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Bitfenix Prodigy M Midnight Black build

post #1 of 32
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Hey guys, just wanted to share my step by step build which is not too complicated. I am just moving my old gear to a smaller case and the gear I am moving is as follows:

- Case: Bitfenix Prodigy M Midnight Black
- Processor: Intel Core i7 2600
- Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus V Gene
- Memory: 4x 8GB Corsair Vengance
- PSU: Corsair HX 1000w
- GPUs: 2x EVGA Geforce GTX480 SLI
- Cooling System: Corsair H70 modded.

- Hard drives:
- 2x 3.5" HDD 2TB Western Digital Green @ 7200RPM (storage and installed software only)
- 1x 2.5" HDD 320GB Western Digital Black @ 7200RPM (dedicated to 64GB paging file only)
- 1x 2.5" SSD 128GB Corsair GT (Windows 8.1 OS only)

and I would like to start this post by saying I just got this today! woohoo!!!



Please feel free to comment anytime, any constructive criticism, tips, advice are appreciated.
Edited by blucable - 4/2/14 at 6:51am
post #2 of 32
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First issue that I have, the second video card will not fit with this PSU, and I was kind of predicting this so that's why I ordered myself a different PSU, this case is limited to a 7 inches long PSU only IF you are doing an SLI of this sort.



this is the PSU that should be in my mailbox sometime next week:


Edited by blucable - 4/2/14 at 6:52am
post #3 of 32
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After looking for the best place to place my old lights that I had in my old case, I decided to put them one on top of the motherboard and one in the bottom so It doesn't interfere with any other components in the already small place. Then I hid the light hardware behind the motherboard, I am surprised it doesn't bother the side panel at all, its like a perfect fit.


post #4 of 32
Coming along nicely there
post #5 of 32
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Another update, so I have been wanting to have one of the sides panels with a window so the stuff inside can be shown off, however, there are some issues that I came up with of course. The Bitfenix Prodigy M Midnight Black case has the usb ports, audio, reset and power buttons on the only side that is worth putting a window to look inside, so here are my options:

I can get this panel on eBay for $21.00



or I can get the window kit from Frozencpu for $44.99



My main thing here is to save as much money I can, I hate spending $500.00 just in a case upgrade so I came up with something that could save you a couple of bucks.

I decided to go for option one, and move the panel with the hardware on the motherboard side, but hold on! the reset button and power button are gonna look backwards (not acceptable!!!)

This is what I did (thank you bitfenix for giving us the privilege to customize this case however we want.)

So this is how it looks originally:



Then decided to remove the hardware installed on the panel, then removed the little box that holds the buttons in place, flipped the buttons and now I can put this panel on the motherboard side without having constant panic about the buttons looking backwards.



Then it now looks like this and I can get the panel with the window on eBay for cheaper.


Edited by blucable - 4/2/14 at 5:14pm
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Alright, I've been busy at work but here I am again with another update about my build, so I decided not to go with any of the above options for the side window because the one on eBay when placed on the right side of the computer (looking at the front plate) the window will look lower and to me it's gonna look weird, so I decided to go with a much cheaper option. This is my first time doing this so I am carefully doing my own research without looking at other threats, it makes it more fun to me.

$12.95 is how much this window kit costs at frozencpu: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/3934/win-60/DIY_Window_Kit_-_Rectangle_12_x_8.html#blank



and moving on, I got a headache yesterday just thinking what can I do to fit my modded H70 in this little environment, if you guys have any tips on this one, I will appreciate the help but I came up with this idea, I will show you on the pictures below:

The radiator when sitting up straight, it doesn't only make straight contact with the second video card but it pushes it a little and I am hating it, so I decided to flip it to the right and I think I am loving this option better, here's a picture of how it looks:



Then this is how it's gonna look when connected with the pump, to me this looks better than any other options



Then here is a close up of the Koolance clamps I am using to hold the hoses, they are the 10mm OD ones. By the way, I am using 6mm ID x 10mm OD high quality hoses.


Edited by blucable - 4/4/14 at 6:56am
post #7 of 32
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Allanitomwesh View Post

Coming along nicely there

Having lots of fun sir doing this haha
post #8 of 32
I look forward to seeing how this turns out. I am considering switching to the Prodigy M, and psu clearance is a prime concern since I also want SLi.
 
