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Skylake Air 540 Build

by nathanjlong



Date Published

Jan. 3, 2016

Date Built

Dec. 25, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

74.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.372 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


Painted alot of stuff for this build including the mobo heat sinks/shroud, GPU, Case, Fans, and CPU cooler. Case exterior is black Plasti Dip (about 3 coats) with 3 coats of Plasti Dip Graphite Pearl Metallizer as the finish coat. I like the looks of the final product. My only complaint is I didn't realize how rubber feeling plasti dip is once it cures which makes the case attract dirt quite easily. Painted the mobo, gpu, CPU heat sink, and fans with Rustoleum Painter's Touch spray paint which is more friendly to masking tape removal than plasti dip. This case was great to work with and I'm very please with the temperatures I'm getting on my GPU and CPU. Thanks again for all the good info on this forum.

Edit 3/18/16

Got tired of the Plasti-dip paint on the case. It was rubbery and dust would stick to it. Also, it was not very durable. You catch a corner wrong and it'll tear or peel. Sooooo.....I repainted the case a flat grey color as shown in the last photos and I threw in a Gigabyte GTX 980ti Gaming G1 and a EVGA G2 750 while I was at it ;) I used Rustoleum Painter's Touch 2x Ultra Cover which was very easy to work with and is very durable. I also added in RGB LEDs to the back of my monitor to wash the wall behind it in color.

All-in-all, I like the way it turned out, although I would have preferred the grey case paint to be darker.....more like a charcoal. Hit me up with questions or comments!

Comments Sorted by:

riomist 3 points 39 months ago

That Power Supply tho... no offence / offense (dont know the difference)

Still, nice build overall! +1

FiveSquared25 2 points 3 months ago

Offence attacking, used in military / sports offence is a different spelling and disrespect

riomist 1 point 3 months ago

I suppose the second one should be "offense"? But thank you for telling me!

FiveSquared25 1 point 3 months ago

Yeah autocorrect

nathanjlong submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks! Agreed on the power supply. Works for now

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Just0ut 2 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Setup is dope, you don't see many people going for that white/green color scheme very often.

commodore64 3 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Agree x1000. +1

nathanjlong submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks! The two CPU fans and exhaust fan are Thermaltake RGB fans so I can change the color to whatever I want. It's nice to have that flexibility.

EdInk 11 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Like the UV effect. Noooiicce

DS4130 3 Builds 1 point 39 months ago


nathanjlong submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Peavey ;)

georgiosmariatos 1 point 39 months ago

love the 540 air

riskypablopc 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

i would pick up a better power supply and custom paint it green, but thats just me

Alvandree10 1 point 39 months ago

Clean build, Nice, beautiful case and my +1

ÐËÄÐPÖÖL 1 point 39 months ago

Yeah this is my new muse fa' sho!!! Love how you customized it.

NvidiaGirl 1 point 39 months ago

Skylake is a lake in the sky!!


OccamAsylum 14 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Your setup is so neat and well thought out. +100

mlw05 4 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Nice looking build, I'm looking to paint mine with Plastidip too. I'm just curious how much paint did you go through?

nathanjlong submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Thank you. For just the exterior, I used 3-4 coats of black plastidip with 3-4 top coats of the Graphite Pearl Metalizer Plastidip. Took 2 spray cans of black and 2 spray cans of metallizer. Barely used the 2nd can of each so you may be able to get away with one of each if you don't do so many coats. Not sure if you have every used plastidip, but make sure to follow the application instructions with letting dry 30 min between each coat. It's better to do 5 thin coats vs 3 thick coats. Also, plasti dip has a rubbery feel when it's done which attracts dirt. If I could go back and do it again, I would have used regular spray paint like rustoleum painter's touch. I might peel my plastidip off and do this this weekend. Let me know if you have any other questions.

mlw05 4 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

I bought one can of black and one can of white Plast-dip to cover most of the parts of the build and a can of PlastiKote Radiator paint for the mobo heatsinks so it sounds like I'll have enough paint to go around. I haven't used it before so thanks for the advice. Good luck with the peel and respray!

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