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Air 540 First Build
by Sudzy
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This was my very first build and despite generally knowing how everything would fit together I had never even so much as changed ram before. Overall the build went smoothly and everything worked just fine out of the box. Probably the two biggest surprises were 1) the amount of force needed to snap some of these pieces in and 2) the size of some of the components. As far as force goes, I thought I was going to snap the motherboard in half trying to mount it in the case. The center pin it needed to rest on was so far off (well, a few mm, but relatively far compared to where I thought the standoff hole should be...) I triple checked the motherbord to make sure that's where it needed to go. Eventually I got it but not after a tense 15 minutes of shoving progressively harder and harder until it finally fell into place with a snap. After that things went smoothly until the x60 install which I knew would be a pain. It took 6 hands and 45 minutes but eventually it was done. Again I was surprised at how tight the waterblock was over the cpu. The other thing I was surprised at was the size of some of the parts. I never really got the scale of some components by just looking at pictures of them. The 770 was huge. I mean the thing must weigh close to if not as much as the motherboard itself. Even the motherbaord was larger than I thought it'd be. The southbridge heatsink is almost as large as my hand. Not to mention some of the caps on it are like almost an inch tall.

Here are my thoughts on the parts I used:

4670K: Perfect for what I need it for and was a part of the great combo deal with the motherbaord.

X60 cooler: At the time I was buying parts it was only like 10 dollars more than the H100i so I figured why not? As long as its on silent it is pretty much inaudible. Even on silent this thing cools my 4670k to like 22C idle and the highest I have seen it hit was mid 40s during games.

Gigabyte z87 ud4h: I actually bought this in early August because microcenter had it on sale for that ridiculous price. This board has all the connections I could ever want and looks great with the asus 770 and vengeance ram.

Ram: Standard 1600 ram. Red, looks nice and runs fine.

Asus 770: This is a huge heavy card. That being said it maxes everything so far and is silent. I really like that Asus ships their 770 with a backplate installed as it makes the card look much sleeker and cleaner. The first time Crysis 3 booted up in glorious 1080p I knew it was worth it.

120gb EVO: This thing is so fast I actually had trouble getting into the bios because the computer booted so quickly! Its not the largest drive, but it fits the OS and my most used programs easily.

1 TB HDD: This is plenty of storage for now. It fits all my documents, music, programs, and games with 800GB to spare.

Air 540: As soon as I saw this case I knew it was the one. Everything about it is amazing except for the lack of dust filters and strange cut-outs under the 3.5 inch bays.

HX750: Provides plenty of power and the fan doesn't spin unless its under heavy load. It was surprisingly heavy, probably the heaviest part beside the case. The 24 pin and cpu power are super ugly so I am looking into buying some extensions for them.

Windows 8: This is my first time using 8 and so far I'm enjoying it. Some aspects are a little counter-intuitive, but as a whole I have no regrets taking this over 7.

VX238H: Love the 1ms response, defiantly feels snappier than the older monitor I was using that was 15ms. The TN panel is decent enough considering the price and response time, and the built-in speakers are a nice addition as well.

K70: Having never used a mechanical keyboard before I wasn't sure what to expect beside the general fact that everyone here loves them. Within 10 minutes I was converted and don't think I could ever go back. The backlit keys are amazing and make typing/playing games in the dark much easier for someone still learning to use KBM controls.

M40: I almost bought a m65 but settled on this instead. Again as this is my first gaming mouse I have nothing to compare it to but I am really happy with it. Fits great in my hand and the DPI adjustment comes in handy much more than I thought it would.

In conclusion this build is everything I had hoped it to be and more. It was a long time coming but I am so happy with the results. I look forward to using it for many years to come.

Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB DirectCU II Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.06Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate7.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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skemble [18 Builds] 7 points 15 months ago

Yes, yes, yes :)

 
 
jakehkills [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Soo many builds. ;)

 
 
skemble [18 Builds] 2 points 8 months ago

Do you even build bro?! ;D

 
 
jakehkills [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Not yet soon though.... ;)

 
 
skemble [18 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Once you build one, you will build again... and again, and again.

 
 
jakehkills [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Yea :D I can see XD

 
 
xIMcCloud29Ix [3 Builds] 3 points 15 months ago

Very nice, that case seems to help keep it clean looking. Great color scheme and parts as well. I totally agree with the force you have to put in. I just finished my build a couple of days ago and I was really pushing and pulling with my motherboard. I thought it was going to break when I put the 24 pin connector in but I guess that's why it's ultra durable. It's good to know that high quality computer components are not delicate, especially considering the price of most parts.

