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Hello everyone, looking for advice and suggestions regarding modding the Bitfenix Prodigy.

Originally, I intended to send my case off to be modded to the specifications I require, however I have been unable to find a Company to offer a Modding Service in the UK, ChilledPC.co.uk has been slow to respond to my questions so I won't be using them. Unfortunately I do not have any tools or equipment to do the mod myself, however willing to purchase if necessary.

I am looking to cut the two side panels of the Prodigy to affix clear windows, the front and top panels will also be modified/replaced and I have included a link to a build that I would like to work towards. The mod is to include a full watercooling system, I would like advice on what tools I need, where to get the materials from and how to go about planning the mod.

I do not want to copy the below build, so I would appreciate ideas to make it unique.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzgLftkyFog
Edited by xcom- - 10/1/13 at 8:27am
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Hello everyone, looking for advice and suggestions regarding modding the Bitfenix Prodigy.

Originally, I intended to send my case off to be modded to the specifications I require, however I have been unable to find a Company to offer a Modding Service in the UK, ChilledPC.co.uk has been slow to respond to my questions so I won't be using them. Unfortunately I do not have any tools or equipment to do the mod myself, however willing to purchase if necessary.

I am looking to cut the two side panels of the Prodigy to affix clear windows, the front and top panels will also be modified/replaced and I have included a link to a build that I would like to work towards. The mod is to include a full watercooling system, I would like advice on what tools I need, where to get the materials from and how to go about planning the mod.

I do not want to copy the below build, so I would appreciate ideas to make it unique.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzgLftkyFog

Both side panels? Are you planning any lighting/etching/designs/themes for this mod? What all are you putting in for the watercooling and how are you mounting it?

A Prodigy is definitely a good one to mod as I've seen several people do really nice looking builds with this case.

A good start for tools that you will need to look into:
Dremel: One with a cord. This makes it less portable, but the battery ones don't have the same power.
Rotozip or Jigsaw: To do long cuts, a jigsaw with a metal or bi-metal blade will do well.
Soldering Iron: If you do custom LED lighting, a good soldering iron is definitely a must have. If you buy an NZXT or Phobya premade strip, you don't have to worry about that.
Drill: If you have switches or something that you need a small hole cut for, a drill and an hole saw are great.

thumb.gif I know you want to be original, so try to think of a theme or something to base your build around. If you do that, then you should be able to find a great number of ideas.
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Both side panels? Are you planning any lighting/etching/designs/themes for this mod? What all are you putting in for the watercooling and how are you mounting it?

A Prodigy is definitely a good one to mod as I've seen several people do really nice looking builds with this case.

A good start for tools that you will need to look into:
Dremel: One with a cord. This makes it less portable, but the battery ones don't have the same power.
Rotozip or Jigsaw: To do long cuts, a jigsaw with a metal or bi-metal blade will do well.
Soldering Iron: If you do custom LED lighting, a good soldering iron is definitely a must have. If you buy an NZXT or Phobya premade strip, you don't have to worry about that.
Drill: If you have switches or something that you need a small hole cut for, a drill and an hole saw are great.

thumb.gif I know you want to be original, so try to think of a theme or something to base your build around. If you do that, then you should be able to find a great number of ideas.

Yes I would like both side panels to be cut, I've decided to go for a Deus Ex theme as I like the use of orange and yellow colours from that game. I'm going to go for a full watercooling system including the GPU block, similar to the youtube video from singularity with the acrylic tubing. Would you suggest I purchase the watercooling components before doing the mod?
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Yes I would like both side panels to be cut, I've decided to go for a Deus Ex theme as I like the use of orange and yellow colours from that game. I'm going to go for a full watercooling system including the GPU block, similar to the youtube video from singularity with the acrylic tubing. Would you suggest I purchase the watercooling components before doing the mod?

If you have an idea of what watercooling components you can fit in there with your electronics, yes. If you need to get all of the electronic components in there first to figure out what size radiator and where to mount everything, I would wait. You don't want to order a double thick 240 radiator and only be able to fit a slim 120 radiator. Pretty much everything else from it could be ordered though. The pump and reservoir, tubing, blocks, and fittings. thumb.gif

Orange and yellow theme would be cool to see. biggrin.gif Break free of the constraints of ordinary modding my child! popesmiley.png

Are you planning on acrylic tubing or just ordinary flex tubing?
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Yeah the acrylic tubing looks cool and I plan to use an orange plasma like coolant with it and orange fans for the radiators.
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Nice. I'm not entirely sure on acrylic tubing bends, but you will need some type of heat source to work the acrylic tubing.

That will be a good looking build.

Are you using colored acrylic for the side windows or are you going to do orange/yellow LEDs? I would suggest Clear acrylic with Orange LEDs, but that's just personal preference on looks.
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I think a clear acrylic will look best for the side windows and LEDs hidden away behind the panels. I'm going to record each stage of the build and post on here. I'll start ordering the parts this weekend, going to be expensive lol.
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I think a clear acrylic will look best for the side windows and LEDs hidden away behind the panels. I'm going to record each stage of the build and post on here. I'll start ordering the parts this weekend, going to be expensive lol.

The best things in life are seldom free! thumb.gif

I believe that this is going to be a great looking build when you finish. I remember when I started my build that I spent DAYS looking at parts and ideas and lighting and pricing. My head got a bit swimmy just thinking about it! You should be able to do the lighting and modding pretty easily. biggrin.gif It's the planning that will make you insane!
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