Based on the Prodigy series by BitFenix
valiant66 – October 17, 2013:
I ordered the white version of the Bitfenix Prodigy M online (which is what this custom case is based on), and it arrived this morning. I previously built a hackintosh in the regular version of the Bitfenix Prodigy, so I was looking forward to putting the Quo AOS into the “M” variant. The tipped-up layout of the power supply means there’s plenty of room inside the case, even if it is quite compact. I used the Corsair TX750M, and it had one permanent cable too many – the Molex one. I would recommend sourcing a fully modular PSU, or a semi-modular one that has the minimum number of captive leads. I plan to put 4 HDDs and 1 SSD in, but I started with just one of each to get the software done. Putting the SSDs into the side door leads to awkward cabling so I put one HDD on the floor of the case, and the SSD on the drive plate. The Quo AOS fit in easily, and all the necessary mobo standoffs were included in the box of screws. Wire management was good, and I repositioned one of the two supplied fans from the bottom to the top of the case. It was easy to tuck both fan power cables almost completely out of sight. There was plenty of room for the Geforce GTX 770 video card and the wifi card. I regret not having ordered the version of the Quo AOS that included wifi and bluetooth onboard, but it’s too late now. In the end the build went smoothly, cable management was easy and elegant, airflow is good, and I was happy with the end result. There’s two things that knocked a point off for me however: 1. Having built up a regular Prodigy, I missed the tool-free mounting of the HDDs. Having to use screws and rubber grommets seemed so inelegant. And 2. The engineers who designed the case missed a trick with the mounting points for the SSDs on the drive plate. It holds 2 HDDs on one side and up to 3 SSDs on the other, and they very prettily centred everything. But it was the wrong thing to do. The SSDs are too far from the edge, and too close to the surface of the plate. You have to jam the SATA power cable in, and when you do it flexes the SSD power socket up quite alarmingly. I solved the problem by using some of the HDD rubber grommets as stand-offs, but this is a problem easily solved just by moving the screw holes off centre so the SSD clears the edge and the SATA power cable can be plugged in flex-free. Or just make whole plate narrower, if the screw holes need to be centred for aesthetic reasons. Anyway, I like the final result, and even adding in an optical drive did not crowd the case. I would definitely recommend this case as a suitable home for the Quo AOS mobo – especially if you plan to use all six of the available eSATA ports for drives as I do.
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