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case decision---again!! caselabs, corsair, silverstone

Poll Results: what case

 
  • 0% (0)
    Tj07
  • 35% (5)
    800D
  • 7% (1)
    Merlin SM8
  • 14% (2)
    Magnum M8
  • 21% (3)
    SM8 with pedestal
  • 21% (3)
    STH10
14 Total Votes  
post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
going for a new build, its gonna be my first liquid cooled build but im gonna go all out, im trying to figure out what case to use, original choice was:
TJ07
800D
Magnum M8
Merlin SM8

now its between:
Merlin SM8 with pedestal
STH10

such a hard choice!!! got good ideas to all three just having a hard time deciding!!!

sm8 either way ill prob get the pedestal just not right away
post #2 of 6
My personal favorite is the SMH10. I have the M10 now, so I can vouch for their quality. The 800D and TJ07 are decent cases, but Case labs is on a whole different level from those and anything Lian li has to offer. The aluminum on my friend's lian li looks like tissue paper compared to my M10.

The SM8 looks like a hell of a case though, so if you can afford it, I'd say go with that thumb.gif The STH10 is huge. Awesome but really really big so you'll need plenty of hardware to do it justice tongue.gif
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post #3 of 6
I personally dislike the unpainted interior of the TJ07 and yes, I am shallow enough that this would eliminate it as an option. Additionally, it's a lousy case for watercooling compared to the others (at least stock). The hard drive cages prevent an internal rad in the bottom, you can only fit a 240 rad in the top and it could look like a tight fit if it's a thicker rad.

The 800D addresses both of my complaints. With a painted interior and room for a bigger rad, it's definitely a step in the right direction. It also has a neat window and you can throw some white LEDs in there to get this holy glow from your components at night.

I could maybe go for the SM8 or M8 for the extra ease of use (easy to remove side and top panels and slide out motherboard tray) and the additional/even bigger rad(s). I don't know the specifics, but I'm fairly sure a 360 rad in an 800D already cools most things sufficiently so these will cool anything.

Between the CaseLabs cases, I'm going to go with the SM8. It has a typical tower form (which would be more convenient for me than the Magnum M8) and it's far cheaper than the STH10 while offering all you need (and far more potential cooling than the 800D). With this little information about your planned PC and the use of it, I can't justify the STH10 at all.
Edited by B!0HaZard - 10/17/12 at 5:41pm
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial M4 64 GB Crucial M4 128 GB SAMSUNG Spinpoint M9T 2 TB LiteOn DL-8ATSH 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Noctua NH-C14 Windows 10 64-bit ViewSonic VP2770 Vortex Pok3r 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair SF600 NCASE M1 V2.5 Logitech G502 SteelSeries QcK+ 
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post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
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thats my propsed build for now, def gonna go sli on the GPUs just didnt include it in the cart at the time, maybe step up to a 600series card depending, all the parts will be purchased payday-by-payday buy my guestimations ill have all the hardware by christmas, about a $2k budget then between christmas and after im gonna put in a dual liquid cooling loop, dont have a parts list for that yet, prob should start a build thread, i think the first part im gonna order will be the case though so i can get to the modding on it

ohhh and this computer is gonna be sitting on the other half of my desk from my monitors but still the overall height isnt much of a problem for me, and depending what desk i get flipping the mobo tray over might happen so the caselabs would def help there
Edited by henry9419 - 10/17/12 at 8:29pm
post #5 of 6
Corsair absolute better
post #6 of 6
Just think of the SM8 with pedestal a STH10, my vote was for the STH10. I'm using it right now, go to my link below in signature to get a better idea of how much room there is! I fit two 560 quad radiators in bottom chamber with the PSU in the upper chamber and still have room for two more radiators which even the most power hungry system wouldn't need! There's so much room to grow, maybe you might consider phase change cooling in the future and the STH10 could easily accommodate it.
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