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Hi guys!
 
This is a summarized buildlog for my latest creation based on a BITFENIX Prodigy chassis which I have given the name "Prodigy | SENSATION".
 
This build have been going on from late 2012 until start of 2014 where it´s slowly reaching a final state. Many parts have been designed from scratch and produced using CAD software and generators for voronoi-diagram which is the math behind the biologic and natural flow of the coverplates and fanguards. Lasercutting, watercutting, powdercoating and sticker printer/cutting are techniques that have been used, just to name the coolest ones, all thanks to my dear friends. All cables have been sleeved and cut to right length and many have even been made from scratch. Custom handpicked waterloop with biggest single radiator that fitted the footprint. Colorscheme is a cameleont one and sets for a white/blue theme in daylight and a UV/white-blue in the cosy nightmode.
 
 
 
Hardware:
Chassi: Bitfenix Prodigy
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-i DELUXE mITX
CPU: Intel Ivy-bridge Core I5 3570K @ 4,5Ghz
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 PC17000/2133MHz CL9 2x4GB
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 2048MB OC
PSU: OCZ 600W MODXSTREAM PRO
SSD: SAMSUNG EVO 840 256Gb
HDD: 2x WD Green
 
Watercooling:
Pump: swiftech MCP355 (Laing DDC3.2 )
Pump Top+Res: EK-DDC X-RES 100 CSQ - Acetal
Radiator: Alphacool Nexxos XT45 280
Fans: 2x Thermalright TY-150, Bitfenix Spectre PRO 230mm, Bitfenix SPECTRO PRO PWM 140mm
Tubing: Masterkleer 13/10 Transparent
CPU-Block: EKWB supremacy CSQ acetal copper
GPU-Block: EK-FC680 GTX - CSQ acetal copper
Fittings: EK-PSC, 10mm - G1/4, Silver
Coolant: Mayhem Dye Pastel UV White 1Ltr Pre-mix
Fan controler: Scythe Kaze master
 
Misc:
Sleeving: Paracord, AXON-modding sleeve
Heatshrink: MDPC-X 
Connectors: UV-blue
Powerbutton: Phobya Vandal resistant switch
 
 
 
We start of with a begining to end comparison and i will soon add more pictures in between:
 
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Heads up!
 
Minimalistic PC is having a modding competition this week with many fine builds in the entries, please take a look and be amazed by the hard work put in to these machines. My build is there too and I would love to have your support and a little vote ;)
 
 
(you´ll find the "vote here!" text under the pictures when browsing a specific build)
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I will use spoilers to make this thread lighter and to divide the build in different chapters.

 

The parts and plans:


Pictures from the early days with shots of products and design idéas. The main subject was to get a clean look with a unique touch that i had never seen been done before. I early settled for a white and blue color theme and knew that I wanted a special effect by adding UV light in the chassis.

 

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Modifications:

 

PSU


 

 

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Cables all over the place in different colors and wrong length. 

 

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Stared by cutting off the cables I didn´t need=)

 

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Mind that material of paracord does matter. One of them didn´t melt and was almost impossible to attach to the pin.

 

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Have fun...

 

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Have some more fun=)

 

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Painted the cabinet in white.

 

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Final result. Here you also see the new PCI-e power cable i made from scratch.


 

Radiator


 

 

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This configuration with 280mm radiator and 2x 150mm fans didn´t match well in color and didn´t match any mounting holes in the chassis. Lets do something about it!

 

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Add a little paint.

 

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Thread some holes.

 

 

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Design some fanguards.

 

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Some more fanguard even though this is not needed,it just adds a great portion of estetics

 

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Go bananas on the chassis and take out some larger holes for the new stuff.

 

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Last but not least, make it fit.

 

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Do you see it? I promise, the rad´s still there=)

 


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Pump and reservoir


 

 

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Black it not going to work in this item either. What to do on a oily hard plastic surface?

 

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Plastidip! Why? Because it gives a different look and feel, it sticks great to the oily hard plastics and best of all, I can totally peel it of like a second skin and restore the parts to stock at any time!

 

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What? Green impeller!? Ohyea;) Not really anything fancy about this other than a previous owner using some green coolant that dyed the plastics. Note that i have cut of the mounting wings on the outside. They where ugly and had to go.

 

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Sorry anout the missmatching cable...

 

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Fixed it!


 

 

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Sleeving


 

 

Over to the biggest time consumer EVER in modding, take a guick guess...Sleeving!

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BFF when it comes to perfection. Get one or don´t sleeve at all. I mean it, I earlier had a cheaper one that broke  90% of all crimping pins.

