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Hi Guys

I've been lurking in the shadows secretly admiring all the awesome rigs found here on Overclock.net, and it got my creative juices flowing. To tell you the truth, I am quite mad now because I have around 5 months left before I have to hand in my Masters Thesis, instead I am modding a case... smile.gif

Ok right, let's jump right into it. The first problem I had was that, if I go Push/Pull, the inside of the case fills up quite quickly. As with my Zalman Z7 case I had, I cut a hole in the top grill to make room for fans top be connected on the outside.



I had to drill holes for the cables and I had to punch holes in the filter for the screws to go through.

Another problem I faced, was the side panel connectors. Because of my desk layout, the Front Panel Connector (or sidepanel in the case of the prodigy), was at the back of the case facing away from me. So I decided to swap the panels around. Problem now is that there are no venting holes. So I got out my trusty grinder and cut a venting hole for the GPU. I thought to myself, why not add a window while I am at it... This is the result.



I must apologize for the saturation near the TOP. My LED strip is a bit inaccessible. It is still a work in progress. I am waiting for safety edging to put around the inside of the cut. It is not the best, but I am hoping the safety edging will hide it. I also have to drill more holes(sigh), or make another plan to allow the GPU to vent through the perspex. I am also planning on redoing the whole panel, as a blunt tool resulted in me cracking the perspex at the bottom audio connector.




If you remove the support beam holding the panel, you gain a few millimeters for your buttons to go closer to outside of the perspex. The USB connectors are still a problem on the other hand. My solution was to remove part of the PCB, take out the USB connectors and screw them to the front (they were screwed to the back). No I have nice and flush USB as well.



I found that the LED Strips at the top of my Prodigy was VERY bright and it was making it hard to see through the perspex. It might just be that the protective plastic is still on the perspex as well, but decided a piece of white perspex would help with cable management as well softening the bright LEDs. I decided to mount the perspex between the bottom fans and the H100 radiator. This hides the radiator, and leaves some room for the cables and the LED strips.



I know there is a small gap, but this is hidden by the strip of sidepanel I left to mount the perspex to. Overall success (I think), but there is still room for improvement.

Some things that need to be done:
1. Cable Management. Yes yes, the cables are a bit of a mess, but the four fan cables and LED power cables are nicely hidden behind the white perspex.
2. Finish GPU venting
3. Finish the second sidepanel. I need to somehow make a plan so that I cut the same profile to hide the cables in the PSU area, but the panel I have left has all the vent holes ruining the cutout.
4. Mount my Vantec EZ Swap F4. I need to remove the front fan and drill holes in the Motherboard bracket.
5. Get a nice Paintjob.

Hope you guys like it...

P.S. One mod I forgot to mention is one I actually saw here. It involves adding spacers between the PSU bracket and the Chassis to reliave some of the strain on the PSU cables due to the bend.

P.S. 2 I also apologize for the possible poor quality of my images...
Edited by r3d r4bbit - 7/13/13 at 12:49am
    
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Corsair Neutron GTX Corsair F60 Seagate Momentus 7200RPM Corsair H100 + 4x Coolermaster Excaliburs Push/... 
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Bitfenix Spectre White 230mm Windows 8 Asus VK278Q 23" 2x LG 2261VP 21.5" 
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Coolermaster QuickFire Pro Brown Cherry MX Corsair HX650 BitFenix Prodigy White Coolermaster Sentinel Zero-G 
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