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[Project]: Big Bro' Prodigy (Extreme BitFenix Prodigy mod)

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Gigabyte z77x-UP7
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3770k
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HD4000
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Hi all!

Here I am, back on track. Sorry for the late replies but this thread got deleted because apparently of breaking a rule but now it's back again! :)
I'll answer what you've said/asked and then post the new update, enjoy! :)

If that's the same GC-WB300D WiFi/BT card that comes with the Z77X-UP5 TH then you'll find the WiFi isn't supported by OS X, and the BT only works if you first initialise it in Windows. :rolleyes:
I wouldn't bother with it.
Ah, thanks for the heads up! Well, I can use an ethernet cable if needed, even tho It's more optimal with WiFi :p
I'll see if I'll go OS X och W7 primary, haven't decided yet. Thanks! :)

wow...

Nice mb and mod!
Thanks a bunch! :) The motherboard is really nice indeed! Both the functions/build/overall quality but also the design. Jummy :D

Nice mods- I'm looking forward to seeing you finish building it up!
Thanks a bunch! :) It's beginning to take shape, look at the update underneath! ;)

looking like a rom mod i assume your gonna stealth it in there.
Looking forward to see the update mate!
Good morning guys! :)

Here's the update! Hope you're enjoying :)




UPDAAAAAAATE! :D

Cutting the chassis and mounting the motherboard plate. - 08/04 -2013

UPDATE 08/4 - 2013

Hello dear readers! :D

Long time no see, as they say. Joking aside, I am now back on track after a break from the project for about a month. But now I'm here to take it all by storm and I hope you are ready! :D

So we may all wonder what it will be about this time? :)
Last update was an unboxing of GIGABYTE z77x-UP7 while this time it will be modification related !

I showed this picture earlier in the thread to demonstrate how it looks when the motherboard is inside the chassis. However the motherboard is just inserted to see if it will fit, no modifications are made on this picture:



Now, I have come to the moment where the motherboard plate will actually be attached to the chassis. So I turned up and down the whole apartment during my modification. (My girlfriend is away otherwise it would have never been able to look like this at my home, hah!)

So yes, the update will be about how I manage to mount the motherboard plate by cutting the chassis. Enjoy!
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Here we have a picture like the above, that is a picture of how motherboard and motherboard plate looks like when it is inserted into the chassis itself (no modification made)
It's tight as hell, but it's half the thing, compact computing! :D


I devoted many hours to test fit and measure a lot to find out where I wanted the motherboard plate exactly! Given that I press into an E-ATX motherboard in an m-ITX chassis so it may get pretty tight on space, everything will be compact :)
Anyway, after many hours of measuring, I concluded that I wanted it to be mounted exactly like this, using the holes in the bottom of the chassis as measuring points:


The actual I/O and PCI portion of the motherboard plate, seen from behind. This is how I want it mounted.


What I had to do then, because I can not cut on the inside of the chassis, was to turn the chassis so that the bottom was pointing upwards. Then I was able, with the help of the measuring points, to put out the metal pieces in the same place as if they were on the inside.
This made it possible for me to put up markers for where I wanted to cut. Since I have, literally, milimeters to play with in tolerance, it was a very careful job :D



Markings are made so now it's rock 'n' roll!


I call on my dear friend who will help me through this thick metal ;)


I start to saw and it goes fairly well! Becomes difficult to turn sometimes, but canbe done with some different methods. Have run out of blades for my dremel so the jigsaw will do all the work! :)
Here is how it looks when the I / O hole becoming sawn up.


Aaaaand it's gone!


I place the tray parts again to ensure that everything matches and is in place. I/O hole is now a hole and PCI-holes remain to be sawn, so far so good!


After I checked that everything is correct I continued to saw. I use these "things" to fasten and tighten some parts


There you go! After many minutes of planning and sawing the hole is finished! Next up, the scary moment every time you saw something, did it turn out good ?


To make sure everything works I tested the plates by having one piece of sheet metal on the inside of the chassis and the other on the outside. I was extremely lucky as there was a screw hole in the chassis (marked with red arrow) that was in exact position to the motherboard tray holes. What are the odds?! I could therefore mount a screw to see how it was when attached



I turn the case over to see how it looks like from the inside, and damn! I was incredibly pleased with the outcome on the inside (the outside (bottom) needs a little work). I really like the looks of it.
I've also thought about coloring the motherboard plate black so it does blend in better with the black color.


And then comes the big question, how does it look with the motherboard inside? :D Will it fit? Will everything will be according to my measures?
Honestly, everything was perfect :p Just as I wanted, is ill pleased and happy about it :D
The motherboard fits perfectly and now all ports are accessible on the underside of the chassis!


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As you can imagine, this was a vital part of the modification, cutting the chassis to get all ports accessible. Excuse me if I say it again, but I'm so happy with the outcome :D

What do you think of this result? Please let us know what you think about it! :)

Comment or ask a question if you'd like! I love when people write/ask/discuss about this project.
Thanks for reading and following!

Have a nice day!
Thanks in advance
Best Regards
Nikkop
 
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Leviathan
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Looks fantastic in that case!! Well done. Looking forward to the finished pictures!
 

jwk

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Z68X-UD5-B3
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I'm waiting to see where you put the PS and what kind, and if you stick with the stock cooler or use a bigger air-cooled, or go water-cooled because not much space left and that might be your only play if you want to OC, which is what this board is built to do.... nice job!
 
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Gigabyte z77x-UP7
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3770k
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Android
Looks fantastic in that case!! Well done. Looking forward to the finished pictures!
Thanks a lot! Appreciate it! :D The motherboard makes that little extra, don't you think? ;)

I'm waiting to see where you put the PS and what kind, and if you stick with the stock cooler or use a bigger air-cooled, or go water-cooled because not much space left and that might be your only play if you want to OC, which is what this board is built to do.... nice job!
Thanks! :)
The PSU will be placed behind the motherboard tray (look at image below), it won't be visible when looking through the windowed side panel.
About the cooling, I will NOT stay with the stock cooler, haha! :D God it's horrible. I had to undervolt and disable turbo on my CPU to be able to run it at stock speed at decent temperatures. I think the cooler is not working properly though, haha.
However, I will go water cooled. It raises the awesome-factor of the build at the same time as it doesn't need a large cooler on the CPU and the cooling performance should be great! :D

I will of course OC' the crap out of the 3770k, or at least get the highest number without exceeding the max temperature and voltage ;)

By the way!
I've gotten some questions about the cables that are going to be attached and if they interfere with the floor or if the case's feet are high enough.

The answer is a positive one, the feet are high enough for this! :)

Here are some pictures and as you can see I can plug all regular cables in without any problems at all - PS/2, USB, DVI, 3.5mm etcetc. Even USB memory sticks are able to be used :)






Best Regards
Nikkop
 
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iOS
How much will it cost that you make a case like that :p

ITS SUPER Cool, you really good in it!! :headbang:
 
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