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[Build Log] Blood and Ice - Another Prodigy Build

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Posted · Original PosterOP

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This is my first build log and first toe dip into rigid tube water cooling.

It'll be my second PC I've put together, but the first "get serious" build. I'm a mechanic, a lot older than a lot of you (probably most :D) but I've been building fast cars/street machines/hot rods most of my working life.

A work injury means i can no longer physically play with cars anymore. I've always been a geek at heart and gamer, but mainly on the peasant machine consoles. So i thought i might try my mechanical skills at PC modding.

This will be a slow build log, i don't have a tonne of money but i don't really want to compromise, so parts will be bought when they can be afforded unfortunately.

One other thing i wanted was a smaller case, but not so small that i could get some serious water gear in there.

Name - Blood and Ice

Build Parts -

Case and Parts.

* Bitfenix Prodigy (White) I know, another damn Prodigy build, honestly, i don't like any of the other ITX cases.
* 6mm white acrylic for front mod
* 3mm clear acrylic for side window mod (both sides)

Components.

Motherboard - Asus Z97i -plus
CPU - D.C. i7 4970K
GPU - Gigabyte Windforce R9 290 OC
RAM - G.Skill 8Gb Ripjaws (2x4Gb sticks already owned)
PSU - Thermaltake Toughpower Gold 850w (from previous build so no "your psu is overkill" comments please) :D
SSD - Samsung Evo 120Gb
HDD - WD Black 750Gb 2.5"

Cooling.

* Alphacool XT45 280mm Radiator
* Koolance 280mm radiator shroud
* XSPC EX 240mm Radiator
* EK Supremacy CPU block - Clean Plexi
* Aquacomputer Kryographics Hawaii full cover block
* EK DDC 140 pump res pwm combo
* Barrow push in fittings of various angles etc.
* 10/14mm acrylic tubing.
* EK Blood red coolant.
* NoiseBlocker NB Loop 120mm x 2
* NoiseBlocker Silent Pro 140mm x2

Wiring/Sleeving.

* LC Teleios Dark Red
* LC Teleios White
* LC Teleios Black
* Phobya 4 pin to 6x3 Fan Splitter
* Betfenix White led strips
* All custom made wiring (I'll be rewiring the PSU because the 24 and 8 pin are not modular)

Mods.

* Clear window side panels (both sides)
* Remove the solid front and fit the 240 rad
* Remove the roof and fit the 280 rad
* Move the power/reset switch to the rear
* Put decent case feet on the case
* Paint the radiators

I've probably forgotten a few things that I'm doing.

I have the case and have started modding it and i'll try put some photos up soon.

*Warning, i don't own a decent camera, so they are all Sony Experia Z1 pics and sometimes i forget to take pictures at all.

Thanks for looking.

Update and some crappy pics soon!! :D
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This should be cool. Followed.


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yes, looking forward to the acrylic front panel!


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Only 8gb of ram D:?

Left over from previous build also, I will probably change to 16 later, but right now...budget constraints, and they're sitting here.

  

"Decent case feet" so you are removing the handles then?

I'm leaving the handles on top, but thinking of removing them from the bottom, just so that it's more stable and I've read people's experience where they break when used as feet once the build gets heavy.

Thanks for the interest :)

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Right so lets get this kicked off a bit shall we.. I've decided to try borrow a camera for future photos, but you'll all have to suffer with phone pics of the mods up until now.

 

Everyone says the Prodigy is a giant of the ITX world, and that may be true but its still the smallest case I've ever owned :D

 

Next to my CM 690III

 

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First thing we have to do is move the massive restriction that is the solid front panel and the mesh behind it.

 

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I've cut out the centre of the black panel, getting ready to measure and cut out some 6mm white acrylic to take its place.

 

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The mesh behind the plastic panel, Bitfenix really choked the front intake on the white model.

 

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5 minutes later with the help of my air cut off tool.

 

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That's a bit more free flowing..

 

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Stay tuned :)

 

 

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Subbed, this'll be interesting to see as it progresses.


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Right, time for some more front panel action..

 

As i said before, i completely removed the black panel that's behind the white panel (which i wont be using at all)

 

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I got some 6mm thick acrylic and made a completely new front panel.

 

Not bad for rough as guts :D

 

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I was tossing up between exposed fans because they look awesome, or putting a couple fan grills on the front with filters.

 

My hatred of dust won and i picked up a couple Silverstone grills for next to nothing off of Ebay.

 

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I reckon they'll still look pretty good on white acrylic.

 

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Some parts arrived :D

 

Sexy fan time..

 

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NoiseBlocker E-Loops

 

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NoiseBlocker BlackSilent Pros

 

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So i started to rough out the fan mounts and holes on the acrylic.

 

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Got the fans nestled into their new home.

 

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With the fan grills.

 

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I didn't take that many photos of the cutting and fitting process of the front acrylic and fans sorry.

The front cover, fans and grills are only temporary mounted here for the moment, just so i could see what it looked like.

 

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You can see the Koolance 280mm radiator shroud sitting there in rough position.

 

I'm going to tackle that next.

 

Stay tuned. :)

 

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

i bet you have watched singularitycomputers prodigy builds!

Busted :P

It sure is heavily influenced by his stuff, I'd never even heard about the Koolance shroud before seeing it in his vids, and @Snef bloody angel build for the stark white and red colour scheme, simply awe inspiring, I was going to buy a Phanteks ethoo primo but I really wanted something smaller.

Thanks for checking it out and exposing me :P

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Ok, now to try and stick a 45mm thick, 280mm long radiator into the roof, I was going to use a 30mm thick rad, but none were available and we can always use MOAR RAD right??  :lol:

 

Speaking of rads...Sorry for the crappy pic.

 

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Yeah, this just wont do...

 

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Yes, that is a standard cpu cooler on an FX 6300...yes, it's freakin' loud. Yes that a 60" TV in the background  :P

 

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The answer? A Koolance 280mm radiator shroud, just fits.

 

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But first, out comes the angle grinder to make room for the rad and we end up with this..

 

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Like a glove.

 

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And looks badass if you ask me.

 

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Next installment...Problems..   :wacko:

 

 

 

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Just a quick update today.

 

NoiseBlocker, fantastic fans, but for the money, you'd think it would be sleeved...

 

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Lucky i have a bit of black sleeving lying around that i could fit all three wires into.

 

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I was hoping the shrink would go under the sticker, but it kinda made the sticker lift a little, oh well.

 

Still looks better than bare wires. :)

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Just a quick update today.

NoiseBlocker, fantastic fans, but for the money, you'd think it would be sleeved...

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Lucky i have a bit of black sleeving lying around that i could fit all three wires into.

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I was hoping the shrink would go under the sticker, but it kinda made the sticker lift a little, oh well.

Still looks better than bare wires. :)

Very very nice!


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A little bit of 3 way hard drive action..

 

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This 3.5" HDD is going to be a problem...what do with it.

 

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Ahhh...nope.

 

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This could work, but i read somewhere, mounting mechanical drives like this is bad for them? Can anyone confirm or deny?

 

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I think i'm going to have to ditch the 3.5" and just stick with the SSD and 2.5" HDD.

 

SSD just too tall to mount upright.

 

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I think this is probably the best and cleanest looking option, both drives on one side or have one each side?

 

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Thanks for looking.

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I think this is probably the best and cleanest looking option, both drives on one side or have one each side?

One on each side, but with sleeved cables


It's not a bug, it's an undocumented feature!

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This looks cool. I love when somebody makes "ghetto" solutions :D keep it up


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