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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-20-2019, 12:24 PM - Thread Starter
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Case recommendation, since CaseLabs is dead

Hi all,

I'm gearing up for my first build in about eight years, and would be grateful for some case recommendations. If I had my druthers, I would buy a CaseLabs Merlin SM5--but not only was that specific model discontinued a long time ago, the entire company is of course out of business. But this tells you how long I've been thinking about doing a new build, and where my budget is

The build will replace my home desktop system--I don't do so much gaming these days, but my work occasionally entails some 3D lighting visualizations so I'm planning to put decent-but-not-ridiculous hardware inside. I probably won't watercool, but I'm not fully decided on that.

What I liked about CaseLabs was the build quality and the design. Sleek, unornamented, exceptionally sturdy, and exceptionally functional. Being made in the USA was also a huge plus. But CaseLabs is no more, so alas. I haven't been in the game for a number of years so I've lost track of what the current product offerings are. I would like a no-nonsense all-aluminum case built to last, well, forever--one I can build into again when it's time to upgrade my hardware in a few years. Does anyone make that kind of case anymore?
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Quote: Originally Posted by threephi View Post
Hi all,

I'm gearing up for my first build in about eight years, and would be grateful for some case recommendations. If I had my druthers, I would buy a CaseLabs Merlin SM5--but not only was that specific model discontinued a long time ago, the entire company is of course out of business. But this tells you how long I've been thinking about doing a new build, and where my budget is

The build will replace my home desktop system--I don't do so much gaming these days, but my work occasionally entails some 3D lighting visualizations so I'm planning to put decent-but-not-ridiculous hardware inside. I probably won't watercool, but I'm not fully decided on that.

What I liked about CaseLabs was the build quality and the design. Sleek, unornamented, exceptionally sturdy, and exceptionally functional. Being made in the USA was also a huge plus. But CaseLabs is no more, so alas. I haven't been in the game for a number of years so I've lost track of what the current product offerings are. I would like a no-nonsense all-aluminum case built to last, well, forever--one I can build into again when it's time to upgrade my hardware in a few years. Does anyone make that kind of case anymore?
I'd have a look at lian li's offerings, they still do a lot of some aluminium cases and are well build. They're not quite as modular as CL cases were though.

Edit: seems like most of their current cases use both steel and aluminium, and most of their full alu ones are discontinued, a bit of a shame.

Quote: Originally Posted by TK421 View Post
thermaltake cases are similar
Well, their (cheap) caselabs knocks-offs are, but they're not aluminium, and not nearly as well build.

Link for reference: https://www.thermaltake.com/Chassis/...100/design.htm

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Easy , the best cases on market right now :
Air coling : Phanteks P600s
Full water : Thermaltake The Tower 900
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Thank you everyone for the great suggestions!

I'm looking at Lian-Li and Thermaltake's offerings. Some of Thermaltake's cases fit the aesthetic I want (not surprising given the fact CL sued them on that front) but given the price point I'm sure they're mostly plastic. I had a Lian-Li case many years ago, wasn't thrilled with the build quality but I guess if I want all-metal they're the only choice.
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Lianli, Phantek, one of the chinese aluminum brands are the best choices. Just wait till more caselabs go on market. If your going sff, look at sliger.

Honestly outside of the sma8a revision and some of the bullet lines, you can find some caselabs still available on overseas market. Also the caselabs resale value is pretty low outside of said models. The mercury and tx line can be gotten for pretty affordable prices.

If the mercury s8 actually had resale value as of now, i would have sold it by now. However, it doesn't so i will endup giving it away when i upgrade in year or so.

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Yes, I very much second the Cerberus X (Designed by Kimera Industries and build/sold by Sliger) If you're at all interested in a modular SFF ATX case.
https://www.sliger.com/products/cases/cerberus_x/

The SFF market has really taken off in the last few years and that's were most of the enthousiast level cases are at these days.

Jonsbo might be interesting as well if you want aluminium, they even have some large cases now.
http://www.jonsbo.com/en/products.html
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Its on my idea list. CerebusX with external heatkiller mora radiator.
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Then of course, you have the In Win 905 and 909!
https://www.in-win.com/en/gaming-chassis/905
https://www.in-win.com/en/gaming-chassis/909/

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