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<span style="font-size:24px;"><b>Nova</b></span><br><br><img alt="hQ1y95d.jpg" class="bbcode_img" src="http://i.imgur.com/hQ1y95d.jpg"><br><br><br><br><br><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Intro</b></span><br><hr><br>
Some of you are familiar with my <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1816110" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">thread over on [H]</span></a>, but for those that aren't, this project started because I kept running into the RAM limits of Mini-ITX on my NCase M1 build. I like to have 20-30 tabs open in both Firefox and Chrome, Photoshop open, SketchUp open, a render running in the background, some other random apps open, and maybe a VM thrown in for good measure. So 16GB of RAM just wasn't cutting it anymore.<br><br>
Until Skylake and 16GB DDR4 sticks are available, 32GB isn't possible on Mini-ITX though. So I started looking at going back to microATX (what I had before I switched to the M1) but after getting used to the M1's small size and minimalist looks none of the mATX cases on the market appealed to me. The SG09/10 is fairly small but too ugly and everything else was just too big. So I started playing around in SketchUp using the M1 layout as a starting point and eventually came up with Nova (this is skipping a lot of stuff, for all the details check out the HardForum thread).<br><br>
The design is finalized and <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://protocase.com/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Protocase</span></a> of Canada is building the prototype, I'm hoping to have the case in my hands by the end of next week (Dec 5).<br><br><br><br><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Features</b></span><br><hr><br>
H x W x D: 300 x 170 x 333mm, 17.0L<br>
20 gauge (1.016mm) steel for panels/frame, aluminum for handle, everything powder coated<br>
microATX<br>
5 expansion slots<br>
120/140mm rad support on hinged side bracket<br>
SFX/SFX-L PSU<br>
2 x 2.5" drives<br>
1 x 3.5" drive (if no card in 5th slot)<br>
Removable carry handle<br>
Fans everywhere<br><br><br><br><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>CAD model</b></span><br><hr><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2265634/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2265634" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2265634/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 477px"></a><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2265636/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2265636" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2265636/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 452px"></a><br><br><br>
Sketchfab link: <a class="bbcode_url" href="https://skfb.ly/BTDr" target="_blank">https://skfb.ly/BTDr</a><br>
If you're not familiar, Sketchfab lets you view interactive 3D models in your browser.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2302505/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2302505" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2302505/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 375px"></a><br><br>
Size comparison with the M1 and Prodigy
 

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<span style="font-size:24px;"><b>The Build</b></span><br><br><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Part Choice</b></span><br><hr><br>
I'm going with a Haswell-E and SLI GTX 980s build. The original intention of the case was to just focus on the support for better CPUs and more RAM. That all changed when SilverStone released their 600W SFX PSU and rumors starting surfacing about the incredible efficiency of the new 900 series cards. I ended staying up until 2:00 in the morning to nab two reference model GTX 980s the minute they were available on Amazon (I felt kinda stupid afterward but I'm glad I did because they've gone up in price since). After <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1473730/cowcotland-silverstone-600-watt-gold-modular-sfx-psu-cebit-2014/140_20#post_22885211"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">extensive testing</span></a> I verified that Haswell-E and SLI GTX 980s was possible off the 600W SFX (at least at stock clocks).<br><br>
I originally hoped to be able to use the cheaper 5820K but the lane configuration seems hardwired. It can do x16 / x8 / x4 but x16 / x4 / x8 doesn't seem possible on any board. Luckily I found a local buyer for my chip and was able to upgrade to the 5930K. With the extra lanes I was able to move the second card to the bottom slot, leaving an empty slot between them for <a class="bbcode_url" href="http://hardforum.com/showpost.php?p=1041153589&postcount=351" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">much better top card temps and fan RPMs</span></a>.<br><br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2265646/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2265646" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2265646/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 357px"></a><br>
Here's all the parts on a temporary test bench<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2202769/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2202769" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2202769/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 463px"></a><br>
I crammed everything inside some HP case to take to a LAN party last month<br><br><br><br><span style="font-size:16px;"><b>Components:</b></span><br><hr><br><ul class="bbcode_list"><li><b>Case:</b> Nova</li>
<li><b>CPU:</b> Intel i7 5930K</li>
<li><b>Cooler:</b> NZXT X41</li>
<li><b>Mobo:</b> Gigabyte X99M Gaming 5</li>
<li><b>RAM:</b> 32GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400 (4 x 8GB)</li>
<li><b>GPU:</b> 2 x EVGA GTX 980 reference models in SLI</li>
<li><b>PSU:</b> SilverStone SX600-G</li>
<li><b>SSD:</b> Samsung 840 EVO 250GB</li>
</ul><br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:16px;">Build Log:</span></b><br><hr><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1527311/build-log-nova-custom-designed-17-0l-5-slot-matx-case/20_20#post_23291223"><b>12-17-2014</b> Production has started!</a><br><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1527311/build-log-nova-custom-designed-17-0l-5-slot-matx-case/40_20#post_23343429"><b>12-30-2014</b> Case has arrived, first pics!</a><br><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1527311/build-log-nova-custom-designed-17-0l-5-slot-matx-case/40_20#post_23348724"><b>01-01-2015</b> More pics and everything up and running</a><br><br><a class="bbcode_url" href="http://www.overclock.net/t/1527311/build-log-nova-custom-designed-17-0l-5-slot-matx-case/80_20#post_23485744"><b>01-31-2015</b> Test fitting 240mm rad on bottom</a><br>
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NICE! Is that expansion slots cover hinged?
 

