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TSichuck
post Jan 17 2013, 01:36 AM, updated 8y ago

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INTRODUCTION: monochromos
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This build was feature at APES.MY during the wc setup APES.MY : IChuck Cooling Makeover.
Later it is choosen by Derek Smith/ East Coast Mod to be featured in their group page EastCoastMods FB : Mono Chromos
Thanks to Cyntrix Technologies for the photography session, and featured my rig on their page Cyntrix FB, Bitfenix prodigy modded by Ichuck
Paul tan had also advise and help me with the initial design of this mod, as he is my inspiration of modding, from the beginning he already asking me for the photos , to be feature on his page. PaultanDesigns: Featured Rig Monochromnos

Non-Sponsor build
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It all started when i need to buy pc for my study purpose which im in architecture field. ive been away from desktop since form 4 which is when i went to boarding school. At first i bought ALIENWARE X-51,

But it sucks so bad, not good enough for me for gaming and also rendering.
here some of the pic from the previous pc and upgrade ive done.
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That was my first setup. i5-2320, 8gb ram, gtx 555 1 gb, 1td hdd,
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after not satisfied with the cpu temp, i bought this n thinking of modding the side panel. but common for SFF to have heat issue because of the size.
this also the first time i heard about the close loop water cooling, n also the custom watercooling, how noob is that.
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and then i bought b&d rtx, for the modding
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the disassembly of the X-51
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got no pic during the cutting process because never thought i would create a worklog, and that time i also didnt know wht worklog is
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the final product of my mod session
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added a fan grill, customed made, order from niclasteoh

after some time, which only weeks from the modding day, i bought Palit gtx 660ti, which at first i want to buy 670/680 but the space and power constraint from the x51 made me choose 660ti

later i had good improvement from the previous gtx 555, but i got heat problem because the small case, my gpu easily hit up to 90+, i dont like that at all,
i went to Singapore n found some antec kuhler for 80$ at their mall, which also same like lowyat here in m'sia, i bought it and mount it on my gpu.
saw this method at overclock.net they call it "the mod" or "red mod" for amd. but i didnt use proper custom made bracket only use cable tie.
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Without think much about the warranty this what i did,
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And now after done with the gpu i need mod the case so that i can add the 120 rad to my X51 which alrdy have one 120mm rad.
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i made another hole to fit the rad
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cut this 3mm acrylic to mount both of the rad n then mount the acrylic to the side panel
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thats how my X51 evolve, but then my pc would only start for some period of time before it automatically turned off,
when im gaming, it only stayed for 4/5 minute before it shut down. i dont know what was the problem, cpu and gpu on full load only hit 50c,

i dont know how to solve this, n dont think if i sent it to shop they will found a solution without tipu me n charge extra money n item i have to buy.
so i think that the problem is heat n not enough power. That is where my Prodigy build start.

This post has been edited by ichuck: Mar 3 2013, 01:22 PM
TSichuck
post Jan 17 2013, 01:37 AM

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THE BUILD,

-SPEC
i5-3470 3.2 ghz,
Corsair Dominator Platinum 16gb 1600mhz,
Palit gtx 660 Ti,
Xigmatek 600w bronze,
Asrock Z77-e itx,
Crucial M4 ssd,
1Tb seagate barracuda,

-WATERCOOLING
CPU Block : XSPC Raystorm
VGA Block : EK Supremacy Copper Acetal
Pump: EK DCP 4.0
Radiator: EX240 Multiport & EX120
Tubing : Masterkleer 7/16" 5/8" Tubing White
Fittings : Bitspower 1/2" barb, XSPC Black Chrome 1/2'' barb, Enzotech T-Block & stopper
Reservoir: EK DCP 4.0 Res Combo




Since my moded X51 doesnt work out anymore, i decide to chnage the case n psu, because i think that the 330w power brick might not be enough to handle all the setup.

so i went to Apes Penang n buy a white arctic prodigy
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n then Xigmatek NRP-620 600watt Bronze,
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Before this i never knew about sleeving, just find it out during browsing psu. So i order the white sleeving 20m from topazzatech. i choose white because i like white and the case color also already white in color
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Now its time to disassemble my X51 rip it all out, and put it into the new casing
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So later i start sleeving the fan, n psu wire using stepler bullet and plier
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Here what my rig looks like intially
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I want to paint the gpu cover to white, but i only spray it on n this is how it turn out, with hose wrap
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THE Problem!! again, my pc always comeout with new problem at some point im giving up in doing this build, but thats why people say " learn from your mistake"

Heat is my nemesis now, my gpu temperature goes sky rocket to 50/60, on idle and up to 80+ when gaming, i only wait it to reach 100 at some time.
maybe the Antec Kuhler 620 gpu block doesnt contact properly on the gpu chip.

I am frustrated with the result for now, with lot of money i have wasted the come out really make me disspointed.

Later the H60 i use for my cpu also make heat problem, same as above. Im in a dead end which then lead me to bring my pc for a check at Apes Wangsa Maju.
they then found out that th H60 pump didnt work, which have been my fault for wrongly assemble the wire after sleeving, well thts a rookie mistake i guest.
So i decide to go with REAL Water cooling. Before that i did try to sell my gpu for cheap price so tht i can buy new gpu

here is my setup, u can also take a look at Apes.My fb APES.MY: Ichuck cooling makeover

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At this moment im really grateful with my rig wink.gif after lots of problem my rig is great for now.

Next i upgrade the rig, with Crucial M4 128gb ssd, Ripjaws X 8gb ram & NZXT white led strip, All from lingloong
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An update on my rig after the upgrade
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This post has been edited by ichuck: Mar 3 2013, 04:00 AM
TSichuck
post Jan 17 2013, 01:37 AM

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My pc was ok for some time, but then this screen appear on every boot, n i need to setup my time and date every single time.
At this time i still using my AlienwareX51 mobo.

