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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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So let me ask you this: Which model did you go with.
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So let me ask you this: Which mode did you go with.

SM8 is what I am going with, although I am considering a M8 for a future WC'd build as well, most likely for my wife as a gift next year. biggrin.gif I like the more compact width footprint of the SM8 for my computer desk at the moment compared to the M8; however, I also love the cube look, and the clean look you can achieve with a double wide such as the M8. You can route your loop to where you can see just enough of your tubing to have that bling factor, say if you use some mayhems dye or something along those lines. You could also keep a tube res in the main side too, and have almost ALL your wiring/cable management on the PSU side, even all the rads if you so chose. At the end of the day though, unless you are going for a crazy sized XL-ATX or HPTX build or something like that, then in my opinion the best 2 cases on the market are the SM8/M8 for ATX/E-ATX. Personal opinion of course, but that is my 2cents.gif.
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SM8 is what I am going with, although I am considering a M8 for a future WC'd build as well, most likely for my wife as a gift next year. biggrin.gif I like the more compact width footprint of the SM8 for my computer desk at the moment compared to the M8; however, I also love the cube look, and the clean look you can achieve with a double wide such as the M8. You can route your loop to where you can see just enough of your tubing to have that bling factor, say if you use some mayhems dye or something along those lines. You could also keep a tube res in the main side too, and have almost ALL your wiring/cable management on the PSU side, even all the rads if you so chose. At the end of the day though, unless you are going for a crazy sized XL-ATX or HPTX build or something like that, then in my opinion the best 2 cases on the market are the SM8/M8 for ATX/E-ATX. Personal opinion of course, but that is my 2cents.gif.

The SM8 looks like a great case, but I feel like I would be buying a expensive trooper. lol Basically, the psu isnt hidden, no fan controller, no dust filters. I could do push pull with my h100, but thats about it.

I think the sweet spot seems to be the M8 for the psu hideability. Also the fact that it seems like a great case to grow in.
 
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The SM8 looks like a great case, but I feel like I would be buying a expensive trooper. lol Basically, the psu isnt hidden, no fan controller, no dust filters. I could do push pull with my h100, but thats about it.
I think the sweet spot seems to be the M8 for the psu hideability. Also the fact that it seems like a great case to grow in.

Honestly, you could "hide" your PSU in the SM8 too, you just need to be a bit more creative. biggrin.gif For my build, I am doing bent acrylic over my psu sides/front, and drilling holes into it for the wires to come through, then I will be painting it to match. So you "can" make do with the SM8. And I would hardly call the SM8 an "expensive CM Trooper", but that's me. Good luck either way. Just let me know if you need anymore info and what not, and feel free to PM if needed.

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Honestly, you could "hide" your PSU in the SM8 too, you just need to be a bit more creative. biggrin.gif For my build, I am doing bent acrylic over my psu sides/front, and drilling holes into it for the wires to come through, then I will be painting it to match. So you "can" make do with the SM8. And I would hardly call the SM8 an "expensive CM Trooper", but that's me. Good luck either way. Just let me know if you need anymore info and what not, and feel free to PM if needed.
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Well, I could basically do the same thing in my trooper as far as hiding my psu. If I do the merlin or trooper, I would just basically get another psu like the ax12000 and do a custom sticker to match the build.
 
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After some very hard pondering (my head hurts), looking at endless photos, Ive basically narrowed it down to these bad boys:



Caselabs M8
Slide out mobo tray thumb.gifthumb.gif
Can hide all your hdd and ssd thumb.gif
hide my psu thumb.gif
push/pull thumb.gif
short thumb.gif
only two intake fans if I do two optical drives. mad.gif






Caselabs SM8
Slide out mobo tray! thumb.gifthumb.gif
Can hide SSD and HDD thumb.gif
cant hide psu, would need to get another psu, sell my seasonic, and get new cables sleeved for the ax1200 mad.gif
three intake fans and still have two optical thumb.gif
push pull thumb.gif
More expensive than the trooper redface.gif
two inches shorter than the trooper thumb.gif
Doesnt have a fan controller, BUT Im not going to make a big deal about this, because the trooper fan controller can only control three fans from my understanding.


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Trooper
$140 thumb.gif
cant hide psu, would have to get ax1200 and new sleeved cables, sell the seasonic mad.gif
plenty of room for my current gear thumb.gif
no push pull redface.gif
two intake fans plus three optical bays thumb.gif
fan controller thumb.gif
built in dust filters thumb.gif


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I would go with the SM8 if you can afford it. But on a side note you could always get a custom made PSU cover or make one yourself to hide your power supply and cables among other things. I got a few SSD mount inside my PSU cover.
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I'm all for the SM8. I don't like massive cases and the M8 looks massive.

SM8 looks good: its roomy and not too large, that is sleek IMO.

Also, don't see why you would want to get rid of the Seasonic. I don't think that its grey color is a big deal at all.
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I'm all for the SM8. I don't like massive cases and the M8 looks massive.
SM8 looks good: its roomy and not too large, that is sleek IMO.
Also, don't see why you would want to get rid of the Seasonic. I don't think that its grey color is a big deal at all.
sm8 taller looking while m8 is short and wide I believe.
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sm8 taller looking while m8 is short and wide I believe.

Yeah that's what I meant. thumb.gif
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