neilhart's Prodigy "The White One" - mATX in an ITX case

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  1. MacTester57

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    Dec 2, 2012 at 9:18 PM #51
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    Neilhart,

    I just have to ask this now: how many hacks did you made until today? 20, 50, or even more?? ;)

    MacTester
     
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    Dec 3, 2012 at 12:57 AM #52
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    I think he was taking about the Bitfenix Survivor case, not the Prodigy.

    I saw the Prodigy last week and was surprised at how big it actually is compared to what I thought it would be. The black version definitely has better airflow through the front panel.
     
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    Dec 3, 2012 at 1:28 AM #53
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    My Mac hacking started several years ago, well before finding Tony's site. I started with distributions and bringing up a few hacks that ran. It is now just a hobby that is out of control. I tell people that I budget $5K US a year... I am over budget this year. The current number still in my possession is 10 complete OS X systems with a Mac Pro, G5 Power Mac, and G4 Cube waiting in the wings. Sick... I know.

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    Dec 3, 2012 at 5:53 PM #54
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    How do you plan on fitting a full ATX board into that case?
    [​IMG]
     
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    Dec 4, 2012 at 1:14 AM #55
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    Well I had to take it out of the shipping box a pull off a side panel and measure the inside top to bottom distance which turns out to be something just over 12" . So if one wanted it bad enough, you would just do a new rear panel standing the MB up on a custom tray. Select a true ATX MB at 12 x 9.6 inches and a thin PSU. There would be space for a GPU card and SSDs.

    After doing several hack spins of the G4 Cube, this is very do able.

    The key here is finding an ATX MB that is worth the effort. After a little research, I have my doubts that there is a good one. I'll keep looking.

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    Dec 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM #56
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    Nice idea Neil. I'm sure that if you do decide to go for it you'll find a great way to execute it. :)

    I guess the truth is that these days on the one hand mATX boards are that good and on the other there seem to be very little call for complicated SLi graphics card arrangements and the like. Those things mean that there's not as much need for full ATX when you can do most things with an mATX and four slots.
     
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    Dec 9, 2012 at 8:54 PM #57
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    Of course not yours ;)
    I meant the Survivor, which is not worth modding. As I said, they just should have made a bigger Prodigy..
     
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    Dec 10, 2012 at 8:08 AM #58
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    Awesome build I like it a lot!!! Only downfall is I wish i would have seen this before i ordered my mITX mobo. Either way i ordered this case after seeing this thread and i couldnt be happier with it.
     
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    Hello Neil

    Good work! :p I love this box that offers a bit of originality and fun (sorry for my bad english, "google translate" help me!)

    I am interested to make the same change, but my workshop is not well equipped and I am not an expert in cutting steel.:sick:
    I wish to make the least cutting into the case (don't want to spoil a beautiful object).

    My config running Snow Leopard (for old softs and personnal preference) usage photo, video, office...
    - GA-H67MA-UD2H-B3 MicroATX 244x244mm
    - Core i5-2500K / 2 x 4Gb / 2 x 3'5 HDD / SDD 1 x 2'5
    - GPU Gainward 9500 GT passiv
    - PSU Be Quiet Straight Power E9-400W (160mm long and long cables)

    Of course if I used ML, I will buy a ITX motherboard... though?

    My idea is to fix a mATX motherboard tray, with its rear face (part only : IO frame and 1 PCI bracket) on the the existing board standoffs (see diagram)
    schema.png

    The rear face does not come into contact with the rear face of Prodigy, so i dont need to cut the edge of the case and keep safe the rear panel (no cutting, except for the video connector on the graphics card)
    Install the IO Panel on the mATX rear face. The IO Panel does not fall in front of the opening of the Bitfenix (see photo), but it is not annoying:
    video connectors are not used, the 2 USB ports on left are replaced by internal ports connected to a PCI bracket
    3939.jpg

    Just Make an incision in the rear face of Prodigy, near the bottom right corner of fan, to access the DVI connector on the graphics card (lowest on the PCI bracket).
    And Make a cover to finish the IO Panel.

    Possibly add a standoff between the mATX tray and the HDD cage (if necessary for rigidity)

    So, good idea ? or wandering ?:thumbdown:
    is that the 244mm card fits between the two side panels ?
    could a mATX tray security hold on the ITX standoffs ?
    what height is still available for CPU cooler ?
    Thanks for your help !
     
  10. neilhart

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    Jan 29, 2013 at 12:52 PM #60
    neilhart

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    Good luck with your project. The key is the motherboard and tray have to be line to line to fit... and I have never seen a MB tray that was that narrow.

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