iDuplex - Prodigy on the Rampage, with Roids coursing through its veins!

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    Can a mod move this to worklogs, please? Appreciative!

    As some of you may remember, a while ago I started a project worklog, named iProdigy. This was going to serve as a small, yet powerful gaming/everyday monster for my iWife :)

    Well, the system is doing really well, I gave it a few weeks burn-in on the online racing simulator, iRacing, where it performed exceptionally well, driving the 30" display at full game settings, with a single GTX 670. You can see more from the link in my signature.

    Well, the PC has finally found its berth on her Desk in the study, so I need a new iRacing monster.

    Thus starts project iDuplex.

    What should it be capable of?
    A monster gaming rig, running 8-12 hour iRacing sessions, while driving triple 30" at 2560x1600 res, full graphics settings.

    Needs to perform this in the finicky climes of Melbourne Australia, where summer temps can sometimes approach/exceed 43-45 deg C.

    Platform
    Micro-ATX, all watercooled

    Hardware- already in my hands
    Asus Rampage Gene IV MATX motherboard
    Intel 3930k Processor
    4x 4GB Samsung Slimline low-voltage Dimms (yes, them ones!)
    2x MSI 680GTX Lightning cards

    1x Corsair AX1200 (overkill, but no one wanted to swop for a Seasonic 860 Plat)

    2x 256GB SSD Drives

    1x Alphacool 280mm UT60 Rad
    1x ApogeeDrive II for Socket 2011
    1x Aquacomputer 680 GTX Waterblock (need a 2nd one, ordered)
    1x Aquaero 5 Pro, temp and flow sensors

    1x Red Prodigy mini-ITX case (wtf, Beano, you have a micro-ATX motherboard, idiot, case is mini-ITX?)
    1x Dangerden micro-ATX rear port plate (ah, I see what you did just then)

    Hardware - on order
    1x Aquacomputer 680 GTX Lightning Waterblock - ETA 13 Feb 2013)
     
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    Reserved for final pics
     
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    The Prodigy being a mini-ITX case, could have complicated matters, but, due to the rather volumous capacity of it, being similar in volume to many micro-ATX cases, I thought it might be pretty simple to convert it for MATX use.

    edit: For the Boyz over at Bitfenix - this ain't red, it's a mix between red and pink, fwiw.

    The standard required photos of the victim in it's pure, unaltered innocence - never will it be the same.

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    and the back, where the biggest changes will happen

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    Of course, for what I am planning, nothing on the inside will remain, it will be totally custom - so out with it!

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    All handled by my trusty old Makita 18V cordless...

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    Usually with my build logs, I would do a step-by-step of the process, from measurements to final product, but this takes to much time, and effort, so I will skip those mundane steps.

    Here is a shot with the backplate in early stage of completion, with the AX1200 PSU fitted to see how it will sit and if any modifications are needed - generally I wouldn't expect any issues, as I plan things pretty thoroughly in my head beforehand, and I do take a few measurements, and go from there.

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    In the next pic, you can also see the Dangerden IO plate I ordered from Greig at Gammmods - I am sure this was the last one, and with DD having closed down, well, the next best would be a Lian-Li unit, with integrated motherboard tray - which I did not want for various reasons, which will become clear later on.

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    and the back side, not to shabby. All this done with a jig-saw, and a variety of hand files - no milling, no CNC. Did basic handtools as part of my Instrumentation Certification back in the mid 80's....so, pretty old school, hehe....

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    We cannot have the motherboard tray dangle loose inside the case, so I fabbed a few brackets for it, which provide a very sturdy anchor - Adamski over at Overclock.net might want to do something similar.

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    upon closer inspection, I need to trim the vertical one down, even though it would hardly be visible, sitting behind a monstrous 1200W PSU, well, this bothers me, see circled area...

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    Also here you can see what I've done to clear the one mounting point for the priginal HD cage....pardon the finish, pretty rough, and will get the treatment...