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So after that i decide just to change the mobo, thinking of Asus its or asrock, loving the Evga but its not available here.
so here what i bought for the upgrade.

i sell my mobo first. my empty prodigy
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New mobo and some extra hehe.
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So again for now my pc is in the best state.
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post Jan 17 2013, 01:39 AM

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bro, if this is gonna be a worklog, you might wanna shift it to the worklog section. thumbup.gif
TSichuck
post Jan 17 2013, 01:41 AM

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Yeah n i thought alrdy in the worklog part , thanks for reminding, donno how to shift haha

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post Jan 17 2013, 01:43 AM

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QUOTE(ichuck @ Jan 17 2013, 01:41 AM)
Yeah n i thought alrdy in the worklog part , thanks for reminding, donno how to shift haha
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shoot the mods a request. otherwise can close this and open there. haha.
TSichuck
post Jan 17 2013, 01:44 AM

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alright then, n thanks

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post Feb 5 2013, 02:19 AM

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THE MOD.

Now here come the question, some of u might thought of why i never have my side panel on? maybe to show off etc etc.
but actually i had sent my side panel on the day the case was bought to a person from Promodding which is the same company Reiben05 work.
I sent to them to make me a side panel window, but they said poslaju lost it. Here the tracking number EM104404476MY.
but they promise to give me ganti rugi. but till now nothing i got.

So at first i only wanna make side panel for my Prodigy using 1mm aluminum plate. but there is where i start to look for modding site n get inspired alot by modders such as Paul Tan, Iren Modz, Tantric and many more.

FYI i never had any experience in modding.

so here all the stuff i get to start modding.
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So later talking about designing, i start with some sketches, try to get the concept design n theme. so i came across "monochromos"
which means one color. which is why i choose white and black. Because some said that white is not a color because it is the mixture of all the colors of the rainbow, n thats how we get white. so the only color i use is Black.

Then i start with 3d modelling using skethcup n render by PodiumSu
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that is roughly how my idea is. to fit 2x120mm fan infront so that later i can add another ex240 infront

1. First i start with the side panel. Install the fan for the top and front.
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here are my first cut
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2. Next i continue with the front panel.
the design. it is different part for the right and left side. n cutting it manually make it hard to get and identical result.
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post Feb 5 2013, 05:31 PM

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QUOTE(ichuck @ Feb 5 2013, 02:19 AM)
THE MOD.

Now here come the question, some of u might thought of why i never have my side panel on? maybe to show off etc etc.
but actually i had sent my side panel on the day the case was bought to a person from Promodding which is the same company Reiben05 work.
I sent to them to make me a side panel window, but they said poslaju lost it. Here the tracking number EM104404476MY.
but they promise to give me ganti rugi. but till now nothing i got.

So at first i only wanna make side panel for my Prodigy using 1mm aluminum plate. but there is where i start to look for modding site n get inspired alot by modders such as Paul Tan, Iren Modz, Tantric and many more.

FYI i never had any experience in modding.

so here all the stuff i get to start modding.
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So later talking about designing, i start with some sketches, try to get the concept design n theme. so i came across "monochromos"
which means one color. which is why i choose white and black. Because some said that white is not a color because it is the mixture of  all the colors of the rainbow, n thats how we get white. so the only color i use is Black.

Then i start with 3d modelling using skethcup n render by PodiumSu
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that is roughly how my idea is. to fit 2x120mm fan infront so that later i can add another ex240 infront

1. Firstly i start with the front panel.
the design. it is different part for the right and left side. n cutting it manually make it hard to get and identical result.
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how much the 1mm alloy plate?.... my project on hold because of this thing...so hard to find at my place... mad.gif mad.gif

i got inspiration from how u bend the plate...nice job btw... thumbup.gif

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TSichuck
post Feb 5 2013, 09:04 PM

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its about rm48 for 600mmX600mm
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post Feb 5 2013, 09:06 PM

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buy from lun1986 hegot 2mm, 3mm also
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3. Now its time to finish the front panel top and bottom part
a mockup using manila card
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this is actually to cover the middle vertical part on the front panel
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post Feb 5 2013, 10:19 PM

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4. Top shroud design.
Here are the 2 part of the top chroud before fully bent.
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After the bending
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Test fitting.
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Another view from far
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This is the front cover for the top shroud
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The switch panel which is located at the back of the top shroud
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Creating this small hole need alot of work. I use drill and the grinded it. Later do filing.
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After it is dully bent
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The final product. it is all fix together using araldite.
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Now i do the additional part for the side panel. It is called fin i think biggrin.gif
Here what the side panel looks like after the araldite cured
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The fins design, it is hard to make it identical doh.gif
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After the glued, and wht it looks like on the prodigy
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post Feb 6 2013, 03:28 AM

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this mod make me wanna change to itx drool.gif awesome idea, keep up the good work! rclxms.gif
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post Feb 6 2013, 08:39 AM

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great idea!
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post Feb 6 2013, 12:42 PM

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thanks, itx suits me, haha. because i always bring my pc here and there.
thats the reason why i got the Alienware at the first place.
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post Feb 6 2013, 06:02 PM

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5. Next part is the hdd, ssd and pump holder.

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post Feb 6 2013, 06:16 PM

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6. The gtx 660 ti backplate
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post Feb 6 2013, 07:05 PM

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can i ask how u stick the alu plates together to make those shapes? or is it 100% bending?
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post Feb 6 2013, 07:45 PM

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QUOTE(najmul @ Feb 6 2013, 07:05 PM)
can i ask how u stick the alu plates together to make those shapes? or is it 100% bending?
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i use araldite, but mostly i bent

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