 

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I think i spent almost 20 hours at this table just sleeving. And then I mean only the ATX 24pin + ATX 8 pin and the PCI-e cables.

 

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Safety razor blades is great for paracord and heatshrink cutting. But where is the safety in safety razor blades;)

 

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Messy cables, but the colors are now fixed!

 

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Oh, red...just my favourite color.

 

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I ended up using the darkblue sleeve for the SATAcables. It blends with the paracords and best of all, it glows under UV light like really bright.

 

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This is an early revision. I have since then changed the heatshrink to a black one that covers the whole contact.

 


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I ended up going with the config to the right, giving a total of two colors instead of three.


 

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SATA power cable in the making. 

 

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Did I mention it will be a custom one?

 

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The paracord melts nicely onto the pins and get secured.

 

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Good tool for pushing the cables in place.

 

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Like 3hours later.

 

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Last part, i honestly spent 6 hours on this cable.

 

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In the end it was worth it.

 

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Lights:


 

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Today i use various lightsources, all LED based. This one I have hidden in the top.

 

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This is a special one i had to make from scratch that goes into the CPU.

 

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To be able to connecto many different lights i had to make a small connector allowing multiple powerdrawers and this is it, all covered in a piece of heatshrink.

 

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Some lights are controlled by a switch wich I also had to make.

 

 

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This goes on when the computer starts. the rest is via the external switch so I can turn it on/off.

 


 

Fan controller:


 

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Original. It wont either fit or look good. Lets mod!

 

 

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Plastidipped the frame. Shortened the control-knobs. Shortened the mounting plates and shortened the heatsinks.

 

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To finish it of i made a new mounting frame that I later painted white. All the cables to the fans got sleeved in blue.

 

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Fans:


 

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Wrong colors. This would fit great into a military/desert themed build i think.

 

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Tricky part, the tiny clip holding the whole fan together was a nervebreaker because of its size, it could sprint away into oblivion or break...

 

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I have had newly painted parts hanging all over the place, on the attic, in the guestroom and in the hallway. You got to adapt to the fact that is stinks=)

 

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Fan modding in the making.

 

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Both 150mm fans worked after my paint session.

 

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Fixed the cables. Lenghten them, sleeving them and put on a proper connector that is.

 

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"View from the top"

 


 

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Right color, first time that happened, thanks Bitfenix for having a white version;)

 

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Add some patience.

 

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The fan at the back also got a treatment with sleeved cable and a new hole to get the cable inside the case, same solution as the top fans.

 



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Metal work:


 

 

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Hole cut out. Now im done=). Nope, I don´t even use the motherboard tray any longer.

 

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Lets step it up a notch. Bring the heavy artillery! 8mm aluminum, and why you might ask? It just felt right.

 

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Here is the beginning of my new HDD rack and the middle layer for the front.

 

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Front before it got painted.

 


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Every fan has a filter for dust.

 

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Layer one of three...then comes a 4mm thick acrylic layer and finally the 1,1mm thick stainless steel plate with my logo.


 

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You take what you got right?

 

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HDD-rack Fits like it´s supposed and secured with six screws in the floor and 4 in the roof because it also serves as a support to the motherboard tray.

 

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Some sanding and painting later.

 

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The SSD was secured using long M3 spacer srews.

 

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Measure twice, cut once (in reality that is measure 10 times, take a day of, think about it, measure 5 times more...)

 

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Lets add some water shall we?

 


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Watercooling:


 

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What, miscoloring? (laying in a box for months after a quick rinse, my fault! EKWB is quality! Copper is...copper)

 

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By the way, i treat my waterblocks like i treat my hamburgers.

 

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Like new again!

 

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Painting time! Starting to get the hang of it.

 

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Handy tools. Warm water is a must to get the tubing on to the fittings.

 

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As always, some turns of teflon threadtape.

 

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Shortest loop i ever managed.

 

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Mayhems pre-mixed solution Pastel white UV. 

 

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Finishing Touches:


To get things more clean i added a few other items. Not much for building pics as this is rather small stuff.

 

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Some coverplates for the powercables.

 

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Before.

 

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After.

 

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This is a early mockup of what i wanted to achieve. This plate is not for real.

 

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Some of the tools used to shape the acrylic. I choosed to make a cut with the knife and the i just bent the part til it snapped right of. Nice cuts and 100% straight lines...and fast!

 

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Added paint on the backside.

 

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I then got help from a friend to fabricate some cutout stickers.

 

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Finished plate for the VCORE-board wich is a little special one on these Asus boards.

 

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Please continue to page two for the rest of the pictures and most important of all, the Final Photo Shoot!
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