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2019/02/04 13:34:15 (permalink)
Hey all,
 
I recently was lucky enough to acquire what seems to be a nearly factory new EVGA SR-2 motherboard. For no particularly good reason, I really want to build a computer with it; maybe it'll be my first home lab project. I've already ordered some Xeons and other parts from eBay... the minimum amount of stuff I need to test the board to make sure it still functions, since it was sitting on a shelf in its box but without its static protection bag. However, assuming it still works, I'm going to need to put it in a case, which turns out to be the hardest and most expensive problem to solve.
 
I'm going to preface this part with the fact that I live in Canada, and in a more remote area of it. I started with PCPartPicker, to see what my case options were in general but also to see if any reputable retailers were still carrying a compatible case. The short of it: no. The ones that I imagine would have been more commonly available like the Corsair 900D and the Lian-Li PC-A75 seem to have vanished from retail within the past 6 months (though maybe they've been out of stock even further back and it was just third party seller listings). I had the tiniest bit of luck with eBay, as there is one listing of the Xigmatek HPTX case, with multiple for sale from the same vendor. However, I also found, through some Googling, that the EVGA DG-8 series cases *should* fit an HPTX board even if they don't seem to be officially supported. In fact, I found this post of someone putting an SR-2 into a DG-8, but I can't tell from it how well it fits together (but since I'm a new user I can't message them directly yet): 
 
Edit: I can't seem to post a link, so I'll just say it's the forum post titled "EVGA DG-87 & SR-2 Build" by user "Gone Cruising"
 
My question is two-fold then. First, what makes the DG-8 not completely support HPTX? If it's something like having to remove the 3.5" hard drive cages completely, I might look elsewhere since I'd like to load those up for mass storage, but I might be able to live with it if it's just something like missing a few motherboard stand-offs. Second, what other cases might be compatible with HPTX even if they're not marked as such? Considering how limited my options are, I also want to take into account cases that could support the board given a bit of modding.
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    Re: HPTX Cases in 2019 (For EVGA SR-2) 2019/02/04 14:20:00 (permalink)
    How do you plan on Cooling the CPUs?
    SupperMicro has them, if I recall.


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    Re: HPTX Cases in 2019 (For EVGA SR-2) 2019/02/04 18:41:35 (permalink)
    I just plan on air cooling them; I have a couple of older Zalman 9900 that should fit the socket no problems. No water cooling, since I don't want risk the reliability of it if I'll be using it as a home lab.
     
    Do you know any specific SuperMicro models? I tried browsing their website, but... it's difficult to tell whether or not a case is compatible based on their specs and pictures. On top of that, Supermicro's prices seem far less reasonable here in Canada, while having far fewer options (probably because most products come through a third-party seller on Amazon or Newegg, so really it's an availability problem). For example, Supermicro has only 1 page of results for the server chassis section (that are ATX or larger) on Newegg Canada, but 5 pages of results on Newegg US.
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    Re: HPTX Cases in 2019 (For EVGA SR-2) 2019/02/05 10:44:47 (permalink)
    Unfortunately, the anidees case is not available on Amazon.ca, and does not ship to Canada from Amazon.com; however, the Nanoxia case seems to be pre-orderable (if expensive at 400$ CAD, though for good reason... it looks amazing and is silenced). More options is more options though, so I appreciate the links 
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    Re: HPTX Cases in 2019 (For EVGA SR-2) 2019/02/05 10:51:33 (permalink)
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    Unfortunately, the anidees case is not available on Amazon.ca, and does not ship to Canada from Amazon.com; however, the Nanoxia case seems to be pre-orderable (if expensive at 400$ CAD, though for good reason... it looks amazing and is silenced). More options is more options though, so I appreciate the links 

    I did pay over $800 for my SupperMicro AMD Case.
    Sorry was looking in US only, maybe set your Location: under  User Control Panel
    Looking now for Canada maybe B&H
    HPTX Motherboard are Server Class in Size and even a Supper Tower Case would not work in most cases, no pun indented.
    post edited by bcavnaugh - 2019/02/05 10:56:54


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    Re: HPTX Cases in 2019 (For EVGA SR-2) 2019/02/05 11:03:11 (permalink)
    Agh, I should have populated the info in my user account, my bad. I've set it now
     
    I just checked B&H at your request (heard of them, but never bought from them). You would not imagine the surprise when I saw there were 2 HPTX cases available, and then the disappointment when both of them were Lian Li Computer Desk cases, haha.
     
