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side note, got rid of my 128GB Samsung 830 on ebay.
 
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IMO, you should find a way to make it work with the SM8 if you actually like that case in general. The M8 is definitely a very nice case, given that you have the room for it, and are willing to have that large of a footprint. Also, on the SM8, you can mount your PSU with the accessory mount, and kind of make it "float" if you will, to hide it better. That could help you in regards to not getting a new PSU. Here is a pic to let you see what it looks like in action (Post #311):

http://www.overclock.net/t/1302293/caselabs-merlin-sm8-now-shipping/310#post_18256307

You can run most of the cables directly back into the 2 grommets that are behind the accessory mount if you do it the way the picture has it, thus hiding most of the cables from sight with the side panel on (window or not). Maybe it could work for you that way? Either way, CL is definitely a good brand to go with for your casing. thumb.gif Good luck in your decision, hope this helps in some way!


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IMO, you should find a way to make it work with the SM8 if you actually like that case in general. The M8 is definitely a very nice case, given that you have the room for it, and are willing to have that large of a footprint. Also, on the SM8, you can mount your PSU with the accessory mount, and kind of make it "float" if you will, to hide it better. That could help you in regards to not getting a new PSU. Here is a pic to let you see what it looks like in action (Post #311):
http://www.overclock.net/t/1302293/caselabs-merlin-sm8-now-shipping/310#post_18256307
You can run most of the cables directly back into the 2 grommets that are behind the accessory mount if you do it the way the picture has it, thus hiding most of the cables from sight with the side panel on (window or not). Maybe it could work for you that way? Either way, CL is definitely a good brand to go with for your casing. thumb.gif Good luck in your decision, hope this helps in some way!
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That is pretty nice. I dont mind getting another PSU if need be. I can always sell the seasonic. I do like the m8 mainly because of the room and futureproofing. Meaning that case seems that you could always swap components out and do another build in that same case. It seems like it would grow with you.

The footprint isnt that big of a deal because it wouldnt hurt to have a shorter case to go on my desk. Im fixing to get cabinets built top and bottom for the office in my house. My stryker is about two foot tall now, and the caselabs would be about 4 or so inches shorter, but wider.

Cable management in the trooper and styker are very nice. If I got the merlin, I would basically be in the same boat, just being able to do push pull in the merlin. The trooper and styker seem better at optical bays, etc up front.

The m8 is very nice, but has alot of space up front where optical drives go, which make cable management a tad more difficult.
 
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Caselabs M8

Pros:
Push pull for my h100
Short to fit on my desk
Psu hidden
Cable management good
Large and roomy
Easy to light with LEDs.
Airflow seems to be great

Cons:
No dust filters, will have to incorporate those
No fan controller
Expensive
The optical bay isn't hidden like on other cases.
Might swallow my mobo. Don't want it to look too big


Coolermaster Trooper

Pros:
Cheaper
Optical bay hidden
Fan filters built in
Fan/led controller
Cable management is pretty good

Cons:
Smaller inside
No push pull without modding
Taller case
Psu not hidden which would require me to get another one to match my build
Not a lot of room to grow in the future etc..
Not a lot of room for lighting
Edited by nezff - 11/28/12 at 9:35am
 
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Caselabs M8
Pros:
Push pull for my h100
Short to fit on my desk
Psu hidden
Cable management good
Large and roomy
Easy to light with LEDs.
Airflow seems to be great
Cons:
No dust filters, will have to incorporate those
No fan controller
Expensive
The optical bay isn't hidden like on other cases.
Might swallow my mobo. Don't want it to look too big
Coolermaster Trooper
Pros:
Cheaper
Optical bay hidden
Fan filters built in
Fan/led controller
Cable management is pretty good
Cons:
Smaller inside
No push pull without modding
Taller case
Psu not hidden which would require me to get another one to match my build
Not a lot of room to grow in the future etc..
Not a lot of room for lighting
I think you should go with the Caselabs M8. Better to have more room than not enough.
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I think you should go with the Caselabs M8. Better to have more room than not enough.

thanks.



Here is a pic of a Caselabs M8 with a H100 in push pull. Just a tad bare up front which is the only thing that concerns me with this case.

 
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Maybe using one or two of these, Attachment Plate - Large, with an Accessory Mount - Small Vertical(I believe comes with the case) will provide covering for the interior of the optical drive bay? I have read up on the case a bit, and there seems to be a finite ways to customize it with all of the modular components.
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Maybe using one or two of these, Attachment Plate - Large, with an Accessory Mount - Small Vertical(I believe comes with the case) will provide covering for the interior of the optical drive bay? I have read up on the case a bit, and there seems to be a finite ways to customize it with all of the modular components.

Yeah, that was my idea also. Either that or making a panel out of sheet metal and drilling holes.
 
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Yeah, that was my idea also. Either that or making a panel out of sheet metal and drilling holes.
If you want to do that, go ahead. It would fit better as well.
post #510 of 675
personal opinon: dony buy caselabs unless you have big mobos. all that wasted space showing off bare metal disguists me. the merlin are perfect for ATX, where the STH ones are better for bigger mobos. the M series are just metal ugly boxes. basically go with the cooler master IF you dont want the SM8 that much.
 
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