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After I sold my case from my previous build- https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/pHjypg on Kijiji I replaced it with the much more modern looking, Corsair Crystal 280X. I planned on getting the Fractal Design Meshify C Mini TG but the aesthetics weren't nearly as pleasing as the Crystal. I liked the portable design and the handle from the Corsair 380T but the case was much bigger, heavier, and louder than I had expected. In the end, I took the 380T to only 1 LAN party.

After selling my previous case, I planned on getting the 280X at my local Memory Express on the weekend. But, just before the week ended, the case came out of stock. So I looked on Amazon and Newegg but both only had the black version of the case or it was priced much higher than what it was at Memory Express. I had to wait 3 weeks without a PC until Newegg finally put this back in stock.

Case and Temperatures - When I opened the decent condition box the case was in, I was impressed with the amount of foam and how tightly packed the case was. But when I inspected the case, I noticed the screws on the back were bent. My initial thought was that the screws were supposed to be bent like that but when I fumbled around with them a bit more, I realized they were bent probably in shipping :( Anyways, I'm still able to tightly screw the panel in although it is a lot less smoother than I expected. Working in the 280X is good for a Mini itx motherboards. Some problems I had encountered though was that like every single other case I've ever had, I needed to expand the screw holes. The screw holes are really tight at first and you can't fully screw in the fans all the way but after you expand the holes, they are much easier to work with. The thumb screws for the TG take a long time to screw in. This is just a little pet peeve but small details are important. One of the biggest features of the 280X not found in most cases is the dual chamber layout. Not only can the back chamber be used to stuff your untidy cables in, you can also store random junk in it. The drive slots are really easy to use and removable. Their tool-less design makes putting drives in a lot easier. One of the biggest annoyances I've had with this case is the fan filters. Not only can it be hard to find their positions when they get mixed up but some screws for the front fans cause the filter to bulge out instead of flush with the case. (progress) Cooling compared to the 380T is bad. The 380T was full of holes which led to exceptional temps but sacrificed acoustics. This case is the entire opposite. It's inaudible when sound is played through my speakers but because of the poor cooling, I've had a couple random shutdowns. At first, I thought there was something wrong with my power supply. But when I took off the warm glass on the top, I knew it was the heat. I've filled all the fan slots but the I haven't got enough fan headers for the 2 on the bottom so eventually I'll get a splitter for them. Idle temperatures are about 45-50 degrees C. While gaming, the highest I've seen it get to was mid-70s. I'm planning to somehow elevate the glass so there is more room for airflow at the top. Also thanks to another build guide, I've put a fan in the back by just sticking in some screws.

Processor - I have the Ryzen 1600 clocked at 3.8 Ghz at 1.3 Volts. I can push the system to 4 Ghz at 1.44 Volts, but at the cost of random system shutdowns during intense workloads and worse temperatures. I didn't really get lucky with the silicone lottery so I might leave the processor at it's base clock speeds and just under-volt.

Memory - The 2x8 memory kit is a little overpriced for only 2400Mhz. I picked up some heat sinks with LEDs on Amazon and slapped them on. They look much nicer but at the same price today, I can get faster RAM with RGB heat sinks. I originally had an Intel system so I didn't care about speed and they were the cheapest kit at the time. Currently, they are running at 2800Mhz at 16-18-18-18 timings.

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  • 10 months ago
  • 4 points

I just love the way he placed that stock cooler on the rear fan bay

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

interesting case fan choice...

actually clean though, well done!

+1

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

No offense, but for about 1 dollar more you could get this: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/rrtQzy/corsair-vengeance-rgb-pro-16gb-2-x-8gb-ddr4-2666-memory-cmw16gx4m2a2666c16w which is faster and has built-in RGB.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

thats all in the explanation, read it first

  • 8 months ago
  • 0 points

you do know that ryzen performance drops below 3000mhz right

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Case fans look great

  • 8 days ago
  • 1 point

where did you connect your rgb fan? is it in your motherboard?

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

The fans I have are aftermarket and come with a controller. They go by the name Rajintek on Newegg.