Dark Nova (Ultimate Mini-ITX Build)

May 5th 2015
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Key Features:
Intel CPU NVIDIA Graphics Small Form Factor
System Specs:
  • Computer Case Rosewill Legacy U2-B-Window Black (Jonsbo U2).
  • Motherboard ASUS Maximux VII Impact.
  • PSU Corsair HX750 Modular.
  • CPU Intel Core i5-4690k.
  • CPU Cooler Corsair H60 Liquid Cooler*.
  • GPU ASUS GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini 4 GB.
  • RAM Corsair Vengeance 8 GB DDR3 1866 MHz (2X4GB) CL9*.
  • SSD Corsair Force Series F120, 120 GB, 2.5 inch, S-ATA II*.
  • HDD Western Digital Black 3 TB 64 MB Cache S-ATA III.
  • Keyboard Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810.
  • Mouse Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse.
  • Mousepad Corsair Gaming MM200 Small Cloth Gaming Mouse Mat*.
  • OS Microsoft Windows 10 Home Norwegian (64-Bit).
  • Screen (For traveling to) Dell Professional P2214H*.
  • Studio Speakers Audio Pro Addon T12 (Black).
  • Headphone Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H7 (Wired & Wireless).
  • There are some few things here with a * that needs to be upgraded.
Performed Mods:
I have added a white NZXT LED light (white & 1m) into the case. But i had to put some blue tape on the PSU to mount the controller card for the LED light. I will soon remove the blue tape and replace it with a black tape so it will looks better.
I have decided to upgrade my old computer to something much better, newer and to something smaller in a Mini-ITX format. I will be writing about it under here. The main reason i decided to go for a Mini-ITX build this time is to be able to take it with me when i’m traveling to my friends and family and at the same time have it as my main computer at home. And it’s to save some space on my computer desk. The computer case is only 331 mm (Height) x 208 mm (Width) x 233 mm (Depth) in size, so i can fit it into the most smaller hand baggages. I have somewhat figured out what my computer is going to be called this time. The name will be ‘Dark Nova’. But i might change the name in the future if i find a better suited name for the computer. If you have a tips or an idea on what i can call it, then just leave me a comment here on what you think it should be called. The computer looks great on the pictures doesn’t it? As you can see, it’s pretty up-to-date with the new Motherboard, Processor, Graphic Card, Power Supply and so on. I updated my 2x 1 TB normal harddrives to one 3 TB harddrive (in mid March 2015) as my plan is to only use one normal harddrive in my computer to save weight and space. That harddrive is not placed under the Graphic Card, but on the front on the inside of the computer case. I will also update my SSD to a Samsung 960 PRO 512GB PCIe NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD later (or something better) as i can use one directly on the motherboard and will also update my memory to a faster DDR3 2400 MHz CAS10 RAM with 16 GB of memory from Corsair later. My setup is aiming to be wireless to. My keyboard, mouse, headphones are all wireless. And hopefully i will have a wireless power to my computer and screen and wireless display signal to my screen somewhere in the future to :-D.
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5 Comments on Dark Nova (Ultimate Mini-ITX Build)

nice build, the case somehow remind me of lian li style
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micropage7 said:
nice build, the case somehow remind me of lian li style
Thank you. Yeah, the Lian-Li case that is in the same size and that looks kinda similar is the Lian-Li Q33. However, that case is double in price of what the Jonsbo U2 case is at.
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i love the way you make it so clean with that limited space. :toast:
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mhikevin said:
i love the way you make it so clean with that limited space. :toast:
Yeah, believe me when i say it. The case was a pain in the ass to get so clean and stuffs. It's so small that if i would do one little mistake, i had to disassemble 80% of the computer just to fix that thing, lol.

The cable management was the worst part.
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