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Hello and welcome to my project and my build/project log named " Big Bro 'Prodigy ."
In this project, a well-planned and excecute modification of computer chassis named "BitFenix Prodigy" will be performed.
The modification will be performed in a manner so that the end result is something I've never seen before.
I hope you readers will find my project interesting, both the arrangement, modification, the idea and the final product.
To make this project possible, I have a couple of business partners with well-known names.
Let me introduce you to them and thank them for supporting my work and giving me this opportunity:
Gigabyte has provided me with the following product:
BitFenix has provided me with the following products:
BeQuiet! has provided me with the following product:
Mountain Mods has provided me with the following product:
- Mountain Mods Modular Removable Motherboard Tray
Thank you again! Without you, this project would not be able to be done.
Photos, videos, and more will reviews of the products will presented in this project.
"To Do" list:
- [X] Writing the introduction and presentation of the project. - 9/12 2012
- [X] Remove chassis parts and remove some metal pieces. - 12/12 2012
- [X] Show prototypes and the chassis. - BitFenix products wil be used here. - 16/12 2012
- [X] Cut holes and mount a plexiglass window on the side panel. - 05/01 2013
- [X] Modify the motherboard tray - MountainMods products will be used here. - 03/2 2013
- [X] Fix the new place for the power supply. - BeQuiet! products wil be used here. - 03/2 2013 + 20/4 2013.
- [X] Unboxing of GIGABYTE z77x-UP7 and test-mounting in the case - 12/03 -2013
- [X] Attaching new motherboard plate and its I / O & PCI-E ports. - - 08/04 -2013
- [X] Modification of the front panel - 24/05 -2013
- [X] Modification of the top - 16/06 - 2013
- [X] Even more mesh! and AquaTuning is sponsoring - 10/07 - 2013
- [X] Unboxing & Overview of the GIGABYTE GTX 780 OC - 06/08 -2013
- [X] Cut holes for I/O and assembly - 28/08 -2013
- [X] The case and it's parts are done - 14/12 -2013
- [X] Test, review and show products. GIGABYTE products will be used here.
- [X] Mount the water cooling - AquaTuning products will be used here. 10/02 -2014
- [ ] Final pictures.
More things to do may be added.
More things to do may be added.
Introduction - What and why? - 9/12 2012
Welcome to my introduction to my project " Big Bro 'Prodigy "!
I will now present my project and tell you what it will be about.
What kind of project will I do?
What kind of modification will I make to the BitFenix Prodigy?
The reason I wanted to do a project and a modification of this particular chassis is because I, when it was announced, was very interested in this chassis. In my last project I modified one of the prettiest chassis available in my opinion, the PowerMac G5.
When I saw BitFenix Prodigy, it felt like a "little brother" to the PowerMac G5 because of how the front and handles on the top and bottom looked.
I felt that this is a chassis I want to deal with.
I looked at acquiring myself a m-ITX motherboard but I found nothing that suited me. I am in need of 4x RAM slots (m-ITX has only 2x) and I love overclocking and general stuff with computers, so m-ITX unfortunately was no choice for me.
Many have wished that this chassis would be released as at least m-ATX chassis and I also wished for that because I've got a mATX board.
That's when I figured I should take matters into my own hands and fix me a Prodigy that fits my needs.
But no, I will not modify the chassis to fit a mATX motherboard, sorry guys. Many have guessed at it, and I'll admit, it was actually my first idea for a while. Then, however, Isaw that there is already a guy out on the wide internet that has done this.
I felt I want to be unique and do something that nobody else has done, so I decided to not make a m-ATX chassis by Prodigy.
What am I going to do?
Thanks for asking
My modification will become something even greater, something even more extreme and something even more unique.
I'm going in my project and in this log modify a BitFenix Prodigy so much so that it fits with a ..
Wait for it ...
and even ...
You read that right. I'll modify my BitFenix Prodigy so it keeps an almost complete E-ATX motherboards. This is a form factor greater than ATX (which is the motherboard "noramal" size). An m-ITX chassis that will swallow a E-ATX motherboard! >
However, the "standard" for E-ATX is 30.5cm x 33cm, and this will unfortunately not fit physically. I will fit motherboard up to 30.5cm x 28cm, which is larger than the standard "ATX". Many E-ATX motherboards are 30.5cm x 27cm, for example the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7.
I can, with even more modification, fit a motherboard that is a full size E-ATX, which is 30.5cm x 33cm. I will however not do this, but it is possible with some extending of the case (I wan't to keep the exterior original).
