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The Dark Prodigy - A Batman themed HTPC Build (VIDEO UPDATE)

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Posted · Original PosterOP

UPDATES: POST 14 - CLICK HERE

UPDATES #2: POST 18 - CLICK HERE

UPDATES #4 - Youtube Video of the complete build!

 




Hey guys,

Here's another one of my current builds... This one is my HTPC. (you can check out my main rig here)

Specs:
Case: Bitfenix Prodigy
Mobo: Gigabyte Z77N-WIFI mITX
CPU: Intel i3 3220
Ram: HyperX 2X4GB 1600mhz (low Profile)
SSD: OCZ Vertex 2 120GB
PSU: Corsiar HX520
GPU: XFX 7950 Core Edmition
CPU Cooler: EKWB Supremacy DAZMODE Edition  

Res/Pump combo: EKWB 5.25" 

Radiator: EKWB 240mm
Case Fans:Corsair AF120 Performance Edition (Back - Exhaust)

Rad Fans: Corsiar SP120 Performance Edition (top - Intake)

First think I did was pop the rivets and rotated the front panel.. I donno why I think it looks bat ass that way lol

Took out the plain metal side panel and put in a full plexi side panel instead :) using magnets to hold it in place. I Threw on a little tint on the glass since I couldn't get my hands on a smoked piece of plexi

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XFX 7950 Core Edition (for a little light gaming :)
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Could you please explain what exactly an HTPC is? I have seen it now and again, but I never got it. Why is there no storage drive?

 

Looks nice anyway :)

Home theater pc which is basically a small form factor pc that you put in your living room


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Ah, yes. And you stream form an external storage solution?

I think some people do but you don't have to it just saves space in really small for factor builds


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With that "window" side panel aint your card starving for air?


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Home theater pc which is basically a small form factor pc that you put in your living room

 

This. :) I have a 2TB HDD drive hooked up to my router and I just feed media off of that.. plus netflix, youtube etc.

 

With that "window" side panel aint your card starving for air?

 

Not at all. I originally bought the windowed side panel which also doesn't have any opening :) 

 

E.G

 

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Plus the side panel is not up right against the card


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looks really good man!

 

can you give me some feedback about that videocard ? what do you think of xfx models...

 

i've heard some ppl complaining about alot of coil noise on xfx.. and i did bought a xfx 7850 for my nephew and in some games, when the card goes abova 60fps like in menus and ingame cutscenes it does alot of coil noise.

 

Do you have any experience of that with your gpu or heard anything about that ?


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This. :) I have a 2TB HDD drive hooked up to my router and I just feed media off of that.. plus netflix, youtube etc.

 

 

Not at all. I originally bought the windowed side panel which also doesn't have any opening :)

 

E.G

 

 

 

 

Plus the side panel is not up right against the card

Still its limited to getting the air. I till i wont go with watercooled card i dont even think of window panel for my Prodigy. Those "stock" cutouts are one of the best designs ive seen in cases.


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Still its limited to getting the air. I till i wont go with watercooled card i dont even think of window panel for my Prodigy. Those "stock" cutouts are one of the best designs ive seen in cases.

 

Well I orginally wanted to watercool that card but I can't because this is a revised PCB (still based on 7950 PCB) but they moved some caps around and a waterblock wont fit

 

Plus that "GHOST Thermal Design"  helps a bit with the air flow of that card. It's getting plenty of air... like I said, the side panel is not right up against the card and you have a 230mm fan pushing a good amount of air into the case.

 

If I notice the card getting hot I can always add 2x120mm fans into the top of the case.... or simply remove the side panel since its only held on by magnets ;)

 

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looks really good man!

 

can you give me some feedback about that videocard ? what do you think of xfx models...

 

i've heard some ppl complaining about alot of coil noise on xfx.. and i did bought a xfx 7850 for my nephew and in some games, when the card goes abova 60fps like in menus and ingame cutscenes it does alot of coil noise.

 

Do you have any experience of that with your gpu or heard anything about that ?

 

I was a bit worried about ordering the card at first.. because after reading some feedback about the card, A LOT of people were saying it was a bad card and had to RMA them... but after they had RMA'd them, the new cards were simply awesome.. The card was on sale for $200 after rebate so I couldn't resist! Great price. 

