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So I haven't been on the forums much over the past few years, but Its come to that time again where I am planning a new build.

Now I'm not finally decided on total specs yet (as I was interested in seeing how Haswell-E and Maxwell pans out so I am as yet COMPLETELY undecided which platform in terms of chipset/cpu/gpu I'm going to be going yet (although it's highly likely to be high end Haswell-E High end Maxwell (if they are available in time) and some other really cool components.

My problem is this. I'm really anal when it comes to cable management in that I am A) really bad at it and B) quite lazy when it comes to stuff like that, so because of that I'm really in a dilemma as to what case I am going to house my Epic machine in!!

(Just for clarity lets say maxwell isn't out/revealed at computex/very impressive) I intend for my system to be pretty high end. By this I mean I'm intending to have dual (maybe triple titan blacks along with somewhere near 32GB DDR4 RAM and go with a very high end Haswell-E chip) My conundrum is which case to buy?????


I have got my eye on three different options. Possibly four if you include the 900D these are: The Caselabs Magnum TX10-V , the Case Labs Magnum STH-10 and the mountain mods Extended Ascension.


AS I'm planning this build to be a pretty high end one RAD space is one of if not my main MAJOR concern.


My issues with all three are as follows:

TX10V- :I Love this case but it is COMPLETE overkill and so is the price, it has insane space for rads or whatever else you want to keep in there

Cons: Cost, Size. Pros: Size, Rad Space config options, Excellent cable management options

STH-10 - : I really like this case due to still be extremely large although quite a bit smaller than the TX10, even though its cheaper its still priced on the high side for a computer CASE.

Cons: Still pricey, slightly more mobile than big bro. Pros: Not as bulky as Big bro, Still plenty of Rad space.

MM CYO Extended Ascension: This is probably the case I am most likely to buy because of the following

Pros: Large size without being ridiculous, can configure for multiple rads, love the shape. Cons: Have only EVER seen REALLY messy cable management in builds using this case , the last thing I want is cables everywhere.

and lastly and my least likely purchase;

Corsair 900D: Decent good sized (mainstream IMO) case, like it just not sure it will hold enough rads for me, including possible future expansions etc.

Pros, Decent size although dwarfed by the other options, MUCH cheaper, Ready built Cons: Much less customization, a pretty much set amount of rad expansion possibilities,



So this thread isn't so much a what do you think of my ideas people???, it's more of a do you guys/gals have any suggestions recommendations for me in terms of what types of chassis i should be looking at in your opinions???? Also are there any quality manufacturers I have just completely missed out on any help would be much appreciated.


Finally please remember that my ONLY real requirements are RAD space and preferably relatively affordable (although I am willing to spend if I deem the product to be too good for words)


Oh also please don't flame me I'm (relatively) new here , despite the registration date.

And Thanks EVERYONE!

Martin
post #2 of 8
Personally, I'm sold on CaseLabs quality, engineering, and excellent customer service.
Comparing the mass-produced 900D is comparing apples and oranges, imo.
I'd pick the CaseLabs STH10 from your list of choices. That case has a ton of rad space, if that's your main priority.
Edited by DerComissar - 6/3/14 at 8:03am
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Samsung 850 EVO 500GB Air until the loop upgrade Win10 Pro Acer Predator XB271HU 
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Ducky One TKL UK/ISO Custom EVGA SuperNOVA 1200P2 CaseLabs S8 White 
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Ducky One TKL UK/ISO Custom EVGA SuperNOVA 1200P2 CaseLabs S8 White 
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post #3 of 8
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Yeah TBH having looked at it more and more I'm leaning rather heavily to the case-labs one. One other suggestion that I failed to include would be one of those Lapdesk design things, although I'm unaware of anybody/anywhere that actually builds and sells them to the general public, and I personally don't beleive I actually have the required skill to build one (I'm not a "shop" type of guy) even though I have a fair bit of experience building PC's ....... Different Ball Park IMO.\

Just so you are all aware what I mean this is the sort of desk I;m talking about. I would love a setup like this:
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
So I just started my new job and I will be buying the first part of my build (case) very soon. I'm pretty much decided on the CaseLabs STH10 , although I'm just wondering if any of you guys could answer another question I have.......so here goes.

As i am planning to cool all components via a custom water loop/loops, how many rads/res's would you all suggest to be able to liquid cool ALL of the following EXTREMELY EFFICIENTLY???
  • 2 (at least) High End GPU's
  • A single socket but Extreme Edition CPU (think Haswell-E I7 5960X for eg.)
  • 32 GB (or more) DDR4 RAM
  • X99 Motherboard (when released)
  • Hard Drives


I'm not one of these guys who has to have complete silence in my machine (although I don't want it ridiculously loud either) my current rig runs in the 57-60 decibel range with the fans on max speed which is fine by me, however excellent cooling IS a must and I shall be overclocking this machine so I WILL want the lowest temps possible.

Thanks for all your advice in advance.

Martin
post #5 of 8
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So my STH10 arrived and is now built, seems they mistakenly sent me a pedestal which I'm not complaining about at all ..... Means more rad space.

I will be buying some of the first components soon RAMPAGE V EXTREME and INTEL I7 5960X will be first.

Will upload some pics soon but I have one question for you guys...what do you all use for fan controllers as I'm going to have around 5 rads in this build. All push pull if poss.. Struggling to find fan controllers that support that many fans.

Oh and anyone know anywhere I can get sleeved cables from if I choose NOT to do it myself??
Edited by Badass1982 - 9/12/14 at 10:44am
post #6 of 8
good info, shall be overclocking this machine so I WILL want the lowest temps possible. thank you 1uxlXoJ
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
So I've heard from caselabs and it appears I was mistaken its not a pedestal they sent me. Still super happy with this case just ordered my Intel i7 5960x waiting for the Rampage V Extreme to be back in stock and new egg before getting my RAM and GPU's then finalizing the water cooling parts.

M
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So I finally got my build finished, well as finished as it can be (still missing a kick ass monitor which i'm undecided on yet, and a gaming keyboard). I'm overall very happy with my build and am in the process of getting over-clocks on both my CPU and my 4 TITAN X's in SLI stable.

I will update this thread more regularly now its done.
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