Description

Hello everyone, i posted my build here quite a while ago but it was far from being finished. I've worked hard to get the parts that i wanted to fulfill the build and here it is, V.2!

Starting out i bought a mATX board (MSI Z97M GAMING) and a Corsair Air 240 but i ended up struggling to fit a 980 in there, it simply would bend and eventually break the side panel window (apart from that look horrible aswell). I also had a H80i cooler which i would use but that was replaced aswell with the H105 i am using now.

I was foolish enough to use the parts and modify them to fit into the air 240 i had and it voided the warranty on both the Air 240 and the H80i. I ordered the Air 540 and a ATX board (MAXIMUS VII RANGER) to quickly assemble the build so that i could use it. I put up my build almost a year ago (https://pcpartpicker.com/b/2HgLrH) and by that time i was short on money so i've been gathering parts for quite some time now to complete the build. Anyhow, here's a short list and breakdown of the parts i am using in the build.

CASE - CORSAIR CARBIDE AIR 540 (BLACK)
Great case, dual-chamber design to hide cable clutter, power supply, 5.25" drives and SSD's. Has a dust-filter included for the front intake. I very much liked the AIR 240 which i initally bought but as it was too small i got myself the "big brother" case.

MOTHERBOARD - ASUS Z97 ROG MAXIMUS VII RANGER (LGA1150)
I had a colour scheme set for the build the first time i started looking at parts. I really wanted to do something black and silver/grey but as i couldn't use my (repainted) MSI Z97M i went red solely because of the new motherboard.

CPU - INTEL CORE i7 4790-K
It has the horsepower i need to run what i want and it saved me from going X99 and possibly a 5820K/5930K. Currently runs at 4.4GHz (auto-boosted from mobo).

GPU(s) - MSI GTX 980 4G (2-way SLI)
In my opinion this is one of the best looking cards in the 900-series category. Very high quality with quiet high-pressure fans. Both cards equipped with Coldzero acrylic backplates.

RAM - CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM 16GB 1866MHz (4x4) CL9
Beatiful pieces of memory, probably my favourite component in this build. As of the price of these monsters i did not go with a higher speed, although 16GB running at 1866MHz is plenty for a 4790K.

CPU COOLER - CORSAIR H105
Very good performance aswell as design on this cooler. I could have went with the H100/H110 instead but i wanted to match the build with the accent-ring on the block. Also with a thickness of 38mm this AIO outperforms the H100 by a couple degrees aswell. (Fitted with 4 x Corsair SP120 High performance fans)

PSU - CORSAIR HX850i 80+ Platinum
It was either this or the EVGA G2 850W, i simply chose this because i started out with ordering the sleeved cables kit that corsair has (Not using those cables anymore). Not so well-read about PSU's but knew that Gold/Platinum rated ones were the ones to go with.

SSD - CORSAIR FORCE LX 256GB
A good choice for an SSD, it had a very low failure-rate according to statistics and runs at 560MB/s therefore i bought it.

HDD - SEAGATE BARRACUDA 2TB
Nothing special, stores stuffs n' things. Has a Coldzero acrylic backplate taped to it.

FAN CONTROLLER - NZXT SENTRY MIX 2
Since the H105 does not have Corsair Link i bought this to control the speed of the SP120's, it really did hurt my ears listening to 4 x 2350RPM fans.

FANS
INTAKE: CORSAIR AF120 Quiet Edition x 3 (Front)
EXHAUST: CORSAIR AF140 Quiet Edition x 1 (Rear) CORSAIR SP120 HIGH PERFORMANCE EDITION x 4 (Top)

Good looking fans that fit the theme, performs fairly well.

ACCESSORIES (DUST FILTERS/CABLES/BACKPLATES/GPU SUPPORT STAND/LED)
Cables are ordered from Ensourced Customs (http://www.ensourced.net/), 1 x 24-pin extension and 4 x 8-pin extensions in black with "semi-clear" cable combs.

Backplates are ordered from Coldzero (http://www.coldzero.eu/), 2 x MSI GTX 980 Acrylic backplates and a Seagate Barracuda HDD Cover (custom ordered).

The dust filters i have are bought from Demciflex (http://www.demcifilter.com/c198/Air-540.aspx). Fairly high quality, not that great on the magnets but works as intended.

The LED-strip are called Akasa "Vegas" LED Strip Light White, they are very cheap and gets the job done with a very neutral white light.

If you have a 970 or a 980 you might just know that these cards are very heavy and the PCI-e slots on the mobo cant really hold them in place. The "support stand" is designed in (http://www.geomagic.com/en/) and made by myself in polished aluminium, its adjustable in height and has 2 pins holding the cards to proper height.

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 4 points

I luv it. It's just really well pulled off and i love the gpu support bracket +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you very much! :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

... I swear my pants were on a minute ago...