 

When I got the card I realized it was a revised card (like a 2nd gen version of the card) and Ive had it for 2 weeks with no issue with it. I honestly Cant hear any coil noise but again I haven't really pushed the card to the limits yet and I really haven't paid attention to any noise but I cant hear any :)


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Hey guys... 

 

When I upgraded my water cooling components for main rig (Obi-Wan-Shinobi) I figured what the hell... I have a 2x5.25" res/pump combo laying around, an old rad and tubing... why not water cool the CPU in my HTPC....

 

So I took it down to the lab and ripped it apart :D Plan was to use my primochill tubing I had laying around with the compression fittings i also have... but I thinking about it...............i'm just going to order some acrylic tubing and fittings instead since I gotta order a CPU block anyway LOL

 

While I was working... I have a batman bubble head staring at me shaking his head...so that gave me another idea.... to make it a Batman themed colors LOL So the color scheme is going to be mostly black, some grey and a hint of yellow :)

 

Pics of progress :)

 

First things first...Rip out the power supply and sleeve 24-pin cables

 

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Than I shortened the SATA and molex cables (Because everyone knows when you have a Prodigy case... you have NO ROOM for cable management (PS.. Ignore the PCI-E power cable.. that's gone, I have proper cables)

 

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To give me more room behind the PSU, I used motherboard tray standoffs to give me a little more room... so people buy spacers... but this gave me enough room... annnd they are actually aligned now so it looks better :) This picture was more of a test fit.

 

I also cut out the plastic mesh part out for better airflow 

 

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Decided to paint a logo on the top mesh of the case

 

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A little over spray over the top right wing..but I'll clean it up eventually :)

 

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As I said before... Hint of yellow here and here (The red strip mounts on top of the card)

 

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like so.... 

 

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For the 2x5.25" Res/Pump combo I have the EKWB with the 2.2 DCP Pump but I HHAATTTTEEEE the haze on the glass..... So I began to polish :)

 

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I polished my EK Supremacy CPU Block on my main rig (If you haven't seen my rig yet... go check it out :) It was 'Build of the week'.. #JustSay :)

 

 

 

I know what you're thinking..."But Elias... The Bitfenix Prodigy doesn't have dual 5.25" bays... it only has a single... How on earth is it going to fit?" 

 

 

 

Stay by for that.... (Noo I'm not cutting the front of my case incase you're wondering haha)

 

Hope you guys Like what I've done thus far!


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Sorry if you already explained this, but what type of magnets did you use to hold the acrylic? I've ordered the parts for my acrylic tubing prodigy build and a full acrylic panel would be ideal. Cheers


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Sorry if you already explained this, but what type of magnets did you use to hold the acrylic? I've ordered the parts for my acrylic tubing prodigy build and a full acrylic panel would be ideal. Cheers

Honestly I just used fridge magnets... like those 'domino's' business card ones... cut them up and used very slim 2 way tape to mount them..

 

you can buy magnets strips at hardware stores which would be a better idea because they are a stronger hold

 

I know I've seen a few guys get this tiny circle magnets that work wonders too


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Here's a few more updates

 

Painted my Corsair SP120 fan rings painted 

 

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Mounted my Recon fan controller in the PSU bay area. Held up by 2 screws on the top of the fan controller through the mobo tray

 

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EKWB Res/Pump mounted next to it :) Nice & Flush fit

 

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some temples I used for painting the logo's / Piece of Acrylic as a cover underneath the fan controller

 

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BAMM!!!!!! / Picture of it in place...

 

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Better picture with a flash light... 

 

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and finally I painted the I/O shield with Plasti-dip

 

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Here's a few more updates

 

Painted my Corsair SP120 fan rings painted 

 

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What sort of paint did you use? when i hopefully get a Corsair 750D i might paint the SP/AF fans either green or orange.

 


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I used krylon Fusion because it says it bonds to plastic without priming or sanding..... It doesn't bond to plastic lol I had to sand them down, prime them and than paint

man it looks very vibrant which is good


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Looking very nice! Is the Prodigy easy to work with so far? Would you have changed cases if giving the choice now?

 

Nice sleeving btw

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Looking very nice! Is the Prodigy easy to work with so far? Would you have changed cases if giving the choice now?

Nice sleeving btw

Naahhh i love the prodigy! Its a bit challenging at times to do cable management because its pretty tight but there is always a work around... Actually a fun case to work on


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