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OK.....I know I'm getting a case-labs case here pretty quick. But I wanted to ask a couple questions first. I "think" I am looking at getting one of the M10 cases.

I will be using 2 - full single loops ( 1-pump , 1-360 rad , 1-res on each loop ). On the M10 , since there is only like 59mm of clearance above the MB , are people mounting the rads on top of the case , instead of inside? And why does the M8 have more clearance above the MB then the M10?

I notice the difference in the "Form factor" between M8 and M10 , is the M10 made for an extended ATX?

BTW......I kind of was thinking about maybe mounting the rads on top anyways , I just didn't know what the normal thing was to do on one of these two cases. I could see mounting them inside the case on the M8 ( up against the top ) but where exactly are they mounting them on the M10?

Case-labs......You guys have done an awesome job on these cases. All of them are very well thought out , and I can't wait to do some business with you. Looking at getting a white one , no matter which one I end up getting.
    
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for the top mounted rads they have two top one thin and the other if thick where you can fit your rads on the top.Looking to get me one of these cases but Ill wait for my next build possible ivy or BD.


Edited by DEEBS808 - 10/10/11 at 12:45am
    
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The M8 has slightly higher clearance above the MB then the M10, as for the M10, I am able to fit a Thermochill TA120.3 or a SR1 360 there, but since I also use a Corsair dominator Airflow Pro (The LED thing), 25cm thick fans wont fit as it bumbs into it, if you had regular ram with sinks on them and small mosfet heat sinks, a rad and 25cm thick fan would fit in theory.. You wont be able to get a push pull configuration in there tho...


If you want push pull, or have huge ram fans or mosfet heat sinks, you'd need a extended top.. However if you use a thin rad like the Swiftech 320, then It should be possible to mount that with 25cm thick fans in push easily..
Edited by frank anderson - 10/10/11 at 3:11am
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Originally Posted by clubber_lang View Post
OK.....I know I'm getting a case-labs case here pretty quick. But I wanted to ask a couple questions first. I "think" I am looking at getting one of the M10 cases.

I will be using 2 - full single loops ( 1-pump , 1-360 rad , 1-res on each loop ). On the M10 , since there is only like 59mm of clearance above the MB , are people mounting the rads on top of the case , instead of inside? And why does the M8 have more clearance above the MB then the M10?

I notice the difference in the "Form factor" between M8 and M10 , is the M10 made for an extended ATX?

BTW......I kind of was thinking about maybe mounting the rads on top anyways , I just didn't know what the normal thing was to do on one of these two cases. I could see mounting them inside the case on the M8 ( up against the top ) but where exactly are they mounting them on the M10?

Case-labs......You guys have done an awesome job on these cases. All of them are very well thought out , and I can't wait to do some business with you. Looking at getting a white one , no matter which one I end up getting.
It comes back to what Motherboard (and its dimensions) you intend to put in it.
The M10 is geared for the XL-ATX and below (microATX, ATX). The XL-ATX is a board like EVGA's 4-Way SLI or the Gigabyte Assassin.
An Extended-ATX looks to fit either M8 or M10
Edited by AVictorD - 10/10/11 at 6:15am
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Thanks guys for the help. I would like to run my rads on top ( either inside or outside the case ) and would want to do a push-pull method for sure. I also wanted to add a shroud on the "push" side. So lets say I put one up top ( inside ) with 1 rad , the thickness of the shroud of about 1" and the thickness of the fan itself. Then on top of the case , I could install the "pull" fans maybe using the optional grill top.

I dig the height of the M8 and M10 , but I wasn't sure if I could do a top mount rad setup like what I have planned.

I know one thing though.......I'm in love with them cases!
    
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BTW.....this is something I was referring to here as far as shrouds go. >> http://www.frozencpu.com/products/91...l=g30c429s1074
    
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BTW.....this is something I was referring to here as far as shrouds go. >> http://www.frozencpu.com/products/91...l=g30c429s1074
You would have a tough time mounting that on the MB side of an M10 (PSU side should work though). I don't see any dimensions, so I'm not sure if an M8 will work, but it looks like it would. We have two extended top covers now: 64mm and 85mm which gives you a little more flexibility with you radiator setup. BTW, the T10 was specifically designed for push-pull systems and shrouds.
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You would have a tough time mounting that on the MB side of an M10 (PSU side should work though). I don't see any dimensions, so I'm not sure if an M8 will work, but it looks like it would. We have two extended top covers now: 64mm and 85mm which gives you a little more flexibility with you radiator setup. BTW, the T10 was specifically designed for push-pull systems and shrouds.

Yeah....that's what I was thinking as well. The T10 would definitely work well , but dang that case is tall ( in a good way! )

I've spent a lot of time over the past few weeks going through build threads and so forth , and have some pretty good ideas. Including going through a bunch of other water cooled builds and figuring out what equipment I'll need.

This will be my first water cooled rig that I have built , and I can't think of a better case to put it in. You guys have done a great job with these cases man!

Just out of curiosity , what are the shipping costs on something like this to the Portland OR area?
    
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