We have seen many brilliant gaming rigs and dream computer stations here and there, But we never heard the story and see the whole thing transforming from puppy to a blood hound, Today you will see the transformation of such rig from very basic laptop to something which will give you wet dreams at night. It’s not a over night transformation as you can imagine, Now i will give it to Jonas “Ottetal” Mikkelsen himself to explain his long journey:
In 2011 I left my family and friends to study abroad in US for a year. At this point, I had an acer laptop with a 540m in it, it was alright, but had severe overheating issues. I wanted to get my own, powerful system. So what does any newcomer do? Look for Alienware, of course. I was days away from getting my own “super cool” Alienware m17x, when I met this guy, Patrick. He was the brother of one of my new friends, but unlike me, he knew what he was doing.
We sat down and talked, and he would be happy to build a computer for me, for appropriate payment, of course. Now, the thing with Patrick was that while he was incredibly talented and very professional to talk to he simply did not seem credible. That led me to fact check everything he said to me, after all I did not want to get scammed out of my hard earned money.
In school at the time, I had a class called “intro to 3D animation”. I had never animated anything before, so I thought the class was appropriate to my level. Apparently I was wrong, as the class was oriented at people who had never used a computer before: “Now, move the mouse curser over the blender 3D Program, and click the left mouse-button two times in rapid succession, OR click it once followed by clicking the “enter” button.” I kid you not, this was the level throughout the enitre course. Naturally, this left me with quite good time in this class: I were done with the duties of the day on around 5 minutes, which then put me in a position where I had access to almost the entire internet for an hour. Social media was blocked, youtube was blocked, so I had no other thing to do than educate myself on computer parts. Not that I cared, spending an hour reading reviews, watching buildlogs (without pictures, of course, they were banned) and getting into computers proved a perfect ground for me.
After a little month, everything was forming a greater picture. Nvidias naming scheme that previously seemed so confusing was now sore simple. I had a good understanding on the history of most companies, I knew why some things overheated and others did not, but most importantly I had the knowledge to build myself a rig that was both within a budget I could muster, resonably fast and would look good. I ended up not buying from Pattrick, not building my own, but getting a laptop. Shipping, taxes and other similar issues proved to great for young me, as I just wanted something powerful to game on. The laptop served me great at the time: Sager with 6990m, i7, boot SSD and plenty of RAM. It can be seen in the first few pictures of my battlestation album. Fast forward six months, I were home in Denmark again, and got myself a job. I did not just get a job, I got a mission: build myself an able gaming rig for multi monitor gaming. Over the winter of 2012 I worked like a madman, roughly pulling fulltime hours along my school. I loved It resulted in me building my first real rig in January: the white switch 810 seen in a lot of the pictures as well. 3820, dual 7970s, and great cooling proved a great place for me to start. I did many things to the rig in small updates too cumbersome to cover here.
The rig lasted me for a long time (in my eyes, anyways). It was first in the summer of 2013 I began wanting something new. Until this point, I had only done what everyone else had already done before me. Take off the shelf components, put them in box, call it “your” machine. I wanted something more than being able to call it “mine”. I wanted to call it unique.
That is how I entered the world of casemodding. For a long time I had been eyeballing the Prodigy but I did not want to sacrifice my two graphics cards, neither did I want to loose the x79 platform. So what do I do? I Drew elaborate plans on how to convert a standard ITX Prodigy to fit full size ATX components, while still maintaining roughly the same radiator support, strength and exterior. My first few designs I discussed with other Reddit GamingPC members and was laughed at. At this point in time, no one had ever done what I wanted to do. It only fueled my lust for completion though. If they said I could not I would have the perfect excuse to do so and do it well.
The initial version of the case, the Mk I took about a week to make. It boosted no custom components, whatsoever, a janky motherboard placement, and was -after all- nothing but a gutted Prodigy with some holes cut for mounting the motherboard tray I took from another case. It stayed in that condition for around a week, before being torn down due to heat issues. Due to the intense density and poor airflow of the case, I had to redesign the cooling to accommodate mosfet heatsinks for the motherboard. Over the course of the next year it got most of its panels replaced by my own custom ones, got a hefty load of 3d printed parts and even its own personal cables all the way from reddit user Lavins in USA.
The finished product can be seen in the other link I posted. I had that rig for about a month or two, before I tore it down for parts and space. Afterall, I did make a lot of sacrifices in order to do the Prodigy build. Namely, the space. As you can seem it was very crammed, and building in it was an absolute nightmare around the same time: I decided to finally try eyefinity 5. It has been a dream for a long time of me, and I finally saw myself in a position where I no longer had any other large projects at hand, and could dedicate my time to solving that issue.