 
 
Sudzy [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Absolutely. If my motherboard was as delicate as I believed it was prior to installation I would have destroyed at least a dozen boards trying to mount them in the case. And I think your build has convinced me to step it up and order a bunch of white cable extensions because those look so sexy ;)

 
 
xIMcCloud29Ix [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Yeah, well I was worried about my white cables because they were much wider than the original. Worked fine, but you could get some white extensions or even red or black. I think corsair sells cables just for the HX series.

 
 
ESPM400 [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

I've got an ASUS 770 in my build too. Great card, although I did notice a lot of GPU droop. Was easy enough to solve with a piece of BBQ paint treated dowel.

Just remember, if you're planning on OCing it, the ASUS card starts throttling at 80*C. When I was benchmarking my rig after OCing the GPU, I noticed only a minor increase in performance until I diverted the two HDD fans (blowing through the case cross-wise) with two...um... envelopes, so they would pull from the side and blow towards the rear and over the GPU. After that I noticed significant boosts to performance. That being said, when I get the chance, I'm just going to be picking up some more fans.

Technically, you can also mitigate this by increasing the temp at which the card starts to throttle, but I avoided this, because as games go today it's not really necessary, and I don't want to shorten the life of my card.

 
 
Sudzy [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Yup my asus 770 sags a ton as well :( I'm not sure the best course of action since I have a giant window and want it to look good. I have yet to mess around with overclocking my 770 but I will definatley keep that in mind.

 
 
ESPM400 [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

The sag isn't likely to cause any issues with the rig itself, but I have a pretty big window on mine, and just didn't like the look of it.

If you want to fix it, you have several routes:

-First off, you can just try rerouting your GPU power cables above the card and take in the slack. It didn't work on mine, but it's worth a shot.

-As I did, use a small piece of dowel and paint it to match your rig (I would suggest some type of thermal resistant paint).

-There's a product out there called 'Ninja Wire,' sorry I don't have a link, but you can just google it. It's basically just a non-conductive, thermal resistant wire with a hook on it. I've heard good things about it.

Frankly, you can use whatever comes to mind to either prop it up or hang it. Just remember, nothing conductive, and nothing that can burn (i.e. string, like I've seen in some builds...).

EDIT: You can probably disregard the Ninja Wire suggestion. Just did a bit of searching, and I'm pretty sure it was discontinued, or at least I've yet to find somewhere on-line to buy it. Also, the wire is not insulated like the build I saw it on, it's just standard small gauge braided steel cable.

 
 
Darkstar1756 1 point 13 months ago

How well would fishing line work to hold up a GPU?

 
 
ESPM400 [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Should work pretty well, so long as you can tie decent knots. Also, it's probably not necessary, but try and find something with a good temperature tolerance. Out of the options I mentioned, it's probably the one you're least likely to see.

 
 
fnapoli [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

This is one of my favourite builds on here. Nice. May I ask how you go windows for $15?

 
 
JPKaizer [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

go to the reddit forums they go for about $20-25 every time in there

 
 
Sudzy [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Through my college. It was 14.99 for the windows 8 pro upgrade. I just selected clean install and windows activated fine despite it not being the "system builder OEM" version.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Damn it... I wanted to post mine before anyone posted theirs soon! haha still waiting on a few parts.

Very nice +1

 
 
TheInfamousR [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Very well done.

That baby demands sleeved cables!

Bitfenix

 
 
18hockey [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Wow, that case is huge! What are the dimensions?

 
 
Sudzy [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

It's 20" by 16" by 19"

 
 
sketch24 [6 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Excellent part choices and build.

 
 
Maple [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Great great build I love it and the parts :D Just one question. What is you monitor sitting on top of?

 
 
Sudzy [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Haha it currently on my corsair m40 box for a little more height. I'm definitely exploring other solutions...

 
 
LookTopHats [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

That is is a secsy build my friend :D

 
 
luca [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

I like everything about it. And it should even play nicely with OSX.

 
 
jekhari.lovett 1 point 15 months ago

Love the case wish i could find it for half off lol.

 
 
Mattkx4 1 point 15 months ago

LOVE IT :)

 
 
thesupergeek [3 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

That is such a sexy case. have fun with her!

 
 
ReDnAx1991 [6 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Nothing wrong that I can find. Nice parts, good looking build resulting in a +1!

 
 
jakehkills [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Nice build I like your setup