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post #12811 of 22267
I had gone through 21 cases before my first CL, the M8. I'm now on my 30th, which is the S3, and I have an S8 in the closet that will be my server. Then, in think next year I might convert and mod my Apple G5 case in the closet to a game/workstation pc. Then... Well I dunno. But I'm a sick man when it comes to cases. I just love building in and modifying cases, there's nothing else like it.
post #12812 of 22267
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Originally Posted by SteezyTN View Post

So no one really replied, but I would like to know about the flex bay regarding the SMA8. I'm going to place a 360 in the front, where its above the midplate. I will use pass throughs for the tubing to go below in the chambers. Now I would also like a fan in the front to bring in cool air to the bottom chambers. Would I need to order a 120.4 flex bay, or just order a 120.3 and order a 120.1 for the bottom chamber flex bay? Thanks all.


Not sure that's the most efficient way to go . . . .

From looking at some pics, it looks like there are 9 bays above the midplate and 4 below. . . . looking at others, it looks like 9 1/2 above and 3 1/2 below

Hopefully TCO or another SMA8 owner will chime in to say definitively whether the midplate is exactly at the break line between the lower 4 and upper 9 flex bays, or at the lower 3.5 / upper 9.5 point.

A 360 takes 9 bays, plus some encroachment into the 10th.

If you put it with the fittings to the top, you'll probably manage to squeeze it in with the fittings above the top of the flex bay opening.

You would want a 120 X 1 below the plate.

If you put fittings at the bottom, they'll likely encroach below the midplate, but it might work if it's a short end tank rad like HWL.

The downside to the 360 above the midplate, is that it kills being able to use a 480 up top, unless you go with the really ugly 120mm extended top and mount the rad and all the fans above the top chassis panel.

If you go with a 360 starting from the bottom up, with fittings at the bottom, you'll have 4 bays above the rad, use a 120 X 1 above the rad for the 4th fan, and can still fit a 480 in the top and an Aquaero in the very top flex bay.

Go with the better looking 39mm extended top if you want P-P fans on the top 480, or a little more clearance below it if using just a single set of fans above.


Darlene
Edited by IT Diva - 5/29/15 at 12:50pm
post #12813 of 22267
I'm sure by the time he hits college, he'll be wanting a seross tx10d+2xped. Will double as housing biggrin.gif (j/k tongue.gif).



Can the clip holders be bent back? And the pedestal uses 10-32 x3/8" to bolt it to the in chasis? Gonna check if homes has some screws I can use otherwise cl or ebay.
post #12814 of 22267
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So no one really replied, but I would like to know about the flex bay regarding the SMA8. I'm going to place a 360 in the front, where its above the midplate. I will use pass throughs for the tubing to go below in the chambers. Now I would also like a fan in the front to bring in cool air to the bottom chambers. Would I need to order a 120.4 flex bay, or just order a 120.3 and order a 120.1 for the bottom chamber flex bay? Thanks all.

Yes,

But, I'm not familiar enough with the SMA8 to know if the 120.4 will fit through the mid plate...

You could ask @TheCautiousOne he'll know...
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post #12815 of 22267
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Yes,

But, I'm not familiar enough with the SMA8 to know if the 120.4 will fit through the mid plate...

You could ask @TheCautiousOne he'll know...



Where I have mine, you would have to drop down a notch for sure, I did a little Picture in Paint, to show where the 120mm you but up against the top..

TCO. It seems as though you would have the room for sure, for the 120mm in the bottom, just have to reposition a couple Slots

Should have roughly an Inch above the Plate... Lets see if I can find one of my measurements.




I found 2 more photos of when I had the Rads a spot up from where I am now.

TCO
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post #12816 of 22267
Isn't the midplate cut out the same for the larger models? I'll be fitting two monsta 480s with the flexbay 480 mount. I measured and mocked it up with no issues.
post #12817 of 22267
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Originally Posted by TheCautiousOne View Post

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Originally Posted by JourneymanMike View Post

Yes,

But, I'm not familiar enough with the SMA8 to know if the 120.4 will fit through the mid plate...

You could ask @TheCautiousOne he'll know...
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Where I have mine, you would have to drop down a notch for sure, I did a little Picture in Paint, to show where the 120mm you but up against the top..

TCO. It seems as though you would have the room for sure, for the 120mm in the bottom, just have to reposition a couple Slots

Should have roughly an Inch above the Plate... Lets see if I can find one of my measurements.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


I found 2 more photos of when I had the Rads a spot up from where I am now.

TCO


@TheCautiousOne Where does the midplate sit with regards to the flex bay positions . . . .

It looks like it sits at the middle of the 4th one up giving effectively 9.5 bays above the plate and 3.5 bays below?

D.
post #12818 of 22267
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Originally Posted by IT Diva View Post

@TheCautiousOne Where does the midplate sit with regards to the flex bay positions . . . .

It looks like it sits at the middle of the 4th one up giving effectively 9.5 bays above the plate and 3.5 bays below?

D.






Here are some better pictures. I had to switch the big one to the smaller of the two in order for the 240mm Rad to sit where I want and have 2 x 3.25" bay covers at the top of it. Stock though (after you build it, the front mesh is attached like you said.

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post #12819 of 22267
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Originally Posted by IT Diva View Post

@TheCautiousOne Where does the midplate sit with regards to the flex bay positions . . . .

It looks like it sits at the middle of the 4th one up giving effectively 9.5 bays above the plate and 3.5 bays below?

D.
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Here are some better pictures. I had to switch the big one to the smaller of the two in order for the 240mm Rad to sit where I want and have 2 x 3.25" bay covers at the top of it. Stock though (after you build it, the front mesh is attached like you said.

The Cautious One


Thanks TCO,

Actually, this pic I somehow missed a few posts back is what tells it best:




The plate is right at the middle of the 4th bay up.

He might could get a 360 in there with the fitting bosses at the bottom, but it would take some inverted U loops to be able to use pass thrus.

Also, since a 360 above the plate with a 120 below kills using a 480 up top, while the other way around doesn't, I don't understand wanting the 360 above the plate.

D.
post #12820 of 22267
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I totally agree with you. He just needs to get his parents onboard.

@AlltheGHz Have you gone to you parents with the reasons why you want this over everything else? I'm not sure how old you are but if you can justify to them why it is worth it then maybe that will help. I can tell you they are worth the extra money. I'm on my 4th CaseLabs case. I'm sure others have been through more than me. Lol Good luck, it seems like you have put a lot of thought in it, like XNine mentioned. thumb.gif

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Hey now, he may be young but at least he knows what he wants and has objectively assessed the pros and cons.

He wants his build to be something of a certain quality, can't argue with that. Better he knows this now than after spending thousands and end up not being satisfied.

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I'm sure by the time he hits college, he'll be wanting a seross tx10d+2xped. Will double as housing biggrin.gif (j/k tongue.gif).



Can the clip holders be bent back? And the pedestal uses 10-32 x3/8" to bolt it to the in chasis? Gonna check if homes has some screws I can use otherwise cl or ebay.
I've already talked to her about the quality, manufacturing, ect. She doesn't care, it's the most I've ever spent in a computer part, and even though I've saved up all my dough for it she still says no. I have had bad grades this year, straight B"s last semester and 2 Cs, 1 A, and 3 Bs... Maybe it's my grades?
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