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What is the main difference between these two cases?
Obviously size but anything else?

I currently have a TH10 and it is massive. Too big. I have a 250mm cylinder res, 2x 360 rads, 1x 480 rad and I have way too much empty space, I don't like it...

I want to make a sleeker looking build without all this extra space. I was thinking about going for the SM8, any suggestions?
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The primary difference is size as you noted (and greater radiator capacity). There is a radiator chamber on the SMA8 that isolates any heat from the main compartment. The chamber will also fit 140.4 (56) radiators. The SM8 can't.
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I've (sort of) wrapped up my NAS build in a X2M and started to look at updating my main PC (circa 2012 build). I have been looking at the SM8 and the SMA8.

I think there are a bunch of things I need to work out first (what I will be doing with the PC, how much processing power do I need, how will I cool it, does it need to look good ... or just be functional, etc). While I work out those, I have been looking at the build logs here on OCN to see what others have been putting in these two cases. This will also help you work out what you can cram into these things ... and what you can't.
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Originally Posted by ruffhi View Post

I've (sort of) wrapped up my NAS build in a X2M and started to look at updating my main PC (circa 2012 build). I have been looking at the SM8 and the SMA8.

I think there are a bunch of things I need to work out first (what I will be doing with the PC, how much processing power do I need, how will I cool it, does it need to look good ... or just be functional, etc). While I work out those, I have been looking at the build logs here on OCN to see what others have been putting in these two cases. This will also help you work out what you can cram into these things ... and what you can't.

Thanks for the feedback, that is also what I have been doing.
I see that most have the SMA8 but I also see that they have just a massive amount of unused.

I can hear someone saying "for future mods or additional equipment" but they also make pedestals to move rads.
I also would see computer parts getting smaller, I use to have 6 mechanical hard drives, now I have 2x 1TB SSDs. I don't SLI anymore, I usually just upgrade my graphics card to avoid the SLI problems. Bigger mobos? Nah, CPUs are getting moar power on regular ATX boards.
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To fit all your current rads you'll either need a pedastal with the sm8 or get the sma8. You wont be able to fit all 3 and your psu in the sm8. With the pedestal, could be wromg here, but i think the sm8 ends up being bigger overall than the sma8
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