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If your budget is $350 just for a case than buy a caselabs. Love this case but caselabs is way better

My problem is by the time I end up configuring a Caselabs case it will be way over 450-500+ and then I still gotta get fan filters and everything. I was looking to stay to that budget pretty strictly.
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There is the Caselabs Mercury S8. Don't have any personal experience with it, but it's Caselabs, it's definitely going to be good. However, if you're only real complaint is vertical drive bay mounts, you could easily find a fan controller that would look proper on this case. There are a few that just have the knobs with a nice, clean look that look fantastic on this case. There is also the option of making it look sort of like the XB which would make them horizontal. Only thing you really need to do is install feet on the bottom so that your PSU can get air flow.
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Cleaned up some more wasn't happy with some wiring and the loud h100 stock fans popped in some cougar
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I love the way this case looks, but... 2 hard drives? Really? What WAS corsair thinking.... It's a shame, they could have fit space for many more drives behind the mobo.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 5930k MSI X99S SLI GTX 1080 32GB Crucial DDR4 
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(3x) Crucial 256GB (768gb RAID0) WD 3TB EK Supremacy EVO + D5 Vario GT-AP15 
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2X HWLABS GTX360 (2x) 1440p QHD PLS MicroBoard 40" 4k MVA Corsair K70 RGB 
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Corsair RM1000 Custom Build Logitech G900 Yamaha RX-V465 + 5.1 Surround 
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(3x) Crucial 256GB (768gb RAID0) WD 3TB EK Supremacy EVO + D5 Vario GT-AP15 
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2X HWLABS GTX360 (2x) 1440p QHD PLS MicroBoard 40" 4k MVA Corsair K70 RGB 
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Corsair RM1000 Custom Build Logitech G900 Yamaha RX-V465 + 5.1 Surround 
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My problem is by the time I end up configuring a Caselabs case it will be way over 450-500+ and then I still gotta get fan filters and everything. I was looking to stay to that budget pretty strictly.

The s3. Smallest cadelabs case. Still bigger than the 540. Full optioned its like $400.
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I love the way this case looks, but... 2 hard drives? Really? What WAS corsair thinking.... It's a shame, they could have fit space for many more drives behind the mobo.

Easy ways of fixing that. Tons of different drive cages that you can throw in there. I've got over 9TB in mine without even using either hot swap bay
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The s3. Smallest cadelabs case. Still bigger than the 540. Full optioned its like $400.

:O It's still bigger than the 540? Wow. I might have to check it out.
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There is the Caselabs Mercury S8. Don't have any personal experience with it, but it's Caselabs, it's definitely going to be good. However, if you're only real complaint is vertical drive bay mounts, you could easily find a fan controller that would look proper on this case. There are a few that just have the knobs with a nice, clean look that look fantastic on this case. There is also the option of making it look sort of like the XB which would make them horizontal. Only thing you really need to do is install feet on the bottom so that your PSU can get air flow.

Really that is my only complaint. All my storage will be on a NAS so I only need one HDD, two at most and one SSD, and I'm only going to WC the CPU and one vid card at most. Can you recommend a good vertical fan controller that can control a D5 pump speed as well? I was going to go with a Lamptron but they only have horizontal ones. Otherwise, yea, I might just flip this over like the XB.
Edited by Hikaru12 - 3/17/14 at 10:44pm
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My problem is by the time I end up configuring a Caselabs case it will be way over 450-500+ and then I still gotta get fan filters and everything. I was looking to stay to that budget pretty strictly.

Actually, I just set up an S8, black, with 2-360mm, and 1-240mm rads capable, and windows on both sides. It's $399. Personally, I won't use filters, they're too restrictive to airflow, their benefit is heavily outweighed by their sacrifice to cooling, and It's not to hard to clean out the PC every few months if needed. The only reason I got the 540 was to do a demo build at my store with it, because folks had asked about it. Yet even with the price difference, people still take the caselabs build over the 540 every single time, we have not sold a single one yet, lol.
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Actually, I just set up an S8, black, with 2-360mm, and 1-240mm rads capable, and windows on both sides. It's $399. Personally, I won't use filters, they're too restrictive to airflow, their benefit is heavily outweighed by their sacrifice to cooling, and It's not to hard to clean out the PC every few months if needed. The only reason I got the 540 was to do a demo build at my store with it, because folks had asked about it. Yet even with the price difference, people still take the caselabs build over the 540 every single time, we have not sold a single one yet, lol.

Is that horizontal motherboard reversible so it's in the regular vertical orientation? I don't care for the horizontal motherboard because I want to place more emphasis on the CPU block section and that's hard to see when it's in horizontal and you're trying to look at it through a case window.
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Originally Posted by mastertrixter View Post

The s3. Smallest cadelabs case. Still bigger than the 540. Full optioned its like $400.
I can tell you, since I own both a 540 and S3, the S3 is NOT bigger than the 540, the 540's total volume in liters is more than 50% greater than the S3!

In fact, I have a tape measure here, I'll go measure now, stand by for an edit with the dimensions to each.

Edit: Measurements

S3: 10.5"Wx15"Dx15.5"H
40 Liters volume

540: 13"Wx16Dx18"H
61 Liters Volume
Edited by Jimhans1 - 3/17/14 at 10:49pm
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