Mac Mini 2012
(7 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-7700k 5ghz@1.36v Asrock Z170 Gaming ITX Fatality MSI GTX 1080 Aero OC with Artic Accelero III GSkill 3000mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Plextor NVMe 1TB MP8E SSD CoolerMaster MasterLiquid 240mm  Windows 10 Dell S2417DG GSYNC 24" 2560x1440 165hz  
PowerCaseAudioAudio
Corsair SFX450 Ncase M1 Asus Xonar U2 ATH-AD700 Headphones 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-3615qm @ 2.3 - 3.3ghz Intel HD4000 8GB Kingston 1600 Crucial MX100 512 Fusion'd to a 500GB Seagate H... 
Hard DriveOSMonitor
Seagate Hybrid 500GB OS X 10.9 Apple Cinema Display 27" 2560x1440 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4770k@4.5 1.25v Gigabyte GA-Z87N-Wifi EVGA GTX 1070 SC ACX Samsung 1600 2x4 @ 2133 10,10,10,28,T1 1.5v 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 830 256gb SSD OS X Crucial MX200 512GB Windows Corsair H105 Windows 8.1 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks Dell S2417DG Gsync TN Coolermaster Quickfire TK Mechanical Seasonic SS-760XP2 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Prodigy ITX Logitech G502 Asus U3 USB  Audio Technica ATH-AD700 Headphones 
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Mac Mini 2012
(7 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-7700k 5ghz@1.36v Asrock Z170 Gaming ITX Fatality MSI GTX 1080 Aero OC with Artic Accelero III GSkill 3000mhz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Plextor NVMe 1TB MP8E SSD CoolerMaster MasterLiquid 240mm  Windows 10 Dell S2417DG GSYNC 24" 2560x1440 165hz  
PowerCaseAudioAudio
Corsair SFX450 Ncase M1 Asus Xonar U2 ATH-AD700 Headphones 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-3615qm @ 2.3 - 3.3ghz Intel HD4000 8GB Kingston 1600 Crucial MX100 512 Fusion'd to a 500GB Seagate H... 
Hard DriveOSMonitor
Seagate Hybrid 500GB OS X 10.9 Apple Cinema Display 27" 2560x1440 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4770k@4.5 1.25v Gigabyte GA-Z87N-Wifi EVGA GTX 1070 SC ACX Samsung 1600 2x4 @ 2133 10,10,10,28,T1 1.5v 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 830 256gb SSD OS X Crucial MX200 512GB Windows Corsair H105 Windows 8.1 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks Dell S2417DG Gsync TN Coolermaster Quickfire TK Mechanical Seasonic SS-760XP2 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Prodigy ITX Logitech G502 Asus U3 USB  Audio Technica ATH-AD700 Headphones 
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post #9 of 32
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Originally Posted by valkeriefire View Post

I look forward to seeing how this turns out. I am considering switching to the Prodigy M, and psu clearance is a prime concern since I also want SLi.

The SLI option is getting very tough, you have to sacrifice some things, to fit the SLI I had to ditch the DVD drive caddy, then my current issue is that my 3.5" drives are not fitting well, they kind of hit the radiator of my water cooling system so here I think I will have to come up with a real mod to fit these hard drives.
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Alrighty! so I finally got my hoses and the anti-kink springs (that I don't really need but I want to install them just because they look cool) and now I am ready to fit my modded H70.

So here I am doing a burn test on the pump making sure there is not a single bubble (took me around 2.5 hours to get all bubbles out and I am using plain water only, I've been using it for 2 years and I get 21C temperatures on idle and 27 when bench-marking, and no stuff builds up in the radiator) and for around one hour it ran smoothly. To fill the radiator I had to clean the dish washer sink real good and fill it up with water and use the faucet as a hose and then when the sink was full, I filled the bath tub in the bathroom to move the radiator around and get all air I could out of it, this process took me around 2 straight hours and a half.

And here it is the water pump test:



Got me some Arctic Silver 5 and squeezed some of it on the processor as much as a pea size amount and using a thick sheet of construction paper I spread the substance all over the processor making a very thin layer.



So I was halfway done here:



Then here we go, my H70 is installed and connected to the motherboard and ready to get cranked hehe.



My next issue to solve is to make my 3.5" hard drives to fit in this computer, since they do not fit on the sheet of metal where they are supposed to go I am going to have to make a real mod to make them fit. I cannot sacrifice the fan that goes on the floor of the case where the hard drives could go just fine. I have an SLI setup and GTX480s get real hot regardless, so at this point I can't sacrifice any fan spaces in this case.

I am now going to go starbucks, get me a White Chocolate Mocha, play some Clash of Clans in my iPad, relax and think how I am going to do this.
Edited by blucable - 4/5/14 at 12:23pm
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