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My question about CaseLabs is two things:

1. How is build quality better? Especially when you assemble it yourself, that makes it seem of a lower quality. For example, the 900D is one piece of metal shipped in full. If you have to fasten each corner that would just make it seem a little flimsy.

Not all of them are flat packed, if you want them shipped together you can ( of course price will be higher as it's a larger shipment at that point ).

The corners of regular cases are simply riveted together, not one piece of metal. ( At least for the majority of cases ).

When something is properly engineered then when fastened together, it will be rock solid ( And my M8 definitely is ).
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2. Why does the frame have holes in it? I really dislike this look. It makes it look like it is made out of knex.

I have never owned or seen a caselabs case in person though, so maybe someone who has one can explain.

Here I believe you're talking about the mounting points for additional accessories, at which point that would be why they're there.

http://www.caselabs-store.com/the-accessory-mounting-system/

And for more features; http://www.caselabs-store.com/case-features/
post #92 of 101
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My question about CaseLabs is two things:

1. How is build quality better? Especially when you assemble it yourself, that makes it seem of a lower quality. For example, the 900D is one piece of metal shipped in full. If you have to fasten each corner that would just make it seem a little flimsy.

2. Why does the frame have holes in it? I really dislike this look. It makes it look like it is made out of knex.

I have never owned or seen a caselabs case in person though, so maybe someone who has one can explain.

Fair questions. The cases are anything but "flimsy" (check the gauge thickness to get a better idea - it's a major reason why the cases are expensive). The design is derived from our military applications where durability and weight are prime considerations. Our (CaseLabs) cases are used by several government agencies, both here and abroad for applications that have "special" needs.

We used to offer shipping the larger cases fully assembled, but the vast majority of our customers (over 99%) preferred having them unassembled to save on shipping.

As far as the "look' goes, our focus is on functionality. It will work for some, but not others. There is no way to please everyone and that's what makes this industry interesting and challenging. Of course, you are completely entitled to your opinion thumb.gif
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post #93 of 101
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My question about CaseLabs is two things:

1. How is build quality better? Especially when you assemble it yourself, that makes it seem of a lower quality. For example, the 900D is one piece of metal shipped in full. If you have to fasten each corner that would just make it seem a little flimsy.

2. Why does the frame have holes in it? I really dislike this look. It makes it look like it is made out of knex.

I have never owned or seen a caselabs case in person though, so maybe someone who has one can explain.

the 900D is a bunch of really thin pieces of steel and cheap plastic shipped to you already assembled.

Just because you have to assemble the CL cases yourself doesnt make them bad. I put my sth10 together and im pretty sure if i stood on top of it it wouldnt budge, but if i stood on the 900D you would be hearing the bending of steel and crunching of plastic.
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Also:

Screws > Rivets

I take pride in things I have assembled/modded myself.
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The SMA8 is now up on our webstore. thumb.gif
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The SMA8 is now up on our webstore. thumb.gif

Just built one.

You guys really made me rethink between the SMA8 and the ST10.
post #97 of 101
I can attest to the quality of construction of CaseLabs cases. I have an ST10 with a pedestal and I can literally sit on the case with another person without even getting close to damaging the case. I've also moved my build into a new apartment at one point and managed to drop the case (tragic, I know) with no damage whatsoever to the case or the components inside. After using a CaseLabs case, I really see no reason to switch to anything else.
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The SMA8 is now up on our webstore. thumb.gif

Just built one.

You guys really made me rethink between the SMA8 and the ST10.

Options are always good! smile.gif We try to provide a lot of options for people by not limiting their selection to a certain few cases, and by the options on each case one can choose. This way, the end user gets what they really want. Now if only we could get breakfast burritos delivered....
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Options are always good! smile.gif We try to provide a lot of options for people by not limiting their selection to a certain few cases, and by the options on each case one can choose. This way, the end user gets what they really want. Now if only we could get breakfast burritos delivered....

Which case do you think would be easier for a first time watercooler/builder?

ST10 seems like it has alot of space and options for radiators.

SMA8 feels the same way.

Guess ill wait for some SMA8 reviews to pop up.
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Options are always good! smile.gif We try to provide a lot of options for people by not limiting their selection to a certain few cases, and by the options on each case one can choose. This way, the end user gets what they really want. Now if only we could get breakfast burritos delivered....

Which case do you think would be easier for a first time watercooler/builder?

ST10 seems like it has alot of space and options for radiators.

SMA8 feels the same way.

Guess ill wait for some SMA8 reviews to pop up.

Space isn't really a factor for either. The SMA8 is a little bit smaller, so, working inside it might be a little easier for routing tubing and what not for someone who's doing watercooling the first time.
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