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This is the second PC I’ve built but my first micro-ATX build.

I always wanted a smaller system which can show the internal beauty of the hardware. Corsair Crystal 280 RGB micro ATX case is what I’m looking for. This case is quite easy to work with. My biggest complaint about this case is the front panel. It is attached to the case with plastic pegs and is very difficult to take off. The glass in the front is part of the front panel and cannot be removed separately. The compartment on the right side of the case is where the PSU and hard drives are installed. There you have plenty of room for you to hide the cables to make the front look nice.

I am a long time user of Asus products. This is the first time ever I use MSI components. My top choices for motherboard are the Asus TUF and the MSI Z390M gaming edge. There are good reviews for the MSI motherboard. Also, many builders on this site have chosen MSI for their micro ATX systems, so I went with MSI. So far it seems to be a good choice. The system is stable and cool. One thing I like to mention is this motherboard has only two USB 2.0 headers. One is used for the CPU cooler and the other for the RGB fans controller. I need one more USB 2.0 head to plug in the Corsair power supply unit so I can monitor and control the PSU.

The MSI Gaming Z RTX 2060 is a decent video card for the price being charged. It is noticeably shorter than other RTX cards so it fits comfortably in the case. This card is thick, so thick that it covers the second PCIe slot. I am not going to use SLI so that’s not a concern for me.

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  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Where is the Corsair ram? And the Corsair ssd?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Long before I plan to build this system I have always wanted an SSD for my desktop PC. From the readings I have done over the years, Samsung is one of the top recommended brands for SSD. Corsair is good for peripherals but for SSD and memory I would go with the more established brands.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

No lol it was a joke because everything else is corsair

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually really like how it looks all blacked and would be satisfied without RGB as long as it looked like that. Nice build man!

Edit: could you also add an estimate for the price of the monitor?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! Im building a pc with the same mobo and I was wondering why you need another usb 2.0 for the power supply? Would I need a third header if I only have the node pro and h100i cooler?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

One for CPU cooler, one for the RGB fans/lighter controller. I need one more USB 2.0 header to plug in the Corsair Link Digital interface cable to use the downloadable software for monitoring / controlling the Corsair PSU. That is not really necessary since the PSU is working. However I want to see what the software does.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah ok, thanks for the info. Can the Ml120 fans on the cooler work on the same RGB fan hub as the included LL120 fans? I read somewhere that you can’t control both but I’m not sure.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

When you say RGB fan hub do you mean lighting node? If that's what you mean, the short answer is yes.

The fans that come with the 280X RGB case are LL120 while the fans that come with the H100i cooler are ML120. (Might be the other way around, can't remember for sure. But they are not the exact same models.) I have all four fans plugged in to the lighting node that also comes with the case, they work. You just have to select the correct fan type in iCue software. I don't remember what I selected, either ML or LL for all four fans. And that will light up your case fans and cooler fans.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect! Thanks for the help.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

You should put the radiator on the from t so it doesn't fight gravity put the ll120 fans on the rad and the others on top

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

The current configuration is what Corsair demonstrates on their website: intake from the front and exhale on top of the the case.

Also, the fans in the front are screwed from the outside of the case. To remove them, you have to take off the front panel which is very difficult. I don't want to risk breaking any of the plastic pegs that hold the front panel to the case.

Perhaps more important is, putting the radiator in the front would use up space that could be needed by a longer video card. I have seen longer video cards that almost touch the front fans (without putting the radiator in the front). Those cards wouldn't fit if I put the radiator in the front. Why would I want to limit the choice of video card I could use should I choose to upgrade?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I see, Corsair are a little stupid putting it like that but that's the case design so it's the only thing that works then. Maybe I won't go for that case after all.