    The fact that SuperMicro cases come with PSUs might be a good thing; I have an older 1000W PSU that I was planning on using, but I wouldn't complain if I got an 80 Plus Platinum PSU (not sure if in all cases, but the chassis I just checked had it) with a decent case. Maybe I'll have to trudge the SuperMicro page and just go through every case they have...
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    Re: HPTX Cases in 2019 (For EVGA SR-2) 2019/02/05 11:03:15 (permalink)
    I have a few Core W100 (Nope)
    https://www.amazon.ca/Thermaltake-Dismantle-Stackable-Certified-CA-1F2-00F1WN-00/dp/B01C71Q8WS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1549393062&sr=8-1&keywords=Core+W100
    Maybe this would work, looking now for the Max MB Size in Inches.
    6.7” x 6.7” (Mini ITX), 9.6” x 9.6” (Micro ATX), 12” x 9.6” (ATX) , 12” x 13” (E-ATX) , 13.6” x 10.4” (XL-ATX)
    Maybe Core W200 (Nope)
    But I bet you could make the Core W100 work for you it has the space for the MB
    So with a few Mods I bet it would work.
    post edited by bcavnaugh - 2019/02/05 11:11:39


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    Re: HPTX Cases in 2019 (For EVGA SR-2) 2019/02/06 06:12:02 (permalink)
    Yeah, I've started searching using the "compatible with E-ATX and XL-ATX" as my starting point... if it fits both, then there's a chance it could fit, unofficially.
     
    I also agree that the Core W100 might work; it's got plenty of motherboard space, but I agree that it needs some modding (an extra mobo stand-off or two, at least). For the Canadian price though, I may as well order the Naxonia case, since it's sound dampened and everything (though the W100 has casters, which is convenient and cool).
     
    So this is what I have so far: The DG-8 is the cheapest solution (I think, according to the selling price on EVGA's store, but I'm not sure about currency conversion and shipping), assuming it fits with the hard drive cages. I really wish those pictures in that EVGA DG-8 SR-2 build showed the full interior. The Naxonia is the guaranteed solution, but it's pricey. The W100 is similarly pricey and requires modding, but is more available generally. SuperMicro probably has a solution, but the problem is finding it.
     
    Edit: Good lord, I tried checking out the EVGA DG-8 to find out how much shipping would cost to my location... apparently it's 250$, which is practically absurd. I know it's a case, but still... it costs more to ship the case than the case itself!
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    Re: HPTX Cases in 2019 (For EVGA SR-2) 2019/02/06 08:36:41 (permalink)
    You could also just use a Motherboard Tray and Build a Wooden Case.
     
                      
    DimasTech AMC - Motherboard Tray HPTX Complete Kit - 10 Slots - NO Paint (S0004RW)


     
     
     DimasTech AMC - Motherboard Tray HPTX - Tray Panel - Graphite Black (S0003GB)
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    Re: HPTX Cases in 2019 (For EVGA SR-2) 2019/02/09 17:16:12 (permalink)
    Any Updates?


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    Re: HPTX Cases in 2019 (For EVGA SR-2) 2019/02/11 07:56:44 (permalink)
    Sorry for the lack of response; I've been waiting on my other parts to arrive before I order the case, to make sure the board still works (I mean, it's in almost factory new condition, but I just want to be sure considering I may have to commit to buying a 300-400$ case). Unfortunately, the CPUs are still in shipping (Dammit eBay global shipping program). I did contact EVGA support on the DG-8 series, and they person who replied did not recommend using that case series for this.
     
    I haven't delved further into the SuperMicro options yet but, out of everything else, I'm leaning towards the Nanoxia case since 1. Is available (well, pre-orderable) 2. Is silenced 3. Does not require modding.
     
    The trays are an interesting last resort, but then I have to build a whole case myself (which could be cool, but I'd rather do at my leisure). So if I can get the Nanoxia, I think that would be the better option.
     
    I was kinda hoping that, by the end of this post, others who might be looking to house an HPTX board would be able to use this thread as some sort of reference but, considering the scarcity... I'd say that trying to use this basically deprecated standard at this point comes down to getting lucky and finding a case used locally, DIY (modding or self-built), or you're just SOL.
    post edited by _DarkClaw_ - 2019/02/11 08:00:02
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    Re: HPTX Cases in 2019 (For EVGA SR-2) 2019/02/11 10:20:37 (permalink)
    Thanks for the update and keep us up to date on your Progress.
    It is going to be an Awesome Build.


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