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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,

I'm not into small cases but this upcoming built will be for my 14 year old son whom is going to high school and I want to get him something that will last and look good for years to come.

I have some spare brand new and used parts from my previous build since I have upgraded my workstation I have most of the items except few that I will still need to get, but when I'm done I think his system will be pretty powerful.

I was thinking on getting him prebuilt system maybe from Staples or Best Buy, but that would cost around $1500-$1800 and I'm sure the parts would not be the best quality.

So what I have so far is Brand new Rampage IV Black motherboard, i7 4960X, 64GB Dominator Platinum and used but in very good shape Aquaero 6XT.


I will still need PSU ( probably Seasonic) GPU ( maybe 1060 or 1070) and case itself

When I told my son I will build him nice system he said "dad I just don't want anything that will take over my desk or bedroom" I have STH10 with pedestal so he's paranoid biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif.

I am considering BH8 due to the small size and EATX capabilities I think it will look nice and will fit all components comfortably thinking.gif

What you guys think, is that the best choice and option for now, like I said I'm not into small factor cases so I don't know much about the best layout for the components I have specified.

Btw. The only thing will be watercooled is the CPU and I will probably use one of the AIO coolers.

Thanks
Edited by NewUser16 - 8/1/17 at 8:08am
post #2 of 12
Laptop?
Microsoft Surface?

Air cooled so it needs even less worry / maintenance?
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
What I actually meant is if there are better options for any of the other small Caslabs cases other than BH8 to fit nicely the components I have especially Rampage IV Black EATX without modifying anything
He already have dv7, laptops are very limited in many aspects of some heavy work load, they are nice and portable but no, I'm talking nice small desktop system.thumb.gif
Thanks
post #4 of 12
The bh8 is a good case but will take up more desk space because of the horizontal layout. Also modern kids aren't patient he will probably hate all those screws lol

But check around as some people have gotten eatx boards in cases not specified for it, just have to improvise a little. I have seen this board in a S340 somewhere.
Edited by smithydan - 8/3/17 at 1:13pm
post #5 of 12
I'd say that our BH8 would probably be best. To clarify though, is he concerned about overall size, desk area, or horizontal height mostly?

Also, if there's room, have you considered a small table beside his desk or small platform underneath the desk for the computer to sit on?
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Size is not really the concern but I already have 3 big towers STH10, SMH10 and SM8 I want for my son something small yet something to fit the high-end components I already have and BH8 seem to be able to fit all that.

His desk is huge so there are no really limitations, but I want something small for him so If he goes to University or perhaps need to move the system that wont be a problem.

When I asked alternatives to BH8 I meant only CL cases biggrin.gif
I probably will order BH8 thumb.gif
post #7 of 12
You could try a Phanteks - ECLIPSE P400S - https://pcpartpicker.com/product/WC648d/phanteks-case-phec416pswwt
Note that there is one comment there from ziggurat666 ...

Okay, I SCREWED UP... lol. For a NON E-ATX board, this case would work amazing. With the E-ATX... a tad tight. My error but made it work. the SATA powered Fan controller is a lovely touch, and the front LED's are just understated enough to make it sophisticated and sexy.
post #8 of 12
With that information, I definitely feel the BH8 would be the best choice. You'll have enough room for everything while still having a case small enough to be transported easily to a new residence or stored wherever it needs to be in a room. smile.gif
post #9 of 12
See this is the problem with Case Labs right now. There really isn't any "regular sized" cases or even small-ish case besides the BH7/BH8. The next option is the Mercury S8 which ispretty large. Then from there the only other ATX cases are the large merlin cases SM8 or SMA8. The problem IMO with case labs' lineup right now is there isn't small ATX styled cases. The BH8 is the only option if you're not looking for a super large case.

Generally, a medium sized case design + water cooling support case labs style = full tower case. I'd love to see small ATX cases with water cooling support but designed for small and slim 30mm radiators and small pumps, similar to the BH8. Perhaps a vertical version of a BH8 just slightly tweaked?
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480GB Intel 730 SSD Raid 0 x4 Custom Loop 4x 480 Alphacool Radiators Aquacomputer Aqualis 
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post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Syan48306 View Post

See this is the problem with Case Labs right now. There really isn't any "regular sized" cases or even small-ish case besides the BH7/BH8. The next option is the Mercury S8 which ispretty large. Then from there the only other ATX cases are the large merlin cases SM8 or SMA8. The problem IMO with case labs' lineup right now is there isn't small ATX styled cases. The BH8 is the only option if you're not looking for a super large case.

Generally, a medium sized case design + water cooling support case labs style = full tower case. I'd love to see small ATX cases with water cooling support but designed for small and slim 30mm radiators and small pumps, similar to the BH8. Perhaps a vertical version of a BH8 just slightly tweaked?



This is the kind of feedback we need. If there's enough support for a product, and it's within CaseLabs ideals/design themes, I can pass it along to the rest of the team and push for it to be implemented in some way. One of the biggest issues for ATX designs is the overwhelming amount of options already available.

Judging from what you've said, I'm guessing you'd like something similar to the size of the Mercury S3 but with ATX board mounting capability? Or perhaps a Merlin SM8 in Mercury S3 size?

http://www.overclock.net/t/1362057/caselabs-mercury-s3-mini-itx-case-now-shipping

http://www.overclock.net/t/1488148/build-log-white-caselabs-mercury-s3-with-asus-impact
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