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mATX Watercooled Prodigy. Modigy? No, thats dumb...

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So I built a Prodigy. Nothing special, used readily available hardware for mITX format. This was a gaming rig, and had the following specs:

CPU - Intel I7 3770K @ 4.6GHz
CPU Cooler - Phanteks PH-TC12DX
GPU - Gigabyte WF3 Radeon HD 7950
RAM - Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2x4) 1600
Mobo - Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe
PSU - Cooler Master Silent PRo 700W
HDD - WD Scorpio Black 500GB 7200RPM x3 (Spanned)
SSD - OCZ Vertex 4 128GB

Now, this was a great setup. Yes, I said WAS. I started noticing that with the minimal options for higher end mITX, combined with the popularity of the Prodigy, that builds were popping up identical to mine. Well, I have this thing where I can't leave **** alone. I work in the Automotive Industry at a dealership and build race cars on the side. Needless to say, leaving things as they are designed isn't something I like doing. So my solution? Use a CNC Waterjet to cut a unique window in the side panel. That design? The Bitfenix Logo. I also decided to grab a red Prodigy case and swap the handles between the two. Here's what that looked like.





I also grabbed a Bitfenix Prodgy window for the other side, but it hindered airflow to the GPU, so that was short lived.



So, that was somewhat original, but not enough. So what did I do? I got a wild idea in my head. Stuff some hardware in there that doesn't belong!! I know it's already been done, but I haven't seen anything done in the tune of the vision I had. So I jumped in illustrator, and with the help of the templates from formfactor.org, I drew up an mATX motherboard mounting solution, and while I was in there, I also designed a HDD/SSD solution that takes up minimal space. Using that same CNC Waterjet, this is what I came up with.






This was my foundation for the project. At this time I decided on a purple/black theme, and started mocking up a couple watercooling items. The Swiftech D5 is a bit of overkill, but I got it for a great deal from the marketplace, so i went with it. Here's the early mockup with a junk Acer motherboard.





Shortly after seeing the purple in there, I decided it wasn't for me. I'm a bigger fan of high contrast builds, such as white/black builds, so that's what I decided on. The reservoir, the 200mm fan, and purple paracord I bought all went away. Oh well, it happens. Next part of the project was the back panel. I couldn't utilize the stock back panel as nothing was coming out of the back like a stock Prodigy. I decided on a sheet of 22ga steel, riveted to the frame of the stock back panel. I had to use the outer frame to retain the mounting points for the side panels and the top and bottom handles. Here's initial back panel, uncut.



Came out pretty good. Unfortunately at this time, the waterjet was down for repair, leaving my cutting up to a dremel. So I got started on the motherboard I/O hole. Got it fitted up with the junk mobo.




Was a little off, but easily corrected. Now, unfortunately, I neglected to take any pictures of any of the other cuts of the back panel, but here's the finished product, all painted up. The paint used is Rustoleum Textured Primer, and it matches the rough black paint of the Prodigy perfectly.





And with the actual motherboard being used: (Asrock Z77 Extreme 4-M)



Due to space issues, I opted to use a pump/reservoir with the D5, and here it is mounted in the case:



I opted for 3/8 x 1/2 tubing for space constraint reasons. Also went with Alphacool Deep Black fittings:



Got the Pump to CPU cooler installed:



Got most of the lines installed and test fit all components in the case to ensure it all still fits:




The red sleeving is obviously going away. The radiators looked best on the back and top of the case, with the Corsair SP 120's inside. That's 5 SP120 Performance editions stuffed in there. They look so damn good.

I currently have the white Bitfenix Alchemy extensions installed, but no pictures yet. Like I said, this should be done by the end of the week.

Here's the specs on everything currently:

CPU - Intel I7 3770K
CPU Cooler - XSPC Raystorm
GPU - MSI Radeon HD 7970 OC Edition
GPU Cooler - XSPC Razor Full Block (New Design)
RAM - Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2x4) 1600
Mobo - Asrock Z77 Extreme 4-M
PSU - Cooler Master Silent Pro 700W
Reservoir - XSPC D5 Reservoir
Radiators - Black Ice Stealth 240 up top, Koolance 120 in back
Fans - 5x Corsair SP120 Performance Edition
HDD - WD Scorpio Black 500GB 7200RPM x3 (Spanned)
SSD - OCZ Vertex 4 128GB

So yeah, that's what I've done. I'll update the thread when it's up and running with final pics and temps and whatnot. Thanks for looking.
Edited by Brutl - 5/19/13 at 10:18pm
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3770K @ 4.8ghz Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD7950 @ 1100mhz Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 3x 2.5" WD Scorpion Black 500GB 7200RPM (Spanne... Phanteks PH-TC12DX w/ a pair of Bitfenix Spectr... Windows 8 Professional 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus VE278Q 27" LCD Logitech K810  Cooler Master Silent Pro M700 Bitfenix Prodigy  
Mouse
Gigabyte GM-Force M9 
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 3x 2.5" WD Scorpion Black 500GB 7200RPM (Spanne... Phanteks PH-TC12DX w/ a pair of Bitfenix Spectr... Windows 8 Professional 
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Asus VE278Q 27" LCD Logitech K810  Cooler Master Silent Pro M700 Bitfenix Prodigy  
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that is gonna be one tight fit! looking great though! subbed thumb.gif
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Got everything wired up and stuffed away the best I could today. The Prodigy is now safely at home on my desk, waiting to be filled, which I will be doing tomorrow. Here's the rest of the pictures from today's progress.

A little bit of cable management:


Not much room to hide cables with everything stuffed in there, but I tried:


Everything installed:


BitFenix Window:


Finished Product. Looks like I have some dust in my front panel, gotta clean that:



I think I achieved the "Clean" look with unique internals. Now all that's left is filling it and some benchmarking.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3770K @ 4.8ghz Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD7950 @ 1100mhz Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 3x 2.5" WD Scorpion Black 500GB 7200RPM (Spanne... Phanteks PH-TC12DX w/ a pair of Bitfenix Spectr... Windows 8 Professional 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus VE278Q 27" LCD Logitech K810  Cooler Master Silent Pro M700 Bitfenix Prodigy  
Mouse
Gigabyte GM-Force M9 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 3770K @ 4.8ghz Asus P8Z77-I Deluxe Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD7950 @ 1100mhz Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 3x 2.5" WD Scorpion Black 500GB 7200RPM (Spanne... Phanteks PH-TC12DX w/ a pair of Bitfenix Spectr... Windows 8 Professional 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus VE278Q 27" LCD Logitech K810  Cooler Master Silent Pro M700 Bitfenix Prodigy  
Mouse
Gigabyte GM-Force M9 
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