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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.

Ive been tossing the idea around about either the trooper or the caselabs. The trooper is cheaper, built in fan controller, built in dust filters, NO PUSH PULL, and my PSU wont be hidden since the grey doesnt really tie in with the color scheme.


On a side note:
I ordered a new motherboard and 16GB of corsair LP Ram.
I ordered a new fan hookup in case I had too many fans and was going with the caselabs.

 
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I thought the fact that alot of metal was showing would bother me also until I saw this pic of the m8/m10. There are bars that can basically make you a optical bay/fanbay. It would look like most manuf. pcs with the whole front having a piece of metal running the length vertically.

Edited by nezff - 12/1/12 at 7:51am
 
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Love the CaseLabs. This thread has progressed a lot since the original post.

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great choice man! also im stealing that sleeving pattern for my next build ninja.gif
 
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Love the CaseLabs. This thread has progressed a lot since the original post.
What part of Louisiana?
Alex.

I plan on making another build log when I swap cases. I will have a new mobo, ram, fans. Keeping my dual gtx 680s, h100, LG bluray drive, and possibly my seasonic 1000 watt.

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great choice man! also im stealing that sleeving pattern for my next build ninja.gif

So you like the case now? biggrin.gif
 
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I plan on making another build log when I swap cases. I will have a new mobo, ram, fans. Keeping my dual gtx 680s, h100, LG bluray drive, and possibly my seasonic 1000 watt.


New MOBO? Which?
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New MOBO? Which?

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when I decide on a case, I will start letting everyone in on what parts I will be using.
 
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The SMH10 is fairly tall at 25.75. The SM8 is 22.44 high. They both have the PSU visible unlike the M8 which is shorter, but 15 inches wide. The merlin line is 11.18 wide.

My main gripe right now is that my PSU doesnt really go with my color scheme, so it being visible, I would either have to get another PSU or get the M8 case. The other problem is also cost. The Caselabs case basically is the same as a Trooper. The Caselabs would offer push/pull for my h100, another fan in the front for three total intake fans, but it cost around $400 where the trooper is $140. Is push pull really going to make a big difference is the question. Do I really need all that room in a case unless Im possibly going to watercool in the future? Is a case that has no fan filter, fan controller, and cost $350~ more going to please me? These are the questions running through my head. Ths is the reason I havent purchased a case yet. madsmiley.png

The M8 which is the short and wide case has been the one that has caught my eye. Granted, these case are centered around watercoolers, but this case seems like something you buy and grow into. Seems I could always build another system in it three years from now when bigger and badder stuff is released. Water cooling is always a possiblility because this case is made for that. The M8 is the better case to sit under my top cabinets in my home office. It also seem like the easiest to light up.

Any advice you guys can give, would be greatly appreciated.



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Caselabs SMH10

Caselabs SM8
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CaselabsM8

With this case, you get three intake fans and ONE optical bay. For me, I would need two optical bays, one for my bluray, and one for a possible fan controller. I could get a external bluray drive since I only do movies every once in a while. This case is $399 plus shipping, plus extras.
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The SMH10 is fairly tall at 25.75. The SM8 is 22.44 high. They both have the PSU visible unlike the M8 which is shorter, but 15 inches wide. The merlin line is 11.18 wide.
My main gripe right now is that my PSU doesnt really go with my color scheme, so it being visible, I would either have to get another PSU or get the M8 case. The other problem is also cost. The Caselabs case basically is the same as a Trooper. The Caselabs would offer push/pull for my h100, another fan in the front for three total intake fans, but it cost around $400 where the trooper is $140. Is push pull really going to make a big difference is the question. Do I really need all that room in a case unless Im possibly going to watercool in the future? Is a case that has no fan filter, fan controller, and cost $350~ more going to please me? These are the questions running through my head. Ths is the reason I havent purchased a case yet. madsmiley.png
The M8 which is the short and wide case has been the one that has caught my eye. Granted, these case are centered around watercoolers, but this case seems like something you buy and grow into. Seems I could always build another system in it three years from now when bigger and badder stuff is released. Water cooling is always a possiblility because this case is made for that. The M8 is the better case to sit under my top cabinets in my home office. It also seem like the easiest to light up.
Any advice you guys can give, would be greatly appreciated.
Caselabs SM8
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Honestly, as far as the CaseLabs cases go, you have to think about it as a future investment for builds you may do, or even upgrades to your current build. Can you build a WC loop in the CM Trooper? Sure. Will it be anywhere near as easy or have even close to options as the CaseLabs without major modding? No. It is all going to come down to personal choice for you, as well as finances. They are not cheap, but IMO they are very much worth the money. You get what you pay for, and it is a fair price for a CaseLabs case.

What you should do is ask some people who own a CaseLabs what they think about their case. I can tell you most all of them will say they cannot imagine building any of their rigs in any other case. That being said, it is a more enthusiast style case. You do not HAVE to have one to do a WC loop etc; however, you will not find easier cases to work with in regards to building a proper WC loop, options, customization etc. I understand your hesitance though, because I was just in your situation, and I am going the CaseLabs route for the reasons I mentioned above, even though my rig will initially only have a H100 in it while my other parts get sorted out/ordered over the next month. Hopefully this helps you out in some way with your decision. thumb.gif

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