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MUTAGENOOZE

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Hey everyone. This system is already built. I spent the last 2+ months working on it. I took several hundred pictures to document the whole process from start to finish and I am now going to start this log to show everyone what I was able to accomplish. I will try to post some everyday and also try to be as detailed as possible.


Hardware:
Case: BitFenix Prodigy - Green
Motherboard: ASUS Z87I-DELUXE mITX
CPU: Core i7 4770K
Memory: Ballistix Elite 16GB DDR3-1866 in 8x2
Hard Drives: SAMSUNG 840 Pro 256g / WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB
GPU: PNY GTX 780
PSU: Seasonic SS-660XP2 660w Platinum


Cooling:
CPU: NZXT Kraken x40
Controller: BitFenix Recon
Fans: 2x BitFenix Spectre 120mm / 1x BitFenix Spectre 140mm / 1x BitFenix Spectre 230mm
Edited by doubleyouare - 11/8/13 at 8:45pm
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So I designed this whole build around 2 things...the GPU and the case. I'd seen the Prodigy in my local Micro Center in white and black and really liked the way that it looked. Once I got home and saw all the other color choices I was hooked. Next I had to decide on a GPU. I wanted to go for the Titan but after days of reviews and realizing what I was using it for, I decided on the GTX 780. I'm using an HP 27xi which is 1080p so I knew the Titan would just be a waste of an extra $350. I went in to Micro Center to take a look at and possibly buy an EVGA reference 780...which they were out of. So, I pulled the trigger on the whole thing by deciding on the PNY version of this card instead. This is the first piece of hardware I purchased for this build.




After that it was time to get the case. I hadn't decided on what color I wanted and I was torn between the white and a really obnoxious color like green or orange. I wanted this thing to stand out like a work of art and black was just too dull. White was starting to get that way for me also. I did alot of searching for different ideas on this case and came across one that blew me away...




I tried like hell to order this case but it's only sold in Canada. mad.gif I called their customer service and begged them to sell one to me and they refused. I was pissed. I decided that I was just going to buy a black Prodigy and do all the artwork on it myself. I jumped into Illustrator and went to work...




As you can see, after almost completely duplicating the design, I decided it was too much like something else that was already out there and that's when I started playing with the green case instead of black...reversing it. (All the art you see in the pics above I created or re-created by hand. If you want some of the vectors, hit me up and maybe I will feel generous...) So anyway, I called a couple of printing shops to see if I could get these designs printed up on vinyl stickers and what all was involved with that. Seemed a little hard to try to do over the phone and one of the shops just told me to finish my designs and bring them in to see if they could do it. I wasn't done with them at that time so I just kept trying to perfect it. Right around that time I came across pics of some Prodigy builds cutting bigger windows in the sides so that you could see more of what's inside the case. I hadn't really decided if I was going to do a custom water loop or just buy one but I knew I wanted to sleeve my cables and make it look really clean inside and I thought about maybe cutting large holes in the side panels like these guys had done. More on that later...
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Hope it turns out good for you wink.gif
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Originally Posted by daralim View Post

Hope it turns out good for you wink.gif

thx man...I appreciate the support.
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So I eventually decided on the green Prodigy case and I ordered that from NewEgg...took a few days to get here. I also ordered my motherboard and that came with it.







After I took off the side panels on the case I noticed that some things didn't look right...


plastic brackets are cracked...


drive cage is bent...

so, had to call NewEgg and get an advance RMA...time to wait mad.gif
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Thanks for linking me the build log, subbed! thumb.gif
    
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In between waiting, I went to back to Micro Center to pick up some of the other components...




Also went ahead and test fitted the mobo and GPU just to see how they looked together...





Kraken X40 showed up the next day...




So as you can see, I decided to just buy a liquid cooler instead of building a custom water loop. I figured that after doing all the sleeving and case mods that I wanted, it would push me back too far from being able to use the PC before the parts started to get obsolete. That sounds funny but 2 weeks after I finished this thing, the R9 290x was released and Nvidia dropped the damn price on my GPU by $150 bucks...oh and they decided to announce the 780Ti...waaah? mad.gif So @ this point I'm pretty glad I just went with the X40 so that I had a little time to enjoy this thing before I already have to start thinking about upgrades. BTW, I've never built a custom water loop so I got pretty intimidated by it after I started piecing it all together. I have left it to where I can always add a custom loop later if I feel the need to. What do you guys think? Is it worth the time and extra $300 to $500???
Edited by doubleyouare - 11/8/13 at 9:41pm
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Thanks for linking me the build log, subbed! thumb.gif

thanks for the support man...I really appreciate it!!!
post #9 of 16
Awesome looking build so far, sorry to hear about the issues thus far, here's hoping no more pop up. thumb.gif
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Awesome looking build so far, sorry to hear about the issues thus far, here's hoping no more pop up. thumb.gif

Thanks for the compliments man...and the positive thinking!
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