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Crystal Corsair 280x Whiteout

by spadeskull

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I built this for gaming. I currently really like this build but is was no cake walk. So I will say if you are going to do a micro build like this make sure your cable management skills are pretty good. Because of the limited space this build was really challenging. I have done a micro builds before but this was tough. So I am a big fan of corsair not like a 120mm fan or a 140mm fan but a big honkin 200mm fan. The case is really well made as allot of good features and quality parts. So the problems I had were probably because of the motherboard I picked but I had to do some magic to get the USB header and the HD audio plugged in next to those fans at the bottom of the case. One of the other things I ran into was my own stupid fault but I ordered the wrong power supply cables. I ordered type 4 cables because well they have all the right cables you need instead of having to buy the 24 pin connector separate plus type 4 comes with cable combs and it is cheaper. Another challenge I ran into was that I was not given the right screws for this motherboard to attach the I/O cover not the I/O shield the I/O cover. It takes 2 screws to install it did not have any in the packaging for it. So I called them up and asked if I could buy the part separate. But they did not sell it by its self and wanted me to use the warranty on the board to fix this piece of plastic. I said no and cannibalized screws from something else to make it work. Dont get me wrong EVGA makes solid products and I have used them for years. The last challenge was dealing with the graphics card. wow this thing did not fit I mean zero clearance. The PCIE cables are smashed up against the window. I had to trade out my custom sleeved cables to the generic ones just to get the door on. Everything else was really straight forward.

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kenlao 2 points 9 months ago

how's the airflow of the case? i'm still curious about it, cause of the tiny gap for the air to pass or come through

spadeskull submitter 4 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

The air flow is not bad actually for such a small case. I am getting like 67 c on the GPU under load. The CPU is about 46c under load. I hope this helps .

gosubuilder 2 points 9 months ago

This is so damn beautiful!

+1. would actually give more if i could lol.

spadeskull submitter 4 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks man !

bigchorizo 2 points 9 months ago

Awesome build! I'm looking into this case as well but just worried that my gtx 1080 ti ftw3 hybrid won't fit.

spadeskull submitter 4 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Thanks man. The graphics card is a really tight fit. I am sorry to say I do not think the hybrid will fit.

bigchorizo 2 points 9 months ago

Yea looks like it won't fit and I really don't want to trade my hybrid card for an air cooled card just to fit into a certain case. Thanks!

spadeskull submitter 4 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

The case is a great design. The problem is that it could be a little bigger. if I was going to fix it I would at an inch and a half to the width of the main chamber. Then I would add about three inches to the hight so the motherboard would not be burried in the fans. I wish you luck on your case hunt that will fit that card.

MTLWB 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

lol that meta wallpaper. Nice build!

spadeskull submitter 4 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

LOL Thanks!

RlyNw 1 point 9 months ago

Where did you get that desk from.

spadeskull submitter 4 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

The desk is actually something custom I built with a friend. The end actually folds out and it has cup holders.

DerpyAlpuca 1 point 7 months ago

Quick question, do you think a custom loop will fit in here?

spadeskull submitter 4 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I have seen people do custom loops in smaller builds. But I would say only attempt it if you are pretty experienced.

DerpyAlpuca 1 point 7 months ago

k thanks.

999nateo999 1 point 7 months ago

What did you do to get the 2 LL120 fans to fit at the bottom? I'm having the same problem but with the USB 3.0 header.

spadeskull submitter 4 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

There is some play with the little screw track on the bottom. I just moved both of the fans as far apart as possible. Then I had to do a little cable training to get the USB 3.0 to finally go in.

firephahx 1 point 5 months ago

nice build! I can see you really like corsair (coming from ur part list) and i won't judge that. I like corsair too and this a good build. Also, that gpu looks pretty big for a case like this. I'm guessing it was pretty hard to fit it in.

spadeskull submitter 4 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks man and yes it was a beast!

HebrewHammerz 1 point 4 months ago

Do you have the fans on the bottom doing intake or exhaust?

spadeskull submitter 4 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

I have them doing intake. Cool air from the bottom hot air out of the top.

David1365 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Love the build! I used allot of the same hardware.

benoah04 1 point 28 days ago

how many fan does this case support?

spadeskull submitter 4 Builds 1 point 25 days ago

six 120mm or 140mm

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