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UPDATE - Almost 5 months later and it's still going strong! I could not be happier with this build. It's perform astronomically well and surpassed all my expectations. I included a new pic with my current temps at idle.

After 8 years using an AMD Phenom II Black Edition CPU and a GTX 470, it was time for an upgrade. After having caught a glimpse of the new Corsair 280x RGB Crystal case, I knew I wanted to build out of it - A sleek, minimalistic design and a smaller form factor that I wanted to try out. And, having finished building in it, I'm extremely happy with it.

The case comes smaller than it looks in pictures, but not in a bad way by any means. It's a great boxy design and it's wonderful to build in, with plenty of places to route cables and tons of open space in the back to stash them once you've routed them. And, that brings be to this case's best feature - the dual chamber layout. If you haven't tried this yet, you HAVE to. I couldn't ever imagine going back to a regular case again. Things just look so much cleaner when you stash the PSU and the drives in the back of the case.

Lastly, I know people are afraid of potential temperature issues. I was as well. Personally, my temps have been great and I haven't had any issues whatsoever.

Thanks for checking it out!

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  • 14 months ago
  • 4 points

I heard one person say that they would mod there mini fridge with RGB. I asked him to send me an image of it when he was done. I have not got an image yet. xD

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

I read somewhere where someone called this case a mini fridge and I thought it was perfect, it does really remind me of that lol.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

No this is Patrick!

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

The title gave me an idea to put an actual pc inside a mini fridge, thermals would be really good but there would have to be a work around the condensation lol

+1

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Linus Tech Tips built a pc in a fridge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8bhGw4vUFE

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Would be hilariously awesome if you could make it work!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like this build. Even ended up ordering all the same parts except I got an 8700k instead of the 9900k and 16gb of ram at ddr4-3000. For the Fan setup, I was thinking to have the cpu cooler fans going out the top and the bottom fans pushing towards the top from the bottom. Did you set them up similarly or different?

  • 13 months ago
  • 4 points

Awesome man! Yeah, I overkilled it a little bit with the 9900k and the 32g of RAM, but I wanted to "futureproof" myself as much as I could. And yes, I have that same fan setup. The fans on the top-mounted radiator are pushing air through the radiator out towards the top of the case. The fans on the bottom are pulling air in towards the GPU. My temps are great and I have zero complaints.

One last important tip - Get 140mm fans for the front. There's more than enough room for them.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I ended up having to move the 140mm to the front anyway and 120s from the case to the bottom, the 140's interfered with the USB headers at the bottom of the board for connecting the cooler and corsair node pro.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, 140's won't fit on the bottom unless you don't use the motherboard headers down there. Hope you're enjoying the build!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice mini itx build! +1

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

mATX but it is a nice one!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice mATX build! +1

Just a small typo.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Potato!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like you did everything right! +1 What do you think about the 2080 XC Blk? Asking because I just built my first PC and used a 1070Ti FTW2. The card is awesome, I got a great price (399) and does everything I need, but I'm wondering if I should take advantage of EVGA's Step Up program while I can.

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

Most definitely take advantage of the step of program. The 2080 is a great card. I’m my opinion

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

I got the 2080 XC RGB model, not the black version. I love it though. I've been playing Battlefield V, Metal Gear Solid 5, Fortnite, etc. all on 100+ FPS in Ultra settings like a breeze. I'm not quite sure how it compares to a 1070 Ti FTW, but if you can upgrade relatively cheaply to the 2080, I'd say go for it.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

"Relative" is the key term. I can get the 2080 XC Black at MSRP and pay the difference, +350. (-‸ლ)

I really like the features of the FTW cards, but they are not offered by EVGA in Step Up.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Ahhh, gotcha. Then I guess it would depend on your needs. If you already have something that can run the games you play well enough, then maybe stick with the 1070? I was on a GTX 460 and had the extra income available, so I just went for the 2080 to "future-proof" myself as reasonably as I could.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

This makes me want to check out that Lian Li case a little more closely... Looks fantastic! Maybe a simply NZXT H500 is too simple for my build, since I want the case to be able to be the last thing I change. Lian Li, here I come ( or Corsair, obv!)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I was deciding between whether to get this case or the Lian Li. I think it depends on what you're looking for. The Lian Li case is quite large, so if you plan on just putting together a basic build with normal hardware, I think it's a bit excessive as you'll have tons of space leftover. This 280x was perfect for me since I didn't plan on going crazy beyond just regular gear and the smaller form factor really does look great. I highly recommend it!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Homie please tell me you have a nice monitor to go with that rig

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey dude, figured you'd find it funny to know that I finally updated my monitor lol. I got a 32" 4K LG Monitor during the Black Friday sales. What an incredible difference it is going from 720p to 4k. Insane.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm glad you like it, my brain can now rest easy knowing the pc is going to be matched with a deserving monitor.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahahahaha appreciate it brother!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, still using my Samsung 720p TV from like 9 years ago! I'll be upgrading that later this month or early next though :)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha well i guess everyone has their own priorities

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the money and this is the first PC i will ever build but i want to know if this is all i need to build it and how well it runs for games.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, sorry I'm so late getting back with you. I've been out of town.

This is the exact build I'm using right now and it runs every game I play way beyond fine. Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Solid 5, Anthem, Battlefield 5, Fortnite, etc. all way over 100 fps on 1080p. Absolutely love this build and I don't regret anything about it.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

It's beautiful!

How are the temps on the i9 with the h100i? I'm thinking of i9 with h115i. Have done any overclocking on it?

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

My temps are great. The CPU idles at around 30c and the highest it's ever gotten was around 65c. That's playing games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Fortnite, Apex Legends, MGSV, and running applications like Adobe Premier and Adobe Audition.

