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Hey there OCN, I'm starting another project. My previous build, BlueShift, went relatively well, however I was limited on time to finish the project, so I wasn't entirely satisfied with the results. This time is different, I've got a backup computer set up and plenty of time to get it done.

Inspiration:
I've started liking clean looking builds without all the LEDs and UV reactive stuff, so don't expect many glowy bits here. I also really like the idea of having a full desktop, while still being able to display it on a small desk. That's why I named the build "Epitome", I going for both a miniature of sorts, and a "perfection" clean look. I won't lie either, Nikkop's Big Bro' log on Bit-tech was also a big inspiration.

Here's a general to-do list (I have to keep a few surprises though):

[X] Motherboard tray for Prodigy.
[X] Mount for HDD(s).
[X] Mounts for SLI GTX 770s.
[ ] Find/create PCI-E risers for graphics cards.
[X] Install motherboard tray and I/O slots in case.
[ ] Illuminated base panel under graphics cards.
[X] Cover up gaps/vents.
[ ] Modify front panel.
[ ] Set up tubing.
[ ] Sleeving.
[ ] Wire management.
[ ] Painting.
[ ] Do super awesome stuff.


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post #2 of 64
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Alright, here's what I've got going on:

First, an obligatory comparison between the Prodigy and my HAF 932.
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The HAF was a great case, but it was almost too roomy for me. It's definitely going to be a challenge to fit everything into the Prodigy, but that's half the fun!

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Mmmm, look at all those slots. Too bad I'm not building with some silly mini ITX motherboard :rock: Surprisingly, there wasn't too many rivets to drill to get everything out. Everything except the motherboard/psu tray were screwed in.

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That's more like it! I'm encouraged by how much room I still have left around the motherboard, should leave me enough room to put in all the fun stuff I'm hoping to cram in there. I'm re-using the motherboard from my previous computer since it matches my theme just fine and I don't have the money or sponsorship (yet, hopefully) to build from completely new parts.

My new graphics cards showed up! Maybe it's just because my last cards were dusty old 460s, but the 770 seems really well built. I got the ACX cooler version. I won't need the air cooler, but it was the same price, so I figured I could sell it or something.

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I also tore apart the HAF 932 case to salvage the motherboard tray. I'll either be cutting this down to size, or buying a new motherboard tray to install my motherboard in the case vertically.

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That's all for now. Hope to get some new stuff ordered soon, until then I've got plenty of modding to do.

Also, I'm working on my photography skills as well, if you have any advice in that department I'd love to hear it.
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Great idea on the Mobo tray, I'm kinda curious of how you plan to cut them down and fit them in if you do
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you can watch my project log i am on atm .. its the same case and same idea but ill add watercooling and sli smile.gif
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you can watch my project log i am on atm .. its the same case and same idea but ill add watercooling and sli smile.gif

Ill have to take a look at that then, not often that I see sli in a prodigy build
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post #7 of 64
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Make that 2! biggrin.gif

I'll have more on what I'm doing there later, for now...

I got down to some actual modding today!
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After measuring, re-measuring, and then re-re-measuring, I finally got down to work.

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Several cracked and shattered discs and burnt fingers later, I realized my old dremel wasn't going to make it at that rate. I also realized I was wasting my time using the little dremel aaevil.gif

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Air power ftw! It only took a few minutes to finish up the tray with this.

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After some (a lot of) filing, the motherboard tray slipped into the case nicely. I'm extremely pleased with how it turned out. Once I get it and the I/O slots bolted down and painted white, I think it's going to look great.

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Let me know what you think!
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post #8 of 64
Looks great biggrin.gif can't wait to see this completed!
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post #9 of 64
....Wow.

Further proof that the Prodigy is too bloody big tongue.gif

I like the idea of the motherboard orientated with the IO to the bottom. Should be interesting.

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....Wow.

Further proof that the Prodigy is too bloody big tongue.gif

I like the idea of the motherboard orientated with the IO to the bottom. Should be interesting.

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So big there is a micro atx version coming out sometime in the near future, it was shown off a computex tongue.gif
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