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I currently have my SM8 set up with air-cooling while I finalize my loop. The SM8 is decent as an air-cooling case. But as others have said, if you're not water cooling it almost has too much room. Cable routing is relatively easy, but if you mount more than two hard drives in the backside area it gets cramped quickly. I've got four drives back there and cable routing was not as easy as I'd hoped. If I was designing an air-cooling case and I wanted to buy a Caselabs case I'd probably wait for the SM5.
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post #12 of 41
Definitely you can't wrong picking between the M8 and the SM8 as long as they meet your needs. However I would say that there is more to picking a case than whether you can stuff in enough radiators. Build quality, ease of use, flexibility and longevity are important considerations and could well be enough justification to buy one of these cases even if you never intend to water cool. Personally I like to fiddle with my systems and having a case with such flexibility is very desirable.
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Im using my H100 right now until I decide whether I will water cool or not.
 
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post #14 of 41
I agonized over the same decision and ended up with the M8. Really glad that I went this way as I love having all of the space on the PSU side.
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well its good to see that other people have been in the same boat as me.

I guess I just dont want to second guess myself by ordering one or the other. dont want to get the case in and go "Damn, i wish I would have gotten the other one" redface.gif
 
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post #16 of 41
this is easy. and there is a clear answer. get both...and do two builds. biggrin.gif
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this is easy. and there is a clear answer. get both...and do two builds. biggrin.gif

whoah, whoah there. biggrin.gif
 
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this is easy. and there is a clear answer. get both...and do two builds. biggrin.gif


Agree 1000%. Nothing beats having both of your finalists!thumb.gif If you can afford it of course. I almost did that myself, but my wife quickly foiled those plans. Damn wives. tongue.gif
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Agree 1000%. Nothing beats having both of your finalists!thumb.gif If you can afford it of course. I almost did that myself, but my wife quickly foiled those plans. Damn wives. tongue.gif

Lol. It just wouldnt be feasible to have two pcs. rolleyes.gif
 
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Lol. It just wouldnt be feasible to have two pcs. rolleyes.gif


Honestly though, at the end of the day, I think you know about all there is to know about both cases at this point in terms of what they can/cannot offer you with what you want (I myself have been trying to help you out for the last week or so biggrin.gif). In my opinion, nothing the rest of us say is going to make all that much more of a difference at this point. I think it will just come down to simply doing a pro's/con's, and making the decision, no matter how tough it is (Which is what I ended up doing). And you already know that I was just there, and it sucks because they are an investment, and you do want to make the right choice. I don't think there will really be a "wrong" choice if you like both cases already though. So, time to sit down and just hash it out! Unless you want to be like me, and have waited ages before deciding and holding up your build. tongue.gif Trust me, I wish I had just rolled the dice on my guy feeling a LOT earlier than I did.


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