  • 44 months ago
  • 4 points

I have no reason to tell you to put them back on ^

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh gosh please don't get it on the components.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Excellent build, very well done.

That support bracket is genius.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you and i thought it would be a good idea :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the custom gpu stand. I use solid edge for 3d design in school. +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

ah thank you!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

That support bracket is fabu! The color scheme is very well spread out, not too much red, not too much black! +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man! I did think about the colour spreading when putting together the parts and as you said i think i've found quite a good spread between the red, black and silver :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice pictures and very neat. Personally I would use only two fans for the cooler to reduce its size, for aesthetic reasons. I can't imagine a significant temperature benefit to warrant having 4.

And if it temps you're so concerned about, I can only imagine how hot and loud that first GPU is under load! This whole build is screaming for a loop unless you plan on selling your GPUs soon and aren't bothered to waste time (which I totally understand).

But I'm not criticizing, it's an awesome build!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I did have 2 fans mounted as pull on the H105 from the start, 2 more fans is more show then performance and the thing about having those extra fans is that it covers up cable clutter on the top aswell. And yes the top card goes on about 65-70 degrees during benchmarking, which i have taken notice of and been planning on a fan "bracket" for blowing some cooler air in between the GPU's. Thanks btw :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it looks cool like this.

I just built my first pc a month ago, a tier down from this one though (single 390, 6700 non-k). Down the road something like thiswould be awesome for fsx and dcs with a 4k monitor with max settings.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, at the moment this breaks around 85 fps in witcher and wild hunt on maxed in 1440p

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Cable Management is on point, I have said this before, i love the look of the MSI video cards. Those cable sleeves are outstanding

I would love to have this in my computer room

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks man i really put some work into it :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It shows in a big way

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Looks neat.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Epic! You should start taking orders for that GPU support!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

haha it would cost me alot to make them ^ but thanks :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Some company is going to take that GPU support brace, patent it, and make $47.39 worth of total profit from it. Beat them to the punch! Sweet build.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

haha every1 keep poking me for that lol, thanks anyway :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Dayum. Just..........dayum xD Sick build,and gotta appreciate those super professional looking pics too, looks awesome!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

haha thanks man, more pics coming tomorrow! :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, I'll definitely be back to check them out!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

This...is...GLORIOUS!!!!!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

i think the same! and thanks! :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 this could be a Featured build

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Well thank you very much :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

air 540 best case ever!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

it really is a good case :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Dual 980 QHD monitors represent! Excellent build, the gpu support bracket is brilliant. Very similar to my current build, but I think your extra personal touches really show.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man really appreciate it :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Niiice. +10 if I could for the mechanical design rep that drafting, dude. The Al strut was "made" by you, as in, fabricated? I havent yet achieved the feat of affording something like a CNC machine myself. But if/when I do, Im building a custom everything ;)

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

my Dads business partner has a mechanical workshop with milling machines, lathes etc so i have them in handy, although this gpu support is made by hand entirely, no CAM involved. It's been lathed to get the right diameter, length aswell as drilling the screwhole in the bottom then flattened on one side in the milling machine then drilled for the holes of the support bars. Not sure if you could understand everything (google translate is involved) but thats the process of making it.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

oh i see, cool. No problem, I think it did a good job of translating it, the technical terms made perfect sense. I had guessed that a lathe was probably used, at least for part of it. Really nice job, man, the support piece looks really good.

Don't know how much it would cost where you're at, but if you wanted to go for the gold medal..... you could Anodize it with color ;) But if not, straight Aluminum looks great in my opinion!

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually the plan from the start was to anodize it in silver to match the dominator platinum ram sticks but the polished look matched the heatpipes a bit so :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree, as is, it does match them quite well!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean build! Wish i have those sli

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man, yeah they really look good :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Clean af. Very nice work!!! red/black is a little common would be my only gripe.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks man :) I initially wanted to go with black/silver only but i felt like i didnt want to mod and void warranty on components for over 2500 euros in my first build ^

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I love how organised and clean it looks, the cables are gorgeous! Simplicity at its best. Awesome build, somewhat similar to my own.

Great job!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

hehe thanks, if only i had thought of watercooling it at start ^

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It's never too late to dive in...! (no pun intended :D)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

haha sure, just give me a couple hundred euros to go! :D

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hah, well.. hobbies are expensive, tell me about it :D

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Two questions.

Why doesn't this have more upvotes?

Why wasn't this featured?

  • 44 months ago
  • 0 points

what are those aluminuin things at photo 6 and where can you buy them

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

As @MuDuRkKiO quoted it's a GPU support stand i made myself cause the cards themselves were sagging way too much :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Photo 6, are you taking about the RAM or the cable combs?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

photo 4 sorry

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

haha you are all being confused because i swapped some pictures around ^

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

my Top 980 goes up to 70 degrees during full load. bottom one stays at 55 ish.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

will upload more pictures during the weekend and hopefully get to benchmark it aswell :)

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