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    and a couple more from different angles...here I have taken some sandpaper to them, and also trimmed the excess 'overhang' down....

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    A close-up of the vertical trimmed down, no 'overhang' here....

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    Here is a shot from the bottom, with the rail being secured by 3x 3mm screws- both the bottom and vertical motherboard retention rails have been drilled and tapped for 3mm screws, makes life easy should you want to do future work/mods.

    I hate poprivets with a passion!

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    and, a top-view, pretty much smack bang in the center :) This allows enough space for the motherboard and cards, as well as giving ample room at the reverse side for the PSU, with room to spare..

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    and a view from the motherboard side - please note how close the motherboard tray is to the bottom, it was done for a very good reason, which will become clear a bit later in the exercise.

    This was also why I opted for the DD IO-port plate, as opposed to the Lian-Li one, which came with a mounted tray - I fabbed this one from 1mm aluminium, and is down to the exact mm to give clearance above...which is needed...for...something...special....

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    and for now, a final 2 shots from behind, with the backplate drilled and countersunked - came out pretty neat, all done by hand/manual labour....blah...

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    Enjoy, next steps would be to tap the motherboard plate to accept 6.5mm stand-offs - fortunately I have exactly 8 of them, what a relief... Motherboard tray is drilled already, just need to tap. More progress by the coming weekend, enjoy.
     
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    I like this very much, can you build me one? Please?
     
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    That was nice and quick Beano, well done, your not going to pass any cable under the Mobo ??

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    Cheers Brian, cannot afford the space - will tidy it up the same way as i-Prodigy....custom length cables, etc....Need every last mm up top.....

    @ Electro: almost anything can be done, at the right price :) You can always buy this one when I'm done, hehe. Question is, would you want to?

    Add just the price of all the components together, it's hair-raising....
     
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    Ok I understand UT60 inside then :thumbup:, is there enough clearance above the I/O for the GPU links??? or are you going out on the side with a mod?, sorry I know impatient all will be revealed I know.

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    Very nice metal work :thumbup:
     
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    Haha I love the ominous sound of that :p Liking this mod and I love the look of the prodigy cases.

    Curious to hear what kind of cables came with the AX1200? Did you get the original single-sleeved black wired ones or the newer individually sleeved cable ones?
     
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    single 280 rad for a CPU, and 2 cards? :Paranoid:
    But i was surprised by your i-Prodigy build
    so i have faith. :Paranoid: :lol: :D
     
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    @ Brian: I have thought of the clearance between top of GFX and side cover, may not be enough - I am awaiting the arrival of my 2nd Aquacomputer block, as well as the SLI bridge for it.

    This rear plate is a prototype though, I will redo a new one out of 5mm alu shortly, and will have the correct clearance for the waterblocks :)

    @ Jakusonfire: Ta Mate, tired of filing already, pretty hard work getting a good finish along the longer cuts - but they look real good irl...so pretty happy. Spent to much time on workshop tools as an apprentice in the mid 80's hehe

    @ Saate: I will redo the cables with my Turnigy spaghetti noodles high-temp silicone wire. Much more work, but will give a tidier outcome in what will be a pretty populated setup.....

    @ Dumpty: Have faith, brother :lol: Naw Mate, all good, will not be any problems, I think people sometimes forget we are cooling processors, and not 1000hp V8's!
     
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    Once again quality is appearing in the early stages. I am assuming custom cables and lengths for the PSU as with your other projects? There is a lot going on inside the case. I am waiting for the cable and tube runs to see where you place/hide them!
     
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    Thanx Trash, appreciative of your feedback ;)

    Yep, custom cables/lengths, only way this can work for this specific log - seems I always end up in this predicament, blah....
     
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    true,
    going to paint the motherboard tray black?
    These lighting cards are they the ones without the limited clock?
     
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    Looking good. Keen for more progress. :thumbup:
     
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    Yay!

    Another Beanie project!

    Can't wait to see what's possible! Love your work mate.

    I'll be watching this one closely...
     

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