Why the S8 if its only gonna be a 1 GPU loop?
I totally agree with the more :open: design of all windows and the rads in the pedestal, I think that could look really cool and clean.
However, I really like my half vented/window s5, It gives this really cool, almost secret look to the build where some of the stuff is hidden away but still visible because of the white interior...
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While there's a little window of white availability, and no one, (except maybe Snef) likes white cases more than me, I'm looking at an S8 to move my daily driver rig into.
I was going to put it in a reverse atx phantom that I modded, but working on my Tt Core X-9 build has me sold on the horizontal mobo layout, especially since the upper PCIe sockets on this older board can be a tad dodgy.
I was planning to go with the side panels with the window upper and vented lower portion, complimented with the window/360 extended top and the little window in the front panel. . . .
Then I got to thinking it might have a more open look if I add a pedestal, and put a pair of 360's there and go with all windowed sides and top panels . . .
Would appreciate all feedback, especially anyone with an S8 and ped setup.
It's a simple CPU and 1 GPU loop, so even a pair of 280's would be enough, which would maybe allow the pumps in the ped as well.
Having both the full and 1/2 windows on my S5-D, I personally would go with the 1/2 window either with or without ventilation, plus the full windowed top. I don't really need to see all the PSU wiring or the drives myself - I'd rather showcase the MB area only. If I did an all-white build like that then I'd consider replacing the mb tray with a white acrylic panel covering the full case, and having all wiring & tubing 'disappear' through it with the PSU and pumps hidden below. I'd try to run it with a 280 in the flexbay & a 240 or 360 in the side; no pedestal if I could get away with it. I've even thought of 1 or 2 custom 120mm res made to fit in the fan holes in front of the rad (instead of the front window), perhaps ordering the windowed front panel extra to eliminate the mesh front. Hopefully it would end up a very minimal-looking design...
If I was doing S8 full window all around plus ped then I'd start with a S8S - the extra height of the S8 to me would just be a waste.
Thanks for the feedback,
I'd definitely go with the half window side panels, and I have to go with the S8 over a smaller size, since it's an EATX mobo.