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If you want to compare Caslabs construction and quality to any other top dog brands , sorry but not even close, Caselabs really did their homework before deciding making their cases biggrin.gif
There is one, Abee, but they're far behind in features, and if you don't live in Japan you'll be spending a fortune (and a lot of effort) trying to get one of their cases shipped to you, and that's after spending Case Labs-tier money on just the case. That said, Abee is the only case maker I know of that still exists that comes anywhere near Case Labs in terms of build quality. For the price, though, you're better off just going with CL.
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I still have V3000WX, its my sons full tower and even thou its not as big as SMA8 and definitely smaller than STH10 their aluminum is thinner and is softer, its not as rigid.
If you want to compare Caslabs construction and quality to any other top dog brands , sorry but not even close, Caselabs really did their homework before deciding making their cases biggrin.gif

I'll throw this out there as a modder, and not a CaseLabs rep.

The only cases I know of with close to the same structural integrity of a CaseLabs, is an InWin Signature series. Those are an entirely different price point and
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There is one, Abee, but they're far behind in features, and if you don't live in Japan you'll be spending a fortune (and a lot of effort) trying to get one of their cases shipped to you, and that's after spending Case Labs-tier money on just the case. That said, Abee is the only case maker I know of that still exists that comes anywhere near Case Labs in terms of build quality. For the price, though, you're better off just going with CL.

They have fidget spinners, though. And let's be honest, that's about the most important feature you can have.

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They have fidget spinners, though. And let's be honest, that's about the most important feature you can have.

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I've never worked in a case labs, but then again, after building out my dream system years ago in a Lian Li PC-V2000B plus, my itch for mega towers was satiated. With the the death of multi-card GPU set-ups (3+) except for alt-coin miners and getting the top score on 3DMark, I think mid-towers are the way to go. I've been building out of the new Lian Li tempered glass series and they're designed for multi radiator configuration. Yea, you'll never fit a quad, but you can fit 3 360's pretty easily in the PC-09 - PC-014, which is plenty for an OC'd CPU and 2 OC'd GPU's.
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A huge part of my dilemma at the time I was trying to select a Caselabs case is that I'm not a water-cooling enthusiast. This isn't relevant for you since you're doing water-cooling, but for me it was difficult.

For me it was deciding between the BH7, the S8, and the SM8. They seemed, at the time, like the best full ATX options for air cooling. I wound up going with the S8 and I love it, but had the BH8 been around then or the S8S been available, I probably would have gone with one of them instead. That's maybe the only real downside aside from cost and lead times I have with Caselabs. If you're not a water-cooling enthusiast, most the cases are going to be basically the wrong "class."

That said, I think the S8 is probably the best of both worlds, and offers the most flexibility of the Caselabs cases, since it's small enough not to make air-cooling impractical, but not too small for even the most high-end of water-cooling options. This means I can completely revamp my build without having to do any real modifications to the case itself outside maybe changing a couple parts.
post #16 of 23
Going forward, I think one of our design goals is to come out with smaller designs that are more friendly to air/AIO cooling. The Bullet series was the first step in that direction, but I'd like to push into that space more. I think there are a lot of you that want the build quality, but not the bulk of a full-on watercooling case.

BEFORE anyone reads too much into that wink.gif we're not going anywhere with our "big bad boys" as evidenced by the new SMA8-A biggrin.gif
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Going forward, I think one of our design goals is to come out with smaller designs that are more friendly to air/AIO cooling. The Bullet series was the first step in that direction, but I'd like to push into that space more. I think there are a lot of you that want the build quality, but not the bulk of a full-on watercooling case.

BEFORE anyone reads too much into that wink.gif we're not going anywhere with our "big bad boys" as evidenced by the new SMA8-A biggrin.gif


I've been considering cutting the basement off of a BH2 and seeing how well it makes a HTPC case.

I'll throw my vote out of something like THW3. An ITX, true dual bay case. Add in the fancy new tempered glass and a bottom RGB plate, and I'd love it wink.gif
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So, after your guys feedback and a bit more time digging around...I ended up plunging for the SMA8--two hours before the new revision was announced. I reached out to case-labs via email the next day (yesterday). I'm really hoping you guys pull through somehow. It would be a huge bummer if $800 meant to go towards the latest and greatest possible case for my dream build were locked into an older generation because of a two-hour window of mis-timing...
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So, after your guys feedback and a bit more time digging around...I ended up plunging for the SMA8--two hours before the new revision was announced. I reached out to case-labs via email the next day (yesterday). I'm really hoping you guys pull through somehow. It would be a huge bummer if $800 meant to go towards the latest and greatest possible case for my dream build were locked into an older generation because of a two-hour window of mis-timing...
dont fret, man. their customer service will take care of you. congrats on your purchase and welcome to the caselabs family thumb.gif
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dont fret, man. their customer service will take care of you. congrats on your purchase and welcome to the caselabs family thumb.gif

Thanks man... I really hope so. Until I can hear back from them I'm actually going to be going through an $800 emotional rollercoaster :|
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