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

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  1. rodosboy

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    Dec 9, 2012 at 8:54 PM #61
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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 #62
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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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    Jan 29, 2013 at 12:02 AM #63
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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 !
     
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    Jan 29, 2013 at 12:52 PM #64
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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.

    neil
     
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    Jan 29, 2013 at 8:30 PM #65
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    thank you for the encouragement ...:p
    The advantage of the project is not to touch the case, so no risk.
    I will initially try to work around the mATX tray. It will take some time ...:problem: Until then , may be, Bitfenix will announce a new mATX case :p
     
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    The front cut-out ruins the look of the case for me. Other than that, fantastic work! :)
     
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    Jun 10, 2013 at 3:41 PM #68
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    It was right ! Bitfenix will offer his own mATX Prodigy.
    http://www.tonymacx86.com/general-h...itfenixs-new-prodigy-m-matx-case-spotted.html

    For my part, I abandoned the project to fit a mATX motherboard in the Prodigy because I've an opportunity with a mITX GA-H67N-USB3-B3 (exactly the same layout as the mATX GA-H67MA-UD2H-B3, both works fluently under SL 10.6.8)
    So I bought a Prodigy, assembling it with mITX board but finally found the case too bulky for my desk :sick:. Finally I made my own small scratch build case (20x38x14cm) :geek: who fit perfectly under the desk.

    Long life to SL
    :p
     
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    Jul 14, 2013 at 2:46 PM #69
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    Hello Neilhart,
    am thinking to do almost same type of MOD you have done.
    my questions or to be more correct interest is from what case did you remove those PCI slot setup seen in this picture http://www.1neilhart.com/white/4-3-PCI-Slot.jpg
    so I can find and buy that case.
     
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    Jul 14, 2013 at 4:30 PM #70
    neilhart

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    I thought that I had documented that in the thread but I don't see it now. Take a look at Newegg: DIYPC DIY-6811BK Black SECC MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case with 1 x 80mm Fan and here is a link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811353008

    This is very similar to the scrap case that took my parts from. It is a shame to use new money for a case just to get these bits. If there is a electronics salvage shop or recyclers near you might get a suitable case for nearly nothing.

    As I recall, I drilled out the pop rivets, a good number, to free up the bits that I wanted.

    Good luck with your project. And you should document efforts and start a thread.
    neil
     

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