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Hey OCN, this is my first ever modding project, and my first new build since '08-ish. A brief intro of myself: I got into computers from my dad, he worked for gateway WAAAAY back when they had a plant in Iowa. As he worked there, he pretty much adopted a close family friend and they have both been my mentors. I built my first rig when I was 16, working ~30hrs a week and going to school. I had it all finished in about 5 months (I also purchased a car at that time so my priorities were split). Fast forward to last year, I was bent on getting a new machine put together. The prodigy case was catching a lot of attention, and the thought of an easy moved mITX rig was enough to make me pull the trigger. I was doing research and putting a shopping list together when a drunk driver plowed into my Jeep on Christmas Eve night, totaling it and drove off. I was back to being an adult and putting hobbies to the side. I finally am financially stable enough to start working on this, and as the year went by I spent more time on this forum and BitTech as well. So here it is, my Prodigy mod.

This post will unfortunately cover mainly just hardware, I am finally just getting everything in.

Hardware.
MOBO: Asus Impact
CPU: Intel I7-4770k
GPU: Asus AMD R9 290
Ram: G.Skill Trident X @ 2400 (8gb)
PSU: Corsair RM750
SSD1: Samsung 840 Pro 120gb
SSD2: Samsung 840 Pro 240gb
Case: BitFenix Prodigy

Cooling.
CPU Block: EK Supremacy Nickle Plexi
GPU Block: EK R9-290x Nickle CSQ w/ Back Plate
Pump: Swiftech MCP35x w/ AquaComputer Pump Top
Res: AquaComputer 450
Tubing: PrimoChill Rigid Acrylic
Fittings: PrimoChill Revolver in White
Rad1: AlphaCool NexXxos Monsta 240
Rad2: AlphaCool ST30 120
Fans: 6x Scythe Gentle Typhoon @1850

Extra Stuff.
Custom Cables with MDPC sleeve (color unknown)
More TBA...

Overall I am happy with the list, although the Monsta 240 was a little thicker and the res was a bit bigger than anticipated. No matter, I will find a way to get it in there and make it look good. My idea of modding is taking things and getting them to fit in a space normally you shouldn't. I look forward to this mod and I will try to hammer out all of the minor details for an overall awesome rig. I hope you guys enjoy, I know I don't have much now but stay tuned. I will be updating things as I go, and as a first time modder I am open to criticism suggestions thoughts or ideas.


What I have so far for the cooling

The hardware I have.

Bear, my helper.

Also, mind the pictures, I do not have a sweet camera, so I am working with my phone.

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Ooh definitely following this one, I like this case....and your dog lol but mainly for the build.
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Hey guys, sorry it's been so long, I am a student working ~25-30 hours a week, and a husband so hobbies don't get as much time as I'd like. A small update for you guys, and hopefully it'll give an idea of what I am trying to accomplish.


Did a test fit of the case, fired everything up. Hopefully no RMA's needed.


Kicked around the Rubiks cube, finally found a good layout of everything. Time to start working.


My friend and mentor helping me cut. The first few sparks fly


The skeleton and our new canvas.



Since the cutting, we have sanded most of the paint off. The prodigy is powder coated, making it a bit more of a pan than expected. Still have some sanding and grinding to do. This is my first time working with metal since high school shop, so it feels real good to get back into it. For a while we were playing with brazing, but the case is not galvanized so it looks like I have to switch to JB Weld. Both me and my mentor are break it down to it's basic structure than build it back up people, I say this because I feel at some points we should have just did a scratch build, but then again I like that challenge.

Sorry for the lack of pictures, still new to this whole work log concept, I'll try to take more when we get into the actual interesting side of it. Feel free to ask questions or throw ideas at me, at this stage were still working with putty.

Thanks for looking, more to come.

Not sure why it decided to rotate the images, I'll have to figure that out.
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Alright, sorry for the delay. Been working on a suitable way for attaching new metal to the frame of the "prodigy", if you can even call it that anymore. We went to a place called Harbor Freight, and it has become my mecca... right next to Dunkin' Doughnuts. I grabbed a large sheet of 22ga steel, 48" by 32" I believe, we cut out some sides and than we started experimenting. Below is our sides cut out by the shell.



I've seen a lot of people use the JB Weld on this forum, so I decided to give that a try, while shopping I found the stuff on the right, Quik Steel, it's got a set time 5 minutes. It's a two part epoxy, and it sands pretty well. We did a small mockup and I ended up baking this piece, the JB on the left and QuickSteel on the right, for an hour and a half. The JB Welb was pretty strong, but the QuikSteel was strong by more than a little (a lot). We ended up trying to push through the middle of the plate that was applied, the JB popped after pretty moderate force. My partner tried to push through the QuikSteel plate, and ended up putting a dent into the middle of the plate, I don't have a picture I wish I did.


So we made a template, the outside of the sheet is where we applied the QuikSteel. Like I said the set up time for this stuff is like 5 minutes so pictures of us monkeying around.


We slapped the new plate on there, I took it home so it could set for 12 hours, and than baked it in the morning (250 for 1.5hr). She holds pretty darn well. Will do more experimenting.


I've got another surprise in store. This is my friend and my wife going to town on the surprise.


A big ol' box appears out of no where.... what could be?


Merry ChrismaBirthday to me.

We're currently running some tests on the strength/reliability of the QuikSteel. If we like it we will push forward with it. After we get all of the sides applied more modding will take place. I hope that anyone who is actively watching this is still around and hope to pick up a few more eyes. The surprise takes after the Green Waffles build, waffles if you are poking around in here thank you. I will keep you guys posted, this project will not die.
Thanks for viewing.
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Subbed for "Prodigy" goodness. I'm curious as of what you're going for with this smile.gif

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~nik
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Interested to see how you're going to cool that GPU and what the temps are going to be. Subbed..!! biggrin.gif
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