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Value and worth are subjective....

I still cant reason for the caselabs cases... With top GPU-s there is the performance reason, they will please you with great graphics in great resolutions. But the caselabs case? Does it cook hamburgers, or what? smile.gif For sure they are good cases, but those prices... Even if i would begin to build such a case myself, wouldnt end up with the 1/3 costs i think...

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I still cant reason for the caselabs cases... With top GPU-s there is the performance reason, they will please you with great graphics in great resolutions. But the caselabs case? Does it cook hamburgers, or what? smile.gif For sure they are good cases, but those prices... Even if i would begin to build such a case myself, wouldnt end up with the 1/3 costs i think...

Have you actually looked through their site and checked all the options available to each case? Things you can do with them are beyound many people dreams.
No other manufacturer will make a case specifically for your needs, down to the tiniest detail.

This one is very important. Customisation. Having the case completely fine tuned to your system spec (radiator mounts, color preference, the list is probably longer than this thread) is something that's priceless to (rather wealthy) enthusiast builders.
As for building one yourself: even if you have all the tools at your disposal without usage costs (and maintenance), you'd still be looking at ~200-400 in materials (metal, paint) and probably somewhere far beyond 30h work to do it properly (design -> part creation -> painting). Not to mention that some stuff will go wrong, therefore up the costs and time even more.
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If you had all the tools needed, then sure it would be cheaper, if you dont count the time spent doing it.

Yes, Caselabs is expensive, but when you spend thousands on pc parts, so dont you finish it of with a $80 case.
Also, once you pay for a case of this quality, so will it last you many builds.
Nonono, no need to bring in the 80$ cases. There are a lot of expensive cases, that are also beyond reasonable price, like lian li, or silverstone, or even corsairs, etc. Also serving you for more than a generation. They still dont have such insane prices. I also dont see THAT much modularity, or variability in the caselabs cases. But still, yeah, probably they are skyrocketing they own prices with this choice of lots of options, for small number of watercooling people, and therefore very low quantity in sales for each one of the sku's.



The more I read of you, the more I start to think you haven't taken a closer look at the differences between CL and brands like Corsair.

Just a couple of examples:
Corsair (even high-end such as 900D):
Material types: steel, aluminum, plastic
Material quality: thin plates
Quality control: mediocre (really, check the 900D reviews. Like half of them ended up with half damaged/badly fitting cases)
Customisability: low (the ability to remove a HDD cage is pretty much it)

CaseLabs
Material types: steel, aluminum, no (or next tot none) plastic
Material quality: thick (link)
Quality control: Excellent. Simply because every case is custom and parts are hand checked by humans.
Customisability: High


You don't see a reason, because you don't give a damn about those things. And that's fine. Like I said, it's subjective.
But, to many high-end builders, those cases do have value.

The factual differences are there. It's just up to the consumer do decide how much weight he adds to those facts. In your case, it's very little (which is fine). In other cases it might be a huge amount (which is also fine).

Corsair and Silverstone are both high-end, not enthusiast grade.
Lian-Li is also quite expensive, but still cheaper than Caselabs. Lian-Li shares a similar quality, but pretty much next to 0 customisability and honestly I like the Caselabs designs better. Not to mention that they are far more functional imo.

The short version:
There is no "better general choice". It depends on needs and what the consumer cares about. The dependence is a fact, the choice is personal and subjective.
 
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All in all, my point stands: it is more expensive to buy from this guys, that to buy directly. It will probably be quicker to have any problems solved, too, since you deal yourself with the producer, and not the reseller.

Overall you are right. For me in the UK a Mercury S5 (no options) is €441 shipped direct from LA by FedEx economy including UK taxes and FedEx additional handling charges. The reseller in Germany would charge me €441 as well - so exactly the same - but then I need to pay him an additional fee to get the case from Germany to the UK. And there is more chance that the case gets damaged in transit with such a convoluted routing.

Perhaps for some folks in EU countries with punitive import charges this reseller will prove more useful, but not to UK customers.

It is still good to know about this European reseller... perhaps spare parts and things like that might work out more cost effective if he is bundling orders, shipping and import fees.
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But the caselabs case? Does it cook hamburgers, or what? smile.gif

No. But this does:
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Yeah, it doesn't make that much sense at least from my personal perspective. If you had a specific project in mind and a Caselabs case would fulfill your needs, then go ahead I guess.. the cost would probably not "matter" too much and it saves you a lot of trouble.

I have to laugh at it though on how much the options actually cost. So if you want to modify the top panel on one case, that's a quick 60€ for the mounting slots and the cover. Just to change them.

And that is to a case where I could buy a Lian Li PC-D600 for cheaper than the vanilla configuration.
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I think he will be mostly praised by easter european customers (like me). West has WAY better shipping costs.
post #36 of 46
For the Caselab I want (SMA8) I need to pay over 800 euro, and then I don't even get the reverse ATX I want :/

Too bad Europe does not have a very good "used" marked. If you look on reddit on hardwareswap or the overclocker marked, then everything is for the US.
 
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post #37 of 46
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We just dont buy so much stuff just to bench it and sell it, thats why biggrin.gif
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I really wish we did! rolleyes.gif

I live Study in Poland (But from Norway), and since Christmas I have gone through 3 cases down here. And probably gonna buy one more in the end of September. Morele is getting some good business from me biggrin.gif
 
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Seems they dont offer caselabs anymore rolleyes.gif
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and I thought spending about $200 was expensive for a case wooooo
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