The reason I will perform this modification is because I want to make room for larger motherboards than the intended m-ITX (17cm x 17cm). This is an aesthetically attractive chassis that is very capable of doing much. With the help of my modification, I will be able to get the motherboard that is almost four times as large as intended. Not bad!
The chassis is very popular among enthusiasts and making a modification as extreme like this of this chassis I will be extremely exciting! My goal is to show what the Prodigy can actually go for and what it is capable of.
Hope you do as well and are eager to follow my project log.
Any form of constructive criticism are welcome! Positive and negative.
Thanks in advance
Hope you like it here in my little project log
The Prodigy and emptying it - 13/12 2012
First and foremost, I want to present my latest collaboration partners. It is a reputable company and you have certainly come across their name many times and maybe even used their products.
Let me introduce:
Gigabyte will provide me with a monstrous motherboard, their top model for socket 1155, by the name of GA-Z77X-UP7.
This motherboards color theme will suit perfectly to my project as I will use hot colors such as - Yellow, Orange and Red.
The GA-Z77X-UP7 also allows for QUAD SLI/CF (four graphics cards ), has dual 8pin for the CPU and holds the world record for overclocking "Intel Ivy Bridge" processor (7.102GHz).
For more information, unboxing, review, overclocking, photographs and use of the product in my modification will happen when I get the motherboard from Gigabyte. Until then, we must content ourselves with excitement waiting for it!
On to some pictures!
Here I come with an update that will involve:
- A look at the chassis - BitFenix Prodigy.
- Emptying the chassis on its content.
This update will include products from:
Let's take a look at the chassis!
Now that we have seen how the chassis looks like, let's empty it!
Emptying the chassis
Let's get down to business!
This is how the chassis looks without the side panels and everything else default.
I begin by removing the upper HDD cage. Very easy to do because of the "clips", small handles are pressed together and then goes on to pull out. Very easy and takes a few seconds, no need for screws and the like. Even cradles where the hard drive are placed are made in the same way, nice!
To remove the lower hard drive cage it is required that we turn the chassis over and remove a couple of screws from the bottom. Not too difficult either.
After two hard drive cages are removed I pick off the front panel of the chassis. This is easily done with a pair of "clips" on the inside of the chassis in the front. Poke at them in the right direction and release it. There are a total of 4 pieces.
I also want to remove the 5.25" mount because I do not use an optical drive (I'm a USB-man!) I also need to remove it because of the modification. Simple done with a number of screws on the outside in the front and a few on the inside. (I'm sure you can fix an optical drive mount in another way if you want to follow this project).
The chassis looks pretty stupid and ridiculous without the front panel, so we'll make sure not to lose it!
I then pick out the two included fans. I guess they are 120mm Spectre.
On top of the chassis there is a "fan grill" where you can attach 2x 120mm fans, or an entire 240 radiator for water cooling. We get rid of this one aswell
There, now is the chassis relatively empty! What remains is the motherboard plate for m-ITX motherboard that sits inside the chassis in a rather unique way. This is a rather massive piece of metal. Let's remove this one too!
This motherboard tray is stuck with quite a few rivets. Rivets can be removed easier by drilling them apart, right through it. Then loosens the "head" and pop rivet releases. This is done as said most easily with a drill, but then I do not have such a tool at the moment so I solve using a dremel/multifunction tools and a drill.
Sometimes it happens that the drill stuck, so a real drill is recommended.
This is what the metal piece when it is removed from the chassis and laid on the desk looks likes. Getting it off was a pain, partly because I had the wrong tools, but also my dog got really angry and barked a lot because of the sound of the tool.
Now the case, BitFenix Prodigy, is completely empty of content, and the "body" and the feet are what is left. This gives me the opportunity to start my modification that will happen.
The chassis felt a lot much easier on the weight after it was emptied, which is quite understandable. As we can see in the picture below, pretty much was taken out, everything from the motherboard plate to hard drive cages, fans, front panel, side panels, etc.
That was my update which was about the chassis and the emptying of the chassis. Henceforth modification start and I hope you look forward to it as much as I do!
I'm going tomorrow to record a video and hopefully make an soon. Here, I will show prototype images of how I thought that this project will look like, while I'm in the video will show it "live" and how I'm going to do. I'll embed the video in this projectlog, of course.
We can then using prototype images imagine how it will look like, and thus know how it will be with the finished product!
I'm extremely psyched and looking forward to this project a lot!
If you have questions or concerns, or just criticism, please write in this thread!
Thank you for reading.
See you soon,