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The dimensions of the SM5 are smaller than my Switch 810. I would much rather have a powerful, cool running lan PC than a tiny one that overheats and doesn't perform well. Plus, there are no Mini-ITX mobos with good built in audio.

USB DAC FTW!

The SM5 shouldn't be too ridiculous for carrying to LANs. People take larger cases. I still hope there's something smaller than an SM5 though thumb.gif Mini ITX + 2x240 rads and 1 ssd is all I need biggrin.gif
     
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USB DAC FTW!
The SM5 shouldn't be too ridiculous for carrying to LANs. People take larger cases. I still hope there's something smaller than an SM5 though thumb.gif Mini ITX + 2x240 rads and 1 ssd is all I need biggrin.gif
The thought of a USB sound card never crossed my mind. I might consider it. Or even just a headset that runs off of USB as it is (Corsair Vengeance 2000).

And I agree with you. The SM5 will be a relatively large case, no doubt (it's caselabs), but it will be reasonable... I've seen some pictures of previous parties hosted by these people, and some did have Fractal Design Define XL's or NZXT Switch 810's... Some people are crazy!

Also my problem with the Prodigy is the complaints I've heard... some people say it's surprisingly heavy for it's size...
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Sure hope the SM8 gets here soon.smile.gif
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Can't wait for this case :D

 

And for the audio issue, there's always something like this guy:

 

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It doesn't seem like it'll be too good. I think another sort of inexpensive DAC will do better. FiiO has quite a nice range of products.
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I love the Case Labs cases. Mine is so far better than the UF20 and Ascension cases I had. However a horizontal tray would be awesome and having that tray lift up and out versus being pulled out the back would be awesome. Maybe something like a double decker HTPC case where the MB tray sits up top and the cooling and HD's are in the bottom. Then have the MB tray lift up and out for easy access to the bottom. Just some random thoughts.
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With the Merlin being released soon, the upcoming 900D from Corsair will be doomed before it's even released.
Everyone is saying CL is a better option if your going to spend $350+. Not a chance I will pay $300+ for a Chinese produced case.

Taiwanese and US made cases are all I buy.
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Wow! Just saw the corsair 900D... looks tasty, but i believe Case Labs will be the Superior, smarter option, plus the Case Labs will look much more delicious with a few design modifications i have in mind biggrin.gif Now, all i have to do is to scramble up the loose change that i can find, to afford my baby. As Nils from MDPC-X said, "No Compromise". We love you. tongue.gifthumb.gif
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I'm currently looking for a new case for my "show off" build... And the Switch 810 might not cut it. That Corsair 900d is looking likely to me... But I will have to see some more pics of these new Caselabs Cases to make my decisions.
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The corsair will probably be $370+ but then.again I'm getting a case labs, shipping to Australia... oh dear the shipping will hurt my.wallet mad.gif
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