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I have experience with Lian Li, Corsair, and Cooler Master cases but I have never owned a CaseLabs case before. The issue I have had with Lian li cases is that although they are nicely designed, they use thin aluminum for the main chassis and is IMHO inferior to the quality of the Silverstone TJ11. Likewise, I was not happy with the quality of the Corsair and Coolermaster cases I've used compared to the TJ11.

I have seen just about every case you can imagine, IMHO the CL cases are without question the best case you can get and, without question, the most flexible (in terms of configuration), the Al construction is second to none, they use thicker Al and higher quality alloys of aluminum and the powder coating finish is 100% durable.

The cases are truly well designed for the enthusiast modder as well, the removable MB tray is excellent, and the snap on panels are simply amazing -- working inside one of these cases is extraordinarily easy. In terms of quality that is something you simply do not need to worry about, the quality is there. What you need to decide is a) what are your needs and does CL offer the case and accessories that can meet those needs and b) is it within your budget/scope. There is only one other boutique custom case maker that I am familiar with, MountainMods -- and though I think their cases are great, the CL cases are better designed and present a cleaner appearance. CL is going to be 2-3X more expensive than your stock, typical case maker (Silverstone, Corsair, etc) and modestly more expensive than MountainMod -- but that expense is well worth it in my opinion -- I will never use another case again.
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I have made the decision to purchase the SMA8 as soon as I can afford it. In the mean time I have 15K worth of components just sitting around. I have wasted about 2K already on various cases and modding equipment. My wife flipped out over the money I've spent in the last year on PC parts so it may take me a few more months before I finish my project. with the PC components, cases, and water cooling equipment I'm approaching the 20K mark.
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Originally Posted by jsutter71 View Post

I have made the decision to purchase the SMA8 as soon as I can afford it. In the mean time I have 15K worth of components just sitting around. I have wasted about 2K already on various cases and modding equipment. My wife flipped out over the money I've spent in the last year on PC parts so it may take me a few more months before I finish my project. with the PC components, cases, and water cooling equipment I'm approaching the 20K mark.

My SMA8 is still about 4 weeks out. Cost me about $860 with all the options I wanted. This is the most I've ever paid for a case. Get it! You won't be disappointed. I've owned a lot of cases over the years. From a cheap $50 case I bought at a local computer show for my first pc a 486 to my current Lian-Li case that houses my Supermicro X10SRA motherboard with a 6 core Xeon. This case can actually grow with me, and I can buy panels/parts to change features of the case. It will last me for many years.thumb.gif

This is the first time I'll be water cooling four GPUs and the CPU. I didn't spend anywhere near as much as you did, but off the top of my head I've spent about 4K. It might end up being closer to 5k when I'm finished with more memory, hard drives, SSDs, dual ultra wide screen 2k monitors. It's not really for gaming. It's for my job. Though I can do some gaming smile.gif.

Bottom line go for it and you'll never look back. thumb.gif
Edited by Teddyboy16 - 2/8/16 at 9:37pm
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