vibration dampeners and put them over the fans on the rads.
Without further ado, here is the build completely assembled. (Forgot to take some pictures with the side panels on.
Sleeve fan cables.
Sleeve PSU cables.
Get a pump top so I can properly mount it?
Get glass or plexiglass to replace the side panels with.
Install my LED strip I bought.
Depending on airflow, maybe make a custom front panel.
Not entirely sure when I'll get that list done, but those things are relatively easy to do.. hopefully! Edited by Relance - 11/3/15 at 4:56pm