As for overclocking, no, I don't overclock. I'm not knowledgeable enough to do something like that and don't have any interest in it, to be honest.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Am I missing something or is there not a PSU listed here? Great build btw.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

No you're right, there isn't. I'm using the EVGA 750w PSU I had in my previous rig, so I didn't need to buy a new one.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! I love the white version of this case it’s so sleek!

Looking at doing a lot of similar things with component choices. I was wondering with the bottom fans in particular did you have to do anything special to get them to install correctly? I noticed on Corsair’s website they could only recommend bottom mounted fans with an ITX board.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah, I'm glad I got the white case, I love it.

No, the fans fit right in no problem. But, they do have to be 120mm fans. 140mm fans won't fit unless you don't plan on using the headers at the bottom of your motherboard, or I guess if you have an ITX form factor board. I'm using the headers at the bottom of my MTX board, so I had to go with 120mm fans.

140mm fans in the front with a 240mm radiator in the top. I've heard you can do a 280mm radiator in the top, but I don't see it fitting in any way. Again, maybe it's different for an ITX board, but definitely not with an MTX board.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this build. No way I could get an EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING in there though eh? Looks like it'd be too big for this case / mobo combo.

Decent sale right now and would love the extra cooling but its yuuuge: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487414

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

That card would likely fit, but you definitely wouldn't be able to put any fans on the bottom of the case. In my view, a FTW3 Ultra is overkill anyways. With a standard RTX 2080, you're going to be able to play whatever you want at the highest settings no problem. The extra cooling you can get from the fans you're able to fit into the bottom of the case.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Was kinda coming to the same conclusion just looking at other builds with this case / pics.

I think I'll go a similar video card route. Only other thing I want to fit in is more storage. Mobo should fit a 7200 RPM drive along with a M.2 ssd I think.

Thanks for replying!

edit: and I was also nervous cause that card you used, which looks great, is getting a lot of negative comments lately. Seems a bad batch or two. Lots of frustration and RMAs at the moment so hesitant until that seems worked out.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Correct, you can use a traditional 7200 harddrive if you'd like. It would be mounted and stored in the second chamber in the back of the case.

I've had zero issues with the RTX 2080. I believe those issues with RMA's and such were from early on when it was released and the issues with it have mostly if not entirely been solved. Again, I've had my card for nearly 4 months and have zero complaints about it.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

1 more question on fans: You bought two "more"Corsair LL140 RGBs not on list?

So. 2 120's on bottom blowing up on GPU (came with case) 2 140's on front blowing in (listed for purchase) 2 140's on top pull air out / up (not on build list?)

So if I wanted to mimic your setup there are 2 140's to buy that aren't on the build list.

Thanks!

Just never played with RGB before just making sure I get right stuff. Also see this in description: "The RGB functionality of this Product requires a RGB lighting hub and lighting Node Pro" Do I need that hub or a controller or something?

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

I have a total of 6 fans in the case, all of which are on the list I provided:

2x 120mm fans on the bottom pulling air into the case to cool the GPU.

2x 140mm fans in the front of the case pulling air into the case.

2x 120mm fans mounted to the top CPU radiator pushing air through the radiator out to the top of the case.

I had to purchase the 140mm fans separately, as the case only comes with two 120mm fans. The other two 120mm fans came with the CPU cooler.

As for the lighting hub, that comes with the case if you get the version of the case I got, which is the RGB version. You don't need to buy that separately.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

you da man. thanks!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm an idiot... fans on AIO (duh)... I'll see myself out...

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Just saw this after I already responded. Hahaha, no worries man! It happens to all of us at times. Best of luck with the rig!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Is everything working okay with iCue? I have heard people have trouble with making stuff appear and I am looking into a similar build

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Aidennnn.

I'm really sorry I'm so late replying. I haven't logged in here in a long time.

There originally was a compatibility issue with iCue and Steam, but they fixed it with an update and, ever since then, I've had zero issues with it personally.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. I just love this build. I've been eyeing it every now and then and thinking of building it myself ever since you posted it. My 4 year old gaming pc is getting super old and this is one great looking computer. The only change that I'm thinking of is sticking a Nvidia 2070 Super or 2080 Super in it when they become available. Anyway, just wanted to thank you for taking time posting this.. it was great motivation in saving up the money.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey bschuler!

I'm sorry I haven't replied in ages, I haven't logged on here in a really long time.

Did you end up building it, or going with something else?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I ended up at the last minute going with a larger system using the Lian-Li 011 Dynamic case. The decision came because I wanted to possibly use it also in my Living Room for my wireless Vive VR headset and that required more slots and more room inside the case. I do love the look of this system though, and might be building one like it soon.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh ok, cool. Yeah, I was actually deciding between whether to go with the Corsair I used here or the Lian-Li 011 Dynamic. I ended up choosing the Corsair for exactly the opposite reason you mentioned - I knew the Lian-Li would end up just being a lot of wasted space for me, that and I wanted to experience using a smaller form-factor for the first time.

Congrats on the build and hope it's going well!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful build! Love the case also!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! I´m actually doing the same beautiful build in black. I´m only deciding between 120 or 140mm fans in the front. Have you tried 120mm in the front and noticed differences? With the 140mm in front you can see the 120mm mounts in the light ring what i dont like. But if you get better thermals with the 140mm i would take them also. BR

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey!

I have 140mm fans in the front. They fit perfectly fine with no issues and look great. The fan slots on the front of the case are designed for 140mm fans. If you have them or can get them, put them there. You won't regret it.

Best of luck with your build, and enjoy it!

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