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post #1 of 10
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Hey all

I was wondering if the case labs s5 is worth the money or if I should look some place else?

Comment anything that might help

Thanks Aliaros biggrin.gif
post #2 of 10
I own a SMA8 and Primo and ill offer you my experience with both.

SMA8

Pros:
  • QUALITY. Bar none, the materials that Caselab uses is amazing. Really thick aluminum and its light as a feather.
  • Support for spare parts, tons of options, color
  • Amazing customer support. Everytime i emailed them, they respond quickly and provided me with the answers i needed.
  • Different cases for different budget. And the quality doesn't diminish even if you buy the cheapest case they have.


Cons:
  • Expensive as hell, if you're outfitting it they way YOU want it
  • Even more expensive if you dont live in the US and had to import it
  • IF you're looking to build a quiet system (which i am), they're open mesh design is not the one you want. Even with my GT's running at 550 RPM's, they're still audible.
  • For you to mod your case to your liking, you might have to drill, cut certain aspect of the case and spare parts can be expensive when you add it all up.


Enthoo Primo


Pros:
  • Great bang for the buck case. It can do most of the things i want from my SMA8, with less than half the cost.
  • Quality is good for the amount your spending, compared to a similar case
  • Amazing customer support as well. I had problems with some of the clips on my case and they sent the replacement without any hassle.
  • Very QUIET case (with the same fans installed)
  • IMO, better looking than the caselab cases
  • Multiple HD/SSD options included without purchasing more brackets
  • Very compact and can fit a ton of WC rads compared to other cases within its pricepoint/size



Cons:

  • Heavy AF
  • Did i mention its heavy? Ive been spoiled by the feathery lightness of a caselab case.
  • Due to its non-modular nature, spare parts are not as readily available compared to a CL
  • Uneven painting on some panels and clips that broke off after a month or 2 of use
  • Limited support for WC'ing options (if that's the primary use for the case)


With that being said, would i purchase another CL brand new? No. As much as i understand now the love for their cases, their price is a big factor in my decision. The lack of design (IMO) takes second. I'll purchase another Primo if i needed case this big. There are other cases now that can offer most of the things you want from CL (WC'ing friendly) with half the cost and better looks. Albeit, with the sacrifice of cheaper materials and/or poor design, etc.

If you can find a used CL case for a good price, go buy it. That's the way i did it.
Edited by Ironsmack - 6/29/16 at 12:14pm
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post #3 of 10
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Ah ok great thanks Ironsmack:D
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Depends on what your goal is.
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I plan to water cool in it tongue.gif
post #6 of 10
All caselabs cases are good to water cool in. They have tons of radiator space, but are very expensive. If you are only using one or 2 small radiators, other cases are probably a better bet. What are your other options you are considering?
post #7 of 10
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Well i have also designed a case like the caselabs s5 case to 3d print but i have to buy a 3d printer first and it might not go to plan
post #8 of 10
They're great cases. Theres so many good things about them. my ONLY gripe is the lack of dust filters by default. So you might have to buy something like this. http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=316 or this http://www.demcifilter.com/c58/CASELABS.aspx

But yeah caseloads is good for the money.
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I love my s5, I didn't buy it brand new though. And I don't think I would have bought it if it was new, it's just a bit too much for me to spend on a case.
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You can buy for cheaper, it's almost the same thing.

http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Chassis/Super_Tower_/_/C_00002894/Core_W200/design.htm
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