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Thanks!<br><br>
The dust cover is just screwed to the frame. That's an interesting idea though.
 

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Hi WiSK! Glad to have you along for the ride, the SX500-LG should comfortably fit in the case now so I'll be giving it a good workout powering this rig once it's available.<br><br><div class="quote-container" data-huddler-embed="/t/1527311/build-log-nova-custom-designed-17-0l-5-slot-matx-case/0_20#post_23212781" data-huddler-embed-placeholder="false"><span>Quote:</span>
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Thanks!<br><br><br>
My rep at Protocase said she'll try to take pics of the case during production so hopefully I'll have some cool photos to share next week.
 

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How did I miss this thread for two days...subbed <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br>
Personally I found the following info you mentioned on [H] useful to know as it gives us an idea of how sturdy the case will be (Antec Solo series were 1mm thick) and you might want to include it in the opening post.<br><div class="quote-container" data-huddler-embed="http://hardforum.com/showpost.php?p=1041234988&postcount=451" data-huddler-embed-placeholder="false"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Aibohphobia on [H]</strong> <a href="http://hardforum.com/showpost.php?p=1041234988&postcount=451" target="_blank"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br>
I had modeled the design with 0.95mm thick sheet but since most of the cuts will be done with a water jet they're going with Galvanneal. Galvanneal has a protective anti-corrosion coating so it is slightly thicker than standard steel, 20 gauge cold rolled steel is 0.914mm (0.036in) while Galvanneal is 1.016mm (0.040in) which has subtly thrown off some stuff like the IO cutout relation to the mobo standoffs.</div>
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Ye was checking your thread on H. Nice to see build log here <img alt="thumb.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/thumb.gif">
 

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I dig custom case builds! Will sub to this!<br><br>
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How did I miss this thread for two days...subbed <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br>
Personally I found the following info you mentioned on [H] useful to know as it gives us an idea of how sturdy the case will be (Antec Solo series were 1mm thick) and you might want to include it in the opening post.</div>
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Thanks, I added a note in mm to make it more clear. I should of done that to start, the gauge system is a joke. Interestingly, I've been working primarily in metric but even though Protocase is in Canada, they seem to work primarily in Standard units <img alt="tongue.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/tongue.gif"><br><br><div class="quote-container" data-huddler-embed="/t/1527311/build-log-nova-custom-designed-17-0l-5-slot-matx-case/0_20#post_23216911" data-huddler-embed-placeholder="false"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>catbuster</strong> <a href="/t/1527311/build-log-nova-custom-designed-17-0l-5-slot-matx-case/0_20#post_23216911"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br>
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The [H] thread will still be my primary place to post stuff, it's already a meandering mess so I don't feel bad just posting whatever random stuff I want there. I'll try to keep this thread a little more organized.<br><br><div class="quote-container" data-huddler-embed="/t/1527311/build-log-nova-custom-designed-17-0l-5-slot-matx-case/0_20#post_23216951" data-huddler-embed-placeholder="false"><span>Quote:</span>
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I dig custom case builds! Will sub to this!<br><br>
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Thanks! Looking forward to how your Compact Splash build turns out.<br><br>
Still have lots of work to do here but I plan to tackle a larger water cooling optimized case at some point:<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2268018/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2268018" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2268018/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 471px"></a>
 
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The production process is taking longer than I anticipated, it'll probably be sometime next week before I get the case.<br><br><div class="quote-container" data-huddler-embed="/t/1527311/build-log-nova-custom-designed-17-0l-5-slot-matx-case/0_20#post_23260390" data-huddler-embed-placeholder="false"><span>Quote:</span>
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The mockup is 34.4L but the final design would probably be more like 37-38L if the size creep of Nova is anything to go by.
 

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It's been hard waiting but at least this gives me time to get the Gigabyte X99M Gaming 5 board in.<br><br><div class="quote-container" data-huddler-embed="/t/1527311/build-log-nova-custom-designed-17-0l-5-slot-matx-case/0_20#post_23261446" data-huddler-embed-placeholder="false"><span>Quote:</span>
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Subbed, naturally <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.overclock.net/images/smilies/smile.gif"> I cannot wait to see that motherboard in that case. And everything else, of course!
 

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It's looking like I won't get the case until after Christmas, I did get the Gigabyte board today though and I'm liking it so far.<br><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2280131/"><img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="2280131" data-type="61" src="http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/2280131/width/800/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 800px; height: 691px"></a>
 
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