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SM5 may turn out to be a great little case for a water cooled HTPC!

Sure, it may not LOOK like a audio component, but a smaller case for WC can be hid behind the tv or something.
post #692 of 884
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Originally Posted by madbrayniak View Post

SM5 may turn out to be a great little case for a water cooled HTPC!

Sure, it may not LOOK like a audio component, but a smaller case for WC can be hid behind the tv or something.
Considering the size of the SM8 I don't think the SM5 will be small at all.

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post #693 of 884
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Considering the size of the SM8 I don't think the SM5 will be small at all.
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It's smaller than all the other Case Labs cases but nowhere near small when you compare it to other mATX chassis.

I think it would be pretty much perfect if it was really just a more scaled down version of the M8 - keeping the 'cube' look but a lot less size.
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It will obviously be smaller but I'm expecting it to be around the size if a mid tower.
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Edited by nagle3092 - 8/26/12 at 9:07pm
 
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post #695 of 884
I am interested in the SM8..

With the rad up top not needing any accessories. You would only need to purchase a $40 front flex bay for the 360rad.. So hopefully it will be priced at $350+ 360 rad flex bay ($40) + Shipping ($50) = Not a bad priced case..

Can we get an xxl window? Can the window get any bigger than that picture lol!
post #696 of 884
Pics for this case came out on my birthday... Like the universe was trying to tell me something!!

I like how the flex bays are more centered vs a STH10. Looking at it, I wonder how good it will be maxing out the rad possibilities without conflicts. Like if u put in a 480 rad bottom horizontal, then another 360 rad bottom vertical in the flex bays, will the conflict at the "corner " where they meet?? Then there is Blu Ray drive depth, etc.

I did already buy 2 480 Black Ice SR-1 rads, so I doubt I could fit both in this first Merlin. Perhaps the bigger Merlins. Does anyone think dual 480s will fit in any of the Merlins? And despite being lower on the Case Labs ladder, what features does Merlin have over the STH10? I'm still unclear on that part.

Still, if I switch out my STH10 plans for a Merlin, I could return or sell a rad if I had too... Hmmmm. What to do?
Edited by Neo Zuko - 8/27/12 at 2:16am
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post #697 of 884
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Originally Posted by nagle3092 View Post

It will obviously be smaller but I'm expecting it to be around the size if a mid tower.
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Arc Mini / Define Mini and P180 mini would probably be the closest size wise if we're talking about matx cases.
post #698 of 884
I'll most likely end up in an STH10 still due to timing and the Merlin 8 being just a tad too small for my current build plan. If the Merlin 8 has 1.5" behind the mobo tray, how much does the STH10 have by comparison?
Edited by Neo Zuko - 8/27/12 at 8:54am
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post #699 of 884
I'm glad I found this thread. I need to move out of my 650D and to a bigger case. The SM8 looks EXACTLY what I want. I love the width and overall look of it. I'll be waiting...
post #700 of 884
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Originally Posted by nagle3092 View Post

Considering the size of the SM8 I don't think the SM5 will be small at all.
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Well, if you are like me and plan to also use the HTPC for a little gaming and want it to be as silent as possible then you need a little bit bigger of a case for the rads
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