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Originally Posted by BelowAverageIQ View Post

Hi Crew,

I am going crazy looking at all these wonderful CaseLabs builds here. I am really torn between the SMA8 I have on order and the S8.

Every time I think I want one case, the other then appeals to me and so on. All these wonderful builds and stunning cases from Caselabs dont help.

I am literally losing sleep over my order.

I currently have a Corsair 900D. 2 x 480 rads, one on top, one on side. Primochill flex tubing, Aquacomputer 450 Aqualis Res, with attached D5 pump.

I want to change to rigid tubing. I love the fact that the SMA8 has LOTS of room, easy to work with. But it is similar to my 900D build in size and layout (that is where any similarity stops, sorry to mention it in a CaseLabs thread). But I feel that I will have room to spare and that I can basically transfer my existing build over easily.

I love the idea of the horizontal motherboard in the S8. Will be able to finally see the expensive water blocks on the graphics cards. I currently have 2 980's, but will most probably go single 1080Ti or Titan 1080 when released.

I have 3 x RX360 rads available for the S8 as well.

I am worried that I wont have enough room once everything is in place in the S8. Buying the pedestal would be a solution, but routing water cooling to it sounds problematic. I am not very skilled with building. Like to keep things simple and easy.

Those that have the S8, do you wish it was larger? Do you wish you had purchased the SMA8 instead?

Please help me decide. I will need to confirm with CaseLabs in the next few days at the latest.

Cheers

I always like the SMA8 but never get one because of the size, if I wanted something smaller in the future I can't make it smaller. I fell in love with the S8 because of the horizontal layout (I can see the waterblocks), the lot of options with different panels, and the versatility. I can build a decent air cooled or a water cooled system. They are two complete different cases, so the decision is difficult. Follow your heart!
post #19532 of 22477
Dear ALL that replied, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I really appreciate it. The are BOTH stunning cases, perfect platforms to build on in there own right.

The decision was extremely difficult to make, notwithstanding the processing times and stunning builds on here.

I hope I am happy with my decision, I am sure I will be.

Now the wait begins.

Keep the awesome builds, ideas and user pictures coming please.

Kind regards,


BIQ
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post #19533 of 22477
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Originally Posted by BelowAverageIQ View Post

Dear ALL that replied, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I really appreciate it. The are BOTH stunning cases, perfect platforms to build on in there own right.

The decision was extremely difficult to make, notwithstanding the processing times and stunning builds on here.

I hope I am happy with my decision, I am sure I will be.

Now the wait begins.

Keep the awesome builds, ideas and user pictures coming please.

Kind regards,


BIQ

Hahaha ! What did you pick finally ?
post #19534 of 22477
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Add me to the list of BH7 owners. It just arrived. The build begins this weekend.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



Reminds me . . . . .


Need to start shopping for my Halloween costume pretty soon . . . biggrin.gif
post #19535 of 22477
You've got some time I think there Diva tongue.gif It won't be reminding anyone of halloween when I'm done with it.
post #19536 of 22477
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You've got some time I think there Diva tongue.gif It won't be reminding anyone of halloween when I'm done with it.

Or just counteract by naming your build : BH7 Halloween Pumpkin tongue.gif
post #19537 of 22477
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Hahaha ! What did you pick finally ?

I decided on the S8 redface.gif

As mentioned (thank you) I can make the S8 larger, but I cannot make the SMA8 smaller. Although the SMA8 would have been a perfect 1 to 1 swap, I want a fresh change in design, aesthetics and the challenge of a new loop.

Really excited. Now for the wait tongue.gif

** Does a 360 rad fit on the side lower chamber behind the I/O panel with the mount???
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post #19538 of 22477
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I decided on the S8 redface.gif

As mentioned (thank you) I can make the S8 larger, but I cannot make the SMA8 smaller. Although the SMA8 would have been a perfect 1 to 1 swap, I want a fresh change in design, aesthetics and the challenge of a new loop.

Really excited. Now for the wait tongue.gif

** Does a 360 rad fit on the side lower chamber behind the I/O panel with the mount???
nice thing about S8 is you can clearly see you video cards smile.gif
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post #19539 of 22477
Reverse layout same thing
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Originally Posted by BelowAverageIQ View Post

Hi Crew,

I am going crazy looking at all these wonderful CaseLabs builds here. I am really torn between the SMA8 I have on order and the S8.

Every time I think I want one case, the other then appeals to me and so on. All these wonderful builds and stunning cases from Caselabs dont help.

I am literally losing sleep over my order.

I currently have a Corsair 900D. 2 x 480 rads, one on top, one on side. Primochill flex tubing, Aquacomputer 450 Aqualis Res, with attached D5 pump.

I want to change to rigid tubing. I love the fact that the SMA8 has LOTS of room, easy to work with. But it is similar to my 900D build in size and layout (that is where any similarity stops, sorry to mention it in a CaseLabs thread). But I feel that I will have room to spare and that I can basically transfer my existing build over easily.

I love the idea of the horizontal motherboard in the S8. Will be able to finally see the expensive water blocks on the graphics cards. I currently have 2 980's, but will most probably go single 1080Ti or Titan 1080 when released.

I have 3 x RX360 rads available for the S8 as well.

I am worried that I wont have enough room once everything is in place in the S8. Buying the pedestal would be a solution, but routing water cooling to it sounds problematic. I am not very skilled with building. Like to keep things simple and easy.

Those that have the S8, do you wish it was larger? Do you wish you had purchased the SMA8 instead?

Please help me decide. I will need to confirm with CaseLabs in the next few days at the latest.

Cheers
Why pick between great and great. Puck both and be happy
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Honestly, if you want to do a build where it's essentially a 1-1 transfer (little more involved, but not much) the SMA8 is going to be the ticket. The S8 is a great chassis, however, in my opinion, the SMA8 is a better chassis overall. It has more room, features, and is less cumbersome. I think you made the right choice.Especially if you're going to be using rigid tubing. The SMA8 allows for greater freedom of loops to be installed as well, rigid or not.

I second this thumb.gif M8 the best CL case.

Fixed for you
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OCZ Agility 3 120GB  Seagate Barracuda 1TB  Segate Barracuda 3TB Rosewill RCR-IM5001 USB2.0 75 in 1 internal Car... 
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post #19540 of 22477
Hahahahahaha, Mega-man, I was close to buying both tongue.gif

I wish I could.

The most amazing thing at this point (obviously waiting for delivery) is the AWESOME customer service from KC at CaseLabs thumb.gif

Very rare to get such amazing customer service and communication, especially from a company that is really busy with orders from Resellers and Government.

Communication and support is second to none. An individual and company that stands behind what they do.

Thank you.
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