Alright, so this is my first major case modification. I am modifiying my Bitfenix Prodigy ITX case to fit an MATX motherboard. This build is inspired by a few members of Overclock.net including GolferGolfer and Adamski07.
The goal is KISS. Keep it simple stupid. I want to be able to cram as much as I can IN the case if possible.
The build consists of:
CPU - I7 3770K
Mobo - Asus Gene V
RAM - 2 x 4GB Corsair Dominator 2000Mhz
PSU - Corsair AX850
GPU - Crossfire 7970's OR R9 290
Fans - Corsair SP120 / Other
Cables - NZXT Premium Cable Extensions (Black)
CPU Cooler - Corsair H100i (w/ Red Tube Mod)
I will be using a Corsair H100i for CPU cooling. I am trying VERY hard to fit the rad and two regular fans up top. I seem to have a bit of a clearance issue, but we are talking millimeters. I may have an idea to get regular size fans to fit. If that doesn't work, I have two options. Either use Scythe Slipstream Slim 12mm fans or put the fans outside of the case. Are the Slim Slipstreams any good? How would 2000RPM version handle a radiator? Static Pressure? We will see as things go along.
Here is the case. Rear panel has been cut. Inspired by GolferGolfer. Front metal grill removed. Need to do a bit more cutting up front. two 120mm fans will be used.
Door panel sill has been cut to hug PSU as close to the side as possible.
Here is the PSU test fit. It will sit closer once the PSU is raised slightly since the floor of case is rounded.
IO panel and motherboard tray are from a Fractal Core 1000. Inspired by GolferGolfer. I will be cutting out the tray indents as it prevents the tray from sitting as close to the PSU as possible. Will also shorten Standoff threads. The closer to the PSU the more room I have.
I had a 92mm fan lying around. Without tray modification I can stuff it in there. I should be able to stuff two vertically as exhaust.
I may use this fan grill from the Core 1000 to rivet in the floor of the prodigy for GPU ventilation. Thoughts?
I'm using the Core 1000 side panel as my new Prodigy back panel. Money in the bank!!!
Just another shot of the back of the case.
For PSU ventilation I cut out the fan grill from the Core 1000 side panel. I will be cutting a hole out and riveting that piece to the inside.