Originally Posted by Addiction
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.
Good luck in your decision, hope this helps in some way!
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.